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How to Knit Throw Pillows

Use this knitting pattern to create some great throw pillows for your sofa or bed. A couple of new knitted pillows can really liven up your décor, and the knitting will give you a chance to hone some new [more…]

How to Knit a Simple Shell Top

This knit shell top has an incredibly simple shape, but when worn on the body, this knit shell looks much more interesting. This top has negative ease, which means that when worn, it stretches to hug your [more…]

How to Knit a Lacy Shawl

Knitted with two strands of a classic mohair blend held together, this lightweight lacy shawl adds warmth and drama to any outfit. This lacy shawl project uses three different colors. So, using two strands [more…]

How to Knit a Scoop-Neck Pullover Sweater for Women

This knitted scoop-neck pullover sweater has Fair Isle detailing at the hem and cuffs. The pullover sweater features waist shaping and clean lines for a feminine, flattering fit. [more…]

How to Crochet a Pillow with Boa Yarn

This crocheted boa pillow is fluffy and cuddly. To crochet this pillow, you use boa yarn — a very short, thick eyelash yarn with a strong base thread. With this project, you get to practice sewing pieces [more…]

How to Crochet a Tank Top with Shell Stitch

Use a basic shell stitch to crochet this tank top, and you'll have a cool, comfortable top for warm-weather wear. This shell-stitch tank top is perfect for a starter project. [more…]

How to Read Knitting Schematics and Charts

A knitting schematic is an outline drawing of a knitted piece. A knitting chart shows you a stitch, cable, or color pattern. Schematics and charts can also show an unusual feature of the garment. [more…]

How to Knit a Messenger Bag in the Round

This modified messenger bag is knitted-in-the-round has a smaller flap than the messenger bag. A charming I-cord buttonhole loop secures the flap. You can vary it by knitting a buttonhole into the bottom [more…]

Increase Double Crochet in the Middle or End of a Row

You can increase (abbreviated inc) double-crochet by adding a stitch at the middle or end of the row. When increasing double crochet, always count your stitches to make sure you have the correct number [more…]

How to Decrease Single Crochet

You can decrease a stitch (abbreviated dec), which is really just subtracting a stitch, in a single crochet row. You decrease stitches in single crochet in the same places that you increase stitches — [more…]

How to Make a Crossed Double Crochet Stitch

For the crossed double crochet stitch (abbreviated crossed dc), you work two double crochet stitches on an angle. When you make a crossed double crochet stitch, you end up with a pattern that looks like [more…]

How to Crochet a Picot Stitch

Picots (no abbreviation) are pretty little round-shaped crochet stitches that add a decorative touch to an edging. You can also use picots to fill an empty space in a mesh design. You see them quite often [more…]

How to Crochet a Cluster Stitch

A cluster (no abbreviation) is a set of crochet stitches that you work across an equal number of stitches and join together (or cluster) at the top, forming a triangle shape that resembles an upside-down [more…]

How to Crochet a Reverse Single Crochet Stitch

The reverse single crochet stitch (abbreviated reverse sc) is sometimes called the crab stitch. The actual mechanics of a reverse single crochet stitch are the same as for a regular single crochet — except [more…]

How to Crochet the Loop Stitch

The crochet loop stitch (no abbreviation) gets its name from the long, loose loops it leaves behind. Getting the loop stitches' loops all the same length takes some practice, but when you get the hang [more…]

How to Work Front-Post Double-Crochet Stitches

Front post stitches are raised crochet stitches on the surface of the fabric facing you. You can create a front-post double-crochet (abbreviated FP dc) stitch with these steps and some practice. [more…]

How to Work Back-Post Double-Crochet Stitches

Back post stitches appear to recede on the side of the crocheted fabric that's facing you. You can create a back-post double-crochet (abbreviated BP dc [more…]

How to Knit a Vertical Buttonhole

A vertical buttonhole is stretchier than a cast-off horizontal buttonhole. You work each side of the vertical buttonhole with a separate ball of yarn. Test the buttonhole opening with the width of your [more…]

Budget-Smart Halloween Costumes and Treats

Halloween doesn't have to scare the daylights out of your budget. Have a happy Halloween with these cost-saving tips for costumes and treats. [more…]

Ten Budget Halloween Decorating Ideas

Halloween decorations can look fabulous, even if you're on a budget. Create a stunning Halloween display with these money-saving decorating tips, whether you're using only a few intricately carved jack-o’-lanterns [more…]

How to Carve a Pumpkin for Halloween

Carving a pumpkin is a fun and inexpensive Halloween tradition. For your jack-o’-lantern, carve a Halloween image that's funny, scary, or pretty into pumpkins that are green, white, pale orange, or even [more…]

Halloween Budget Tip: Carve Pumpkins with Household Tools

Pumpkin-carving kits are convenient, but if you don't have one, then use household tools. Carving Halloween pumpkins with tools you have at home is budget-smart. It's just as fun, and you'll get the same [more…]

Holiday Decorating: Preserve Flowers with Silica Gel

For long-lasting holiday floral arrangements, use flowers that you've preserved with silica gel. Preserved flowers make inexpensive holiday decorations. With silica gel, most flowers in full bloom can [more…]

Tips for Dressing Fashionably Whatever Your Body Type

Being in style doesn’t require a perfect body. Whatever your shape, you can use your fashion know-how to select clothing that makes the most of what you’ve got. [more…]

Key Body Measurements to Ensure the Right Clothing Fit for Women

Every item of clothing a woman puts on — from the outerwear to underwear — should be a fabulous fit. That’s why it’s so important to know what your true sizes are. With this info in hand, you can shop [more…]

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