Category Archives: Tutorials

Learn to Knit Club: Meet Your Teacher, Hannah!

Last week we launched 3 exciting new projects that we've been working on for months now, our Learn to Knit Kits! There's a kit for beginners of every level. Level 1 teaches you how to make a dishcloth (with enough yarn to make a few of them, in 3 different colors). Level 2 teaches you how to make a beautiful (and washable!) four color scarf, and Level 3 teaches you how to make a hat on two needles.  These kits have all the supplies you need, plus a handy full color booklet teaching you everything you need to know, and a pin to wear once you've completed your project!  Best of all, should you be a visual learner, we're offering tutorial classes for each kit. In the tutorials, a member of the Knit Picks staff takes you, step by step, through every technique you'll need to know to complete your project. Best of all, the classes are free on our site! We thought it might be fun for you to meet the teachers of these classes. So this week, we're featuring Hannah! Hannah is our Catalog Director here at Knit Picks. She wrote the pattern for the Learn to Knit Club Hat, and she teaches the tutorial class on making the hat. From casting on to ribbing, decreasing, and seaming, Hannah's got it covered!  I asked her a few questions related to her own personal love of craft. You can find her answers, below!

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Tips & Tricks for Lace Knitting

Summer is here and so is the warm weather, which means it's a great time to hone your lace skills! Whether lace is your passion or your knitting nemesis, here are a few handy guidelines and tutorials to help keep your needles flying and your frustration at bay, the next time you cast on.

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Crafting for Kids: Needle Felted Hearts (with Tutorial)!

Would you like the kids in your child's class to receive a super special treat this Valentine's Day? Are you looking for a fun craft to do with your kids this Saturday? Do you want to incorporate some fiber fun into your Valentine's Day, no matter what age you are? Here's a cute and super simple craft that can be done with kids or for kids, or by kids of all ages:)! Since it involves needles, this felting project is suitable for the slightly older child, and supervision is essential. These needle felted hearts are easy to make, adorable to wear or give, and are sure to make your Valentine smile. To make this project, you'll need:

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3 No-Knit Ways to Package Your Gifts

Looking for new ways to package your gifts? Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannukah, or have a winter birthday in coming days, we've put together some ideas for creative ways to make your gifts look special.

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Felted Purses

I have had a blast playing with wool fiber! I find it rewarding to see what wool fiber, hot soapy water and a little elbow grease will create! I've recently been making felted envelope-style clutch purses.

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Wavy Chevrons Dishcloth

I'm so happy to finally share my first contribution to our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths Knitalong - the Wavy Chevrons Dishcloth! My general rules for dishcloths are that the pattern has to work up quickly and be easy to memorize. And this simple crocheted chevron pattern fits the bill perfectly.

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Learn to Crochet: the puff stitch

Over the past year, I have been shifting my crafting energies from knitting everywhere, all the time to focus on expanding my crochet skills. And I have to say, I finally feel as though my efforts have been paying off! With practice, a few basic stitches eventually transformed into granny squares which grew into giant granny square blankets. So what has been captivating my crochet sensibilities lately? Textured stitches! Once I got the hang of how to work bobbles to my crochet, I couldn't help but learn a few more textures to add to my crochet repertoire. After bobbles, the next stitch on my list of things to tackle was the puff stitch.

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Daydreaming of Autumn in Summer: My Crocheted Infinity Cowl

During the height of summer, I was perusing one of my all-time favorite crochet books, Simple Crocheting by Erika Knight, when I was struck with the need to make the Classic Snood. The image of a large tweedy wool cowl paired with my favorite fall coat would not escape me, so I naturally spent an afternoon searching through my stash to find just the right yarn. Looking back, it's easy to see how the pages of cozy knits and oh-so-lovely photography transported me out of the sweltering summer heat and into the world of comforting winter accessories. Plus, who doesn't love having a few freshly finished accessories ready for the first day of cool autumn weather?

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