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DIY: Jeans into Denim Jacket
As a designer and seamstress, I love making original looks that you can’t buy online. I prefer to redesign garments into..
Skill Level: Experienced
The basics of English Paper Piecing
Let me begin by saying that I love to sew! What kind of sewing? Well, I haven’t found a variety I haven’t liked yet, other than possibly mending.
Improve Your Knitting Skills!
Improve your knitting skills, no matter your skill level with these free knit blanket patterns. You'll learn new stitches while perfecting basic knitting skills.
Improve your crochet skills!
Whether you're a beginner or more advanced, these free crochet blanket patterns will teach you new crochet techniques and help improve your skills!
How to Sew a Zipper into a Cowl
For many knitters and crocheters (and heck, even some of us sewists), projects which require zippers can be intimidating.
Stretching Skills with New Stitches
Have you ever been so overwhelmed by a pattern instruction, that you just gave up, and switched to a different pattern? I used to do this too!
Beginner's Guide to Knit Lace
It seems that many novice knitters balk at knitting lace, but I'm here to tell you that knitting lace does not have to be …
Changing Colors and Fair Isle Knitting
Some knitters seem to be intimidated by changing colors in the middle of a row or round, but the development of this simpl …
How to Read Knitting Stitch Charts
Knit charts are useful tools for visually keeping track of stitches, especially in patterns which use cables, fair isle, a …
How to Knit Ribbing
Ribbing forms a stretchy band and is usually found at the bottoms of sweaters, sleeves, neckbands, hat brims and mitten cu …
Knitting Cables: an Introduction
Whether simple or complex, cable patterns add depth and texture to your knitting, and they are easy to learn. Use a cable …
How to Sew A Mattress Stitch Seam For Knitting
Mattress stitch is worked with the right-side up and becomes invisible from the right side when finished. Mattress Stitch …
Working with Double Point Needles
I have a confession. I wasn't a huge fan of Double Pointed Needles (DPNs). The great irony is that I love to work in the r …
How to Graft (Kitchener Stitch)
Kitchener stitch invisibly grafts two pieces of knitting together through the live working stitches. This technique is fre …
Guide to Duplicate Stitch
Duplicate stitch is the easiest way to add color to any knitting project made in Stocking stitch. Duplicate stitch is embr …
Introduction to Intarsia
Intarsia knitting is not all that different than Fair Isle except that separate balls of yarn are added into the row for e …