Hot Knitting & Crochet How-Tos

How To: Crochet a cross stitching

Watch this instructional crochet video to witness the basics of cross stitching. This is a slow process, but the cross stich creates a much more three dimensional pattern that appears on both sides of the blanket. This example uses two colors to point out the crochet steps. After completing one row, turn the piece over and begin again.

How To: Knit a basic purl bind off

This instructional knitting video demonstrates how to knit the basic purl bind off. After you cast on, knit and purl your pattern and finish your project, there's just one more step that has to be completed: get your project off the needles. The purl bind off is a simple and quick method for making a finished edge.

How To: Start a crochet blanket

Watch this instructional crochet video to start a crochet blanket. Begin with a loose chain until you've reached the desired length. The process of changing rows is one of the most difficult tasks when starting a crochet blanket. Follow these clear guidelines to avoid unnecessary troubleshooting.

How To: Crochet a mid-row color change with a Tunisian stitch

While crocheting an Afghan or Tunisian style crochet blanket, you can crochet different patterns and colors into a single row of stitches. Use a large crochet needle and several types of yarn to learn this crocheting trick. You can switch back and forth between colors in the same row of Tunisian stitches by keeping yarn on hanging bobbins. Don't forget to sew in the loose ends of colored yarn.

How To: Make a double-crochet edge

This video demonstrates how to make a double- crochet edge. The video uses a large cardigan neck to create a double crochet edge on. First, back the yarn around the hook and go into the next stitch. Then pull through a loop on to the hook. Take another loop on to the hook. Next, go through the first two stitches at the end of the hook. Then take another loop onto the hook and go through the last two stitches. So, you wrap, insert through next stitch, pull on another loop, draw the hook throug...

How To: Knit a baby hammock or sling

Want to make that special little person in your life something stylish to sleep in? In this knitting tutorial, learn how to knit a baby hammock, sometimes called a sling or (incorrectly called) a baby cocoon. You can hang this in their crib, or set it up next to you on the floor... while your baby sleeps and you get some time to yourself!

How To: Crochet a 10 point star

This is a crochet super star featuring 10 points to the star. This video will take you through this crochet tutorial teaching you what to look for and how to make it. Going step by step, you will be great. This is a wonderful afghan, doily, table setting, baby mat and more. Good luck and enjoy this crochet tutorial.

How To: Attach an I-cord by knitting

This video knitting tutorial shows how to attach an I-Cord onto another knitted piece. Start by picking up stitches along the edge to which the I-cord is to be attached. Break the yarn, and cast 3 stitches onto a double-point needle. Slip these stitches onto the front end of the needle that is holding the edge stitches, such that the working yarn is 3 stitches in, next to the first edge stitch. Begin by knitting 2 stitches, pulling the working yarn across the back, as for regular I-cord. The ...

How To: Knit a picot cast on for baby sweaters, blankets and other knitted projects

Master knitter Judy shows you how to knit a picot cast on in this knitting video. If you haven't figured out how to cast on yet, you should probably watch her video on that first. This is a sweet edging for the bottom of a baby sweater or blanket. There are many other instances where you would want to use a picot cast on, as well. Learn it with this up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars.

How To: Seam a set-in sleeve into your knit

In this tutorial, we learn how to seam a set-in sleeve into your knit. First, you will need to lay out your piece in front of you and fold the sleeve cap in half. Find the middle point in the sleeve and put a marker in it. After this, attach it to the sweater from three different points. Then, take your needle and hook and start to work it into the middle of the two pieces. Grab the first stitch from the side and then go under to the other side. Grab two 'z' bars to do this and it will come o...

How To: Crochet a left handed baby high top bootie

In this tutorial, we learn how to crochet a left handed baby high top bootie. Throughout this design, you will be doing several different rounds for the sole, front of the bootie, and the rest of the sections. You will use a 10 foundation half double crochet in the sole of the bootie, followed by several more rounds. For the top of the toe, you will start with a magic circle then work in 8 half double crochets and pull shut, working two more half double crochets. Continue to finish the rounds...

How To: Basic treble crochet a scarf

This wonderful two part tutorial will have you crocheting in no time. It's a back to basics account, to have you easily crochet your very own treble stitch scarf. Using single crochet, double crochet, and half double crochet. This is great for beginners or someone looking for a new adventure.

How To: Knit a Seed and Garter Stitch Potholder

Potholders are a good way to practice stitches and they make great gifts. Here's a nice seed and garter stitch potholder to make. You need to know only two stitches for this project - the GARTER STITCH and the SEED STITCH. Photo below is my potholder in progress. The white thread down the middle is my stitch marker.

How To: Do the Kitchener Stitch (Grafting)

Here is how to join two sets of stitches without leaving a seam. This method is good for the toes of socks, the top of hoods, baby garments, or anywhere else you don't want a bulky seam.. It's NOT recommended for shoulder seams on heavy sweaters or other places where you need the stability of a bound-off edge to hold the shape of the garment.

How To: Use a wrist distaff

In this how to video, you will learn how to use a wrist distaff. First, wrap the distaff around your wrist. Get some fiber and lay it over the bottom. Wrap it loosely around the descending part of the wrist distaff. Bring it over your hand and grab it with your index and thumb. Take your spindle and get ready to make a join. Give the string a spin and start drafting. Keep on spinning until you get a nice amount of fiber on it. Next, unwind it and put the spindle in the proper position. From h...

How To: Do a twisted cross stitch

Spice up your repertory of knitting stitches with the twisted cross stich demonstrated in this clever crafter's how-to. The stitch, though it might sound difficult, is much simpler than you would think and can be used anywhere a traditional cross stitch might be. Learn how to do twisted cross stitching with this free knitting lesson.

How To: Crochet a eight-point snowflake

Steps on How to Make a Crochet Snow Flake in minutes! 1) Prepare the materials needed: Size 3 Steel Crochet Hook, Crochet Cotton, and a Small Needle2) Make a loop, place the hook below the left string and pull it up. 3) Make a Single Crochet in a loop, then a chain 3. Repeat this 8 times. 4) Work a Double Crochet (2x) in the same loop and another chain 3 loop. 5) Work another Double Crochet (3x) and a chain 2 loop. Repeat this 7 times. 6) Join the beginning chain and work a cluster through th...

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