Hot Knitting & Crochet How-Tos

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 butterfly

Are you interested in doing a crochet project? Watch this video tutorial to learn how to crochet a butterfly using the six-sided motif. You will need some yarn, a crochet needle, pipe cleaner, a sewing needle and a pair of scissors.

How To: Pick up stitches

This video demonstrates how to pick up stitches, also called picking up stitches and knitting. This method allows you to pick up stitches and continue knitting on a project without sewing a seam. Pick up stitches.

How To: Sew knitted pieces together using a whip stitch and other stitches

Tie loose ends together - in the literal and original sense sense of the phrase - by sewing together the ends and/or hems of your knitting projects like a pro. Whether you're fusing together two pieces of wool-knitted cloth to form the back of a beautiful winter sweater or just want to join patchwork knits into a rasta-cool beanie, knowing how to stick pieces together is integral for a tidy project.

How To: Knit a shaker rib stitch

Follow this quick video demonstration to see how to knit a shaker rib stitch. The shaker rib is also known as the half fisherman, and that's because it's not as bulky as the fisherman rib. During this process, you'll even see how you can knit one below, or k1b.

How To: Knit a Spiral Ruffle Scarf

These lovely scarves have different names. I call it the Spiral Ruffle Scarf. It's easy to make and looks great in either a fine or a medium weight yarn. I made mine with softball cotton yarn and size 8 needles. Here are the videos and written directions:

How To: Knit a button loop

Berroco knit bits shows how to knit a button loop easily within minutes. 1) Thread a tapestry needle with a 18-24″ piece of yarn. 2) Knot the end of the yarn and insert the needle where you want your first button loop. 3) Make a second stitch an inch or so away from the first stitch. 4) Tighten up the thread, placing your fingers in between the yarn and the button band creating a loop. 5) Work blanket stitch around this loop, stacking each stitch on top of the previous one until the ent...

How To: Crochet a crescent moon

Watch this instructional video to crochet a crescent moon. These visual guidelines will walk you through each step in creating this crochet ornament. This is a small crochet project, but the crescent moon may take a few tries to master.

How To: Crochet a super fast 3 color granny square

In this tutorial, we learn how to crochet a super fast 3 color granny square. Start out with your first color on the crochet needle. Then, chain four and put the needle back into the first chain. Before you pull everything tight together, you will move your middle finger into the stitch with your thumb so when you pull it will wrap around your fingers. Then, chain three and do this over twice more to create the outlining area around the hole. From here, you will use two other colors using the...

How To: Knit a simple fair isle stitch on circular needles

See how to stitch a simple fair isle on circular needles when knitting, with this easy, up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars. Judy's knits have appeared in movies, television, and concerts for over thirty years. She herself has been hand-knitting for over fifty. Watch as she teaches you how to knit a simple fair isle on circular needles when stitching.

How To: Pick up stitches using a knitting machine

This instructional knitting video provides tips for making interesting patterns using a knitting machine. This is a demonstration of how to pick up and hang stitches. Use a three prong tool to attach one piece of knitting work to the knitting machine. Once you set the set the machine up, you can knit a wearable piece with an altering pattern.

How To: Knit with two colors of yarn

In this video, we learn how to knit with two colors of yarn. Carry your yarn in the hand that you are most comfortable with. Then, don't tension it around your pinkie so you can control the yarn. Now, put your dominant color over your forefinger and the accent finger on the bottom of your forefinger. This way, you will be able to turn your hands to decide which color is going to go up and over the needle. Once you have this technique down, you will be able to continue to knit until you have t...

How To: Knit a 2x2 rib stitch

Watch this two part instructional knitting video to knit a 2x2 rib stitch using an even number of stitches. You will want to cast on your stitches in multiples of four. Simply knit two and purl two to knit the 2x2 rib stitch. The Continental method is used here, meaning the yarn is held with the left hand.

How To: Crochet a basic beret

Oui! Oui! A beret is a great fashion statement. It keeps you warm, plus its stylish with a French flair. This video shows you how to crochet your very own beret and make it as unique as you'd like for those chilly winter evenings! Which color will you choose?

How To: Pick up and knit gussets

That knit sock you've been working hard on won't be much good if you don't know how to do knit the gusset. The gusset curves around the heel so your sock fits around your foot correctly. This video will show you how pick up and knit gussets for your socks.

How To: Make a knitted post card

Nguyen Le, aka Knitknit teaches how to make knitted post cards. If you are teaching yourself how to knit, you will love this video. This is also a great way to use your knitted test swatches to make a special something to send to someone! You will need two colors of yarn, a hole punch, a post card, knitting needles, and a needle. Learn how to make a knitted post card by watching this video crafting tutorial.

How To: Unravel a Bound Off Row

There will be times when you've finished a project, such as a scarf, that you've already bound off, when you will realize it's not quite as long as you want it to be. You will have to unravel the bound off row, add more yarn, and then start knitting again.

How To: Do ribbing in Continental knitting

This video demonstrates how to do ribbing. This can be done in a variety of ways, from thin ribbing (knit 1, purl 1) to a thicker (knit 3, purl 3). This is used in a variety of ways one application is the bottom of a sweater and sleeves. Do ribbing in Continental knitting.

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