Posts by Andrea Sanchez

Andrea Sanchez
Andrea is a yarn crazy knitter and knitwear designer who spends more time knitting than cleaning her house. When she's not knitting, she's thinking about knitting, or working at her other job as a kindergarten teacher. She lives in Ohio with her husband and son, and two darling dogs.You can find her patterns here on Craftsy and read more about her life, crafting, and other daily musing on her blog Life on Laffer (lifeonlaffer.blogspot.com).

Knitting Blog

Block Your Socks Off! 4 Tips & Tricks for Blocking Socks

How to Block Socks

When I was a new sock knitter, blocking socks seemed to be one of those things that only experienced knitters did. I didn’t have sock blockers, and to be honest, I still didn’t have a good handle on washing wool just yet. Now, as a more experienced knitter, I know the magic blocking can make. Here are some tips on how to get your handmade socks looking their best with blocking.

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Knitting Blog

Setting in Sleeves in Knitting: 5 Simple Steps

Setting in SleevesI know the phrase "Sleeves are knit separately and set in" can scare a lot of knitters away from a pattern. Your first set-in sleeve is like any new technique in knitting: once you understand the knitting magic behind it, it makes perfect sense. In this tutorial I'm going to walk you through setting in a sleeve to show you just how easy it can be! Read more »

Crocheting Blog

Crochet Thursday: Loop Stitch Tutorial

Crochet Loop StitchThe crochet loop stitch is a fun, decorative stitch that can be used to add beautiful detail to any crochet project. It looks difficult, but really it's just adding one extra step to regular ol' single crochet. Learn how to crochet the loop stitch with this easy step-by-step photo tutorial! Read more »

Crocheting Blog

Crochet Thursday: Crocheted Hat Tutorial

Crocheted HatA lot of people claim that crocheting is faster than knitting, and I tend to agree with them. So now that all of a sudden there's a bit of a fall nip in the air, I figured a quick crocheted hat for my 1-year-old son was in order. This pattern for a quick and cozy crocheted hat is really more of a recipe. You can use it with any weight of yarn you like (just choose a hook suitable for the weight chosen), and for any sized head. Read more »