Posts by Emily Vanek

Emily Vanek
Emily Vanek is the owner and editor-in-chief of She and her husband live with their three sons near Denver. Her youngest child is on the Autism Spectrum, so she is passionate about connecting with parents with special needs. In her spare time, she knits, crochets and shops for yarn. She is also a master tortoise wrangler and expert in getting water out of various electronics (don’t ask).
Novelty Yarn

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Knitting with Novelty Yarn

Wouldn't you love to collect every type of yarn imaginable? From traditional materials like wool, cotton and acrylic, to far out materials such as metallics, braids and ribbons, there is an exciting array of yarns available. Interestingly, novelty yarn has become popular, as with interesting yarn you can make a classic pattern or garment look modern and chic.There are many different types of novelty yarns, made with unexpected features like bumps (or slubs as they are known), varying thicknesses, Read more »
Keelan Chunky Strap Baby Shoes

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Our Best Knit Baby Shoes for Your Bundle of Joy

Nothing is cuter than a sleeping new baby in hand knit shoes. Baby shoes make adorable keepsakes and have even more sentimental meaning when knit by a friend or a family member. Explore these five baby bootie projects and their accompanying patterns, all created by Craftsy community members.

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Mad About Knit Mittens

Knit MittensMittens for cold weather are hot right now. Mixing nostalgia into modern patterns, these are the perfect in-between knitting project when you want something a bit easier and faster than a blanket or shawl. Here we show you six beautiful patterns for mittens you can find right here on Craftsy! Read more »

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Bringing Log Cabin Beyond Quilts

Log Cabin KnittingWhen you think of Log Cabin in crafting it probably brings to mind quilting: that classic square made up of smaller rectangles in light and dark fabrics. Well now you can have that same look, but by knitting! Come explore the Log Cabin knitting technique; a fun and simple way to incorporate a patchwork like pattern into any project. Read more »

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Knitting Hats for Toddlers is No Small Feat!

From basic patterns to intricate and elaborate motifs, hand knit hats are becoming all the rage for the little guys and gals. We took a look at animal crochet hats for kids a few weeks ago, and some of you asked how to make them. So here we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite toddler hat patterns! Read more »