Posts by Stefanie Japel

Stefanie Japel
My name is Stefanie Japel. I learned to knit over 30 years ago from my grandmother. I’ve been designing knitwear for publication since my first pattern “Postmodern Legwarmers” appeared on in 2003. Since then, I’ve written three books and my work has appeared on television, in books, magazines, and on the web. I love to teach in-person workshops, and also teach classes right here on the amazing

Crocheting Blog

Meet JMHowell, the Pattern Designer Behind YouMakeItSimple

JMHowell is a pattern designer with an eye for potential. What many may see as old, boring, tired garments at thrift stores she sees as perfect materials for a range of bold, fresh, fun projects and designs. We noticed that her patterns make the perfect gifts this holiday, so we thought it would be a good time sit down and learn more about her! Read more »

Knitting Blog

Project Highlights: Broomstick Lace

Broomstick lace is part knitting, part crochet, and all fantastic! It's wonderful on its own, or for detailing to add interest and adornment to your projects. In this project highlight, we take a look at some of Craftsy instructor Jennifer Hansen's broomstick lace work. Read more »


Trend Spotting: Cork!

Cork is in! Even sewing enthusiasts are getting into the act, using cork-themed fabric, and for more practical applications. Check out these project highlights to see what we mean. Read more »

Jewelry Blog

In the Jewelry World, Natural Stones Rock!

Who needs diamonds, rubies, or emeralds to make elegant, lovely, and gorgeous jewelry? As this post shows, jewelery makers everywhere are showcasing the beauty and character of natural, non-precious stones in their work, and we love it! We think you will, too. Read more »