Knitting Fundamentals

What’s Your Knitting Method and Style?

By Ashley Little
Wave Knit Rib Scarf

What knitting method and style did you choose when you learned to knit? Your answer will depend on who taught you to knit. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned knitter who wants to try something new, choosing a method and style can actually go a long way to improving your knitting -- and maybe even relieving some pain in your hands.

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Mix ‘n Match: Using Multiple Yarn Gauges in a Project

By Ashley Little
The rules of knitting say that if you use more than one skein of yarn for a project, the two skeins should be the same gauge. But here at Craftsy, we're rule-breaking knitting rebels. What would happen if we mixed two different gauges of yarn in one project? Read more »

To Wind or Not to Wind: How to Store Yarn

By Ashley Little
Balls of Yarn

It begins innocently enough. You become interested in knitting and collect a little basket full of yarn that hangs out by your couch. But as your love of knitting or crochet grows, so does your yarn collection. Before you know it, the producers of Hoarders are calling you at home, begging to feature your yarn stash on the show. Ok, maybe it's not that bad. But if you've moved beyond that basket of yarn, you probably need some tips on how to store your yarn for knitting and crochet

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No Super Powers Required: Knitting Colorwork for Beginners

By Ashley Little
A lot of knitters are freaked out by using multiple skeins of yarn. Are you one of those beginner knitters? Fear not! Colorwork doesn't always mean juggling 10 skeins of yarn while you follow a pattern that makes your head spin. There are multiple colorwork techniques out there, and not all of them require super knitting powers. Check out these 5 beginner-friendly tips for knitting colorwork and you'll be BFF with a new color technique in no time! Read more »

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

By Andrea Sanchez
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 in the Round: Fixed Circular vs. Double-Pointed Needles

By Ashley Little
Woman Wearing a Trendy Knit Headband

If you're new to knitting, the vast selection of knitting needles probably gives you a headache. Straight needles are easy enough to understand, but things get complicated when you start knitting in the round with fixed circulars, double-pointed needles, or both! No need to cry when you shop the knitting needle section. Here are a few ways to know when you should use fixed circular needles and when you should use double-pointed needles.

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Lacy Cabled Knit Cowl

5 Tips for Knitting in the Round

By Ashley Little

From seamless hats to fingerless gloves, knitting in the round opens up your knitting to a whole new world full of double-pointed and circular needles. But knitting in the round isn't always a walk in the park. Here are a few tips for knitting in the round to avoid frustrations — and to avoid ripping out your project.

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