Category - How To & Tips

Messy Bun Hat Tutorial

Messy Bun hats are the hot crafting trend of the winter season. They are everywhere and everyone is coming out with patterns. There is a way to take just about any hat pattern and turn it into a bun hat! The easiest way would be to start from the bottom up and just stop when you have enough space for your bun. Today we will explain how to use...

Pain Relief for Crafting

How often do you get so excited about a new project, or have a deadline for a gift, and you end up knitting or crocheting for literally hours on end? The next day you were most likely rewarded with stiff aching hands and shoulders. The longer you craft, the worse the inflammation and pain can become, and unfortunately sometimes gets to the point...

DIY Yarn Cake

The yarn “cake” craze is on the rise! Knitters and crocheters everywhere are looking to have some of these great color combinations in their own hands. If you are unable to locate any at your local craft store, don’t worry, you can make your own. When making your own, the possibilities for colors are truly endless. What you...

Crafting Tips – Check your gauge!

When following a pattern, you will find in the beginning it will give you a hook/needle size and a measurement. It will indicate how many stitches per how many inches. This is called gauge. This is a very important piece of information. Example: if a pattern has squares that are 4 inches across and you have to make 5 squares across, your piece...

How To – Provisional Cast On

There are so many different ways to cast on in knitting, and each method has its own perks. The Provisional Cast on is a method where you are casting on using a scrap or waste piece of yarn, with the intent on pulling it out later and revealing live stitches that can be picked up and worked in the opposite direction. An example of this is when you...

Yarn Blocking Help

Blocking is a method to finish a piece and to give it a refined look. It will straighten and align your stitches, "open up" your lace work or cables and help your finished product 'lay' or 'drape' with perfection. You will see better stitch definition and the pattern will really shine through when you take the time to block your work. There are...