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Knit and Crochet Tips


knit and crochet tips

- Choose your patterns from the internet or library books. With so many free patterns are available, it doesn’t make sense to pay for one.

- Pick pattern that emphasize your skill, not a beautiful yarn. It’s tempting to go with a quick, simple pattern that gets its glamour from the yarn that is used, but it is also a lot more expensive.

- Make mainly knit and crochet things you really need and would have bought anyway. If you know you will need to give a baby gift or buy a new sweater for December, choose these as your projects. Crocheting another scarf when you already have 6 in your closet, is a waste of time and money.

- Buy your supplies at yard sales, thrift stores, sales or ebay.

- Reuse yarn from garments you no longer enjoy or those bought second hand. There are some great instructions on how to do this available on the internet.

- Feel free to substitute a cheaper type of yarn for a more expensive one. Some free patterns from yarn companies feature their most costly yarns. Often a cheaper yarn will also work with the pattern.

- Knit or crochet with rags and/or plastic bags. A search on Google will provide plenty of patterns for both materials.

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30 Free Crochet Patterns For Hats


30 Free Crochet Patterns For HatsI put this col­lec­tion of 30 Free Cro­chet Pat­terns For Hats to­get­her for my daugh­ter. She wanted to cro­chet a hat that was nice enough to wear to work, in­stead of a non­-shaped or a ski type hat. Un­fortun­ately, that kind of pat­tern is dif­ficult to find on­line.

Here are my “top picks” for at­trac­tive, easy to wear hats, sophis­ticated enough to wear in an of­fice environ­ment.

Btw, not all the hats are for the winter months. Many of the patterns listed are made with thin yarn and are perfect for sunny summer days.

 Free Crochet Brimmed Hat Patterns

Free Crochet Vintage Hat Patterns

Free Crochet Beret Patterns

Free Crochet Cap Patterns

Free Crochet Cloche Patterns

Other Crochet Hat Patterns

If you have written a hat pattern that you believe belongs on this list, please let me know and I will be happy to consider adding it!

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35 Free Shrug Patterns



Here are over 35 Free Shrug Patterns for you to enjoy. It doesn’t matter if you enjoy sewing, knitting or crochet. Everyone will find at least a couple of projects  to try.

Sewing Patterns

Crochet Patterns

Knitting Patterns


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Not Your Granny’s Yarn: A Whole New World Of Yarn Alternatives


knitting-granny-mdReady to shake things up a little?  Take your  next project to a whole new level by experimenting with fun alternatives to store bought yarn. Each of the fibers I list can be used  for both knit and crochet projects, and as an accent or for the entire piece.

Here are some of my fav­or­ites

1. Plarn – Popular for the last few years, Plarn is an acronym for plastic yarn. Grocery bags and trash bags are recycled into placemats, tote bags and wash clothes.

2. Pet Hair Yarn – Spin yarn from cat hair, dog hair and even rabbit fur. The resulting fiber makes sweaters and hats with a novel story to tell.

3. Recycled Newspaper Yarn –  At 20 yards of yarn from a single sheet, newspaper yarn enables you to do a lot, with little. Turn recycled newspapers into floor mats, wall hangings and other decorative objects.

4. T-Shirt Yarn – Since t-shirt yarn is both durable and bulky, it makes great trivets, rugs, washcloths. If “country” is not your style you may want to dye the t-shirts before using them.

5. Wire – Working with wire is not too different than working with yarn….just a bit harder on your hands. Combine the wire with beads for some seriously wonderful jewelry designs.

6. Raffia –  These fibers will all be a lot more difficult to use than yarn, but the interesting texture will make the extra effort worthwhile.

7. Denim – Denim is extremely hardy, so it’s perfect for rug making, shopping bags, trivets and pot holders.

8. VCR VHF Tapes – When I first heard about crafters using VCR VHF tapes for knitting and crocheting, I thought the results would appear juvenile  and unattractive. Not any more. You’ll be surprised at how nice tape projects turn out.

9. Polymer Clay - Create amazingly beautiful jewelry using an easy- to- master faux knitting technique…Not real knitting, but so wonderful, it was impossible to resist!

10. Repurposed Sweaters – With today’s emphasis on economy and reuse, it’s not surprising if we look back to our frugal ancestors for some “new” ways of recycling. Unravel your own out-of-style garments or thrift store garments when your yarn collection gets low.

Other ideas?

How about string, thread, ribbon, discarded silk clothes, sheets, narrow rope, curtains and pantyhose. Virtually anything goes.

Just remember the saying. If you can think it, you can do it!

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