Other than sketching, basic knitting and crocheting, we are not a family of crafters. I'd like to start giving gifts that will inspire family members to express themselves creatively. People have expressed interest in learning to do some type of craft. Assume I know nothing about the world of AC Moore, Michaels and JoAnn Fabrics. I don't know what to buy; let's try to stick to $25 per person. [more inside]
I'm mainly a knitter and I'd like make my friend's son a child's afghan (35"x60"). I'd like to be done sometime around late fall. Originally I planned on knitting this, and my friend loves the pattern. It is simple (no cables) but I tried knitting it, and it will take F-O-R-E-V-E-R to make. After ripping it out for the second time, I'm wondering if crochet might be a better idea, for time's sake (and my sanity!) My question is: what are the best crochet stitches that mimic knit and purl stitches? Is this even a thing? [more inside]
I'm looking for a knitting or crocheting book or magazine for my 12-year-old granddaughter. She already does basic knitting and crocheting. I'm looking for something that will give her directions for projects and help her to expand her skills. I've seen Kids Knitting suggested in a previous AskMe, but I'm wondering if there are other books that would be good. Is there a magazine subscription that might be better? Her parents are very religious, so famous knitting book with the word "bitch" in the title is out.
I'm writing a chapter in a book about some of my crochet. Yay! But I need good photos of afghans lying flat, and I'm pretty sure I don't have the equipment. [more inside]
Craftfilter: Help me parse & translate this pattern instruction? [more inside]
I need to knit/crochet my dachshunds some sweaters since regular dog sweaters aren't long enough for wiener dog body shapes. Our dogs would wear these every day (not just as occasional costumes on holidays) and thus these sweaters would be subjected to a lot of wear and tear and go through the wash frequently. What kind of yarn would be best for this particular application? Thanks!
Where can I buy the suitable cord to make a purse? [more inside]
Can you help me put together a list of crochet blogs and instructional videos that explain in painstaking detail -- like, looped super-close-up slow-motion detail -- how to a) stitch something other than Ch, Sc, and Dc and b) make some simple crocheted gifts? [more inside]
I was trying to make this hat, but it turned out like this. The hat in the video has the ribs bunched together, and they only show up when stretched. On the hat I created, the ribs always stand out and look stretched. I used 100% acrylic double knitting wool and a 4mm OR a 6mm hook (can't remember which). What did I do wrong?
Crocheters, I'm on vacation and really, truly want to get this yarn as my souvenir. I can't remember my Ravelry password, and the site isn't sending me a reset email. Will you please suggest some google-able patterns so I can make sure I get enough? It seems to be light worsted, with a 4mm hook. My skill level is intermediate. Děkuji!
I'd like to start doing some creative hands-on arts and crafts projects, but I'm pretty clueless and no good with my hands. What are some good, easy ideas for a beginner on a budget with too many popsicle sticks? List of "But"s inside! [more inside]
I'm looking to take a Tom Waits quote and turn it into something folksy I can hang on a wall. The quote? "The large print giveth, and the small print taketh away." Any thoughts on good styles and/or artists who could help? [more inside]
help me find patterns or ideas for awesome ways to use up leftover yarn! I'm particularly interested in projects that will combine different weights, fibers, and textures, without looking cheapy and amateur. caveats inside. [more inside]
What are your go-to craft projects for gift giving? What handmade goods do you like to receive? [more inside]
Crochet-filter: I love the pattern of this baby blanket: link 1 , link 2, and would very much like to make a sofa throw size of this. I've looked on Revelry and cannot find the pattern. [more inside]
I can crochet... sorta. I have made mittens and slippers and hats and scarves, I even made a Dispicible Me Minion hat and scarf for my step son (impressing the pants off of him), but they are all winged. I have no idea about stitches and I have no idea what I am actually doing. Things just seem to work out (so far). I want to learn how to crochet for real and make awesome things. (Or should I try knitting again?) [more inside]
I'm looking for links/books/a place to start researching to find out more about the origin of afghan blankets. I just ordered the yarn to knit a largish blanket of my own design. In thinking of a name for the pattern I got to wondering whether the word "afghan" as applied to blankets really had anything to do with Afghanistan. [more inside]
So, I learned how to do basic crochet last year, and of course launched into a couple of blanket projects...(I also made a few scarves for xmas last year, which were pretty well received). Anyway, now that I am finally getting close to finishing the blankets, I'm wondering a few things. [more inside]
I want to find pattern books that aren't written in pattern shorthand. [more inside]
I have found other questions here about garter belts and garters, but those probably apply more to the flimsy-ass tights material than what I'm talking about. Yarnie folks who have done this, let me know what you'd recommend! [more inside]
I enjoy making large, colourful crochet blankets. I have enough blankets but I don't want to give any more away or sell them. Apart from yarn bombing, in what artistic way can I use them? It can be for private or public display. This is an example of what I make.
My wife's grandmother is an amazingly talented seamstress who also crochets. She recently put out an all points bulletin request for projects, what do I need to know before I request a crocheted throw made out a material that might be outside her comfort zone and/or budget? [more inside]
What should I knit or crochet as gifts for friends and family who are having babies? [more inside]
Can you identify the crochet stitch in this item? [more inside]
In all the talk about fast fashion and sweatshop labour, it's often been said that sequins can only be attached by hand, therefore someone needs to physically sew them onto a garment. But what about crochet? [more inside]
HelpMeNameMyThingFilter: I need a name for a women's group I'm co-leading where we learn to knit, crochet, bake, can, garden, and quilt together. More details inside. [more inside]
Crocheting for secular charity? [more inside]
What is your favorite esoteric/advanced crochet stitch or technique, and why should I learn it? [more inside]
CrochetFilter: Please help me think of a few crochet projects I can give as Christmas gifts. [more inside]
[Knitting/Crochet Filter] Help me find a great bag for my crochet projects and supplies. [more inside]
What kind of yarn is durable enough to use as a bicycle lock cozy? [more inside]
Crochet-filter: Can you tell me how to make the edging of an afghan not be bunched up and stupid-looking? [more inside]
What are you favorite crochet blogs? They can include knitting and other crafts but crochet should definitely have a main part. [more inside]
My partner's dad wants a floppy golf hat like the Three Stooges wear in this picture. I need a pattern to either crochet or knit (preferably crochet) a men's hat like this--I think it's called a tam. Does anyone know of a good pattern or a reliable place online to search for men's hat patterns? [more inside]
Yarn substitution: What information do I need to match on this yarn label when I am looking for a yarn to substitute for it? [more inside]
I'm pretty sure I have bed bugs. I've kept my considerable stash of knitting yarn next to my bed. Can I salvage it? [more inside]
What's a great book or website for teaching yourself to crochet? [more inside]
I am looking for a source for filet crochet valances like this one. Not looking for patterns, just finished items. I've seen these with a variety of figural shapes in kitchen windows all over Europe but can't find them the US.
I'm taking a beginner's crochet course soon, with a view to going on to do amigurumi and maybe (much further down the line) trying a hand at knitting. What do you wish you knew when you started? [more inside]
The history of knitted cozies around bike racks... [more inside]
I'm trying to teach myself to knit/crochet and have found that one of the major barriers to learning is the yarn - acrylic yarn to be exact. It irritates my skin. [more inside]
Where do I buy aluminum or bamboo Tunisian (afghan) crochet hooks in Los Angeles? Alternatively, is there a reputable online source for them? I'm looking for something in the smaller sizes-- it's for a scarf, so no size-Q monster hooks. I've seen plastic ones here and there, but I'm tough on plastic hooks and would prefer to avoid them. Thanks!
Can a novice in Boston turn casual crafting into a social outlet? [more inside]
MangaFilter: I know nothing about manga but my friend is a huge fan. I'm pretty handy with crochet, so I wanted to knit her a plushie (amigurumi) of something manga-related. Here's where you come in... [more inside]
Items weighing less than 1lb that make you think "WOW that's cool!" or "GOT to buy that!" on first glance? Catch: items already in your home or could do a bang-up job of creating in two weeks. [more inside]
Crochet experts plz hope me figure out dis pattern... [more inside]
Does anyone remember an infomercial from the late 80s/early 90s that advertised a product that you could easily crochet "granny" squares? I think the squares actually popped off this thing and then you could sew them together. I can't remember the name of the product!
Does anyone remember a crochet L'Eggs Elephant toy? My wife makes crochet puppets and someone asked her to make a stuffed crochet elephant like the one they remember, but their description consisted of "It was blue with red trim." If you remember this toy, and have a gift for description, more details would be great! Size? Sitting up/Standing on all 4s? Big floppy ears/Stiff shell ears? Where was the red trim? Sewn eyes/Button eyes? thanks:)
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