To Knit or Crochet Smart.


How to knit or crochet smart? Just remember, the most glamorous and festive garments are made with basic techniques.

You do not necessarily need to follow someone else's instructions. Design your own project. It is not as difficult as it seems. This website helps you to solve a variety of design and "how to do's" problems while you are planning to implement your new, creative idea into a real scarf, hat, doilies or even a sweater or dress.

Have you ever been faced with one or more of these common situations?
  • You are very proud of that new gorges doily which you crocheted last week. It looks perfect. The only thing bothers you. It does not lay flat on the surface. Why doesn't it?

  • You have a description of a beautiful sweater. It is exactly your size; everything looks the way you would like to. You take recommended brand of yarn, the very same size of needles and decide to check a pattern gauge. Alas... It does not match the one in the description. What now?

  • You are going to crochet a dress for your 3-year-old daughter. There is a nice one in your favorite magazine. But it says "for 2-year girl." Does not look as it is going to fit. You like that dress! What should you do?

  • You decided to crochet a shawl of motifs for you Mom. She liked the one you showed her at some web site, but she would prefer to have it not that lacy and from thicker yarn. Your crochet a motif sample. It is twice as large as the one in the description! What should one do?

There is a hope to find solutions of similar problems on this site. Smart-knit-crocheting gives you the answers, based upon hard-learned experience accumulated during more than 30-year experience in knitting and crocheting projects.

Why have I designed this site? Here, is the story. I have always loved crafting. I started to learn how to knit, to crochet and to sew all at the same time. This "young talent" was about 9 years of age. My Mom was very kind to me. She never scolded me for all those fabrics which were cut during my sewing experiments. She realized that practice is the only way to learn something. My Mom was right.

Neither sewing, nor knitting/crocheting have become my profession. It is still my hobby. For many years, I have made clothes for myself and others - everything from skirts to coats. And, of course, my crochet hooks and knitting needles always accompanied me - sweaters and scarves, socks and hats, lace shawls and pullovers, toys and doilies.

Perhaps everyone has a day when she/he realizes that it is the time to share with people all available "treasures". Today my time has come. Being an industrial engineer, I could not resist but to bring some logical and creative approach to my hobby projects. This approach I call SMART knitting and crocheting which I hope will benefit you too.

To use this information you don't need to be a very skilled master. Most of the glamorous and festive projects can be made with the simplest possible patterns and basic techniques. So how do we do that smart approach? Many answers can be found in this "HOW-TO-DO" site.

What you can expect to find in this website...

Blog. What's New on Site. How to crochet Free Crochet patterns
What's New on Site
How to Crochet
Free Crochet Patterns

Yarn for knitting or crocheting Irish Crochet Filet Crochet
Buy Yarn for Knitting or Crocheting
Irish Crochet
Filet Crochet

Knitting and crocheting. Make toys How-to do knitting Make a garment
Knitting and crocheting. Make toys
How to do knitting.
How-to-do Projects.Make a Garment.

The information is now literally in your hands for you to enjoy. Follow step by step instructions and patterns or be creative - the choice is yours. Once each hand does its job, the yarn cooperates and your work starts to look like a real masterpiece, you can relax and enjoy the process. Your dreams become true! Let me wish you to follow our favorite hobby with pleasure and enjoyment.

Note. English is not my native language. I try hard to make it decent, but if you find some possible mistakes or difficult to understand phrases, please let me know. I appreciate your feedback.


Why my English ain't perfect?! -:) "Correct my English", please.

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