Knit Wits February 2021 Newsletter

Hot cocoa and Valentine's Day CookiesHappy Valentine's Day: Knit Wits February 2021 Newsletter

Welcome to My First Knit Wits Newsletter

Knit Wits February 2021     by Janice Jones     |Published 02-04-2021

Hi, Janice Here, the new owner of smart-knit-crocheting.  

I'm so glad you took a minute out of your busy schedule to open this newsletter.  I want you to know that I will be busy working on this site, creating new material, and adding valuable free resources to keep your crochet or knit hobby alive and well. I hope you enjoy it and please, don't forget to share if you find it helpful.

Knit Wits February 2021 Newsletter

If you're in the Northern Hemisphere, you may be as chilly as I am sitting here writing this newsletter.  What could be better in the winter but a warm cup of cocoa or your favorite beverage and some snuggly things to warm your heart. 

Let's start with a beginner project to keep your hands warm.  These fingerless mitts  work up fast even for a beginner and can be kept or given away as a small Valentine's Day Gift.

Cozy Scarves to Scare Away the Chill

Treble Crochet Scarf with FringeTreble Crochet Scarf

Need a little warmth around your neck?  Why not make a quick crochet scarf for those extra cold days. has started a new section for those who are new to either knitting and/or crocheting or would love to have a quick tutorial or a place where you can bookmark for future reference.

Re-learn or practice your treble crochet by making this super fast scarf.  Here's another scarf pattern for you to check out.

Dog Sweater 

Shih Tzu in the snow wearing a crocheted dog sweater.Crocheted Dog Sweater

And, while you're keeping yourself warm, don't forget about your furbaby.  He needs a warm sweater to wear around the house or on a rump in the park. (Oh, and yes, that's my dog Dana, modeling a crocheted dog sweater I made for her to keep out the chill)

Dog Knit Sweater

Crochet Dog Sweater

NEW:  Crochet Tutorials

I am adding new information daily to help anyone new to Crochet.  Each page will cover a new tutorial about a crochet stitch, how to read a pattern, supplies to purchase, and other instructions that all beginners need to know.

Here are a few of the articles that have been completed.  Remember this is just a start.  Check back frequently as new information is added regularly.  Here are a few pages to get you started:

How to Choose the Right Crochet Hook

How to Make the Slip Stitch and Chain Stitch

How to Single Crochet Stitch

How to Double Crochet Stitch

How to Treble Crochet

Crochet Stitches:  Overview with links to stitch tutorial pages

Essential Crochet Supplies

Understanding Gauge:  How to Make it Perfect

Crochet Terms and Abbreviations

NEW:  Knitting Tutorials

If you are new to knitting, you're in luck because I'm adding the same type of knitting tutorials as I am for those who love crochet.  Remember, this is a work in progress so bookmark and come back regularly.  I also plan to begin a YouTube channel that will walk you step by step through how to begin and master the craft of knitting (and crocheting)

Health Benefits of Knitting and Crocheting

Essential Knitting Supplies for the Beginner

Wool Knitting Yarn:  A Primer on these amazing fibers

How to Read Knitting Patterns for Beginners

How to Make the Garter Stitch in Knitting

Knitting Terms and Abbreviations

Yarn Labels:  How to Read and Understand What They are Telling You

Last Words

I hope you have enjoyed this  Knit Wits February 2021 newsletter (my first since taking over Smart Knit Crocheting) and maybe you even found it a little helpful.  If you do, I'd be so humbled if you would share it with your crafting friends.