Knit & Crochet Blog, What's New on This Site

The "Knit & Crochet Blog" is the sites mini-journal that keeps you up-to-date with the latest information submitted to the Smart Knit crocheting.com site as well as major changes. On this page you will find the following:

  • New pages that have been added.
  • Pages that have been substantially updated.
  • Other up-to-date postings or relevant news about knitting-crocheting that I find in books, media, and around the Web.
  • Important older pages that you might have otherwise missed.

This is a great page to start with when visiting my site, but it's not the only way to find important information.

You may want to check out my Sitemap where I list all the pages on this website.

Jun 13, 2024

Knitting vs Crocheting: Which Craft is Easier?

A person is seen knitting with gray yarn.

Knitting vs crocheting, is one easier than the other, which is best to learn? We look at all the factors and provide pros and cons for both needlecrafts.

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Jun 08, 2024

20 Half Double Crochet Stitch Variations for Beginners

A half double crochet stitch worked in 100% pink cotton yarn.

Here's 20 half double crochet stitch variations for beginners to try, all easy to master, and each creates a different textured fabric useful to many projects.

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Jun 08, 2024

Half Double Crochet Puff Stitch Tutorial for Beginners

A sample of the half double crochet puff stitch worked in 100% superwash merino yarn

The half double crochet puff stitch creates a lovely textured fabric and it is a beginner friendly stitch pattern. Step-by-step tutorial.

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Jun 06, 2024

Twisted Half Double Crochet Stitch: How and Why

The yarn over crochet techniques demonstrated

The twisted half double crochet stitch is a variation of the typical stitch and creates a fabric that is unique and useful for different projects.

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Jun 06, 2024

What is the Difference Between Wool and Alpaca Yarns?

Three hanks of 100% wool are shown in cream, red and green

There is a difference between wool and alpaca yarns, even though both are animal sourced. Differences, pros and cons of each, and uses of each are explained

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Jun 06, 2024

Crochet Shell Stitches: Tutorials and Free Pattern

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The crochet shell stitches are a rich textural stitch that is very beginner friendly with plenty of uses

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Jun 06, 2024

Crochet Motifs:Beginner-Friendly Tips/Tutorials

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Crochet motifs are small pieces of fabric joined to each other to create something larger. Tutorials for making and then joining them to create new projects.

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Jun 06, 2024

Crochet in the Round for Beginners: Tips & Tutorials

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Crochet in the round for crochet beginners- Learn how to crochet the rounds so you can create beautiful coasters, trivets, hats, even complex wearables

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Jun 06, 2024

How to Crochet Doilies: Three Techniques Still Popular

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Lace Crochet Doilies are beautiful and can be used and displayed in many ways. To make them, you will need to learn at least one if not three methods.

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Jun 06, 2024

Crochet Crunch Stitch Pattern: Tutorial & Free Pattern

A swatch of the crochet crunch stitch worked in olive green cotton yarn

The crochet crunch stitch pattern is an easy beginner-friendly stitch that is created with half double crochet and slip stitchs.

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Jun 06, 2024

Crochet Accessories: What's in Your Tool Box?

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Crochet accessories don't stop with yarn and a hook. There is a wide variety of supplies and tools that will make your crochet projects so much easier

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Jun 06, 2024

A Comprehensive Guide to Yarn for Knit and Crochet Beginners

A young Shih Tzu puppy is sitting on a basket of yarn and swatches

This comprehensive guide to yarn includes understanding types, fibers and weights, as well as how to care for, and choose the best yarn for a particular project

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Jun 06, 2024

Colorwork Knitting: 8 Colorful Techniques to Try

Multicolored yarn

Ready to try colorwork knitting? Learn the many ways to incorporate color into your designs and what methods to use. 7 different colorwork techniques to try.

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Jun 06, 2024

Color Theory for Knitting and Crocheting Projects: How to

yarn shop showing shelves of yarns

Using color theory for knitting and crocheting can be very helpful in picking the right colors for your next project. Learn what works and chose colors you love

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Jun 06, 2024

How to Make the Beginner-Friendly Bamboo Knit Stitch

Bamboo stitch showing right side of fabric

Here is a complete tutorial on how to make the beginner-friendly bamboo knit stitch with tips and photographs

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Jun 06, 2024

Baby Blanket Knit Pattern: Free Pattern

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An easy to do baby blanket knit pattern - step by step process of knitting this baby blanket...

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Jun 06, 2024

Andalusian Knit Stitch Dishcloth: Free Pattern

Andalusian Knit Stitch Dishcloth

Try this free, beginner-friendly Andalusian Knit Stitch Dishcloth pattern which is super fast to make, then whip a couple up for anyone on your list.

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Jun 06, 2024

Garter Stitch Dishcloth Patterns: 4 Free Designs

garter stitch dishcloths, 5 different free beginner friendly patterns

These garter stitch dishcloth patterns are beginner-friendly and are free for your personal use. Learn how create these cloths by made by knit stitches.

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Jun 06, 2024

Bamboo Yarn for Knitting and Crochet: Ready to Experiment?

An assortment of bamboo-cotton yarns in different colors

Have you considered using bamboo yarn for knitting and crochet? Not surprisingly the craft world is going green. Is bamboo is right for your next project?

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Jun 06, 2024

Acrylic vs Cotton Yarn: Which One to Choose?

Stacks of acrylic yarn skeins in shades of blue and green

Acrylic vs cotton yarn, what's the difference? The biggest diffference is that cotton is a plant-based fiber and acrylic is a synthetic material. Explanation.

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Jun 06, 2024

30 Sites With Free Knitting Patterns Online to Make Now

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30 sites with free knitting patterns online. Looking for free patterns, check out these websites to find something to inspire your next project and all free.

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Jun 05, 2024

29 Reversible Knit Stitch Patterns: Creating Fabric Same on Both Sides

Garter knit stitch worked in beige yarn

These Reversible Knit Stitch patterns explore various reversible knit stitches, their benefits, and how to incorporate them into your knitting projects.

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Jun 05, 2024

Basic Knitting Stitches for Beginners: Easy How-to tutorials

Garter knit stitch worked in beige yarn

Mastering these basic knitting stitches for beginners will set a foundation for knitting success. Learn what they are and how to make them.

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Jun 05, 2024

How Many Types of Knit Stitches Are There?

Garter knit stitch worked in gold yarn

Beginners often ask how many types of knit stitches are there to be mastered. The answer may surprise you.

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Jun 05, 2024

Site Map for Smart Knit Crocheting: Complete Site Index of All Pages

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This Site Map displays links to every page of Smart-Knit-Crocheting.com for easy access to every blog post, tutorial and free pattern available.

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Jun 05, 2024

Knitting Stitches Per Inch Chart: Beginner's Guide

A yarn weight chart from the Craft Yarn Council showing yarn weights and approximate stitches per inch.

Here is your knitting stitches per inch chart along with a discussion on how to use this information in your knit projects

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Jun 03, 2024

Free Easy Beginner Crochet Patterns For Those New to Crocheting

Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern Face Cloth worked in 5 colors of 100% cotton.

These easy beginner crochet patterns are for anyone who is new to crocheting but are so fast and easy that those advanced crocheters will love them too.

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Jun 03, 2024

Crochet Suzette Stitch Pattern Facecloth: Free Pattern and Tutorial

The crochet suzette stitch worked in different colors shown as a close up image.

Learn to make the crochet suzette stitch patternfacecloth, by using this easy to follow picture tutorial.

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Jun 01, 2024

Crochet Drunken Granny Stitch Table Runner Free Pattern

A Table Runner worked in the Crochet Drunken Granny Stitch

The crochet drunken granny stitch table runner is a totally free pattern that includes a tutorial on how to make this unique crochet stitch

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May 30, 2024

Crochet Slipper Pattern. Beginner-Friendly Granny Square Project

A solid granny square made into a pair of crochet slippers

How to Make a Crochet Slipper Pattern. This Granny Square Project is easy to crochet and makes an excellent gift for a friend or yourself.

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May 23, 2024

Crochet Hooks: How to Choose the Correct One for Any Project

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Crochet hooks come in so many different sizes shapes and materials. How is the beginning crochet enthusiasts supposed to chose the right hook?

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May 22, 2024

Crochet Terms and Abbreviations: Must Have Beginners' Guide

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Crochet Terms and Abbreviations is an extensive list of all that crochet vocabulary that experienced crocheters know but beginners struggle with. Free Download

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May 20, 2024

How to Read Crochet Patterns: Complete Beginner's Guide

Granny square crochet swatch

Find out how to read crochet patterns for beginners with step-by-step instructions as well as what to look for and how to decipher symbols and abbreviations.

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May 18, 2024

22 Knitting Rib Stitches: How to Knit Rib Stitches and Make Them Pop

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Knitting rib stitches is one of those beginner skills that most knitters can master. This tutorial walls you through the process. Tips to master the rib.

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May 18, 2024

The Mock Cable Knit Pattern: For Those Who Hate Making Cables

Mock cabel knit pattern, showing right side

The Mock cable knit pattern is a beginner-friendly stitch that uses knits and purls and definitely no cable needles. See how easy it can be.

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May 18, 2024

Mattress Stitch in Knitting: A Beginner's guide

The mattress stitch has been pulled tight

Mattress stitch in knitting is a great way to make an invisible seam when joining two pieces of fabric. Step-by-step tutorial.

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May 18, 2024

How to Count Knitting Stitches and Rows

How to count stitches in stockinette stitch

To learn how to count knitting stitches and rows, you must first learn to recognize stitches. Learn the easiest way to count and keep track of your stitches.

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May 18, 2024

Roman Knit Rib Stitch Tutorial: Step-by-Step Directions

A knitted swatch of the Roman knit rib stitch shown in a beige color

The Roman Knit Rib Stitch tutorial is perfect for beginners. An easy textured knit and purl stitch pattern that is lovely on both sides

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May 18, 2024

36 Knit and Purl Stitches: How to Make Them, What to Do With Them

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Knit & Purl stitches are the basis of all knit designs and any beginner can master them, but what can you do with them? Find out how useful these stitches are.

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May 18, 2024

Trinity Knit Stitch Pattern (Rasberry Stitch) Tutorial

 A knit stitch swatch of the Trinity or Rasberry stitch pattern worked in pink yarn

How to make the Trinity Knit Stitch Pattern tutorial; step by step tutorial on everythinhg you need to know about the trinity, rasberry stititch tutorial.

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May 17, 2024

Crochet Hatch Stitch Tutorial and Free Crossbody Bag Pattern

The Crochet hatch stitch in pink

This crochet hatch stitch tutorial includes step-by-step instructions as well as a free summer crossbody bag pattern

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May 17, 2024

Red Heart Granny Square Yarn Review

Red Heart Granny Square Yarn, several crochet squares, scissors, and a crochet hook

Red Heart Granny Square Yarn Review is an unbiased review of this interesting yarn provided to create granny squares without the need to weave-in-yarn tails

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May 14, 2024

Textured Knitting Stitch Patterns: Beginner-Friendly Tutorials

 A knit stitch swatch of the Trinity or Rasberry stitch pattern worked in pink yarn

Textured knitting stitch patterns use knit and purl stitches to produce a textured fabric that is perfect for many projects. Textured knit stitches tutorials.

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May 08, 2024

Granite Lace Knitting Stitch: Step-by-Step Tutorial

First of a five part tutorial on how to make the knit two together

The granite lace knitting stitch is a lovely lacy textured knit stitch that is beginner-friendly and perfect for blankets and scarves.

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May 08, 2024

Weaving in Ends Crochet: Methods and Tutorials

A crochet scarf is shown finished except of weaving in ends.

When weaving in ends crochet, you have options. Various techniquest are discussed with step-by-step tutorials.

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May 08, 2024

Understanding Worsted Weight Yarn: A Beginner's Guide

A selection of yarn in various colors

Understanding worsted weight yarn and other yarn terms can be confusing for beginners. Here's a complete guide to making since of yarn weights.

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Apr 25, 2024

Learn to Knit for Beginners: A Step-by-Step Guide

A project worked in red yarn shown with two human hands

Learn to knit for beginners offers a step by step guide to get you started on your adventure with a list of skills every beginner should know.

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Apr 07, 2024

24 Best Stitches for Knitting Scarves

Chart of Yarn Weights based on the Yarn Craft Council Standards

Here is my collection of the best stitches for knitting scarves for beginners along with free tutorials and directions to complete the projects.

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Apr 07, 2024

How to Count Crochet Stitches and Rows for Beginners

counting crochet stitches, shown blanket stitch worked in teal yarn

If you're wondering how to count crochet stitches, you should know it's not as difficult as you suspect. Learn how to identify and count stitches.

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About Janice

Hi, I’m Janice, the voice behind Smart-Knit-Crocheting. I love to knit and crochet and even more, I love teaching others what I know.

Though I learned to knit and crochet as a child, I didn’t get serious about these amazing hobbies until I retired. I’m a certified knit and crochet instructor through the Craft Yarn Council and am working on becoming a Master Hand Knitter through The Knitting Guild Association.

I’m currently living with my husband of over 50 years and our 7 Shih Tzu dogs.

I love hearing from you, so please drop me a line and let me know what you’re working on, whether you love knitting or crocheting more, and if you have any questions. Please visit my about me page for more information.


Happy Crocheting