Knit & Crochet Blog

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.

Jan 25, 2021

Knit Wits Newsletter: Smart Knit Crocheting

Knit Wits Newsletter Previous editions can be found here for easy reference

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Jan 25, 2021

Knitting Supplies: Essentials for the Beginner Knitter

This knitting supplies list is not exhaustive, but include those essentials that all new knitters should have on hand for a successful start.

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Jan 25, 2021

Crochet Stitches: Basic Stitches with Pictures & Instructions

Learn how to work basic crochet stitches and those more advanced ones with straightforward instructions, photographs and video tutorials.

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Jan 25, 2021

Smart Knit Crocheting: Learn to Knit or Crochet, the Smart Way

To knit or crochet smart, you may want to follow someone else's instructions. But designing your own may be just as fun.

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Jan 23, 2021

Baby Crochet Pattern: Creative Ideas for Your Favorite Infant

To make a baby crochet pattern you have to remember your childhood. Just play and be creative. You will be amazed by the results.

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Jan 21, 2021

How to Make the Double Crochet Stitch

The double crochet stitch is a basic but very versatile stitch used in hundreds of project. Picture how to with detailed instructions.

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Jan 19, 2021

Single Crochet Stitch: How to Single Crochet for the Crochet Beginner

The single crochet stitch is the most basic one: Learn how it is made and what you can do once you master this stitch.

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Jan 18, 2021

How to Make the Crochet Slip Knot Chain Stitch

Tutorial on the Crochet Slip Knot and Chain Stitch for beginners just getting started, directions, photos, video

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Jan 13, 2021

Crochet Gauge Swatch: How to Make it Perfect from the Beginning

The crochet gauge swatch is a small square approximately 4 x 4 made in the same stitch as your pattern and will help assure your finished project is sized right

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Jan 10, 2021

Wool Knitting Yarn - the best natural fiber for knitting...

The best natural fiber for knitting is Wool Knitting Yarn - soft, supple, and oh, so warm...

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Jan 09, 2021

How to read knitting patterns for the Beginner: Step by Step Guide

If you need help with reading knitting patterns, here's your guide. This is meant as a basic or beginner guide to reading knitting instructions.

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Jan 06, 2021

Crochet Accessories: What's in your Crochet Bag?

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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Dec 31, 2020

Crochet Terms and Abbreviations

Crochet Terms and Abbreviations

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Dec 29, 2020

How to crochet - The Smart and Simple Way

Once you know how to crochet three basic stitches, you are ready to create all kinds of projects from patterns or your own creations.

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Dec 28, 2020

Health Benefits of Knitting and Crocheting

Did you know that there are health benefits of knitting and crocheting? Physical, emotional and psychological benefits explored.

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Dec 28, 2020

Knitting Garter Stitch - casting on, knitting this most basic stitch

How to Knit Garter Stitch - the stitch that begins it all...

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Dec 28, 2020

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

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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Dec 20, 2020

Knitting Terms and Abbreviations Used in Patterns

These knitting terms and abbreviations are the most common ones found in knitting patterns; abbreviations and explanations.

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Dec 20, 2020

Yarn Labels: How to Read and Understand What You are Getting

Yarn labels can be tricky to the newbie knitter or those who want to crochet with yarn. Here a guide to the most common symbols and what they mean.

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Dec 14, 2020

Snowball

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: chain 2 Row 1: into the second chain from hook work 6 single crochet and join with a slip stitch

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Dec 09, 2020

Christmas Moss Stitch Dishcloth

Hook size: 3.00 mm Weight: 4 meduim 100% cotton was used for this project. Foundation Row: chain 30 Row 1: single crochet in the fourth chain from the

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Oct 27, 2020

Free Knit Dishcloth Patterns - with some crochet thrown in...

Free Knit Dishcloth Patterns, and some crochet designs too...

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Jul 17, 2020

Medicine Cabinet Liner

Hook size: 3.5 mm Weight: 4 medium 100 % cotton yarn was used for the project This is a simple liner that would be good for a beginner crochet project

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Jul 15, 2020

Penguin Applique

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium with white yarn Foundation Row: make a magic circle Row 1: single crochet x6 around row and join with a slip stitch

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Jul 13, 2020

Bear Applique

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: magic circle Row 1: single crochet x6 around row and join with a slip stitch Row 2: single crochet

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Jul 10, 2020

Toy Cupcake

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: magic circle Row 1: single crochet x6 around row and join with a slip stitch Row 2: single crochet

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Jul 08, 2020

Toy Doughnut

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Make 2 in different colors Foundation Row: chain 14 Row 1: single crochet around row and join with a slip stitch

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Jul 06, 2020

Candy Applique

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: magic circle Row 1: half double crochet x8 in the circle and join with a slip stitch Row 2: half

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Jul 03, 2020

Toy Candy Wrapper

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 1 fine Foundation Row: chain 14 Row 1 - 15: single crochet around row and join with a slip stitch Row 16: on either end

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Jul 01, 2020

Toy Baby Bottles

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Row 1: magic circle Row 2: single crochet x6 around row and join with a slip stitch Row 3: single crochet x2 in

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Jun 30, 2020

Emoji Soother Holder

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium With red yarn ( make 2) Chain 3 insert hook into 3rd chain from the hook work 3 treble crochets attaching each to

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Jun 26, 2020

Bags and Purses - Crocheted, Knitted and Knotted

Bags and Purses - crocheted, knitted and knotted...

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Jun 26, 2020

Baby Layette - crocheted, knitted and precious

Baby Layette - crocheted, knitted and precious...

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Jun 24, 2020

Toy Cherries

Hook Size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Cherry Make 2 Foundation Row: magic circle Row 1: single crochet x4 around row and join with a slip stitch Row

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Jun 12, 2020

Yellow Emoji Bookmark

Hook Size: 3.5 mm and 2.5 mm Weight: 4 meduim Yellow Bookmark Foundation Row: chain 11 Row 1 - 33: single crochet across row chain 1 and turn. Weave

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Jun 08, 2020

Toy Watermelon

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: chain 2 With pink yarn Row 1: into the second chain from hook work 6 single crochet and join with

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Jun 05, 2020

Toy Pancake with butter

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 Make 2 Foundation Row: chain 2 Row 1: into the second chain from hook work 6 single crochet around row and join with a

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Jun 03, 2020

Blind Cleaner

Hook size: 3.5 mm Weight: 4 medium This project was created with 100 % cotton yarn. It is easier to wash and can be re-used. This is a simple project

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May 29, 2020

Child's Crown

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: chain 90 Row 1: single crochet in the back bumps around row and join with a slip stitch Row 2:

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May 27, 2020

Blue Door Bookmark

Hook size: 3.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Three colors of acrylic yarn were used in this project. Blue, white and black yarn. This is a very simple project

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May 20, 2020

Bacon Bookmark

Hook size: 2.50 mm Weight: 4 medium 2 colors yellow and rust were ├╣sed for the project shown Foundation row: chain 56 Row 1: single crochet in second

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May 15, 2020

Some Crochet Toy Vegetables

Hook Size: 3.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Toy Carrot Hook Size: 3.5 mm Weight: 4 medium With the orange colored yarn Foundation Row: magic circle Row

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May 14, 2020

Common Terms and Abbreviations

There are differences in the UK terms and the US terms. Beginning |beg | Back loop |bl | Back Post |bp

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May 11, 2020

Front Post Treble Back Post Double Crochet Stitch Dishcloth

Hook size 3.5 mm Weight: 4 white and 3 peach This pattern can be used with one weight as well. The use off 2 different weights was simply a design choice.

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May 08, 2020

Owl Applique

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium Foundation Row: make a magic circle Row 1: single crochet around row and join with a slip stitch Row 2: single

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May 06, 2020

Matching hat to Drunken Granny Stitch Scarf Striped

2 different sizes of circular knitting needles were used for this project 4.00 mm and 2.25 mm Weight: 4 medium Cast on 100 stitches with 2.25 mm knitting

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May 01, 2020

Ear Mask Protector

Hook size: 2.5 mm Weight: 4 medium 100% cotton yarn was used for the project so that it can be washed and reused Foundation Row: chain 26 Row 1: single

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Apr 29, 2020

Frizbee

Hook size: 3.5 mm Weight: 4 Foundation row: chain 2 Row 1: into second chain from hook work 6 single crochet Row 2:in each space around the row work

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Apr 27, 2020

Drunken Granny Stitch Scarf Striped

Hook size: 6.00 mm and 4.5 mm hook Weight: 4 medium acrylic yarn The foundation row was done with an 6.00 mm hook and the rest of the project was done

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