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.

Mar 03, 2021

Twisted Stitch is not Always an Error.

Twisted Stitch does a good job when you know how to use it properly. Find out how to get rig of holes along the raglan lines of a seamless sweater.

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Mar 03, 2021

Knitting Stitches for Beginners

These easy knitting stitches for beginners include all the basic stitch patterns with links to detailed tutorials, pictures and instructions.

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Mar 03, 2021

Basketweave Knit Stitch: Directions and Tutorials

The basketweave knit stitch is an easy to learn beginner stitch that relies on knowing knit and purl stitches. There are many variations and some are included.

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Mar 03, 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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Feb 28, 2021

Seed Stitch Knitting: Learn How to Knit it the Smart Way

Seed stitch knitting is ideal for the beginner because it consists of just knit and purl stitches. Learn how to make it with tutorials and pictures.

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Feb 22, 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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Feb 22, 2021

Rib Stitch Knitting: How to Make it Look Great

Rib stitch knitting is easy to do and the variety nearly endless, but here are some tutorials to make it look straight every time.

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Feb 22, 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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Feb 22, 2021

How to Read Knitting Charts - an important skill

Knitting charts and written instructions are equally useful for gaining your mastery and pleasure from knitting. Lets learn how to read knitting symbols and charts.

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Feb 22, 2021

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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Feb 22, 2021

Knitting Needle Conversion Chart, Free Printable and Explanations

This knitting needle conversion chart takes the confusion out of which needles to get and provides detailed information about all types of needles.

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Feb 22, 2021

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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Feb 22, 2021

Choose your free crochet patterns in charts.

The library of free crochet patterns in charts. Perhaps there are more of them than you can manage. Do you really need that many?

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Feb 22, 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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Feb 21, 2021

Understanding Gauge in Knitting Projects

Gauge in knitting projects may be essential if you want the finished project to fit. Learn how to manage and fix your gauge to make each project fit perfectly.

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Feb 18, 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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Feb 16, 2021

Baby Sweater Pattern: Measurements and Design

How to make a pattern for baby sweater. Step-by-step instruction for knitting or crocheting a baby sweater.

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Feb 14, 2021

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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Feb 14, 2021

Purl Stitch. Two Methods of Purling.

The purl stitch is one of the two major stitches in knitting. Quality of knitting fabric depends the way you purl the stitch.

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Feb 14, 2021

The Stockinette Stitch: Many Ways to Make It

The stockinette stitch is one of the basic knitting stitch patterns that beginners learn, but there are more than one way to do it.

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Feb 10, 2021

The Knit Stitch. Two Simple Methods of Making the Garter Stitch

The knit stitch is one of the two major stitches in knitting. Quality of knitting fabric depends whether you use front or back loop for knitting it.

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Feb 09, 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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Feb 07, 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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Feb 07, 2021

Half Double Crochet |Smart Knit Crocheting

The half double crochet stitch is easy and fun to work. Learn how it's made, what it's used for, and practice a few alternative ways of making the stitch.

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Feb 04, 2021

Barbie DIY - knit and crochet Barbie doll clothes and accessories

Barbie DIY - knit and crochet your own Barbie doll clothes and accessories. Free Patterns and Accessories

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Feb 04, 2021

Knit Hand Mitts: Super Easy, Beginner Project Free Pattern

These knit hand mitts will keep your hands toasty warm but allow you to text or use your fingers freely. This free pattern is a beginner project -super easy.

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Feb 04, 2021

How to Treble Crochet (aka Triple Crochet)

The treble crochet stitch, also called the Triple Crochet is a beginner stitch that is easy to pick up and fast to make. A good stitch if you want a loose fabric.

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Jan 31, 2021

How to Crochet in the Round: Step by Step Instructions

Learning how to crochet in the round is not difficult but requires a few extra steps . Several methods are shown with instructions and photos.

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Jan 31, 2021

Contact Me about knitting or crocheting.

Contact Me page for Smart knitting-crocheting. You are welcome to make suggestions and comments to help this new site become a really useful "How to Do" site."

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Jan 29, 2021

How to Knit a Scarf.

To learn how to knit a scarf is easy. It is one of the simplest projects. But even simple technique can bring glamorous results.

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Jan 29, 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 28, 2021

How to Make a Garment. Knitting and Crocheting Patterns

If you've ever tried to make a garment, you know that the major concern is whether it will fit you. Learn how to make a pattern for you garment.

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Jan 28, 2021

Knit Wits Newsletter: Smart Knit Crocheting

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

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Jan 28, 2021

A Sweater Pattern with Drop Shoulders

The drop-shoulder style sweater pattern is the simplest one of any sleeve style - the simple design makes it very popular for crocheting or knitting sweaters

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Jan 27, 2021

Crochet Books. Must have or read.

A lot of crochet books to chose from. Which one is the most helpful and useful? Find out and make your own decision

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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 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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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 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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