This instructional knitting video demonstrates how to use a yarn ball winder and umbrella swift. Use the umbrella swift to wind balls of yarn onto a ball winder. Never let a quantity of yarn go to waste from being tangled up. If you are a devout knitter, you will want to have ...more
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A classic demonstration on how to wind a center pull ball of yarn. take the end of the yarn and wrap it around Your fingers. Keep wrapping over the first loop to shape it like a ball but keep the first loop sticking out. When everything has been winded up, just pull the first ...more
This video will teach you how to join a new ball of yarn to your knitting using the "knitting in" method. With sly handiwork you can begin to weave in a new ball of yarn without dropping the old strand of yarn. It helps to knit in the new yarn in a less visible area.
See how to add a new ball of yarn when knitting, with this easy, up close demonstration by Judy Graham, Knitter to the Stars. Judy's knits have appeared in movies, television, and concerts for over thirty years. She herself has been hand-knitting for over fifty. Watch as she t ...more
This video demonstrates a simple way to join a new ball of yarn into your knitting projects. Watch and learn.
Tired of static cling? You can make your very own dryer balls that will prevent your clothes from having static clean and it only takes some yarn and pantyhose. You can even make scented dryer balls using this method. Make a dryer ball that will eliminate static cling without ...more
Add even more personal touches to your crocheted items. This how to video is a tutorial on how to make pom pom balls out of yarn. These pom pom balls are super easy to make and are a great way to decorate scarves and hats.
Like getting your watercolor papers and paints ready before you unravel a Monet-worthy masterpiece for the ages, knitting takes some prepwork that many beginning knitters may forget about. While it may seem that alll you need are two knitting needles and a ball of yarn, skeins ...more
The key to controlling the tension in your crochet project comes from the yarn ball. This tutorial shows you a couple tips on how to set up your yarn, and then a few techniques on using your hands to add the right amount of tension to your projects.
Knitted balls can be used for all sorts of projects. The obvious is a Christmas ornament, but knitted balls can also be the basis for knitting toys or snowmen. And of course, they can be used simply as balls which make a lovely gift for a baby. They can be all one color, strip ...more
There will be times when you will want to knit an edging onto your work. Here's how to do it. It's best to use a smaller needle for edging than the one you used for the project. Go into every stitch on the edge with your needle. Put the stitches onto your needle as you PICK TH ...more
Cat Morley and her charming Scottish accent show you how to knit in this video crafting tutorial. Learn how to cast on, hold the knitting needles, knit stitch, pearl stitch, change a ball of yarn (great for changing colors, or even when running out of yarn), decrease stitches, ...more
Wristies are useful for any cook - use them to hold your sleeves in place while you're cooking. You will need a size J hook, scissors, some clear jewelry thread and a ball of eyelash yarn in your favorite color.
Any good crochet artist will tell you that most crochet patterns can be mastered more easily simply by sticking to one color yarn. Once you begin adding different colors to the same stitch, it becomes an integrative process as well as a learning one. The multiple for this pro ...more
Watch this crochet video for a tip on retaining that runaway ball of yarn. When using a small ball of wool in crochet projects, it helps to keep the wool in a ceramic bowl. As the yarn unwinds, the ball can roll but will stay in place, avoiding the danger of rolling under the ...more
This video demonstrates how to make a funky yarn pom pom. Take a yarn of your choice that matches your scarf. Take one end of the string and start winding it not too tightly around your fingers. Leave back enough string for the pom pom for the other end. Cut the string using a ...more
This video crocheting tutorial demonstrates how to do single crochet stitches for Japanese amigurumi shapes. This pattern will make a ball shape, useful for amigurumi yarn toys. Learn how to stitch a single crochet for ball shapes by watching this instructional video.
In order to make a puppet out of a paper, you will need the following: a paper bag, glue, eyes, markers, cotton balls, sock, and yarn. With the fold up the small paper bag facing you, on a flat surface, glue the eyes on to the folded portion of the bag. Glue the cotton ball o ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to use a yarn bowl when knitting. The side of the bowl will have a slit in it where you can place your yarn while you are working on a project. Use hand wound balls or any other type. First place the yarn in the bowl and then string it through th ...more
A styler pen lets you thread yarn through your Knifty Knitter tool much looser than if you had done it by hand. They're not sold in stores, but you can make your own by taking apart a properly sized ball point pen!
Shelley Lovett from ChildCare shows us how to make a cotton ball snowman. This is a great activity for developing fine motor skills. The snowman comes in a several variations, there is a snowman that has circles on its tummy so that children would have to try and place the cot ...more
In this video you can learn about gauge, picking up stitches, and joining a new ball of yarn. Part 1 of 2 - How to Pick up stiches for knitting. Part 2 of 2 - How to Pick up stiches for knitting.
So you're staring at your un-knitted ball of yarn wondering, "What have I gotten myself into?" Fear not, a simple slip knot is the first step in any knitting project, so after this lesson you'll be an expert in getting started.
We enjoy the fuzzy wool yarns at craft stores as much as any other knitter, but did you know that yarn doesn't have to be made from wool or any of the typical yarn fibers? In fact, you can make your own yarn at home. Don't worry, we're not going to put you in front of a weavin ...more
Want to make a gift for a friend? Or just something fun for yourself? Just grab some yarn and get ready to make the Weave it to Beaver Necklace, shown in this how-to jewelry-making video! You will need a ball of yarn and a pair of scissors. Follow along with this video activit ...more
This video shows how to do a knit-in join of the same color yarn. This will join your new ball of same color yarn in a way that won't show in your finished product. Do a knit-in join of same color yarn. Click through to watch this video on knittinghelp.com
This how-to crochet video offers a simple pattern and instruction for stitching your own cute and easy crocheted hat. Knitted hats don't have to be for winter. While a cozy hat will protect you from the cold, a lighter yarn can add some style in warmer months as well. Check ou ...more
Want to create an extreme crochet project? Start with a P size hook and a few balls of your favorite yarns. You can use the large P hook to combine multiple strands of yarn together for an extreme effect in your next project.
This is a lovely craft project you can do with kids - make a bunch of acorns that you can use as fall or winter decorations. You will need: small foam balls, mod podge, brown acrylic paint, glitter and brown yarn for the cap.
This video demonstrates the fine art of intarsia knitting, this is used to create patterns with multiple colors. Blocks of color are worked with separate balls or bobbins of yarn. Do intarsia knitting. Click through to watch this video on knittinghelp.com
This do it yourself centerpiece is brought to you by A-Bnc parties and more. This starts of by making the bow, shown by painting a dowel and letting it dry. Then glue the 'frogs' at the ends of the dowel and glue fishing line to both frogs and trim to fit. Next take a polystyr ...more
Choose a cheap leaflet, get a size H hook and a ball of worsted weight yarn. Your yarn loops spend most of their time on the part of hook between the taper and the thumb-rest. However, this doesn't seem like the right thing to do, and you are right. The working area on a threa ...more
African children have been fashioning soccer balls from condoms since condoms became widely distributed by large health education campaigns promoting AIDS awareness. But it is the anticipation of the hype related to the 2010 South African World Cup that inspired this elegant s ...more
Learn intarsia knitting using a graph in this five part video tutotial series. When knitting intarsia, blocks of color are worked with separate balls or bobbins of yarn, producing a sweater only one layer thick. Get the free simple heart chart used in these videos, here. Part ...more
There aren't many vids out there about how to work with silk hankies and how to spin with them. I also found that you can easily roll the silk "roving" into a ball. I tend to do this when I need a lot of silk to ply with another single so that way it does not take as long to m ...more
Using an egg yarn dispenser provides more consistent results, is quicker, and results in less material waste than tying egg patterns without a dispenser. You can use a drinking straw, the empty shaft of a ball-point pen.
Swatching for work in the round is necessary because people often have different tensions between how they work a knit and a purl. This method of working a flat swatch from the front wastes less yarn and is neater than leaving a long loop across the back of every row. Watch th ...more
Puppet time! Kids of all ages can make and play with these. You Will Need * An adult-sized sock * Scissors * Felt * A hot glue gun and glue * Buttons or googly eyes * Yarn * Accessories Step 1 Put the sock on your hand with your fingers in the toe and your wrist at the heel o ...more
If you have some looming skills when it comes to knitting, then this scarf should be a great project to try out! It's a poodle scarf, called that because of its use of Pomp-a-Doodle yarn from Red Heart. It's an exceptional scarf that you can loom-knit in virtually no time! You ...more
In this tutorial, we learn how to crochet a goldfish style dog or cat chew toy. Start with a slipknot, then chain 2. Now, do 5 single crochets next to the hook. Then, do a slip stitch to finish and then knot. Now, make the eyeball by using a yarn needle and black yarn. Go thro ...more
Socks may be one of the lamest gifts you could get someone, especially a child… or a boyfriend or girlfriend. But there is one exception… homemade knitted socks. Make these super simple, handcrafted socks for everyone in your family. You Will Need * Two size 8 knitting needle ...more
Knitting with the wrong needles is like playing soccer with a bowling ball –you’ll end up frustrated and disappointed. You Will Need * The pattern for the project you plan to knit Step 1. Check instructions Check the instructions of the pattern you’ve chosen. It may requir ...more
I love cats (dogs too - but that's a subject for a different article...;o)). There are few things more enjoyable than welcoming an adorable little kitten into one's house; watching them inspect their mysterious new surroundings - timidly at first - and then quickly make it the ...more
If you knit with a knitting machine, a cone of yarn proves much more useful than a standard ball of yarn. This instructional knitting video demonstrates how an electric cone winder works. This little machine allows one to quickly wind a ball of yarn onto a cardboard cone.
So Christmas is coming up, and you want to make a couple of presents for your friends and family, who you don't really feel like splurging on- but want to make something from the heart. You've tried other stuff, and you totally failed at the Cross-stitch from last year, have y ...more
Camping in the rain sucks. It's not enough to deal with your clothes and tent being soaked—it makes starting a fire nearly impossible if you're not carrying waterproof matches. You can buy them pretty much anywhere that sells camping gear, but if you've got regular matches and ...more
Halloween is only a few short weeks away, and most people are scrambling to get their costumes together before the big night. The secret to a great getup is all in the details, and including your pet in the fun can be exactly what you need to take your costume to the next leve ...more
If you save scraps of yarn, and have a dog, this is an easy project for you. The Mobius scarf has the advantage of not having any ends to come untied, or dangle down for your dog to trip over, or get tangled in branches and stuff. I made this one for Pepper, my 16lb rat terrie ...more