Giant Chunky Knit Blankets to Buy or DIY for Your Coziest Winter Yet

A few years ago, super chunky knit blankets started popping up on blogs and Pinterest, and I immediately knew I wanted to knit my own. Mine knit up quite quickly and easily, and I’ve been enjoying its cozy embrace ever since. Now I’m even considering putting one of these kits to knit another on my Christmas list, partly because my cat thinks that the one I made should be reserved soley for her use. Continue Reading

How To: Arm-Knit a Blanket in Just One Hour!

Arm knit blanket

Do you ever wish you could make a blanket yourself, but don't feel like you have the time to? Then a DIY arm knit blanket might be just the project for you! A chunky knit blanket can be completed in about an hour, and it's PERFECT for beginners. But what is “arm knitting,” you might ask? Basically, it's regular knitting, but instead of using needles, you use your arms. As you can imagine, arms in needle terms are big. Continue Reading

How to Upcycle an Old Sweater into a Cozy Knit Pillow

Now that the weather is getting cooler in most places, you may be pulling your sweaters from last year out of the back of your closet. And maybe there are a few that you decide won't be making it into your wardrobe rotation. Before you get rid of an unwanted sweater, consider whether it could have a new life as a sweater pillow. Here's how to add a bit of knit texture to your decor by sewing your own sweater pillow.     Continue Reading

Make This: Simply Striped Baby Blanket

Make This: Crocheted Gender-Neutral Baby Blanket

This project is brought to you by the following joyous news: I'm going to be an aunt! I'm over-the-moon excited, and can't wait to meet my first little niece or nephew. That's right, I said niece OR nephew, and that's because the gender isn't known yet! I'm too excited to wait around to find out whether it's going to be a boy or a girl, and I wanted to get started crocheting a blanket ASAP. I made this gender-neutral baby blanket from a sweet sunflower yellow and cute mint green with alternating white.       Continue Reading

How To: Make Easy DIY String-Wrapped Bottle Vases!

created at: 01/29/2012

I love fun and easy repurposed decor projects and these colorful string-wrapped vases certainly fit that bill!  So save up those empty glass bottles, Curbliers.  It’s time to turn them into something pretty (and useful)!   

 

Rachel Smith, an extremely talented illustrator and the blogger behind Penelope and Pip, shares this simple DIY project.  All you’ll need is a few empty glass bottles, wool yarn (in various colors, weights, etc.), and some trusty Mod Podge.  Check out Penelope and Pip for Rachel’s tips (and beautifully photographed steps) for getting the yarn/glass/glue combo to work just right! Continue Reading

How To: Make a Colorful String-Wrapped Branch Wreath!

created at: 11/23/2011

Simple, easy, and a bit like a friendship bracelet for your door, this DIY branch wreath from Duo Fiberworks is my new favorite thing.  Ye Olde Twig Wreath just got an awesome and colorful update, y’all!     

All you need is an assortment of embroidery floss in your favorite colors and a wreath (they made this one from grapevines but I’ve seen similar ones in craft stores).  Check out the full how-to right here.

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Meanwhile, let’s talk color.   Continue Reading

How To: Make Yarn-Wrapped Gourds for Fall!

created at: 10/17/2011

It’s officially sweater season–even for pumpkins.  Give those dutiful gourds their own yarn-wrapped treatment and warm up your decor in one fell swoop!  

 

Believe it or not, these cozy-looking gourds and pumpkins started their lives as plastic dollar store finds.  Jessica from Two Shades of Pink scored a pack of five for $1 then added a few larger gourds to the mix.  Using yarn she had on hand and her trusty glue gun, she created one of the most cost-effective, easy, and darling fall crafts I’ve seen in a while!   Continue Reading

Crocheting Gone Wild: The Ultimate Yarn Bomb!

created at: 05/15/2011

In March, Brittany showcased some fantastic works of “yarn bombing”, where artists take to the streets armed with crochet needles, covering everything from tree trunks to subway seats.  Now, one artist takes this trend to a whole new level: covering her entire apartment, bathroom fixtures and all.  Creative, brilliant, or just plain nutty – you tell us!  

 

Check out more of artist Agata Oleksiak’s work on NYmag.com!

Uniquely Scandinavian: A Crocheted Stool Makeover

created at: 03/16/2011

I’ve never crocheted before in my life, but after seeing this charming stool I’ve got a serious desire to learn how!  

 

created at: 03/15/2011Kristin from Sweden shared this stool makeover on IKEA Hackers, but I’m wondering what else you could spruce up with a little crochet action… Any ideas?

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While you’re thinking about what else you could cover in yarn, let’s see what we’ll need to create this whimsical stool.

Materials:

Kristin explains she first crocheted long tubes to cover the stool legs and then created the freeform birds.  Continue Reading