October 1, 2020
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There are times when we all wish we could knit a bit faster – usually if we’ve got a project we want to finish for a birthday or other special occasion. And, of course, there are some makes that feature large areas in an easy but not very exciting stitch pattern, and you want to get these sections completed...
Zips are the ultimate functional fastening, ideal for garments, bags and cushion covers. They come in many weights and lengths and a wide range of colours, and can be used between two knitted edges. If you’re looking to add this fab functionality to your makes, here is an easy to follow step-by-step guide we’ve made just for you… Choosing the right...
Today we’re putting one of our favourite customising techniques under the Crea microscope: fringes! Why do we love fringes so much? They’re quick to do, you can use your yarn ends, and best of all, they have the power to totally transform your knitting and craft projects. And they are true multi-taskers: a simple fringed finish can beautify an untidy...
If you’re ready to tackle your first sweater but feel a bit daunted by the prospect, then don’t worry – we’ve got some handy tips and advice to help you get started.  First of all, if you’re feeling nervous about tackling a big adult sweater then make a child’s size first or a baby garment. Even if there isn’t a...
You naturally want your lovingly made hand knits to last a very long time – and they will if you clean and curate them with equal care. Here are a few ideas on how to keep them looking as fresh and vibrant as they day you created them… It’ll become a matter of routine and take up little extra...
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Dropped a stitch? And it’s formed a LADDER?! No worries – this super-clear, step-by-step video shows you how to pick up knit and purl stitches, and how to knit backwards if you spot a mistake quite quickly. Also see how to add a ‘lifeline’ to your knitting for more complicated sections that might prove tricky, or where a mistake...
If you’re new to knitting (or even if you’re not), it always helps to connect with other knitters and share tips, tricks and ideas. We asked our Facebook community about the things they wish they’d known when they got started. Here are some of our favourite reader tips and tricks. Pick the right toolkit Metal, plastic, bamboo… we all have different...
Have you ever admired cable knitting but thought “That looks a bit too tricky for me”? Well, never fear, we’ve caught up with the Queen of Cables (and the editor of Knit & Stitch Creative), Lynne Watterson to ask her advice. Cables add texture and surface pattern to your knitting and you can create some stunning effects – so...
You’ve probably heard of English and continental knitting, well there’s another style to add to the list – Portuguese knitting. Also known as Andean knitting, Incan knitting and ‘around the neck’ knitting (more on that later), this style is popular in Spain, Portugal and Latin American countries. The difference between English and continental knitting styles lies in how the working...
Unfortunately, brioche knitting is nothing to do with cake! But on the plus side, it is a great knitting technique that’s well worth trying out. Brioche knitting produces a finished piece of work that looks like conventional ribbing but with with more pronounced ridges formed by the knit stitches. A finished piece of brioche knitting is also thicker and...

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