Category Archives: Knitting and Crochet

Knit Coasters

By Yarn and Needlework Contributor Stephanie from the blog Twilly 23

Need a quick gift for a housewarming party? Or want to spruce up your own place with some homemade wares? These knit coasters are perfect for both. As an added bonus they’re a great project for beginner knitters to practice their knits and purls. After finishing, wrap these coasters with a pretty bow for a colorful gift!

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The Camel Stitch

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The Camel stitch is quite an understated stitch but a fabulous addition to your stitch library. A well placed row of camel stitches can really make your project pop and help to frame the other textures and stitches in your project. You can see what I mean with the photo below. Here the camel stitch was used both where indicated by the arrows and also to create the ribbing effect of the roll neck.

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Stitch of the Week: X-Stitch

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

The X stitch is such a useful stitch to know. It provides a lot of texture to a project and has quite a bit of give in it so it is perfect for hats, bags and cozies where you may need the project to stretch a little.


This is a fairly simple stitch to do.

Written instructions for this stitch are:

YO, sk 1 st, insert hook into the next st, YO, pull up a loop, YO pull through two loops, YO pull through 2 loops (DC made). YO working behind the stitch you just made and into the skipped stitch, insert your hook from the front of the stitch to the back (It will feel a little awkward) and complete a dc in this st. Cross stitch is made.


The X stitch is worked over two stitches.

These are the stitches we will be using, and are numbered in the order we work them

We skip the first stitch and work a dc (double crochet) into the next stitch as per the photo below.

The first dc is completed.

Working behind the first stitch, we need to do a dc in the skipped stitch. The following photo shows you how the hook will need to be inserted. This is the slightly awkward par, but when you get used to it its fine. Note that usually I push the first dc down to the front to get into the second stitch but that made for a confusing photo!

This photo show the hook working behind the first dc made and into the skipped stitch

You will then complete your dc as usual.

And then your X stitch is complete!

We also have a video on our YouTube channel.

Visit Sunflower Cottage Crochet to get a free Coffee Beanie Cozy Pattern using the X-Stitch.  Theses Coffee Cozies make the perfect gifts for most ages and use around 30 yards of 100% cotton so are a great scrap buster too!


Mug Cozy Crochet Pattern

By Crochet Contributors Sara & Helen. Follow them on their blog, Sunflower Cottage Crochet.

As you can see in the picture, it’s a nice and easy pattern you can use to whip up fast in any yarn you’d like (I still recommend cotton for anything kitchen/bath related), add your fancy button, and sell a ton of them at craft fairs!

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