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Makerspace Resource Guide: Knitting/Crochet

Knitting 101: Casting On

Published on December 9, 2013
This tutorial shows you how to get the yarn on your needles. This is the first skill you need to learn to start knitting!

Source: Sheep & Stitch on YouTube

Inspiration Blogs

A Purl Stitch - This blog has tutorials that are beginner-friendly, pattern reviews, and interviews. This blog author uses social media to engage and inspire others in the online knitting community. 

A Friend to Knit With - This blog features pattern tutorials and modern knitting inspiration.

Poppy and Bliss - This crochet blog has colorful and vibrant photography, free crochet patterns, and tutorial. The tutorials feature brightly colored home decor and functional pieces, such as a market bag and washcloths. 

Brooklyn Tweed - This blog covers trends, techniques, and materials for knitting. 

Crochet Basics

Published on March 16, 2015
Learn how to crochet! This tutorial is for the absolute beginner.

Source: simplydaisy on YouTube

Yarn and String Crafts

Perfect Tassels - This easy tutorial shows you all the supplies you will need to make tassels to embellish your next knitting or crochet projects. Tassels can also be used for making jewelry or other crafts. 

Fluffy Pompoms - Craftsy shows 3 ways to make pompoms from yarn. Pompoms can be used to embellish knit/crocheted hats, decorate gifts, and other craft projects.

Macrame Wall Hanging for Beginners - This tutorial shows how to make a wall hanging and can be a creative way to use up extra yarn. The step-by-step instructions, simple materials, and photos make this tutorial beginner friendly. 

Online Resources for Knitting and Crochet

Learn to Knit - This Martha Stewart tutorial visually teaches the basics of knitting. Learn how to start a knitting project and tackle more advanced skills, such as changing colors and making fancy cable designs.

How to Knit in the Round - Learn how to use circular knitting needles, a tool that makes it easier for beginners to tackle more advanced skills. Make an infinity scarf with only one pair of needles!

Knit vs. Crochet - Ever wondered what the difference is between these two traditional crafts? The Craft Yarn Council explains what makes both forms unique.

Knit 911 - Learn intermediate knitting skills and learn to troubleshoot some common issues. This visual tutorial by the Craft Yarn Council makes it easy to improve your projects and increase your knitting skills.

Wool and the Gang - Top Ten Knitting Tips. Learn the basics needed to start knitting!

Knitting 101 with Design Sponge - Learn  knitting basics from casting on to simple stitches to get started. This printable tutorial is ideal for beginners. Video Tutorial Collection - This site is great for knitters of all levels, especially visual learners. These easy-to-follow video tutorials break down knitting into basic techniques. There are also more advanced tutorials for colorwork, button bands, and borders for your project needs. There are tutorials for knitters of all levels on this site. 


Learn How to Crochet - The Craft Yarn Council has beginner-friendly tutorials to teach you the basics of crochet. Learn how to crochet a simple square, which can be the foundation for bigger projects, such as blankets or scarves.

How to Read a Crochet Pattern - Learn crochet vocabulary and expand your skills through this illustrated guide. 

Crochet 911 - Learn how to increase your crocheting skills with this visual guide by the Craft Yarn Council. 

Crochet Bears Pattern - Make a unique gift with this pattern from Peppermint Mag.

Morning Chores Top 25 Tutorials for Crochet - This site has a curated list of beginner-friendly tutorials for crocheting. Visually appealing tutorials and simple projects will help you get started with crochet.

Library Resources: Knitting & Crochet

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