Knitted shorts by Tejiendo la isla: a refreshing pattern to knit in summer with Love Denim

Knitted shorts

When I was a little girl I use to wear a pair of shorts to do gymnastics, they were navy blue with white stripes at one side. Those shorts were practically indestructible. Furthermore, my mother recycled the ones that weren’t suitable for school anymore and I’d wear them during the summer. The Caroline knitting pattern is inspired by those shorts. Moreover, it’s a basic, easy to knit item which is both comfortable to wear and can be combined with everything. Therefore, I propose that you let your creative side loose with the Love Denim (a recycled yarn in shades of…

7 dresses, outfit and accessory patterns to sew in our most suitable fabric for summer: poplin

Summer sewing patterns

Now that the summer is here you probably want to be outdoors and make the most of the moment! But also to dedicate some time to your favourite hobby, true? Dresses, baby outfits and a basket set: Three ideal projects to stand out from the crowd at the beach, swimming pool or on your favourite terrace this summer. This season we have 25 new 100% cotton poplin fabrics which also carry the STANDARD 100 by OEKO-TEX® certification. Furthermore, these are cheerful and a lot of fun. You’ll find monkeys, koalas, hippopotamuses, cats, birds and a lot of Mother Nature in…

What to crochet in summer? 10 free crochet patterns to make ponchos, shawls, beach wraps, bikinis…

Free crochet patterns

Summer holidays are for resting, enjoying and relaxing whilst crocheting! That’s why we are proposing 10 free crochet patterns to pack in your summer suitcase. Thus you can make an impression on the beach, by the swimming pool, on the campsite… Ponchos, shawls, vests, beach wraps, bikinis… They are all simple and easy crochet projects that you can take with you anywhere. Furthermore, you only need one ball of Silk Degradé, Funny Rainbow, Soleil, Funny Rainbow Star or Jaipur Cake cake type yarn to crochet the majority of these projects. There’s no doubt that these balls of cake yarn are…

Crochet Duffle Bag with sailor stripes by Regina: Make a simple and practical navy-chic style backpack

Crochet Duffle Bag

Hello everyone, my name is Regina. I’m 46 years old, a happily married mother with two children and I live and work in Klagenfurt am Wörthersee in Austria. I love everything related to wool. Above all, I am most passionate about crochet. So much so that three years ago I launched my own brand designed & handmade by REGINA. Since then I’ve been designing instructions for adult, baby and children’s clothing, but above all, my crochet bags are very popular. As a result, I am sharing the Strandgeflüster (Beach whispers in German) crochet duffle bag tutorial with you. Enjoy creating…

Learning to sew: How to apply and sew a bias tape and a pocket in stretch fabric

how to sew a bias

In our sewing class today it’s the turn of two techniques that you will use when working with stretch fabrics: How to apply and sew a bias and a pocket. For these techniques we have used the East Kangaroo sweat fabric and the Bodysuit with straps pattern. Stretch fabrics are both comfortable and cool which makes them ideal for sewing summer garments. But before anything else, we have a few useful few tips that will help make it really easy for you to sew with stretch fabrics. Firstly, always use the correct sewing machine needle for stretch fabrics which has…

10 easy crochet tops for women: basic, classic, openwork, floral, zigzag…

easy crochet tops

Which garment is essential, quick and easy to crochet? The summer top! There’s no doubt that jerseys, vests or crochet tops are pleasant projects. At Katia we want you to be able to relax and enjoy yourself whilst knitting or crocheting, especially if you are on holiday. Therefore, we are proposing a selection of 10 different crochet tops for women, but all so easy to make. Furthermore, if you do decide to make one of them, remember that all of our patterns are available (to buy or for free) in a downloadable PDF format on our website. You can also…

Rompers, bodysuits, onesies, baby dungarees. 4 essential items of baby clothing for this Summer

baby onnesie

It’s getting warmer and the little ones of the house also want to enjoy summer, feel free and keep cool. With this in mind, the star garments for their first months of life have lots of different names: rompers, onesies, dungarees, snowsuits, leggings with feet, christening gowns, bloomers, bodysuits and rompers. In fact, a whole world to discover if you are a first time mum. When you need to choose the most suitable garments for your baby you basically need to have two things in mind: comfort and functionality. To ensure that your baby has the freedom of movement it…

5 Kids Fashion Trends for Summer 2019: The coolest and most amusing handknit garments for kids

The school year is at an end and the kids are already dreaming about the summer holidays. We have to admit that we also looking forward to the sun, sea and ice cream. Therefore, on this occasion we are going to show you our 5 coolest and most amusing Kids Fashion Trends for Summer 2019. And, as you already know, you can knit all of them thanks to our Katia Kids 89 magazine. 5 Kid’s Fashion Trends We invite you to take a stroll along the coast. Discover the simplicity of sailor style sweaters and the fun of tops with…

Maternity and sewing: a tandem that awakens your most creative side. Lidia tells us her story

Maternity and sewing

Hello, my name is Lidia and I’m a mother with two kids aged 2 and 5 years old. I live in a village near Barcelona and I love to travel, cook, read, sew and all things DIY in general. I’m a special education teacher. I love my job, and although I haven’t got a lot of free time, sewing and knitting are my therapy. I need this space, those five minutes of sewing or knitting with the background music on and nothing else to distract me. These moments give me the peace and energy I need to continue with my…

Triangular crochet shawl made from only one ball of Funny Rainbow Star by Mely Raya

Triangular shawl

My name is Mely Raya (winner of the Katia Designers Awards 3, Crochet Accessories category), I’m a teacher and I live in Almería. I’ve been doing crochet, which I learned thanks to tutorials on social networks, for 8 years now. First and foremost, I like simple patterns made with calmness, care, lit candles and cups of tea. Therefore, I would like to share with you how to crochet the Verbena Shawl. This is a lineal triangular shawl featuring a combination of relief stitch and openwork eyelet stitch patterns. As I always comment to the students in my workshops: the real secret…