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3 colour combinations to knit your next Merino jumper using stripes, jacquard, granny squares…

colour combinations

Are you unsure about how to combine colours for your knit and crochet projects? Then take note of these 3 colour combinations. You can knit or crochet them using our wide range of Merino yarn. We suggest the following colour trends: cream and blue greens, beige and red or grey with violet and lilac. Choose the perfect colours from the balls of Katia Merino 100%, Basic Merino, Merino Aran and Merino Sport. 3 colour combinations To get you inspired, we are sharing this free knitting pattern. It features a between seasons jumper –Sweater Weather- with geometric motifs in jacquard stitch.  Moreover, optimize these colour combinations for…

Let’s sew with the new Halloween collection: how to make a monster cushion with sounds

monster cushion tutorial

Hi, I’m Ekaterina and for my blog Diyctators.com I create easy to follow instructions for DIY  children’s clothes that are fashionable and practical with a playful extra, that every kid loves. My two sons are my biggest inspiration. They guide me to extraordinary and cool ideas through their fantasy. Since my first experience with Katia Fabrics, I am in love with the great modern prints and the child-friendly quality. The way the tissues look in a single piece of clothes is as great as in a whole kiddo`s outfit. I’ve already sewn a pair of cute baby accessories and a…

Scuby Soft Bag by Sunny Designs: Square bag made with front post double crochet

Sunny Scuby Bag

Hi everyone! My name is Ingrid and I am a designer from the Netherlands. As a child I grew up with very creative parents and I used to do a lot of handicrafts. As I got older, I didn’t do that much anymore. Until 10 years ago when I started picking up crochet and embroidery again. Some years later, I learned how to knit! I enjoy sewing project bags and scissors holders and I also like design crochet and knitting patterns, which I share on my blog, Instagram and Etsy. I love to work with Katia yarns. You can find…

4 Crochet mug covers: Make a toast with Dracula, Pumpkin, the Mummy and Frankenstein this Halloween

Crochet mug covers

Monsters, cobwebs, skeletons… preparations are already underway for the scariest night of the year! This is why, thanks to the designs by Mariale from Lalala Toys, we are sharing how to make these Halloween Monster Mugs with you. 4 crochet mug covers to make a toast with whilst wearing your Halloween disguises. Prepare potions and concoctions in these mugs disguised as Dracula, Pumpkin, the Mummy or Frankenstein. Moreover, have lots of fun whilst making these simple crochet covers of the kid’s favourite scary characters. Crochet mug covers This is a beginner level project. Therefore, everybody can try their hand at it.…

Berber inspired knit cushion: Add an ethnic touch to your home decor with this design from Mauricette C

knit cushion

Hello everybody! My name is Caroline and I live in Lille, in northern France. I have been knitting since I was 5 years old thanks to my maternal grandmother Mauricette. She taught me how to knit scarves from leftover yarn. I’ll let you imagine what the results were like! Since 2017 I have been creating my knit and crochet patterns under the name of Mauricette C. In fact, this is my second name too and I feel a very special bond with my grandmother because of this. I have created various collections with the support of Katia and have new…

Learn to sew: How to sew machine buttonholes in 4 steps

machine buttonholes in 4 steps

In today’s sewing class we are going to show you how to sew machine buttonholes in 4 steps. There are two different ways to make buttonholes on your machine. The first, and quickest, are automatic buttonholes. This option usually comes installed in medium to advanced level sewing machines. The second and most frequently used option when starting to sew, and if you have a more basic machine, is the 4 step buttonhole. Many of our patterns have buttons therefore we think this is a class that we cannot miss out on. You will soon see just how easy it is…

Lantern Sleeve Top by Knitting Sheep: a top-down knitting pattern on circular needles

raglan sleeves

My name is Carolina Damonte, journalist and handicrafts lover from Buenos Aires. When I was 23 years old I settled in Valencia, where I started a family. I grew up surrounded by women who knitted, embroidered… and a father who taught me to value all things handmade. In 2012 I launched a line of vintage clothing for babies and mamas. Then, I started to teach knit and crochet classes and opened my Youtube channel. A year ago I discovered the beautiful art of designing. I feel an immense feeling of happiness when people say they are in love with my…

Are you a crocheter or knitter 2.0? Find out with our test!

Knitter 2.0

Do you want to know how Internet has changed your relationship with knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarns? Whether it’s the first time you’re reading our blog or whether you’re a regular visitor who has already subscribed why not answer these amusing questions from our test. We hope to put a smile on your face while you discover if you’re a crocheter or knitter 2.0. You’re still not receiving our posts in your mail box? Remember to subscribe to start being a knitter 2.0! 😉 Are you a knitter 2.0 ? 1) Yarn bombing sounds like… a) A high risk adventure sport.…

Back to school with Katia Fabrics! How to sew a school smock: step by step video instructions

sew a school smock

It’s nearly time for the kids to go back to school again and we want to help you get everything ready. In today’s step by step video tutorial we are going to show you how to make a school smock. This includes all aspects of the project from the front button placket, shirt collar and gathered cuffs through to the pockets and bottom hem. This is a detailed project, and furthermore, a useful one whereby you can combine together two poplin prints of your choice. What better way to start school than with a school smock made by your very…

4 knitted garment trends for kids which are easy to make with the new Katia Kids 91 magazine

knitted garment trends for kids

It’s still summer, but – like all true yarn lovers – we are already getting ready for the winter season. As you already know (we recommend that you subscribe to this blog to keep up to date), the new Katia Autumn Winter 2019-2020 collection is now available on the website. In addition to the 30 new Katia yarns, we are also publishing hundreds of knit and crochet patterns. Furthermore, in our magazines you can find models for the whole family, whatever your level might be. We are starting with the little ones of the household! We propose 4 knitted garment…