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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…

11 new Katia yarns to enjoy making projects with only 1 or 2 balls this Autumn Winter 2019-2020

new Katia yarns

Stop the summer crochet or knit project you are working on for a moment and take note. Here are another 11 new Autumn Winter 2019-2020 Katia yarns! In our last post we introduced you to the 6 new yarns from Concept by Katia. Furthermore, we launched a prize giveaway (after reading this post you can visit the previous post and take part!). However, there are still many more novelties to come! But for now, if you enjoy making projects with only 1 or 2 balls of yarn, stay with us to discover these 11 new Katia yarns. New Katia Yarns…

10 sewing tips for beginners you should know before you start sewing

Are you learning to sew and looking for some useful tips to help you achieve the best results with your sewing machine? Then look no further. In today’s post we have compiled a list of 10 sewing Tips for beginners. Sewing is an art, in fact it borders on the magical when a piece of fabric is transformed into something useful, beautiful, and furthermore, made by you. Progress from basic designs to more advanced creations whilst learning new techniques along the way that will help improve your results. We are going to share 10 tips for beginners that are going…

Basic stitches for sewing machines, 10 essential stitches to start sewing

basics stiches in a sewing machine

Sewing machines bring many more stitches than you would normally use in your projects. Today we show you 10 basic stitches that you need to know to handle with ease with your sewing machine. With these stitches you will be able to make accessories for your home and clothes for the whole family. The rest of the stitches are usually just for decorating. The basic stitches in a sewing machine 1. Straight stitch: among the basic stitches the straight stitch is the one you will use most to make all kinds of seams or hems. In it you can change…

Follow the Knit and Pepper pattern and knit a short flared skirt on circular needles

Short flared skirt:

My name is Laura, the knitter and crocheter behind Knit and Pepper. Thanks to Coco, a short flared skirt knitted on circular needles, I am here to present myself. For some time now I’ve been based in a country house in the Madrid Sierra. This is where I share my location with my vocation for pattern design and knit and crochet classes. I can’t deny it’s an amazing adventure! I do tend to have a preference for knitting, although I also admit that crochet can produce better results depending on the project. Above all, I love to investigate, learn, mix…

How to sew a shirt collar: Learn to sew

how to sew a shirt collar

What’s the betting that you think sewing a shirt is a complicated affair, above all the collar, true? Well, in today’s sewing class we are going to show you how to sew a shirt collar with a step by step video. You’ll soon see how easy it is and subsequently you’ll be able to try your hand at some of our awesome shirt or shirt dress patterns. For this project we have used this amusing 100% cotton fabric from the Into the jungle collection:  Jumping Monkeys featuring a monkey print on a white background. For the pattern we have used the…

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…