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10 Projects to Learn New Skills, Pt. 2: Stitches & Construction

November 13th, 2012

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Often, when I am looking for a new pattern for a project, I like to pick something that features a technique that I haven’t tried before. This way, I learn something with each new project. Usually, I pick something on the small side (a hat, scarf, mitts, etc.). But I know more than a few knitters and crocheters who like to “go all in” when they take on a new challenge, picking out large, more complex designs to keep their yarncrafting interesting.

Whether you like a small project or a large one for a new challenge, I hope you learn something with these projects.

Last week, I shared 10 patterns that featured more advanced colorwork skills. In this week’s post, I’ve rounded up patterns for 5 different stitch patterns and construction methods. These are just some of the interesting techniques out there, but I hope you’ll try (at least) one out and add it to your repertoire. It’s by trying new skills that we continue to grow as yarncrafters.

Mitered Crochet

By decreasing in each row to create the “corner turn” of the triangle or square, mitered crochet creates a cool geometric look with just basic skills. Whether you switch colors for a cool striping effect or use a color-change yarn like Amazing to mimic stripes, it looks fantastic. (It will even look cool in solid colors!)

Image of Mitered Crochet Baby Blanket Image of Colorful Mitered Afghan
Mitered Crochet Baby Blanket Crochet Colorful Mitered Afghan

Mitered Knitting

Just like in the crochet version, you’ll decrease in each row to create the nice sharp corners in the fabric. Mix up the sizes of your various squares and triangles to create a more interesting look!

Image of Mitered Scarf Image of Mitered Squares Afghan
Knit Mitered Scarf Knit Mitered Squares Afghan

Tunisian Crochet

Using two passes of a long crochet hook, Tunisian crochet (sometimes called Afghan crochet) is a technique that creates a smooth fabric that can almost have the appearance of being woven. Try a basic stitch in our simple tote or discover many different stitch patterns with this great practice sampler throw.

Image of Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Tote Image of Tunisian Throw
Two-Color Tunisian Crochet Tote Tunisian Crochet Sampler Throw

Knit Cables

Conjuring up images of aran sweaters and preppy classics, cables might surprise you with how easy they are to master. Simply switch the order of the stitches knit–with a cable needle or without.

Image of Cables And Lace Hat Image of Erin Afghan
Knit Cables and Lace Hat Knit Erin Afghan

Crochet Cables

With front-post and back-post stitches, you can create wonderful, textural designs of all kinds. Crochet cables are one of my favorite, whether you combine it with lace or do it on its own!

Image of Cable Lace Scarf and Cabled Bag Image of Curvy Girl Intertwined Poncho
Crochet Cable Lace Scarf and Bag Crochet Curvy Girl Intertwined Poncho
Photo © 2012 Susan Pittard

Do you have a favorite technique that’s not mentioned here? Share it in the comments!

  • Laraine

    Love the cable hat, I just love all Aran type patterns !