Yay For Yarn

Hey there, fellow yarn-lover!

If squeezing yarn, collecting yarn, or making stuff from yarn is your thing, you’ll feel right at home here.   My mission is to share the joy of yarn crafts with makers of all skill levels by creating clear, thoroughly-explained video tutorials and modern, approachable projects.  So, whether you’re a newbie or you’ve been yarning for years, stick around and check out some of my FREE patterns & tutorials!

My Story

I got bit by the crafting bug as a child, and I haven’t been able to put my yarn down since!

Learning to Crochet

When my mother was a little girl, she learned to crochet from her great aunt.  When I was 7 years old, my Mom saw my interest in arts and crafts of all types.  She decided to teach me a few basic crochet stitches.  I immediately loved it, and worked through several “teach yourself to crochet” books.  I then began making little crochet projects for my dolls.  The more I crocheted, the more I wanted to learn about crochet.  With every trip to the public library, I brought home new crochet pattern books and stitch dictionaries to experiment with.

Learning to Knit

I learned to knit at the age of 9, from a Disney Princess “Teach Yourself To Knit” kit that my Grandma gave me.  It took me a little while to figure it out, but I eventually got it.  I began adding knitting books to my library list.  As I learned more, I found that I loved knitting just as much as crochet.  All of my plastic Cinderella knitting needles eventually broke, and as I replaced them, I began trying out knitting needles of different materials.  I couldn’t believe what a difference the surface of the needle made in the speed and comfort of my knitting.

Over coming years, I continued to knit and crochet, learning more and more as I tried more difficult patterns and techniques.  I finally decided I was ready to begin writing patterns to sell online.  In 2012, I opened my Etsy Shop and Ravelry Store and began designing and selling patterns.

Creating A Blog

As I would talk with friends about knitting, crochet, or some technique I was learning, I would hear things like, “I’d love to try that, but it looks too hard for me”, or, “I tried that once, but the instructions didn’t make any sense and I couldn’t figure it out”.  I began to realize that the problem was not that the crafts and techniques were so terribly difficult.  The problem was that most types of instructions available were not designed to be easily understood by all types of learners.

So in 2014, I started this blog to create clear, easy-to-understand tutorials for crafters of all skill levels and learning types.  I now have over 100 tutorials, many of which include step-by-step videos. It brings me so much joy to hear of my readers’ successes, whether they’ve conquered a technique they previously thought was “too hard”, or they finally have the courage to tackle their first garment project.


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Happy Yarning!


  • Colleen

    Hi! I want to make your slouchy sweater. I have long arms and am wondering if you know the length of the arms per the pattern? If I wanted to lengthen them would I just make the ribbed section longer? Thanks for your help. This will be my first garment!!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Colleen! Yes, I can give you the length of the arms. Since it is a drop shoulder style, some of the width of the sweater comes over the shoulder, accounting for some of the arm length. So here are the measurements in inches from center back of neck to wrist: 26 (27, 28, 29, 29, 30, 30, 31, 32). These are in accordance with the Craft Yarn Council’s standard sizing for knit and crochet patterns. I hope this helps!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi! Which pattern are you trying to download? Many of my patterns are available for free here on my blog, but are not downloadable or printable. I also offer PDF versions of my patterns, a few of which are free, but most of which are available for purchase. If you can let me know which pattern you are having trouble with, I would be happy to help!

      As for the rules, are you referring to the pattern copyright statements? The latter part of the copyright statement is just to say that you are welcome to sell the items you make using the pattern, as long as it is a small business and not a large-scale manufacturing situation. If you sell the items made from my patterns online, I would appreciate a link to the original pattern in the item description.
      I hope this helps!

  • Gillian Fawkes

    The Invisible Slip Stitch & Chainless Starting Stitch. Please can you tell me how would I would do a single crochet chainless starting stitch on the foundation chain

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Gillian! If you want to use the chainless starting single crochet on the foundation chain, there are two ways to do it. If you are working in the round, then you’ll just slip stitch into the first chain stitch to join in the round, and work the chainless starting single crochet in the first chain of the round. If you are working back and forth in rows, then you’ll chain as many stitches as you want the finished first row to have, plus one extra chain stitch. Pull that last chain stitch tight so it almost disappears, and then work your chainless starting single crochet in the next chain. Hope this helps!

  • Gina

    Hi there!!

    I finally finished my sleeves. I don’t own an iron right now, are there any other ways of blocking, and, do I have to block the sweater?

    Your help is much appreciated.


    Gina 😊

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Gina! Blocking is recommended, but not absolutely required. It helps improve the even-ness and drape of the fabric. If you don’t have an iron, a garment steamer will also work for steam blocking. Or (especially if you’re using natural fibers), you can spray block it. To do that, you’ll pin the pieces out on a foam blocking mat (foam exercise mats will also work, or a thick towel. Then, spray with water until the whole thing is damp, and let dry. Hope this helps!

      • Robin BOSTON

        Hi I love to crochet, but I want to knit also. I printed out the pattern convertible shaw. I just keep messing up. Sometimes I can’t distinguish between 1 and 2 stitches. If I make a mistake I can’t fix it. I don’t know what to do.

        • Yay for Yarn

          Hi Robin. I’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your knitting. I think this is a common problem for new knitters, but it is something you can overcome. It has to do with learning how knitting works and learning how to “read” your knitting. I plan on doing an in-depth post on that soon. Try using the thickest yarn you have with the largest needles you have and knitting some sample swatches. As you knit, work slowly and watch how the stitches are formed.

          Knitting begins with a row of loops, and the next row is made by pulling a new loop through each of the existing loops from the previous row. What makes the difference between a knit and a purl stitch is which direction you pull the new loop through. When the loop is pulled through from back to front, a knit stitch is made. When the loop is pulled through from front to back, a purl stitch is made. Notice how the knit stitch shows up as a v-shape sitting right under your needle, while a purl stitch shows up as a horizontal “bump” sitting under your needle. When you turn it over, what appears as a knit stitch on the right side appears as a purl stitch on the wrong side, and vice-versa. So when you work a right-side row, most of the stitches are knit stitches, and the purl stitches create the little bumps that make the diamond pattern. When you are working a wrong-side row, most of the stitches are purl stitches, which appear as knit stitches on the right side. So the knit stitches in a wrong-side row create purl bumps on the right side, which also help to make the diamond pattern. The 4 knit stitches at each end of every row create the garter stitch edging.

          If you don’t feel comfortable with this pattern yet, you might try knitting a few small projects that involve combinations of knit and purl stitches. This may help you to become more comfortable combining knit and purl stitches in the same row and make the shawl pattern a bit easier for you. I would suggest a few simple knit/purl dishcloths like this one, this one, or this one. Using a smooth, solid color yarn will also help you be able to see the stitches more clearly.

          I hope this helps! I do plan on doing a video and a post on this soon, so be sure to subscribe to my email list so you’ll know when that post is published. Thanks!

  • Gina

    Hi, I sent you a message earlier about making a sweater for my cousin. I’m not good at figuring
    out measurements and how too apply them to projects. She was kind enough to measure one of her favorite sweaters that she wears all the time. which from the top of her shoulder to where she wants the sweater to end at 33″, so I wasn’t sure if I needed to double that. I tried to do the X-large and went to 190 chains but it still looks too short, she’s 5’9 I’m not sure how to adjust it for the specific length she’s asking for. can you help? please!!!!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Gina. Yes, you would need to double the 33” if you want to lengthen the sweater, so you’d need the first row of foundation half-double crochet to be 66” long. However, because it is worked sideways, that would also change the numbers and stitch counts for the rest of the body of the sweater. So as long as you are comfortable altering the stitch counts for the rest of the body of the sweater, that alteration can be done. Just take note of how many stitches you started with, as you will need to base your other numbers off of that number. When you work row 3, you’ll need to stop working across the previous row when your row 3 is about 31”-32” long. Rows 4-5 should have the same stitch count as row 3. Then, when you work row 6, you’ll need to work those foundation hdcs until you have the same stitch count for row 6 as you did on your first row. All remaining rows in the body of the sweater should have the same stitch count as row 6. Hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any more questions!

  • Gulten Argamak

    Hello! You sound like a very young person. I admire the way you teach. I am so eager to learn Brioche stitch. I love the way it looks; I watched so many videos, tutorials…. For some reason, I get confused at one point and gave up…… A voice inside me says, “if they can do it, you can do it too. You just have to be patient and pay close attention to details… If you repeat it over and over, you will know how to knit Brioche with two colors”
    Well, I watched this video of yours:
    It sounds easier to me. I am 68 years old but learning new ways has no age limit. I feel like, with your help, I will be able to knit Brioche scarf.
    I was born in Turkey, over the years, I ended up living in Arizona. Warm greetings from Arizona.
    Have a wonderful day, beautiful young person. (I don’t know your name.)

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