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!

38 Comments

  • SUZANNE HEATHERINGTON

    I’ve just downloaded your Slouchy Sweater pattern and have a question about gauge. (This is my first attempt at something designed for a wearer!) I did the gauge swatch and it’s not right. Using a #9 circular needle, I cast on 19 stitches and then knitted stockinette for 19 rows. The width of 19 sts is right on at 4″, but the length is also 4″ instead of 3″ per your pattern. What should I have done next?

    BTW, I used #9 needles because I haven’t got #8. And also, I forgot to tell you that I’m using Bernat Baby Sport, #3. That prolly means 3-ply, right? Thank you so much!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Suzanne! Part of the reason your gauge swatch isn’t coming out right is probably because you’re using a #3 Light yarn instead of a #4 Medium / Worsted weight yarn as the pattern calls for. (#3 is not necessarily 3-ply, more info on the yarn weight system here.) When you use a yarn that is a different thickness than what the pattern calls for, it will throw off your gauge, even if you use the same size needle that the pattern calls for. If you really want to use that yarn, you could try it, but the sweater may not come out the correct size. Ideally, you would want to use a #4 Medium / Worsted Weight yarn, as that is what the pattern calls for. If you use a #3 yarn, at the gauge you mentioned, you would need to adjust / shorten the number of rows for some parts of the sweater, since your row gauge is longer than the pattern calls for. I hope this helps!

  • Laura

    Hi,
    Thank you so much for your summer sun hat tutorial. I find it very clear and easy to follow. I’m crocheting three sunhats for my kids and would like to know if you’d have a pattern/advise on how to add a strap to make sure that the hats stay on? I was thinking of adding two straps on the inside of the hat and then tying them up with a lace/knot, but I don’t know how to do it… lol.
    Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! 🙂

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Laura! Yes, you could add straps to the hat if you like. If I were to add straps, I would probably use the foundation single crochet or foundation half-double crochet stitch. These stitches create the equivalent of a foundation chain and the first row of stitches at the same time, but the edge has much more stretch. I think that would make the strap more comfortable. You can find my tutorial on foundation stitches here. I hope this helps!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Susan. The gauge for the Simple Slouchy Sweater is 19 stitches = 4” and 19 rows = 3” (7.6 cm) in stockinette stitch. So once your swatch is blocked, 19 stitches should measure 4″ across, and 19 rows should measure 3″ long. If you are getting the correct gauge with the needle size you are using, you can use those needles to make the sweater. If not, you can change the needle size you are using and check your gauge again. Here’s a post on gauge for more information on measuring gauge and choosing the right needle size. I hope this helps!

  • authorine boone

    hi

    I would like to knit your shawl color blue sweater but do not want to do all the seaming – could you help me do sleeves on round needles and then set in or pick up skts around opening and continue down sleeve on round needles any help would be appreciated. Please respond to my e-mail – thanks

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi! If you want to knit the sleeves on the Simple Slouchy Sweater from the top down, here’s what you’ll need to do. Examine the pattern instructions for the sleeve for the size you are making. You will basically be working the sleeve instructions backwards. Once you’ve finished knitting the body of the sweater, stitch the shoulder seams. Then, with your circular needles, pick up the number of stitches that the sleeve ends with in the size you are making. Then, work the number of straight rows called for at the end of the sleeve. The next section is the shaping section. In the original pattern, the stitches are increased, because it is worked from the bottom up. If you’re doing it from the top down, you’ll need to replace the increases in that section with decreases. Work through those decreases until you have the same number of stitches that the pattern calls for in the ribbing for the size that you are making. Then, you can work the ribbing and bind off. Always remember that since you are working in the round, you will replace rows that tell you to purl across with a plain knit round. I hope this helps!

  • Miss Tracey Monica McIntyre

    Brioche Slouchy Hat: Hi Yay For Yarns,
    I want to knit your Brioche Slouchy Hat. The yarn you have knitted it with Hobby Lobby I Love This Wool is not available where I am from, I am from the UK. Would Lion Brand New Basic 175, be a good substitute for it? If not, could you please tell me what yarns would be? I buy by yarns from Lovecrafts, it’s UK website. Could you possibly take a look at that and tell me what yarns would be suitable on it, to knit the hat with?
    I look forward to receiving your reply.
    Tracey Monica McIntyre

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Tracey. You can substitute any #4 Medium / Worsted Weight yarn for this pattern. Lion Brand’s Basic 175 is #4 Worsted, so that is a good substitute. I hope this helps!

  • Inga

    Hi Brianna,
    I am an avid crocheter and also do some loom knitting. I recently purchased an Addi Express King. I have watched many of your videos. I would like to try a 5-6 ft. long flat scarf (not a tube). I plan to use the technique you recommend in your video “How to stop a flat panel from curling.” Do you recommend using this technique all the way down the sides 5-6 feet or do you have a better idea?
    Inga

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Inga! With a good blocking, the no-curl flat panel method could work well for a flat scarf. If you plan to make it rather long, you could either rib the side stitches as you go, every couple of inches, or you could rib the side stitch columns after the whole panel is finished and removed from the machine. I hope this helps!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Cat! I currently do not sell the polymer clay crochet hooks, but there are several Etsy shops that make them. Many of those shops will do custom orders if there is a particular shape or style of handle you would like. I hope this helps!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi Miranda. Thanks for contacting me. I do have a record of an order under your name on January 5th. However, it says that your order did not go through. The order was not completed, and you were not charged for the pattern.

      My shop does not process the VAT or GST (AUS) taxes on digital items. Therefore, I legally cannot sell to countries that charge those taxes on my site. Because you are located in the Netherlands, my system did not allow the order to be placed, so did not charge you or send you a download email. However, you can purchase my patterns via LoveCrafts from any country, as their system takes care of the VAT and GST taxes.

      I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions or need pattern support. I am happy to help!
      Brianna
      Yay For Yarn

  • njayne58

    I purchased your Slouchy Sweater pattern. I have a receipt from Paypal, but so far, no pattern. I thought it would automatically be sent to my email. I even checked my spam folder. Please send it so I can print it out and follow along with your video tutorial. I’ve knit 3 identical sweaters for relatives this year, but I did not want the same sweater for myself. I really like your pattern, I have never seen another one quite like it.
    One question, can buttonholes be included in this sweater?

    Narda Mock

    • Yay for Yarn

      Hi! The pattern download link should automatically be sent to your email. I went ahead and had my system resend you the order email (the one with the download link). The subject line will say “Order (order number goes here) from Yay For Yarn Pattern Shop”. If you don’t receive that email, please check your junk / spam folders again just in case the new email went to spam or junk. If that still doesn’t work, please let me know and I will make sure you get the pattern.

      As for the buttonholes, I would not recommend adding buttonholes. This sweater is designed with a collar / front edge that is extra-wide and meant to be folded back, so buttonholes would either have to make the sweater fronts overlap quite a bit, or else they would not fasten well because they would have to be on the fold line instead of near the edge. My sweater seems to stay almost closed most of the time when I am wearing it, and the extra-wide ribbings on the fronts can be unfolded and overlapped to keep out the chill if it is really cold.

      I hope this helps, and thanks for purchasing the PDF version of the pattern!

        • Yay for Yarn

          Ok, yes, the email address was entered incorrectly from the one you just sent me. I corrected that in your order and resent the emails. It should go through this time. Please let me know if you get the pattern!

          • Dorothy Murray

            I am starting to knit again after 30+ years and have inherited some beautiful teal coloured pure wool in 8ply from my aging mum. I would love a simple pattern in a large size to get me started again. I love the Simple Slouchy Sweater but it needs 10ply. Do you have something similar i could use this wool for. I am a 3xl size generally.

          • Yay for Yarn

            Hi Dorothy! I don’t have any sweater patterns in 8 ply / DK yarn, but I would like to design more sweaters in different yarn weights. It will probably be awhile before I have time to design a DK weight sweater, but I do plan on eventually doing that. If you are subscribed to my email list or YouTube channel, you’ll get a notification each time I release a new pattern or tutorial. Happy Yarning!

  • Tess Redel

    Hello! I have watched all of your knitting videos and would LOVE to see more knitting tutorials of yours. I have literally watched at least a hundred videos from different youtube channels that offer to teach knitting. However, I found that you and only one other channel are easy to understand and follow. As a retired teacher, I can honestly say that your teaching style is the best I have found to date. Please make more knitting videos! Your patterns that I have purchased are very easy to follow with many helpful pictures and diagrams, but your videos are priceless. So, I am requesting a knitting tutorial for a beginner oversized sweater which would make my world a very happy place! : ) Thank you so much for all of your hard work in making these videos!

    • Yay for Yarn

      Thanks so much for your kind words, Tess! I’m so glad you are enjoying my videos and patterns. I will keep your suggestion in mind for future projects!

  • 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.

    Best,

    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:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_ECUFzb0VSk
    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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