Crochet, Knitting, Make & Hue

Skill-Building Patterns

Photography by Josh Young, Felicia Lo, & Tabetha Hedrick

For a long, fulfilling life of fibre-crafts, it is important to regularly challenge ourselves, try new things, and build our skillsets. These ten gorgeous patterns will help you do just that, promising a beautiful portfolio to be proud of. 

See feature photo – Dip your toe into lace-weight and buttonhole with Holli Yeoh’s Third Beach cowl (from her Tempest collection). Lacy, sock, and utterly lush, it’s a project you’ll want to make more than once!


Mary Beth Temple introduces the crocheter to elegant lace in Gala Confetti. With staggered double crochet diamonds containing a quatrefoil pattern of tall cluster stitches, the results are decadent.


This simple design highlights the beauty of the yarn, with wheat motifs circling the hat in relief against an unfettered background. Gilded Wheat by Helen Gipson is the perfect introduction to twisted stitches.


Mosaic style colourwork can almost feel like cheating, working stripes and slipped stitches with only one colour at a time. Ailey by Barbara Benson is a stunning way to play and grow confident in colour.


First forays into lace-weight yarn can be intimidating, but Francoise Danoy’s Angi shawl makes it effortless. Light as a feather, every knitter will delight in this elegant, yet playful accessory.


Rich cables are a must for the growing knitter! Talitha Kuomi’s Insi is exciting, resulting in a luxurious fabric that delights from start to finish.


For your first cardigan, look no further than Triona Murphy’s Glenwood. Long, cozy, and loads of texture make this a must for year-round wear.


Simple socks and simple slipped stitches are definitely a next step after hats! Kelias promises the perfect blend of texture and comfort for new sock knitters.


Newcomers to the double-knitting technique and advanced knitters alike will love the simple motif of delicate leaves and hints of embroidery in Amanda Bells’ Winterberry.


Bibelot, a crochet cowl by Sandi Rosner, adds a touch of romance to your winter wardrobe, with fun-to-make bobbles and shells. It’s a fantastic project to up those stitch pattern skills.


About Tabetha Hedrick

Tabetha Hedrick is a knitwear designer and writer raising a family just outside the Great Smoky Mountains in Eastern Tennessee. As the Design Director for SweetGeorgia Yarns, her days (and heart) are filled to the brim with knitting, art, writing, editing, planning, and finding ways to put it all together. In the midst of that fibre-filled life, you'll find her living simply in the sweet spot where creativity, discovery, parenthood, and life intertwine.

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