Whether you are looking to up your skill set , find a free pattern, or are a brand new knitter/crocheter looking for a little help YouTube is the go to place for help. There are literally hundreds of videos available to help those of us who knit , crochet , or sew for charity. Its such a huge help for those of us who are visual learners. I don't know about you but I find picture or video tutorials incredibly helpful.
First , not all videos are created equal so for the purposes of this blog I chose names of websites or artists that I recognized as professionals. Lets start with Knittinghelp.com . There is premium content on this website but for the most part this website is free and their YouTube Channel is also free. There are videos specifically to teach beginners the basics of knitting ! If you are looking to learn to knit this is a good place to start. Scarves make great beginner projects and there are lots of places to donate your first projects. If you are a more experienced knitter check out Knittinghelp's videos on increasing . Good stuff.
Next I really like New Stitch a Day's channel . Those of you who have checked out my page at the link on the upper right hand side of the page have probably noticed I love texture. The way something looks AND feels is pretty important. Especially when creating a one of a kind look . New Stitch A Day is like an online super dictionary of great stitches to feed my need for texture. Their channel on YouTube features a plethora of videos on those tricky stitches with which even experienced knitters struggle. So say you are interested in creating a blanket for your favorite charity but you want something a little different? Check out the video Stitchionary! Its AmAzInG! Ready to try a little lace knitting? New Stitch a Day has that covered too! Any way you look at it newstitchaday.com has a great many resources.
Looking for free knitting patterns with demonstrations on YouTube? Yes we can do that! Allfreeknitting.com has a HUGE selection of free patterns from all over the net and stitch patterns to learn. Reviews and videos from trade shows are also included in the YouTube Channel. They even share knit-a-longs with their viewers so you can knit a long with the pros!
Now about crocheting? Knittinghelp.com has you covered there too! I know its a knitting channel but they do plenty of great videos on crocheting basics and even kick it up a notch with crocheted variations! This should help you jazz things up a bit!
If you are really looking to dive in head head first into crochet check out Maggie Weldon, crocheter extraordinaire 's, YouTube Channel. Talk about a treasure trove! Anything and everything you might want to know about crocheting but were afraid to ask is right there at your fingertips. Maggie Weldon is another crocheting master who has been designing crocheted projects since 1981! I know that you can surely find something to donate to the local homeless shelter or how about those moms at Domestic Violence Shelters who do not get to celebrate Mother's Day with a gift? Prayer shawls are always a lovely way to comfort those who have been bereaved .
What about more FREE patterns? Well how about Allfreecrochet.com? Again another YouTube channel with great projects and how-to videos. Fantastic! Everything from reviews on tools to blanket patterns you can learn to crochet right from the comfort of your own living room. I think its a great way to learn to crochet something you can share in your community. Soup kitchens, Salvation Army, your local cancer clinic or even the local Veteran's hospital.
YouTube is a wonderful resource for those of us who love to give handmades to charities or to friends who have recently suffered a loss. I hope that this blog has been helpful to you. If you choose to use any of the ideas presented will you leave me a note? Thanks!
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