The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet


Where does the beauty come from? It isn’t necessary to travel around the world in its most quiet places to experience it. Beauty is always near us — you just need to want to explore it. And you can of course create it with your own hands and imagination: just a couple of movements with a knitting needle and a ball of thread suddenly turns into something remarkable, something that exists nowhere else in the world. And once you’ve created it, it will remain a unique and inexhaustible source of further inspiration. Also, it will warm your heart and your spirit every time you see it, as the scarves that our moms and grand-moms knitted in good old days.

This showcase is supposed to provide you with some creative ideas for knitting, sewing and crochet. We want you to get inspired for handcraft and creative arts. After going through this showcase follow the links in the end of the post, learn how to knit, feel inspired, turn off the computer, get to your family and start knitting! (You may want to take a look at our related post Handcraft Strikes Back: Buttons, Badges, Pins and Clips1, too.)

The Beauty of Knitting

needs some orange… 2

needs some orange... 3

Nadja Girod – motifs for knitwear4

motifs for knitwear5



A hat8

A hat9

Crocheted Pufferfish Pattern10


Handknit superwash cup12




Ice carnival16

Ice carnival17

Plush a Sketch18

Plush a Sketch19

betz white cupcake ornaments20

betz white cupcake ornaments21

Test Card Sweater22


Cuteable: Needle Noodles Neat Knits24

Cuteable: Needle Noodles Neat Knits25

Knitting Balls26

Google Reader27

Pod for the Queen of Wool28

Pod for the Queen of Wool29

Felted Rainbow Acorns30

Felted Rainbow Acorns31



Eye-pod and Night Light34

Eye-pod and Night Light35

Wool necklaces36

Wool necklaces37





McDonalds – Cosier42

McDonalds - Cosier43



flowers on felt background46

flowers on felt background47

Mortimer Mouse48

fall coasters49

fall coasters50

fall coasters51

pin cushion52

pin cushion53

i so fuzzeh54

i so fuzzeh55

Knitted Heart56

Knitted Heart57

Hansigurumi Owl58

Hansigurumi Owl59

The Eye of the Beast60

The Eye of the Beast61

Dandelion being cool62

Dandelion being cool63

the Momma and Baby Monster64

the Momma and Baby Monster65

Learn How To Knit

Below you will find a couple of useful resources that will help you get started with knitting: either by using illustrations or step-by-step-video-tutorials.

  • Learn To Knit (PDF)66
    A very detailed and extensive e-book about knitting, with illustrations and step-by-step-tutorials.
  • Knitting section on CraftStylish67
    Dozens of detailed tutorials and contents related to knitting.
  • Learn how to knit: free knitting videos68
    Grab your knitting needles and yarn, and learn a new knitting skill the easy way: by watching. Start by learning the knitting basics such as Long Tail cast-on and the knit and purl stitches. Those three techniques make up the vast majority of any knitting project, so pat yourself on the back.
  • Learn to Knit69
    Learn to knit here in the way that’s best for you — video, illustrations or detailed step-by-step instructions.
  • Knit 10170
    Whether you’re a knitting novice or just need to brush up on the basics, this quick refresher course will get you clicking.
  • Knitting on Craft71
    Knitting section on a popular magazine about traditional crafts.
  • Ravelry72
    A community site, an organizational tool, and a yarn & pattern database for knitters and crocheters.


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A regular contributor from Saarbruecken, Germany.

  1. 1

    Thank you for this wonderful inspiration!

    P.S. So glad you changed the title ;)

  2. 52

    Even with all the nay-sayers on this post, I am glad there’s more positive feedback than negative. Let me say it again, more clearly… If you are a designer, a creator, and thinker… then you would have seen the ways that the many methods of design can be integrated. (My choice, AI.) Using Illustrator is not just for logo and button creation, line art and vectors. It is a multifaceted application that deserves to be used in every way imaginable. If that means creating grids and charts and patterns for knitting, does that lessen your opinion of the masterpiece program?

  3. 103

    Great article, and like this post says. Inspiration is everywhere

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    Hi. I’m Nancy and I’m both a knitter and a programmer. Many of the members of Ravelry are technologists. We won’t find this intersection of web design with 3-d craft design so jarring. Good design is good design. How to present technical information (a pattern or set of instructions) to an audience composed of both novices and experts is just as challenging for knit/crochet designers as it is for programmers.

    Anyway, thanks for the look at 3-d design. I think SM’s sensibility comes thru in the illustration choices for the article. And…how can one be grumpy with crochet puffer fishes looking out with their googly eyes?

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    I’ve been knitting for a year or so. I just leaned how to knit 2 color patterns and it blew my mind. My first project? I knit a QR code!

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    Thomas Petersen

    April 19, 2010 7:21 am

    Great post, that puts a smile on the face and is not techie in a computer way :o)
    If you’re into this kind of handcraft, there is a Danish girl, who stitches funny pieces. Not your average crossstitching, but stitching with a lot of humor, she calls herself cross stitch junkie, and you can find her on Facebook :o)

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    I think you can tell the designers and the coders from the posts above. You should appreciate the things in everyday life and take a little inspiration.

  8. 358

    More articles like this!!! Thank you!

  9. 409

    Nice divergence from the usual. I hope to see more inspiring, divergent articles like this one :)

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    Cool, this is really going to help me with web design. Er, wait… it’s not.

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    The Beauty is in the Detail . . .

    April 19, 2010 12:02 pm


    Thanks for featuring my non knitted sock mouse (Mortimer). Wondered why I had so many hits on my flickr page!!

    Just read through the other comments – there are a lot of angry people out there – maybe they need to try some crafting to calm them down!! :0)

    a.k.a The Beauty is in the Detail . . .

  12. 562

    Nice article: something original ! Also fun to read the comments even for me that I do not know English well.

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    Really amazing – especially for me, as I run the probably most comprehensive (WordPress) site for learning knitting & crochet with more than 250 instructional videos (yet) in German. English version soon available:

    Thanks for that delightful collection!

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    P.S.: Furthermore this my site is a good example how to monetize a mainly private site without any ads…

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    It’s not the medium used , its how well a design works and clicks for the viewer. If you are a designer and can’t see this then you are not a designer. Thanks for the article.

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    Smashingmagazine… crochet?… what about cocina española? wooden furniture, or bike design!! They are all very inspiring themes! i’m sure it’s hard to find on what to talk about when you have a growing network and it’s hard not repeating… and then you’ve got that kind of “crisis” (please, buy our book!). Just quoting you from a recent article:

    “Smashing Magazine is working hard to serve the design community with professional, in-depth articles about Web design, and we are doing our best to improve the state of affairs and to help designers share their wisdom and connect with one another”

    Once upon a time, there was a website…

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    At first I was like ” Knitting, REALL!?” then I figured you could use some of the knitting ideas shown here for a header or a site..

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    What a cute article about knitting! I really like the pictures!

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    As a programmer and avid knitter, I was actually disappointed in seeing this article. I’ve seen all these projects before and I’ll go to a needle arts website if I want to see this! :/

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    Wool Free and Lovin' Knit

    April 20, 2010 11:05 am

    What a wonderful collection of hand knit items and a great creative outlet for design inspiration in general.

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    A friend sent me a link to this article ad I’m so glad he did! This is just awesome and so beautiful. Very inspiring for this fiber arts junkie.

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    Believe it or not, there *is* a tie-in between knitting and typography. A very good friend of mine has been working on a knitted abecedarium for quite a while. She has a deep interest in typography, in addition to knitting, of course, and has found a way to combine these interests, drawing on her librarian training. First, read this article:

    And then check out her “Knitting Letters: A to Z” blog at

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    I think the people thrown off by this may have received one too many tacky knitted sweaters with poodles on them from their grandparents for birthdays and holidays. ;)

    I was pretty thrown off by the post, too – especially the intro image used, but once I dug down, I really enjoyed soaking in all the creativity showcased. It’s inspiring to see so much creativity in the world.

    I’m sure you can appease the unhappy folks with a new post in a week or two of awesome automotive concept designs. I bet they’d prefer something more industrial than domestic.

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    Great site. Love the photography.

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    I, for one, am happy to have come across this article; great ideas; great photography. I also agree with the idea of the post–creative ideas to inspire! Thanks for the inspiration!

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    As a designer and an avid knitter, I loved the article. Just as I love most of the other articles on SM. What I don’t get is why the complainers don’t just skip this post if they aren’t interested? Reading over the comments, there are quite a few people who enjoyed this post as much as I did. Design and craft often go hand-in-hand; it’s not that unusual to think that many designers might also find this post of interest. When I come across a post I don’t find interesting, you know what I do? I don’t read it. Maybe some of the negative readers around here should try that.

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    Beautiful article. I really follow all the great posts about design and web development but this one was a nice surprise. My girlfriend does cute little knitted animals, check them at
    Cheers from Argentina!

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    Visually inspirational.

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    Emília Oliveira Cardoso

    May 2, 2010 9:16 am

    Oi, gostaria de receber algumas receitas em crochê, agradeço sua atenção.

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    Calandra Cooper

    May 2, 2010 12:17 pm

    As a crafter whom visits smashing magazine regularly, I’m pleasantly surprised by this off-the-beaten track (but not really) article on beauty and design.

    Thanks so much!

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    mi nombre es marcela martinez y vivo en santiago de chile, todos los trabajos que aparecen aqui son maravillosos los felicito

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    The letters are so beautiful! Does anyone know how to make theme? A recipe or pattern?

    Kristtine, Norway

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    It’s really great to see so many inspirational pieces of fine knitting on the web. Very nice round up. Keep it going!

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    First of all, I loved looking at these photographs! I’m at a bit of a crossroads–a standstill–creatively, and this has has put a few thoughts into my head.

    Second of all, I can’t believe some of the comments here! “If I wanted to read about knitting, I would have visited a knitting blog.” ect. I understand differences of opinion, but those who are saying that they don’t want to see knitting articles and are going to “reevaluate their subscriptions” because the writers of this post dared to bring up a type of design they aren’t comfortable with are showing a certain lack of openmindedness.

    Perhaps the people who made these comments feel that knitting belongs in the home, and–I couldn’t help but notice that the majority of those commenters were male–since they obviously think knitting is a woman’s second-class hobby, perhaps they think women belong in the home as well, barefoot and pregnant, knitting baby booties.


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