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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 Link

needs some orange… 2

needs some orange... 3

Nadja Girod – motifs for knitwear

motifs for knitwear



A hat6

A hat7

Crocheted Pufferfish Pattern8


Handknit superwash cup10




Ice carnival14

Ice carnival15

Plush a Sketch16

Plush a Sketch17

betz white cupcake ornaments18

betz white cupcake ornaments19

Test Card Sweater20


Cuteable: Needle Noodles Neat Knits22

Cuteable: Needle Noodles Neat Knits23

Knitting Balls24

Google Reader25

Pod for the Queen of Wool26

Pod for the Queen of Wool27

Felted Rainbow Acorns28

Felted Rainbow Acorns29



Eye-pod and Night Light32

Eye-pod and Night Light33

Wool necklaces34

Wool necklaces35





McDonalds – Cosier40

McDonalds - Cosier41



flowers on felt background44

flowers on felt background45

Mortimer Mouse46

fall coasters47

fall coasters48

fall coasters49

pin cushion50

pin cushion51

i so fuzzeh52

i so fuzzeh53

Knitted Heart54

Knitted Heart55

Hansigurumi Owl56

Hansigurumi Owl57

The Eye of the Beast58

The Eye of the Beast59

Dandelion being cool60

Dandelion being cool61

the Momma and Baby Monster62

the Momma and Baby Monster63

Learn How To Knit Link

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)64
    A very detailed and extensive e-book about knitting, with illustrations and step-by-step-tutorials.
  • Knitting section on CraftStylish65
    Dozens of detailed tutorials and contents related to knitting.
  • Learn how to knit: free knitting videos66
    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 Knit67
    Learn to knit here in the way that’s best for you — video, illustrations or detailed step-by-step instructions.
  • Knit 101
    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 Craft
    Knitting section on a popular magazine about traditional crafts.
  • Ravelry68
    A community site, an organizational tool, and a yarn & pattern database for knitters and crocheters.

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  1. 1

    Too much out of the box for me here..

  2. 2

    I do not think I like this alternate reality.

  3. 3

    interesting sunday post, really out of the box :)

  4. 4

    I want to learn knitting now!

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  6. 7

    My other love beside web design is knitting and crochet! I’m glad you all posted this.. great article.

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    carolyn winter

    April 18, 2010 5:34 am

    WOW – these are fantastic!!! are these yours and if so do you have a book of instructions?

    Very inspiring.


  8. 9

    About half of these items are *not* knitting. I see sewing, felting, needlepoint, weaving, pom poms and crochet. Can’t help being a stickler about this, but there’s a whole community of knitters out there who are a lot worse than me lest you feel their wrath.

    • 10

      So glad you made this comment. All of these are amazing, but they are from many different craft-types.

    • 11

      Vitaly Friedman (Smashing Editorial)

      April 18, 2010 8:43 am

      You are absolutely right. Sorry for the inconvenience. The title of the article was updated.

    • 12

      Yes, however the page title is : The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet

  9. 13

    WTF? Sunday to-do list – re-evaluate subscriptions.

  10. 15

    I love this diversion from the norm here. I’ve knitted for years and found crafts a great rest for my brain when I used to do programming and now when I’ve spent too much time at the compy running my online shop on Etsy and my website.

    (@ursonate – yes quite a few are other fiber arts. But those ones are just as fun to me as knitting. Crafts can be so addicting!)

  11. 16

    very nice

  12. 17

    What? Half of these things are crocheted/sewn/felted…? not knitting at all.

    • 18

      True! THROWDOWN!

    • 19

      Yes, there is knitting; that’s how one creates felt. First you knit a swatch of yarn then you soak and agitate it in hot water. The result is felt that can then be sewn together. That’s how they create boiled wool pea coats.

      • 20

        washing knitted items in natural fibres is technically fulling – and is not entirely felted.
        Fulling knitted items is only one method of creating felted items. whilst being knitpicky here, the felted items shown above are likely not knitted – I would hazard a guess that they are needle wet-felted.

        Anyway, love some of the photos.

    • 21

      Yes that is clear, the title of the page does read: The Beauty of Knitting, Sewing and Crochet.

  13. 22

    so what the connection this post to web develop ?

    • 23

      Vitaly Friedman (Smashing Editorial)

      April 18, 2010 8:44 am

      The idea of this post is to provide you with some creative ideas for knitting, sewing and crochet. We want you to get inspired for handcraft and creative arts!

      • 24

        What the hell

        April 18, 2010 4:50 pm

        Then start a handcraft blog.

        • 25

          Don’t be so sharp. Just imagine how you can use these ideas in design of the header of a website for example. Fun vector illustrations are widely spread, why not to use photos of a fun knitted creature?

      • 26

        Thank you for the great post, I love Smashing magazine for that it brings always something particular, often unexpected and always very interesting and inspiring. I’m just wondering why people are not able to value what they get (btw, regularly and for free)… This my comment, naturally, refers to Smashing, not to What The Hell.

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      April 18, 2010 2:18 pm

      This is about thinking out of the box. Loosen up a little bit a forget the coding. This is fun!!

    • 28

      Respect creativity in any form…

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    Caesar Tjalbo

    April 18, 2010 6:40 am

    A knitted videoclip: Tricot Machine – Les peaux des lievres

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    have wonderful!!:)

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    Karen Dickenson

    April 18, 2010 6:48 am

    Inspirational! Motivating me to go through my yarn and sort my needles.

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    Paul Anthony

    April 18, 2010 7:19 am

    Fantastic, I feel inspired to pick up my needles, cast on, then cast off. Oh yes. Personally I like to combine web design and knitting at once. The warm and soft wool against my fingertips, inspiring those more feminine designs. You have to be careful not to stab yourself in the eye, but hey – its a risk we take.

    In fact, I knitted my computer mouse a nice little cover, it makes designing that little bit more challenging, but keeps the old mitts warm during those long cold nights in front of the screen.

    You guys don’t know what your missing. Honest.

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    Karmen Mlinar

    April 18, 2010 7:26 am

    Some are really not knitted but nice thematic post anyway. Thanks for inspiration.

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    Val Woodhouse

    April 18, 2010 7:35 am

    In a high tech world it’s good to see people going back to a low tech alternative, especially stuff like the knitted typography. I’ve never been able to master knitting but sometimes I like to like to include things like embroidery, buttons and sequins in illustrations instead of just using the computer. Perhaps someone could make a website that looks like it’s been knitted?

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    Josie McCormick

    April 18, 2010 7:51 am

    Wow! What a nice surprise to see this! As a design and application Instructor (aka professional nerd) and a knitter I often catch some grief for my Martha Stuart ways. But recently have found some like minded students in my Illustrator classes and have been able to blend the need for a design app with ways to create new patterns in knitting and cross-stitch. (*Note: not all the featured pieces are knittied). This is a great article to share with students looking for new inspiration at work and at play. Thanks for the post!

  21. 36

    If i wanted a post about knitting i would go to a website about knitting.

    Are you really running out of ideas that bad? this seems desperate.

    Copied from your “about us” page:

    Smashing Magazine delivers useful and innovative information to Web designers and developers. Our aim is to inform our readers about the latest trends and techniques in Web development.

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      Nicole Dominguez

      April 18, 2010 8:49 am

      SM is going out of the box to show you how color and art can combine to create something beautiful. Much like design, no? Yes, it’s yarn work, but that doesn’t mean that it’s not inspirational. Stop criticizing. If you wanted web development, there are tons of other places for that as well. Are you going to hate on SM’s other inspiration posts as well?

      • 38

        I never say i hate SM, i even bought the book and i love it, and i criticize because is my right to do do it.
        I’m just asking for focus.

  22. 39

    Creativity, color, imagination, humour and inspiration. Perfect post for a sunday afternoon.

    I can only assume that all the moaners just want to copy other peoples web designs and have no interest in anything that might make them actually think outside the box.

    • 40

      Or… they aren’t interested in knitting and like to read about web design.

  23. 41

    @Ramm Left-of-field, surprising content is a standard creativity-igniter (innovative information) for web designers and developers.

    I’m with @ojami and others who’ve already discovered that manual creative arts are both restfully productive and deeply satisfying — plus, they also balance-out and fuel more cerebral / intangible creative arts.

    Juliya in her insightful article is using luscious fibre arts pics to *inspire* as she said, not to sell the concept of knitting with dumbed-down, literal illustrations of knitted items. @innerwild

  24. 42

    Lovely post… As a knitter it’s great to see someone giving some attention to needle arts. I’d sugguest changing your word knitting to needle arts though because all of your examples are not knitted. Beautiful photos!

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    I just bought a puffer fish :)

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    I’ll have to forward this to my Mum; she loves all things yarn. :)

  27. 45

    I was shocked by the post about the photography of India, but this on is just awesome ! This is very creative and it can be a new art influence ! We can imagine a lot of uses of that objects, like decorate a shopwindow or the office of my agency.

    Really, it’s like pixel but on the clothes ! I am sorry for the purists of the web design and web developpement, but be creative and so be a good web designer start to discover new kind of art.

    So use your imagination and try to find the way to use it in clothing e-Shop or something.

    Good selection and good consistency compared to the photography of India !

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    Tulume DiMango

    April 18, 2010 12:23 pm

    how about CULINARY ARTS next time, guys?
    exotic DISHES, then let us have a poll on which is the TASTIER

    how about origami next time, guys?
    exotic FOLDING, then let us have a poll on which is the TASTIER

  29. 47

    I learned how to knit from! Really great resource!

  30. 48

    LOVE IT!! I can think of a gui with knitted elements….

  31. 49

    yes, what a nice article. 5 stars. it’s sunday, it’s not “thinking out of the box” it is excluding the job out of the box for one day ;)

  32. 50

    Nice article! Even an article about knitting, as diversion, can be inspirational :)

  33. 51

    I’m with Ramm on this one.

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    I knit and am a member of Ravelry (which, IMHO, is the greatest web 2.0 success story). Right now I’m working on my binary scarf ( ). When not up to my usual geekery, I knit. Thank-you for this post. My username on Ravelry is heima if anybody wants to check it out or has any questions.

    • 53

      That is an awesome design! I am working on the Mario Bros. collection of plush characters for my kids. The knitted shrooms are coming out great! And I agree — Ravelry is an excellent online community.

  35. 54

    I am surprised and disappointed. As many others I think that I would go to knitting blog if I wanted to know something like that.
    Another story would be if you could show examples of how knitting/furniture design/car design inspired web design and so on…
    The bottom line – I come here less and less often. That’s bad.

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    Douglas Bonneville

    April 18, 2010 7:09 pm

    Ok. I’m cool with out of the box and all, but is this jumping the shark or not, at least a little?

    Next post: 10 black, minimal, cool websites designed by Fonzi. :)

    Next next post: 14 Awe-inspiring Snuggy patterns

  37. 56

    Pretty good post. I just came by your blog and wanted to say that I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog posts. In any case I’ll be subscribing to your feed and I hope you write again soon!

  38. 57

    This is great. Very much creative and inspirational and it shows to some people that there is actually a world outside of your monitors and screens :P

  39. 58

    Check this ad from TBWABelgium:

    all kitted stop-motion

  40. 59

    Very brave post. I can really appreciate this. I think it would really be a challenge to find the time for this. Awesome examples, some very humorous.

    With kind regards,


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