Knithacks of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come

Knithacks of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come

At the beginning of this year I made a promise to myself to learn two things – 1) entrelac knitting; and 2) how to crochet for real.

I’m happy to say that I’ve accomplished both. The entrlac project is slow going (I’m half way!) but it’s absolutely gorgeous, if I do say so myself. As for crochet, I’ve made a few things – some coasters, a few flowers and a very beautiful tweed cowl that I actually wear! That’s real progress in my books … and yesterday I had a great crochet breakthrough: I crocheted a sphere using Julie Kundhi’s “Tiny Crochet Ball” pattern! I’m so excited about this because it clears the path to so many projects that I’ve wanted to take on for a long time – amigurumi, big and small here I come!

It also gave me a new project idea for 2016. If you’re a regular follower of KnitHacker, you know that I love to mix my knit and crochet with LEDs. So my next project will be to crochet 40 tiny spheres, in lots of colors and textures, and instead of using polyfill to stuff them, I’m going to use them as covers on these Indoor Fairy Lights:


I’ve wanted to take on a home decor/LED project for awhile, and this one is going to look great!


What are you making in 2016? Any crafting resolutions?

* I received a set of Koo Power Indoor Battery Fairy Lights at a discounted price in exchange for writing a review on the blog. The packaging is simple, comes in an envelope and you get two sets. The “berries” are smaller than I imagined, but they’re cute and made with a thick, hard plastic – very opaque. As such, these would be useful as a decoration in a very room and I’m planning to cover each of the balls in yarn to add some color. For the price you can’t go wrong with this set. A couple cons: can’t use them outside and they’re battery powered.

About The Author


Danielle Holke is a long-time knitter, first taught by her beloved grandmother as a young girl growing up in Canada. In 2008 she launched KnitHacker, a lively blog and knitting community which has since grown to be a popular presence in contemporary knitting culture, reaching more than a million readers each year. As a marketing professional, Danielle advises and works with a motley squad of artists, yarn bombers, film makers, pattern designers, yarn companies and more. Learn more about her latest book, Knits & Pieces: A Knitting Miscellany.

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