How to Double Knit

Double knitting felt like magic for me at first. It still kinda is, but it’s magic that I feel pretty confident about now. If you can knit & purl, YOU TOO, can double-knit!

Double knitting is the art of knitting two sides of a piece at once! Say you wanted a super thick coaster, instead of knitting two of them, and sewing them together, you can make both sides at the same time! It’s super neat!

And it doesn’t have to be something as small as a coaster or a pot holder, you can go ginormous and be insane like me and make a double-sided queen-sized blanket (why do I do this to myself? I guess I just like having things to complain about?).

So how do I do it?

All you need is your favorite pair of knitting needles, and 2 skeins of different colored yarn!

The following video explains it really clearly and slowly!

It’s really not as hard as it sounds!

We also have tons of books on the subject as well! Check one out today!

How to Make Your Own Cross Stitch Patterns

Do you love needlecrafting but were looking for an easy way on the computer (besides Microsoft Excel which still needs tinkering to get right…) to make your own patterns?

Look no more!

KG Chart is an application that allows you to easily create your own cross stitch patterns. It has all the official DMC colors preloaded onto it for easy color picking and pattern creating!


Cnet offers the free version of KG Chart for download!

Try it out today! Create to your hearts’ desires, my crafters!

For some pre-made patterns, check out our collection of cross stitch books!

Teen Beginner Needlecraft Classes

Did you tell yourself that this is the year you’re finally going to learn to knit? This is the year you can stop lying to yourself!

Come to the Vortex to sign up for our beginners class on January 20th @ 6 P.M. to learn the basics for a knitting a scarf of a single color. The materials you’ll need to bring with you are:

  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (recommended brand: simply soft).
  • 1 set of US size 8 (5.0mm) straight knitting needles. (recommended material: bamboo)
  • 1 (single needle or a set) of yarn needles.

Knitting not your thing?

We’ll also have a beginners course for those who’d like to learn to crochet on Feb. 17th at 6 P.M. The materials for this class are similar but you crochet with a hook instead of needles!

  • 1 skein of worsted weight yarn (recommended brand: simply soft).
  • 1 US size H-8 (5.0mm) crochet hook.
  • 1 (single needle or a set) of yarn needles.

Already know how to knit or crochet?

Needlecraft & a Movie is still a thing! The next meeting is Jan. 11th at 5 P.M! Let’s all craft together!