Sometimes you just need a hand! Here is a brief list of helpful resources from Twisted and around the web.


Our Q&A blog series answers some of the most common questions we receive from customers. For example, do I really have to get gauge? What is the best first hat pattern? Does yarn weight matter? Should I use wood or metal needles?

Yarn 101

In our Yarn 101 blog series, we explain some of the basic features of yarn and why they matter for your project. Learn about ply, color, fiber, and more.


Knitting and crochet patterns come with lots of abbreviations to decipher. Here are some of the ones we use.

Technique How-Tos

In this pages, we demonstrate common knitting techniques using videos and written instructions with pictures. This is a work in progress as we add more videos and pictures regularly!

Starting: Slip Knot and Cast Ons - Starting your knitting project from the beginning.

Kitchener Stitch

Short Rows with the Easy as Pie Dishcloth

Wash and Block a Hat

Websites - the name says it all!

Ravelry - yarn/knitting/crochet community with limitless info on patterns and yarn

Knitty - great periodical of free patterns

Crochet in the Car - crochet "how tos"

How-to Videos

Mattress Stitch - from Berroco. Use this satisfying technique to sew a vertical seam between two pieces of stockinette stitch. It's simple, straightforward, and leaves you with a clean, practically invisible join. Perhaps the best part is that the mattress stitch is very easy to learn.