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Sampling Isn't Just For DJs!!

Samplers Make Us Better Stitchers
February 26, 2024

Sampler crochet scarf Greetings! Many of you know what samplers are in your preferred craft. For those who don't, the word "sampler" indicates a way of trying new stitch patterns ("stitches") and often describes a single project with a variety of stitches. The joy of these projects is that you can choose your yarn/thread, needle/hook or canvas size. Samplers are meant to be a fun way to explore.

image of Cross Stitch sampler pattern with alphabet, house and treeIf you're curious about different stitches or feel like challenging yourself, where do you start? There are a variety of patterns, kits, or stitch dictionaries that can get you started. For knitters & crocheters who use Ravelry, search for "Sampler" and then filter for the size yarn you want to use. There are also many sampler patterns on manufacturers' websites, like Plymouth's F989 Sampler Afghan (knit) in two sizes (using Encore worsted [#4] or similar yarn) or Cascade's chunky (#5) Sampler Scarf (crochet) (the previous links all lead to free patterns!). Cross stitchers can try the Folk Art Sampler, Gardenside Sampler & Tree, or Animal Magic Birth Sampler kits.

Stitch dictionaries provide additional inspiration for all kinds of crafters. These books image of book, Embroidery Stitch Guidedemonstrate a variety of stitches; you pick the ones you like. We recommend the Embroidery Stitch Guide, Stitches to Go, Tunisian Crochet Stitch Guide, or any of the four different A Treasury of Knitting Patterns books. Many stitch dictionaries come in digital form too, like Sarah Hazell's Crochet Stitch Dictionary, Wendy Bernard's Ultimate All-Around Stitch Dictionary (knit), or Susan Sturgeon Roberts' Needlepoint Dictionary of Stitches, (all Kindle; Yarnivore is an Amazon affiliate and receives a small fee on these links). Finally, you can find lots of inspiration on the interwebs, including's step-by-step tutorials for both crochet and knit (search for either "crochet tutorial" or "knit tutorial") or Poppy Monk's needlepoint tips.

If you need help choosing stitches or projects, come see us!

Caryn and the Yarnivore Crew

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