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If you're looking for a creative way to show your love this Valentine's Day, your knitting needles and crochet hooks know the game. Crafting with yarn is a wonderful way to express your feelings and show someone how much you care. Whether you're a beginner knitter or crocheter or a season pro, there are many fun knitting projects and patterns that are perfect for Valentine's Day. From hearts and stars to sweaters and scarves, you'll be sure to find the perfect project to make something special for your loved one.

So, gather your knitting needles, crochet hooks and yarn to get started. You will need different knitting needles for different purposes. Explore the Lantern Moon Collection for handcrafted needles and accessories. Crafted from premium ebony wood they are the ideal tool for smooth and effortless knitting and crocheting. The single-pointed needles are great for back-and-forth knitting. You can make dishcloths, a scarf or patterns that need to be constructed in pieces. Double pointed knitting needles work best for small circumference projects and in fact any round project. Think of socks, baby hats, sleeves, and even the neck of a pullover or sweater. The circular knitting needles work for both knitting in the round as well as back and forth. Single ended crochet hooks work for all kinds of crocheting, just make sure to have the right size. Tunisian crochet hooks with interchangeable cords work for the knit-like-look Tunisian crochet craft but can also be used for regular crochet if you do not attach the cord. Next, gather your accessories. Get stitch markers, finishing needles, scissors, and measuring tapes close by along with your accessory holder.

For yarn, get new shades in red, pink, white or colors associated with love from your LYS or browse your stash for leftovers. The color of the yarn is essential in expressing your feelings so make sure to choose them right.

So, let’s begin.

Delicate Lace

Lace is delicate as love. Whether you knit or crochet, you can make lace patterns in any project. Make it in a sweater or a trendy vest. A shawl or scarf looks truly wonderful. Lace knitting is not as difficult as it looks. There are hundreds, even thousands of lace knitting patterns as well as lace crochet patterns to choose from. For knitting lace, you need knitting needles in a size bigger than the yarn weight. With a combination of knit and purl stitches paired with techniques to artfully create holes that adds definition to the knitted fabric. Lace hearts will make your handmade gift all the more special. For crochet, you can make lace patterns with treble crochet stitches paired with single crochet and standing crochet stitches.

Sturdy Garter

Nothing says "I love you" like a handmade gift on Valentine's Day. Even if you are a beginner at knitting you can still make something. If you know the knit stitch you can very well make the garter stitch pattern. In the right shade of yarn, the basic garter can also shine. For crocheters, the fabric created with single crochet stitches and half double crochet stitches is the best for sturdy projects. You can make a scarf or a hat or a throw with chunky-weight yarn.

Versatile Stockinette

When you want to make a statement of affection or even self-love, the basic stockinette pattern is all that you need. With a combination of knit and purl stitches, the pattern is impressive for hats, socks and even other projects with a neat edge. With color changes in rows and rounds, you can create an impressive gift for your love.

Colorwork

Knitting and crocheting both create lovely colorwork. The easiest way is duplicate stitches to make some writing. But you can make pretty pieces using stranded colorwork, Intarsia, slip stitches and more. Valentine's Day is the perfect time to let someone know how much you care. Put your love into words and knit or crochet accessories that will last a lifetime.

Mysterious Cables

Cables are stitches knitted out of turn. They look mysterious for their intricate twists. Knitting cable stitches is easy and smooth. All you need is a cable needle to hold your stitches to the front or the back of the project. Cables have a beautiful mysterious look that makes even the simplest project look special. Think of fingerless mittens or a hat. Cables are not limited to knitting but crocheting them can be too complicated for beginners.

Fuzzy Textured Stitches

The beauty of crochet is that in comparison to knitting, it is always more textured. Knitting too has many ways to add texturing. Moss, Seed, Basketweave and an endless variety of textures can be made.

So, whether you are a knitter or crocheter, get ready to express your love with handmade gifts. Choose thoughtful gifts that can be made over the weekend or in a day or two.

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