The blog is back!  And just in time to report on some of the exciting things going on at Gosh Yarn It!


  • 21-and-overs had the chance to head to the Punderdome, NYC’s monthly pun competition.  If you missed it, see above re: Punapple Express.

  • Last week was Random Acts of Kindness week, and GYI! distributed handmade flowers to brighten Columbia University’s campus.



Did we leave anything out?  Keep checking back for more updates!

Blog News

New series alert!  This semester, our blog will be featuring posts about the history and culture of knitting and crocheting.  From Fair Isle Sweaters to Japanese Amigurumi, yarn has a very diverse following all over the globe.  Since New York is the center of the universe, you shouldn’t have to travel to the ends of the earth to learn about them – although if anyone wants to go on a whirlwind world tour to hit up fiber capitals, that’s something we at GYI! can definitely get behind.


We can travel by sheepback!

Speaking of activities we fully support, if any Columbia University fiber artists want to write a post to be featured on this blog, drop us a comment below or send an email to elc2149@columbia.edu.  It can be a single post, a semi-regular series, or whatever your little yarn-lovin’ heart desires!

On a related note, if you want to share any completed projects or in-progress projects, do send in pictures and pattern details along with anything you want to say about the piece.  For example:

Hi my name is Friendless Baxter, I’m working on a large knitted owl as a gift to myself, and here’s the link to the pattern: http://www.purlbee.com/2011/09/22/whits-knits-big-snowy-owl/

We’ll whip up a quick post about it, and you could be FAMOUS because of your crafting efforts!

Keep watching the blog for more posts, and happy yarning!  Stay warm out there!

Technique Tuesdays: A Journey into the Past…

From 1999 to 2012,  September to June, this yarner spent 8 hours a day (or more) in plaid.

My highly flammable schoolwear was scratchy, it felt like cardboard, and the overlapping blue, green, red, and yellow stripes marked me with a flashing “CATHOLIC SCHOOL KID” sign wherever I went.  Since starting college, however, I have learned that there is life outside the polyester plaid I knew for so long.  Now, I can appreciate a good wooly plaid (not to mention brown penny loafers) for its autumnal, preppy outfit possibilities.

Which is why today’s Technique Tuesday is about plaid.  Specifically, how to crochet something plaid.

This tutorial comes from Crochet Kitten.  It requires a rather clever weaving of individual chains through a crocheted canvas.

Check out that striping.

There are quite a few steps, with great, very detailed photos to guide you, so we won’t post them here, but by all means, take advantage of this great how-to.  Have fun!

Technique Tuesdays: Border Up!

Today’s crochet comes as a part of Le Monde de Sucrette’s “Olé Olé Blanket”which is presumably named for the bright colors and pompom accents of a Matador’s costume.

The border for her blanket creates a fringe that rings her vibrantly striped blanket, but that is much neater than a tasseled border.  It would be great for the edges of a scarf, blanket, or even a pillowcase!  It may also for a “sexy matador” costume for this Halloween.  Or a “sexy lampshade”?  Or you could skip the whole “sexy [profession or random object]” and go as a ball of yarn.

However you choose to use it, the full tutorial is here.

Technique Tuesdays

Good news if your Halloween costume plans were to dress as:

a) an artichoke



b) a crocodile hunter



c) an actual crocodile




d) an acorn


Because today’s technique is the crocheted Crocodile Stitch!  Here’s a great tutorial, plus pictures, from Rachel Lendyak-Peters, of crochetspot.com.  Thanks!

Begin with a chain with the number of stitches a multiple of 6. (You may find that in some patterns this will be a different number – like a multiple of three.) But by working in multiples of 6, you’ll have the right number of scales in the alternating rows to make a nice, straight edge.

After your chain has reach the desired length, chain 4 more.

Then double crochet into the forth chain from your hook.

You’ve just formed the first post. Next you will chain 2, skip 2 stitches, and then make 2 double crochets into the next stitch.

Repeat this pattern: chain 2, skip 2, 2 double crochets into the next stitch, until you’ve finished the row.

Fabulous! You’ve completed the first foundation row. I’ll refer to each set of 2 double crochets as a post. From this point, you will be doing a row of scales, foundation row, scales, foundation, etc.

Turn your work and chain three.

You will be double crocheting down one side of the post and up the other to form the scale. You will need to feed your hook under the first double crochet and up through the middle between the double crochet posts.

Make 4 double crochets down the first post (the first chain of 3 counts as a double crochet, so essentially you have 5 double crochets). Then chain 1.

Again coming under the second double crochet towards the middle, you’re going to make 5 double crochets coming up the second post.

Chain 1 at the top and you’ve completed your first scale!

Skip the next post and repeat the 5 double crochets down first post, chain 1, 5 double crochets up second post, chan 1. Skip the next post, repeat, and so on until the end of the row.

Now you’re set to make the next foundation row. Turn your work, chain 3 and then double crochet into the space between the 2 double crochets of the previous row.

Chain 2 and make 2 double crochets into the top of the next post, catching the chain 1 that you made between the scales.

Continue the chain 2, 2 double crochets pattern across the row.

Turn your work. Chain 1. Skip the first post and begin the scale in the next post. 5 double crochets down, chain 1, 5 double crochets up, chain 1; Skip post and repeat.

When you reach the end of the row, slip stitch into the middle of the last post.

Turn your work. Chain 3 and begin the next scale exactly like you did on the first scale row. Keep repeating this pattern.

Gift Guides: Fun and Quick Accessories

Hey GYI!  Our winter sale is coming up, so start those hooks and needles.  This is the first of a few pattern guides with recommendations for sale products.  Check back every so often in the next few weeks for more knitting and crocheting patterns!

A few notes:

  • Multicolored products tend to sell better than plain ones
  • In crocheting, things with holes tend to require a greater variety of stitches and aren’t as warm for winter.  However, they are quicker to make and look very fancy.
  • If you want to make any of these patterns, but are worried about not being able to read the pattern or do a certain stitch, don’t worry!  Our highly skilled crocheters can help you out at our next meeting this Sunday at 8 in Schapiro’s lobby lounge.
  • If you would like to get supplies, drop us a comment here or on Facebook so we can organize another trip to a yarn store!

Our Crocheter-in-Chief has worked up a list of relatively simple, quick crochet patterns to make for the sale.  Thanks Sam!

Simple Braided Headband

Braided pattern made up of only chains and slips stitches (the two simplest stitches!) You will need hair ties for these. If you need GYI to provide hair ties, try to let us know ahead of time. We will try to bring them to all meetings.  Also ask about making a Chain Headband at the meeting

Lacy Striped Scarf

Requires knowledge of a few stitches but a great learning opportunity! GYI! Officers can help you with this one.  Quick pattern & fairly easy!

Mesh Scarf

Chains & double crochet. Quick and simple! Replace double crochet with single crochet to make it warmer. The final product will not look quite as put together as the Lacy Striped Scarf.

Fast & Easy Cap

Labeled as a men’s cap, but could easily work for anyone.  Mostly double crochet.

Santa Hat

Slightly more complicated, but great practice for reading patterns and expanding your abilities.  GYI! points to anyone who makes this one!


After a brief/long hiatus (depending on how obsessively you read our blog) Wooly Wednesday has returned with some serious crocheting inspiration.

Just in time for the return of winter, here’s a cute crocheted flower garland!  Even if frost kills off the live flowers, you’ll always have these to decorate your dorm.  The pattern is here, courtesy of Sarahndipities.blogspot.com

ALSO!  Gosh Yarn It! will be hosting THE PUNGER GAMES, a bloodthirsty fight to the death friendly celebration of our favorite awful humor.  Monday night, Schapiro Lounge, 8 PM.