Maria Keffler

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Knitting: Throw
This soft and squishy throw in super bulky chenille yarn will make it nearly impossible to get up off the couch or hammock after your nap. Dreamily thick and velvety, it’s as warm as it looks, and comforting as the lovey you had when you were a toddler. If you can let go of it and drape it on the back of the sofa people will think you paid $300...
Knitting: Throw
This sumptuous college-themed blanket was made for a fabulous young lady who’s going off to join the equestrian team at the University of Tennessee Martin. The braids are reminiscent of her show horse’s decorated mane and tail, but would make a college-bound co-ed feel snuggly as toast in their dorm room during long evenings of studying or eati...
Crochet: Throw
Worked in leftover bits of sport weight yarn, this charming kaleidoscope of a blanket is a mindless bit of work that captures the eye and the imagination. Crocheted in three 16” wide strips, then attached with simple back-and-forth rows of slip stitch, its panels are easy to take along wherever you go. Just attach a new ball when you run out of...
Knitting: Cup / Mug
Small and charming as this cup cozy may be, it’s not a beginner project. If you’ve never worked in the round with double-point needles or tried double knitting, this isn’t a good project to start with because you have to do both at the same time, as well as make increases via both knit and purl. But if you’re up for a challenge…
Knitting: Scarf
Kiyomizu Dera, east of Kyoto, is one of the most famous and celebrated temples in Japan. Kiyomizu means “pure water” and is built around the Otowa Waterfall. As you ascend the wooded hill to the temple, perched high against the sky, you can stop at the Rakusho Tea House and enjoy their beautiful koi pond and gardens while sipping ocha.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Worked up with one skein of bulky yarn, this beanie is a quick knit that’s sure to please. Thick and squishy in 20% alpaca, it’s as warm and cozy as can be. The color gradient gives it an uncommon elegance, especially when topped off with a fat, furry Silver Fox pom from The Firefly Hook. Because it collapses so snugly with 3x3 cuff ribbing, an...
Knitting: Towel
Alternating knit and purl stitches give these light and airy kitchen towels their smart squares on the front and raised vertical ridges on the back. To make them larger or smaller, simply cast on more or fewer stitches in multiples of five, plus one extra st. (For a dishcloth, we recommend 51 stitches.)
Crochet: Bag - Other
Crocheted in crisp No. 10 cotton thread, these little tea bag holders couldn’t be sweeter. Give as hostess gifts, brunch or luncheon favors, place setting decorations, or simply to a friend who needs a little Thinking-of-You pick-me-up. They’re simple as can be to work up, too—all you need are chains, single crochets, and double crochets. Oh, a...
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth, Towel
This towel and dishcloth set are named after the sky when the weather is about to change. Knit in a three-row, three-stitch variation on Moss Stitch, the variegated cotton yarn pools just like shirred clouds against a cool blue sky.
Knitting: Pullover
“Nomoco” is short for “No More Cold!” and it’s a Weekender both because you’ll want to wear this snuggly-soft warmer every Saturday and Sunday, and because you can make this gorgeous thing in a weekend. (The one in the main photo was begun on a Tuesday afternoon and completed on Thursday morning.) Make it with or without a pocket, with a short,...
Crochet: Cowl
This simple, easy-to-crochet cowl was designed to use up leftovers from the Azul-Verde Mountain Scarf. The only stitches you need to know to make this one-sitting piece are chains, single crochet, double crochet, slip stitch, and reverse single crochet for the rope borders. Two rows of back-loop-only stitches outline the mesh rows and help give...
Knitting: Scarf
This sumptuous piece walks the line between being a scarf and being a wrap. At an ample 14” wide it’s got your back as well as your shoulders and front. Alternating stripes of blue and green are broken up by horizontal seed-stitch strips of ecru, as well as vertical lines of duplicate stitch, to give this cozy scarf its checkerboard appearance....
Crochet: Washcloth / Dishcloth
This crocheted dishcloth is thick, sturdy, and textured with smartly raised front-post-double- and treble-crochets, with a simple hdc border and picots at the corners. Leave off the border row and this square would work up nicely as blocks for a throw or blanket. The raised spokes would reach across the individual squares to create a charming l...
Knitting: Cup / Mug
I want my coffee. Right meow.
Crochet: Cowl
This thick and snuggly cowl will be your new go-to pattern for quick and gorgeous gifts. It’s deceptively simple Thistle Stitch, constructed only with double crochets and skipped stitches, and comes out beautiful in either variegated or single-color yarn.
Crochet: Coat / Jacket
This hooded cloak could’ve belonged to a medieval maiden gathering pine boughs in the forest or wild herbs on the moor. Crocheted in a wool/acrylic/poly blend, it’s both soft and warm, smooth and durable. Front Post Treble Crochets draw neat lines down the drape of the cloak as back- and front-loop-only rows create visual interest horizontally ...
Crochet: Washcloth / Dishcloth
This crocheted dishcloth is thick, sturdy, and looks just the same on both sides. Subtly textured with a mix of sc, hdc, and dc stitches, and a simple contrasting sc border, this dishcloth is modest yet charming, simple yet visually interesting. Work up three or four in just an evening or two and wrap them in a ribbon for a lovely shower or bir...
Crochet: Baby Blanket
This afghan works up quickly and couldn’t be sweeter or more snuggly. Pictured in Yarn Bee Toasty Sweet (Apricot Jam) this piece is reminiscent of the Sonoran Desert at sunset.
Knitting: Scarf
This soft, lacy scarf is as luxe as it is elegant. The fine yarn works up like chenille, creating a piece that’s almost velvety, with a drape to die for. Classic diamonds grace squares on a seed-stitch lawn. The picot-style edging gives this scarf an extra sumptuous touch of detail.
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
This dishcloth is created in double-knit, yielding a thick and cozy fabric that’s super absorbent and squishy, and also looks exactly the same on both sides (although the checker colors are inverted).
Knitting: Market bag (slouchy)
This market bag is magic. Its apple-shaped bottom expands outward, to keep your fresh produce from piling up on top of itself in the bottom of the bag. The gathered mesh grows so quickly from the cast-on circle that it stretches laterally and creates a donut-shaped pocket all around the bottom. The wide, Linen Stitch strap stays flat and unstre...
Knitting: Scarf, Beanie, Toque
If this set doesn’t make you want some cookies and milk, you must not have a sweet tooth. Knit in charcoal and ivory, this scarf boasts a cable down the center and seed stitch down the edges. The hat’s cuff echoes the cable motif, and the seed stitch top under the pom might remind one of double stuff filling.
Knitting: Scarf
This sumptuous scarf is knit from bulky craft yarn and works up briskly in just a few hours. The center braid is flanked by two panels of nubby seed stitch and bordered with four stitches of thick ribbing, so the piece lies perfectly flat. Run through with a bobbled metallic thread that alternates among gold, silver, and copper sheens, this acc...
Crochet: Cowl
This charming cowl will keep cold necks warm, as well as make good use of your yarn stash scraps. Crocheted in three colors of worsted weight (here in dark blue, light blue, and white), with picot trim and two one-inch buttons, the Satchie Button Cowl will work up in an evening or two. Add an extra row or two of buttons to make the neck adjusta...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This cozy set will keep the chill away as long as Mother Nature keeps turning a cold shoulder. Knitted in one piece from tapered tip to tapered tip, this Linen Stitch shawl features inset pockets and toggle closures. The coordinating hat sports a gorgeous pom from The Firefly Hook.
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
This dishcloth is created in double-knit, yielding a thick and sturdy fabric that’s super absorbent and squishy. In soft, smooth cotton on one side, The Exfoliator wears an abrasive scrubby yarn on its reverse. Perfect for either exfoliating skin in the shower or for cleaning out the bottom of a lasagna pan in the kitchen, this washcloth/dishcl...
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
Three coordinating square-themed dishcloths will appeal to the math geek or geometric artist in your soul. Knit in easy Stockinette and Seed Stitches, these couldn’t be simpler or quicker to knit up.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These fingerless arm warmers couldn’t be cozier. Created for a girl who wanted to wear her favorite short-sleeve shirt long into the fall, they slip right up into the sleeves and make it a summer-or-winter top.
Knitting: Pullover
Designed to copy a favorite sweater that was worn to tatters, this ribbed pullover was made to order. Knit in the round with an all-over 3x1 rib, it’s seamless with raglan sleeves and very adjustable instructions.
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth, Towel
Worked in shades of papaya, chocolate, crimson, and burgundy, this dishcloth and towel set brings autumn right into your kitchen. The lattice is created with twisted stitches in a simple 16-row repeat.
Knitting: Scarf
Seed & Stockinette stitch blocks alternate in this modern take on a classic, boxy muffler. Clean vertical lines balance nicely against the barely scalloped edges to give this elegant accessory a touch of three-dimensionality and an ample though refined hand.
Knitting: Scarf
Three blocks of peacock-inspired color drape beautifully in three panels of lace chevrons, separated by charming seed stitch. Coordinating tassels grace the tapered ends, lending this elegant scarf that little something extra.
Knitting: Throw
The Never-Ending Cable Afghan is worked in one long, continuous spiral. (No sewing!) Finish on any corner you like; it isn’t even necessary to complete a full round for the blanket to look balanced. Make it for a crib, for a child, for a twin bed, or for a king bed—whatever you desire, and however much yarn you have on hand.
Knitting: Throw
Thick, warm, and soft as a Sunday afternoon in autumn, this blanket couldn’t be more appealing. Knit in eleven separate cable panels, then sewn up easily with a disappearing zipper-like stitch that forms an invisibly flat join between the panels, Brown Street Sunday is perfect for a long nap, a nice cozy read on the couch, or a lazy swing out i...
Knitting: Tee
The yarn in this garment came from a charming (and chock-full of wonderful fibers, implements, and staff) local yarn shop on the Ocean City, Maryland, boardwalk. Salty Yarns overlooks the beautiful seaboard, for which the colors in this design were selected.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Five alternating rows of the Ichthys, or Jesus Fish, will remind the wearer of the prayers that soaked this gently ribbed gift during its creation.
Knitting: Sachet
These charming little sachets couldn’t be easier to make. Worked in one piece with Linen Stitch and Seed Stitch, you simply wrap them up and sew the sides and flap shut around whatever sweetly scented leaves, herbs, and/or oils you like.
Crochet: Washcloth / Dishcloth
Bright and bold, this dishcloth shines with its neon-inspired stripes on a black background. Worked up quickly in single crochets and chains, with a border of half double crochets, you can finish this one up in an hour or two. It’s stiff and thick, but not bobbly or bulky, and looks exactly the same on both sides.
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
This dishcloth is elegant enough for a bride to carry down the aisle with her. (But let’s hope she doesn’t.) The ribbing makes this one especially good at picking up crumbs and absorbing spilled liquids, while the bobbles help give it not only more visual interest, but also an added measure of thickness.
Knitting: Scarf
Double-knit in sock weight (#1) yarn this Renaissance-inspired scarf has a sumptuous drape and hand. Perfect for the nobleman in your life, the medieval cross, hooped cross, and fleur-de-lis speak of chivalry, fidelity, and valor, required virtues of the knightly order.
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
Kiss Your Makeup Goodbye!
Knitting: Purse / Handbag
Smile and nod at your new favorite handbag. Worked in chic Linen Stitch, this eye-catcher looks almost like houndstooth. With three exterior pockets and another on the inside it’s as functional as it is elegant. In 100% cotton it’s machine washable and dryable. A plastic canvas bottom hidden between the knit bag and lining helps give it structu...
Crochet: Duffle Bag
You’re ready for summer days beside the water with this versatile and sturdy cotton duffel bag. Made in one piece, with the handle attached via slip stitches, just add the simply crocheted cord or your favorite hank of boat rope to cinch it up. A super easy project even for a beginner, this one’s guaranteed to turn out great.
Knitting: Bag - Other
A great project to use up scrap yarn, this bag would knit up well in just about any fiber. The subtle detailing in the colored bands is achieved with slipped stitches and occasional purls, but plain Stockinette Stitch stripes would do just as well. This bag is so lovely, you could almost get away with giving it empty, just as its own sweet self!
Knitting: Containers
Perfect for a baby shower, a centerpiece, a mantel decoration, or just for collecting herbs and flowers from your garden, this little 5-3/4” by 8” basket is exactly right for all kinds of things. The bottom is made of two spiral medallions stitched over a white cardboard disk, to give it great structure and strength. A spritz of starch stiffens...
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
Chevrons, eyelet panels, and seed stitch work together to make this (not so) little washcloth either an elegant square reminiscent of embossing and dye-cuts, or a colorful piece of stripe work that hints quietly of ice cream layers on a summer cone. In two sizes (12.5” and 9.5”) and two motifs, this pattern offers four different dishcloths in a...
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
Slipped stitches and a bar of purls crisscross to form the charming, embossed-like squares of this easy-to-knit dishcloth. To make it bigger or smaller, simply add or subtract multiples of six stitches, and increase or decrease the vertical repetitions as necessary. Simple and versatile, the Windowpane pattern would also make a sweet and speedy...
Knitting: Mittens
Both adorable and snuggly, these wool mittens will keep her sweet little fingers cozy all winter long. Knitted in separate halves on straight needles then stitched together, these couldn’t be easier to make and can be turned out in a day if you’re determined. The little flowers whisper wishes for spring while the wool keeps the relentless winte...
Knitting: Scarf
“But the ends don’t match!”
Knitting: Scarf
Cables and a braid are secondary accents to the striking gussets that peek out from the ends of this eye-catching scarf. Why is it a “Philosophical” scarf? Because during its creation—and because of the unique challenges presented by knitting multiple, contrasting-color gussets—this scarf’s designer struck upon a solution that helped resolve a ...
Knitting: Towel
A Dish Towel, a Hand Towel, and a Dish Rag, all knitted up in charming Linen Stitch. This set would make a great gift for a shower, a birthday, or for yourself! Try it in green, red, and white for Christmas. Or maybe purple, orange, and black for Halloween? In 100% cotton they’re soft, thick, and absorbent, as well as gorgeous and hardy. And yo...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
This sweet bouclé afghan knits up quickly with its soft, thick weave and cuddly drape. No need for any rabbit skins here! The smaller size (2 skeins of yarn) has three charming cables, while the larger size (3 skeins of yarn) gets five.
Knitting: Animal Toy
Knit on Size 2 double-point needles with gold crochet thread and a set of Lion Brand Bonbons (in Celebrate), this shrewd snake is filled with pipe cleaners that let him hold whatever shape you’d like him to have. Duplicate stitch gives him his scales, so the only colorwork necessary is switching yarns for stripes and doing one row of MC/CC with...
Knitting: Cardigan
You might not like the girl, but you can’t help but like her sweater. Especially when it helps you show your cretin of a brother exactly what you know. With it’s tiny buttons, almost imperceptible buttonholes, and smooth, woven-quality fabric, the Get Mark Sweater will be your go-to anytime you need a cardigan. Give it back? Why should you? She...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Knitted in elegant Linen Stitch, the Gwynevyr Wrap is sophisticated softness draped in graceful warmth. Fine enough to gather or fold into a scarf but wide enough to swathe you in an ample wrap, wear it with or without its hood. The ends drape to body-slimming points, and their inset pockets are nearly invisible until you slip your hands inside.
Crochet: Scarf
Every wardrobe needs an accent piece created out of Malabrigo. In Arroyo Regatta Blue, this lacy scarf is soft and sweet, yet cozy and visually striking. Easily stitched up in chains and double crochets, and edged with single crochets and an asymmetrical looped fringe achieved with chains, this one-ball (two if you count the coordinating trim) ...
Knitting: Baby Blanket
The gentle horizontal color striping in this super-soft blanket balances beautifully against the vertical braid and chevron panels. Thick and snuggly, the Madrid Baby Blanket will be a favorite of both the big people and the little people, and is likely to take on heirloom status in the family. In bulky yarn it knits up quickly, and its simple ...
Crochet: Scarf
Perfect for a spring day—maybe the first ice cream truck of summer will make an appearance?—this scarf is crocheted in a simple ch-5 mesh that’s breezy and elegant. It makes a great accent piece for any outfit that’s otherwise too much brown, too much pink, or too much cream, and creates a beautiful drape that’s a little lacy without screaming,...
Crochet: Necklace
Only 7 rows make up this bedazzling choker. Single crochets and chains create an ornate fabric that looks ever so much like gold filigree. Pink rocaille seed beads and pearl drops balance the yellow in the mercerized cotton thread with a warm shine and creamy elegance. In three sizes, this pattern lets you bejewel every lady in your house.
Knitting: Beret, Tam
How often can a man’s item of clothing honestly be called pretty? But The Damon Hat really is. Knitted in the round in bi-color rib, then in Stockinette Stitch with three coordinating welts, this hat draws the eye almost as much as its namesake. And it’s as warm as his hand on a snowy day. Make it for him. Or for her. Or for him to share with h...
Knitting: Cup / Mug
This simple Coffee Mug Cozy requires neither double-point needles nor fancy closures like buttons or snaps. Low enough to leave your lips un-fuzzed, but high enough to give your mug a firm hug, this cozy will help keep your coffee, tea, or cocoa warm and toasty on chilly winter mornings.
Crochet: Applique / Embellishment
One of these delicious little hearts takes less than six yards of yarn to make. Graced with a single pearl, each one speaks of love, fidelity, and hope. String several together to make a table runner or scarf—or, if you’re feeling really ambitious, a blanket—or tie one delightfully onto the ribbon around a Valentine’s gift.
Knitting: Hats - Other
With it’s peek-a-boo eyelets that give just a glimpse of the inner lining, this is both a snuggly warm and a coy little flirt of a hat. Designed around two Cheshire Cat poms (from The Firefly Hook), this all-one-piece hat has minimal seaming and maximum adorability. Knit one for your favorite mini elf, or for yourself!
Knitting: Washcloth / Dishcloth
These washcloths work up like magic. You can knit a set of five (or six, or seven, or eight…) in no time at all. Smooth as woven linen on the right side, bobbly like seed stitch on the back, these are perfect for either gently cleansing soft baby cheeks or exfoliating to rediscover your own baby-soft cheeks.
Knitting: Animal Toy
These little critters make good use of little, leftover balls of yarn. Knitted in one piece (no ear-sewing-on) with double-point needles, they work up as quick as can be. Stuff one with catnip instead of Fiberfill and you’ll enjoy hours of entertainment watching Miss Kitty destroy your handiwork.
Knitting: Purse / Handbag
Sometimes you need the smallest of bags—the essentials, and nothing more. Like when you go to an amusement park to ride the roller coasters, and you only need a little money for lunch, a lipstick if you’re with a cute guy, and a place to put your sunglasses. This bag is just the ticket. With a long, cross-body strap and a button to secure it, i...
Knitting: Purse / Handbag
Perfect for the beach or the bistro, this chic little bag is a throwback to the flower power days of the 1960’s. Knitted in Linen Stitch, it works up in no time, all in one piece that gets seamed on the edges with knit pick-ups and bind-offs.
Knitting: Gloves
Have cold hands? But you still need to use them? These fingertipless gloves are just the thing. Indoors or outdoors, they’ll keep your hands warm, but still allow the sensitivity and dexterity you need in your fingertips to do all the things your hardworking hands need to do. Make your gloves as simple or as colorful as you like—these gems keep...
Knitting: Scarf
This gorgeous scarf knits up in no time in sweetly simple Garter Stitch and yarn-over eyelets. In shades of teal and purple this soft, cotton/acrylic blend yarn drapes like ripples on a pond around its namesake flower.
Knitting: Poncho
Knitted in seed stitch with a single cable running through the middle of each panel, the Nadia Poncho is cozy, chic, and charming. The ample hood is gathered at the top seam to snuggle around your favorite little girl’s face, while poufing adorably everywhere else. Tied at the neck with a crocheted rope, an i-cord, or a ribbon, this cool weathe...