Some Things You Could Be Knitting For Your Home That Aren't Just A Blanket

02/04/2015 08:42 am ET | Updated Feb 04, 2015
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Let go of your old ideas about knitting being exclusively a grandmother's sport and embrace the fact that all the cool kids are doing it.

If you don't believe us, do a quick Pinterest search and you'll quickly see we're on to something. The benefits are endless and you're not only going to get your creative juices flowing, you'll impress your friends and family with your skills.

Born out of necessity, knitting is thought to have once been solely an occupation held by men in the Middle Ages and before. As times changed and modern inventions, like the knitting machine, changed production techniques, knitting became less a necessity and more of a hobby. In the 1930s, the depression led to women trying to make money from knitting, but it's remained mostly a hobby since then.

Although knitting was once thought to be a skill that was solely passed down from generation to generation, (which is still arguably the sweetest way to learn,) it is possible to embrace the Internet's power and teach yourself.

You could find yourself making...

A footstool pouf (or two!)
pouf
Photo: Pickles

A cable knit lampshade...
lampshade
Photo: Craftsy

Or holiday decoration coasters.

Heart shaped #KnitCoasters available on #Etsy ❤️☕️ #knitbyolivia

A photo posted by Olivia Filippo (@knitbyolivia) on

A cover for your throw pillow...
pillow
Photo: Craftsy

or maybe even the coffee cup cozy you never knew you needed.

Grass Green Conversation Coffee Cozy. Available tomorrow in the shop or send me an email...

A photo posted by ♥ The Perfect Coffee Cozy (@thecrochetmarket) on

The skill level and degrees of difficulty vary on the patterns and projects featured in the Pinterest board below, but we're in it for the long haul. If something seems a little too challenging right now, save it some place special (ahem, a Pinterest board of your own) and come back to it later when you're a total pro.

Follow Katelyn Mullen's board Knitting Projects on Pinterest.

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