Have you ever come to the end of a piece of knitting like a jumper or scarf and felt that it needed a final addition to bring it up to scratch? Crocheted edges could be the solution you're looking for.
Lifelong knitter and crocheting instructor Naomi Frenkel recently told the Detroit News that this simple addition can really improve the look of a finished piece of knitting, whatever its shape or purpose.
"[Crocheted] edgings will take a sweater from being homemade to being handmade. Sometimes when you knit something, how you finish it really takes it to the next level," the local resident told the newspaper.
Adding a colourful yarn finish to your knitting can give it a more cheerful appearance or produce a more stylish look.
As an instructor, Ms Frenkel is sharing the tips she learned back in the day as a yarn representative, when shop-owners offered her advice on knitting on the provision she wouldn't give them to their rival salespeople.
The former school-teacher now hopes to take advantage of her years of experience and knowledge to encourage others to get involved in craft-based activities and develop their skills, whatever the level they start from.
Knitting is what led her to learn how to crochet in her early 20s. While she admits that the former is a more relaxing and creative pursuit, the latter is a vital part of many of her best projects.
"I thought they kind of go together and I love the feel of yarn, so I thought if I know how to knit, I should know how to crochet," she concluded.
If anyone based in the UK would like to pick up some similar skills, Knit Rowan's Learn to Crochet workshop could be the right choice. It's specially-designed for beginners, so the level of skill involved shouldn't be too daunting.
As well as creating a crochet sampler, knitters will learn how to create a simple yet effective crochet corsage.