Heidi Gustad


Heidi Gustad

Heidi Gustad is a young knitting, crochet and crafts designer who grew up in North Dakota. She first learned to knit at age 8 from a grandmother who saw in her a need for something to keep her busy. She's now a Chicagoan, blogger at HandsOccupied.com and librarian who works with teens. You can keep up with her designs and more by searching your favorite social network for handsoccupied.

Projects by Heidi Gustad


How to Knit a Flower in 30 Minutes or Less

Knitting flowers has never been simpler! Just follow this step-by-step guide to get your very own floral embellishment. This tutorial is designed for the Floral Magic Baby Hat, but these flowers look great on all types of projects, from pillows and scarves to blankets and sweaters.

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Provisional Cast On Photo Tutorial

The provisional cast on is ideal for projects that require you to later join your stitches to another piece of knitting — making an almost seamless join once complete. While it may sound intimidating, this cast-on method isn’t tricky at all. Just follow this photo tutorial to discover how easy it can be!

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Pineapple Shawl

Pineapples have historically symbolized hospitality and to this day are found adorning the gates and walkways of important homes. Adorned with three dozen pineapples of its own, this fun shawl should make you feel right at home whenever you wear it.

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Happy Heart Blanket

Short rows and creative increasing and decreasing combine forces to create an adorable heart-shaped baby blanket. Looking at this design, you’d think cabling would be involved, but there’s not a one in this pattern.

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Twisted Peppermint Slippers

These fun slippers come together fast and will be your go-to cozy companion for winters at home. The finished, flexible style of the slipper is achieved with traditional cuff-down, sock construction techniques and a combination of working flat and in the round.

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Arizona Afghan

Channel a southwestern style with this bold afghan. Treat yourself to a single-panel afghan that emulates traditional desert design while you learn to work up this clever combination of linen stitch, stranded colorwork, slipped stitches and a dash of intarsia.

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Ready, Set, Stitch: Scenic Route Lace

Cast on.

First row: K3, yo.

First row continued: K2tog.

Continue working (yo, k2tog) until 5 sts remain. Finish row one with a final yo, k2tog. Then k3.

The right side of your first row will look like this. The bottom of the swatch above features the right side of the first row as

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Mod Maze Pillow

These green rounds capture the essence of a summer stroll through a freshly manicured lawn. Worked flat from the center out, this throw pillow is a great way to learn construction techniques to help you level up your knitting skills.

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Ruby Stole

Master simple short rows, twisted stitches, and basic lace by working up the Ruby Stole. Its many different elements combine to form a pear shape inspired by one of the many forms rubies take. This versatile piece can complement both your day dresses and your more upscale night attire.

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Shawl You’ll Ever Need

Shawl You’ll Ever Need

This lovely lacy shawl is knit left to right using a relaxing, easy-to-memorize lace stitch pattern. As you knit, you will increase from the cast on end until you reach the body of the shawl. One end of the piece includes a pouch-like shape designed to fit around one shoulder to aid in easy wear. See our photo tutorial below for tips on how to style this project!

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