Heidi Gustad


Heidi Gustad is a knitting, crochet and yarn crafts designer obsessed with primary colors and clean lines. In addition to designing patterns, she blogs, co-hosts the Very Serious Crafts Podcast, teaches workshops, & produces and hosts videos for a variety of craft industry clients. You can keep up with her designs and more by following her blog, Hands Occupied and searching your favorite social network for the username handsoccupied.

Projects by Heidi Gustad

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

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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English Lace Scarf

This scarf uses a popular repeating stitch known as the English Mesh Lace Stitch and plays with positive and negative space to create a lightweight summer scarf that’s nice enough to wear at the beach or out for dinner. The linen yarn used is perfect for a scarf that might get a lot of outdoor use as it’s completely washable and dryable.

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