Whether you’ve been using your kitchen for many years and need a change, or you just moved into a new home and want to make the kitchen feel more like your own, yarn crafts are a fun and affordable way to achieve a new eye-catching look.

There’s a gorgeous array of yarn colors online for you to choose from, as well as free knitting patterns, crochet patterns, and online tutorials provided by dedicated craftspeople from around the world. It’s simply a matter of knowing what kind of ambiance you want and finding the right project that fits your vision.

Of course, there are tens of thousands of projects available, and it’s no easy task to dwindle them down to the best complements for your particular kitchen. With that in mind, here are three ideas to get your creative juices flowing:

Hand Towels


Hand towels may seem like a small detail when considering your kitchen as a whole, but it’s precisely because few people put much effort into them that they represent a key design opportunity.

Whether you hang them on your oven handle or on a hook on the wall, they’ll offer your guests and loved ones a dose of beauty every time they dry their hands and lift their mood in the process.

If you’re a beginner, try quilting your set of hand towels for some added custom flare. The process involves nothing more than sourcing a pattern you love, determining the size of the towels, and backstitching the pattern onto the fabric to lock in the seam.



Crocheting your own placemats will allow you to personalize family mealtimes with your unique artistry. If you have kids, it may be worthwhile to create a set that features their favorite cartoon characters. That way, they’ll view dinner time as an entertaining experience as opposed to a chore. You could even make a separate and more formal set for get-togethers when there are no little ones at the table.

One tip is to pick a color scheme that maximizes contrast and matches the surrounding décor. Your placemats will then not only be irresistibly vibrant, they’ll also accentuate any paintings, photos, or indoor plants and tie them all into a unified atmosphere. Make sure to brush up on slip stitches and half double stitches so any pattern that sparks your fancy will never surpass your skillset.



Doilies are a go-to when it comes to classic old-school charm. Their intricate patterns are mesmerizing to behold and sure to wow your guests whether it’s a birthday party or a weekly poker night. You may also go multi-purpose with this project and use an extra thick yarn so your doilies can double as hot pads! Popular shapes include:

  • Stars
  • Suns
  • Hearts
  • Flowers

With some creativity and the willingness to learn, you can transform your kitchen from drab to fab with a ball of yarn, your choice of knitting needles or crochet hooks, and a free evening to experiment to your heart’s content. Give it a go and you’ll be surprised by how gorgeous your creations turn out.