Need to keep your paintbrushes held securely upright while they dry? Try this paintbrush holder, which can be either knitted or crocheted. It's a very adaptable design, it should work with almost any stitch pattern and most yarns. Good project to use leftover yarn. I wouldn't use a very fuzzy or fragile yarn, but anything else? Go for it!
You'll also need a coffee cup, small basket, vase, or other container about 5 inches high with tapered sides.
Step 1: Start knitting or crocheting a simple rectangle
Knit a rectangle that is ABOUT as wide as your container's mouth, and twice as long. I say "about", because the measurements really aren't a huge big deal. You can certainly wing it.
Do use loose stitches. If you have large knitting needles or a large crochet hook, by all means use that. I didn't have any, so I'm using the handles of my two largest paintbrushes. The ends of the brush handles aren't very pointy, but it doesn't really matter because the stitches are very loose.
In this picture, I'm pulling and stretching the work apart a bit so that you can see how loose I made the stitches.