Category Archives: Technique of the Week

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Playing with Color

Many knitters become frustrated when it comes to color selection. There are many reasons for this, but often the sheer volume of colors to choose from is the culprit. Add in the important task of choosing which yarn to use, and many knitters can become frozen in fear. It's not hard to become quickly overwhelmed! Of course, we try to make it easy by pairing well-designed patterns with the most appropriate yarn - in a beautiful (at least in our opinion) color combination. But what if you don't fall in love at first site? What if you like the pattern but don't know how to choose new colors... How do you take the designer's pick as inspiration for your own color choices? Let us give you some inspiration for playing with color.

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Learn to Crochet a Marguerite Dishcloth

If you love learning new crochet stitches like I do, you will love making a Marguerite Dishcloth. Its clam shell spike stitch is alternated with rows of single crochet and waves of color throughout. In our new tutorial, Heidi takes you through all the key steps to making your very own version. Use the colors suggested or substitute your own, for a great pop of color in your kitchen. Handy links: Free Marguerite Dishcloth Pattern Comfy Worsted Yarn KP Crochet Hooks

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

In our last installment of Fair Isle Tip of the Week, Andrea Lum talks about the specifics: yarn dominance, holding your yarn, and managing floats. If you're new to fair isle knitting, these might be completely new topics to you but don't worry! Andrea is here with some useful tips that are sure to get your fair isle knitting off to a great start. For great fair isle patterns, check out our newest collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection, also available as an ebook!

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

Have you tried fair isle knitting before? When you're reading a fair isle chart, things can get a bit tricky. This week, Andrea Lum gives some tips on reading your chart effectively, and mentions tools that can help you along the way.

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

Perhaps you've picked out your favorite fair isle knitting pattern now (perhaps it's from our new collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection ) but you're not in love with the exact colors the pattern uses. How can you go about substituting colors effectively, in fair isle knitting? Andrea Lum talks us through yarn progression and substitution, so you can knit the fair isle garment of your dreams.

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week

This week, fair isle knitter Andrea Lum tells us how to swatch for fair isle knitting. Have you ever done a swatch in the round? Learn why it works so well, for fair isle knitting.

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Fair Isle Knitting Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

Are you new to knitting, and interested in fair isle knitting, but unsure of what the term actually means? Andrea Lum is here to give us tips on fair isle, in celebration of our new collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection. This week, Andrea defines fair isle knitting, and shows you some different ways the technique is used, in garments and accessories alike.

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Learn to Knit a Loganberry Dishcloth

Sooo...some of you are not into lace knitting, am I right? For those of you (ok, us) who shy away from lace, let's talk about good, solid, new-to-us stitch patterns. If this summer is, for you, about trying new stitches with very little commitment, then our Loganberry Dishcloth Tutorial has just what you need! Make a few today and fall in love with these tiny bobbles, so easy to memorize and fun to create. You'll not only be left with a great stitch pattern to use again and again, you'll have a dishcloth that's useful, too!

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Learn to Crochet: the puff stitch

Over the past year, I have been shifting my crafting energies from knitting everywhere, all the time to focus on expanding my crochet skills. And I have to say, I finally feel as though my efforts have been paying off! With practice, a few basic stitches eventually transformed into granny squares which grew into giant granny square blankets. So what has been captivating my crochet sensibilities lately? Textured stitches! Once I got the hang of how to work bobbles to my crochet, I couldn't help but learn a few more textures to add to my crochet repertoire. After bobbles, the next stitch on my list of things to tackle was the puff stitch.

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Learning to Knit Lace

Light and airy lace - the epitome of summer knitting! Although it can look intimidating, the basics of lace lie in the added yarn overs to create an open fabric. Throughout the main body of the lace pattern, you'll often find these extra increases paired with decreases in order to keep the stitch count the same. However, yarn overs can also be used to create the shaping found in shawls. Shadow Lace If you have dabbled in lace or are new to the world of shawls, Kerin’s How to Knit Lace video class is sure to be your go-to guide for creating elegant lace wraps and shawls. This 12-part video class begins with a brief overview of lace knitting, then moving into the basics of how to determine the right yarn, fiber type, and color that will make your shawl shine! Next, you'll follow along with Kerin as she shows you how to cast on and make the yarn overs that will create your lace motif.

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