Category Archives: Tutorials

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 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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Uniquely You: Choosing a colorwork palette

A sequel to our 2015 Fair Isle collection, Creative Color is packed with 15 brand new patterns for colorwork knitting from our favorite independent designers! The projects range from accessories to complex fair isle sweaters, but all are equally stunning! But what happens if you love the pattern, but the color palette just isn't your style? It's a bit more complicated to substitute colors for a pattern that calls for many different shades - but it's definitely not impossible! To show you just how versatile colorwork can be, we've chosen three different projects from Creative Color and knit up swatches in alternate colorways as inspiration. Let's get started! 1. The Carivel Colorblock Sweater by Megan Spencer

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Lace Tip of the Week with Geoff Hunnicut

Have you tried knitting a nupp? If you're new to lace, these lovely bobbles can seem intimidating. Don't worry - Geoff Hunnicut is here to guide you through the process! In our Lace Tip of the Week, Geoff shows you all the key steps to knitting a nupp, on both sides of your lace fabric.

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Learn to Weave with Hannah

For me, summer is about trying new things. I like new stitch patterns and new yarns, but most of all I like new crafts in general. In the past, I've devoted summers to needle felting or dyeing. This summer, I'm learning to weave! I have a small rigid heddle loom and I can't wait to make scarves and placemats and pillowcases for everyone I know. In my dreams, my Christmas list will be complete by the time the pumpkins are ripe. If you're interested in learning to weave, we have a new tutorial available where Hannah weaves a gorgeous pillowcase out of Hawthorne Fingering Yarn! Learn how to warp, weave, and finish your project in this great video:

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Lace Tip of the Week with Geoff Hunnicut

This week in our series, lace designer Geoff Hunnicut talks about the difference between lace knitting and knitted lace. It's a hotly contested issue, about which many lace knitters have very strong feelings. Find more of Geoff's designs here, and our new book, Joyful Lace, by clicking here.

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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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Lace Tip of the Week with Geoff Hunnicut

Are you new to lace knitting? Is this the summer you try it out? Over the next few weeks, we're featuring tips on lace knitting from designer Geoff Hunnicut. This week, Geoff takes you through a lace chart, and compares it to the knitted piece it produces. He'll let you know why he thinks charts are preferable to written instructions, for knitting lace.

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Learn to Knit a Benefaction Knit Hat

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit in the round, or on double pointed needles, but are unsure how? A simple hat, with handsome stripes and the perfect fit is an excellent way to get started on these techniques, and our new tutorial featuring the Benefaction Knit Hat will take you through every step! Stacey, who designed the hat, uses circular needles from our shorties set, and then changes to double pointed needles when the decreases result in too few stitches to continue with a circular needle. KP Staffer Jennifer, relatively new to knitting, tried out knitting in the round for the very first time. She watched the tutorial, and tentatively cast on.

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