Category Archives: Tutorials

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Learn to Knit a Worsted Weight Sweater!

We are pretty excited about our new collection, Knits for Everybody. Whether you pick up a copy of the printed book (now 40% off) or buy it as an ebook so you can get started right away, you'll have the patterns you need to get your Christmas gift list off to a great start. Interested in making a winter sweater for you or someone on your list? No problem! We've got a video classl that is sure to help you out. In our tutorial, Katy Banks, designer of the worsted weight sweater pattern (available in sizes newborn to men's XXLand women's 5X) takes you through all the key steps to knitting your very own sweater. From increases and decreases, to putting the sleeve stitches on hold and starting a neckline, this class will guide you every step of the way. So grab your yarn and needles, and cast for your very own worsted weight sweater, today!

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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 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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