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Knitting Cables Like A Pro: How To Cable Without A Cable Needle

Once you’ve learned to use a cable needle you might find yourself addicted to casting on projects to watch these stitches twist and grow across the fabric. (It really is fascinating to watch and not as scary as you think! Just start slow with basic cables.) Now what do you do if you want to start…

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Circles In Squares: More Granny Squares

I got a few questions on my last granny square posts about what to do with all the ends of yarns. Granny squares are great for using up scrap or stash and working with lots of colors, but worrying about weaving ends afterward can be daunting. What I do is crochet over my ends every…

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Learn To Knit: 5 References That Will Get You Started Stitching!

There’s an abundance of information out there on the Internet and that includes plenty of references for knitting as well. However, that doesn’t always mean that finding what you’re looking for is easy, so we’ve done a little detective work for you. Below is a list of sources for tutorials and videos that will get…

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How To Crochet A Sunflower Granny Square

Will granny squares ever go out of style? I think not. They’re portable, can use stash and scrap yarn, and have so far withstood the test of time. These iconic squares have grown far beyond the “traditional” granny square into elaborate motifs and medallions. In this post we will be stitching a flower circle-in-square variation.…

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The Granny Stitch Ripple: Two Iconic Crochet Stitches Come Together

Granny squares and ripple stitches are perhaps two of the most iconic types of crochet. How about combining the two? Going along with my color theme and playing along with the popularity and staying power of granny squares and ripple stitches I decided to try out the granny chevron stitch, or granny stitch ripple. If…

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Playing With Color: Mandala® Ombre

This week I stumbled upon some Mandala® Ombre in Mantra and Tranquil. The cake of Tranquil had pops of an aqua color showing that pulled the blue green tones of the Mantra cake in. It’s a match! I’m not the type to always be super “girly” with lots of pinks and purples, but I do…

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Playing With Color

Another lifetime ago, or so it seems, I used to dye yarn. I began just looking for something to go along with my love of designing. Along the way I re-discovered a love of color. I say “rediscovered” because as a little kid I know I had absolutely no fear of colors or prints and…

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Design With Me – My First Blanket Design: Part 3

Phew, gauge swatching is officially over with! Now onto the math… via GIPHY Guys…one thing I hate more than gauge swatching…math. I’ll admit it now, I’m awful at it, always have been and always will be. That’s why I wanted to keep this blanket very simple with garter stitch. To find out how many stitches…

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Ease Ain’t Easy: A Discussion On Sweater Fit

I’ve been knitting for around 15 years and can execute complex lace and design intricate cable patterns, but getting the correct amount of ease in my garments sometimes still eludes me. First, what is ease? There’s a lot more on this below, but basically it’s the amount of inches more or less than your actual…

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To All Knitters & Crocheters: Read This Before Flying!

Are you traveling this spring and summer? As we’re gearing up for warm weather and fun getaways, at the top of our to-do lists is planning which knitting and crochet projects to bring on the trip! Waiting around in airports plus time spent flying make for lots of crafting opportunities. And since you don’t want…

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