by Kathleen CubleyOctober 22, 20191 min read0 Comments
Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows you how to knit German Short-Rows, also known as the double-stitch short-row. These are excellent for sock heels or anytime you need to use short-rows. We love them because they are nearly invisible on the finished project, and they're so easy to work.
by Kelley HobartFebruary 09, 20191 min read0 Comments
Theseaddi Sock Rocket circular needles have the silky smooth nickel-plated finish that is so well-known on theaddi Turbos. If you haven’t tried addi Turbos they allow the stitches to slide along the needles at incredible speeds. Some folks may find them a little too slippery but I am all about speed when it comes to knitting socks so these work great for me
by Kelley HobartFebruary 08, 20192 min read0 Comments
I had a great time making theGolden Hour Shawl by Andrea Mowry. This is using slip-stitch mosaic knitting. I made mine out of Hikoo Kenzie.This pattern uses three colors and is a fun, relatively easy pattern.
by Kelley HobartJanuary 22, 20190 min read0 Comments
I loved this design from Berroco using Ultra Alpaca and also wanted to try it with their new Ultra Alpaca Eco yarn for an all-natural alternative. Here's some tips on how I modified the pattern to match to match my hands.
Stitch Markers allow you to keep track of your knitting and crochet, allow you knit faster, prevent errors, and keep you on track with your pattern. Kelley discussed locking stitch markers and loop stitch markers. She shares knitting tips on how to transfer the stitch marker to your other needle and use it to mark transitions in your pattern.
Knitting is a rewarding hobby and a great skill to master. But, getting started with something new can be overwhelming. There’s new terminology to learn and you don’t understand what all these numbers and abbreviations mean. Take a deep breath. You can do it. We’re here to help learn how to knit. If you prefer videos be sure to watch these free videos to learn the basic stitches.
by Kelley HobartDecember 02, 20180 min read0 Comments
When grading alpaca yarns for knitting, there are different classifications depending on what knitting association you reference. In this article I will highlight the most common ways we grade alpaca yarn so you can make the best choices when choosing alpaca for your knitting and crochet projects.
by Kelley HobartNovember 12, 20183 min read0 Comments
Learn some of Kelley's top tips for improving your knitting and crochet. She'll help you be a better knitter by sharing some of her expertise about learning skills, unique approaches to the craft, and her opinion on several tools and techniques.
by Kathleen CubleyOctober 15, 20183 min read0 Comments
It's sweater weather, finally! I thought our super-hot summer would never end. Fall is my favorite season—it's knitting season, after all (not to mention football season).
If you're like me and you love knitting sweaters, here are five free knitting patterns to add to your queue immediately. It's a nice collection of projects, with a variety of construction methods and design details.