4 Ways to Cast-On Cuff-Down Socks

by Meg Bateman August 14, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

When casting-on socks from the cuff-down, it's important to have a stretchy cast-on so the socks fit over your calves. We're covering four ways to cast-on socks from the cuff-down, including a brand-new method – Kelley's Tubular Cast-On! 
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4 Ways to Cast-On Toe-Up Socks

by Meg Bateman August 06, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Socks are a lot of fun to knit – but getting them started can be tricky. With these four toe-up sock cast-on methods, you're sure to find one that works best for you! In no time at all you'll be knitting up socks for the entire family. 
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Tips for Knitting the Nurmilintu Lace Shawl by Heidi Alander

by Meg Bateman July 01, 2020 3 min read 0 Comments

The Nurmilintu Lace Shawl by Heidi Alander is the perfect one-skein project for beginner lace knitters. In this post, Kelley shares tips for knitting this free pattern and how to add some unique finishing touches.
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How to Knit German Short-Rows

by Kathleen Cubley October 22, 2019 1 min read 0 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.
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Knitter's Pride Karbonz Circular Needles Review

by Kelley Hobart February 28, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

We are excited to be carrying the Karbonz circular needles made by Knitter's Pride.

I am using sock yarn Karbonz circular needles in size US #1 40 inch, and a pattern called Isabella D’Este found in The Knitter’s Book of Socks which I have checked out from our local library.

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Knitting For Beginners | Resources, Videos, Tips and Techniques

by AD Staff February 27, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

That's great you are interested in learning to knit. If you like to learn by watching videos, be sure to check out our quick How To Knit videos here.

Why Learn To Knit?

There's a host of reason but here are few! 

  • Knitting is relaxing and relieves stress
  • Knitting is a social activity you can enjoy with others
  • Knitting allows you to user your brain and could help in the prevention of alzheimer's and dementia
  • Knitting allows you to be creative
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Speedy Knitting at Alpaca Direct: Circular Needle Review!

by Kelley Hobart February 09, 2019 1 min read 0 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
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How I Made the Golden Hour Shawl by Andrea Mowry

by Kelley Hobart February 08, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

I had a great time making the Golden 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.

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How To Make Perfect Bobbles

by AD Staff February 08, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

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How To Make The Cloudberry Mittens by Amy Christoffers

by Kelley Hobart January 22, 2019 0 min read 0 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.
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How to Use Stitch Markers

by AD Staff January 13, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

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.

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How To Knit For Absolute Beginners | Alpaca Direct

by AD Staff December 03, 2018 5 min read 0 Comments

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. 
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