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Crochet a Mosaic Baby Blanket

Crochet a Mosaic Baby Blanket

by Kelley Hobart August 13, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

I love the look of mosaic knitting, and I wanted to try the technique with crochet. I found a wonderful tutorial on YouTube from AnnooCrochet Designs, so I thought I'd try it. First, I needed to explore the concept of mosaic crochet.
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Knit Socks: Making a Rounded Toe

Knit Socks: Making a Rounded Toe

by Kathleen Cubley July 16, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

There's nothing like a pair of handknit socks. You can use gorgeous sock yarn, choose your stitch pattern, and take them with you wherever you go. One thing I've learned over the years is how to customize socks to fit my feet, and I like a rounded toe. It's important for me because my feet are fairly straight across the toes, and a pointy toe just ends up flopping around empty. 

Kelley likes a rounded toe, too, and she's developed a recipe for making them for her toe-up socks. She creates her rounded toe by spreading out the increases, separating them with a growing number of knit rounds in-between.

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Our Top 5 Summer Patterns to Knit in 2019

Our Top 5 Summer Patterns to Knit in 2019

by Kathleen Cubley June 21, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

It's summertime, and the knitting is breezy. Here are 5 great patterns to cast on (and wear!) during the summer months.

Never stop knitting, regardless of the heat!

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Knit a Summer Washcloth and Soap Sack

Knit a Summer Washcloth and Soap Sack

by Kathleen Cubley June 18, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

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5 Steps for Putting Your Sweaters to Bed for the Summer

5 Steps for Putting Your Sweaters to Bed for the Summer

by Kathleen Cubley May 31, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

I'm going through my closet, getting rid of things that don't fit or I no longer like. I have a huge pile of sweaters that need to be stored for the winter, and I decided I'd do the knitterly thing and get them all tidy so I can wear them right away come fall.

Here are my 5 steps for getting sweaters ready for summer hibernation.

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Fiberize Your Home with Decor Projects In Style for 2019!

Fiberize Your Home with Decor Projects In Style for 2019!

by Kathleen Cubley April 29, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Many of us knit garments and accessories, but not home decor pieces. Kelley is working on her Cable Channel Knit-Along project, which is a pillow cover, and it got me thinking about all of the cool projects you can knit to bring your love of fiber into your home. Get your knit decor on with six of my favorite patterns from Alpaca Direct!

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How to Knit the Left Twist

How to Knit the Left Twist

by AD Staff April 25, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley shows you how to knit the Left Twist.  This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.

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How to Knit the Right Twist

How to Knit the Right Twist

by AD Staff April 25, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Learn How to Knit the Right Twist Knitting Stitch Kelley shows you how to knit the Right Twist. This is a nice complementary stitch to regular cabling, plus you can add these twists without the extra work of using a cable needle. This stitch looks good as a border on the edge of regular cables.
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How to Choose Circular Knitting Needles

How to Choose Circular Knitting Needles

by Kathleen Cubley April 18, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

I use circular needles pretty much exclusively, and all my knitting friends do, too. There are a few reasons for this, not the least of which is that circular needles are more readily available these days than straight needles. They're also easier to knit with than straight needles because they don't hit the table or your lap while you're knitting (does this happen to anyone else?) and you won't lose one of them!

There are many things to consider when choosing circular needles, and I'm going to compare materials and brands, as well as talk a little about the interchangeable sets we offer. Whether you prefer metal, wood, or bamboo, we've got circular needles for you.

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The Crochet Cast On - Knitting Tutorial

The Crochet Cast On - Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff April 14, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

In this video, Kelley shows you how to cast on using the Crochet Cast On Technique.  This Cast On allows you to seam your edges more easily.  This is an unstructured cast on that uses your actual working yarn vs. a regular provisional cast on that uses scrap yarn to complete the technique.
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How To Insert a Lifeline | Knitting Tutorial

How To Insert a Lifeline | Knitting Tutorial

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

Kelley shows you how to insert a lifeline in your knitting. This is a great technique to use in case you make a mistake and need to go back to a previous row. You will have a secure line to rip back to where the stitches are correctly oriented and can be easily put back on your needles. It is also a great to use when lace knitting and complex cable knitting.
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How to Put Your Stitches Back onto the Knitting Needles

How to Put Your Stitches Back onto the Knitting Needles

by AD Staff April 05, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Did your needles fall off your work? No worries! Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows you how to get your stitches back onto the needles quickly and easily.
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