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Learn the TSP (Twin Stitch Purl) Knitting Technique

Learn the TSP (Twin Stitch Purl) Knitting Technique

by AD Staff March 15, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Like Short Rows? Learn The TSP (Twin Stitch Purl) Knitting Technique Kelley shares how to complete the Twin Stitch Purl (TSP) technique. This is excellent for knitting short rows and socks using the Fish Lips Kiss heel.
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TSK (Twin Stitch Knit) for Perfect Short-Rows—Knitting Tutorial

TSK (Twin Stitch Knit) for Perfect Short-Rows—Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff March 15, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley demonstrates how to knit the TSK (Twin Stitch Knit) knitting technique. Twin Stitches are a clean way to create short rows and are used with the Fish Lips Kiss Heel
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A New KAL: Cable Channel, with Michelle Hunter!

A New KAL: Cable Channel, with Michelle Hunter!

by Kathleen Cubley March 13, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Michelle Hunter is hosting another mystery knit-along! This time, she's tackling cables and finishing skills with the Cable Channel pillow. The mystery begins on April 4, when you can download the first clue from Michelle's website. A new clue will be added every Thursday throughout April.

The KAL is free, and no registration is required.
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Knitflix: Kathleen's Top 10 Knitworthy TV Shows

Knitflix: Kathleen's Top 10 Knitworthy TV Shows

by Kathleen Cubley March 12, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

I'll be honest, I love TV. I watch it while I knit, and I thoroughly, unapologetically enjoy it. With the advent of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, the original programming from HBO and Showtime, and the fabulous British detective shows, the options for knit-worthy TV are endless. Here are my top 10 recommendations for knitworthy TV.

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moebius free knit cowl

Beginner's Moebius Cowl Free Knitting Pattern Using the Moebius Cast-On

by Kelley Hobart March 12, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

I used this super-easy pattern while delving into Cat Bordhi's Moebius Cast On. It's so inventive and addictive! Check out my Facebook Live broadcast for more about this interesting, versatile cast-on technique.

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Brioche Knitting and the Rudbeckia Hat by Andrea Mowry

Brioche Knitting and the Rudbeckia Hat by Andrea Mowry

by Kelley Hobart March 10, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

The Rudbeckia Hat is a wonderful pattern to learn Brioche knitting and soon you'll be off adding Brioche to many of your projects.  I took the basic pattern and then made a matching Baby Hat and Booties using the same technique. Be sure to watch my video (below) for tips on how to do this yourself!  

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How to Make Felted Gnome Point-Protectors Using Stovetop Felting

How to Make Felted Gnome Point-Protectors Using Stovetop Felting

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

Here are some tips on how to felt your knit projects on the stovetop instead of using a washing machine. This is especially helpful if you have a front-load washer since they often do not create enough agitation. In this example I am felting a knitting project called Gnome Home by Tiny Owl Knits. 
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Easy Sewn Bind-Off Knitting Tutorial

Easy Sewn Bind-Off Knitting Tutorial

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

Learn the Easy Sewn Bind-Off In This Quick Knitting Tutorial Kelley shares how to knit the Easy Sewn Bind-Off. You can use the easy sewn bind off any time you want an elastic bound off edge. This edge goes really well with the garter stitch.
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How to Knit a Hat From the Top Down

How to Knit a Hat From the Top Down

by Kelley Hobart March 02, 2019 0 min read 0 Comments

Here are some tips on how to make a cute hat using a pattern called A Little to the Left by Amy Gunderson and the Universal Design Team using Universal Classic Shades Big Time Yarn.
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Knitter's Pride Karbonz Circular Needles Review

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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SK2P (Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slip Stitch Over) Knitting Tutorial

SK2P (Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slip Stitch Over) Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff February 27, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley shares a quick tutorial on how to knit the SK2P stitch (Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slip Stitch Over) in this knitting tutorial. It is also called a left-leaning double decrease.
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Knitting For Beginners | Resources, Videos, Tips and Techniques

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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