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Darn It! How to Fix Holes in Your Knitwear

Darn It! How to Fix Holes in Your Knitwear

by Kathleen Cubley November 08, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

There's almost nothing worse in knitting or crochet than getting a hole in your handmade garments. It's so sad! And how do you fix it?

Well, we're here to show you two different methods for fixing your knitwear without panicking—weaving techniques for fixing weak or worn areas in socks, and duplicate stitch to fix holes in garments.

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How Much Yarn Do I Need?

How Much Yarn Do I Need?

by AD Staff November 01, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

Determining how much yarn you need for a project is a very common problem we see in our store and with our online customers.  You don't want to over buy but you also don't want to run short and not be able to match your dye lot or worse yet, find another skein if it is no longer available. 

Fortunately, most knit and crochet patterns include a list of materials, including how many skeins of yarn you will need to complete the project. However, sometimes we have to ask the question, How Much Yarn Do I Need?

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4 Great Free Patterns for Knitting for Charity

4 Great Free Patterns for Knitting for Charity

by Kelley Hobart October 26, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

Giving to charity is one of the great things about being a knitter or crocheter. We make things that can really help people, all the while putting love and good wishes into each stitch. The blankets, hats, scarves, and other items we make are cherished by the recipients, and we can pass our love of craft along to help...
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Sweater Weather: 5 Free Knitting Patterns

Sweater Weather: 5 Free Knitting Patterns

by Kathleen Cubley October 15, 2018 3 min read 0 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.

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The Best Place To Buy Yarn Online

The Best Place To Buy Yarn Online

by AD Staff October 01, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

AlpacaDirect.com is a 5-star Google Trusted Store website and the best place to buy yarn online for knitting and crochet.

That means you can shop confidently and securely knowing Alpaca Direct has passed Google's rigorous inspection and received over 600 five star customer reviews.

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October 2018 Progressive Needles KAL—Match Play

October 2018 Progressive Needles KAL—Match Play

by Kelley Hobart September 21, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

We love new Sueno yarn and hope you join us for the upcoming KAL featuring Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter!

We are pleased to participate in the the next Progressive Needles KAL, sponsored by skacel and hosted once again by Michelle Hunter of Knit Purl Hunter.

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10 Bad Habits Knitters and Crocheters Need to Break!

10 Bad Habits Knitters and Crocheters Need to Break!

by Kathleen Cubley September 05, 2018 5 min read 0 Comments

We all have bad habits we need to change. It's hard to do, but so rewarding when we're successful! I've had my share of changing bad habits, and lately I've been working on changing some in my knitting and crochet. Here are ten that I'm working on. I went over some of these in a recent Facebook Live broadcast, but I thought I'd detail them all here.

Ready, set, go!

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9 Ways to Keep Edges Tidy in Knitting and Crochet

9 Ways to Keep Edges Tidy in Knitting and Crochet

by Kathleen Cubley August 29, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

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Stretch Your Patterns: Make matching accessories!

Stretch Your Patterns: Make matching accessories!

by Kathleen Cubley August 09, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

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The Cosy Scarf: A Trip through Knitting History

The Cosy Scarf: A Trip through Knitting History

by Kathleen Cubley July 30, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

In 2012, designer Laurie Sundstrom took on a monumental task. In a sort of Julie & Julia method, Laurie decided to knit her way through Weldon's Practical Needlework.Weldon's was first published in 1888 in Britain; it was a compilation of the company's 14-page monthly newsletters featuring needlework patterns, most...
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5 Better Buttonholes

5 Better Buttonholes

by Kathleen Cubley July 24, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

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Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Conversion Chart

Knitting Needle and Crochet Hook Conversion Chart

by AD Staff July 01, 2018 1 min read 0 Comments

Choosing the right needle size or crochet hook size is critical to how you project will turn out.  I often will change the size recommended by a specific pattern to make a tighter fabric or adjust the fabric for a specific yarn. Here is an example project where I adapted a pattern designed for chunky alpaca to work with a lighter weight alpaca yarn. 
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