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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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Knitting the Entrechat Baby Sweater (Shrug)

Knitting the Entrechat Baby Sweater (Shrug)

by Kelley Hobart April 03, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

I knit the Entrechat shrug for our granddaughter, Evie, for Easter. If you're a beginning sweater knitter, a baby sweater is perfect to practice with, and this little shrug is so darling, with lots of fun features.
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How I Created the Twinkle Star Baby Blanket

How I Created the Twinkle Star Baby Blanket

by Kelley Hobart April 03, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

One our employees (Doug) was recently married and he and his wife will be having their first baby in May.  I wanted to make something special for them and their baby so I decided to create a vintage style baby blanket that looks nice on both sides and is machine washable. 
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How to Knit the CDD (Center Double Decrease) Knitting Stitch

How to Knit the CDD (Center Double Decrease) Knitting Stitch

by AD Staff March 30, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley shows you how to knit the CDD stitch (Center Double Decrease). This knitting stitch is excellent for the bottom of a v-neck sweater.
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How I Made the Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry

How I Made the Nightshift Shawl by Andrea Mowry

by Kelley Hobart March 26, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

This super fun shawl has an even larger canvas for color play! This pattern includes a recipe, to make it all your own, or row by row directions for those who want to play it safe! Using yarn we carry in our store and background yarn from my stash, I was able to make this beautiful shawl for around $30.
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Three-Needle Bind-Off Knitting Tutorial

Three-Needle Bind-Off Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff March 19, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley shares tips on how to complete a 3-needle bind-off. This bind-off can be used to seam two ends of a knitted flat piece together. Use it join shoulder stitches for a sturdy, long-lasting seam.

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