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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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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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