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Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off

by AD Staff February 20, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

In this video tutorial Kelley shows you how to create this super stretchy, springy, and satisfying bind-off for the top of your socks.  This cuff will keep your socks from being too tight and leaves you with a very clean, finished edge. 
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How to Crochet For Absolute Beginners

How to Crochet For Absolute Beginners

by AD Staff February 16, 2019 4 min read 0 Comments

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How I Made the Building Blocks Afghan by Michelle Hunter

How I Made the Building Blocks Afghan by Michelle Hunter

by Kelley Hobart February 12, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

I love the book Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter. It is appropriate for the beginning knitters or the advanced knitter wanting a social knitting project, and she's filmed videos on each of the skills in the book. The patterns are presented in an easy-to-follow format, and they're so fun to knit!
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Stovetop Felting Techniques

Stovetop Felting Techniques

by AD Staff February 10, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley Hobart shares 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 she is felting a knitting project called 'Gnome Home' by Tiny Owl Knits. These are cute felted point protectors for your double point needles or circular needles. 
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Brioche Knitting - Setup Rounds, Brioche Knit and Brioche Purl Stitches

Brioche Knitting - Setup Rounds, Brioche Knit and Brioche Purl Stitches

by AD Staff February 10, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

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Speedy Knitting at Alpaca Direct: Circular Needle Review!

Speedy Knitting at Alpaca Direct: Circular Needle Review!

by Kelley Hobart February 09, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Theseaddi Sock Rocket circular needles have the silky smooth nickel-plated finish that is so well-known on theaddi Turbos. If you haven’t tried addi Turbos they allow the stitches to slide along the needles at incredible speeds. Some folks may find them a little too slippery but I am all about speed when it comes to knitting socks so these work great for me
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How I Made the Golden Hour Shawl by Andrea Mowry

How I Made the Golden Hour Shawl by Andrea Mowry

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

I had a great time making the Golden Hour Shawl by Andrea Mowry. This is using slip-stitch mosaic knitting. I made mine out of Hikoo Kenzie.This pattern uses three colors and is a fun, relatively easy pattern.

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perfect bobble knitting stitch

How To Make Perfect Bobbles

by AD Staff February 08, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

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How to Knit: The Whip Stitch Knitting Technique

How to Knit: The Whip Stitch Knitting Technique

by AD Staff February 04, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

In this video Kelley shares tips on how to use the whip stitch also called an overcast stitch to seam horizontal edges when knitting. This is very useful if you're working on the Building Blocks project from Michelle Hunter. 
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How To Knit a Top Down Hat With Bulky Yarn - Knitting Tutorial

How To Knit a Top Down Hat With Bulky Yarn - Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff February 04, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shares tips and ideas on how to cast on a top down hat pattern using the 'A little to the left hat' pattern by Amy Gunderson. Often with single ply bulky yarn the initial cast on stitches are difficult to start on the needles so Kelley shows you how to use the Long Tail Cast On and Yarnovers to avoid this problem. Please note, this video assumes you already know the long-tail cast on technique. 
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How to Knit the Right Cross (RC) and Left Cross (LC) Decorative Stitches

How to Knit the Right Cross (RC) and Left Cross (LC) Decorative Stitches

by AD Staff February 03, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

This video by Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows you how to knit a Left Cross (LC) and Right Cross (RC) to make stitch patterns for decorative patterns on your knitting without a cable needle.
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Learn to Crochet With This Free Photo Tutorial

Learn to Crochet With This Free Photo Tutorial

by AD Staff January 30, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

We have created a visual step by step guide to help you learn about the basics of crochet. Whether you're new to stitching and would like to learn how to crochet or if you're a knitter looking to diversify your skills today we'll teach you how to get started crocheting!
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