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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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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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