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Malabrigo Dos Tierras Knit-Along: The Odyssey Shawl

by AD Staff March 03, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Alpaca Direct is excited to participate in the upcoming Malabrigo Dos Tierras Knit-Along, beginning on April 1, 2020. We have a fresh supply of Dos Tierras yarn to help you plan your project! 

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An Easy Knit Baby Blanket: The Chevron Blanket

by Kathleen Cubley February 27, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Kelley, our shop owner is getting ready for a new grand baby in May, and her latest project is the Chevron Baby Blanket by Melissa Clulow, a free pattern on Ravelry.

This is a really easy pattern—just a 2-row repeat for the entire thing! So perfect for knit night or TV knitting. It's knit with a worsted-weight yarn, so that makes it quick, too. Kelley used HiKoo CoBaSi Plus for her blanket. It's a blend of cotton, bamboo, silk, and nylon that's perfect for kids; it's machine washable!

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Claire's Hat: A Special Baby Hat Free Knitting Pattern

by Kathleen Cubley February 20, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

A new baby is something to be celebrated, and this coming May, shop owner Kelley is going to welcome her second granddaughter. So exciting! I don't know about you, but I still have some of my own baby clothes saved carefully in my hope chest. These include a receiving blanket and a couple of handmade dresses; they're such wonderful keepsakes.

Kelley designed a future keepsake for her new grand baby, Claire—a hat fittingly named Clair's Baby Hat. It's knit with our new luxury yarn, Bravo, a 100-percent baby alpaca yarn, so it'll be warm, cozy, and beautiful. We are so proud of this luscious yarn!

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5 Baby Blanket Knitting Patterns You Will Love

by Kathleen Cubley February 13, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

I just finished repairing a baby blanket that had a hole in it. The owner was anxious to get it back, so it was a rush job. Oh, and the owner of the blanket is 14 years old! Isn't that great? It shows how important these blankies can be for children of all ages.

Shop owners Kelley and Jim are expecting their second grandchild, and Kelley has baby blankets on her mind. I thought I'd share a few options for those of you who need a shower gift or are expecting a baby of your own.

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Learn Knitting Techniques for the Adventurer Cowl

by Kathleen Cubley February 06, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

Our shop owner Kelley recently finished Ambah O'Brien's Adventurer Cowl, and during our weekly Technique Tuesday broadcasts on Facebook Live, she demonstrated a few techniques used in the project. 

This project is really gorgeous, no matter if you choose a bunch of mini-skeins to work with, or just two colors like Kelley did. 

And with so many techniques to practice, it's a great pattern for stretching your skills. Ambah wrote the Adventurer Cowl for advanced beginners and beyond, and if you're a beginning chart reader, the pattern includes both written and charted instructions for the lace.

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The Magical Magic Loop Technique

by Kathleen Cubley January 23, 2020 2 min read 0 Comments

If you've ever struggled with the decrease section when knitting a hat on 16-inch circular needles, you need to learn the Magic Loop method of knitting. Similarly, if you hate how sweater sleeves twist up while knitting in the round, you need to learn the magic loop technique.

This technique works on just about any size project, so you can use it exclusively for smaller projects in the round, such as hats, sleeves, mittens, cowls, socks, and so on.

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Slip into Mosaic Knitting

by Kathleen Cubley January 16, 2020 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley just finished knitting the Shift Cowl by Andrea Mowry, and she's fallen in love with mosaic knitting.

While it sounds complicated or fiddly—mosaics are made up of little pieces of glass, after all—mosaic knitting is super easy. Seriously, you end up with a beautiful colorwork project, but you're only using one color in each row.

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Our Knitting Goals for 2020

by Kathleen Cubley January 15, 2020 4 min read 0 Comments

I saw an ad for a yarn company that said, "Failing at your new year's resolutions? Why not try knitting instead?" After I laughed out loud, I realized that a lot of my new year's resolutions, which I prefer to call goals, have to do with knitting, and my yarn stash in particular. Kelley's knitting goals are here, too, and they're similar to mine!
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Headbands for the Holidays

by Kathleen Cubley December 11, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

It's never too late to knit a holiday gift, but you need to plan accordingly, with smaller and smaller projects the closer the holiday gets. So, with only thirteen days left until Christmas, headbands it is.

Kelley recently knit a few of these beauties and highlighted them in her weekly Technique Tuesday Facebook Live broadcast. Check it out to get some tips for making headbands fit really well!

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How to Knit the Channel Island Bind-Off

by AD Staff November 18, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley shows you know to knit the Channel Island Bind Off. This bind off is similar to the Picot Bind Off but it's a little more subtle in appearance.
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Darn—there's a hole in my knitting!

by Kathleen Cubley November 14, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Learning to darn is an important skill that'll help you prolong the life of your knitwear. 

Here's a darning technique method to use on thinning areas of your knitwear, particularly applicable to socks. Better to catch the thin area before it becomes an actual hole!
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How to Knit German Short-Rows

by Kathleen Cubley October 22, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows you how to knit German Short-Rows, also known as the double-stitch short-row. These are excellent for sock heels or anytime you need to use short-rows. We love them because they are nearly invisible on the finished project, and they're so easy to work.
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