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Knitter's Pride Karbonz Circular Needles Review

Knitter's Pride Karbonz Circular Needles Review

by Kelley Hobart February 28, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

We are excited to be carrying the Karbonz circular needles made by Knitter's Pride.

I am using sock yarn Karbonz circular needles in size US #1 40 inch, and a pattern called Isabella D’Este found in The Knitter’s Book of Socks which I have checked out from our local library.

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SK2P (Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slip Stitch Over) Knitting Tutorial

SK2P (Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slip Stitch Over) Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff February 27, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley shares a quick tutorial on how to knit the SK2P stitch (Slip, Knit 2 Together, Pass Slip Stitch Over) in this knitting tutorial. It is also called a left-leaning double decrease.
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Knitting For Beginners | Resources, Videos, Tips and Techniques

Knitting For Beginners | Resources, Videos, Tips and Techniques

by AD Staff February 27, 2019 5 min read 0 Comments

That's great you are interested in learning to knit. If you like to learn by watching videos, be sure to check out our quick How To Knit videos here.

Why Learn To Knit?

There's a host of reason but here are few! 

  • Knitting is relaxing and relieves stress
  • Knitting is a social activity you can enjoy with others
  • Knitting allows you to user your brain and could help in the prevention of alzheimer's and dementia
  • Knitting allows you to be creative
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K2tog (Knit 2 Together) 1 Minute Knitting Tutorial

K2tog (Knit 2 Together) 1 Minute Knitting Tutorial

by AD Staff February 26, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Learn The K2tog (Knit 2 Together) In This 1 Minute Knitting Tutorial Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows the K2tog (Knit 2 Together) knitting decrease technique in this quick 1 minute video.
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How to Knit a Tubular Bind-Off In the Round

How to Knit a Tubular Bind-Off In the Round

by Kelley Hobart February 25, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Learn How To Knit a Tubular Bind-Off In The Round Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows you the Tubular Bind-off also known as the Kitchener Bind-off. This bind off gives you a beautifully rolled edge for knit hats, sweaters and more.
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free colorwork patterns

Top 5 Colorwork Knitting Patterns + A great color knitting tip!

by Kathleen Cubley February 25, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Gorgeous colorwork knitting is all over Ravelry these days. From intricate Fair Isle projects to simple stripes, it's easy to fall in love with color.

I thought I'd take a walk though the patterns we offer and find my top five. I also have a great stranded-knitting tip for you: how to get even floats!

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How To Make One Purl (M1P) - 3 Variations

How To Make One Purl (M1P) - 3 Variations

by AD Staff February 24, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct share 3 variations of the M1 Purl knitting stitch.  She shows a M1 Purl -Right, M1 Purl - Left and M1 Purl Decorative stitch.
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The Picot Bind-Off Knitting Method for a Picot Edge

The Picot Bind-Off Knitting Method for a Picot Edge

by AD Staff February 23, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

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How To Make a Better Looking Garter Tab

How To Make a Better Looking Garter Tab

by AD Staff February 21, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Garter tabs are used to knit shawls when you want your garter stitch edge to be continuous.  You start at the center of the shawl and you knit the garter stitch edge in both directions.  

Using the method in this video, I used the Judy's Magic Cast On then flipped my work over so that my purl bumps were showing, then began to knit flat on one side back and forth to create the garter stitch edge. 

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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 to Knit the P3tog (Purl Three Together) Knitting Decrease Stitch

How to Knit the P3tog (Purl Three Together) Knitting Decrease Stitch

by AD Staff February 15, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Learn How To Knit the P3tog (Purl Three Together) Knitting Decrease Stitch Kelley shows you how to knit the P3tog (Purl 3 Together) knitting stitch. This is a two stitch decrease for the Purl side of your work.
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