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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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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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