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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 Purl Yarn Overs Through the Back Loop

How to Purl Yarn Overs Through the Back Loop

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

Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shows you how to Purl Yarnovers through the back loop in this quick 1 minute knitting tutorial. This will close up any holes made by a yarn over increase.
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How To Knit The Star Stitch

How To Knit The Star Stitch

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

Kelley shows you how to knit the Star Stitch in this quick 1 minute knitting tutorial. 
This stitch is used on her vintage baby blanket free pattern available here: 
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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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How-to-Knit Video Tutorials

How-to-Knit Video Tutorials

by AD Staff January 29, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Knitting is a rewarding hobby and a great skill to master. But getting started with something new can be overwhelming. In addition to our quick-start knitting guide, if you are a visual learner, these videos will really help you learn the basic stitches and then progress to more advanced techniques. We made the videos short and sweet (about 1 minute each) to just focus on the stitch so you can watch, replay, and learn. Have fun knitting!   
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The Old Norwegian Cast On aka German Twisted Cast On

The Old Norwegian Cast On aka German Twisted Cast On

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

Kelley show you this technique in a quick 1 minute video showing you the versatile Old Norwegian Cast On technique for knitting.  This is also called the Twisted German Cast On.  
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How To Make The Cloudberry Mittens by Amy Christoffers

How To Make The Cloudberry Mittens by Amy Christoffers

by Kelley Hobart January 22, 2019 0 min read 0 Comments

I loved this design from Berroco using Ultra Alpaca and also wanted to try it with their new Ultra Alpaca Eco yarn for an all-natural alternative. Here's some tips on how I modified the pattern to match to match my hands.
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