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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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Join us for Michelle Hunter's Final Knit-Along!

by Kathleen Cubley September 25, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Michelle Hunter is hosting her final knit-along, and we're so sad. But we want to keep our chins up and celebrate her wonderful KAL projects; boy have we had fun! Kelley knit up Match Play the match play poncho and the Cable Channel pillow, and she's really looking forward to Michelle's upcoming KAL, the Audition Shawl.
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The Ultimate Shawl: Sarabande by Jana Markova

by Kathleen Cubley September 18, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

We are basking in the glory of our new yarn, Sasquatch by Coeur d'Alene Yarns, so I thought I'd start putting it together with some gorgeous patterns for fall.

The Sarabande Shawl free knitting pattern is a  stunning creation by Jana Markova. She put together highly contrasting yarn colors to create a real showstopper. Sasquatch was designed in multi and tonal colorways to coordinate beautifully, and they're just perfect for Sarabande!
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Our New Yarn: Sasquatch from Coeur d'Alene Yarns

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

We're having a ball introducing you to our first yarn line, Coeur d'Alene Yarns. The first yarn in the line is Sasquatch, a fingering yarn hand-dyed locally in the Pacific Northwest and exclusive to Alpaca Direct!

Sasquatch is a sumptuous blend of 80% superwash Merino, 10% cashmere, and 10% nylon. There are two types of this yarn, a tonal and a multi-color.

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Knitting the Stonecrop Pullover by Andrea Mowry with our NEW YARN!

by Kathleen Cubley September 04, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Kelley is knitting the Stonecrop Pullover by Andrea Mowry, and she's using our new yarn, Sasquatch by Coeur d'Alene Yarns! There are a lot of skills to practice in this sweater, including short-rows, stranded colorwork, crochet bobbles, cables, and the tubular cast-on and bind off. Kelley shares some tips and tricks for a few of those skills!
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