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Top 10 Free Knitting Patterns of 2018

Top 10 Free Knitting Patterns of 2018

by Kathleen Cubley January 22, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Well, 2018 is in the books, and I thought I would do a little review. We have a wonderful selection of free knitting patterns, and I wondered which were the most popular last year.

When I look at the top 10 downloaded free patterns from Alpaca Direct in 2018, I see a beautiful group of projects, and almost all of them accessories. That stood out to me—just one sweater and one blanket in the mix. We love our accessories, don't we?

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How to Seam Knit and Crochet Fabric With The Zipper Join

How to Seam Knit and Crochet Fabric With The Zipper Join

by AD Staff January 16, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

The Zipper join is a great way to piece 2 squares of knitted or crocheted fabric. This is actually a crochet method that does not leave a lot of bulk on the back side of your fabric. Kelley Hobart from Alpaca Direct shares this clever knitting and crochet technique in a short video tutorial.
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Top 10 Gifts for Knitters and Crocheters

Top 10 Gifts for Knitters and Crocheters

by Kathleen Cubley January 14, 2019 3 min read 0 Comments

Don't mind me while I write your Holiday gift list for you. Just pass this on to your significant other, kids, and anyone who's in the market to buy you a gift!

This is also a great resource for anyone buying gifts for knitters. We've got the best stuff!

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How to Use Stitch Markers

How to Use Stitch Markers

by AD Staff January 13, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Stitch Markers allow you to keep track of your knitting and crochet, allow you knit faster, prevent errors, and keep you on track with your pattern. 
Kelley discussed locking stitch markers and loop stitch markers. She shares knitting tips on how to transfer the stitch marker to your other needle and use it to mark transitions in your pattern.

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Lucio KAL (Knit Along) with Kelley and Kyle!

Lucio KAL (Knit Along) with Kelley and Kyle!

by Kathleen Cubley January 10, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Join designer Kyle Kunneke on January 10th, as he leads knitter through the creation of the Lucio shawl. Worked in HiKoo® SimpliCria available at Alpaca Direct. You'll learn how to knit colorwork with one of the masters!

Kelley will also be knitting along with Kyle and sharing her insights. Be sure to post your progress in our Facebook VIP group!
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How To Knit Perfect Thumb Gussets

How To Knit Perfect Thumb Gussets

by AD Staff January 09, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Kelley Hobart shares a knitting hack on how to tighten up your stitches on the top and the bottom of the gusset when knitting mittens, gloves and fingerless mitts.
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McKenna Mitts Project + Knitting Cables Without a Cable Needle

McKenna Mitts Project + Knitting Cables Without a Cable Needle

by Kelley Hobart January 08, 2019 0 min read 0 Comments

Kelley loved this design from Berroco and also wanted to try it with a new 100% Baby Alpaca yarn we're carrying called Amano Eco Puna. She shared tips on how she modified the pattern to match this yarn since it was a little lighter weight than the recommended Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky (Also a great yarn).  She then shared some tips on how to add the cables without a cable needle.
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My New Year's Knitting Goals

My New Year's Knitting Goals

by Kelley Hobart January 07, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

Every year, my husband and I set goals for our family—budget, health, travel, business, and so on. This year, I decided to make knitting and crochet goals, too. Check out my goals and join me in making the best of our knitting and crochet time in 2019!

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Icelandic Bind Off

Icelandic Bind Off

by Kelley Hobart January 06, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Here's a quick video showing how to knit the Icelandic Bind Off. This bind off goes very well with a garter stitch because it has a purl bump edge. I paired it with the Old Norwegian Cast On to make the edge on my free knit blanket pattern, Kisses and Hugs Reversible Blanket.
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Mattress Stitch - How to Seam Knitwear

Mattress Stitch - How to Seam Knitwear

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

Learn How to Seam Knitwear with the Mattress Stitch Kelley shares tips on seaming straight edges using 2 different variations of the mattress stitch in this step by step tutorial.
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Magic Loop Knitting

Magic Loop Knitting

by AD Staff January 02, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

The Magic Loop allows you to knit your socks 2-at-a-time in the round so you don't have the second sock syndrome.  In other words you finish both socks at the same time and they will match!  

Also, this method allow you to use one circular needle to make very small and very large items all on the same needle. You can complete much more quickly with this method once you learn it compared to using double pointed needles. 

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How to Attach Pom Poms to Your Knitwear

How to Attach Pom Poms to Your Knitwear

by AD Staff January 02, 2019 1 min read 0 Comments

Faux Fur Pom-Poms are all the rage. In this video Kelley Hobart shows you how to attach them to a hat for easy removal so you can wash your hat and not ruin your nice faux fur pom-pom. See also "How To Make Your Own Faux Fur Pom-Poms -https://youtu.be/Ib5vZVmwwJo
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