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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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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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