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Find all of our Facebook Live product links here. We'll guide you to every pattern, yarn, and other items that Kelley talks about in all of our Alpaca Direct Facebook Live broadcasts. Each week we also feature a giveaway for those of you who post projects or share where you're from and what you're working on. The giveaway runs from the Tuesday morning of the broadcast until the following Monday evening, so even if you missed the live broadcast, you can still enter to win each week! 

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12/4/18: Working with Alpaca Yarn

The giveaway for this week is Cascade Eco Alpaca.

Last week's winner, JG Reid, won two balls of Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites.

Projects Shown

Norrland Hat and Mittens by Sara Burch, knit with Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Alpaca and Madelinetosh Twist Light.

Capricious Hat by Lisa K. Ross

High Woods Hat by Irina Pi

Milet by Isolda Teague

Grey-Grey Legwarmers by Katya Gorbacheva

Yarns Shown

HoKoo SimpliCria

Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Petites

Blue Sky Alpacas Royal Alpaca

Madelinetosh Twist Light

Cascade Eco Duo Alpaca

Cascade Eco Alpaca

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande

Berroco Ultra Alpaca

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky

Extreme Winter Boot Socks

 

11/27/18: Creating Stretchy Bind-Offs

Last week’s giveaway was a Boxer 60" Crocheted Measuring Tape. Congratulations, GayDell Montgomery Trumblee—you won!

The giveaway for today is a ball of Blue Sky Royal Petites in the colorway 1710 Concord colorway, which is a dusty blue.

Projects Shown

Match Play Poncho, knit with HiKoo Sueno
Sueno

Norrland Hat by Sara Huntington Burch, knit with Blue Sky Royal Alpaca and Alpaca Yarn Company Classic Alpaca Tweed.

Products Shown

Blue Sky Alpaca Royal Alpaca Petites

Blue Sky Alpaca Royal Alpaca

Alpaca Yarn Company Classic Alpaca Tweed

Hikoo SimpliCria

 

11/19/18: Creating "Soft and Squishy" Knit and Crochet Projects

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Last week’s giveaway was a My Baggee Project Bag in the medium sized Tangerine colorway.

The giveaway for today is a Boxer 60-inch Crocheted Measuring Tape.

Projects Shown

Tabulated Shawl by Meghan Jones, knit with Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20 and a Frabjous Fibers Messenger Kit.

Match Play by Michelle Hunter, knit with HiKoo Sueno.

My Christmas Stocking for Evie, knit with Universal Deluxe Merino Superwash.

The Palomino Sunset Shawl by Meghan Jones, knit with Zen Garden Superfine Fingering.

Yarn and Notions Shown

Madelinetosh Twist Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine

Susan Bates Knit Chek Needle and Stitch Gauge

Alpaca Direct Needle and Stitch Gauge

Tape Measures

Susan Bates Yarn Essentials Kit

 

11/13/18: Great Tips for Storing Your Yarn and Knitting & Crochet Tools

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Last week's giveaway was a pair of Alpaca Ankle Socks.

This week's giveaway is a My Baggee project bag. Good luck!

Match Play Poncho by Michelle Hunter, knit with HiKoo Sueno.

Kelley's Christmas Stocking for Evie, knit with Universal Deluxe Bulky Superwash.

Palomino Sunset Shawl by Meghan Jones, knit with Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20.

 

11/6/18: 10 Habits to Improve Your Knitting and Crochet

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Last week’s winner won a pair of Alpaca Extreme Winter Boot Socks.This week's giveaway is a pair of Alpaca Sport Ankle Socks.

Match Play Knit-Alongby Michelle Hunter, knit with HiKoo Sueno.

Mrs. Hupp's Slippers, knit with 2 skeins Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

Winterberry Branch Fingerless Mitts by Jennifer Brou, knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

1898 Hat by Kristine Byrnes, knit with Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20.

The Palomino Sunset Shawl by Meghan Jones. Class coming up November 17, 2018 at Alpaca Direct in Hayden, ID.

Yarns to Try

Zauberball andZauberball Crazy

Both of these yarns are fingering Weight, 75% superwash Merino wool yarn and 25% nylon, made in Germany. Great for socks, shawls, cowls, mittens, gloves, and so on!

10/30/18: Using Darning Thread in Your Knitting

 

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Last week’s winner won 2 skins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

The giveaway for today is a pair of Alpaca Extreme Winter Boot Socks.

Projects Shown

Winterberry Branch Fingerless Mitts by Jennifer Brou, knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

Match Play Knit-Along by Michelle Hunter, knit with HiKoo Sueno.

Palomino Sunset by Meghan Jones

10/23/18: Knitting for Charity with Barbara McLean

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Last week’s giveaway was 2 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine.

Today's giveaway is 2 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

The Promise of Charity (book)

Project Linus

Red Scarf Project

Flames Cowl by Kathleen Cubley, knit with 1 skein of Malabrigo Worsted.

Palindrome Scarf

Knitted Knockers hand-knitted breast prostheses (Alpaca Direct is a drop-off location for this charity)

Sock Head Hat by Kelly McClure, knit with Malabrigo Sock.

Mrs. Hupp's Slippers by Kelley Hobart, knit with 2 skeins of Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

Palomino Sunset by Meghan Jones

Match Play Poncho Knit-Along by Michelle Hunter, knit with HiKoo Sueno.

 

10/16/18: All About Double-Knitting

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Last week’s giveaway was a set of Addi FlexiFlips.

Today's giveaway is Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine in two different colorways, 1201 and 1267.

Double-Knitting Videos

Sockmatician’s Invisible Cast-On

Arne and Carlos Double-Knitting Technique

Projects Shown

Double Layer Hat Pattern by Quanah’s, knit with Malabrigo Rios

Sock Head Slouch Hat by Kelly McClure, knit with sock yarn.

Scandinavian Double-Knit Hat by Melissa Leapman, knit with Cascade Eco Alpaca.

Ramona by Julia Mueller

Match Play Knit-Along by Michelle Hunter knit with HiKoo Sueno.

Vanishing Point Hat by Nathan Taylor

Chrysanthemum Hat by Mirielgw, knit with Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20.

Palomino Sunset by Meghan Jones

Other Products Shown

150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone (book)

Traveling Cables Beanie by Linda Daniels (free pattern), knit with Sueño

Lady Violet's Dinner Gauntlets by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich, knit with Malabrigo Dos Tierras.

madelinetosh Tosh DK

 

10/9/18: Knitting in the Round with Addi Flexi-Flips

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Last week’s giveaway is a set of ChiaoGoo Red Circular 47".

Today's giveaway is a set of Flexi Flips.

Projects Shown

1898 Hat by Kristine Burnes, knit with HiKoo Llamor or Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

Winterfell Socks by KnittyMelissa, knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine.

Scandinavian Double-Knit Hat by Melissa Leapman, knit with Cascade Eco Alpaca.

Match Play Knit-Along by Michelle Hunter knit with HiKoo Sueno.

Products Shown

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky

Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20

Cascade Pure Alpaca

 

10/2/2018: Learn the Magic Loop Technique

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Last week’s giveaway was two skeins of HiKoo LLamor.

Today's giveaway is a set of ChiaoGoo Red Circular 47".

Projects Shown

Cranked Socks by Michelle Hunter, knit using Zen Garden Serenity 20.

Lacery by Michelle Hunter, knit with Sweet Georgia Tough Love Sock.

Sturgeon by Norah Gaughan, knit with HiKoo Sueno.

Team Hat and Cowl, knit with Madelinetosh DK and Amanu Warmi.

Projects I’m Working On

1898 Hat by Kristine Burnes, knit with HiKoo Llamor or Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

Winterfell Socks by KnittyMelissa, knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine.

Scandinavian Double-Knit Hat by Melissa Leapman, knit with Cascade Eco Alpaca.

Products Shown

HiKoo LLamor

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine

Cascade Pure Alpaca

Cascade Eco Alpaca

HiKoo Sueno

Addi FlexiFlips

The Best of Knit Purl Hunter (book)

The Magic Loop (booklet)

Upcoming Events

Michelle Hunter Match Play Knit-Along

Meghan Jones' Palomino Sunset Class October 13th

 

9/25/18: Social Knitting and Crochet

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Last week's giveaway was two skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi Multi.

The giveaway for today is two skeins of HiKoo LLamor. Good luck!

Projects Shown

Simply Stripes Cowl by Michelle Hunter, from The Best of the Knit Purl Hunter (book).

Sock Yarn Sock Monkey by Linda Cartlidge

English Bulldog by Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne.

Team Hat and Cowl Set by Kelley Hobart

Scoreboard Cowl by Michelle Hunter

Yarn Shown

HiKoo Sueno

HiKoo LLamor

Cascade Heritage Sock

Cascade Heritage Prints Sock

HiKoo CoBaSi

Amano Warmi

 

9/18/18: Three Ways to Work Kitchener Stitch

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Last week's giveaway was one skein of Plymouth Grande Hand Paint, and the winner is Diana Carter. Congratulations!

The giveaway for today is two skeins of HiKoo CoBaSi Multi. Good luck!

Products Shown

HiKoo CoBaSi

Alpaca Yarn Company Classic Alpaca Tweed

HiKoo CoBaSi Plus 

HiKoo Concentric

HiKoo LLamor

HiKoo Sueno

Skacel Flexi Flips

Kelley is using HiKoo CoBaSifor her knit-as-you-go scarecrow.

Michelle Hunter's new knit-along using HiKoo Sueno starts on October 4th. Get all the details here!

 

9/11/18: Fall Projects

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Last week’s giveaway was two skeins of HiKoo Kenzie.
                      
The giveaway for today is one skein of Plymouth Grande Hand Paint. Good luck.

Projects Shown

Rib Columns Cowl by Vanessa Ewing, knit with two skeins Plymouth Grande Hand Paint.

Sturgeon by Norah Gaughan, knit with two skeins of HiKoo Sueno.

Garter Squish by Stephen West, knit with worsted-weight yarn from my stash. Added leaves (Just a Leaf by Hinke) to make it fallish.

Scarecrow Tea Cosy by Debi Birkin and Sam Scarecrow by Jean Green Howe is a pattern that was written and published in several magazines in the 1980s. I used ideas from both of these patterns to come up with my own scarecrow which is a design-as-I-go little guy. I am using leftover HiKoo CoBaSi Plus from my stash.

Yarns Shown

Alpaca Yarn Company Classic Alpaca Tweed
HiKoo CoBaSi Plus
HiKoo Sueno
Madelinetosh Merino Light
Madelinetosh Tosh DK
Malabrigo Rios

Michelle Hunter's new knit-along using HiKoo Sueno starts on October 4th. Get all the details here!

 

9/4/18: Halloween Ideas

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Witches' Hat Pattern

CO 91 stitches & join to knit in the round
Knit 2 rounds
K11 K2tog across round
Knit round
K10 K2tog across round
Knit round
K9 K2tog across round
Knit round
K8 K2tog across round
Knit round
K7 K2tog across round
Knit round
K6 K2tog across round
Knit round
Purl 1 round
Knit 4 rounds
5 seed stitch rounds
Knit 4 rounds
K5 K2tog across round
Knit 4 rounds
K5 K2tog across round
Knit 4 rounds
K4 K2tog across round
Knit 4 rounds
K3 K2tog across round
Knit 6 rounds
K2 K2tog across round
Knit 6 rounds
K1 K2tog across round
Knit 6 rounds
K2tog across round
Knit 4 rounds
Thread working yarn through last few stitches and weave in ends. Block and enjoy!

Quick Pumpkin Pattern

Cast on 10 stitches.

Knit 1 round,Kfb across round, knit 1 round, Kfb across round, then knit until pumpkin is longer than it is wide then, k2tog across round, knit 1 round, K2tog across round, Knit round, make stem by knitting to desired length. Thread working yarn through remaining stitches and pull to tighten. Use end to duplicate stitch around bottom of stem for a more authentic look.
Stuff projects lightly, they look better!

Last week’s winner is Diana McCulloch. She won a skein of Sueno in 1110 Grey.

Giveaway for today is two skeins of Kenzie in the color 1022 Ruapehu.

Projects Shown

Itty Bitty Pumpkin by Sparrow Kelley, knit with Hikoo Kenzie.

Free Baby Stripey Sun Hat by Christine Grant (brim pattern is used as the start for Kelley's Witches' Hat)

Just a Leaf by Hinke

Little Pumpkins Socks by Sabine Ruppert, knit with Malabrigo Sock.

Fish Lips Kiss Heel

Yarn Shown

Lamb’s Pride Bulky

Lamb’s Pride Worsted

HiKoo Kenzie

Malabrigo Sock

HiKoo Sueno

Michelle Hunter will be hosting a progressive knit along using Hikoo Sueno starting on October 4th. You can go to the knitpurlhunter website for more information.

 

8/28/18—10 Things to Avoid when Knitting or Crocheting

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Last week's giveaway was two skeins of Lamb's Pride  Bulky. This week, we're giving away one skein of Sueño in #1110 (gray). Good luck!

New Mystery Knit-Along Coming Up!

Join us beginning on October 4 for Match Play, a poncho featuring high-impact textured stitches and great techniques. Match Play has a bit of structure, and it has an easygoing fit to be figure-flattering on everyone. Match Play’s design features a vertical central motif to elongate every silhouette. Knit with Sueño.

Projects Shown

Traveling Cables Beanie by Linda Daniels, knit with Sueño.

His and Her's Toe-Up Muklucks by Kelley Hobart

Brick Sweater by Clare Lee

Transient Shawl by Michelle Hunter, knit with Concentric.

Harmony Guides: Cables & Arans (cable pattern book Kelley showed)

Yarn Shown

HiKoo Sueño

Berroco Ultra Alpaca

Concentric

 

8/21/18—Knitting and Crocheting Afghans

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Last week’s winner was Scott Hangen, and he won  two skeins of Berroco Vintage and one Dreamz size G crochet hook.

The giveaway for today is two skeins of Lamb's Pride Bulkyin colors Orange You Glad and Limeade Green so that our winner can knit or crochet a pumpkin for Halloween or Thanksgiving.

Projects Shown

Leafy Baby Blanket by Leyla Alieva Knit with worsted-weight wool from Kelley's stash. She recommends Universal Deluxe Worsted for this project.

Hugs and Kisses Baby Blanket by Kelley Hobart, knit with Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Building Blocks and Building in Color by Michelle Hunter (Great books with learning projects that become a blanket.)

Chevron Baby Blanket by Espace Tricot, knit with Cobasi Plus.

Pastille Baby Blanket by Vickie Hartog, knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino.

Granny Stripes by Lucy of attic24, knit with DK-weight yarn.

Spice of Life Crochet Blanket by Sandra Paul, knit with DK-weight yarn.

Yarns Perfect for Blankets

Berroco Vintage and Vintage Chunky

Universal Deluxe Worsted

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky

HiKoo Cobasi Plus

Malabrigo Rios

Plymouth Encore

Plymouth Encore Encore Colorspun

Plymouth Encore Dynamo

Other Yarns Shown

Malabrigo Mechita

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine
 

8/7/18—Keeping Your Edges Tidy

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Last week’s winner won a skein of the lovely Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Grande.

The giveaway for today is two skeins of Cascade Baby Alpaca Lace.

Resources

Crochet Straight Edges Every Time with Sewrella (YouTube video)

Crochet Tip: Skip the Turning Chain! From Maggie's Crochet (YouTube Video).

Projects

Malia Cowl by Rebecca Langford (Little Monkeys Crochet), crocheted with Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Grande.

Claudia Scarf by Rebecca Jackson, crocheted with Crochet with Rowan Kidsilk Haze or Cascade Baby Alpaca Lace.

Yarns

Rowan Kidsilk Haze

Cascade Baby Alpaca Lace

Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Grande

Alpaca Yarn Company Halo

Alpaca Yarn Company Classic Alpaca Tweed

 

7/31/18: Making Coordinating Accessories

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Last week’s Winner won a Kreinik Custom Corder.

The giveaway for today is a skein of Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Grande.

Projects

Zick Zack Scarf by Christy Kamm

Malia Classic Cowl by Rebecca Langford

Yarn Shown

Lang Mille Colori Baby

Lang Mille Colori Baby Luxe

Manos Del Uruguay Alegria Grande

Manos Del Uruguay Maxima

 

7/24/18: Christmas in July

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Last week’s winner won 3 skeins of Ultra Alpaca Light.

The giveaway for today is a Kreinik Custom Corder.

Better Kitchener Stitch with Suzanne Bryan (You Tube video)

Projects

Christmas Bauble by Carmen Heffernan

Plymouth Hood Neckwarmer F420 by Vanessa Ewing, knit with Plymouth Alpaca Grande.

Basic Christmas Stocking from Churchmouse, knit with Malabrigo Worsted.

Quite Simply Scarf by Kris Basta, knit with leftover yarns from Kelley's stash. This is a free pattern on Ravelry.

Berroco Minutia '14

Berroco Minutia '17

Brick sweater by Clare Lee, knit with Berocco Ultra Alpaca.

Tabulated Shawl by Meghan Jones, knit with a Frabjous Fibers Messenger Kit, Zen Garden Serenity 20, and Madelinetosh Twist Light.

Products

Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande

HiKoo Cobasi Plus

Ultra Alpaca Light

Kreinik Custom Corder

 

7/17/18: Glorious Color!

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Last week's giveaway was a set of addi Flexiflips. This week's giveaway is a bundle of Ultra Alpaca Light!

Projects

Brain Frieze by Susan Ashcroft, knit with made with Plymouth Estilo.

Tabulated Shawl by Meghan Jones, knit with a Frabjous Fibers Messenger Kit, Zen Garden Serenity 20, and Madelinetosh Twist Light.

Featured Yarn

Berocco Ultra Alpaca

Berocco Ultra Alpaca Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca ECO

Lamb's Pride Worsted

Lamb's Pride Bulky

Artful Color, Mindful Knits book

 

7/10/18: Focus on Buttonholes

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Last week's giveaway winner is Rachel Ballew. Congrats on winning two skeins of Plymouth Grande Hues!

This week's giveaway is a set of FlexiTip needles, a new product from Skacel, great for sock knitting.

Projects and Yarn

Stripes on Stripes baby sweater by Susan Mills, knit with KnitCol self-striping yarn.

Adele's Buttoned Up Cowl by Kelley Hobart, knit with Plymouth Grande Hand Dyed yarn.

All Washed Up washcloth by Jill Knit It, knit with Bamboo Pop.

Buttonhole Resources

Horizontal two-row buttonhole from Fiona Morris Designs on YouTube

Buttonholes in ribbing from Cocoknits

Crochet Cast-On Buttonhole from Cottonandcloud on YouTube

 

7/3/18: All About Baby

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Last week’s winner won a skein of Zen Garden Serenity 20 in the CDA Splatter colorway. Congratulations!

The giveaway for this week is a skein of Plymouth Hand-Dyed 100% Baby Alpaca. Good luck!

Patterns

Garter Ear Flap Hat by Purl Soho, which is free on Ravelry. Knit using Plymouth Chunky Baby Alpaca on US #8 needles.

Toe-Up Baby Socks on Two Circular Needles by Tempe Croke, which is free on Ravelry. Knit using Plymouth Chunky Baby Alpaca on US #8 needles.

Stripes on Stripes baby sweater, knit with KnitCol self-striping yarn.

Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down, which is free on Ravelry. Knit using Berroco Vintage, a washable wool/acrylic blend.

Featured Yarns

Plymouth Grande Hand-Dyed 100% Baby Alpaca

Plymouth Grande Hues

Berroco Vintage Worsted

KnitCol Superwash Merino

Universal Bamboo Pop

 

6/26/18: Stitch Patterns & Summer Shawls

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Last week’s winner won 2 skeins of Malabrigo Rios in the colorway 684 Camaleon. Congrats!

This week's giveaway is a skein of Zen Yarn Garden Serenity 20. Good luck!

Starting Point by Joji Locatelli, knit with Madelinetosh Twist Light, Madelinetosh Sock, Malabrigo Sock.

Frieze Cowl by Lisa Hannes, knit with Plymouth Estilo.

Knit Me by Louise Zass-Bangham knit with Zen Garden Serenity 20.

Garter Squish by Stephen West using worsted weight yarn from my stash.

 

6/19/18: Celebrating Malabrigo

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The prize for this week is two skeins of Malabrigo Rios.

Last week's prize was Chibi Tapestry Needle Set. The winner was Mary Thomas Ford. Congrats!

This week, Kelley is celebrating Malabrigo yarn and books, and showing items from the Malabrigo trunk show we have going on.

Everything Malabrigo is on sale through June 22, 2018.

Patterns

Brain Frieze Cowl

Willowdell Shawl

Trenzado Sweater

Enrejado Shawl (the one with bobbles)

Yarn

Malabrigo Rios

Malabrigo Sock

Malabrigo Mechita

Books

Malabrigo Book 4

Malabrigo Book 13: Shawl Road

Malabrigo Book 14: Mechita and Sock Interchangeable

 

6/12/18: 5 Easy Ways to Weave in Ends

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The prize for this week is a Chibi Tapestry Needle Set.

Yarns used in the demo swatches are HiKoo CoBaSi, HiKoo CoBaSi Plus, and Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

Kelley modeled the Shoulder Cozy by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, knit with  Kidsilk Haze. This pattern would also work well with Fibra Natura Whisper Lace or Rowan Fine Lace.

6/5/18: Favorite Summer Projects & Great First Sweater Patterns

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Last week's giveaway is a Knitter's Pride Needle View Sizer and a Clover Katcha-Katcha Red Row Counter, and the winner was Diana Hardy Springett. Congrats!

Giveaway for today is 1 skein of Malabrigo Mechita in the colorway 670 Atomic

Patterns

Cancun Boxy Lace Top by Erin Kate Archer, knit in sport- weight cotton or Bamboo Pop.

Crocheted Moebius Cowl by Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, knit from Kidsilk Haze.

Shoulder Cozy by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, knit with 1 strand of Kidsilk Haze and an unknown yarn.

Sublime Little Ballerina Cardi, knit with Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino.

Stripes on Stripes by Susan Mills, knit with worsted-weight yarn.

Brick by Clare Lee, knit with worsted-weight yarn.

Crocheted Baby Sweater by Beth Koskie.

Yarn to Use for Your First Sweater

Berroco Vintage Worsted

Plymouth Encore Worsted

Universal Deluxe Worsted

Berroco Ultra Alpaca

5/29/18: Tips for Following Patterns

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Last week's giveaway was two crochet hooks, Knitter’s Pride Waves and Knitter's Pride Dreamz, and the winner was Suzanne Jennings. Congratulations!

This week's giveaway is a Knitter's Pride Needle View Sizer and a Clover Katcha-Katcha Red Row Counter.

Products

Clover Katcha-Katcha Mini Row Counter (This is a great one because you can lock it—no more accidentally pressing it and losing your count! You can also put it on a piece of string or a chain and wear it around your neck.)

Susan Bates Digital Row Counter. You wear this one on your finger.

A variety of stitch markers.

Projects

Kisses and Hugs Baby Blanket by Kelley Hobart, knit with Berroco Vintage Chunky

Neat Ripple blanket pattern by Lucy of Attic24, crocheted with Berroco Vintage Worsted

Simple Fingerless Gloves crocheted with Universal Yarn Uptown Worsted

 

5/22/18: Our Favorite Crochet Hooks and Patterns

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Last week's giveaway was two balls of lovely Llamor, and the winner was Lori Landers. Congrats, Lori!

This week's giveaway is 2 crochet hooks, one metal (Knitter’s Pride Waves) and one wood (Knitter's Pride Dreamz), both in size H.

Charity Knitting Projects

A Thin Blue Line Afghan by Susan Melka, knit with Berroco Vintage.

Crochet Hooks

Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet Hooks

Knitter's Pride Waves Crochet Hook Set

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Crochet Hooks

Knitter's Pride Dreamz Crochet Hook Set

Boye Aluminum Crochet Hook Set

Susan Bates Silvalume Crochet Hooks

Crochet Tools to Help Fix Mistakes

Susan Bates Silvalume Handi Tool

Fix-A-Stitch Lace 2-pack and Fix-A-Stitch Straight 3-pack

Crochet Projects

Stashbuster Blarf by Esther Sandrof can be crocheted with any yarn

Sydney Infinity Scarfby Jen E. Johnson, crocheted with Malabrigo Rios

Divine Hat by Sarah Arnold, crocheted with Cascade Pure Alpaca

Crochet Spiral Motif String Bag by Lisa Jedi Gwinner, crocheted with Bamboo Pop.

5/15/18: All About Mittens and Gloves

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Mittens and gloves are great to wear in the winter, and perfect to knit in the summer! They're small, portable projects, good for travel. In today's Facebook Live event, Kelley talked about her favorite patterns and yarns to knit them with.

Today's giveaway was two balls of lovely Llamor.

Last week's winner of a set of Karbonz circular needles is Jenny Davies. Congrats!

Projects

Mrs. Murdock's Mittens, a crochet pattern by Brenda K.B. Anderson, made with Plymouth Encore Colorspun.

Simple Fingerless Gloves, a crochet pattern by Two Little C’s,   made with Universal Uptown Worsted.

Sydanmaa Mittens by Hanna Leväniemi, knit with Berocco Ultra Alpaca.

Waffle Stitch Fingerless Mitts by Jill T., knit with Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. Also great in Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Basic Children's Mittens by Elizabeth Durand, knit with Zen Garden Serenity 20 (two strands held together).

Warm and Easy Fingerless Mitts by Susan Melka, knit with Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

Lady Violet’s Dinner Gauntlets by Kristen Ashbaugh-Helmreich, knit with Malabrigo Dos Tierras.

Knucks by Pamela Grossman, knit with HiKoo Kenzie. Kelley made these into gloves.

Convertible Owl Mittens by Rebecca Reveal, knit with HiKoo Llamor and Adriafil KnitCol.

New Malabrigo in stock: Rios and Mechita. Such beautiful colors.

5/8/2018: Matching Up Cast-Ons and Bind-Offs

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The giveaway for last week was 2 skeins of Cobasi Plus in Deep Turquoise. The winner was  Diana Hardy Springett. Congrats, Diana!

Today's giveaway is 1 set of Karbonz circular needles in US #2 40-inch Circulars so that the lucky winner can use these to knit a pair of socks using the magic loop method!

Kelley talked about pairing up similar looking cast-ons and bind-offs.

Here are her perfect pairs:

The Channel Island cast-on and the Channel Island bind-off pair nicely.

I-Cord Edges: Use a provisional cast-on at the beginning and the i-cord bind-off at the end. When the project is complete, take out the provisional cast-on and work the i-cord bind off. Your edges will be perfectly matched. Kelley likes this method rather than the i-cord cast-on, because that cast-on leaves some elongated stitches afterward.

The long-tail cast-on pairs well with the easy sewn bind-off. The easy sewn bind-off looks similar to an i-cord edge. This bind-off is very stretchy, and you need to thread a needle with yarn three times the length of the bind off edge. If you're binding off a large project, this might not be the bind-off to use because of that.

For matching picot edges, start with a provisional cast-on and finish with the picot bind-off. Then undo the provisional cast-on and work the picot bind-off. You'll have perfect, matching picot edges!

The old Norwegian cast-on, also called the German twisted cast-on, pairs beautifully with the Icelandic bind off. Kelley's Hugs and Kisses Reversible Baby Blanket uses the Old-Norwegian Cast-On. Download the free pattern!

Jeny’s Stretchy Slip-Knot Cast-On and Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off: Use this when you need a stretchy bind-off, such as for two-up socks or cuffs.

The tubular cast-on and tubular bind-off are perfect for ribbed edges, like hats, cuffs, hems, and so forth.

5/1/18: Fresh Ideas for Summer Knitting.

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In today's broadcast, Kelley shows all kinds of yarn and project to beat the heat so you can knit or crochet all summer.

Last week we talked about knitting for charity. Our giveaway winner was Debbie Walker. She won a skein of Regia Pairfect Sock Yarn. Congratulations!

New Product: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea

We have a new product: Two Leaves and a Bud Tea!

What We're Working On!

Kelley and friends have finished up their Transient Shawls as part of the Progressive Needles Mystery Knit-Along, knit with Concentric yarn.

Projects

Building Blocks by Michelle Hunter.

Other books by Michelle Hunter include Building in Color, Building with Lace, and Best of the Knit Purl Hunter. We love Michelle!

Bishi Water Bottle Holder by Georgie Nicolson.

Yarn

Universal Bamboo Pop: DK weight, 50% cotton 50% bamboo, made in Turkey

HiKoo CoBaSi: 55% Cotton, 16% Bamboo, 21% Elastic Nylon, 8% Silk (fingering weight)

Other yarns in the CoBaSi family include Cobasi Multi (fingering weight), CoBaSi Tonal (fingering weight), CoBaSi DK (DK weight), and Cobasi Plus (worsted weight).

Berroco Comfort Sock: 50% nylon 50% acrylic

Manos del Uruguay Alegria: 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide (fingering weight)

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Space Dyed: 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide (fingering weight)

Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande: 75% superwash merino, 25% polyamide (worsted-weight)

Manos del Uruguay Marina

Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Light

Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine

4/24/18: What We're Working On!

Our fabulous knitters show off their works-in-progress and gorgeous finished objects!

Today's giveaway: a skein of Frabjous Fibers Wonderland Yarns Cheshire Cat.

Kim Ulbreck shared My Favorite Things Scarf by Jill McGee, which is free on Ravelry and was knit with Plymouth Cherish and Llamor.

Angie Hannon shared the Reyna Shawl by Noora Laivola, which was knit with one skein of fingering yarn from her stash.

Teri Hamilton shared the Star Stitch Crochet Tote by Joanne Loh which was knit with Churro Wool; the Campside Cardi by Alicia Plummer, knit with Plymouth Cherish; and an entrelac basket (pattern unknown), which was knit with Lamb's Pride Worsted.

Lisa shared a bee pattern by Mochimochiland knit with scrap yarn; The Lorax, based on the Human Bear pattern by Mochimochiland, knit with scrap yarn; and Meghan Jones' Maude Heath, knit with Ultra Alpaca.

Kjirsten Prickett shared the Gems and Jewels shawl by Alina Appasoua, knit with fingering weight scrap yarns from her stash; and Free your Fade by Andrea Mowry knit with fingering-weight stash yarns.

Debbie Drake shared the Chevron Baby Blanket from Espace Tricot, knit with Jarbo yarn and Universal Belli held double for a fade type pattern.

Mary Ford shared Accio Wizzard Socks by Louise Robert, knit with Biscotte Yarns fingering weight.

4/24/18: Giving Back—Our Favorite Charities

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Last week we gave away two balls of Bamboo Pop to Juno Atkings. Congrats! This week's giveaway is Regia Pairfect sock yarn. To be entered in the giveaway, simply comment during our live broadcast!

Knitting for charity is so rewarding. Today Kelley shares some of her favorite charity knitting opportunities. Learn more about these organizations in our Knitting for Charity blog.

Knitted Knockers—This organization provides handknit breast prostheses to women who'vd had mastectomies or other breast procedures.

Knitted Knockers free pattern; suggested approved yarn is Bamboo Pop in color 126, Darling Pink, or another light, neutral color.

A Thin Blue Line Afghan is a project for knitting groups to work on and donate charity.

The Red Scarf Project is a unique initiative to warm the hearts (and necks) of college-bound foster youth.

Project Linus provides handmade blankets to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need.

  • Kisses and Hugs by Kelley Hobart, free baby blanket pattern knit with Berroco Vintage Chunky.

Other Things We're Working On

Kelley is on Clue 3 of the Progressive Needles Mystery Knit-Along.

A few of our Tuesday night knitters have some gorgeous finished objects!

4/17/18: Judy's Magic Cast-On and Summer Knitting Ideas

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In this broadcast, Kelley demonstrates how to use Judy's Magic Cast-On for her new slipper pattern (coming next week!). She also reviews patterns and yarns that work great for warm-weather knitting.

Last week's giveaway winner won a beautiful Stitch Marker Necklace.

This week's giveaway is two balls of Bamboo Pop in color 306, one of the new dots colorways.

Kelley and Kjirstine are working on the Progressive Needles Mystery Knit-Along with Michelle Hunter. It's not too late to join—we just finished Clue 2. Check out our blog for everything you need to know. Everyone is loving the yarn—Concentric by HiKoo!

Warm-Weather Knitting Projects

Frisson by Brittany Wilson, knit with 2.25 skeins of CoBaSi.

Bishi Water Bottle Cover, by Georgie Nicolson, which can be made with any cotton yarn free on Ravelry.

Feather and Fan Top by Rebecca Averill is a crochet top, which is free on Ravelry. Knit this with 2.5 skeins of Bamboo Pop.

Raii’s Bed by Jacqueline Cieslak

Knitted Knockers, knit with Bamboo Pop in color 125 (Darling Pink).

4/10/18: Mother's Day Gift Ideas

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In this broadcast, Kelley discussed all kinds of ideas for Mother's Day Gifts, from ready-made alpaca socks to handknit shawls and slippers.

Ready-to-Buy Gifts

Susan’s Stitch Marker Necklace

Extreme Boot socks

Alpaca Excursion Socks

Comfort Quarter Socks

Knitted Gift Ideas

Progressive Needles Knit-Along

Mamachee (Tara Murray)

Galilee Slippers by Mamachee knit with Malabrigo Rios.

Amplified Shawl knit with Uptown Bulky Amplify.

A Shawl for Mom—free pattern coming soon! The yarn used is Lamb's Pride Bulky and Gina Chunky.

Kelley's slipper pattern—Mrs. Hupp's Slippers, a free pattern knit with Berroco Vintage Chunky or Berroco Ultra Alpaca Chunky.

Aunt Maggie's Slipper Pattern

A viewer asked about wool wash, and we recommend Eucalan. Kelley also sometimes adds a drop of hair conditioner when she washes her wool knitwear.

One of our viewers is knitting the Central Park Hoodie and really enjoying it.

Last Week's Giveaway Winner

Debbie Kester won a pair of sock blockers. Congrats, Debbie!

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The following broadcasts have their own blogs. Please click on the title to see all of the products and patterns Kelley discusses.

4/3/18: All About Blocking

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3/27/18: All About Socks

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3/20/18: How to Use Mini-Skeins

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3/13/18: Hand-Painted Yarns, Color Pooling, Yarn Giveaway

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3/10/18: Stretches and Exercises for Knitters and Crocheters

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3/6/18: Spring Shawls to Knit and Crochet

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2/28/18: Circular Needle Review

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2/24/18: New Yarns and Free Patterns 

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