Crochet 101: Crochet Terms You Need to Know

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Learning how to crochet can be intimidating in a lot of ways. For one thing, it seems like some kind of magic is required to transform yarn into a sweater using only a hook (is it a wand in disguise?) For another thing, even once you’ve picked up the hook and learned how to get […]

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So You Want to Knit a Sweater…

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Today’s guest post is from Alexa and Emily from Tin Can Knits! These ladies have designed some gorgeous knit sweater patterns together, and today they’re here to share their best tips and tricks if you want to get started knitting one of their own. Be sure to check out their blog for more amazing tutorials […]

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How to Crochet Afghans: Your Guide to 5 Key Crochet Stitches

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Starting in on a big project like a crochet afghan can be a big commitment. They use up a lot of yarn, which can get expensive by the end of it, and once you pick a design you pretty much have to see it through to the end (unless you’re making one from a variety […]

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Get Organized: Tips to Sort Your Stash

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Now that it’s a brand-new year, it’s pretty tempting to run out and buy some brand-new yarn, as well. (I mean, when is it NOT a good idea to buy more yarn?) But it can be hard to justify the purchase when you have to look at your current yarn stash every day – if […]

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Your Guide to Crochet Afghans

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Embarking on a large crochet project like an afghan can be a little intimidating. There are so many factors to consider before you begin – am I using a yarn I can easily buy a lot of? Is this a design I won’t get sick of? What type of afghan would work best for what […]

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Tips and Techniques: Getting to Know Alpaca Yarn & Free Crochet Infinity Scarf Pattern

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I’m Marie from Underground Crafter. Most crocheters and knitters love trying out new yarns, and I’m no different. I like to explore and get to know different fibers, and what better way than with a project? In today’s post, I’ll be talking about alpaca yarn and I’ll share a free crochet scarf pattern so you can […]

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Tips and Techniques: Getting to Know Qiviut Yarn

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I’m Marie Segares from Underground Crafter and trying out new yarns is one of my favorite pastimes. Back in 2012, I discovered qiviut yarn for the first time at Vogue Knitting Live in New York City. Today, I’m going to introduce you to this luxury yarn! Where does qiviut yarn come from? Qiviut (pronounced “kiv-ee-ute”) comes from […]

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Tips and Techniques: Getting to Know Yak Yarn & Free Crochet Hat Pattern

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I’m Marie from Underground Crafter and I love trying out new yarns. Whether I find them in the local yarn shop, while browsing online, or when visiting a one of the many fiber festivals around the country, getting to play with yarn is one of the best things about being a designer.  If you love playing with […]

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Tips and Techniques: Avoiding Hand Fatigue

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I used to teach how to crochet and beginning knitting lessons at 2 different yarn stores, which equaled 20 to 30 hours a week of crochet and knitting on the clock and another 20 or so for my own fun per week. After the first week of that you can imagine that my wrists, arms […]

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Make Amazing Projects with Multicolored Yarns

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If you’re like me, you are instantly drawn to multicolored yarns in the store or at a fiber festival. But once you get home, you may find it challenging to pick a project that suits the yarn. Today, I’m going to be sharing my tips for using more multicolored yarns in your crochet and knitting projects!  Working with multicolored yarns […]

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