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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How to Read Yarn Labels

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When you pick up a new ball of yarn, there is a plethora of information on that little slip of paper.  Learn how to read a yarn label with ease, so that you can pick the perfect yarn for that knit baby sweater or crochet afghan pattern.  This tutorial will decipher the yarn label so […]

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Colorful Crochet: Randomizing Colors in Granny Squares

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One of the things I love the most about crochet granny squares is the ability to use a plethora of fun colors in one cuddly blanket.  The bright colors bring a smile to my face whenever I pull the crochet afghan out of the closet, and I often have a hard time putting it away […]

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How to Knit: Techniques to Relieve Pain

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Something I hear over and over again while teaching people to knit is that they experience pain either during or after knitting.  I’ll admit that I have struggled with pain at times when I am knitting as well, and recently came across an article published by Liat Gat with KnitFreedom.com.  She, too, was struggling with […]

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Choices in Stitch Repair: Tinking, Going Fishing, or Ripping

Special thanks to Mark Rougeux for this knitting tutorial.   Fixing a stitch, whether it be twisted, dropped, knitted instead of purled, or just plain old sloppy tension, doesn’t always work out as nicely as you might hope, especially if you discover it several rows later. Sometimes when knitting becomes rather mechanical, my mind tends […]

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Tutorial: Using Circular Needles and DPN for Decreases in the Round

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Special thanks to Mark Rougeux for this knitting tutorial.   An article I wrote in July, 2014 prompted a reader to ask about decreasing using circular needles. Nicole Vieu wrote, “I would love a tutorial on using double pointed needles or magic loop for making a hat! I can knit in the round but I […]

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Using Bamboo Double-Pointed Needles for Cabling

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Special thanks to Mark Rougeux     Cabling needles come in a variety of sizes and shapes. They can make working with cables a joy or a curse, depending on how adept you are at handling them.   The needles are remarkably simple in their design. They are designed to temporarily hold a few stitches […]

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Fixing Twisted Picked-Up Stitches

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Special thanks to Mark Rougeux You’ve discovered a mistake! You’ve purled when you should have knitted, dropped a stitch, or perhaps you forgot to increase or decrease. If this happens and you discover it in the next row, it’s very easy to fix. You can just un-knit (tink) until you arrive at your mistake and […]

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