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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Knitting Tutorial: Long-Tail Cast On Without The Tail

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Special thanks to Mark Rougeux Recently, I decided to make a baby blanket for a friend of mine. I gathered the yarn, bought an extra long cable for my circular needles and sat down to start the cast on. Thud. A cast on of 300 stitches using the long-tail method is always a chore for […]

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How to Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle

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Special thanks to Mark Rougeux for this guest blog post.   Cables can really spice up your knitting.  Traditionally, the simplest way to do 2×2, 3×3, or larger cables is to use a cabling needle. There is a very simple way, however, to get the same effect when doing a 1×1 cable that requires no […]

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Mistakes Every Crocheter Makes – Part 2

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Sometimes crocheting can be tough. Whether you struggle with being patient or holding your hook correctly, we all have some sort of quirk when it comes to crocheting. I hold my hook way too tight and I regret it later when I end up with sore hands. How about you? Maybe your mistake was learning […]

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Mistakes Every Crocheter Makes – Part 1

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We’ve all been there. Crocheting the wrong stitch, not counting stitches, and making mistakes we aren’t willing to admit. But it’s time to face the truth: mistakes are inevitable in crocheting. They are what help us grow as crocheters. Learning from our mistakes and learning from others is a great way to avoid problems down […]

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