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13 Knitting FAILS

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13 Knitting FAILS

I decided to take a break from the more helpful posts to deliver you an entertaining BuzzFeed-inspired one! Are you guys ready for this one-way trip down memory lane? 1. Getting so wrapped up in your TV show that you over-knit by 30 rows   2. Turning a 2ply yarn into a 3ply yarn (2ply wool + 1ply of your dog's fur that keeps finding its way into your project)   3. Running out of yarn during a long-tail cast on, forcing you to start over.   4. Owning every knitting needle size and length variation except the one you...

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7 Steps to Design a Knitting Pattern

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7 Steps to Design a Knitting Pattern

I'm still pretty new to designing - I've pumped out a few but haven't yet reached a year old. That being said, who better to help you figure out the process than someone who's been studying it intensely to figure it out herself? Comment if anything helps you, if anything contradicts with your strategies/research, and if you'd like me to expand on any of it! I for-see myself continuing to blog about all the helpful things well into the future, so I'd love to target the stuff you want most. 1. Start with your dream design I don't recommend starting...

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 2

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 2

I’ve already defined some terms and phrases in Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 1, so here is the second post in the series! Keep a look out for the third post, Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 3. To reiterate, if there are any terms you’d like to provide an alternate definition to or add on to, comment below because I would love to see those!  Knitting in the round - knitting on circular needles so you don’t need to turn at the end of a row, making stockinette stitch easier to achieve (no purling).  Sock knitting...

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 1

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Knitting Lingo Everyone Should Know - Part 1

I’m not going to list out all the abbreviations and their meanings, because those charts are a dime a dozen. Also everyone uses them a little differently. If you want a good chart for written patterns like that, here’s an great source! http://www.yarnspirations.com/knitting-abbreviations-stitch-glossary Instead, let’s talk about the jargon :) If you’ve seen some of these terms or phrases defined a little differently, I’d love to see some alternate definitions in the comments! Part 1 is all about yarn and materials, so everything is pretty straightforward. You can look forward to Part 2 and 3 where I'll talk about knitting...

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Before You Knit Your First Sweater, Read This

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Before You Knit Your First Sweater, Read This

If you haven’t yet taken that leap to knit your first sweater, there may be some lessons you can avoid learning the hard way.  1. Know what makes a sweater complex, so you are prepared With almost any project, you have the unique task of combining many different shapes into one. This concept is usually referred to as “construction”, and sweaters have relatively complex construction. There are several elements and design patterns that describe construction, like these phrases: top-down, bottom-up, drop sleeve, raglan, seamed vs. seamless, flat vs. in the round. How a garment is shaped also has a big...

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