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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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New Pattern, "Flawsome"

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New Pattern, "Flawsome"

Introducing My First Ever Tank Top Pattern This tank is knit bottom-up, mostly in the round with a 1/1 rib stitch (K1, P1). The ribbing collapses on itself giving it the look of stockinette, without the curl. There is enough ease on this tank to be comfortable and flow-y. You can knit it in the suggested wool for a spring/fall appropriate garment, or in a cotton/linen blend for a hot summer tank! Another cool thing - this is the first pattern I've released that was knit with my own hand dyed yarn! The main colorway, Sand Castle, has since been...

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5 Tips for Photographing Your Handmade Projects

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5 Tips for Photographing Your Handmade Projects

The first thing I did to start developing WPK was sign up on Instagram. This was the absolute best thing to start with over any other platform because Instagram is all about images! My only goal for the 8 months that I didn’t have a website was write my designs and curate images. It gave me the time I needed to practice taking good pictures of my work without much consequence when I failed. And I failed hard at first! I fought and fought against bad lighting and cheap backdrops. I kept switching up my style instead of sticking to one...

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Scrunchie, a Comeback Story

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Scrunchie, a Comeback Story
Free pattern alert! "Scrunchie - A Comeback Story" is a very straightforward design meant to be the perfect mini skein project. Everything you need fits comfortably inside a sandwich baggie.

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