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Monthly Archives: October 2009

  • Add a Stitch of Interest

    If you're getting bored of garter and stockinette stitch, try something new! I personally love experimenting with the textures of different stitches.  Looking through the many stitches on StitchFinder, I always ask "What can I make with that stitch?"  The truth is I have too many ideas! Belts, scarves, shawls, blankets, maybe add a little lace here or a cable there... So I thought I'd share a few ideas with you.

    First of all, when you're experimenting with a new stitch, you really should do a gauge swatch.  But it's not so bad, you'll get the hang of the stitch and you can create a washcloth or squares for a patchwork blanket! Once you know the gauge you'll be able to make a better decision about what to make and how many stitches to cast on.

    Making anything square or rectangular with your new stitch will be a cinch!  Just decide on the length and width of your project and divide by the length and width of a repeat in your gauge swatch.  Just make sure you're starting with the right number of stitches for your stitch pattern (for example, if your stitch pattern says "chain a multiple of 6 + 3" and  you want 10 repeats you would chain 63).  From there you can make scarves, shawls, blankets, or pillow covers!  If you make a long skinny strip and add two D-ring to one end you'll have a belt!  If you knit a rectangle, fold it in half, sew two sides together, and add a strap, you have a purse!

    You can also add a new stitch to an existing pattern or idea.  Substitute stockinette for a more textured stitch; switch out one lace pattern for another or switch cables.  By simply switching up the stitch you use you keep your projects interesting!

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  • Learn to Crochet and Teach Others!

    You've asked for crochet videos, and now we have them! These fast videos will help you refine your crochet skills. Use them to teach yourself or others how to chain, single crochet, double crochet, half double crochet, and treble crochet. If you prefer written directions, be sure to visit our Learn to Crochet page for more information. We're always making new videos, so be on the look out for even more knitting and crocheting clips!

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  • Afghans for Afghans: Race to the Finish

    Afghans for Afghans needs help filling 30-40 cartons with wool blankets, sweaters, vests, mittens, socks, and hats.  There is just over a week left until the October 29 deadline for their campaign to warm the youth of Afghanistan!  A week is just enough time to whip up a hat, scarf, or mittens (for ages 7-14) and send them to the afghans for Afghans' San Francisco collection center.  The packages must arrive at the collection center no later than October 29 so that the donated items get to Afghanistan in time for winter.  Challenge yourself to finish a garment for Afghan youth!

    Click here for more information about the afghans for Afghans Youth Campaign.  For general guidelines and the mailing address please click here.

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