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Modular Knitting with New Basic, Part 2: The Winter Palette

Mitered squares are knitted or crocheted modules that, like Log Cabin modules, are enlarged and attached to adjacent squares by picking up stitches and adding on. Mitering is a knitting (and sewing) technique that creates neat corners and hems of garments and table linens. A knitted mitered square, however, borrows mitering technique to create a […]

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Modular Knitting with New Basic Yarn, Part 1: The Autumn Palette

Modular knitting requires first, that you knit a shape—let’s say, a rectangle—and second, that you enlarge the shape. To enlarge, you pick up stitches along an edge, and knit out from them. You could accomplish this enlargement by knitting separate pieces and sewing them together like patchwork, but it’s easier, faster, and seamless when you […]

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How to Make Tassels in 6 Easy Steps

Tassels and pompoms are hot accents for Fall 2017. However, as a crafter you probably learned to appreciate the look of these extra add-ons to your projects before it became trendy to attach them to everything. Tassels are easy to make and are great for using leftover yarn. Materials Cardboard cut to desired dimensions (see […]

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LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Gusset

Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director This week in our Sock Along we were talking about gussets. A gusset is defined by Merriam-Webster as: 1. a usually diamond-shaped or triangular insert in a seam (as of a sleeve, pocketbook, or shoe upper) to provide expansion or reinforcement 2. a plate or bracket […]

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Learn Single Crochet with Moogly!

When you first learn to crochet, you have to start with the chain. But after that, the next step is usually the single crochet! It’s simple, it’s easy, and it’s where we all get our start. So here’s how to crochet the single crochet stitch… and a few free crochet patterns you can make to […]

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LBY Summer of Sock Techniques: The Kitchener Stitch

Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director In my last post I mentioned covering increases next, but this week in the Sock Along we ended up talking about Kitchener stitch, also known as grafting. We have a participant who tried Magic Loop for the first time and has already finished one sock, but […]

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LBY Studio Sock-Along: The German Twisted Cast On

Post by Gretchen, Lion Brand Yarn Studio Education Director Since we had so many people outside New York City expressing interest our Summer Sock Along at Lion Brand Yarn Studio, we decided to share some of what we talked about in each session here on the Lion Brand Notebook. Even though everyone in the group […]

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Learn to Knit Lesson 4: Binding Off

Through the Learn to Knit series, we have learned how to cast on, the knit stitch (garter stitch), and the purl stitch.  Today, we are going to learn how to bind off (cast off).  After learning this, you will know all of the basics to start your knitting journey! BO = Bind Off For your […]

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Learn to Knit Lesson 1: Casting On

Lesson 1: Casting On Casting on, the foundation of knitting.  For beginner knitters, we recommend learning the knitting cast-on first, it’s simple and leaves an edge that stretches well. After you learn this method, there are many more to choose from! Popular methods include: Single-stitch cast-on Long-tail cast-on Cable cast-on Double-knitted cast-on Crochet edge cast-on

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Yarncrafting Costumes: Designing a Bunny Tail

My knitted costuming adventures continue, this time with extra fuzziness! A friend of mine frequently dresses up as a bunny for costume parties, and so I decided to make a bunny tail for his birthday. Since I wanted the tail to be super soft and fluffy, yarn selection was paramount. Romance to the rescue! This […]

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