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  • How to Add Bust Darts to Your Knitting

    Some of us are a bit curvier than others, and that means we might want to make the occasional adjustment to a sweater pattern. Fortunately, in most garments it's as simple as adding a bust dart in the right spot, creating a little extra space and reducing pulling across the chest.

    The first step is to determine where you want the darts to be based on your body shape. How to figure this out will depend on your specific pattern, but you can either measure yourself and your piece to determine where they should be or simply hold the piece up to your torso to find the best place to start.

    Next you will need to figure out how large you need the darts to be. You can measure your bust at its fullest point and subtract the finished measurement of the pattern to determine this, or you can use your bra cup size. If you are going by bra size, simply add an inch for each cup size up from A. Which method works best will, again, depend on the specific garment you are making. It may not be necessary with your pattern to add seven inches if you are a G cup, so it's best to use these methods as a ballpark and make adjustments to suit your specific needs.

    Short rows can be used to create extra room in a garment. Short rows can be used to create extra room in a garment.

    Once you have decided where to place the darts and how large to make them, it's a simple matter of working short rows. If you are working in the round, you may want to place markers to indicate where the front of your piece begins and ends.

    To make the short rows, start on the RS or at the beginning of the front of your garment in the round. Work across to two stitches before the end or before the marker indicating the end of the front. Wrap and turn, then purl back to two stitches before the beginning, and wrap and turn again. You will then knit back to three before, w&t, purl back to three before, w&t. Continue like this, working to one stitch before the previous w&t each time, until the bust darts are the desired size.  End after a purl row and w&t, so that you are continuing on the RS.

    As you continue, every time you encounter a w&t, pick up the wrapped stitch and work it together with the stitch that is already on the needle. This will create a smooth line with no holes in the work. Once you have done that, you can continue the piece as written, and your garment will have a nice shaped bust!

    Note: this is written for a piece worked in stockinette stitch. If you are making a garment with some sort of lace or color pattern, you may have to make adjustments to the placement or size of the darts, or determine whether they are possible at all.


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  • British Animal Shelter Will Let You Knit with Kittens

    Photo via Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Photo via Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

    Crafting around kittens (or cats of any age) can be a challenge, with the little guys playing with your yarn while you're trying to work. But they're so cute you can't stay mad, and a lot of crafters love their feline friends.

    That's what the Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in the UK is banking on. They've been running a Knitting Kittens Club every month for about the past year, where they invite people to come in and knit surrounded by little kitties, according to Metro UK.

    Photo via Battersea Dogs & Cats Home Photo via Battersea Dogs & Cats Home

    The event offers knitting lessons as well as opportunities to just sit and knit while the feline residents wander around the room. The entry fee is usually £2 and goes to the shelter for the kitties' care, so it's also a good cause. Their next event is in conjunction with Not On The High Street Mission and will cost £5.50, but that's still a small price to pay for such unfettered cuteness. You've also got to buy tickets in advance for that one, which will be September 15. Attendees to any of the events have the opportunity to meet a new furry companion to adopt. It must be hard to leave these events without taking an armload of kittens home.

    We've never wished so badly that we were across the pond. Maybe some shelters stateside will get in on the action and start a similar club.

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    Oh. My. Goodness. LOOK AT IT! AHHHH.

    Words rarely fail me. Now they do. There are none to describe the SHEER MAJESTIC CUTENESS of this straight-up unbelievably cute little Baby Snow Owl by the truly one-of-a-kind MamaInAStitch.

    Avid movie goers know that sequels rarely compare to the unforgettable original. Well, Jessica has executed a rare feat: I thought it couldn't get any cuter than her adorable woodland hedgehog, but I was wrong. (Psst... remember that sweet hedgy wedgy? We talked about it almost a month ago!)

    This Baby Snow Owl is at least as cute. Just look at those eyes. Look at them! Try not to get lost in their sleepy scrumptrulescence, I dare you!

    And of course, any creature of the tundra, forest, great plains, or jungle is best worked up with some yarn imbued with the powerful roar of the King of the Yarn Jungle: Lion Brand Wool-Ease! It just takes about half a skein of Wool-Ease in Fisherman to make this outrageously cute creature, with just a little bit of felt needed for some of the accents. Jessica particularly liked this yarn "because of the texture and off white color."

    Aware of her creation's blinding cuteness, MamaInAStitch didn't want a "too bright white" look, as it would render the creature literally *too* fantastically adorable to even be viewed by human eyes.

    (If you are thinkin' that you want to try blindingly white, we've got you covered with our Frost White color!)

    So head on over to MamaInAStitch for the complete pattern, or grab the inexpensive Etsy download here!

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