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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 struggled to work the graft at the toe. After putting it in time out, she picked out the unsuccessful graft and brought the sock in. Several people gathered around as I demonstrated the steps to her, knowing that their cuff down socks would require them to work this eventually. It’s actually not difficult, but it is different than knitting.

    Kitchener stitch is a way to join two sets of live stitches with a ‘seam’ that follows the path a row of knitting would follow – so it becomes essentially seamless.

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  • Pinworthy Summer Crafts: Find Your DIY Inspiration


    We've created a Pinterest Board, "Summer Crafts," to keep your inspiration flowing through the warm season. Projects that appear range from some of our favorite Summer patterns to fun crafts you can do with the whole family. A few projects require knitting or crocheting, but many can be accomplished without special skills. Gather up you love of DIY, a few supplies, and dive in!

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  • Goldilocks and the Three Swatches: Another Short Yarn

    franklin habitWriter, illustrator, and knitter Franklin Habit joins us for his monthly column featuring humor and insights into a yarncrafter’s life.

    Once upon a time there was a little girl who was called Goldilocks.

    Mind you, her birth certificate said Charlene; but as a mere tot she grew so enamored of her long, curly yellow hair that she to began to call herself Goldilocks. She was known to spend hours before the looking glass, stroking and smoothing her curls with her mother's large ivory comb.

    "That child needs a hobby," said her grandmother. "Or a therapist. You pick."

    So her mother taught her to knit. She even presented her daughter with a wee knitting basket of her own, woven in wicker and painted with pretty daisies.

    Goldilocks, I am sorry to say, was not only vain but also habitually disrespectful of personal boundaries. Though her basket was well-stocked, if it suited her she did not hesitate to pilfer tools and yarns from her mother's cabinet of necessities.

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