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  • Free Spirit Topper Knit-Along: How to Perfect Your Ombre

    KAL #2Before you begin, I want to point something out that has come up on the Ravelry forum. This topper is knit in two parts.  If you look at the Lion Brand photo of this garment, you will see the two sides’ colorway match up nicely.

    The bottom starts on the darker color and works into lighter and then repeats.  If this matters to you, I encourage you to take a look at your 4 skeins of yarn and see if you can find two that seem to begin around the same place in the pattern.  I did not think of this before I began and just knit up a swatch using the first skein I grabbed out of my bag.  When I look more closely at the 3 remaining skeins, I can see which one I want to start my 2nd piece on.

    The skein in the middle appears to start near the same place my first side started (after I knit the gauge).  When making a project with two nearly identical pieces, it is sometimes suggested to begin each one at the same time.  If matching up the colors concerns you, I suggest starting both sides of the project, putting one on a stitch holder or waste yarn while you finish the other, and then coming back to it.

    When it comes time to change skeins (as each side will require 2), don’t be afraid to start into the skein a little ways to continue to match the color. Save that yarn, in case you end up needing it. You can weave in the ends in the back or experiment with a Russian Join.

    Some of you are wondering why there is a blue marker in this photo! I put it there during the seed stitch portion so that I know which side is the right side. Later, it is easy to tell because the V Stitches (stockinette) side is right and the bumps (purl) are the back.

    I would love to hear from you down below in the comments or on the Ravelry forum -- how much does it matter to you that you have the color matching between both pieces, or do you think it is a non-issue?

    Next week I will be writing about reading your knitting!

    I am Kristy Glass and I am so thrilled to be infiltrating the Lion Brand blog to lead you in the 2015 Fall Knit Along! Even though I learned to knit as a girl, my passion for fiber arts has escalated at a very steep rate these past several years.

    I returned to knitting and began crocheting about 8 years ago after I suffered an unexpected health setback leaving me feeling completely out of control. Hand work was a healing salve for my body and soul as I suffered through a long healing process. Thankfully I continue to use knitting to aid meditation, solace and a feeling of accomplishment. I knit year round, despite weather changes, and I am highly anticipating us all knitting together on this project.

    I have completed over 100 projects including scarves, cowls, hats, hand warmers, phone cozies, afghans, pillows, sweaters and yarn bombing. My most recent passion has been making sweaters and actually wearing what I make!


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  • Save Time by Doing Finishing Work as You Knit or Crochet!

    Save Time by Finishing As You Go!Finishing work is usually saved for the end of the project, but it doesn't have to be! There are plenty of easy ways that you can speed things up. Here are my favorite ways to add new colors or change skeins without weaving in ends.

    The Russian Join: This is a fantastic way to add a new skein of yarn to your work without weaving in any ends. It creates a steady, secure join, so it's great for most yarns.

    The Felted Join: Working with wool or another feltable yarn? Try the felted join! This technique locks your two yarns together, creating a solid join without a darning needle.

    Crochet over your ends: Why use a darning needle when you can use your hook? This quick strategy allows you to keep crocheting as you tuck your yarn ends into place.

    Do you have a time-saving tip? Be sure to share it in the comments below!

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  • How to Russian Join Yarn in 7 Easy Steps

    Hate weaving in ends? The Russian join is an excellent technique for attaching a new skein of yarn or for changing colors. Best of all, it creates a secure join, so you can keep crocheting or knitting without worrying about yarn ends! Here are instructions on how to complete the Russian join in 7 easy steps. I've used 2 different colors of yarn, but this is a great technique for attaching a new skein of the same color yarn, too!
    How to Russian Join Yarn in 7 Easy Steps
    1. Thread a blunt needle with one end of yarn.
    2. Work the needle through the plies of your yarn for a few inches. Don't worry if this looks bunched up now.
    3. Pull your working yarn through, leaving a small loop at the end. This is where the second piece of yarn will be attached.
    4. Thread your needle with the second piece of yarn, then insert the needle into the small loop you created before.
    5. Pull a few inches of yarn through the small loop.
    6. Like you did before, work the needle through the plies of your second piece of yarn.
    7. Give each strand a little tug to smooth out the bunching. You now have a secure join! Trim off any excess ends.

    That's all there is to it! Depending on your yarn, you may notice that this joined area is slightly thicker than the rest of your yarn. I find this isn't very noticeable when I've worked my projects, but it's something to keep an eye on.

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