• Free Knitting Pattern: Easy Peasy Socks!

    I just designed a pair of socks for my beginning sock knitting class… and have made the pattern a free download! These socks are designed with the first-time sock knitter in mind. Sock knitting can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. All you need to be able to do is work in the […]

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  • Free Pattern: crocheted square washcloth!

    Who doesn’t love crocheted washcloths? This pattern is worked in the round, so you can make the washcloth as large as you’d like without too much advance planning! You’ll need: yarn Cotton works best, I’ve used a worsted weight yarn to make the washcloths pictured a hook Use the hook size recommended on the yarn’s […]

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  • A finished Clapotis and some tips

    Just the other day, I finished my claptois, a wonderful scarf/wrap pattern by Kate Gilbert available as a free download on knitty. Clapotis is a wrap that makes use of dropped stitches for a great finished texture. It’s a very popular pattern (over 14,000 people on ravelry have made it), and no wonder! The pattern […]

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  • how to work with two strands of yarn at once How to work with two yarns at once

    I often get asked about the best way to work with two yarns at once. So, in this post, I’ll talk about the pros and cons of three different ways of working with a double yarn. Of course, for any amigurumi pattern, you can crochet with two yarns at once, use a bigger hook and […]

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  • Can you frog a baseball?

    Before you assume that I’ve lost my mind, let me explain. First, if you haven’t been regularly reading my blog, read this post to get up-to-date on my recent obsession with frogging… that is, taking yarn from a completed project to use the yarn. Second, the other day, I was on a plane to Connecticut, […]

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  • Darning a sock or two…

    I did it! I darned my first pair of socks! I’ll warn you, the results aren’t perfect (actually, far from it), but I’m proud of them, and I’ve learned a couple of things for next time! darn –verb (used with object) 1. to mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches, sometimes by crossing and […]

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  • Loop Yarn store in Phili Loop: Philadelphia, PA

    store: Loop address: 1914 South Street, Philadelphia, PA website: www.loopyarn.com date of visit: March, 2010 I was very excited to visit Loop, because I had heard things. Anyone who knows me knows that I’m a neat freak… and I had been told that Loop was too neat, even for me. Someone even used the word […]

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  • how to fix a curly circular needle cord How to uncurl the cord on your circular knitting needles

    It’s one of the biggest problems with circular knitting needles: the cord is often all twisted! When too curly, the needle is difficult to work with… and it’s often in it’s curly state when it comes out of the package or after being stored for a while (as pictured in photo 1, above). Fortunately, it’s […]

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  • What size crochet hook do I use for amigurumi?

    Of course, this question is easy-peasy if you have the exact yarn called for in the pattern. But what if you want to substitute yarn for your amigurumi? Fortunately, this is easy to do too! The most important thing when making amigurumi is to make sure that your hook is appropriately sized for your yarn, […]

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  • Free Slouchy Beret knitting pattern Free Pattern: Persephone slouchy beret

    This slouchy beret is deceptively simple to knit, and makes use of one color-changing yarn and one complimentary solid color to create a gorgeous design. In this sample, I used handspun yarn as the colorful yarn, but any number of commercial yarns would look wonderful, including: Noro Silk Garden, Crystal Palace’s Mochi Plus or Noro […]

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