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How To Crochet

Preparing to Crochet

Before you even attempt your first stitch, you need to master some basic skills. First, you need to know how to hold the hook and yarn, and second, you need to know how to get the yarn on the hook. [more…]

How To Crochet

How to Measure a Gauge Swatch

In knitting and crochet, accuracy counts when measuring your gauge swatch. Before you measure your gauge swatch, wash and block it, if that's what you'd do for the completed project. Next, smooth out the swatch on a flat surface, like a blocking or ironing board. Pin down the edges of the gauge swatch if they’re curling in, and be careful not to stretch your swatch. [more…]

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Holiday Diorama Craft for Kids

To keep the kids busy while the grown ups clean up the Thanksgiving kitchen and cheer on their football teams. Get them busy with this fun and easy craft — a holiday diorama! [more…]

Understanding Patterns & Techniques

How to Knit the Double Seed Stitch

In this variation of seed stitch, you double seed stitch horizontally and vertically — alternate 2 knits with 2 purls for 2 rows and then reverse the sequence. The following figure shows double seed stitch [more…]

Understanding Patterns & Techniques

How to Knit the Double Basket Pattern

The double basket pattern combines ribs and ridge patterns, adding to your standard repertoire of knitting, which contributes to the wide variety of fabrics you can create The following figure shows the [more…]

Understanding Patterns & Techniques

How to Knit the Twisted Rib and Garter Stitch

Twisted rib and garter stitch (see the following figure) consists of two stitch patterns that you’re likely already familiar with: 1 x 1 rib and garter stitch. The difference is that in the ribbed section [more…]

Understanding Patterns & Techniques

How to Knit Bobbles

You make bobbles (see the following figure) by increasing several stitches in a single stitch and then knitting back and forth on them before binding off, creating a knob on the surface of the fabric. [more…]

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