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Knitting Abbreviations

    Knitting patterns use a collection of standard abbreviations — most are fairly intuitive, but some can be confusing. Keep this list of knitting abbreviations and their meanings close by, so you can [more…]

Converting Metrics for Knitting

If you're a knitter, you know that sometimes you need to convert inches to centimeters or vice versa. Knitting conversions aren't hard to do, you just need to brush off your math skills. Here are a couple [more…]

Knitting For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Knitting is a popular craft that can result in functional and decorative art. To get to the point where you're knitting useful garments, you need to know some knitting terms and their abbreviations. You [more…]

Knitting: Estimating How Much Yarn You Need

If you're not working directly from a knitting pattern, then use this chart to estimate your yarn needs. This table shows you some typical knitting patterns and yardage approximations for a variety of [more…]

Terms and Abbreviations Used in Knitting Patterns

Knitting has its own writing method, so when you look at knitting patterns you may see a variety of unfamiliar terms and abbreviations. Once you know the following list of common knitting abbreviations [more…]

How to Convert Metric Measurements on Knitting Patterns

Reading knitting patterns can be slow work if you're not used to converting from metric measurements to yards, inches, and ounces. Speed up your knitting projects when you're figuring out materials by [more…]

Body Measurements Chart for Knitting Projects

Before starting a new knitting pattern, record your body measurements —and those of friends and family — for an accurate fit. Don't let your knitted projects go unworn because the measurements were off [more…]

Knitting Patterns For Dummies Cheat Sheet

You can read and understand knitting patterns easily when you're familiar with common knitting terms and abbreviations. When the knitting patterns use metric measurements, you'll need to know some simple [more…]

Deciphering Knitting Lingo

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How to Make a Tassel Out of Yarn

Fast and fun to make, yarn tassels can add a decorative touch to clothing, home decor, holiday gifts, Halloween costumes, and more. Here are six simple steps to your sew-free success: [more…]

A Collection of Images from Knitting a Scarf In A Day For Dummies

The figures in this gallery are from Knitting a ScarfIn A Day For Dummies and illustrate knitting stitch patterns, step-by-step instructions, supplies such as yarn and needles, and scarves you can knit [more…]

Mastering Knitting Basics: Casting On, Knitting, Purling, Binding Off

Every knitting project, whether simple or advanced, requires you to use four techniques: casting on, knitting, purling, and binding off. When you’re starting out with knitting, following written instructions [more…]

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How to Knit Left-Handed

Learning how to knit when you’re left-handed takes a little adjustment. The biggest issue that left-handed knitters face is that most knitting patterns are written for right-handed knitters. [more…]

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How-To Videos for the Garter and Stockinette Stitches

The garter stitch and the stockinette stitch are the two types you’ll use over and over again in knitting projects.

Garter stitch is the most basic stitch, and most knitters learn it first. If you’re knitting [more…]

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How to Join Yarn in Knitting

When you’re knitting away, you’ll eventually run out of yarn. At that point you need to start the next ball of yarn with a knitting technique called joining yarn. [more…]

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How to Knit a Twins Box-Stitch Scarf

The twins box stitch scarf is a variation of the traditional knitted box-stitch scarf. Instead of all the boxes standing in straight rows, the boxes in the second half of the scarf lean left and right. [more…]

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How to Knit a Seafoam-Stitch Scarf

After you’re comfortable knitting the garter stitch, you can knit the same stitch with a twist. In this kicked-up version of the garter-stitch scarf, you wrap the yarn two, three, and four times around [more…]

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How to Knit a Longways Multiyarn Stole

This multiyarn stole lets a collection of beautiful yarns do the work for you — the knitting could hardly be simpler, yet the resulting multiyarn stole is stunning. [more…]

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Ten Hand and Shoulder Exercises for Knitters

Sitting in one position and concentrating on your knitting for long (or even short) periods of time can make your shoulders and neck stiff. Not to mention that holding needles and making small movements [more…]

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A Collection of Knitting a Scarf In A Day Images

Seeing the details of the images in your e-reader can be tough. To get a closer look at the photos and figures included in Knitting a Scarf In A Day For Dummies, [more…]

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How to Prepare to Paint Yarn

Hand-painting is the process of applying dye directly to fiber and then steaming the fiber to set the dye. The term hand-paint encompasses a range of techniques that create a variety of results. In some [more…]

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Tips for Hand-Painting Fiber with Dye

When hand painting yarn and fiber, at times you will want colors to remain clear and distinct and other times you will want more subtle color transitions. Sometimes dyes run together where two colors meet [more…]

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Mix the Dye and Soak the Yarn Skeins

In this process, you prepare to paint the dye directly onto the yarn with foam brushes to create variegated skeins. Using wool skeins with a 2-yard circumference, this technique shows how to paint skeins [more…]

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How to Steam and Dry the Skeins

Once you have painted your skeins with a foam brush — whether you chose a single color or a mix of colors — you have to steam and dry the skeins. For this you’ll need a enamel pot and a canning rack dedicated [more…]

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Dye Silk Scarves Using the Stitch and Gather Method

Dyeing silk scarves is a fun way to use leftover dyes. It’s also a neat way to experiment with mixing colors and to explore textile surface design techniques. The two-part process described here uses silk [more…]

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