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A Stretchy Sewn Bind-Off Tutorial

Have you ever knit a sweater and realized the neck was too small? Do you knit your socks toe up or your hats top down?This Stretchy Sewn Bind-Off will finish off your projects with just the right edge for a perfect fit!Learn more HERE at the Alpaca Direct blog!See More
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Knitting Helps Mentor a Healthy Lifestyle

Never miss an opportunity to help and mentor others. Show your children that you care by spending time with them. Whether you teach them to knit, bake a pie, or ride a horse, you will impact their lives. You may not realize it today, but the result will be the same. Their lives will be improved because you took the time to share a little of yourself with them while mentoring a…See More
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Knitting and Crochet may help prevent Alzheimer's Disease

 Did you know you may be able to delay or even prevent Alzheimer’s disease if you knit/crochet when you are in your 50's and 60’s?http://blog.alpacadirect.com/2014/04/knitting-may-help-delay-prevent-alzheimers-disease/See More
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"I'm on the look out for more teacher's gifts for this school year.  They get out in June and if I start now, I might finish a gift for all THREE classrooms full of teachers! Any ideas?"
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Super Stretchy Picot Cast On!

The latest blog post from Alpaca DirectThis  is a great cast on for socks and mittens, but you could use it on anything where you’d like a  beautiful and stretchy edging.See More
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Super Stretchy Picot Cast On!

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Tips for Arm Knitting Success

Arm knitting is really simple, and there's not a lot to learn to get started, but as I was trying the technique out I thought about some things that might be helpful tips for arm knitting success.

arm knitting tips An arm knitting project on a stitch holder. © Sarah E. White.

For instance, how do you keep even tension? What if you have to put the project down in the middle? How can you best substitute yarns?

All of that and more is covered in this quick guide to help make your arm knitting a little more successful. As always if you have questions or need more help contact me at my Facebook page or on Twitter.

Tips for Arm Knitting Success originally appeared on About.com Knitting on Thursday, April 24th, 2014 at 12:47:44.

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Arm Knitting Books and a Free Pattern

Now that arm knitting has been big for a while, there are starting to be printed booklets and pattern collections devoted to the technique.

magenta medley arm knitting The Magenta Medley arm knit scarf by Mary Beth Temple. Design Originals.

If you like that classic cowl pattern that is so often what you see when people talk about arm knitting, the Leisure Arts pamphlet Learn to Arm Knit is a fun choice. It shows the same pattern worked in more than 30 different yarn combinations, so you can really see how different the same project can look worked in different colors, textures and weights of yarn. This booklet also includes a finger crocheted scarf and has links to video tutorials if you need to see the technique in action.

Want a little more variety in your arm knitting patterns? Mary Beth Temple's Arm Knitting has 15 different patterns, including basic scarves and cowls, of course, but also shawls and projects that use different stitch patterns. There are even some that aren't that bulky. Temple's publisher kindly allowed me to share the Magenta Medley scarf pattern, which uses eyelash yarn and just three stitches for a less voluminous project (though you'll see my version, made with random yarn I found in my office, is a bit bulkier, but I still love it).

Arm Knitting Books and a Free Pattern originally appeared on About.com Knitting on Wednesday, April 23rd, 2014 at 12:57:52.

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Alluring Arm Knitting

I have been skeptical of arm knitting for a long time. Sure, it's great to be able to finish a project really fast, and it's good for stash busting because you're using three or more yarns at a time, but I'm not a huge fan of the look of the really bulky projects -- usually scarves and cowls -- that are made with this method.

arm knitting An arm knitting project in progress. © Sarah E. White.

It looks to me a lot like knitting with size 50 US knitting needles, which I'd rather do, frankly, because it's easier to put down a project when it's on needles than when it's on your arms.

But I finally tried an arm knitting project, something smaller than the things you usually see, and I have to admit it was fun and I do like it. Even starting off not knowing how to do it at all, it took just a couple of minutes to figure out what I was doing and the whole project was done in less than half an hour. There's certainly something to be said for making an accessory that I can wear today (which I am).

If you're skeptical, too, check out my roundup of arm knitting resources, and stay tuned this week for some book reviews, patterns, tips and more.

Have you ever done arm knitting? What did you think? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Alluring Arm Knitting originally appeared on About.com Knitting on Monday, April 21st, 2014 at 14:31:04.

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Books to Help You Knit Green

Need a little more inspiration for eco-friendly knitting? Check out these books.

knitting green Knitting Green by Ann Budd. Interweave Press.

Knitting Green by Ann Budd includes essays on things such as assumptions about green knitting, a shop owner's view of organic yarn choices and natural dyeing, among other issues. It also includes 20 patterns worked with eco-friendly fibers to get you started on your sustainable knitting journey.

Joanne Seiff's Knit Green covers a lot of different options a person concerned about the environment might think about when it comes to knitting, such as supporting biodiversity, vegan knitting, fair trade and recycling. This one also has 20 projects using yarn with the features described in the essays.

Sweater Renewal by Sharon Franco Rothschild is a fun one that isn't actually a knitting book. This one offers options for remaking old sweaters -- whether you knit them or bought them -- into home decor items and accessories.

And while "local" is relative, Knit Local by Tanis Gray encourages thinking about where your yarn comes from and how far it has to travel to get to you and highlights 28 yarn companies from the United States and Canada that use domestically sourced materials to lighten the ecological load and support in-country fiber production.

Books to Help You Knit Green originally appeared on About.com Knitting on Friday, April 18th, 2014 at 10:10:48.

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Knit Bags for Shopping and Beyond

If you're not collecting plastic bags to make plarn, one of the simplest things you can do to help the environment in a small way is to stop using plastic shopping bags. It's pretty easy to get in the habit of bringing your own reusable bags when you go shopping, and it's all the more fun when you can use bags that you made yourself.

lace market bag This market bag is a great choice for hauling items from the farmer's market, and it's really easy to knit. © Sarah E. White.

I love this Ribbed Lace Market Bag for trips to the farmer's market or other places where you just need a little bag. The mesh makes it light and easy to fold up and carry with you, while the bag itself is made out of linen, which is really strong and will allow it to last through lots of trips to the market.

Or try the fun Felted Market Bag by Eileen Casey, perfect for trips to the yarn store!

If you're looking for other ways to bag things up with knitting, check out my full collection of bag knitting patterns.

Knit Bags for Shopping and Beyond originally appeared on About.com Knitting on Thursday, April 17th, 2014 at 08:57:15.

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New Patterns Daily

Button Up with this Hand-Knitted Scarf

This Threadbanger project leaves you with a one-of-a-kind neckwarmer. Lear more about buttoning up with this hand-knitted scarf.

Choose These Eco-friendly Yarns for Your Next Knitting Project

Want to go green with your knitting but not sure how to start? Find your answers here.

Easy Baby Knitting Patterns

Our free knitting patterns help you make fun, fashionable baby gear. Find easy knitting patterns to make baby clothes and accessories at HowStuffWorks.

Free Baby Bootie Knitting Patterns

Knitting the softest baby booties is fun and easy to do. Get free knitting patterns for baby's best booties and Mary Janes at HowStuffWorks.

Free Baby Sweaters Knitting Patterns

With a variety of looks and textures, you'll find a sweater pattern for every baby on your list. Learn more about these free knitting patterns.
 
 
 

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