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How to Substitute Yarn for Vintage Knitting Patterns

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How to Substitute Yarn for Vintage Knitting Patterns

With so many beautiful knitting patterns that are freely available, it can be difficult to decide which one to make first. But, before you can begin your vintage project, you need to figure out not only how much yarn you need, but also which weight of yarn you need!  No need to worry, though, in this article we’ll show you how you can substitute the right yarn for your vintage pattern.  Vintage yarn weights and vintage patterns The first thing that you’ll need to know about vintage yarn weights and vintage patterns, are that the vintage wool were thinner than...

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A Beginner’s Guide to Brioche Knitting

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A Beginner’s Guide to Brioche Knitting

Have you heard of brioche knitting? Maybe you’ve seen elements of brioche knitting in other patterns and have wondered how this thick and lofty fabric is knitted? In this article we’ll go through how brioche is knitted. At the end of the article there are also a variety of video tutorials. What is brioche knitting? Brioche knitting, at first, seem to be too advanced to master without having years of knitting experience. The good news is that you don’t need years of experience! If you know how to knit, purl, slip stitches and do yarn overs, you can try your...

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How to Keep Moths Away from Your Yarn and Knitting (and Save Your Stash If They’re Already There)

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How to Keep Moths Away from Your Yarn and Knitting (and Save Your Stash If They’re Already There)

The last thing that you want to happen to your yarn stash is having it destroyed by moths. The moth larvae can wreak havoc on especially wool fibers, chewing holes into favorite woolens and balls of yarn. Luckily, there are steps you can take to keep your stash and finished items moth-free! We’ll also show you what to do if you do find moths in your stash. Part 1: Keeping your stash free of moths Moths are attracted to wool fibers and their larvae feed on these protein fibers. They especially like dirty and dusty wool or wool that smells...

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How To Read Crochet Charts

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How To Read Crochet Charts

Unless you know how to read them, working with crochet charts can be very daunting. Bu don’t worry, these charts are actually a lot easier to understand than they look at first.  In this article we’ll show you how to read any crochet chart – from filet crochet to lacy doilies, mandalas, and beyond. Get that crochet hook and yarn ready! How to read filet crochet charts   As an example of filet crochet, we’ll use this pretty rose pattern by Maria Merlino. These patterns show the two main ways in which filet crochet patterns are given.  Filet crochet is...

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How To Read Knitting Charts

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How To Read Knitting Charts

Whether you’re using a knitting magazine or scouting for knitting patterns on Pinterest, you’ve probably come across knitting charts and went “What on earth?” Don’t worry, you’re not alone! Learning how to read knitting charts is actually easier that it seems at first when you only see blocks with a bunch of symbols in them. In this article you’ll learn how to read a knitting chart, from a basic chart to an advanced knitting chart.  What is a knitting chart? A knitting chart is a way to visually represent a knitting pattern. They can be used for any knitting pattern,...

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