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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 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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A quick history of knitting

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A quick history of knitting

Whether you’re new to the craft of knitting or already an accomplished knitter, it is always interesting to know where the craft you love so much originated. For instance, did you know that the word “knitting” comes from the Old English word cynntan that means to tie or to knot? The earliest knitting found The earliest example of knitting that archaeologists have uncovered, is an Egyptian sock dated as coming from the 11th century AD. This sock already shows bands of wonderful colorwork between bands of plain yarn. This shows that knitting is probably much older. Unfortunately knitted items were...

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How to Tell the Difference Between Knitting and Crochet

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How to Tell the Difference Between Knitting and Crochet

Have you ever seen a garment or accessory (or even pattern picture) that you really love and wondered whether it’s knitted or crocheted? Unless you’re well-versed in one or both of these crafts, you’ll probably find it difficult to tell. That’s why we’ve put together this post – here are the tips and tricks that you can use to tell how a garment, accessory or even home item was made. One way to tell if an item is knitted or crocheted, is to know how the basic stitches of each of these crafts look. Knitted stitches – in their most...

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