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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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How To Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

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How To Read Vintage Knitting Patterns

Love the vintage look? Or maybe you found a vintage pattern that you just have to make? Reading vintage knitting patterns can prove tricky the further back in time you go. In this post we’ll look at the names that were used for different stitches in vintage patterns as well as the tools and yarn that you can use for different patterns.   Vintage knitting pattern terms and what they mean When you start reading a vintage pattern you’ll probably notice a few things, including the strange names and terms given to some stitches. While “newer” vintage patterns will use...

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Why Knitting and Crocheting While in Self-isolation Can Help You

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Why Knitting and Crocheting While in Self-isolation Can Help You

With the world in constant movement — and at the moment it feels like constant crisis — it’s important to take time to unplug from news feeds that run 24/7, all the social media channels, and to find an oasis of calm away from any anxiety you might be feeling.  Knitting, crochet, and other crafts can be the perfect thing to take your mind off the current crisis while you find yourself in self-isolation. Not only does this time of self-isolation give you a chance to dig into your stash and take out that yarn you’ve been saving for later...

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