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How to Block Hand Knitting and Crochet: Wet, Steam, and Spray Blocking

How to Block Hand Knitting and Crochet: Wet, Steam, and Spray Blocking

If you’ve been knitting or crocheting for a while, you’ve probably heard about “blocking your work”. But what exactly is blocking and how do you do it? In this post we’ll tell you how to go about blocking your work as well as which blocking method to use on which type of fiber. What is blocking? Blocking — which can be done on knitting and crochet — is a method of wetting your finished project and then pinning it into the shape and size that it should be. Once dry, the knitted or crocheted item will retain that shape. Blocking...

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How to Knit or Crochet in Public

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How to Knit or Crochet in Public

Although only one day per year is official Knit In Public Day (the second Saturday of June), we here at KnitPal think that every day is worthy of being a Knit or Crochet in Public Day! But, if you’re new to the craft (or just have never done it in public before), you may wonder how, when, and where to do it — and that’s why we’re here. Not only can you make new friends when knitting or crocheting in public, you also get people — both adults and kids — who are interested in crochet or knitting and just...

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Knitting and Crochet — What’s the Difference?

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Knitting and Crochet — What’s the Difference?

Unless you’re a knitter or crocheter yourself, knowing which of these crafts are which can be difficult. And, when you’re just starting to decide what to learn first, it’s good to know what you’re letting yourself in for when you either learn knitting or crochet first!   What is the difference between knitting and crochet? The main difference between knitting and crochet lies in the tools that each used to create a finished project. Knitting uses two or four knitting needles, a loom (for loom knitting) or a knitting machine, while crochet uses a single crochet hook. Knitting also uses...

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How to Add School Mascot Iron-On to Your Knit Projects

How to Add School Mascot Iron-On to Your Knit Projects

Adding iron-on patches can be a fun way to add some flair to your knitting/crocheting projects. If you are interested in showing a little school pride, you may want to not only display college colors, but your college mascot as well. For example, if you attend Brigham Young University (BYU) in Utah, you could knit a blue and white hat and then place a “Cosmo the Cougar” iron-on patch. Here are some basic steps to add an iron-on mascot patch to your knit projects. Choose the Right Materials Delicate fabrics, like silk or lace, are not good for iron-ons since...

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Your Must-Know Yarn Terminology

Your Must-Know Yarn Terminology

When you're just starting out knitting or crocheting, and walk into a yarn store, all the terminology you're suddenly confronted with can be very daunting. But don't worry if you're not sure what the difference between double knit and double knitting is - we've all been there! And that is why we've compiled this handy and easy-to-follow terminology list.  Ballband — the wrapper around a ball, skein or cake of yarn that details its make, fiber content, weight, gauge, etc. Ball-winder — a device used to wind hanks of yarn into balls or cakes. It can also be used to...

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