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The Best Yarns for Your Summer Projects

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The Best Yarns for Your Summer Projects

Now that the weather is warm and winter all but forgotten, you might wonder if there is a place for knitting and crochet this time of the year. After all, won’t a project like an afghan be too bulky – not too mention too hot – to work with right now? The great thing about knitting and crocheting in the warmer weather, in fact, is that you get to try out other projects and yarns that you wouldn’t normally use when you’re making items for the winter. Especially if you live in part of the country that gets very cold!...

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A compact history of crochet

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A compact history of crochet

Unlike some of the needle or fiber arts, crochet has a very history. Indeed, crochet (which comes from the Middle French word for “hook”) as we know it, can be traced back to the 16th century when the wealthy wore a lot of lace. Early crochet There are three theories about the origins of crochet, as put forward by Lis Paludan. The first is that crochet originated in Arabia before spreading eastward to Tibet and westward to Spain. From there it followed the trade routes (much like knitting did) to Mediterranean countries and then Europe. The second theory about the...

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How Knitting and Crochet Apps Can Help You

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How Knitting and Crochet Apps Can Help You

We often think of crochet and knitting as “low-tech” hobbies. After all, you only need a hook or knitting needles and yarn to get started. But don’t discount knitting and crochet apps just yet – they can be of great help to you in making and finishing your projects!  Why use knitting and crochet apps? Like many things that have gone digital to make life easier, knitting and crochet apps can also make your crafting life easier. What really draws us to the apps are the way in which you can keep track of multiple works in progress at any...

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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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