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A Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet

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A Beginner’s Guide to Tunisian Crochet

If you’re looking for a new skill to add to your knitting and crochet arsenal, Tunisian crochet (also called afghan crochet) may just be the thing for you. What is Tunisian crochet? Tunisian crochet can be described as a mixture between knitting and crochet and it gives you a highly textured fabric that is usually thicker than most crochet pieces. This makes Tunisian crochet perfect for bags, afghans, home accessories like place mats and scatter cushions, cowls, and more.  What tools do you need to do Tunisian crochet? Although it is possible to make small swatches of Tunisian crochet with...

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The Beginner’s Guide to Sock Knitting

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The Beginner’s Guide to Sock Knitting

Whether you want to add a new knitting skill to the ones you already have, or just want to have small projects that you can easily carry around with you, sock knitting is the way to go!  Much easier and simpler than they seem, you can knit socks in a variety of ways and with a seemingly endless array of patterns. In this article we will cover everything you need to know about starting to knit socks, including: Which knitting needles and tools you need to knit socks Which yarn to use for knitting socks Where to get sock patterns...

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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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