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Crochet Tops, We Make – We Love

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Why crochet and knits are so in trend? It’s quite simple, they have a certain sexiness, a little bit of peek-a-boo and a little bit of boho-chic vibe. It’s no wonder why we see so many chics wearing those knitted, slightly see-through tank-tops around. You might say they are dressing this way for boys, well, you are not right. We dress this way for fun and just for ourselves! Another great thing about crochet and knitted tops is the versatility. You can wear them for parties, beaches and street walks. Speaking of bottoms, then you can try to style crochet with pleated skirts, minis, pencil skirts, maxis, shorts, cut-offs, office wide trousers, jeans, etc. While the shoes: boots, flats and heels. In other words, they look ideal with anything.

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Win a FREE (Knit or Crochet) Pattern

Win a free pattern* (limitations apply) when you leave a comment on one of our other posts and complete our survey. Only one winner will be selected. Stay tuned to see who the winner is. It could be you!

Which pattern will you choose? Do you knit? Or do you crochet?

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How to Make a Slip Knot

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Slip knots are highly useful to know how to make. It is used in both knitting and crochet to start. It can also be used in a variety of other types of projects. What will you use your slip knot for? Do you knit or crochet? For how long?

How to Make a Slip Knot - Beginner Knitting Teach Video #1

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Choosing a Knitting Pattern

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Choosing a knitting pattern is perhaps the most exciting part of knitting. It is the beginning. You can see the vision of the treasure you will create. There are a few things to consider before choosing your knitting pattern:

  • your skill level
  • purpose or person the project is for
  • yarn choice
  • seasons it will be worn in
  • supplies and materials
  • time investment
  • completion deadline

Some projects require planning for acquiring supplies and materials or the time that will be needed to invest in the project. If your project is for a special occasion, like a birthday: when is the birthday? Take all of these factors in to consideration and try to keep your UFOs (unfinished objects) down to a minimum. Most of all have fun and make one for yourself!

Who will your next knitting pattern project be for? What occasion is it for or is it — just because? Which pattern will you choose….

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Ribbing for the Knitter (Knitting)

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We have been discussing ribbing for the knitter. Indeed you will see ribbing in all sorts of patterns from sweaters to mittens. The knit stitch family is a highly useful stitch family. If you read the previous weeks article than you had an opportunity to try our simpler ribbed head band pattern. Now that you have your feet wet with how to execute the rib pattern and its functions, try a little more complex pattern: the box hat and box scarf pattern below. We suggest starting with the box scarf pattern first to become accustom to the rhythm of the ribbed stitch. Then try the slightly more box hat pattern:

Now that you have tried the patterns, what did you learn? What do you think? How can you use ribbing elsewhere? Send us a picture of your project.

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Ribbing, Knitting

Ribbing is a wonderful type of stitch family to learn. There are many variations of ribbing. For instance you can knit 2, purl 2 or knit 3 and purl 1 to form ribbing. There are also many techniques that are employed when executing ribbing. But more before the execution, it is important to understand the function that ribbing offers other than simple design and look:

  • used at edges such as cuffs and necklines for fitting and form
  • used by new knitters to assist with sizing
  • used at closures for fitting
  • used as a function of warmth

However or wherever you use ribbing, ribbing is an important and useful stitch family to learn and you are sure to run across them in some form or fashion while bringing patterns to life. Use the below simple pattern to become familiar with the execution and uses of the ribbing family of stitches:

Have you ever knitted a ribbed stitch before? What type of project was it for? What did you think of the function and look of the ribbing?

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Cotton Fiber Yarn find Summer and Spring Love

There are many fiber choices out there when selecting a yarn for one’s project. With Spring and Summer on the horizon we turn our focus to the fibers that love these seasons the most. While there are many other fibers that you can use during the Spring and Summer months, cotton is one of our favorites. While we enjoy merino wool, we typically reserve these fiber for the Fall and Winter months depending on the weather where you live.

One of the reason that cotton is such a great fiber for Spring and Summer is that cotton is a natural fiber. Like many natural fibers cotton breathes. Because it breathes it allows the air to flow. The flowing air is typically a key component to wicking the body and keeping it cool during the Spring and Summer months. It is also a light and flexible fiber that is typically very soft. There are different quality cottons with Pima Cotton being one of the best, and yes Cascade Yarns always has a nice selection of Pima Cottons for us to choose from. Because of the varying qualities of cotton fibers each type of cotton has different benefits.

Pima Cotton is a little stiffer than other yarns, giving the yarn a body and form that most cottons can not offer. But, remember if you are looking for a highly flexible limp type yarn — typically Pima Cotton can not offer this.

Which project will you be working on during the spring and summer months? Who will it be for. Do you have a pattern yet? See ours.

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Take the Biden 100 Day Mask Challenge

Biden has challenged US to wear masks for the first 100 days of his presidency. If you have been wanting a national pandemic plan, it would seem as if one is well on its way, beginning with this challenge. Before he even took office Biden was challenging Americans to take the 100 day Mask Challenge. How has your state dealt with the pandemic? How do you think a national plan may or may not help? Have you knitted or crocheted your own mask? Do you still wear woven masks?

You can Make your Own Mask & Learn about classes and our knit along…

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History of the Humble Granny Square

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Granny squares are timeless. They have the ability to be old fashioned and modern all at the same time. Some falsely believe the granny square was only popular in the 1970s but that is far from the truth. The first published record we have of the granny square is from the Butterick Publishing Co. from 1891. A description for how to make them was described in wonderful detail but with no written pattern, only a small engraving.

Although no one knows when the granny square was invented it definitely gained popularity in the Depression Era as a way for women to use up scraps of yarn. There are even descriptions of American frontier women who took sweaters and socks that were no longer useful and carefully unraveled them to crochet small squares. They were then given to the older women of the house, or grannies, as they were called, to sew them together.

There are many ways to give your granny squares an updated modern look by using a modern color scheme and modern yarn choices. Consider this yarn.

What will you make with your granny squares? Have you considered re-purposing yarn from items such as torn sweaters? Why? Why not?

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Merino Wool – Sheep Breed

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The fleece of Merino sheep is soft and fine, resulting in a wool that’s more pleasant on the skin than regular wool. It’s easy to see why these natural fibers are favored by knitters and crocheters, being an ideal material to turn into cozy, plush, and warm creations. Merino has been a long time favorite of ours too, so we understand. Below are a few of our favorite yarn picks for the knitter, crocheter and yarnie in you:

Pick out a pattern to work your merino yarn up in. Will it be for you or someone else? Will you win the free pattern comment and survey contest? We hope the lucky winner is you. View our previous weeks article to learn more.

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