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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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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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4 Pom Pom Projects

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Pom poms are a grate way to complete a project and are very popular on these 3 types of knit or crochet projects:

  • Hats
  • Scarves
  • Slippers
  • Blankets

Choose your favorite hat, scarf or blanket pattern below and add a pom pom to it for a different and unique look. Which type of pattern did you choose? Why? Where will you add your pom poms?

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4 Easy Ways To Get Rid Of Pilling On Fabric

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Don’t you hate it when your favorite sweater starts pilling?

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Thanks to cold temperatures, my wardrobe lately has consisted mostly of sweaters and sweatshirts paired with leggings or jeans. I love a cozy sweater as much as the next gal, but one thing that’s super-frustrating is when sweaters start to “pill.”

You know the drill: You go to put on your favorite cardigan, only to realize it’s covered in tiny balls of lint. They seem impossible to remove, and make your clothes look worn out, even if they’re relatively new. What’s more, this problem is hardly relegated to the clothes you wear. You may notice it on your rugs and furniture, too.

Is there any way to stop this annoying phenomenon? The answer is yes! There are a number of surprising strategies you can employ to ensure your fabrics stay pill-free.

1. Use A Disposable Razor

Just like you use a razor to shave unwanted hair off your body, you can take the same product to your sweaters to remove the lint. According to Cotton and Curls, you can use a a lint roller or tape to pick up all the pilling you have accumulated after “shaving.”

2. Try A Pumice Stone

It turns out that pumice stones are for more than just sloughing the dry skin off your feet. Just rub the pilly garment with the stone, and use tape or a lint roller to pick up what comes off, similar to the razor method.

3. Prevent Pilling In The First Place

Sometimes the best offense is a good defense, and that is definitely the case when it comes to pilling. There are a number of steps you can take to prevent your clothes from pilling in the first place, and a lot of it has to do with how you launder your garments. The Spruce recommends a number of tips, including turning the garment inside out when washing, using the gentle cycle or opting to hand wash and using a fabric softener.

4. Buy A Commercial Fabric Shaver

We’ve already went over some DIY methods for removing those pesky pills, but if you don’t mind spending a little cash, you can actually purchase a gadget specifically designed to remove pills from fabric.

Which options do you like best? Why? How was this article helpful to you?

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Crochet Scarf Pattern, Winter Clothing

Winter is right around the corner and many of your have been looking for the perfect crochet scarf pattern. Search no longer. Below are a few scarf patterns in both crochet and knit that will sure to please. As you select your pattern consider the infinity scarf or cowl. It is one of our most favorite winter items. For those in some of the coldest climates around the world, keeping warm with an infinity scarf is a must. It is likely the warmest winter item you will have in your closet. When tucked properly under your winter coat, it will keep the winter chill and wind at bay. Enjoy our infinity scarves as well as our other winter accessory patterns.

Which pattern did you choose? Have you completed your project yet? Who did you make it for? Email us to submit your photos. It maybe featured on the site. Happy New Year!

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Your Welcome

Thank you Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

Many of you had thanked us for the information and research you find here. We are so pleased to provide a source of information for you. That’s is why people choose our patterns and publications time and time again. Which pattern will you crochet or knit up? What are your favorite yarns? Why? Happy New Year!

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Make a Hair Bun with this Scrunchie Knit Pattern

Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications Scrunchie

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Scrunchies have become a staple of style and are one of our most requested patterns. There are several ways to wear this scrunchie so shake your hair lose and tame it up in one of the many scrunchie aided styles.

Benefits of Knitting Patterns

  • Can personalize by choosing different yarns
    Patterns can be used multiple times
    Styles and Designs are timeless
  • Your creations are unique treasures made by you

Who will you make your scrunchies for? Will you make one for yourself? How do you personalize the creations you make especially for the people you give them to?

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The Gift of Giving

Box Hat, Ear Warmers, Coach Wristlet Shidonna Raven Fashion

They say that is better to give than to receive. The box hat pattern and ribbed headband also worn as ear warmers were recently worked up and pared with a beautiful Coach wristlet. Yes, we are partial to our purses. Nonetheless, these patterns were worked up and pared nicely with the Coach and should make a handsome winter ensemble giving any out fit an elegant finish. Gift it to your family or friends. If I were you, I would work these patterns up and pare them with your favorite accessory for yourself also!

For these projects you will need:

  • 1-2 skeins *check pattern and yardage to confirm
  • tapestry needle
  • tape measure
  • scissors
  • *and don’t forget your patterns
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Knitting for a Holiday Cause – Franciscan Center Giving Tree

The one thing knitters and crocheters do and do well is knit and crochet for a cause. Consider donating to the Franciscan Center for the Holidays.

Help Make winter a little warmer for our brothers and sisters in need!

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As the days grow colder and the holidays approach, the Franciscan Center is reaching out to our friends in the community to help us provide warm clothing, toiletries, and other essential items to the men, women, and children who come to our door seeking help.

Your faith community, school, office or family can make an important difference in our community in the days ahead by collecting warm coats, hats, scarves, gloves, socks and other critical items for the Franciscan Center.

Our Holiday Giving Tree Project supplies essential winter clothing such as hats, coats, scarves, mittens, thermal underwear and socks, as well as personal toiletry items to those in need. Items for children and babies such as diapers, baby food and formula, small jackets, mittens, and knitted hats are in especially short supply. We ask that you collect new, unwrapped items for the men, women, and children whom we serve at the Franciscan Center, which we will distribute throughout the holiday season and into the coldest months this winter.

Items can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Franciscan Center, 101 W. 23rd Street, Baltimore, MD 21218. If you would like to help, please contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org

For more information, contact Angela Hall, Director of Outreach, at (410) 467-5340, Ext. 113 or ahall@fcbmore.org.