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Make a Hair Bun with this Scrunchie Knit Pattern

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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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How to Match your Knitting Needles

How to Match your Knitting Needles and Yarns | How to pair Knitting Needles and Yarn

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How to Match your Knitting Needles
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How do you feel about matching your needles and yarn now? What did you learn from the video? What other questions do you have?

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Why we love Cowls

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We love cowls for several reasons:

  • easy to keep up with / hard to lose
  • maximum warmth
  • maximum comfort

Having experienced the cold winter months of the Northeast, we know a little about cold and how to stay warm. In addition to staying warm, a cowl can be worn around the neck (almost like a turtle neck) making it easy to keep up with and offering some scaled down warmth once indoors. Because cowls can be tucked under coats and pulled up under and over chins, they provide maximum warmth by keeping cool and cold air out while clinging to the body, if made the right size. They also offer a lot of comfort during winter months and can be made out of soft wools like merino wool (below) to reduce itching and increase warmth. Shop our cowl patterns today! These make the perfect holiday gift as they can be quicker to work up than a traditional scarf. If you need help making your holiday gifts, sign up for one of our knit or corchet alongs or classes.

Who is on your Christmas list? What other DIY Holiday gifts are you making? Send us a picture of what you have made so far. Which types of arts and crafts are you using to make your DIY Holiday gifts?

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Holiday Projects: Get started Today!

6 Tips for Holiday Knitting and Crocheting!

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How to do Holiday Crafting Right
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Its the most wonderful time of the year! Its time to get started on your projects. If you do this all the time, you probably have already started. If this is your first time, we got you covered with a variety of resources including classes that double as Holiday Gift Project Classes (including cowls / masks) and Learning Classes (Knitting and Crochet). Whatever you choose, now is the time to get started! Get started with the following resources:

Holiday Gift Project Resources:

Contact us with any questions regarding your holiday gift projects. What gifts would you like to make for the holidays? Who is on your list this year? Have you made your schedule yet? Share the wealth of information with your friends or family by sharing this article with 3 people today. As always you are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing.

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Staying Connected Virtually and Zoom Etiquette

The COVID 19 Pandemic has pivoted all the rules. As people look for ways to forge ahead and to stay connected virtually, Zoom and other online meeting platforms have become increasing popular. Consequently, more people have been meeting online. However, house dresses are becoming increasingly popular. As we began to think about holding our knitting and crochet group meetings online this trend gave us pause. Many people have gotten into staging their homes. So, for the professional meetings that we have been apart of the house dress is not that popular. One must remember what the meeting is for, that they are in a public space, and that one must still dress for the occasion. When bringing someone into your home in a virtual, public and often recorded manner, one should think carefully and remember just because one is at home does not change the nature of the meeting. A professional meeting is just that: professional. Virtual space is public space. So, we decided to share a couple of tips that will help us all pivot appropriately into our new virtual spaces. As some have appropriately noted, somethings will become the new normal. This just might be one of them. Take our survey for holding a Virtual Group Meeting for the Noble Knits and Crochets Group. Become a member of Noble Knits & Crochets *dues is monthly.

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Torn Stitch Knitting

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It is almost inevitable that at some point in time one will snag their knits and it will culminate into an actual tear. There are indeed fairly effective ways to repair a tear in your knitting. Some repairs can be, such as torn stitch knitting, made but typically tears can not be repaired successfully. It really depends on the tear. Snags can typically be repaired but not tears. A tear typically involves more yarn, independent of the item you are repairing, and in this as they say lies the rub. People who have been knitting, crocheting or generally working with yearn some time know that each skein is unique. In fact, it is recommended that one use the same dye lot of the same yarn for one project as dye colors can vary from one dye lot to another. This tends to be more profound with natural fibers as synthetic fibers are more of an over all formula that can be reproduced while natural fibers are unique in their characteristics (such as how much oil is in the wool, what type of animal did the wool come from, what conditions was the animal in). Many factors can effect the characteristics of a natural fiber and consequently the dye lot.

That all being said. It is very difficult to match yarns especially since most people do not keep a stock of the yarn around and companies change their yarn offerings from season to season. So trying to do torn stitch knitting is rarely recommended. If it is a project one completed fairly recently, we say yes give it a try. Otherwise it is as the old bible saying goes do not put a patch on old clothing. Matthew 9:16 “Besides, who would patch old clothing with new cloth? For the new patch would shrink and rip away from the old cloth, leaving an even bigger tear than before.” So unfortunate if you have a torn knit or crochet, we recommend getting creative on ways to re-purpose the project. We would love to hear your creative ideas. Share them with the community by posting them below (email us photos). Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. Find your next project by shopping our patterns and publications today.

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Making Masks and CDC on Masks

Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe

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Source: CDC -Robert R. Redfield, MD | #COVIDStopsWithMe
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Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

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Making and Safely Wearing Face Masks

How to safely wear a face mask - Brett Sutton

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Source: Department of Health and Human Services, Victoria, State, Australia
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Points to remember when making your face masks: To create a denser fabric with no ‘holes’ use a smaller needle to create less space between the strands of yarn. Should you have questions email us for pattern support. Shop our masks patterns and already made masks. Want help making your mask? Join one of our knit or crochet alongs or classes. You can also email us to get pattern support.

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Why we should all start making our own face masks during coronavirus—and an expert-approved guide on how

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Published Thu, Apr 2 202012:12 PM EDTUpdated Fri, Apr 3 202012:35 PM EDT Nir Eyal, Contributor@NIREYAL

During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization made it clear that, unless you’re sick or are a medical professional, you do not need to wear a face mask.

On February 29th, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams tweeted: “Seriously people- STOP BUYING MASKS! They are NOT effective in preventing general public from catching #Coronavirus, but if healthcare providers can’t get them to care for sick patients, it puts them and our communities at risk!”

Adams’ message comes with good intentions. With COVID-19 cases soaring, doctors, nurses and other frontline health-care workers confront a severe shortage of masks — and cautioning people against buying them can help offset the problem. 

But other countries have already taken aggressive measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by telling citizens to wear masks, even if the masks are homemade.

Last week, George Gao, director-general of the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention, told ScienceMag.com that the “big mistake in the U.S.” is that people aren’t wearing masks. “This virus is transmitted by droplets and close contact. Droplets play a very important role,” he said. You’ve got to wear a mask, because when you speak, there are always droplets coming out of your mouth.”

Gao has done significant research on viruses that have fragile lipid membranes called envelopes — a group that includes SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) — and how they enter cells and move between species.

“Many people have asymptomatic or presymptomatic infections,” he continued. “If they’re wearing face masks, it can [help] prevent droplets that carry the virus from escaping and infecting others.”

‘People should be contemplating wearing masks’

In recent days, it appears that U.S. authorities are realizing they should have encouraged mask-wearing during the early stages of the outbreak.

Scott Gottlieb, former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner, said on Sunday in an interview with CBS News’ “Face the Nation” that “people should be contemplating wearing masks. We should be putting out guidelines from the CDC on how you can develop a [cotton] mask on your own.”

And on Wednesday, Adams told NBC’s “TODAY” show that he has asked the CDC to investigate whether his earlier recommendation should change. (Current CDC guidance is that healthy people don’t need masks or face coverings.)

While homemade masks aren’t as effective as medical-grade masks (like N95 respirators, which filter out at least 95% of airborne particles), researchers studying respiratory illnesses — including SARS, which is another form of coronavirus — have found that a simple mask can help lower the risk of infection.

It’s important to note that wearing a homemade mask alone will not guarantee protection against COVID-19. But its effectiveness is better when combined with basic safety precautions, such as regular hand-washing and social distancing. 

Shop our Masks Patterns & Handmade Masks today. Or get help making your mask in one of our upcoming knit or crochet alongs. Once you have completed or received your mask email us a picture and we will share it with the community. You may also post comments about making your own masks here. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people today. You are the best part of what we do. Keep sharing!

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True to our Passions

As the saying goes: do what you love and you will never work a day in your life. With all the hours we put in, we believe that saying is 100 percent correct. Our roots were founded in sewing and like most people who sew, knit or crochet, we have been doing it since we were children. We loved it then and we love it now. Before we knew what draping was, we were draping clothes on our Barbies and hand sewing the latest fashions around Barbie town.

We not only develop and create patterns and publications, we teach as well. It always strikes me as interesting how much and how deeply we can talk about knitting or crocheting. My students contact me throughout the week and day with random questions about projects, knitting and crocheting. Were this any other job, aka job we did not love, we might not be so readily available. But since we love what we do, we are always thrilled to get the questions and to hear from students about what they are working on. We also believe in our crafts and the preservation of them.

So, we welcome you to a unique experience. As knitters and crocheters ourselves we have seen many patterns and know what a difference it can make to be able to ask a question or two about the pattern and the project itself. You work so hard and long to complete your project and you make every effort to do it correctly and completely. We understand. That is why we are here to offer you support with the patterns and publications you purchase with us. So, do not be shy. Ask. Do you knit or crochet? How long have you been doing it? How did you start? Share your answers with the community by sharing them below. Share the wealth of information with your friends and family by sharing this article with 3 people.