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Knits & Crochets for the Holidays…

Holiday Gift Opening

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Who has been naughty and who has been nice? Who made it on your holiday gift giving list this year? Whoever it is (even if it is you, shhh) give the gift that keeps on giving knits and crochets made with a personal touch!

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Brief History of Cable Knitting

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Although the very earliest items of cable knit were made in plain knitting, patterns had been incorporated into the fabric from an early time, either via intarsia or fair isle which use different colour wools, or via texture such as lace effects or cable stitching.

Cable stitch was developed in Ireland in the early 20th Century, and the primary purpose of most of these stitches was to make the garment thicker and warmer, as well as adding decoration.

It wasn’t till the 20s and the advent of sports clothes into fashion wear that cable knit sweaters became a fashion item, and chic young women following Coco Chanel’s example wore cable knit sweaters

Handknitted cable knit sweaters have remained popular, and in the Second World War they were practical to knit yourself. In the 80s cable knit sweaters came back into fashion, and you’ll find the chunky styles look great with jeans and casual wear.

What do you like able cable knitting? Share images of your cable work? What questions do you have about cable knitting? Cable knitting requires a cable needle…

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Sewing Needles, Knitting & Crocheting

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There are essentially 3 reasons one will use a sewing needle or any other needle besides knitting needles or a crochet hook while knitting or crocheting.

  • Sewing on attachments like zippers and buttons
  • Applying surface design such as embroidery or sequence
  • As a finishing technique such as weaving in ends or seaming (such as tapestry needles)

To achieve these 3 things there are a host of needles with different sharpness and bluntness as well as thiness and thickness. Sewing needles are typically used to apply attachments such as zippers and buttons. Needles use to complete surface designs such as embroidery or sequence are usually determined by 2 factors: one factor being the type of application and the other being the type of yarn used (usually the thickness). Types of applications include applications such as sequence and embroidery. Each application will usually have needles unique to the application in order to facilitate the application. However, the type of yarn and its thickness must also be considered when choosing these needles.

What type of project are you working on? How will you use sewing or non-knitting needles? Why?

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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
Shidonna Raven Patterns and Publications

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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