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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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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

Shidonna Raven Garden and Cook Granny Squares

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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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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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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
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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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Baby Blanket, Student Project

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A long time crocheting student decided to take a knitting class (view our classes here) with me. Her experience with crocheting definitely helped her learn knitting fast! Although, she thinks crocheting is more forgiving than knitting. Nonetheless, she did very well. She recently shared a few of her crochet projects with me featured here in this article. Like many of us, she has gotten several projects done during the pandemic. Also, like a lot of us she has been working from home.

She used yarns similar to the ones below to create her blankets and you can too. Be sure to order enough yarn to complete your Holiday projects and check your dye lot number. Also give yourself enough time to receive your yarns and supplies.

If you are a beginner and looking to get started, the kit below will have several of the items you will need to start a project like this. These projects are very doable for the beginner and a lot of practice. However, if you are just getting started, consider starting with a smaller project.

Contact us with any questions regarding your holiday gift projects. Have you chosen your Holiday Projects yet? Who is on your list this year? Did you select your yarn(s) yet? Share your answers with the community by posting them below. 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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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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8 Ways to Wear Your Scrunchies

8 cute SCRUNCHIE hairstyles! | Twist Me Pretty

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8 Ways to Wear Srunchies
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Once you make your scrunchie, the next question is how will you wear it. Thankfully, here are 8 ways you can wear your scrunchies. When you gift your scrunchies be sure to share the many ways one can wear them. To learn more about executing a successful crochet or knitted scrunchie project view our article “so many succulent scunchies”

We have both a knit and crochet scrunchie pattern. We have taught this project / pattern in our classes and workshops. They are always a huge hit. As with most things crocheters and knitters make, one’s friends and family are always asking if one can be made for them. So, these patterns will be used over and over again. Shop our scrunchie patterns (knit & crochet) at shidonna raven patterns and publications. Now is the perfect time to turn your at home time into creative time!

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