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Making 2-Stitch Cables the Easy Way … And a New Hat Pattern: Merry!

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Finally! The long-awaited cabled ear-flap hat is here! But first, let me tell you my favourite way to make 2-stitch cables. Did you know that you don’t need a cable needle for these tiny things? And you don’t need to rearrange the stitches, either? There’s a fun little trick for making them. Here it is: […]

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How to Measure Knitting

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Many patterns will tell you to “work in pattern for ____ inches / cm.” So measuring your knitting is an often-used, important skill. Here are some tips for getting accurate measurements. The standard for how to measure knitting is different from the “counting your rows” standard. When we’re counting the number of rows we’ve worked, […]

How to Avoid Repetitive Stress While Knitting

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At some point, most knitters deal with repetitive stress or carpal tunnel problems, whether mild or severe. Here are some tips that might help to keep your hands and wrists in good knitting condition for many years to come: Take breaks. When you do, get up, walk around, and stretch out your arms. Reach them up over […]

How to Pick Up Dropped Stitches, Even from the Cast On Edge

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I first knew that I could knit anything when I learned that I could fix anything. My fear of making mistakes, trying a new project and getting stuck, and ruining hours of knitting went away. The first step towards knitting confidence, then, seems to be learning how to fix mistakes in knitting. Here’s how to […]

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Why You Should Spit Splice Your Yarn

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Ooooh, this is one of my favouritest little things to do now. It’s called spit splicing, and it’s a really, really easy way to join two balls of wool yarn together. Knitting a lace shawl? No problem. Don’t sew those ends in later; spit splice them together now! It’s a wonderfully firm and permanent join. […]