How To Relax Yarn After Frogging

Recycling Yarn For New Projects

As with any project you will undoubtedly decide to rip it out entirely at some point or another. This can be for many reasons which I wont go into here but the important result is that  you can recycle that yarn you have just frogged and save yourself some money as you wont have to buy new yarn.

Stressed Yarn
Stressed yarn that needs relaxing

If you have ever undone a piece of work you will notice that the yarn has kinks in it where it has held the shape of the stitch. Now while this can be fine if you’re going to make a new piece with the same needle or hook size with the same tension, 99% of the time it can cause havoc with your tension and make your work look off if you don’t relax the yarn again. So, no matter what it is you’re recycling the yarn for I will always highly recommend un-kinking or relaxing the yarn before you do anything with it.

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Chunky Waffle Infinity Scarf: Free Pattern

Chunky Waffle Stitch Infinity Scarf

Crochet Waffle Stitch

The waffle stitch is a great introduction for beginners looking to move into 3D textures and how to make your work stand out rather than just being another flat piece.

The great thing about the waffle stitch is that you can make just about anything with it: scarves, blankets, wash-cloths. If it’s in a square or rectangular shape that you can apply the waffle stitch to get that 3D effect.

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Arrow Eyelet Hand-Warmer Knitted Pattern

I have designed a new hand-warmer to keep the chill out in the Autumn months or to wear inside on those cold December days and the office heating just isn’t quite up to scratch. Having passed the Summer Solstice and the longest day of the year (in the UK) it is time for us organised knitters to start planning ahead for those cooler months.

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Little Twists Baby Hat Pattern

This is a lovely quick knit hat pattern for children aged 3 months – 10 years.

This pattern is all based around twisted knit stitches to create columns of little twisters that all meet up at the crown of the head.

The pattern can be adjusted for adults but it is not included in the pattern but you can scale up your cast on based on your gauge or use a thicker yarn and larger needles.

This hat is worked in the round with the magic loop method although you can quite easily work the hat up using DPNs.

What Will You Need?

To create this lovely little hat you will need the following:

How To Make The Hat

The pattern is designed for beginners – advanced knitters and I talk you through the different skills that you will need. However, if you need any extra support then feel free to leave a comment or message me and I’d be happy to help you.

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How To Start Double Knitting: 7 Common Problems With Answers

Reversible Knitting

Reversible Knitting Problems & Answers

Double Knitting Tips For Beginners

Also known as reversible knitting this technique allows you to make two connected layers of fabric at a time. It’s great for any type of garment you want to potentially wear on either side, or for garments you will end up seeing both sides of anyway: hats, gloves, scarves/shawls, cardigans, blankets.

Having recently learnt how to do double knitting it is still fresh in my mind all the things I wish I had known before I picked up the pattern. Reversible knitting has some unique methods you will need to follow which don’t always correspond to the usual techniques found in regular knitting and this is what I want to pick up on for all those other beginners. Trust me, it will make life easier for you once you know about these 7 common problems and questions new double knitters face.

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Rip It Out Before You Tear It Out: How To Correct Knitting Mistakes

So you’ve been knitting for a while and managed to get a good-sized chunk of that section done but when you look down and inspect your work you realize that you’ve made a mistake! Maybe it was getting your tension wrong and now your knitted piece is too big or too small, it  could be that you have missed out a stitch or two in a pattern repeat or you have somehow managed to decrease and increase in random places and that has now ruined your stitch count. However it happened it’s unlikely you’ll be able to repair it easily but you don’t want to lose everything that you’ve already made.

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An Introduction To Knitting Needles

The Tools Of The Trade

There is such a variety of knitting needles available on the market it can be hard for a beginner (and also seasoned knitters) to choose which type of needle you should be picking for your project.

As your needles will play a big role in the success of your project it’s vital that you chose the right one, preferably the first time. I will be going through all of the different types of knitting needles commonly available to help you make those important decisions.

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Moss Blocks Baby Blanket

Baby season seems like it’s always here, or as it’s known in my office “Oh, another one came along” (we have a lot of Mummies). Come the Summer time though you’ll be seeing all those fresh cheeked babies out in their strollers with their parents and they’ll be needing a little something to keep them comfortable: enter the Moss Block Baby Blanket.

This is an introduction to combining your basic knit and purl stitches, slip stitches, plus an easy crotchet edge as well.

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Free Textured Beginner Sock Pattern

Textured beginner sock

Socks For Beginners

Socks are a great way to build your skills as a knitter because they have a standard construction which you can build on to make a unique version of the vanilla sock.

This sock is going to use a combination of knits and purls to make a staggered moss stick pattern for the leg and front foot construction. The sock will be constructed in the Cuff-Down method: start with the cuff, move down the leg, turn the heel, make the foot, and decrease down to the toe.

The skills you will need to complete this pattern are:

  • Casting on
  • Magic Loop if you are using large circular needles (see video for instructions)
  • Knit and purl stitches
  • Decreases using SSK and K2tog
  • Kitchener Stitch (see video for instructions)

I will take you through the pattern step-by-step and show you how to integrate the textured pattern in the standard sock construction.

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How To Block Acrylic Yarn

Steaming acrylic yarns for a professional look

Taking Your Acrylic Projects To The Next Level

I love to work with acrylic yarns for many reasons but the top two are because projects made with them tend to hold their shape well when finished and the yarn is generally inexpensive. However, it is difficult to get acrylic projects looking professional because you cannot block them in the usual way.

After many of my failed attempts I came across another method which has saved many a project and made them into a high quality finished piece which my customers have loved.

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