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Emily Explains: Cabling Without A Cable Needle

With the holidays fast approaching, time is of the essence. One trick for saving time while working anything with cables is to work the project without a cable needle. This works on narrow cables wonderfully. You’ll rarely use a cable needle again! Read more

Emily Explains: My yarn broke and there is a hole in my knitting… help!

The other day I noticed a small hole in my handknit sweater. Alas, my yarn had worn down to almost nothing and snapped! I was lucky because I had an extra skein of the yarn that I made the sweater with. Read more

Emily Explains: How do I choose the right needles for my yarn?

When I first learned how to knit I was given a set of pink size 11 metal needles and a skein of hot pink yarn – a bulky wool and mohair blend. The needles felt long and a little awkward in my hands but I eventually got the hang of it and began knitting away. For the longest time, I didn’t understand that when I changed my yarn I should probably switch the size and type of my needles.

Here is what I have come to find…  Read more

Emily Explains: How do I make an afterthought thumb?

One of our latest free patterns, Hanne, is a seriously beautiful pair of mittens designed by Amy. They sit on her desk across from me in the office and I want to steal them! They are a pair of stranded colorwork, Scandinavian mittens with an afterthought thumb. I just learned the afterthought thumb technique and it is blowing my mind how great it is! Read more

Emily Explains: How do I keep track of multiple instructions?

I’m still working on my Calleta today and loving the project so much! The girls in the office are cruising ahead on their knitting, but I am working slow and steady, a little bit each day. Today I have finished the sleeve, used the cable cast on to add stitches for the front and back, and begun working the lace panel chart. It’s a lot to keep track of, but I made little notes in the margins of my pattern book to keep track of what I’m doing. Now I’m at the part where I’m decreasing and increasing in the same row to create the cardigan’s high-low hem. Suddenly, it all feels like too much to keep track of in my pattern books margins! Read more

Emily Explains: How do you keep track of your knitting?

For this month’s Sweater Challenge (I like to call it the sweater smackdown), everyone in the office is knitting Calleta. I’m not sure that I am going to finish my Calleta by the end of the month, but I do hope to finish the project because I love the sweater so much! Read more

Emily Explains: Cable Decreasing

Have you ever decreased with a cable needle? I hadn’t either until recently, but the technique is so easy and cool! With stitches on a cable needle, you work one stitch from your left hand needle together with one stitch from your cable needle, either held behind or in front, to decrease one stitch. This decrease is used in Jib, a great cabled hat perfect for him or her.  Read more


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