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Emily Explains: Quick #BerrocoKAL Tips

          1. Swatch in your colors! 

Sometimes the dye can ever so slightly effect the weight of the yarn. Make a color work swatch and a stockinette swatch in the color you plan to knit the body of your sweater with. Read more

Emily Explains: Finger Puppets!

Looking for a fun project to do this holiday break with little ones? We introduced free finger puppet patterns in this week’s KnitBits as something quick to make but loads of fun to play with. Read more

Emily Explains: Yarn and Color Alternatives for Mille

This week’s free pattern Mille, designed by Amy Christoffers, is perfect for the chilly months. It is a large, seed stitch cowl that can be wrapped around your neck a few times to keep you looking stylish but feeling warm. 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 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

Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge.

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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

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