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Emily Explains: A Sewn Bind Off

Choosing a bind-off technique for your knitting project can be a difficult decision. There are so many options! I’m almost done knitting a shrug in Berroco Maya, and after the countless hours of work I’ve put into it, I need a bind off that is both flexible and elastic.   Read more

Emily Explains: A Little Trick For Picking Up Stitches

I have always liked garments with seams. I understand seamed garments. My mind visualizes in flat patterns, that can be put together to create a new form. However, I’m slowly learning seamless knitting techniques, which means little to no finishing! In my opinion that is pretty awesome, except for one small detail…picking up the stitches. Read more

What to Knit: Pat

It can be hard to judge personality from a single photograph, but we knew immediately that Pat Philbin could work it in front of the camera! Since she also lives nearby, Pat and Norah were able to meet up prior to our What to Knit shoot for an afternoon shopping trip. They picked up a few fun wardrobe pieces to complement both Pat’s personal style and Norah’s designs. Read more

Emily Explains: Seaming Elongated Stitches

Seaming and finishing can be tricky sometimes, especially when your stitch pattern is something other than stockinette or garter stitch. A few weeks ago, someone emailed and asked how we would recommend seaming the Dyssodia pattern from booklet #340 Berroco Maya vol. 2, which has stitches that range in size. Here’s my advice: Read more

Amy’s Thread: Choose Your Yarn Adventure (Part II)

In my last blog post, I shared some thoughts on yarn substitution. I compared Ultra Alpaca to Maya – two yarns that look different but behave similarly. Both have good stitch definition and produce fabrics with a lot of drape, so they’re a great match. Read more

How-To: Fix a Forgotten Yarn-Over

For the past month I’ve been carrying around the most perfect fluffy yellow yarn. I can’t show you the yarn just yet – it is a new one for fall – but I can tell you that it is simply fabulous! I finally began playing with the yarn for a special project. The pattern stitch is made up of a series of yarn-overs that create a pretty lace design that’s simple to knit. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Thoughts on Yarn Substitution

Yarn substitution is always a gamble. There is a reason that the yarn was paired to the pattern by the designer and the pattern reflects the characteristics of that yarn. Choosing an different yarn is entering at your own risk – if it doesn’t work out you’re sort of sunk. Nothing’s worse than a mismatched project and yarn. But if you can find the right alternative yarn, you’ll have a fabulous FO that you’ll love and cherish. Read more

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