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Mrs Watson Modification: How to Make a Larger Mrs Watson Shawl

Our Mrs Watson Knit-along continues! There's still time to join in the fun—we're working on this until March 15 and some knitters finished their shawls in 2 weeks or less, so join the fun. A couple of people have asked about making this shawl a little bit bigger, so today I'm going to share two methods… Continue reading Mrs Watson Modification: How to Make a Larger Mrs Watson Shawl

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Lopi Week: Tips for managing colorwork

There are two things that are most appealing about knitting Lopi sweaters—the fact that they're mostly seamless (you have to seam or graft the underarm, usually) and they have some great colorwork patterns in the yokes. The trick with knitting colorwork yokes is making sure that your tension stays even, and that is partly achieved by making sure… Continue reading Lopi Week: Tips for managing colorwork

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Lopi Week: Tips for working with Icelandic Yarn

Ístex Lopi yarns, like any other 100% wool yarn, are incredibly rewarding to knit and crochet. But some crafters have concerns about working with the yarn, and how to wear it once you make a garment. Here are some facts about working with Lopi that will make your project easy and fun! Fact: Lopi sweaters… Continue reading Lopi Week: Tips for working with Icelandic Yarn

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How to Choose Colors for Fair Isle or Stranded Colorwork Knitting

We're celebrating colorwork knitting this week at Berroco! Yesterday's KnitBits had tips on how to get started, including a handy video to show you how to twist your stitches along each row or round, and today I'm going to be talking about how to choose colors for stranded colorwork. This week's free pattern, the Fox… Continue reading How to Choose Colors for Fair Isle or Stranded Colorwork Knitting

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Knots! And what to do when you find them.

Knots can be the bane of a crafter's project. During the industrial spinning process, the yarn is pulled with a fairly high tension through the machinery. As the machinery pulls on the fiber, occasionally breaks happen and the machine operator, rather than lose all the work, will tie a small knot to rejoin the yarn. It… Continue reading Knots! And what to do when you find them.

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Make the free pattern Bly your favorite all-season sweater

With summer winding down, I'm scheming about what to knit next for a fall sweater. The pattern Bly, which launched in Knitbits back in February, is one of my favorite designs from the last year—so versatile and wearable! Knit seamlessly from the top down, there is minimal finishing to do at the end. I designed this… Continue reading Make the free pattern Bly your favorite all-season sweater