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How to Knit a Sweater from the Bottom-Up: Getting Ready

As part of our Lopi Sweater Knit-along (KAL for short), we're going to be walking you through how to knit a seamless sweater from the bottom up. This construction is very frequently found in a variety of Lopi Sweater knitting patterns, or knitting patterns with a stranded colorwork yoke, and is pretty easy to customize… Continue reading How to Knit a Sweater from the Bottom-Up: Getting Ready

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How to Work the Stitch Pattern for the Isthmus Pullover

I'm making Alison Jane's Isthmus Pullover for the Portfolio Volume 4 knit-along—sort of. I have started the pullover, but I've been sidetracked by other work-related projects, so I haven't gotten nearly as far as I would like. But I'm loving knitting it so far and can't wait to finally finish it some day!  One of the things… Continue reading How to Work the Stitch Pattern for the Isthmus Pullover

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How to Work German Short Rows (VIDEO)

When we were working on the Mrs Watson KAL earlier this year, many knitters were frustrated by the wrap-and-turn short rows commonly used in knitting patterns. While the pattern specifies that you don't need to pick up the wraps (this was issued in an errata post—make sure you check the pattern page for all errata… Continue reading How to Work German Short Rows (VIDEO)

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An Alternative to I-Cord: How to Make Braided Ties

Using I-cord to create ties is a fairly common way to close knitted bags or add a decorative edging to a garment. But Donna Yacino's Sweetgrass Shrug, an elegant cropped cardigan that's knit seamlessly, uses a different way to close the fronts. This type of tie is called a braided tie, but it's not braided… Continue reading An Alternative to I-Cord: How to Make Braided Ties

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Swatching for Colorwork Projects

Usually I like to use Friday blog posts to swatch and talk about a particular yarn, but this week I'm talking about swatching for a particular project. We've been talking about colorwork knitting on our Facebook, Instagram, and here on the blog as well. Just as with any knitting or crochet project, swatching is super important for… Continue reading Swatching for Colorwork Projects