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Emily Explains: Eula’s Capped Sleeves

Eula is a great summer pattern, knit in Berroco Modern Cotton™ and designed by Amy Christoffers, that I have been thinking about a lot lately. I love the capped sleeve detail - a shape that's flattering on women of all sizes. My curvy self felt pretty great in it when I tried it on! Eula's cap… Continue reading Emily Explains: Eula’s Capped Sleeves

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Emily Explains: Provisional Cast Ons for Spring Knits

As I hunker down to write this post, there are 10 days, 8 hours and 56 minutes until spring. It has been a long winter but I think we have made it! The sun is beginning to shine brighter each day and the birds are singing. It's perfect timing for quick spring knits like Carrot and Rabbit.… Continue reading Emily Explains: Provisional Cast Ons for Spring Knits

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Emily Explains: Garter Tab Cast On

I designing a shawl a few months ago, when the girls in the office taught me how to do a garter tab cast on. Since then, I've used it in almost every shawl I make. You'll  have to wait a few months to see these shawls, but you can practice the technique with Laelia from booklet #360… Continue reading Emily Explains: Garter Tab Cast On

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Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

For those of you who have not seen it already, booklet #360 Folk Art is full of beautiful garments and accessories using colorwork. I'm dying to knit Dahlia and Agave for this spring. I do not have a lot of experience with colorwork, so to refresh my memory I've been swatching with some yarns used… Continue reading Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

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Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Purl

There are some things in knitting that will always confuse me. When I am following charts, I tend to make myself a little cheat sheet on a Post-it as a constant reminder of what my symbols mean. This is especially important for me when I am working on a fabric back and forth, decreasing or increasing… Continue reading Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Purl

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Emily Explains: A Center Double Decrease (CDD)

Sometimes a pattern calls for you to decrease more than one stitch. This is when a double decrease is used. There are a few ways to do this.  SSSK - slip 3 stitches and knit them together K3tog - knit 3 stitches together cdd - center double decrease A center double decrease creates a nice symmetrical… Continue reading Emily Explains: A Center Double Decrease (CDD)

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Emily Explains: Knit and Purl Through the Back Loop

Only three more days until the release of this seasons new Spring/Summer collection! In preparation, I thought I'd demonstrate a commonly used abbreviation that you will find in many Berroco patterns: knit through the back loop (k tbl) and purl through the back loop (p tbl). By working a stitch through the back loop you… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knit and Purl Through the Back Loop

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Emily Explains: Fringe

Fringe is so easy and so fabulous. Grab all the yarn that your pattern calls for and knit your piece. Assemble it and get ready for the best part of the pattern...cutting and knotting your fringe! I had a lot of fun adding fringe to the designs in booklet #352 Nomad. Here's a how-to video… Continue reading Emily Explains: Fringe

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Emily Explains: Casting on with Two Circular Needles for Corker

My apartment was chilly this morning and as I rummaged through my sock drawer I was disappointed with the number of bulky socks I found. I don't have nearly enough to wear with my favorite fall and winter boots! Obviously, the answer to my problem is to knit myself a pair. Corker is a knee-high sock knitting… Continue reading Emily Explains: Casting on with Two Circular Needles for Corker

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Amy’s Thread: Good Finishing Starts at the Beginning

Finishing isn't just the final slog of assembling the pieces - it is the details that make the design. Choosing the right way to finish a project really starts at the beginning. The right cast on complements the bind off and the finishing techniques.  After weeks of deliberating over the best possible yarn shade, I finally cast… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Good Finishing Starts at the Beginning