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Mattress stitch is worked by laying the project pieces side-by-side and picking up the "bumps" from each piece in an alternating fashion.

How to write patterns for beginner knitters

This week, I've been blogging about Papyrus, a soft, summery cotton and silk yarn by Fibra Natura. On Monday, I ...
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This tunic will fit a size 2 toddler. The pattern has been written for 12-18 months, size 2, and size 4.

What designers consider when writing a knitting pattern

Have you ever worked on a pattern and wondered what the designer was thinking when they created the design? Stay ...
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How pretty is this? There are enough colors of Papyrus to do this in blues, or even in the colors in the child's tunic to come later in the week!

Summery patterns for Papyrus, a summery yarn

This week we're learning about Papyrus, a yarn made with strands of cotton and silk, twisted together, then twisted together ...
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This photo is so close, you can check my gauge for me! The only thing is that the curve of the photo lens on the iPad makes it appear as though the ruler extends a little beyond the first and last stitch of the 0 and 4" markings.

Make knitted swatches do dual duty

This week, we're exploring the qualities of Papyrus, a soft yarn made of strands of softly spun, lofty cotton bound ...
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A decorative box in cream and gold is the perfect work box for Papyrus' luxurious softness!

Papyrus – cottony soft knitting!

Papyrus, the yarn for this week's assignment, came at the same time as the Radiant Cotton I reviewed back in ...
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The zipper has been opened a little to make it easy to sew along the teeth. When I approach the slider, I will sink the needle, raise the presser foot and close the zipper, then carry on sewing.

Sewing on a zipper and lacing up the edges on a knitted cushion cover

All week I've been working with Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton yarn. As sometimes happens when I get playing, I got carried ...
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Two lovely pieces knit in Radiant Cotton, ready to transform into a pillow cover. Note the smooth color transitions.

Knit and purl stitch patterns make for a radiant cushion cover

Here we are, wrapping another week of blogging in the company of Fibra Natura Radiant Cotton yarn. As I noted earlier ...
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Whether you use these cloths as face cloths or dish cloths, they'll beautify your space.

Chart or text your way to a radiant knitted dishcloth!

In this series of posts, I've been working with Radiant Cotton yarn by Fibra Natura. In Tuesday's post, I described ...
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Two of these knit-and-purl pieces are knit-and-purl designs, and the other one is a rib pattern. Can you identify which is which?

Fun with knits and purls and Radiant Cotton

Apart from lace, one of my favorite knitting techniques is knit-and-purl patterns. Oh, sure, they need some concentration to execute, ...
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A few tools will turn the skeins on the right into knittable cakes of yarn.

How to wind skeins of yarn using a yarn swift and winder

Yesterday I covered the characteristics of Radiant Cotton. This is a double knitting weight luxury cotton yarn by Fibra Natura ...
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I’ll only be working with the 3 skeins on the left this week. The green, blue, and red will be featured in an upcoming issue of A Needle Pulling Thread.

A Radiant (Cotton) knitting experience

We’re in for a treat this week! If you like working with cotton, and you want an affordable, quality cotton, ...
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This acrylic toque has a wedge of hot pink where the decreases begin, and the colors start to spiral in the opposite direction to the rest of the hat.

The pros and cons of singles and variegated yarns

All week, I've been working with and reviewing Alpaculence, a singles yarn in a light fingering weight, that has fiber ...
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This was made in Poems sock yarn and it will look FANtastic in Alpaculence!

The pattern hunt for Alpaculence yarn

We're sampling and playing with Alpaculence by Rozetti Yarns this week. If you've been reading along, you'll know that this ...
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The top sample was knit by "throwing" and the bottom one by "picking"/ Continental style. While the stitches didn't straighten right up, the difference in the angle of the stitches is visible in the bottom sample.

What to do when your yarn goes askew

This week we're reviewing Alpaculence, a singles yarn made by Rozetti Yarns. Monday we learned that the yarn I'm sampling ...
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My Alpaculence skewed! Oh no! Why did this happen? How can I fix it? Read Cynthia's blog post to learn how.

Knitting with single ply yarn: sometimes it comes down to balance

Yesterday, I introduced the new Alpaculence, an acrylic/ wool/ alpaca/ glitter blend yarn by Rozetti Yarns. Having evaluated the qualities and ...
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Rozetti Alpaculence is a soft acrylic, wool, alpaca, and glitter yarn with long stretches of color at a time.

Evaluating the very NEW Alpaculence yarn by Rozetti Yarns

It's always fun to get to play with the newest yarn on the market. Alpaculence, by Rozetti Yarns is SO ...
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Ring bearer pillow for weddings made with a lace motif on a knitted swatch with 2 ribbons on it using Universal's Flax Lace yarn in mineral

Flax Lace Yarn makes this exquisite knitted lace stole perfect for weddings

Oh, darn. It’s the end of our week with Fibra Natura’s Flax Lace yarn. I’ve had SUCH a good time, ...
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3" of knitting, packed onto a circular needle, causing ripples that look like a crest on a wave!

The math behind customizing a knitted lace stole

Our week with Fibra Natura’s Flax Lace yarn continues today with how to select a finished size for a stole ...
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This is a wedding shawl I made in 2007 for a bride who was having a destination wedding, blocked out on a sheet and pinned to the broadloom below it. There's a blue crystal heart bead on each tip of the shawl.

Best reference for blocking your knits

One of the most effective ways to enhance lace knitting (or knitted lace) is to block it. This week, we're ...
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Four skeins of Flax Lace on a brown tablecloth. One of the skeins has been wound into a cake.

Bride’s handkerchief, aka tension swatch for a luxurious flax lace yarn

Yesterday, we explored the various qualities of linen yarns in celebration of our week with Fibra Natura’s Flax Lace yarn ...
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