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From top left: Bamboo Bloom in a soft pink colorway, Rozetti Cotton Gold in blue and off-white, a skein of Java (hemp), two skeins of Classic Chunky wool, one in white and one in pewter, Naked Sock in the Ocean colorway, Allegro in bright and deep reds, some DK that's a mystery, two skeins of Classic Shades Metallic in the Festivale colorway, and, in the middle, one ball of DK Tweed in Walnut.

Scrap yarn challenge – can she do knit?

I make no bones about using up all my scraps, and I love a challenge. If you check out the ...
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A skinny scarf in pale grey Cotton Gold with a long, thin blue stripe along one side of a very elongated triangle that has slots down the short side. The scarf is looped around the neck and the long, skinny end is threaded through the loops to create a graceful cowl.

Creating knitted accents with Rozetti Cotton Gold yarn

In our last chapter of our work with Universal Yarn Rozetti Cotton Gold yarn, we're looking at using it as ...
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A photo of a swatch of Cotton Gold, with (from top) reverse stocking stitch, stocking stitch, and garter stitch.

Knitting Rozetti Cotton Gold with another yarn

In this series of posts, we're testing Universal Yarn's Rozetti Cotton Gold, a fine yarn with sequins (or payettes) spaced ...
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a knitted swatch using Rozetting Cotton Gold Yarn and a ruler to measure the knitted stitches

Knit a benchmark sample using Rozetti Cotton Gold yarn

This week we're making discoveries with Universal Yarn's Rozetti Cotton Gold yarn. Now that we have examined the structure of ...
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A photo of a ripple shawl with oatmeal, orange, and brown with a sample made in oatmeal, purple, and thin gold stripes beside it

4 steps to the art of swatching and sampling yarn

This week, I was supplied with a healthy quantity of Rozetti Cotton Gold, a sparkly novelty yarn with evenly spaced ...
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A ball of off-white Cotton Gold with a strand coiled in front. The light bouncing off the yarn produces a light ring around the base of the ball. In the foreground is a strand of the yarn showing the spacing of the sequins and the glitter strand wrapped around 3 cotton plies.

Knitting with Rozetti Cotton Gold yarn

When I was a young girl, I followed in my mother’s footsteps and had several penpals. It was an exciting ...
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An orange jack-o-lantern bag with a plastic lining sitting on a table with a dark backdrop.

Be Hallowe’en ready with our knitted trick-or-treat bag

In yesterday's post we began to knit a trick-or-treat bag using Red Heart's Chunky Soft and Reflective yarns. Now that ...
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An orange knitted bag with a jack-o-lantern face and handle made in black, hanging from a hook.

A spider web base for a knitted trick or treat bag

The last two days' posts have been devoted to learning cast ons for circular knitting and different ways of forming ...
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A mint colored circle knitted from the center out, made with yarn over increases at the beginning of each of the 8 repeats which makes right-leaning spirals appear.

3 formations for knitted circles

Our journey this week is a knitted trick-or-treat bag using Red Heart Reflective yarn to keep your ghosts and goblins ...
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Two balls of orange reflective yarn with a ball of black yarn in the background

3 cast ons for knitted circles

Yesterday we explored the qualities and project possibilities of Red Heart's Reflective yarn. Today, we're going to work toward our ...
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Two photographs of the same yarn, the top one taken without flash,and the bottom one with. In the lower photo the reflective qualities of Reflective light up like stars in the sky!

Featured yarn: Red Heart Reflective

Reflective yarn first hit my knitting radar about four years ago. The pattern I saw was for a dog coat, ...
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The trick to knitting a waste yarn provisional cast on

The trick to knitting a waste yarn provisional cast on

We all get into our own groove when it comes to knitting habits. I learned the knitted cast on, then ...
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Seven stitches knitted with 4 strands of yarn. The strand coming out of the knitting on the right is ready to weave in. For the photo, I left the strands untwisted so you can see that the next several stitches will be knit with 3 plies of yarn; two from the old and one with the new.

Knit a stronger splice join when starting a new ball of yarn

Joining in a new strand of yarn can be done in several ways. The best way to hide a yarn ...
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The lumpy-bumpy woven in ends can be clearly seen in the center of this sample.

Taking weaving in ends in knitting from home made to couture

One of the great joys in my knitting life is knowing I have finished a project to the best of ...
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The knitted flag with a purchased flag to show that the width to height ratios are similar. While it looks like Zoey is "standing on guard for thee", you will note that her food bowl is in the upper right corner; she is "standing" in wait of something else.

Knit a Canadian flag – free pattern

Today's the day you can cast on for your Canadian flag. During our first week of having fun with flags, ...
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Using the math above, the yellow lines in the maple leaf (and the white lines in the red and gold sections) show where rows will be added for the next knit.

Celebrate Canada – knit a Canadian flag

In my last series of posts, I designed a flag and took you through the steps to use technology to ...
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About eight ends had been woven in before I remembered to take this photo of the back of the blue sample.

More sampling with Super Saver yarn

What a fun week! We started by thinking about the overall size and layout for our flag afghan. In Tuesday's ...
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The lower half of the vergina sun projected onto the wall, with the graph paper taped on the right side. In the foreground, the image is reflecting off the top of the projector on the left, and the image is on the laptop screen on the right.

Charting for flags and Super Saver yarn

In today’s chapter of Fun with Flags we use technology to help us chart the design for our old Macedonian ...
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It's summer and this week I've done a lot of my sampling with Super Saver yarn on my front porch swing.

Designing a flag with Super Saver yarn

This week, we're having fun with flags by designing an afghan of a country’s flag using Red Heart Super Saver ...
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Red Heart Super Saver yarn -- affordable and durable.

Sampling a flag with Super Saver yarn

Yesterday, we examined several design options for creating an afghan that incorporates a nation’s flag. Today, we’re going to look ...
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