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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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A six-point start ends up as a 12 point snowflake using yarn-over eyelets to create the lacy motif.

Knitting a flat circle in the round becomes a crumb catcher

I hope you found some leftover Radiant Cotton yarn to try the double knitting technique in my tutorial from yesterday's ...
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Coasting right into double knitting

Coasting right into double knitting

This week I'm already getting ready for the holidays at the end of this year by knitting small quick projects ...
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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 sample shows left leaning and right leaning decreases as well as a few double decreases.

3 ways to knitting decreases

This week we'll be spending a lot of time looking at ripple stitch patterns. There's always a lot of increasing ...
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Cotton True Sport

Painless knitting with the very soft Cotton True Sport yarn

I have had the chance for the past month to knit with Cotton True Sport yarn by Fibra Natura. And ...
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