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He doesn't look like he is jonesing for a pompom does he?

The anatomy of a pompom

The Road to Success Chic Hat we talked about yesterday happens to have a pompom on the top. There are ...
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The Road to Success Chic Hat is the perfect spring fashion item!

Knitting the Road to Success Chic Hat

Talking of blocking yesterday made me think of things that are more difficult to block, hats, for example, need to ...
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This is the corner of the shawl after unpinning. No curling, no rolling, a perfect pointed corner. Look at those eyelets! They're much bigger and more noticeable.

Steam blocking a shawl knitted with Chic Sheep goes from good to great!

When I blocked the Simple Lace Triangle Shawl we talked about yesterday, it went from this curly crumpled triangular-ish shaped ...
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The knitted and blocked garment. Look at how beautiful those eyelets turned out.

A simple lace triangle shawl is luxurious knitted with Chic Sheep yarn

Yesterday we went over the general benefits of Chic Sheep, and today I'll talk about what I ended up knitting ...
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All the colors are so vivid, I'm having trouble choosing between them!

NEW! Red Heart Chic Sheep yarn by Marly Bird

The newest addition to the Red Heart family is Chic Sheep yarn by Marly Bird. This is really exciting for ...
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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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After blocking, the edges settle down to their true W-ripple and the motifs are crisp and neat.

Bunny Ear decreases make this stitch pattern best for knitted baby blankie

This week, we've been putting Uptown DK Magix yarn through its paces. Yesterday, we looked at the anatomy of a ...
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Uptown DK Magix, makes a colorful, warm and soft, and fun-to-wear hat with a beret-style shape.

The anatomy of a knitted beret for baby

Yesterday, we looked at several free patterns to knit with Uptown DK Magix. Today, I'd like to share a recipe ...
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Combine a solid Uptown DK yarn with one of the Uptown DK Magix colorways for a vibrant look!

Easy patterns to knit with Uptown DK Magix

Now that I've described the anatomy of Uptown DK Magix and looked at its resilience in the laundry, and studied ...
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Here are two un-washed swatches of Uptown DK Magix.

This antipilling acrylic yarn gets an ‘A’

One of the best features of Uptown DK Magix is that it's an antipilling acrylic. As we explore this yarn ...
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These teal and red blends are some of my favorite colorways ever.

Knitting with Uptown DK Magix yarn

This week we're looking at a new version of Uptown DK yarn, Uptown DK Magix. This yarn is produced by Universal ...
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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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