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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 8: The Back

Not sure what this is? Check out the 16 Weeks of Weekender master post here! FINALLY we're out of the round! But it's not too crazy, just knitting back and forth, some gentle short-row shaping, and ribbing for the shoulders.  The only thing here that might be tricky is the short rows. Andrea Mowry includes a tutorial in the pattern - this one from Purl Soho. This tutorial is one of the best. My advice is to read the whole thing first to get your bearings (find the headings -that's the helpful part). If you follow these instructions, you shouldn't end up with any holes in your short rows! Let us know how the short rows go for you in the...

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Top 5: Best First Sweaters

  Have you decided to delve into the world of sweater knitting? Welcome! The process of choosing your first sweater can be daunting - you don't want to get out of your depth but you also don't want to make something you won't wear. It can be a hard balance to strike, so we've compiled a list of our favorite beginner knitting patterns! The criteria we used for this list are: it should be stylish - something you will actually wear it should be uncomplicated - straightforward design helps new knitters understand sweater construction it should help you become a better sweater knitter - by gently incorporating sweater-specific techniques While this list was compiled for beginners, these patterns are great for all...

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16 Weeks of Weekender Milestone 7: Separating for Sleeves

Not sure what this is? Check out the 16 Weeks of Weekender master post here! Back to the grind this week! It seems that a lot of you took the "catch-up week" as a "get-ahead" week! That's great, but don't forget to come back and post on the weekly milestones as they go up to ensure that you get your points.  This week, we're finishing off the body and getting ready to knit the front and back separately. So... more stockinette in the round! What we want to know this week is: whatcha watchin'? What do you have on the tv/computer screen/phone as you knit your Weekender? Personally, I've been re-watching all of BuzzFeed Unsolved in preparation for the new...

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Knitter's Toolbox: Joining a New Ball

Today, we're putting another item in our Knitter's Toolbox. The Knitter’s Toolbox series will feature essential techniques for successful knitting projects. Today’s post is about how to join a new ball of yarn. Such a simple, yet fundamental task. This post will go over different methods of starting a new ball of yarn and why some might be better than others. Where to Change Balls At first blush, one might answer, “When you run out of yarn, duh!” However, with a little bit of planning, that new join could become invisible! When you’re working flat, the best time to change out balls of yarn is at the beginning of a new row. When working in the round, change to a...

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16 Weeks of Weekender: Week 6

Not sure what this is? Check out the 16 Weeks of Weekender master post here! This week is a catch-up week which means that you have a little extra time to work on the body before next week. Since there's no milestone this week, we're highlighting some participants who have shared part of their knitting process on Instagram. Excellent Vibes I like these pictures because they exude the fun and coziness that I love about knitting. @ewesyouryarn got creative when measuring the first 4", @oneofakate showed off knitting and crochet in one image, and @kj_sauer gave me some serious snack envy! Speedsters!  This is a 16-week-long KAL, but that proved to be too slow for these knitters! @carolyndaydesigns finished her...

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