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Supplies gathered for garter tab cast-on

Seamless Garter Tab Cast-on (Without Tears)

One of the things I do regularly is scroll through knitting groups on social media to see what techniques or pattern wording knitters are struggling with. I then use this information to make my own patterns better and suggest things to help you make yours better too. Something I hear a lot of people whining about …

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Measuring knitting gauge.

Round and Round – Unit Conversion and Its Impact on Knitting Gauge

Not long ago, I stumbled upon a discussion of unit conversion in knitting patterns.  There was some concern that converting units from imperial to metric units introduced error in a pattern so it was suggested that the pattern math for both units should be calculated separately rather than using a conversion factor. I thought the idea …

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Drop Spindle Spinning – Adventures in learning to spin

In which I prove that stubbornness is sometimes a useful trait I have been trying to learn to spin for years. Every year at Tour de Fleece time, I get the itch to learn drop spindle spinning. This trend started in 2010 when I received a Learn to Spin kit. The kit included a VHS …

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Sample of ssk and k2tog decreases

So How DO You Work an SSK?- A Tutorial

I am constantly amazed at how many ways people describe and work the left leaning decrease known as ssk. I am beginning to think every knitter has her own variation of it. Being the curious sort, I have been researching the different methods you see the stitch presented. I wanted to share a few of …

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Arwen's Elven Accessories in Wine

Arwen Gets a Facelift (pattern updates galore)

Arwen pattern updates If you have followed me for long, you will know that I have been updating some of my older patterns. Some patterns only needed a simple change of layout. But some of my older patterns, like my popular Arwen series of accessories,  needed a full on facelift since my writing style has changed …

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