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Oh man, what a year this has been! I think it is safe to say we could all use a little more yarn and a LOT less chaos- so how about a Local Yarn Store day pattern promotion? Sound Good? Last year The National Needlearts Association (TNNA) had a pattern competition for a new shawl pattern to be featured on local yarn store day. I entered thinking that there was NO WAY I would be lucky enough to win it and be able to support so many local shops at once. My entry was a shawl based on a beautiful...

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Simply Decorative: The Eyelet Cast on Border Sometimes a project calls for a little something special on the edge, a fancy cast on that will take the finished item out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. The Eyelet Cast on Border is just such a cast-on, a very simple single row pattern is worked to create a long chain with clearly defined eyelets on either side. These eyelets are then picked up into for the live stitches needed in the knitted piece. This border pushes out vertically when worked (horizontally when picked up from) and is extremely stretchy, making...

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One simple way to customize a knitting project is by substituting a stitch pattern, and the easiest place to do this is on the edging of a garment. An edging is typically applied when a garment is worked with a stitch (like stockinette) that curls. An edging is usually worked with a stitch that lies flat, which prevents the curling of the stockinette fabric. Since the majority of edgings are based on ribbing, having a few distinctive (and mathematically appropriate) substitutions handy can be a great way to put your own mark on a knitting project.   Broken Rib Substitute...

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Creating a Gorgeous Bind-Off Over Cabling Have you ever noticed how it takes many more cabled stitches than knit stitches to create the same amount of width in a knitted piece? This is because stitches for the cables are not actually "in" the knitting, they are skimming over the surface of the knitting and do not contribute to the overall width of stitches present in the garment. Since those cabled stitches are sitting on top of the other stitches, they can create a bulge or bump in a bound-off edge, which in turn can make seaming a shoulder or picking...

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Is there anything more beautiful and enjoyable than a spring flower newly bloomed in the warming sunlight?  Keep that feeling of new growth going with some adorable knitted flowers; they are simple to create and are perfect for using leftover bits of yarn. Try adding them to a sweater, hat, bag, headband or whatever strikes your fancy! Flower 1: Using curling stockinette to your advantage. This flower is a simple strip of stockinette allowed to curl around on itself and gathered with the active yarn to form a rosette. Try working this type with fewer stitches and thinner yarn for...

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