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Fancy Edges: With Stitches You Already Know Sometimes the simplest ideas can turn out the best, and taking what you already know in a slightly different direction can have excellent results. Both these fancy edges take a regular long-tail cast-on and alter it slightly to create dramatic and simple results. Try adding them to socks, sweaters, scarves and hats, or any other project you want to spruce up at the edges.   Twisted Garter Stitch Edge This technique is worked over garter stitch several rows up from the actual cast-on. Technically, it is the manipulation of a long-tail cast-on with...

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How to: Knit and Twist Braids Braids are a unique way of manipulating your knitting into a 3-D sculpture. They are relatively simple to execute and require just a small amount of planning before beginning. Braids are great for those who like the look of a cable, but don't want to mess around with actually cabling, or for someone who desires a unique "how did you do that?!" kind of project. Most regular braids are worked with at least three strips that are moved over the center strip from the outside in. These knitted braids are worked with a clever...

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Have you ever completed a garment and realized that you actually needed a buttonhole in it? I have had this happen several times when I was knitting someone else's pattern and most recently when I was designing the Lotusland cardigan. I originally thought that the pattern would be best as an open front cardigan and then when I finished it and tried it on... I changed my mind!    But that textured lace and twisted rib edging which is so beautiful and makes the cardigan so special was not very rework friendly. And the thought of ripping it out and...

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Have you ever knit a garment where the fronts and backs are a different pattern? Or maybe tried to join a cable panel to a stockinette section and the difference in stitch count leaves you confused as to how to properly seam it? I have a neat trick to show you that can help with seaming those stitch count inconsistencies!     Lotusland Cardigan Lately, I've been really into designing patterns with a totally different pattern on the back from the fronts. Usually, the pattern has a completely different stitch count and gauge so even though the shoulder pieces are...

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Be a Better Knitter: How to Read Your Knitting Knitting is first and foremost a structure, it relies on a repetitive series of loops made in a series of movements to create the separate stitches. It is the combination of these stitches which creates the knitted fabric, and therefore, it is a combination of different structures that create the whole piece. After completion, each stitch can be broken down into basic visual shapes that a knitter can learn to identify in order to help keep track of stitch numbers, to count rows, to identify decreases and increases, and to problem-solve...

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