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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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That Lacey Look: Dropping Stitches Intentionally Dropped stitches are one of the easiest ways to purposefully add texture and lacelike patterning without actually working the paired increase and decrease of a lace pattern. There are two basic ways of intentionally working with dropped stitches. One way is to drop a stitch from the active knitting and allow it to unravel to the cast-on, creating a vertical ladder effect. The other way is to add extra wraps to your knit (or purl) stitches and then drop them from the needle on the next row, creating a horizontal line of extra-long stitches....

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How to work a Cable Decrease without a Cable Needle, learn how to work this elegant 2 stitch decrease and make it faster without a cumbersome cable needle.

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How to Make a Holiday Tassel Ornament The holidays are a great time to make and gift handmade presents, but with many recipients on a gifting list it can be challenging to knit something for everyone. A smaller and faster craft can be just the thing to ensure that everyone will receive something handmade under the tree. Give this holiday tassel a try. It is an excellent use for leftover yarn and can be used as a gift-tag embellishment or an ornament! How to Work It Gather some yarn, ribbon, jingle bells, thread, a piece of cardboard approximately 7 inches...

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    Estonian lace is renowned for its beauty and its use of unusual techniques that create a distinctive-looking finished product. Two of these techniques are nupps (pronounced noops) and a 5-stitch gather, both use increases and decreases to create a gathered section of stitches very similar-looking to a flower or bud. These techniques in a finished piece can appear daunting and complicated, but as with all knitting, taking each technique step by step makes a series of increases and decreases easy and approachable!   Nupps Nupps are a type of small bobble. They take fewer steps than a traditional...

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