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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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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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