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Knit 2 (or 6, or 15) Together, and How to Bring All the Friends to the Party. Knit 2 together (k2tog) is usually the first decrease that is learned by knitters, whether on purpose or by mistake. Typically, this technique is worked by inserting the needles from front to back into the front "legs" of a multiple of stitches, wrapping the yarn around the needle and then pulling a stitch through, decreasing that multiple of stitches to one. This creates a right-slanting decrease on the right side of the work. It is fairly easy to execute when only working with...

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  The Perfect Tail Have you ever started a new project, estimated a yarn tail for your cast-on and then run out of yarn? Well why not eliminate the estimation process totally? Use two balls of yarn when you are casting on stitches instead of one length of yarn folded. By using two balls of yarn you won't run out! Begin by making a slip knot, joining the two ends of yarn together and placing onto the needle. Work the stitches using one end as the active looping yarn that goes around the needle and the other one as the...

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charts, How to, Lace, Tutorial -

Let's Talk Charts! Charts are an excellent way to communicate patterns in knitting and help a designer distill pages of densely written text into one picture. With a few simple rules, charts are easy to understand, give visual clues as to what your finished piece will look like, and can be understood across language barriers.   A chart for knitting is typically set into a grid pattern comprised of squares that are populated by symbols. Each of these symbols indicates what type of treatment to give each stitch. The chart is worked in horizontal lines with each line representing a...

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Cables, Cables and Lace, Independent Designs, Lace -

Have you ever worked with a springy yarn? Not just a nice merino with a decent ply; I'm talking a tigger tail-trampoline bouncing-lamb on a pogo stick kind of yarn. The kind of yarn that creates texture as high and crisp as the Rocky Mountains and helps your cables be seen from space. No? I hadn't either, until I met Elemental Affects Cormo worsted, and let me tell you the love affair has only just begun.  The combination of longer fibers and extra twisty spin makes for a stretchy bouncy yarn that just pops your cables right off the knitting. I...

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My latest pattern release; Lindy Pop, is a fun (and sort of wild!) fringed shawl. It uses 8 colors of sport or fingering weight yarn, a garter stitch bias center and charted lace and cable vertical edges.  This pattern came to be when Lux Adorna sent me a gigantic set of their Cashmere Sport, called a lofty lux braid. The colors were amazing... but not anything I would ever choose on my own. Lime Green? Yes, probably the color of my soul, Deep Plum? Okay, I do like that one too, but all those cooler colors? sage green? denim blue?...

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