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Short rows are a method of working only part of a row of knitting (whether it is in the round or flat) to create an extra area of knitted fabric in one spot. They can be used for many shaping requirements, such as to turn the heel of a sock, to add extra shaping to a sweater to better fit a curvy body, or to create shaping in a shawl, just to name a few. These rows are exactly what they claim to be. Short rows are shorter than a regular row in the knitted piece, but when turning mid-row...

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  Stretchy & Beautiful: The Old Norwegian Cast-On The Old Norwegian cast-on (also known as the Twisted German cast-on) is a variation on the traditional long-tail cast-on that results in a far more stretchy edge than a traditional cast-on. This cast-on works well for almost any project, but is especially suited to edges for hat brims, scalloped patterns, mitten cuffs or projects that require more ease for better fit. This cast-on tends to use about one third more yarn than a typical long-tail cast-on, and since it is more elastic, it pulls in more at the edge with better stretch...

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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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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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