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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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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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