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Creating a Gorgeous Bind-Off Over Cabling Have you ever noticed how it takes many more cabled stitches than knit stitches to create the same amount of width in a knitted piece? This is because stitches for the cables are not actually "in" the knitting, they are skimming over the surface of the knitting and do not contribute to the overall width of stitches present in the garment. Since those cabled stitches are sitting on top of the other stitches, they can create a bulge or bump in a bound-off edge, which in turn can make seaming a shoulder or picking...

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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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