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September 13 2010

Knifty Knitter: Simple Kit for Beginning Loom Knitting

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The Knifty Knitter kit, then, is actually more like a nifty re-packaging of a very old system of turning thread (in this case yarn) into stuff.

There are some products that you hear about and think to yourself “who in the world would want that?” Others sell by the millions, only to end up in garage sales for years (the salad shooter comes to mind) because they had no real value and once the niftiness wears off it becomes just a paperweight. Then there are those things that really are pretty neat, and who cares if they just happen to be simple. The Knifty Knitter is certainly one of those types of things.

As you can tell, we’re not typically in the rush to buy the latest and greatest thing. Tried and true tends to be better than slick and new. It turns out that the Knifty Knitter is exactly that.

The Knifty Knitter is a loom knitting kit, and loom knitting is nothing new. As a matter of fact, although no one knows for sure which came first: the needle or the loom, there was a goddess of weaving in predynastic egypt more than 5,000 years ago. So making things on looms has been around since, like, the same time as the wheel or something. (...)
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September 10 2010

How to Start Knitting in the Round

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Knitting in the round is the next step for beginners learning to knit.

One of the scarier moments that all beginning knitter’s face is when they graduate from knitting with two needles—one pointed and one slip proof—to knitting in the round using needles that are pointed on both ends. You can be scared to death that your work is simply going to slip off of the bottom of other needles. But once you know how to do knitting in the round with double pointed needles, it’s not all that difficult at all.

Here’s a few tips to get you well on your way to knitting in the round. (...)
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September 09 2010

Knitting Instructions: How to Cast On

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Learning how to cast on isn't as hard as it looks.

When you’re first beginning to learn how to knit you may find that learning to cast on seems more difficult than it should be. Part of the reason for this is that there are so many different terms for the various methods you can use to begin a knitting project that all describe the same things.

In reality there are five basic methods of casting on even though they go by a number of different names. (...)
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September 08 2010

Learning to Knit: 5 Tips for Beginners

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Learning to knit will be easier if you remember these simple tips.

If you are just beginning to learn how to knit there are a few rules that you should always keep in mind no matter how experienced you become. It’s the same with most things you have to learn how to do. There is going to be some trial and error, so mistakes and some experience that go into mastering any new art or craft.

So take it from someone who has been through all of the ups and downs that come with knitting and follow these rules to the letter and you will have a far better experience than I did along the way. (...)
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September 07 2010

How to Knit: An Overview for Beginners

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Knitting is a relaxing and creative hobby. It's a satisfying skill because even beginners can knit beautiful items.

There are lots of reasons that you might want to begin learning how to knit. Maybe it’s for a bit of nostalgia, or you want to learn to do something that your grandmother once did. Perhaps now that the kids have left the house you find yourself with some free time or maybe you would just like a new hobby that gets you working more with your hands and watching less TV. But no matter what your motivation knitting is one of those things that can be both addicting and relaxing at the same time and it’s really not hard at all to get started. (...)
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