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October 06 2010

Which Method is Best for Blocking Your Knitting?

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Blocking uses stretching and moisture to shape your yarn and get a piece of knitting squared up to look even and straight.

If you’ve ever completed a knitting project and ended up with something just a little lumpier than you had imagined it might be good to consider blocking your knitting. Since you are using round thread and round needles it is virtually impossible to create something that is perfectly square and you typically end up with something that is more trapezoid instead. Blocking your knitting will help you to reshape your piece back into straight lines.

Blocking uses stretching and moisture to help shape a finished piece in order to match another one of the same size or just get a piece of knitting squared up to make the rows look even and straight. You will also generally block anything knitted from lace to showcase all of the holes and patterns you worked so hard to create. (...)
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September 29 2010

Consider Learning How to Knit on a Loom

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Knitting on a loom is much faster and easier to learn than knitting with needles

There are two way of going about nearly anything. There is a hard way, and an easy way. Keep in mind that I didn’t say there was a hard way and a way that requires no work, everything requires some amount of effort, but what we are talking about is the amount of effort required to get something done. In the realm of learning how to knit there is a hard way and a much easier way. You’ll still have to learn how to do certain things regardless of which you choose, but one way is far simpler.

One way of knitting is to use needles, this is the hard way. Now, that doesn’t mean it’s the wrong way, there are millions of people out there who love knitting with needles and will never do it any other way regardless of how many other ways there are to do it. Knitting with needles is an ancient and traditional method and allows for a great degree of potential craftsmanship and handmade quality. But I say potential because very few individuals ever reach the stage of true craftsmanship when it comes to needle knitting. (...)
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September 15 2010

How to Get Started Knitting: Easy Projects for Beginners

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Ready to to get started knitting? Start with a simple project and focus on the basics.

Beginning knitting isn’t rocket science but it does require some persistence. I recommend starting out with smaller projects that require you to perfect your stitching technique. Beginning knitting on something simple like a scarf is advisable as opposed to a more advanced project such as a hat.

Although there are some complicated scarf patterns available, a scarf is a great project for beginning knitting because you get to focus on the tension and stitches and not worry about various patterns. Most importantly, when beginning knitting is that you learn to keep consistent and loose tension on the yarn. (...)
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