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Sunday Stitch – Double Sided Knitting

Today lets try Double Sided Knitting!

double sided knitting- a free video tutorial

No don’t leave. I promise its not that hard, not the way that I do it. Double sided knitting can get pretty complicated but it doesn’t have to be. Today I’ve got three videos which show how to make these little pot scrubbers. They are the perfect thing to try if you’ve never done double sided knitting. Give me a chance to talk you into it.

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Sunday Stitch – How to Line a Bag When You Don’t Sew

I’m not sure this makes for a “real” Sunday Stitch but it is a Sunday, and this is what I’m working on. Also, I promised to show my cheater-cheater way to line a tote bag. So I’m shoehorning that into today’s post!

If you don’t sew, don’t sew well, or just like to cheat (who doesn’t?) then you may find this useful.

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Sunday Stitch – Making Crochet Bullion Stitches the Easy Way

The crochet Bullion Stitch, aka the Roll Stitch, is one of those vintage stitches that you don’t see much in patterns today. But its still around…. hiding out in the occasional flower motif and adding a little something special to stand-alone embellishments. Its not the easiest stitch to make. I should say, its not the easiest stitch to make well. Which is why I cheat when I make my bullion stitches.

How to make the bullion stitch - free tutorial

I do love a good cheat.

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Sunday Stitch – How to Block a Hat

I’m a blocker. I block most everything that comes off my needles and hooks.

blocking knit hats - a photo tutorial

Slouchy hats, tams, berets, can be tricky to block on a standard pin-board because the don’t really lay flat. They are three dimensional. If you’re a blocker like me who feels compelled to block everything, you need a different method..

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Knitting and Crocheting and Taking Pictures Of It All

I’m a realist. If all I did was write about the things I knitted and crocheted and spun, you wouldn’t be reading this blog. There has to be pictures and lots of them. Any picture, even a cruddy one, is better than no picture.  But a good picture?

A good picture will grab your attention faster than anything else I can do on a web page. I’m always trying to take the very best pictures I can.

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Taking Some Twist Out of The Noro (and other yarns!)

Love Noro. In my not-so-humble opinion, no one does color like Noro. Of all the yarns they make, Taiyo is my favorite in Colorway No 1.

Noro Taiyo yarn in colorway No 1

Its nice right? Right. But its twisty. As you stitch with it it doubles back on itself and that can be a pain. If you’ve worked with Noro you’ve encountered this. All their singles are overspun. A more generous soul would call them energized singles. I’m not that generous and I want it to stop twisting. So I take the time to “finish” my Noro yarn with steam.

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Yarn Weights – A Heavy Subject Explained

Knitters, and weavers, and crocheters will use yarn in all different weights. Yarn weight is an indication of its thickness, not how much it weighs. The confusion doesn’t end there as I’m sure everyone who reads this blog already knows.  You can go into any yarn store, pick up three different sport weight yarns, and find three different thicknesses.

Yarn at different weights - yarn weights explained
Yarns from my stash ranging from bulky weight to lace weight

What’s going on here?

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Sunday Stitch – Weaving In Ends As You Knit (no sewing!)

The sewing in of ends can put a powerful frown on a knitter’s face. Any sewing of any sort seems to be might unpopular among knitters. While I haven’t yet heard of a way to make those sweater pieces graft themselves together (if I do I’ll run straight here to you!) I can share a way of weaving in those ends as you knit. Maybe that will relieve the knitting community of some of its terrible, tapestry needle inflicted burden!

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Weaving in ends without sewing in knitting

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Sunday Stitch – Tunisian Crochet

Good morning*, Happy Sunday and have you ever tried Tunisian Crochet?

This little tutorial is to get you started. I demonstrate the Tunisian Simple Stitch. There is LOTS more to this style of crochet. You could fill up whole books with different Tunisian stitches (and people have). This is just one, just the Tunisian Simple Stitch.

To many people it looks like knitting. It’s not. There is another Tunisian Stitch (Tunisian knit stitch) and it looks EXACTLY like knitting. Its not either. Tunisian is made with a hook.

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