Love of Yarn draws us together, whether crochet or knitting beginner or advanced

I love yarn. Many of you probably love yarn if you have found this website. It doesn’t matter if you are a knitting beginner or a crochet beginner. It’s all good.

4d3678492621daf Love of Yarn draws us together, whether crochet or knitting beginner or advanced

I am a knitter and a crocheter. And therefore I have huge stashes of yarn. Don’t you? I have another blog that serves my love of knitting and I really tout the love of knitting for babies and baby knitting patterns. But seriously I was feeling a bit limited because I could not explore nor share my love of all kinds of knitting or include my love of crochet. Beginner or otherwise.

So that is the purpose of this blog. I want to talk about yarn and knitting and crochet and patterns and anything else that seems reasonable. I hope you will join me and reap the rewards of feeling good about our hobbies, and reducing our stress by sharing with others. And if you are a knitting beginner or a crochet beginner, we will cover a lot of fun learning projects as well.

Oh and did I mention, I love yarn. Don’t you?

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Huggable Teddy Bear Free Knitting Pattern

Oh my, I love knitting little animals, soft, cuddly, furry, huggable children’s animals. And this particular free knitting pattern is for a teddy bear. In fact, two Teddy Bears. Very cute, They are considered to be twin bears, one is a little smaller than the other, but they are so precious.

It’s a unique idea, having identical twin bears and the only difference being one is a bit smaller than the other and of course, whatever yarn you choose for your bears. Exactly the same, or a whole lot different. It is your choice.

 

Huggable Teddy Bear Huggable Teddy Bear Free Knitting Pattern
 

Here you go, Enjoy!

Body
Cast on 10 stitches
P 1 row.
K twice into every st = 20sts
K 5, k twice into next st, K 8.
K twice into next st, K 5 = 22 sts
Continue in St-St and work 9 rows.

K2 together to the end.
Cast off P wise.

Legs (make 2)
Cast on 8 sts.
P 1 row/
K into ever stitch = 16sts
Begin with P row and st-st 3 rows.

Be sure to go over to Craftsbits.com to get the rest of this very cute teddy bear pattern

If you want some more Huggable teddy bear free knitting patterns, check out this Squidoo Page I made. Tons more free knitting patterns.

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Great Knitting Books and Patterns

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How to Shorten or Lengthen Your Knitted Piece

I think it is hard to figure out when to quit knitting. It will seem long enough but it isn’t or it will be so long it is embarrassing. I once knitted a baby sweater and the thing would have fit a child instead.

You know you are supposed to for sure do your gauge swatch, and I do. But there is no swatch for length.  Neither Sleeve nor body length. Well what do you do?

Well, first don’t panic. It’s okay to take a deep breath at this point and do not throw your work in the trash. We can fix it.

Here is a great video that really explains how to lengthen or shorten your work even if you are working cables. It is from the Knitting Daily site and the video is done by Eunny Jang who I think is genius at all things knitting. Enjoy! and don’t be discouraged. Just think of this as part of your learning curve. You are on your way!

httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yxa1qDFRBN4&feature=player_embedded

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Knit Soap Cozy with Cable, A Great Idea!

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Knit Soap Cozy from LionBrand

This is such a great idea for so many reasons.

  • It gives you a small knitting project to take along
  • It gives you a doable cable that you can learn on
  • It is an easy project that you’ll complete quickly
  • It is so useful
  • It saves your scented soaps suds from washing down the drain
  • When using it, it exfoliates your skin in luxury
  • It felts itself as you use it
  • You can use it over and over with your favorite soap
  • It’s so cute!!
Click on the picture and go over to LionBrand for this free knitting pattern. If you don’t have an account with them, sign up! It’s for free and there are tons of great stuff in there. Enjoy!!

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Learn to Darn Socks, Why not?

Do you know what I mean when I say darn socks? Sometimes it is the little things in knitting that can be so important. That can make your knitting skills stand out. That makes you the go to expert on everything. Seriously, everyone that knits knows how to knit and purl. Maybe even cable and increase or decrease. But how many times have you heard anyone, other than a grandmother who really knew her knitting stuff, talk about the last time they darned a pair of socks.

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Darn Socks

Darn socks! Are you kidding? I know what I used to do with my socks with holes in them. I chucked them. Really, why bother. Well I’ll tell you. When you put the time and energy and love into knitting a pair of socks with the softest and most gorgeous color ever. That handmade pair of socks that perfectly match that outfit you love wearing. But you notice they have a hole in them. YIKES! No despair necessary.

You see when you bother to make your own socks or even for someone else, you are going to enjoy fixing them as well.
It is actually fun to darn socks. This article explains a really easy method that makes it quick and easy and a lasting repair. All the essentials, right?!

First assess the hole in your garment and envision it squared off. Using a tapestry needle with a sharp point, sew a rectangle or square around the hole. Be sure to pierce at least one half of each stitch that borders the hole. Piercing the yarns will ensure that no further unraveling occurs. If you create your rectangle far enough away from the edge of the hole, you can safely go under each half stitch with your needle, rather than pierce it. Still, I recommend piercing the yarns. A good foundation row will reinforce the edge stitches, giving a solid base to the darning, and make the repair last longer. For a very solid base, work two foundation rows 1⁄8″ apart all the way around the hole. This is especially good for fine gauge knitting.

read the rest of the “Darn-There’s a hole in my sock!” article here



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Crochet Weaving the ends

This Video gives you some nice perspective and a great visual as to what do to with those ends. I think it will help and you’ll see exactly what we are talking about.

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Crochet How to Techniques, What to do with the Ends

I have been crocheting an awfully long time. My grandmother taught me. I love it. I also love to knit. But there are things that you need to do to make the experience more enjoyable.  There are crochet techniques that are basic  how to’s. If you already crochet you know what I mean. If you are a crochet beginner, you may not be fully versed in some of these techniques.

One of the more irritating things about crochet is unraveled ends. What a nusiance, it is very unattractive and very heartbreaking to see all your work unravel and develop holes. It is really not difficult to tuck those ends in so they don’t come undone. I found this great article from Crochet Magazine that will really spell it out for you.

Almost every crocheter has had a problem with their “hidden” ends coming out to haunt them at one time or another, and we receive a lot of questions regarding how to solve this problem. The key to avoiding those errant ends is to learn the best way to hide them in the first place, so they will never become loose. And while hiding loose ends can be a rather lengthy discussion, no pun intended, here is a condensed version of some of the best ways to avoid the problem.

First, leave plenty of yarn, around 6 to 12 inches, before joining or ending so there is a good workable length for hiding. For compact stitches like single crochet, you can leave less yarn. Leave more yarn for loose, open stitches like shells or chain spaces.

Thread the yarn end into a blunt-tipped tapestry needle sized appropriately for the yarn. Next, carefully weave the end through the worked piece, tracing the flow of yarn that forms the stitches. You want the yarn you are hiding to lay alongside the yarn of the stitch you are using to hide it. If color permits, use stitches of more than one row or round, so the end you have hidden will not pull in the same direction as the stitches of the project.


read the rest of this helpful article here.

What is fiber pilling? How can we deal with it?

This is a question that we often hear. It is very difficult when you have put so much of yourself into knitting that gorgeous sweater and after one normal wearing it is covered in little bumps! What are these? How did they get there? WHY!?

Well lets talk about it. It isn’t that bad.

Pilling is when the yarn kind of pills up into a little nub on the object you have just knit.  Man-made fibers are more likely to have pilling occur, fibers such as acrylic, nylon or polyester.  Abrasion or rubbing will cause the wear and cleaning the fibers cause the yarn to unravel and the loose ends are what ball up causing the little pills.  Fibers such as cotton, linen, or wool which are natural fibers may pill but they will be removed during washing.

I have written an article  detailing Pilling and how to avoid it. Have a look.
Pilling is a Fact of Yarn and Fiber – But Can Anything Be Done About It?

This is what pilling looks like up close.

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Sweater Pilling Up Close

This video shows great information about the different types of yarn and how they knit up. It also shows you about natural fibers and how they get turned into yarn. From Knitting Daily

Here is the Sweater Stone that will help solve the problem of pilling. I talk about this in my article. You can get this at Amazon for barely anything. The current prices are on the site. Just click the picture.

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Sweater Stone

An Excellent tool for removing pilling from sweaters and other garmets. Just run the little comb in one direction across the fiber and the little pills just sweep away. Again an Amazon product which is very inexpensive. Check the site for latest prices.

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d-fuzz-it comb

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