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Vintage Pique’ Rib Hat

free knitting pattern for vintage pique rib baby hat

  This is the first pattern of a matching hat and sock set for newborns in a classic design. Pique’ rib creates a texture that adds interest to solid yarns. The intersecting purl bumps also break up variegated yarns into interesting little dashes of color.  Happily, the nubby outside texture gives way to a smooth rib inside the hat to …read more

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Simply Basics: Winding a Center Pull Ball

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Ever wonder how people hand wind such neat looking center pull balls? I wanted to learn to make those perfect little parcels myself and tried doing it around my fingers, but just made a mess.  I recently learned how to wind a center pull ball on a nostepinne – a tool originated in Sweden that makes the process a snap. Nostepinne’s can be as …read more

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Bedazzle your Spinning!

Add beads to your spinning! | SimplyNotable.com

Spinning with beads is such jazzy, dazzling fun. All those pretty glass baubles catching the light and making your handspun extra special! I get that you can string beads onto thread or yarn and ply it with handspun to get the effect, but always wondered how you’d accomplish it with singles. I recently investigated and gave it a trial run. It was …read more

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Be Fearless

Spinning Yarn Fearlessly | SimplyNotable.com

  When it comes to spinning  - experimentation is the rule for me these days. I’ve been taking the time to explore different methods and to play with color. I’ve had some help and inspiration with a new spinning resource: PLY magazine by spinner extraordinaire – Jacey Boggs. This is a compendium of spinning know-how that has sent my little …read more

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Will Spin for Coffee!

Spinning Yarn for Coffee Cozy | SimplyNotable.com

Sometimes I find that spinning an entire braid of fiber becomes a chore and my bobbins fill up with unfinished singles that I’m tired of spinning. At times like these, it’s refreshing to break out my spindles and spin up a small project. A fast little color fix fits my mood this week and I took the opportunity to spin up some yarn for small projects …read more

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Fish Lips Kiss Heel, Oh My!

Fish Lips Kiss Heel, Oh My! | SimplyNotable.com

Here’s another popular idea that’s been burning through the knitting blogosphere for some time….it’s been around awhile, and I’ve taken note each time I heard about it. I guess I just had to hear about it a hundred times before I finally decided to try it myself. :-) This heel was developed by Patty-Joy White,  Sox Therapist on Ravelry. This is …read more

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Magic Knitting

Knitting Using a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.com

I received a beautiful magic ball when our Simply Notable Ravelry group had a magic ball swap last January. My partner had made up a wondrous magic ball of superwash sock weight leftovers in gorgeous hues. I searched patterns for awhile with a certain amount of indecision because I wanted to show off the interesting and colorful interplay of …read more

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Wind Up a Magic Ball!

How to Wind Up a Magic Ball | SimplyNotable.com

There’s been some buzz about magic balls on some of the pod casts I watch and listen to lately. Our Simply Notable Ravelry Group even got excited enough about this to create a “Ball of Wonder” Swap where members made up magic balls from their own stash and sent them to one another! I’ve always thought of magic balls as balls of yarn wound up with …read more

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Stitches West Finds

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Mom Sr and I had such a great time at Stitches West! We loved communing with our fellow knitters and crocheters, learning new tricks in our classes and most especially loved the opportunity to see new indie dyers up close and personal. We found some real winners at the show that we’ll be shopping with this year: Dizzy Blonde Studios’ gorgeous rack …read more

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Stitches bound!

Simply Notable Stitch Markers - The Stitches West Event!

Mom, Sr. and I are going to Stitches West! Wheeee! This is our first fiber festival and we’re pretty excited about it. We’ve created the Simply Notable stitch markers for the exchange: and packed our supply bags for classes: We’ve fretted over the contents of our notion pouches…knitting needles, check. needle gauge, check. row …read more

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