Knitting Abbreviations


Based on the questions I've been getting, it seems there's loads of new knitters out there, puzzling through the learning process of pattern reading. I can so relate to the frustration a new knitter faces, because although I'd learned the basics from my Grandmother, I taught myself all the advanced techniques from internet resources and books. I was determined to learn to knit many of the wonderful patterns I found on Ravelry. In case you haven't found it yet, Ravelry is a wonderful social media site just for knitters, crocheters and other fiber artists. Do join! We welcome you and hope this post of knitting abbreviations, with explanations and links to video resources that we often use … [Read more...]

Three ways to learn to weave

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Just in case I don't quite have enough hobbies yet, I've begun to learn to weave on a rigid heddle loom. That's the thing about the fiber arts - there's so many interesting directions to go in that it's difficult to settle on one and make it stick. So weaving is my most recent challenge. I fit it in between knitting, spinning, crocheting, embroidery, sewing and pattern design.  For learning purposes, I've been using worsted weight cotton from Peaches & Creme and Sugar 'n Cream to put together some dishcloths. Easy - and instructive. I'm absolutely loving the results I get by mixing compatible colorways on the loom! This first photo shows the Mod Ombre and Poppy … [Read more...]

Sock Architecture Book & Giveaway!


Lucky me! I asked Cooperative Press to provide me with a copy of Sock Architecture by Lara Neel to investigate for review. Lucky you! Not only did they promptly do so, they also offered to provide a second e-book for giveaway to our readers! If you're a sock knitter, (or have contemplated becoming one), you know that there's loads of gorgeous sock patterns available. I've knitted many of them and have pattern books filled with more awaiting my attention. When I first started knitting socks, I collected them by the dozen. As I've gotten more pairs under my belt, I've learned that what's more empowering than access to unlimited patterns is the knowledge of how those patterns are created … [Read more...]

Jellyfish Bath Scrubbies

Jelly Fish Bath Scrubby Crochet Pattern |

Get out your hook and create some fun tub time for the little surfers in your life! Jellyfish crochet bath scrubbies are as fun to make as they are to gift. U.S. crochet terms used materials: worsted weight cotton in two colors size I crochet hook 6 mm safety eyes or black embroidery thread tapestry needle how to do the bobble stitch: (yo, insert hook in stitch, yo and draw through stitch. yo and draw through first 2 loops on hook) repeat in same stitch until you have 6 loops on hook. yo and draw yarn through all 6 loops on hook. head: leaving a 12” tail, ch2. 9 sc in 2nd st from hook. Join with sl st. round 1: bobble in same stitch. sl st in next st, 1 sc in next stitch, … [Read more...]

An Almost Lost Washcloth Tutorial


The Almost Lost Washcloth pattern posted on our site was a casually shared, handwritten pattern that my Mom in law received from a friend. While many loved it, all you have to do is look at the comments to see that there were a large number of knitters who were confused and frustrated by the unusual, old-time terminology used in the pattern. To help, I decided it would be a good idea to create an Almost Lost Washcloth tutorial to clarify the confusing bits. Although I loved the charming shorthand of the original pattern, (made it so easy for me to remember! Leave 2, knit back, Leave 4, knit back, etc),  if I were to rewrite the pattern in modern knitting terms, I'd write it this … [Read more...]

Sweet Somethings


A squishy little garter stitch heart pattern that you can use in a number of ways. Are they tawashi’s? Why, yes they are! Coasters? Indeed! Mini washcloths? Most certainly! materials: worsted weight cotton size US 8 needles tapestry needle instructions: cast on 26 stitches Rows 1-10: slip 1, (k5, ssk, k4, kfb) twice, k1 Row 11: slip 1, ssk, k3, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k2, k2tog, kfb, k1 Row 12: slip 1, k4, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k3, kfb, k1 Row 13: slip 1, ssk, k2, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k1, k2tog, kfb, k1 Row 14: slip 1, k3, ssk, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog, k2, kfb, k1 Row 15: slip 1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k4, kfb, k5, k2tog twice, kfb, k1 Row 16: slip 1, … [Read more...]

A Fresh Fibery Start

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This is a good time for knitters - this quiet period between Christmas and the new year.  I've had time to reflect on what I've accomplished this year and time to look to the future. Every year I tend to focus on the same three areas: Organization, Project Planning and New Techniques. After doing an informal poll in our Ravelry group, I've come to believe that crafters of all kinds do this.  We begin to think of the mess we've left in the wake of all that last minute gift knitting. Those tangled leftover balls piled in a basket that need sorted by color, or maybe weight. Those bags full of WIPs (works in progress) begin to haunt us. We begin to ask ourselves the hard … [Read more...]

Christmas Tree GIFT CARD-igans

Christmas Tree Gift Card-igans Knitting Pattern |

Our original cabled Gift Card-igan Knitting Pattern has been such a popular pattern that I decided to gift you with another version of the knitted holiday gift card cover. In case that's not fun enough, the button closure serves as the tree topper! An especially clever way for the knitter to present gift cards. So, it’s getting late and you've decided to go with a gift card for that last minute gift. Great idea! Want to personalize it? No problem, Resourceful Knitter – just break out the worsted scraps and button tin. In just about an hour, you've got it covered! Materials: US 5 needles worsted weight yarn tapestry needle crochet … [Read more...]

Christmas Crochet!

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When I want a crochet fix, I tend to pull out the Edie Eckman books. My copies of Around the Corner Crochet Borders and Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs are pretty dog-eared from the thumbing through they get on those occasions. Thanks to Storey Publishing, I recently found a review copy of her newest book: Christmas Crochet for Hearth, Home & Tree in my mailbox! This is hip holiday stitchery with a fun, modern point of view. I was intrigued by the variety of trendy  stitch patterns such as stripes, polka-dots and chevrons.  There's no shortage of cute designs for stockings, ornaments and holiday home decor here. Eighteen patterns in all. When I approach small … [Read more...]

Easy Knit Boot Cuffs

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Thermal Boot Cuffs by Julie Tarsha Here’s some kicky little thermal boot cuffs to keep the winter chill away! A quick and popular gift item, these easy knit boot cuffs are knit in the round on double point needles or with a long circular using the magic loop method. If you've been meaning to learn - this simple pattern is a great project to start with. You’re going to wonder why you didn't try it long ago! sizes: 9(10, 11)12 inches around unstretched Select a size that’s 3 to 4 inches smaller than the recipients widest calf measurement. Go one size larger if recipient will be wearing over jeans. **You can make progressively larger or smaller sizes by adding or subtracting 6 … [Read more...]