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Learn to Knit - Knitting for Beginners - Learn How to Knit

Learn to Knit - Knitting for Beginners - Learn How to Knit
Learning to knit is a lot of fun, and it's not actually as difficult as you might think. This guide to the basics and beyond has everything you need to get started whether you've never picked up needles before or just need a refresher. Knitting Skills: There are several basic skills involved in knitting, such as: making a slip knot and casting on forming the knit stitch forming the purl stitch binding off, sometimes also referred to as casting off You'll also need a few basic knitting tools to get started. Picking a Pattern: Once you've got the basics down, it's time to pick your first project. Many patterns, even those for beginners, seem to be written in code. Finishing Projects: Once you've reached the end of your knitting, all is not quite finished. Learning New Skills: Once you're comfortable with the basics and have successfully finished a project or two, there are many more skills to try. Troubleshooting: Related:  knit, crochet

Knitting Yarn, Books, Patterns, Needles & Accessories the LIFE LESSONS blog {things crafty, thrifty, family, yummy & rambly): Lesson# 144 The Best Gifts are Homemade {Natural Chapstick} After searching FAR AND WIDE for an awesome Christmas gift for my girlfriends this year... I finally landed on the best gift project I'm made thus far. I mean, this is way better than painted frames, decorated mugs and puff painted totes. Introducing the gift that's inexpensive, fun to make, and is actually useful in real life! WOAH! What a concept, right? Homemade Natural Chapstick (because who needs another crocheted tissue box cover?) 1.5 oz beeswax (1 and a half tablets) 6 vitamin E capsules 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil (2=more rigid, 3=softer) 2-3 teaspoons of coconut oil 2-3 teaspoons of cocoa butter 25-30 empty chap stick tubes OR 15 lip balm containers DIRECTIONS 1. Where I found my ingredients: Organic olive oil (local health food store) Organic coconut oil (local health food store) Vitamin E tablets (local health food store) Empty chap stick tubes (ebay and a few pill boxes) clear printer labels (walmart) Aren't they adorable? Be Brave and EXPERIMENT! Dress 'em Up!

do you mind if i knit: Some basics in crochet for you, before I start showing you the pattern for the sisterhood crochet blanket squares Hello! Nice to see you! Today I'm starting on the marathon explanation of my crochet square. I"m going to start with the basics, for new crocheters. I thought there might be some out there who would like to take up crochet, but aren't sure where to start. You've got your yarn in your left hand. Take the yarn that you are holding in your right hand and bring it up and over as above. Pick up your hook in your right hand, and poke it through the loop. Now pull that bit of yarn you hooked, through the loop, towards you. You've pulled it up, and now............... Holding on to the yarn in your right hand, pull at the yarn in your left hand. Pull the yarn untill the loop on the end of your crochet hook tightens into a knot, (but not too tight, you want it to be able to move along the hook). I suggest that you first get the positioning of your hook and yarn in your hands positioned right, it will make life so much easier, and I speak from hard experience here! Like this. like this, remember?

Bears and dolls Bev's "Itsa Puppet" (C) very simple and quick to make Tiny Teddy Bear (C) Now on it's own page! Great to donate to Children's Hospitals. AND on Bev's SiteBear-PairTeddy Bears (K) on Bev's site! Maureen's Traveling Bear (K) If you want to help Bev's Country Cottage shop JoAnn.com via this LINKBaby's First bear- (C) Basic Finger Puppet pattern (K) Bear Finger Puppet - - (C) archived Bear Hugs' ~ (S) archived...pattern and instructions <----- Bear-PairTeddy Bears (K) on Bev's site! Bernat Cotton Tots Bear (K) Bubby Bear at knitty.com (K) CareWear fiberfil Bear (S) Caron Simply Soft Brites BEAR - (C) this is darling! Chenille Bear to crochet (C) OFFsite ARCHIVED at Yarncat Cobbles the Bear (K) at Craftbits Colin and Clare Panda patterns - archived (S) Double Knit Bears (K) archived Duduza Dolls (K) for Africa Freemont Yankee Doodle Bear (S) Gail's Tiny Flat Teddy (like her doll) (C) Jelly Beanz Bear (C) Jelly Beanz Bear 10" (C) Knitty.com's Little Bear (K) Mr.Bean Bear! Tutti Fruiti Bears (C) Bear (C)

Scarf with Ruffled Ends « jenanne.com Yarn: 1 Skein Dazzle, or Mosaic FX, or Binario, or other railroad yarn (~80 yards) Needle: US 8 needles Stitch pattern: St st (knit RS, purl WS) Cast on 60 sts. Row 1: K Row 1: P Row 3: *(K2tog). Continue in St St (Row 1: K; Row 2: P) until scarf measures 30” End with a WS row. Row 1: *(K1 in front and back of st). Bind off and enjoy! © Jenanne Hassler. Free Candle Making Instructions Directory - StumbleUpon Vital Instructions Candle Making Safety Instructions Do not make candles without reading and understanding these rules. Introduction To Candle Making This interactive on-line course teaches the basics of paraffin candle making. The course is 100% free, however you must register to use it. Candle Makers Troubleshooting Guide Just answer the questions for diagnosis and solutions to most candle making problems. Candle Measures A guide to measurements for candle making formulas. Wick Selection Guide Instructions on how to choose the correct wick for your Candles Candle Making Recipe Book Series This series is still under production, however most of the articles are now available. Container Candle Recipes A guide to container candle wax formulations and other information about container candles. Floating Candle Recipes A guide to floating candle wax formulations and other information about floating candles. Full Instruction List (in alphabetical order) Whipped Wax The basics of making whipped wax.

new and noteworthy Posted by victoria //// 6 Comments this week on new and noteworthy let’s stick to the naturals, shall we? linens, and woods, and simple items that make your home subtly shine, without pronouncing themselves too strongly. just lovely, tasteful items if you will — ones that make home life better in simple ways. 1. pure love’s light trail strand lights; 2. their beautiful house doctor area rug; 3. wild olive wood chopsticks from swahili african modern; 4. fort standard glass vessel with cork from steven alan. 5. free people’s DIY hanging crochet plant holder; 6. wood & faulk leather coasters; 7. auntie oti napkin colored napkin set from steven alan; 8. hand drawn feather plate from Gx2 homegrown. 9. downloadable print by artist mathilde aubier via art hound; 10. design by conran white beep table lamp from jcpenney; 11. industrial swivel stool from three potato four.

How to Knit: The Basics Illustrations by Caitlin Keegan. Photo by Maxwell Tielman. If you haven’t attempted knitting, it can seem pretty terrifying. While I still haven’t quite mastered the art of knitting in its entirety, I can say with some sense of self-assurance that I can knit. January, with its post-holidays chill, has always seemed the perfect time to start a knitting project. More on the basics of knitting after the jump . . . Once you’ve purchased your yarn and the needle size that matches it, the absolute first step of any knitting project is making a slipknot. 1. 2. Casting on is the next step in setting up your knitting project. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. The knit stitch is the most basic stitch of the knitting process. 1. 2. 3. 4. Casting off is the final step needed to complete your knitting project. 1. 2. 3. 4.

Strip Pieced Christmas Stocking - Knitting Crochet Sewing Crafts Patterns and Ideas! This isn't an ultra quick project but it's not as labor intensive as it might seem, and most importantly it will last a lifetime. It's is made with our beautiful new Stocking Fat Quarter Bundle, simple white muslin, and thick 100% cotton batting. The patchwork of the stocking is put together in a very cool way by strip piecing. That means you don't have to cut a million little squares and piece them all together one by one. Instead you cut long strips, sew them together and then cut the sewn pieces. If you've never tried strip piecing this is a great first project since it's so small and satisfying. This is also a great first hand quilting project since the hand quilting isn't trying to be totally tiny or even and it's the hand quilting and the hand sewn binding on this project that really make it special. Materials Cutting the Strips Organize your colored fabrics into two groups, group 1 and group 2. Cut thirty 1 1/2-inch by 22-inch strips from the white fabric. Piecing- Part 2 Quilting

Just take your time and let me know if I can help. by karenbrown Dec 17

Thanks Karen. I'll probably need lots of help. I have some friends that knit and they're always telling me how relaxing it is. I'll have to wait and see though. by nordicgirl_2 Dec 17

I'm sure you will like it. Knittinghelp.com will show you how to do anything. After all, knitting is just variations of knit and purl. Let me know if you have any questions. by karenbrown Dec 16

I've never tried it before. Thought I'd give it a go over Christmas and see if I think I'd like it. by nordicgirl_2 Dec 16

If you have interest in knitting, go to ravelry.com. by karenbrown Dec 8

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