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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:

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 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 (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)'s Little Bear (K) Mr.Bean Bear! Tutti Fruiti Bears (C) Bear (C)

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.

from Sheet to Maxi Skirt | A Small Snippet as you read this, i am probably sewing away with the precious women of 3Cords, while sporting these new maxi skirts that i sewed before i left. so i thought i’d schedule this post for you while i’m away, because i think some of you may want to add this to your summer wardrobe too! i found this tutorial here, (see my update at the end of this post regarding the tutorial) and pinned it a few months ago, labeling it “my next project.” i was instantly in love! so when i found a grey jersey sheet at Good Will a few weeks ago for $2.99, i knew it was time to whip out the ol’ Brother sewing machine! i pretty much followed her directions, except i made my ruffles a little wider than her’s, and they weren’t quite double the length, so they don’t ruffle quite as much. i also made the waistband smaller, because i wanted to make sure it was snug so that it wouldn’t slip down. so i figured…one wasn’t enough… so i made another when i found this pink jersey knit on sale at Hobby Lobby.

material 4 of 27 / rope into potted plant hangers. I have had this project in my head for months and I am glad I finally decided to just execute. These plants are now hanging in the corner of our loft space which also now has a curtain rod and curtains. (No small victory, I promise.) It's strange to just focus on this corner when the whole area needs so much work, but I had to start somewhere. There are oodles of detailed tutorials on to make these planter hangers, I am sure, but because my wing-it plan was successful, I thought I would share my steps. Cut your rope into pieces. Tie all the pieces into a knot. Separate the rope pieces into pairs. Take the pieces of one pair and tie them into a knot a few inches from your big knot. Go from pair to pair until all have been tied. For the next knots, you'll be taking your strands from different pairs. Tie those two pieces the same way. Work around the circle until you've created another row of knots all the way around. My white rope frayed quite a bit where it was cut. Pretty cool though!

My DIY Map Wallpaper {Small Hallway Be sure to subscribe for free to The Inspired Room! You'll receive new updates via your email inbox so you'll never miss a post! Thanks so much for stopping by today! So remember that one map wall? After tens of thousands of emails and comments with questions about the maps (a slight exaggeration but you know what I mean), I thought I might as well put the answers in a post. I actually kept putting off talking about it because I had a few problems along the way and never really solved them to my satisfaction, so I just never felt like it was worth talking about. But you all know I have always had issues with DIY so why stop talking about my failures now? So the short version is, I started this map wall BEFORE I actually had the wainscoting. Other times, thinking ahead is a GOOD strategy. I’m happy with my map wall now despite the troubles it caused me, but here is the tale of how things went awry. Well, not exactly. Sometimes the simple solution is best.

The Shirt Skirt - Sew Like My Mom July 28, 2010 I’m so excited to post about this! When I met Dana, I fell in love with the skirt she was wearing. She made it herself (obviously) and she showed us how simply she’d shirred the waistband. I developed an idea in my head I thought just might be crazy enough to work. The Hubs thought I was a little crazy when I explained my idea to him. It’s the easiest thing in the world to do! The shirt skirt perfect for summertime. I wore the green and white one to Sofie’s birthday party. I had 2 women in Walmart stop me to tell me how comfy my skirt looked and when I told them how I made it, they demanded I call Rachael Ray immediately! The process is so easy. I do my shopping at Goodwill for 1 reason. So, get your super cheap thrifted shirt. To determine what shirt size you should get, just make sure it will go around you. So, lay your shirt out flat, and whack it off right under the sleeves. I like to use thread the same color as my fabric. Now, I break a rule of shirring.

Before & After: Desk Made from an IKEA Bed Base Drop by IKEA's as-is section, any thrift store, Goodwill, or yard sale, and you'll eventually run into one of these wooden slat bed bases. Pre-cut and made of real wood, these bed components can be repurposed for a variety of DIY projects, like the following bedroom to home office transformation... A friend researching affordable college furniture options for her younger brother sent me the heads up about tuttlecr's before and after IKEA hack, and is now inspired to help her sibling make one of these DIY desks to replace a cheap fold-out plastic party table which was filling in as his desk. Reviewing the project, it seems an easy enough construction to complete with only a few basic tools (and would be even faster with a circular saw), as explained below: This is my first attempt at making a piece of furniture. Finally, I used a Minwax combo stain/poly and finished it off by rubbing it down with some 00 grade steel wool.

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. 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 by karenbrown Dec 8