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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 : Knitting Yarn, Books, Patterns, Needles & Accessories Hancock Fabrics: Discover the Designer in You Scarf with Ruffled Ends « 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.

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:

Free, Online Knitting Patterns - Beginner Knitting Instructions - Knitting Tips, Tricks, Testimonials and More! Warm 'n Fuzzy | Yarn Love in Cary, NC The gift of lace: how to knit comfort shawls When learning a new craft or technique, it’s easy to think that we should wait to give handmade gifts until our skills improve. When Alison Jeppson Hyde was new to (and lacking confidence in) lace knitting, she decided to knit and give away a wedding ring shawl. And it taught her that a few ounces of good yarn, even in the hands of the most inexperienced knitter, could make a wonderful gift and help befriend those around us. In Wrapped in Comfort, Alison shares 12 beautiful comfort shawl patterns for beginners and beyond, as well as heart-warming stories that will inspire you to grow relationships with the help of a handmade gift—no matter what level you’re at. Read on for the story of Michelle’s Shawl (above), one of 12 rich stories and gorgeous shawls from Wrapped in Comfort. Michelle’s Story From Wrapped in Comfort by Allison Jeppson Hyde “Happy Mother’s Day, mom!” I could not have asked for a better way to celebrate the day. New to lace knitting?

Irish Tweed: Hand-Looming With A Modern Twist Hide caption Contemporary yarns used an array of modern colors, like fuchsia, but still echo Irish traditions. These are hand-spun at used at Studio Donegal in Ireland. Courtesy of Studio Donegal Hide caption Tristan Donaghy and his father Kevin Donaghy, co-owners of Studio Donegal, wearing some of their hand-loomed tweed as stand before the Slieve League mountain in northwest Ireland. Studio Donegal/Courtesy of Studio Donegal Hide caption Tristan Donaghy, co-owner of Studio Donegal in northwest Ireland hand-looms vests like these and ship them all over the world. Courtesy of Will O'Leary Hide caption These modern tweed scarves made from soft Merino sheep's wool are woven at Studio Donegal in Ireland. Courtesy of Will O'Leary Hide caption Tweed jackets hand-loomed at Studio Donegal in northwest Ireland. Hide caption Skeins of hand-spun tweed yarns are obtained locally and used at Studio Donegal in Ireland. "Use your indigenous skills," Donaghy recalls saying.