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How to Knit: The Basics

How to Knit: The Basics
Illustrations by Caitlin Keegan. Photo by Maxwell Tielman. If you haven’t attempted knitting, it can seem pretty terrifying. You might have watched friends or family members do it — their pointy needles swinging at lightning speed through a tangled mass of yarn — and worried deeply for their eyes and internal organs. You might be a crafting commitment-phobe, horrified at the idea of a task taking over a day (or a week! or a month!) 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. 1. 2. 3. 4. 1. 2. 3. 4. Related:  Yarn-bombing

Kincsesfüzet | … amit megéri fellapozni ​CARYS AWESOME SAUCE Homemade Mod Podge Don't forget to vote for us daily! Just click on this button and that's all! Thanks! A few months ago I found a recipe for Homemade Mod Podge and wanted to know if it was worth the mess to make it. Put a strip of masking/packing tape directly on your jar so that you can take it off later easier. Stick the sticker label on the tape. Tape over the label so that it will be semi-waterproof. Mod Podge in a Pint Jar (matte) Fill jar half way up with white glue (like Elmers) Then fill jar up with water. Shake Well. This is a 50-50 mixture glue/water. It will have a Matte finish. If you would like a Glossy finish, add 1 TBS of clear varnish. Shake it! If you have tried it with the varnish, we would love to hear how it went. See it for yourself how it works. Disclaimer: If you are wanting to do a long term or permanent project, the original Mod Podge may work better since they do add additional ingredients that make the finish last longer.

Ombre Basket Pattern I am so amazed at the interest with this basket I used 9 colors and tried to achieve an ombre effect. The size is about three times larger than the chunky basket. I'm putting this one beside my chair for WIPs. Measurements 9.5 inches in height 12 inches in diameter Materials 9 different colors of worsted weight yarn Size L crochet hook Yarn needle Pattern notes The first ch 2 of each round counts as the first st Hold 4 strands together If you are using one color to make this basket, you will not need to join each rnd of the body of the basket. Pattern With Black (4 strands together) Ch 3 Rnd 1: 7 hdc in 3rd ch from hook. Rnd 2: 2 hdc in each st. Rnd 3: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next st, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next st) around. Rnd 4: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 2 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 2 sts) around. Rnd 5: Ch 2, hdc in same st, hdc in next 3 sts, (2 hdc in next st, hdc in next 3 sts) around. The next round will be the first row of the body of the basket. Weave ends.

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:

20 Repurposed Sweater Projects You’ll Actually Want to Make Oh, the sweater. It’s an item that is so often repurposed into strange felt animals, confusing capes, and other oddities. But, sweaters happen to be pretty darn versatile in the world of DIY, especially in the winter months. So, we took it upon ourselves to dig deep into the depths of the web to find the best of the best. Presenting 20 repurposed sweater projects that you’ll actually want to make! 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. Have you ever repurposed a sweater into something new?

Tunisian Double Crochet Knit Stitch by M. J. Joachim I thought I was so clever this weekend, playing with my yarn and deciding to mingle traditional crochet stitches with the Tunisian crochet method. So while I managed to come up with each of these stitches on my own, without assistance from a book, video or tutorial (I might add), these next few Tunisian crochet stitches (to be posted as individual blog posts following this one), have been made before. Basic Tunisian Crochet rules apply to this pattern. Cast on: Insert hook in desired space, yarn over, draw up loop Cast off: Yarn over, draw through loop or loops indicated Tunisian Knit Stitch (tks): Insert hook through both vertical and horizontal bars of stitch indicated Foundation: Make a traditional Tunisian foundation row >>> Chain (length desired); cast on loops; cast off loops Note: Cast off 1 loop first for edge, then 2 loops at a time until you have 1 loop left on your hook. Step 2: Yarn over, draw up a loop Step 3: Yarn over, draw through 2 loops on hook

My name is Sarah, and I'm a chapstick addict - Frugal by Choice, Cheap by Necessity I can’t emphasize enough how much I need chapstick around me. Constantly. I have them stashed all around the house, and whenever I fly on planes, I bring multiple versions to double and triple check to make sure I’m not stuck away from the precious stuff. And you know what else? These make an easy holiday gift. In a pot over medium heat fitted with a double boiler, melt a little bit of beeswax. Then add some coconut oil. Then add some (1-2 tsp) honey and stir (might I recommend a plastic utensil OR a junky spoon you’ll only want to use for stuff with beeswax). Edited 5/22/12: if you are having trouble with “lack of measurements”, it is because I just eyeball it. Pour in to your containers of choice. Let set for about 15 minutes, and then you’re good to go! If you want to “flavor” this, you have two options. For a harder chapstick, you’ll want to go a bit heavy on the beeswax. Yo yo, head’s up, this post might contain affiliate links which help to support my site.