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Tutorial: crochet cast on (knitting)


- compared to other cast on methods it's very flexible - you don't have to worry about the length of a tail like with the long-tail methods - you can use this cast on for a provisional version, too, just use waste yarn for the cast on and knit on top of it with your project yarn. later on you can undo the crochet cast on and pick up your stitches easily


- due to it's flexibility it's not very good at parts where you need crisp edges Essentially you make a chain stitch crochet row with your knitting needle between the loops. If you take out the knitting needle you simply have a chain stitch line. The crochet cast on complements most basic cast off methods. co-crochet...

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Tutorial: Felt flowers pattern

feltflowertutorial1 These two felt flowers are easy to make and don't need a lot of preparation or material. They were very popular at the workshop because they are so fast and easy to make. For one flower you need: - 11cm / 4.5inch x 3.5cm / 1.4inch of felt - scissors - sewing needle and thread (or you cheat and glue it all together, but you have not heard it from me ;)) When you cut the felt in step 2 make sure to cut in more than half way (about 2 thirds) or the stem will be too large. For the large brooch make the felt strip longer and wider. To glue the flowers on hair pins I used power adhesive ( I don't know if that's the right word, it's very strong glue). You can find the lollipop colored hairclips here and the
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Tutorial: tuck stitch (knitting) with video

I made a tutorial video about knitting the tuck stitch. Still trying to work out how to position the camera and my hands to make everything easy to follow. I also recognized, I'm a little bit to fast - what do you think? I'm glad for every bit of feedback, because I want to extend the video section. I like to watch tutorials in moving pictures rather than static ones myself and it is fun to film for me, too. No sound until now, my spoken english is not the best and at the moment it will be subtitles only. So here it goes, the tuck stitch knitting tutorial: ...

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Tutorial: knitting intarsia in garter stitch

Usually intarsia is knitted in stockinette stitch (every front side stitch is knit, every back side stitch is purled). In most cases it's not neccessary to make a beautiful or reversable back side when knitting stockinette stitch because you will not see it anyway. That is why it's possible to just twist the yarns at the transition points and go on. This is totally adaptable to garter stitch intarsia IF you knit straight lines and no diagonal patterns. It all get's complicated if you want to to the diagonal lines. If you use the twisting only the backside will look untidy at the back side when leaningto the left and on the front side when leaning to the right. This is caused mainly because of the nature of the purl stitch. If you work a knit stitch over a purled one in two different colors you will see, that the line......

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TUTORIAL: Coin cable

A sweet little cable pattern which creates circles instead of knots. This is a 5 stitch pattern. 1. Slip 1 2. Put 3 sts on a separate needle 3-4. Put the next st in front of the separate needle 5. Put the slipped stitch on the left needle 6. Knit the 4 stitches on the separate needle 7. Knit the st on the left needle. Follow the photos then knit 6-8 rows/rounds then start the cabling again.

I used this stitch pattern for the AULON hat:

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Tutorial: Knitting Intarsia in the round

For some of my handpuppets it's neccessary to knit intarsia in the round. Intarsia is a colourwork technique where the yarn is not floated in the back of the knitting as in fairisle techniques, but each section is knit with it's own thread. Intarsia is often used where the pattern calls for bigger sections in one colour when stranded knitting would create a thick fabric. Usually intarsia is knitted flat. Knitting back and forth you always have the threads in the direction you want to have it. When knitting in the round you knit in one direction only. So here is the problem. Given you have 2 sections and knit section 1 and 2 and want to continue with section number 1, the thread of section number 1 is still at the end of the section - not where you need it. In fact you can't knit intarsia in the round UNLESS......

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Der "du machst doch Handarbeiten, oder?"-Effekt hat mir eine Riesenladung Stickgarn von einer Freundin gebracht. The "don't you do needleworks?"- effect got me lots of embroidery floss in lots of colours from a friend. Meine Lieblingskreuznahtvarianten My favorite herringbone stitch variations neue Sticharten ausprobieren aus meinem Stickbuch, das genauso alt ist wie ich ;) testing stitches from a book the same age as I am ;) ...

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