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3D Cubes – Highly Textured Stitch Pattern for Blankets, Scarves and Cowls

Now, that we are getting into the “scarves-cowls-blankets” season (at least here, in Northern Hemisphere), I want to share with you a beautiful stitch pattern that creates a highly textured fabric. It looks like lines of 3D cubes carefully arranged next to each other.  I accidentally found this stitch on Pinterest. There was a photo …

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Do We Absolutely HAVE to Make a Swatch Before We Start a Knitting Project?

The short answer is – not necessarily. But before you dive in headfirst into your next knitting project without making a swatch, let’s talk about what is that thing called “a swatch”, and why almost every knitting pattern recommends making it. A knitting swatch is a piece of knitted fabric that is at least 10 cm / 4″ wide …

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Three Simple Steps to Convert Stitch Patterns for Working in the Round

With so many stitch patterns available these days, it is quite easy to turn a basic project into a one of a kind creation. Unfortunately, most stitch pattern dictionaries provide instructions for stitch patterns worked flat. So, if we want to change the look of socks, mittens or any other project worked in the round, …

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Differences Between American (US) and British (UK) Knitting Terms

When I published a tutorial about common issues that beginner knitters have with seed stitch, I was absolutely sure that “seed stitch” is the only name used for a stitch pattern that requires alternating knits and purls in the first row, and then purling the knits and knitting the purls in all subsequent rows. From the …

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