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  • Bonus Week: Lifelines

    Lifelines are a really useful thing to know about as your knitting gets more and more adventurous. Joanne takes us through the whys a wherefores today. What is a lifeline?A lifeline is a line of yarn or thread that you place into your knitting to enable you to have a safe place to come back to if...
  • Bonus Week: Lace Taster

    We've already had a brief look at the joy of colour work and cables. Today Joanne introduces you to the wonderful world of lace. What is Lace? Knitted lace is formed by creating yarn overs (sometimes known as yarn forward) and decreases in a pattern to form an open patterned fabric. It can be as ...
  • Bonus Week: Cables Taster

    Now you have the hang of knitting and purling there are so many exciting places that can take you! Yesterday Libby introduced you to colourwork and today Joanne will introduce you to the joy of cables. What are cables ?Cables are created by moving the order of stitches as they occur in a row for ...
  • Week 4: Colourwork in Knitting

    Colour, Colour, Glorious Colour!Changing colour Kat has already introduced us to the process of changing colour with her tutorial early in Knit Camp.  I hope that you found this straightforward when knitting Joanne’s Knit Flat Hat.  With this technique you can easily create horizontal stripes in ...
  • It used to be there was a strong US/UK divide when it came to yarn.  Yes, there was some cross over with Noro, Rowan and a few others, but on the whole, yarn brands were very different on either side of the pond. It amazes me as an American in the UK to see more and more of the US brands I am fam...
  • Week 3: Blocking

    Today Joanne lectures tells us all about how to block your work! It seems utterly incredible to me now that once upon a time I had never heard of blocking. Not heard of it. Not at all. Now, I could not consider a piece finished until it has been blocked. What a difference it makes to how I feel a...
  • Week 3: Sewing School

    Perhaps the most loathed of knit-related tasks is finishing: edging, sewing up, weaving in ends, blocking...they all get a  bad name.  I get it, when you finish that final stitch, you just want to be DONE.  But, trust me, using some basic finishing techniques will really make your project shine. ...
  • Week 3: Increasing

    Increasing What is increasing? Increasing is the process of adding more stitches to your current row of stitches to either widen your work at the edges, at some point in the row, or create a three dimension shape for your fabric.  Where and how you do the increase determines the effect on your fa...