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Week where knitting and crochet bloggers post daily on selected topics.  April 23 - 29, 2012.  Each day also has its own tag or abbreviation. For example, 3KCBWDAY1 is for Day 1 or April 23, 2012.

Popular knitting book available in print.  As of December 2011, no pdf version.

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive irreversible disease of the brain. Symptoms progress from forgetfulness to severe memory loss, and eventually there is increased severity of the symptoms with personality changes

Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive irreversible disease of the brain. Symptoms progress from forgetfulness to severe memory loss, and eventually there is increased severity of the symptoms with personality changes

The emotional, physical, financial and sometimes spiritual strains associated with caregiving.

Christmas knitting can take many forms.  While it may be knitting Christmas presents, it can also be knitting for Christmas decorations.

Hand knit ornaments and stocking are two examples.  Even simple ones can become treasures you and your family or friends can enjoy for years.

Read more about knitted Christmas ball ornaments here.

Christmas stocking stuffers are gifts placed in a Christmas stocking.  Traditionally brought by Santa Claus in the U.S., the gifts are "stuffed" into the stocking often until it bulges.

Also known as: Christmas stocking

Christmas stockings are either real or decorative stockings hung by children for Santa Claus to fill Christmas Eve.  Modern knit Christmas stockings are often knit with worsted weight yarn, and appropriate needles.  They may actually be easier for many beginning stocking knitters, because the yarn and needles are easier to handle than sock weight yarn and needles.

You can see examples of Christmas stocking kits here.

Color knitting is knitting with more than one color.  Stripes are a simple way to add color to knitting.  More advanced techniques include stranded knitting and intarsia.

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Traditional shawl of working women in Denmark. Shawl wraps around the body and is tied. It is based on garter stitch.

The time adjustment legislated by governments.  It typically starts in the spring and ends in the fall.


Also see: Knitted dishcloth pattern, Knitted dishcloth patterns

Elizabeth Zimmermann (1910-1999) was born in the U.K., moving with her husband Arnold to the U.S. after World War II. Known as EZ among knitters, she encouraged Continental knitting and knitting in the round when both were out of U.S. mainstream knitting.



EZ is credited with popularizing the Continental method of knitting, finding it more efficient. And many speed knitters agree. The Continental method is also known as the German method. It fell out of favor in the U.K. and U.S. during World War II, when the U.S. and U.K. were at war with Germany.



She favored seamless circular knitted garments because she felt they allowed easier knitting of more intricate patterns. She was not shy about expressing her opinions about knitting.  One of her books is The Opinionated Knitter which seems aptly named.  And knitters often have very strong opinions about EZ.



Reportedly after an editor changed her directions for a Fair Isle sweater, she began publishing her own patterns.  In addition to knitting, teaching, writing, business owner (Schoolhouse Press) and publishing, she had her own PBS series and started a series of Knitting Camps.



She developed the EPS (Elizabeth's Percentage System) for designing sweaters. Her Baby Surprise Jacket, and Pi Shawl are among her best known patterns. She also is often credited with the I-cord, which she often called "Idiot's cord."

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Instructions on how to knit socks. 

A video showing tips and techniques for knitting.


Click on this link for how to knit videos from The Knitting Dr and The Knitting Yarn.

Videos showing tips and techniques for knitting.


Click on this link for how to knit videos from The Knitting Dr and The Knitting Yarn.

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Knitting patterns for Christmas stockings.

Knitted baby booties are a quick and easy project. There are many patterns to choose from.

Patterns to knit dishcloths from yarn, usually cotton.  Usually the patterns include garter stitch or a similar rough or bumpy stitch for scrubbing. Variations of knitted dishcloths include:



  • Spa cloths or washcloths made usually of cotton, linen or a blend.  These are often softer than dishcloths, and can be used for cleansing skin.  Acrylic yarns are avoided due to their abrasive tendencies —often too harsh for delicate skin.

  • Scrubbies are smaller thicker knitted or crocheted cloths, used in place of harsh scrubbers in dishwashing and cleaning.  See tawashi below.

  • Tawashi, a Japanese version of scrubbies.  These cute often brightly colored knit or crocheted scrubbies make a welcome addition to many kitchens.  When made of  acrylic yarn, they are particularly useful for scrubbing. Eco tawashi refer to acrylic tawashi where decreased or even no soap is needed.


An example of a knitted dishcloth pattern for a dishcloth and a dish towel can be found at www.TheKnittingYarn.com/KitchenOffer

Patterns to knit dishcloths from yarn, usually cotton.  Usually the patterns include garter stitch or a similar rough or bumpy stitch for scrubbing.


An example of a knitted dishcloth pattern for a dishcloth and a dish towel can be found at www.TheKnittingYarn.com/KitchenOffer

Knitted Easter patterns and spring patterns are often fun. 


It's a perfect time to add some cheer with spring colors.


Whether you have in mind a large project or small, they can make your spring and Easter celebrations unique.


A variety of yarns from fine yarns to heavier can be used to make them.  And many patterns, like eggs and chicks are small enough to make quickly at the last minute.


Knitted Easter patterns - Easter eggs from sock yarn


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Knitting is the process of forming fabric by looping yarn or thread over knitting needles, by hand or machine.

The directions for knitting a particular item or a stitch. Knitting instructions for an item are often included in the knitting pattern. Knitting instructions for a stitch may also be included in a knitting pattern, or as separate instructions in a book or DVD for example.

Knitting patterns are sets of instructions used to make knitted items.

What knitting podcasts are and where to find them.

Knitting socks is often done seamlessly using circular knitting.  Most commonly 4 or 5 double-pointed needles or 2 circular needles are used.  Socks can be knit from the toe up or from the top down.

The looping of yarn or thread around a needle to produce an individual stitch, a design or a pattern in knitting.

Knitting tips and techniques are shortcuts and ways of knitting sometimes not included in standard knitting instructions.

Yarn for knitting. It can be made for knitting or just knits well.

In its simplest form, knitting lace is making openings in the knitting.  How? By yarn overs, twists, and decreases.

Probably the simplest patters is to yarn over, then decrease two across a row.  You end up with a row of eyelet lace.

Of course, you can make much more complex patterns and designs.  If you start simply, learning as you go, you can graduate to more complex patterns at your own speed.

And lace doesn't have to be only for old-fashioned edgings for collars and cuffs, or doilies.  Modern patterns include lace in a wide variety of projects, including:


  • hats,

  • scarves,

  • sweaters,

  • socks,

  • blankets and afghans, and

  • even dishcloths!


So have fun with knitting lace! When you're looking for an easy lace pattern in a small project, check out my pattern for a dishcloth and towel called <a href="http://www.ravelry.com/purchase/ina-gilmore-designs/18878">Garter Ripple Kitchen Set</a>.

Left-handed or mirror knitting is done by some left-handed knitters. Instead of knitting the live stitches from the left-hand needle to the right, they knit from right to left. The left hand does the bulk of the knitting, instead of the right. The term mirror knitting comes from the reflection in a mirror of a right-hand dominant knitter. That's what left-handed knitting looks like.

Also known as: Loose bind off

Elastic cast off (bind off) for stretch and comfort.

Crafts made for and about St. Patrick's Day.  They can include shamrocks, or just about anything green.


Shamrocks are basically three or four heart-shaped leaves and a stem.


St Patrick Day Crafts Felted Wool Shamrock

Tapestry Crochet uses multiple strands of yarn to create motifs of different colors.  One simple way to do this is with 2 colors of yarn, as in the following patterns:


Tapestry Hearts Basket


Tapestry Hearts Basket


 


Tapestry Hearts Hot Pad


Tapestry Hearts Hot PadClick on image to download your own pattern copy for only $4.97 each.

Crafts made for Valentine's Day.