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Christmas Ball FAQs

Here’s a compendium of info and links for all of the Christmas balls I’ve designed over the years: These are my five, free Christmas Ball knitting patterns, below… …and here is my Christmas Eve Collection, which is available for purchase … Continue reading

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On Swatching for Gauge

A knitter wrote to me this morning, wondering if she had misinterpreted something or done something wrong because she could not get the 32 x 38 stitches per 4″ gauge for a Dale Baby Ull pattern (Peace Sweater).  Her stitches, … Continue reading

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Summer Clearance Sale

Happy Summer, Knitters! I hope you’re all having a delightful summer so far.  But, it’s time to start thinking ahead to get some wonderful fall knitting off to a great start at a very low price. I’ve been busy this … Continue reading

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Which yarns are DK yarns??

This morning, for the umpteenth time, I received a common question about DK yarns.  “DK” stands for “double knitting” – a name which often proves confusing.  I suspect it arose from the fact that two strands of fingering weight yarn … Continue reading

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Dale Flamingo Cardi Yarn Subs

Yesterday, in my Ravelry group, a knitter posed a yarn sub question about the wonderful, new Dale “Flamingo” cardi from the new Dale “Urban Retro” Book #320.  Sadly, only a handful of patterns from that awesome Norwegian original were translated into … Continue reading

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The Quick and Cozy Sale at Kidsknits

Brrrrrr, Valentine, it’s cold out there!  The windchill around here this weekend is supposed to dip below zero – YIKES!  It’s definitely time for some quick and cozy fireside knitting.  Or, at least time for plotting to be better prepared … Continue reading

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Another Shetland Spindrift Shipment

Yippee, another dearly-awaited Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift shipment just waltzed through my door last night! A couple of  colors for some of my Fair Isle knitting kits have been missing in action the last few weeks.  If you’ve been wondering when … Continue reading

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Sagebrush Chullo

That’s my new Sagebrush Chullo, knit in seven shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift fingering / jumper weight wool.  As I did with my old Polar Chullo design, I knit Sagebrush  at an extra warm and highly detailed gauge of 9 … Continue reading

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New Dale Baby Ull colors for Fall 2015

Dale Garn has added eight lovely new colors to their beloved Baby Ull line for Fall 2015.  Wow, this brings our count of different Baby Ull colors in stock at the moment to more than fifty – nice!  And, they’re … Continue reading

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My notes for Dale’s Peace sweater knitting pattern

Last week, as soon as I saw it, I shared the Ravelry link to the new, free knitting pattern for Dale Garn’s lovely “Peace” sweater.  When they issued it, they said it was for a “limited time”, so time was … Continue reading

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New Dale Garn yarns and colors for Fall 2015

Hot off the presses!  Dale Garn just released this new PDF, showing new colors, and even a couple of new yarns, for 2015: DG-Fargekart-150826.  (Yep, it’s in Norwegian.  As you may have noticed from any Dale yarn ball band, “farge” … Continue reading

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The Littlest Fisherman’s Hat

The inspiration for this hat is eighteen years old.  Back in March ’97, my now-hulking son Alex was a newborn.  Waaaaay too much of that spring was spent in a frustrating search for a sunhat for my bald-as-a-cueball little fellow.  … Continue reading

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Alpakka “Lilac” #4435 is back…for now

Dale Garn’s lovely “Lilac 4435” Alpakka 100% alpaca yarn is back in stock at Kidsknits…for now. It’s been a tremendously popular color, and it’s a key shade in a recent design of mine.  It took me quite a while to … Continue reading

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Woolly Lilies, a free knitting pattern

Now that so many of you have wrapped up your winter sweater knitting, I’ve had lots of requests for a small, portable knitting project that uses up a rainbow of leftovers.  Time to do some knitter’s composting! After the long, … Continue reading

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I Spy a Crocus

After the brutal winter we’ve endured, I got up out of bed this past Saturday morning – our last weekend in March – hoping that maybe, finally, we’d have a decent, spring-like weekend.  I had this silly notion that, “Oh, … Continue reading

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Our new clearance sale page

You’ll want to bookmark this page.  It’s my new yarn and book clearance page on eBay.  Everything you’ll find there is fresh, untouched, pristine stock, directly from Kidsknits.com.  Items I continue to specialize in will stay on Kidsknits.com; items that … Continue reading

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Bag Sale at Kidsknits.com

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Searching for Spring

The thermometer outside my kitchen window reported a bone-chilling two, count ’em,  two sorry degrees this morning.  So, I checked the weekend forecast, hoping for a sunny reprieve.  Snow and ice starting on Saturday afternoon, lasting into Sunday.  Not exactly … Continue reading

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Fair Isle “Gentle Hat” kits now online

  Ladies’ Fair Isle “Gentle Hat” kits are now available through my Kidsknits.com store site.  The kits come with my pattern (printed or emailed PDF, your choice) and seven different shades of delightful Dale Garn “Alpakka” (aka “Royal Alpakka”) 100% … Continue reading

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Polar Chullo Shetland Spindrift Back in Stock

It’s baaaa-aaaack! Yippee, we just received yet another big shipment of wonderful Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.  In addition to several colors for some new designs that are “in the works” (stay tuned) I ordered a large amount of the five popular-but-elusive … Continue reading

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Gentle Hat

At 85 years old, most every day for almost three years now, my mother has driven nearly an hour each way over rough, winding, often-icy, upstate roads.  Her mission?  To spend as much precious time as possible trying to eek … Continue reading

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Christmas Balls – A Brilliant Blocking Idea

I’m so lucky – I have the coolest, most talented customers!  Here’s a nifty blocking idea that one of my brilliant customers shared recently on Ravelry: She’s been using my free Christmas Balls patterns. Before she stuffs and closes up … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Book 306 – Easy, Modern Sweaters for Adults

Dale’s new Book 306 is here.  It offers twenty designs for fashionable sweaters for adults – mostly ladies, but there are a few handsome choices for men, too.  The vast majority of Book 306 patterns are suitable for beginner to … Continue reading

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On Flat Charts for Round Shapes

It’s gratifying to see so many knitters stopping by to check out my patterns. Many of you are new to charted knitting and, as you’ve gotten your feet wet with some of my Christmas Ball patterns, a few of you … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Book 294 – Kids

Dale Garn Book 294, with knitting patterns for children’s wear in sizes 2 to 12 years, is now up on the Kidsknits.com Dale Book page. I’m happy to report that Book 294 has quite a few designs for us stranded … Continue reading

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Ethereal Diamonds – a free lace scarf pattern, introducing “Erle”

I had lost count of all the projects on my needles.  Sanity warned “Don’t you dare cast on one more stitch until 2015!” But, if you could just hold one soft, little cloud of Dale Garn’s new “Erle” in your … Continue reading

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Supernova Hat

Thirty, count ’em, thirty quick rounds of short repeat, short float bliss, then *poof*, you’re done.  Should fit most of the adults on your holiday list.  It seems a shame to knit just one, no? Knit yours in any two … Continue reading

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Ode to Heilo

Going through some of my files this morning, it dawned on me that, oh my gosh, my Wintergarden Pullover is ten years old!  It’s been a hectic decade of adventures for Wintergarden – skiing, hiking, knitting, scrambling, chasing, knitting, lounging, … Continue reading

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Camissonia Mittens

My new “Camissonia Mittens“, sized to fit the average adult female hand.  Knit in standard Fair Isle knitting technique, then (optionally) embroidered, using Dale Garn Alpakka throughout: The knitting kit is available through my on-line yarn shop, Kidsknits.com.  It includes … Continue reading

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Chevron Fingerless Mittens

My “Chevron Fingerless Mittens”, sized for the average adult female hand, with fitted cuffs and gusseted thumbs. Knit in luxurious Dale of Norway Royal Alpakka.  Use any three shades your heart desires.  I used 19g of Slate 0007, 32g of … Continue reading

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Shetland Spindrift Naturals are back in stock!

Yippee!  I just received a big box of long-awaited Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in the natural shades I use in my Polar Chullo design (among others.)  Normally, they’re a mainstay of my selection – foundation shades that I can’t bear to … Continue reading

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Dale of Norway / Dalegarn Baby Book #270

Dale of Norway’s latest English-text Baby Book #270 is live on the Kidsknits.com site now.  (Actually, it comes with both English and Norwegian instructions!) It has a nice selection of sweet, little projects, and many of them look as though … Continue reading

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Free Knitting Pattern – Two Strands Christmas Ball

An early Christmas present, to say “Thank You!” to all of my dear Kidsknits.com customers.  I hope it brings cheer to your home, year after year. This “Two Strands Christmas Ball” was knit using worsted weight Dale of Norway Freestyle … Continue reading

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White, Off-White or Natural?

Here’s the #1 hemming and hawing point for knitters picking out yarns for a Norwegian knitting project: “Which ‘White’ will it be?” Today, we had a nice (?) overcast morning – good for photography, anyway.  So, I set up some … Continue reading

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Circular knitting intro for use with Christmas Balls PDF

When I wrote my “Christmas Balls” free knitting patterns last year (and my free “Star of Bethlehem” pattern this year) I had my “typical” knitting customer in mind.  Not that any of you are typical – you’re all special and … Continue reading

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Free knitting pattern: Christmas Ball – “Star of Bethlehem”

I love knitting Christmas things during heatwaves – at least my thoughts are cool!  Last year’s heatwave inspired three Nordic Christmas balls.  This year, most of my heatwave knitting time was spent on some gloves I’ll be showing you shortly.  … Continue reading

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Tiger Lily, in the pink

Reason #352 why I love knitting:  Merely by changing the shades of yarn we’re using, we can give an entirely new look to beloved, old designs. It’s true, I do lament when an “old favorite” shade is discontinued by the … Continue reading

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Same Old Yarn, Brand New Gauge???

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“More monkeys, please!”

A common request around here lately: “More monkeys, please!” Today’s answer: “Coming right up!” You’re just one click away from one dozen new colorway ideas for my Monkey Hat using Dale of Norway Baby Ull yarn, our hands-down favorite for … Continue reading

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Shamrock Mittens

My new Shamrock Mittens, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.  Sized to fit an 8″ adult female palm circumference.  The  PDF is available for purchase and download through Ravelry.  The Spindrift yarn (in natural white and…you guessed it…”leprechaun”) is available through … Continue reading

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More Riverside Cowl Colorways

Some alternate colorway ideas for my Riverside Cowl design:     Got a favorite?  Get the customizable kit here.    

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Tiger Lily Jacket Color Substitutions

I think putting together new colorways can be a lot of fun. But, it takes a lot of time, too – something I’m finding in short supply these days.  In an effort to stop wasting time on duplicated effort (okay, … Continue reading

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Riverside Cowl

My “Riverside Cowl” – knit in Dale of Norway Royal Alpakka yarn.  Fair Isle and garter stitch on the outside, solid stockinette stitch on the lining, luxurious warmth all over.  The kit is available through my on-line store, Kidsknits.com.  It … Continue reading

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Sirdal

I’m very fortunate to have some tremendously talented customers.  This past week, a charming coincidence arose: two of my wonderful customers showed me their very special renditions of Dale of Norway’s beloved “Sirdal” design, a traditional Norwegian knitting classic (which, … Continue reading

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Allamanda Hat

My new Allamanda Hat design.  It’s easier than it looks. It’s first knit in typical Fair Isle style (no more than two colors at once.)  When the knitting is done, you have the option to get carried away with some … Continue reading

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Gullfasan, a metallic yarn

This week, quite a few knitters have asked me “So what’s this Gullfasan?” It’s a new DK- weight 90% viscose / 10% polyamid metallic yarn from Dale of Norway. It’s also what I used, along with Falk, a sport-weight wool, … Continue reading

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Monkey Hat

My new Monkey Hat design.  Knit in Dale of Norway Baby Ull yarn for newborn and infant sizes. Knit in Dale of Norway Falk yarn for youth and teen / adult sizes. Kits with printed patterns available through Kidsknits.com.  Personal-use … Continue reading

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Two new hat designs in Hegre

Recently, a knitter wrote to me, saying “Mary Ann, I’m thrilled with my Two Strands Headband- thanks! You’ve turned me into a real stranded knitting nut! What can I knit next that won’t be too challenging, but will help to … Continue reading

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Old and new, from Dale Baby

We’ve recently added Dale of Norway’s sweet new book of baby designs, Book NR 247.  The real Dale aficionados among you might notice a few reprises of classics from many years ago; plus, there are several new, delightful designs to … Continue reading

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Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens

My Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens require only two 50-g balls – 1 light, 1 dark – in your favorite shades of either Heilo or Falk. The instructions offer sizing for average adult & extra large adult. The PDF is available for … Continue reading

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Zinnia Mittens, Twist Collective Winter 2011

Yippee, the new Twist Collective is out!  There are so many beautiful designs in this issue! I’m honored to have my Zinnia mittens among them: The links: Zinnia on Twist Collective, main pattern page Zinnia on Twist Collective, detail page … Continue reading

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Snow Day Hat…

…or “How I Survived A Sweltering September With One Easy Project”: And all it took was 2 balls of Dale of Norway Freestyle yarn (plus a lot of wishful thinking.) Are you starting to “Think Snow”, too?  Here’s the PDF, … Continue reading

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How to make a tassel

A few folks have asked me how I made the tassel on my Fair Isle Hat that’s in the Fall 2011 edition of Vogue Knitting.  Not too surprisingly, to save space and to fit more designs into their biggest issue … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Tiger Lily

I want to share with you a wonderful photo I recently received from a very talented customer: That’s Ruth modeling her green version of my old Tiger Lily Jacket design.  Isn’t her knitting just beautiful?!  And I love those Falk … Continue reading

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Fair Isle Hat, Vogue Knitting Fall 2011

ETA: Link to PDF available through Vogue Knitting. That’s my “#08 Fair Isle Hat” that just came out in Vogue Knitting Fall 2011.  While I was waiting for the black and white Cascade 220 Sport to arrive from Vogue Knitting … Continue reading

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Dale’s Ladybug design in my Girlybug colorway

Dale of Norway has an extraordinary number of beloved designs for children, but I guess the most beloved of all would have to be their “Marihone”, or “Ladybug”, sweater. I have more than a few customers whose first reaction, upon … Continue reading

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Booties for a Special Day

OMG, these were so much fun to make!  I’ve done so many adult-sized things lately that I had nearly forgotten the thrill that comes from the quick turnaround of knitting little babies’ things.  Of course, I wasn’t looking for lightening … Continue reading

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Wintergarden now available as PDF through Ravelry

I have two quick bits of news for you.  First, I’ve finally gotten around to formatting my ladies’ Wintergarden Pullover as a PDF and it’s now available through Ravelry. Secondly, it turns out Gracie is a knitter!  (I guess that … Continue reading

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Yarn on Sale

I’ve just made a bunch of updates to the “Yarn on Sale” page.  (See also top right of menu.) Definitely check it out – there are some beautiful deals here!  Since they’re predominantly discontinued yarns, email me at mas “AT” … Continue reading

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New Dale Books: Oslo 2011 NR 228, Baby NR 209 and Kids NR 230

We’ve just received a shipment of three brand new Dale books, with instructions in English.  Hopefully, they’ll be up on the website before long. But, in the meantime, click on the links below to see gorgeous full screen PDF photos … Continue reading

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Tulip Mittens, a Fair Isle / Norwegian / Turkish stranded knitting design

I knit my ladies’ Tulip Mittens in 3 shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift jumper weight wool –  two 25g balls for the medium blue, “Merlin”, one ball of the light “Natural White” and one ball of the dark “Prussian Blue”.  … Continue reading

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Rosalia Encore: the longer version

I used Dale of Norway Falk for my original Rosalia, mainly because of the great range of colors available in that line.  But there are plenty of other sport weight yarn options you could use, like Dale of Norway Heilo … Continue reading

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Rosalia: a Fair Isle / Norwegian / Asian design

My “Rosalia” is now out in the Winter 2010 edition of Twist Collective. For those of you asking “What was she thinking?!?!?!?!”, I offer the following excuses: When I was a child, unless it was Christmas or Easter, we simply … Continue reading

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Amaryllis Hat knitting pattern PDF added to Ravelry

Okay, okay, I give up! I’ve just added the PDF for my ladies’ Amaryllis Hat to my Ravelry store. It just kills me to say “No!” to knitters! When the Amaryllis Hat debuted on my Kidsknits.com site a few months … Continue reading

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A blue by any other name

<a name=”2645695659″></a> I get all sorts of interesting emails from my customers.  This morning, I received an interesting question that sparked off a delightful inquiry.  I hope you’ll enjoy the results as much as I did. The question: “On the … Continue reading

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Vancouver – Back at it!

I had a little time this weekend to finally get back to my Vancouver v-neck.  The solid portions make for great spectator knitting but, boy, am I ever happy to be back into colorwork!

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Polar Chullo on Winter ’09 Twist Collective – a Fair Isle earflap hat design

Polar Chullo, sized for adults, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift That’s my Polar Chullo design which you can now find in the Winter 2009 Edition of Twist Collective.  The pattern, either printed or as an emailed PDF,  yarn packs and kits (pattern … Continue reading

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Transatlantic Name Calling

Last week, all eleven new Heilo colors arrived.  What fun! Delving into that colorful pile of woolly goodness brought back memories of leaping into piles of freshly-raked leaves and revelling in nature’s colors or filling goodie bags from the candy … Continue reading

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Two Strands Headband, a free knitting pattern

Some folks in my Two Strands Ravelry group recently asked me to recommend a great project for a first try at stranded knitting.  I could point out a few  fine places to start but, to tell you the truth, I … Continue reading

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Chrysanthemum Mittens – a free knitting pattern for ladies’ Norwegian mittens

You are welcome to copy this free knitting pattern for your personal use. You are warmly encouraged to use this pattern for charitable purposes.  Knitting instructors may use this pattern for classes.  However, this pattern is not to be sold … Continue reading

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How to knit a hem

A few knitters have asked me lately how I finish a knitted hem. I just came across the above old photo and thought it might be useful in answering that question. This photo shows how I slipstitch the hem inside … Continue reading

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