Using the Snuggles Project as an example, let me show you how you can take a stitch pattern and turn it into a project Today, shortly after I featured the Snuggles Project in a recent Knitting Nuggets Newsletter issue, I received the following email: “Just a question. None of the animal blanket patterns state a size for reference. Hard to know how to knit. Can you advise?” I took a look at the Snuggles Project’s web page for knitting patterns. After taking a look at the patterns in ... Read More about How to Turn a Stitch Pattern into a Project – the Easy Way
Learning to increase and decrease will instantly take you from "beginner" to "advanced beginner" as a knitter! Do you know how to do these knitting steps? Cast on Do a knit stitch Do a purl stitch Bind off If so, congratulations! You have mastered the basics of knitting. If these are the only things you know how to do in knitting, you can make quite a few projects. You can make scarves, dishcloths, washcloths, and even blankets! But if you want to knit things like hats, ... Read More about How to Increase and Decrease Knitting to Give Your Project Shape
Would you like to welcome new families to the country, rather than shut them out? If so, join the Welcome Blanket Project and you can do just that The plights of refugees and migrants have laid heavily on my heart for years. In fact, it has ever since I first read a blog post by author Ann Voskamp about some of the horrible atrocities violent extremists committed in Syria and Iraq. Unfortunately, the article doesn’t appear to be online anymore. But it opened my eyes to the horrors people ... Read More about How to Welcome New Families to America through a Gift of Love
3 ways to avoid the yarn mistakes that can make your knitting life miserable It's a bit of a paradox, isn't it? The very same yarn that brings us knitters such joy and delight can make us miserable. Of course, that's not really truth. It isn't the yarn that makes us miserable; it's the mistakes we make with it! Yarn, after all, is an inanimate object. Although, we might imagine it has a personality while we knit with it. Oh, look, it's flexible and springy! Oh wow, look how tough and ... Read More about Are You Making One of These 3 Mistakes With Your Yarn?
Want to make bonding hearts for Mighty Miracles? Here's a free knitting pattern with 3 variations I’m so excited to offer my knitting friends these patterns for bonding hearts! If you don’t know what bonding hearts are, be sure to check out my article on the Mighty Miracles Foundation. In a nutshell, bonding hearts allow parents of premature infants to bond with them while they are in the NICU. One thing I learned from talking to Amanda Dickinson, MMF director, is that parents of NICU ... Read More about 3 in 1 Free Knitting Patterns for Bonding Hearts