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How to knit a hat on straight needles

By Megan Goodacre

How to knit a hat on straight needles

Most knitting patterns for hats are written for knitting in the round, either using double pointed needles (dpn’s), a short circular needle , or two circular needles.

But sometimes you want to make a hat on straight needles by working back and forth instead of knitting in the round. Maybe you don’t have needles for working in the round. Maybe you want to knit intarsia (which you can’t do in the round). Or maybe you want a break from knitting in the round and want to knit flat.

Good news! It’s easy to knit a hat on straight needles.

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How to knit a scarf

By Megan Goodacre

How to knit a scarf

A scarf is a great first knitting project. I mean, it’s basically a big rectangle, and a knitted rectangle is where most of start. And a scarf is a practical layering item that you’ll actually use, or that you can gift to someone. In this post, I'll tell you how to knit your own scarf.

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Stash Busting

By Megan Goodacre

Stash Busting
Stash Busting. If you're new to yarn, then this term might sound weird to you. (Not to be confused with Stache Busting, where a bunch of guys get together and groom each other for Movember.)

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A beginner lace knitting pattern: English Fern

By Megan Goodacre

A beginner lace chart: English Fern
I wrote a little post about lace blocking, and forgot to mention which lace stitch I used for the sample.

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The Talk Part 2

By Megan Goodacre

The Talk Part 2
Last week I brought up that old conversation stopper: blocking. You know how it is. A group of knitters is chatting amiably, and one suddenly announces, "I never block." And the room goes quiet. Someone else chimes in, "Me neither, unless it's acrylic, then I iron it." You shift nervously in your chair, and then loudly, awkwardly, change the subject.

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Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

By Megan Goodacre

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk
It's time for The Talk. I know, how awkward. But I want you to be informed so you can make the right decisions in your adult life.

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Basic stitch anatomy

By Megan Goodacre

Basic stitch anatomy
If you look at stockinette stitch from the right side, you will see that it looks the same upside down as it does right side up.

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How to cast on: Working from a provisional cast on

By Megan Goodacre

How to cast on: Working from a provisional cast on
This knitting tutorial covers how to work from a crochet chain provisional cast on. You can see the first part of the tutorial at How to cast on: Making a provisional cast on. You can either pick up the live stitches from the crochet chain and work from them, or you can pick them up and graft them to another set of live stitches (very useful if knitting a loop, such as an infinity scarf).

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