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Knitting Tips and Tricks

Using Ravelry Favorites

Using Ravelry Favorites

Do you "favorite" things on Ravelry? I think of favorites as something like a bookmark, where I can mark something (pattern, forum post, yarn, etc.) that I like and want to come back to at some point. But after 10 years of being on Ravelry, I have well over 1000 favorites. How on earth can I find something specific among all those hearts?For this week's tip, I've created a video tutorial that starts by showing you what you can favorite and how to add things to your favorites. Then it explains how to sort your favorites and how to search them...

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Does Needle Material Affect Gauge?

Does Needle Material Affect Gauge?

Obviously the size of needle you use determines the gauge of your knitted fabric. But other factors come into play, such as how relaxed or tense you are while knitting or the fiber content of your yarn. But what about what your knitting needle is made out of? Can that affect your gauge? Knitting needles are available in quite a few different materials, such as metal, wood, or plastic. Those basic categories can be divided even further into nickel, aluminium, steel, ebony, rosewood, laminated wood, bamboo, casein, carbon fiber, and many more. Most knitters gravitate toward a particular type of needle, always...

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Difference Between k2tog and ssk

Difference Between k2tog and ssk

I created a tutorial video, aimed at beginning knitters, on how to do the k2tog and ssk decreases. But how can you remember which one is which and identify the difference on a chart? Do you know the difference between the two decreases? When would you want to do a k2tog vs. an ssk? If you take a close look at your decreases the next time you do them (or if you watch the last part of the tutorial video), you'll see that the k2tog makes the decrease lean toward the right and the ssk makes the decrease lean toward the...

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Using the Forums on Ravelry

Using the Forums on Ravelry

Do you use the forums on Ravelry? I spend quite a bit of time there each day, but I know not everyone feels comfortable with using the forums, especially as there is a little bit of tech know-how (but nothing too scary!) for posting, such as formatting your text or adding pictures.I've created several video tutorials for working with the Ravelry forums. At first, I was just going to create one long video, but I realized that there wasn't a logical flow to everything I wanted to say about the forums to have it all be in one video. Plus...

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My Stash Frenzy

My Stash Frenzy

Last year I read A Stash of One's Own: Knitters on Loving, Living with, and Letting Go of Yarn, a book of 21 essays from knitters collected by Clara Parkes. As I was reading, I couldn't help thinking about what I would write if I'd been part of the collection. And then I decided to just go ahead and write something. A few years after I started knitting, I started really building a yarn stash. Ravelry made it super easy for me to sort and organize my collection, and I spent hours and hours imagining all the different things I could...

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