Tips & Tricks

What is Entrelac Knitting?

March 14th, 2017 by LBYS Staff
Entrelac knitting is a cool way to create textured fabric that looks woven. It seems extremely complicated, and indeed is one of the more advanced techniques to learn, but once you sit down and do it, it actually isn’t that hard...

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Shape Your Knitting by Adding Bust Darts

February 23rd, 2017 by LBYS Staff
If you’re a bit more curvy than others, you may want to make the occasional adjustment to a sweater pattern. Fortunately, in most garments it’s as simple as adding a bust dart in the right spot, creating a little extra space and...

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What Supplies Do You Need When You’re Learning to Knit or Crochet?

February 14th, 2017 by LBYS Staff
When you’re just starting out with a new craft, it can be daunting to know what supplies you need. You stand in the yarn aisle of your local craft store and everything seems overwhelming. Acrylic? Wool? What the heck does worsted...

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Learn How to Use a French Knitter with Our Photo Tutorial!

January 27th, 2017 by LBYS Staff
  You will need: Lion Brand Yarn of your choice (worsted weight or DK weight works best) A French Knitter (available in the Studio or online) Instructions: Make a slip knot. Place slip knot on one of the French Knitter pegs, with tail...

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Crafting Tips for Thanksgiving Travel

November 18th, 2016 by LBYS Staff
Travel can be stressful, so you might want to take along your knitting or crochet to help relax. But then, that opens up some more questions: what projects to take, how to keep kids occupied so you can craft, what you...

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How to Read a Yarn Label

November 9th, 2016 by LBYS Staff
If you’re just starting out with knitting or crochet, the label on a ball of yarn can seem a bit confusing, like you’re trying to interpret a foreign language you never studied. It’s full of new terminology, which can seem like...

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How To Make Butterflies with Slipped Stitches

October 17th, 2016 by LBYS Staff
Slipped stitches can create all kinds of interesting patterns in your knitting. Today we’re going to use them to make butterflies. This involve slipping several stitches WYIF (with yarn in front) to create what are called “floats,” which are then gathered...

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How to Knit Using Dropped Stitches

August 26th, 2016 by LBYS Staff
Dropped stitches are a great way to add visual interest to a piece of knitwear, as well as flexibility and stretch to the fabric. They’re great in tops, scarves, shawls, you name it. And they’re really easy to do! First, decide...

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How to Knit a Basket Weave Stitch

August 10th, 2016 by LBYS Staff
Basket weave is a great, versatile stitch pattern that works on a lot of garments. It’s a nice pattern to work flat for a warm scarf, or in the round for a basic but chic hat. Edged with lace or cables...

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2 Ways to Make a Crochet Ring!

February 13th, 2015 by LBYS Staff
From granny squares to bags, hats and toys, many crochet projects begin by making a ring. There are several ways to form this ring, and Dora Ohrenstein, author of The Crocheter’s Skill-Building Workshop (Storey Publishing), joins us to explain the how and why of...

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