Unraveled

Does Row Gauge Really Matter?

Posted by Alison Manning on

Any decent knitting or crochet pattern will give you information on gauge or tension. It will be something along the lines of x number of stitches and y number of rows in a 10cm/4" square with a suggested needle/hook size. Most of us, myself included, have historically focused on the stitch gauge and figured I could just fudge the rest by either lengthening or (more common for me) shortening as needed. But if we can just fudge it, why is it there? Turns out, if you're a garment maker, it really does matter in a few key spots of your...

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Does Sock Yarn Need Nylon?

Posted by Alison Manning on

This is one of those subjects where crafters tend to have really, really strong feelings. There are many who would never consider making socks with a yarn which wasn't at least 20% nylon because why would you put all that work into something which will wear out so quickly without it. But here’s the thing – there is a growing camp of people (myself included) who not only believe that it isn’t necessary, but who go out of their way to find sock yarns without nylon. For most of the long history of socks, nylon hasn’t been an option. You had a choice...

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To Seam or Not to Seam

Posted by Alison Manning on

A quick look at Ravelry, Payhip or any other pattern repository will reveal that seamless sweaters are hugely popular right now. But what are the advantages and what are you losing by not seaming? The advantages are pretty clear, especially if you’re working a top-down sweater. You cast on at the neck, work to the bottom and cast off. You pick up around the arm and work to the cuff. Repeat for the second sleeve, weave in the ends and you’re done. You can try the garment on to check fit at just about any point in the process. There...

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What are Yarn Weights?

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Yarn Weights

Fingering, DK, Worsted...what exactly do these terms mean when we're talking about yarn?

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6 Reasons to Swatch that Have Nothing to do with Gauge

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Nobody likes swatching, or sampling but here are six good reasons to consider it for your next big project.

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