Beginners Guide to Picking Up Stitches

Picking up stitches is a technique used to add on new pieces of knit fabric to a project without a seam (and fantastic technique for those of us who prefer seamless knits).  There are lots of applications for picking up stitches, from sweater cuffs to mitered blankets!

There are almost as many techniques used to pick up stitches as there are applications of those techniques; in this blog post will focus on (what I consider to be) the most visually attractive and functional way to pick up stitches.  This is slightly different from “pick up and knit.”  Once you master this technique you will likely find that, even if you experiment with other techniques, you usually revert back to this tried and true method.  The method of picking up stitches by adding on a new ball of yarn can be done with stockinette and garter knit fabric.  It can also be used to pick up stitches vertically or horizontally without much variation.

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Guide to Surface Crochet Embroidery

Surface crochet is a technique for adding embroidery-style designs to your crochet work. There are a few different ways to work surface crochet, the most common of which is with the slip stitch. In this technique, you create a row of slip stitches on the surface of your crochet fabric by pulling loops through from the back of the fabric to the front in the shape of the pattern that you want to design on the front of the work. This article shares how to work this type of crochet. The Mandala Sampler Throw free crochet pattern is used as a reference. Examples of and links to other patterns using the technique can be found at the bottom of the post.

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November Doily of the Month

Welcome to the November Doily of the Month! Each month in 2016 we will share a new doily pattern for you to make in Aunt Lydia’s Crochet Thread. We challenged the top doily designers to create innovate designs that coordinate with the feeling of each month. Plus, every month we will select five winners to receive an Aunt Lydia’s prize pack.

For November, we have the Mandala Doily. It’s crocheted in Classic 10 in traditional fall colors, and is a great accompaniment to mandalas you have elsewhere. Continue reading “November Doily of the Month”

Donna’s Dozen Thanksgiving Decorations

It’s hard to believe that it is time to start thinking about the holidays again, but it is true. We bring you Christmas in July, but what about Thanksgiving? Personally I like to decorate for every holiday so I started searching for patterns for Fall and Thanksgiving to decorate my home. I found turkeys, pilgrims, table runners and a lot of beautiful leaves. They all contain the warm tones that we associate with this time of year. Most of the projects are easy so you should have plenty of time to dress up your décor if you start now.

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