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How to start a circular crochet project…with no hole in the middle!

***Originally published December 16, 2011***Let’s say you want to make a circular crochet project. Like let’s say, oh, coasters. Most crochet projects that begin from the inside and work their way out (think also, granny squares) begin by crocheting a chain, joining it, and then crocheting an uncomfortable number of stitches into that loop, from which your circle or square will then grow out of.Here’s the tricky part: this method inevitably leaves you with a big hole right in the middle of your work, as these into-the-loop stitches tighten themselves around the original loop. Here...


How To Do M1R and M1L Increases in Knitting

***Originally published on April 4th, 2014***There are so many ways to increase stitches in knitting — you can knit twice into the same stitch (often notated as KFB — knit into the front and back), you can do a yarn over and treat it as a real stitch on the next row (which leaves a hole in your work — this can sometimes be a beautiful design element!), or you may run into the terms “M1R” and “M1L,” which stand for “Make 1 Right” and “Make 1 Left.”The M1R and M1L is coming up a lot as I work through the Color Affection Shawl, which uses 1-2 of these increases on every single row.Often...


How do you calculate the price per pound?

***Originally published on September 16th, 2011***Warning: things are about to get mathy up in here!This is a question we get all the time here at the shop: How do we figure out the cost of a cone of yarn?Well, figuring out the price on our house blends is easy — the price sticker inside the cone is how much that entire 8-oz. cone of yarn costs. But what if I want to make my own from scratch?Things still stay pretty simple if you just want to wind off a single strand of one of our yarns, or if you’re combining multiple strands of the same fiber, say, to build it up in thickness.Co...


How To Add a Hood to Your Sweater

***Originally Published September 10, 2010***I did not begin my knitting career as a follower of patterns.  I find this baffling since now, as the owner of a yarn store, I spend hours each week reading patterns like they are poems, analyzing them for clarity, coherence, and purpose; wading through hundreds of possibilities to find the perfect pattern to show off a new favorite yarn. I had no idea.  My first year of knitting was spent without a local yarn store, without Internet, and with a lot of free time.  I figured patterns were an option, rather than the norm.&n...


How Much Does a Cone of Yarn Cost?

Originally published on January 7, 2011If you’ve been into the shop, you’ve probably noticed that we do things a little differently than most yarn shops.  Our shelves are not filled with skeins, nor hanks, nor balls.  We’re all about the cones. How much does a cone of yarn cost?  Well, that’s entirely up to you, because another main feature that sets Yarnia apart is that we sell our yarn by the pound. Now, this might seem pretty straightforward if you’re looking for an all-wool yarn, or half a pound of bamboo: figure out how much you need, and ...


How to Crochet a Peony

Originally published May 6, 2015I’ve been crocheting a lot of flowers lately!  And these are not just any flowers, these are the flowers that will comprise my good friend’s bridal bouquet at her wedding this July, which she asked me to make for her a few months ago.  We talked about what kind of flowers she wanted, picked out a color scheme from the yarns we have here at the shop, and I’ve been cranking out 2 flowers a week! Here’s one of the main stars of the show: a peony. It’s a fun construction (based upon this pattern), starting in the center and spiraling outward;...


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