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How to Assemble a Schacht Cricket Loom

Leslie Ann Bestor shows you how to assemble the Schacht Cricket Loom.

The Cricket Loom is compact, capable and cute! At only 11" x 18" x 6" and just under four pounds, it's easy to take along. The ten inch weaving width gives plenty of room to make a variety of projects without sacrificing portability. The Cricket is made of high quality maple an apple ply and hard maple and left unfinished. As of April 2010, the Cricket has been redesigned with the ratchet gear and dog on the outside of the loom to make it even easier to adjust tension.

How to Warp a Loom from Back to Front

Learn how to warp a loom from back to front with WEBS yarn store founder Barbara Elkins.

This is a great video if it's your first time warping your loom by yourself or if you just need a refresher on how to warp a loom. Barbara will guide you through all the steps you need to successfully warp your loom with even tension.

  • Preparing your loom for warping
  • Attaching your warp to the back apron rod
  • Using a raddle to evenly space your warp
  • Winding the warp onto the warp beam
  • Threading the heddles
  • Sleying the reed
  • Tying on the warp to the front apron rod with even tension.
Valley Yarns 439 Fleur de Sel Cardigan Review

Worked side-to-side Valley Yarns Fleur de Sel Cardigan has wide overlapping front panels with a flattering square neckline. The lace pattern is just one row so its easy to memorize, and the mostly double crochet sleeves keep the project moving quickly.

Valley Yarns 432 Gnomey Earflap Hat Review

The Valley Yarns Gnomey Earflap Hat has a peaked crown adding a whimsical touch to this lovely little Fair Isle hat knit in Valley Yarns Cold Spring.

How to do a Bound Off Hem for Top-Down Knitting

When knitting a garment from the top down, a bound-off hem may be just the right hem if you prefer knitting to sewing. It is similar to the 3-needle bind off where you knit together the live stitches with a strand from the back of your fabric as you bind off. Note that the Bound-Off Hem will be bulkier than a sewn bind-off. Be careful to bind off loosely so your hem has enough stretch.

Valley Yarns Northfield Review

We're very excited about this addition to Valley Yarns Northfield is a glorious blend of merino, baby alpaca, and silk. This DK weight is perfect for garments and accessories that you want to be warm and cozy. Valley Yarns Northfield has the slightest sheen from the silk, adding sophistication to this superb yarn. 

Valley Yarns Longmeadow Review

Valley Yarns Longmeadow is a cotton/microfiber blend that is the perfect yarn for your warm weather knitting. It is incredibly soft to the touch and has a lovely twist. The color palette is light and bright. You will love knitting with Valley Yarns Longmeadow!

Valley Yarns Goshen Review

Kathy Elkins presents Valley Yarns Goshen! We fell in love with this yarn at first sight. Valley Yarns Goshen is soft but the Modal® and silk not only add a slight sheen, but also durablity. Garments will not pill and will stand the test of time.

Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky Review

Northampton became a fantastic staple so quickly that we knew we had to add a bulky version. Valley Yarns Northampton Bulky the same soft wool as Northampton, but in a bulky 4-ply that will fly off your needles. 

Valley Yarns Northampton Review

Even though we love all of our Valley Yarns, Northampton has become a fast favorite! We sourced the softest wool we could find and dyed it in a beautiful collection of solid colors and heathered shades. It is a dream to felt and soft enough for cozy garments. Valley Yarns Northampton also has a whopping 247 yards per skein. It is beautiful and economical. 

Valley Yarns Sheffield Review

You will think Valley Yarns Sheffield is far more expensive than it is from the opulent look and feel of the silk/angora blend. Milled especially for our own Valley Yarns line, Sheffield is smooth and slightly downy, perfect for experimenting with colorwork or techniques such as short rows and darts. The sophisticated palette lends itself to gorgeous garments, accessories and home decor projects. 

Valley Yarns Deerfield Review

Valley Yarns Deerfield is a luxurious blend of baby alpaca and silk. It has a great, elegant palette of colors that all of the slight sheen of silk. Valley Yarns Deerfield produces cozy finished garments that you can wear anytime - day or night!

Knitter's Pride Trendz Knitting Needles Review

The Knitter's Pride Trendz needles are an acrylic set of lightweight and strong needles with lovely tapered points that make them ideal for a variety of yarns and projects.

Knitter's Pride Symfonie Rose Knitting Needles & Crochet Hooks Review

The Knitter's Pride Symfonie Rose Sets are the ideal gift for a the knitter or crochet artist in your life. These boxed sets feature lightweight, warm hooks and needles that are rich in appearance.

Knitter's Pride Nova Knitting Needles Review

Knitter's Pride Nova Knitting Needles are made from hollow brass pipes which have been plated with high quality nickel. This provides a smooth and satiny surface that allows stitches to move freely and quickly. These metal needles are light in weight, durable and comfortable to the hand. Nova knitting needles range from 2.0mm (US 0) -- 15.0mm (US 19).

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