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Learn the Magic Knot Join

If you've ever run into a big knot in your yarn while working on a project, this is a perfect way to make it practically undetectable. The Magic Knot Join is a great way to join two strands of yarn together with virtually no visible ends. It could even be used to join a new skein and avoid weaving in ends!
This technique is best used with a dense stitch pattern like garter stitch or seed stitch. A more open stitch or lace won't hide the knot. It is also best used with a sturdy plied yarn. Single plies and delicate fibers aren't strong enough to hold up to the strength test and will fall apart.

Sugar Sparkles Shawlette - Edging Rows 4 and 5

Sara shows you how easy the tricky sounding  Double Crochet Three Together(dc3tog) stitch in Row 4 really is; as well as how to make, and where to place, the Front Post Treble Crochet stitches from Row 5. Purchase the dowloadable Sugar Sparkles Shawlette pattern here.

Sugar Sparkles Shawlette - Edging Row 3

Learn how to make, and where to place the Front Post Double Crochet stitches from the third row of the edging using the beaded single crochet stitches as a guide. Stitch markers are also an invaluable tool to use during this row of stitches. Purchase the dowloadable Sugar Sparkles Shawlette pattern here.

How to Wind a Center Pull Ball by Hand

Learn how to wind a center pull ball using only your hands. In this video, Grace walks you through the steps of winding a ball of yarn so you can work with the end from the middle of the ball. This is a great technique to know how to do if you don't have a ball winder and yarn swift

Sometimes the yarn for your knitting or crochet project comes in a hank instead of a ball or skein. It is much easier to work from a center pull ball instead of a hank. Also a center pull ball won't roll away from you as a ball wound from the inside out would.

How to Wet Splice Yarn

Learn how to wet splice two pieces of yarn together. In this video, Grace shows you how to reduce the number of ends you have to weave in when you can fuse together to ends of yarn when you have to start a new ball. This technique works best for yarns from animal fibers such as wool and alpaca.

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