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  • A Beginner's Guide to Swatching

    A Beginner's Guide to Swatching

    Swatching. Probably one of the most important and dreaded tasks in the yarn crafting world. Whether you are someone who always swatches or someone who knows they should but may not always do it...understanding the information swatches provide is a valuable skill. We’ve gone through a general overview of swatching below. Most designers will provide information on the type of swatch that will...
  • A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Knitting Gauge

    A Beginner's Guide to Understanding Knitting Gauge

    It can sometimes feel as if gauge is this mysterious and magical unicorn - beautiful and perfect and unattainable. Even using the suggested yarn and needle combination produces results that may be close, but rarely identical. Let’s discuss why and how we can more easily achieve this mythical thing! Definition Gauge - sometimes misleadingly referred to as tension - is the number of...
  • A Beginner's Guide to Choosing The Right Yarn Fibers

    A Beginner's Guide to Choosing The Right Yarn Fibers

    Have you ever been curious about the difference between a silk/alpaca blend and 100% merino wool? Or...have you ever seen a pattern and thought, “I have the perfect yarn for that!” only to have the project turn out far from what you expected? You followed the pattern exactly, got the same gauge with the recommended needle and yet it just doesn’t look like...
  • A Beginner's Guide to Yarn Weights

    A Beginner's Guide to Yarn Weights

    Are you looking to crochet a thick, cushy cardigan? Or maybe knit a light, breezy wrap to throw on in the summer? In either case, the weight of the yarn you choose will determine a lot about the project’s outcome. Yarns are described by their thickness - or the weight of their thread - and while there are no hard and fast rules...
  • How To Read Yarn Ball Bands

    How To Read Yarn Ball Bands

    Are you ball band savvy? If not, no worries. We'll break down how to read all the information you see on the labels. Reviewing the ball band can help make sure you get exactly what you need for your next project.
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