“What size needle was used to knit this?”

“What size needle was used to knit this?” is a question we often hear at My Sister Knits.  We put that information on the tags of display items as an indication of what size needle to use.  Usually it’s the size that was recommended by the designer. It can also be the size the knitter…

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Ravelry: How to Search for Patterns

Several weeks ago we showed you how to create an account on Ravelry.  This week we’re going to show you how to use Ravelry to search for patterns in general, not a specific one. Usually I write as the voice of My Sister Knits but for this post I’m writing as myself because it seems…

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Ravelry: How to Create an Account

Ravelry is an essential tool for knitters!  When customers ask us “what is Ravelry?”, it’s hard to describe in a few words.  Basically it’s a website for knitters and crocheters that fulfills all of our needs! It’s where we go to look up patterns, find patterns for yarn that we have, see what others have…

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Garter Tab Cast On Success!

The garter tab cast on is used to begin a top down triangular shawl.  It gives the shawl a professional appearance because it creates a smooth, seamless edge with no dip in the middle that some triangular shawls have. With that said, a garter tab cast on can be an exercise in frustration because you…

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The Story of a Perfectly Finished Shawl

You want to knit a shawl.  One with a simple lace edge catches your eye but causes immediate misgivings.  It’s a bit out of your comfort zone because you’ve never knit or blocked lace.  However, you check the pattern’s stitch abbreviations as you’ve been taught to do and find that you know how to do…

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Why Choose One Needle Tip Over Another?

In December we posted about the value of moving more often while we knit, protecting our backs when we sit, and knitting on more than one project at a time using different sized needles and weights of yarn. Today we’ll share why needle tips make a difference, again with information from Carson Demers’ book Knitting…

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The Bias Leaf Cowl – perfect for all knitting levels!

Since My Sister Knits is featuring North Light Fibers’ yarn this month and since it is 15% off because we want you to try it and since I love it, I decided to put my other projects on hold and knit up a dear little Bias Leaf cowl to add to our display in the…

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Our Most Important Knitting Tool

You may be pondering about what is your most important knitting tool.  Most of us would come up with a variety of answers.  Knitting needles?  Gauge swatches? Patterns? A handy dandy fix it tool to grab dropped stitches? All of those are important but there is one tool we all have that we tend not…

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How to Prepare for Knitting a Dream Project!

Today we’re going to tell the story of Sally.  Sally is a newish knitter who is totally smitten with all things knitterly.  She loves to sniff and squish yarn, she has her own Ravelry account, she took our Learn to Knit class, and is eager to learn new skills. The other day Sally came into…

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Speckled Yarn and Plainer Yarn; How to Pair Them Successfully

We all have it – one skein of speckled yarn that caught our eye and we just had to make it our own immediately!  It’s absolutely perfect!  The delicate base color is dappled with our favorite bolder colors and the whole skein makes us cheerful just looking at it. The problem is what to make…

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