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YAK Beginner Guide to: Needles

Interchangeables, circulars, DPNs, straights, bamboo, steel: there are so many options when it comes to needles and as a beginner it can be overwhelming. Although finding the right needles is mostly a matter of personal preference there are definitely key characteristics to think about when getting a new pair. 1. Straight Needles. The traditional needles Read the full article…

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Blocking: what’s it all about and why is it important?

Blocking is one of those words that knitters bandy around and, like lots of knitting and crochet terminology, it doesn’t really mean much until you’ve had it explained. Along with washing, blocking is the final step of your project and it is the step which transforms your project to an accomplished conclusion. There are 2 Read the full article…

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Spring Clean: Knitwear Care.

In our previous Spring Clean article we’ve established that keeping your woollies clean is a key step in preventing moth infestation. Many washing machines today come with a gentle wool cycle which typically features low temperature washing with low speed tumbling and spinning. Low temperatures will protect your knitwear from felting while low speed spinning Read the full article…

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Understanding Yarn – choosing the right yarn for your project

Knitting patterns are usually written with a certain type of yarn in mind, meaning that the designer has put lots of thought into the characteristics of their chosen yarn as this will impact the finished piece of knitwear considerably. Therefore when choosing yarn for a pattern, it is good to understand the yarn characteristics of the Read the full article…