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April 2017

KFSB vs KFB

A tiny change to the "Knit Front and Back" (KFB) increase not only makes it easier and quicker to knit, but also stops the unsightly 'bar' appearing on the front of the knitting. I felt there must be some catch when I first read about the technique, but no, it works. And in hindsight it seems so obvious that I wonder how it's not more widely known!

See the KFSB technique >


Newly-published books

The Mindfulness in Knitting
Meditations on Craft and Calm

By Rachael Matthews
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Knitting Stitches for Beginners
Learn How to Knit Stitches Quick and Easy

By Emma Brown
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Lost in the Woods
A Knitwear Collection

By Julia Günther, Robynn Weldon & Emily K Williams
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Mosaic & Lace Knits
20 Innovative Patterns Combining Slip-Stitch Colorwork and Lace Techniques

By Barbara Benson
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Crochet Baskets
36 Fun, Funky, & Colorful Projects for Every Room in the House

By Nola A. Heidbreder, Linda Pietz
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AmiguruME Pets
Make Cute Crochet Animals

By Allison Hoffman
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Crocheted Bears and Other Animals
25 Toys to Crochet

By Emma Brown
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Inspired by Islay
By Kate Davies
View on Kate Davies Designs >

Coming Home
Ten years of Old Maiden Aunt Yarns

By Old Maiden Aunt Yarns
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Entrelac
The Essential Guide to Interlace Knitting

By Rosemary Drysdale
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Coffee with C.C. (and Dami Too)
Another 7 Pattern Caffeine Inspired Knitting Collection

By C C Almon, Dami Almon
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The Big Book of Tea Cozies
By GMC Editors
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The Shawl Project Book 3
5 Crochet Shawls Using Mini Skein Sets

By Joanne Scrace & Kat Goldin
View at Wild & Woolly >

Bold Baby Crochet
30 Modern & Colorful Projects for Baby

By Dedri Uys
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Star Wars Even More Crochet
By Lucy Collin
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Arne & Carlos' Field Guide to Knitted Birds
Over 40 Handmade Projects to Liven Up Your Roost

By Carlos Zachrison, Arne Nerjordet, Arne & Carlos
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60 Quick Knitted Toys
Fun, Fabulous Knits in the 220 Superwash® Collection from Cascade Yarns®

By Sixth&Spring Books (Editor)
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Knitted Animal Nursery
35 gorgeous animal-themed knits for babies, toddlers, and the home

By Fiona Goble
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New and discontinued yarns

New yarn Blue Moon Fiber Arts - La Luna Fingering

New yarn —Blue Moon Fiber Arts - La Luna Fingering—Image © Blue Moon Fiber Arts

New

Bergère de France
Orilis – DK – 77% Acrylic, 18% Tencel, 5% Polyester – Single wrapped with thread – Solid colors
Unic – DK – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Loosely plied – Gradient

Bernat
Pop! – Heavy Worsted – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Gradient

Blacker Yarns
Samite – Light Fingering – 80% Wool, 20% Silk – Tweedy – Semi-solid colors

Blue Moon Fiber Arts
La Luna DK – Worsted – 85% Merino Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk – 2 plies – Solid colors, Semi-solid, Multicolored
La Luna Fingering – Fingering – 85% Merino Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk – Tightly plied – Solid colors, Semi-solid, Multicolored
La Luna Lace – Lace – 85% Merino Wool, 15% Mulberry Silk – Tightly plied – Solid colors, Semi-solid, Multicolored

Caron
Cakes – Aran – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Self-striping

Cygnet
Utopia – Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Multi-colored marls

Freia Fibers
Freia Ombré Lace – Lace – 100% Merino Wool – 2 plies – Gradient

James C. Brett
Glisten DK – DK – 97% Cotton, 3% Metallic – Plied – Solid colors with metallic
Harmony DK – DK – 78% Acrylic, 22% Cotton – Plied – Self-striping (fair-isle effect)
Stonewash DK – DK – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Multicolored

Knit Picks
Felici Worsted – Worsted – 75% Merino Superwash Wool, 25% Nylon – Plied – Self-striping

Lamana
Premia – Lace – 60% Superkid Mohair, 40% Silk – Brushed bouclé – Solid colors

Lion Brand
Basic 175 – Heavy Worsted – 75% Acrylic, 25% Superwash Wool – Single ply – Solid colors

Naturally Yarns
Mega – Jumbo – 100% Merino Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Red Heart
Team Spirit Chunky – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Self-striping

Scheepjes
Eliza – Aran – 100% Polyester – Loosely plied – Solid colors, Marls

Shibui Knits
Lunar – Lace – 60% Merino Wool, 40% Mulberry Silk – 2 plies – Solid colors

Sirdar
Colourwheel – DK – 80% Acrylic, 20% Wool – Plied – Self-striping (long)

Sprightly Yarns
Acrylic Wool Super Bulky – Super Bulky – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors
Acrylic Wool Worsted – Worsted – 80% Acrylic, 20% Superwash Wool – Plied – Solid colors

Tahki Stacy Charles
Baja – Worsted – 100% Cotton – Tweedy – Marled

Wendy
Love It – DK – 100% Acrylic – S on S plied – Solid colors, Multicolored

West Yorkshire Spinners
Bo Peep Luxury Baby – DK – 52% Falklands Superwash Wool, 48% Nylon – Plied – Solid colors, Multicolored
Exquisite Lace – Lace – 80% Falklands Wool, 20% Mulberry Silk – Plied – Solid colors
Wensleydale Gems – DK – 100% Wensleydale Wool – Plied with a soft haze – Solid colors

Discontinued

Caron
United – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied – Solid colors

Debbie Bliss
Mia – DK – 50% Wool, 50% Cotton – S on S plied – Solid colors

Fiddlesticks Knitting
Zephyr Laceweight Wool-Silk – Lace – 50% Silk, 50% Merino Wool – Plied

Fiesta Yarns
Baby Boom – Sport – 90% Merino Superwash Wool, 10% Nylon – Plied
Ballet – Sport – 50% Alpaca, 50% Tencel – Plied
Boomerang – Aran – 100% Merino Superwash Wool – Plied
Gelato – Bulky – 100% Rayon – Ribbon
La Boheme – Aran – 50% Rayon, 32% Mohair, 14% Wool, 4% Nylon – Bouclé
La Luz – Sport – 100% Silk – Single ply
Linette – Sport – 70% Linen, 30% Cotton – Chained – Solid colors, Multi-colored
Meteor – Aran – 50% Rayon, 50% Cotton – Tape – Multi-colored
Rayon Bouclé – Worsted – 100% Rayon – Bouclé

Loops & Threads
Phat – Super Bulky – 89% Polyester, 11% Nylon – Single ply – Solid colors
Rugby – Super Bulky – 100% Acrylic – Plied
Urban – Heavy Worsted – 87% Acrylic, 13% Cotton – Plied – Marled

Plymouth Yarn
Baby Beenz – Aran – 100% Acrylic – Plied


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