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Learning a new skill or technique is always on our personal to do list. Here are some ideas and pointers to get you started.

Beads and jewelry

- How to knit your own jewelry

- How to knit with beads

Cleaning/caring for yarn

- Dirty work: how to clean knitted garments

- The Joy of Rewinding: How to recycle previously loved yarn

- Eucalan woolwash

- Kookaburra woolwash

- Soak woolwash

- Unicorn Fibre Wash and Fibre Rinse


- Creating colors in yarn: an introduction to natural dyes

- What colors say about us


- Buying hand-dyed yarns

- Dye your own semisolid sock yarn with Louet's Hand-Dyed Sock Kit

- Dye workshop: make your own Kool Aid colors

- Fiber-dyeing resources

- An introduction to natural dye


- Fulling knitted garments

- Charlie's Christmas Stocking, a felted pattern by Cat Bordhi


- Hill Country Hat free pattern (PDF) by Clara Parkes from the Knitter's Book of Wool

- Shoemaker's Hat (PDF) by Clara Parkes


- The Swatcher's Manifesto

- Nine inspiring online escapes

- When the needles fall silent: 10 tips for overcoming knitting slumps

- Magic ball knitting lets you use leftovers

- Seven quick-knitting gift patterns


- The essentials of knitted lace

- Easy lace scarf free pattern by Clara Parkes

- One-skein shawl free pattern by Clara Parkes

- How to block lace using the HandWorks Dressing Wires or the Inspinknity Ultra Fine Lace Blocking Wires


- Using a kitchen scale to find out how much yarn is in a leftover skein

- Magic ball knitting lets you use leftovers

Mittens and mitts

- Swatch Mitts by Clara now

- Hedgerow Mitts free pattern by Amy Ripton

- Maine Morning Mitts free pattern by Clara Parkes from the Knitter's Book of Yarn


- Getting started with double-pointed needles

- How to make your own circular needles


- How to publish designs in knitwear magazines

- Writing and publishing a successful knitting-oriented book


- How to knit socks free pattern and tutorial by Clara Parkes

- How to pick the perfect sock yarn

- Jane's Hedgerows Socks free pattern by Jane Cochran

- Stepping Stones free pattern by Clara Parkes

- How to dye your own semisolid sock yarn using Louet's Hand-Dyed Sock Kit

- Charlie's Christmas Stocking free pattern by Cat Bordhi

Spinning yarn

- How to spin yarn with a spindle

- How to spin yarn with a wheel

Stash management

- Slow stashing

- Sizing Up Oddballs How much yarn is in that skein?

- When the stash attacks: Creative techniques for concealing your yarns


- When two yarns meet: the art of stranding for effect

Yarn substitutions

- How to make headache-free yarn substitutions

Featured how to

10 Tips for Overcoming Knitter's Block
yarn in the trash
We've all experienced knitter's block at one time or another. If your needles are empty and inspiration runs low, here are 10 techniques that may bring the love back into your knitting.
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