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Index of Beyond BOBBOL 2014 Tutorials, Tips & Techniques

I Heart Filet LaceJanuary's featured KAL project: I Heart Filet Lace

Irish Coffee CozyFebruary's featured KAL project: Irish Coffee Cozy

Spring Lace Leaves ScarfMarch's KAL: Get Ready for Spring Lace Leaves Scarf

Tea-time ServietteApril's KAL: Tea-time Serviette

  • Choosing thread/yarn if you plan to dye
    The most critical step to successful tea dyeing is your thread choice.
  • Edging Options
    Tea-time Serviette begins at the outer edge with a delightful Beaded Petit Scallop Edging. You can also consider one of these other edging options.
  • Judy's Straw Trick
    Judy Gibson's trick for using a straw to help beads jump onto your needle.
  • Long Tail Beaded Cast On
    This beaded cast on is very attractive because the beads will position themselves away from the fabric's edge, giving a picot effect along the border.
  • Petit Scallop Edging
    Tea-time Serviette features a dainty lace Petit Scallop edging that can either be started with a beaded cast on or left plain without beads.
  • Zooming Along on the Center Area
    Making a Square in 4 Triangular Sections. The basics of outside-in square shaped circular knitting plus a few tidbits for the ever-curious knitter.
  • Tea Dyeing
    Tea dyeing is an easy way to give common white thread a lovely vintage look. Dyeing can be done either before knitting or afterwards.
  • Bonus Companion Project: Beverage Coaster
    Make a smaller companion piece for your Tea-time Serviette. This variation can be used as a large beverage coaster or teapot mat to protect your table.

Lorna's Light Necklace PurseMay's KAL: Precious Treasures, Lorna's Light Necklace Purse

  • The Challenge of Tiny
    This month's Precious Treasures KAL combines lace knitting and beadwork in the tiniest project we've attempted so far with tiny needles, thread and beads.
  • Counting beads needed for a project
    Many patterns omit exact number of beads needed for a project. Especially if you are stringing by hand, it is nice to know. This is how to figure it out for yourself.
  • Purl Twist Right
    I expect the p1tr (purl 1 twist right) stitch used in Lorna's Light might have been new to you. It is used for firmer fabric and locking in tiny beads.
  • Ideas for Beaded and Twisted Cords
    A fun part of making a necklace purse is coming up with a coordinating cord to go around your neck. Ideas and tips to make your own unique necklace cord.

Elegantly Simple Baby BlanketJune's KAL: Charity Knitting Made Simply Elegant

Crossed Loop Market BagJuly's KAL: Crossed Loop Market Bag

  • Lace-Like Non-Lace
    I call the method used to make this stitch "cross looped". It's lace-like because of it's openness, but not technically lace.

Lacy Maizy WrapAugust's KAL: Lacy Maizy Wrap

Spot Woven DishclothSeptember's KAL: Spot Woven Dishcloth

Smoke Ring with Lace EdgingOctober's KAL: Smoke Ring with Lace Edging

  • Picking a Yarn
    The "smoke" part of the name smoke ring refers to the light-as-air fibers with superb warmth for their weight that are often used in making smoke rings.
  • Sizing for a Custom Fit
    If there is need to resize a smoke ring pattern, it will usually not be major amounts. One of these strategies will likely suffice.
  • What Goes Into the Design of a Smoke Ring?
    Spark excitement in how you can use the canvas of a simple smoke ring to play around with Form, Stitch Pattern(s), Embellishment and Structure.
  • Don't Overthink It
    Sometimes it is the easy things that can trip us up in our knitting. Donít overthink this monthís 2-stitch decorative bind off edging.
  • Blocking a Smoke Ring
    My motto is to keep it simple.

Beaded Basket Weave Mosaic HatNovember's KAL: Beaded Mosaic Knitting

Beaded Basket Weave Mosaic HatDecember's KAL: Knitted Snowflakes

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Thank you for interest. I am here to serve you and help keep your knitting a pleasurable experience. If you have questions or need assistance with purchasing or knitting my HeartStrings patterns, let me know. Sincerely, Jackie E-S

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