How to Bind Off In Knitting

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Learn the Basic Binding Off or Casting Off Method to End Your Knitting Projects

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Hello fellow knitters!  Today’s tutorial is part of my beginner knitting series.  If you’ve followed along then you should be familiar with the knitting basics and now be comfortable with how to make a slip knot, how to cast on, how to knit the knit stitch, and how to knit the purl stitch.

Now it’s time to learn how to bind off, also called casting off. Binding off is the process of securing the last row of stitches to create an edge that will not unravel.  This is also known as finishing the edge.  There are many ways to bind off and each method produces a different edge on your knitting project.

When I was a knitting beginner, my first project sat, finished, but untouched for weeks before I learned how to bind off.  This is because binding off sounded complicated to me.  I am not ashamed to admit that knitting was and sometimes still is difficult for me.  Knitting doesn’t come as naturally to me as crochet or sewing does.

Despite this, I love it and continue to work hard to improve my knitting skills.  Thus, in the beginning, learning to bind off my knitting projects was intimidating.  If you find yourself in a similar situation, don’t worry!

I am going to guide you through the Basic or Standard Binding Off method, the most common binding off technique, because it is the one that most knitting beginners learn first. And believe it or not, this binding off method turned out to be super easy!  If I can master it, so can you.  ūüôā

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Free Pattern: Easy Crochet Pumpkin Baby Beanie

A Free Easy Crochet Pumpkin Hat for Babies and Toddlers by Itchin' for some Stitchin'.

 

Omigsh… ¬†Halloween completely snuck up on me! ¬†I’ve actually been working on my son’s costume for over a month now. ¬†It’s just that suddenly Halloween is right around the corner. ¬†Thankfully, I finished the costume. ¬†For his first¬†All Hallows Eve¬†my lil’ pumpkin is going to be a pumpkin!

I decided to crochet it because I thought it would be super cute and fairly easy to do.  Admittedly, this was my first time designing a costume, but it was a wonderfully successful undertaking, if I do say so myself!

Crochet Pumpkin Costume by Itchin' for some Stitchin'

 

The hat was the easiest part of the costume and uses mostly basic crochet skills so it’s good¬†for beginners. ¬†It’s also a great project for experienced crocheters who want to quickly whip up an adorable pumpkin beanie for the little one in their lives.

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Craft for a Cause: Goods Giving Back

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Hi folks!

As you know, I like to make things. Correction, I love to make things. I bet you do too, after all, that’s why you landed on this crafty blog, right? You came here for a tutorial, a pattern, or a creative tip. You love to sew, crochet, and/or knit, just like me. You may even enjoy other crafts like scrapbooking, jewelry making, or candle making, etc…

And just like you and me, Dana Lardner, a California mom and philanthropist, also loves to make things. But one day, Dana decided to take her love of creating one step further.  She wanted to combine her creative inspiration with her wish to give back to those in need.  So she founded Goods Giving Back, a website dedicated to supporting non-profits through the donation and sale of handmade goods.

 

Handmade Goods for the Greater Good

Goods Giving Back provides a marketplace for Dana and other creative makers to sell some of the items they create while the proceeds go directly to a non-profit organization of their choice. The process is fully transparent so buyers never have to wonder if the funds actually made it the intended non-profit.

When I first learned about Goods Giving Back, I thought it was a brilliant idea and just had to be a part of it. So of course, I am a Goods Giving Back maker! That means you can find some of my handmade goodies, as well as some fabulous items by other makers, in the Goods Giving Back marketplace.

Each of the organizations supported by Goods Giving Back is a small, U.S. based non-profit where even the smallest of donations can make the biggest difference.  The proceeds from my donations currently support Silver Rescue, a dog and cat sanctuary and rescue.   You can read more about Silver Rescue and the other great non-profits supported by the Goods Giving Back makers by clicking here.
 

Become a Maker

Crafters are also often collectors.  You know what I mean.  You have drawers, bags, cupboards, and shelves overflowing with yarn, fabric, beads, buttons, bows, ribbons, etc.  You tend to find needles, hooks, and other crafting tools in or under the couch, spread out over the dinner table, in your purse, or even tucked behind your ears.  You have piles of projects.  Some finished, some unfinished, some are gifts, some you forgot about, and some you meant to give away, but never did.

And even though you have all this stuff, you still can’t pass up that yarn or fabric you saw on sale at JoAnn’s.  So you collect more stuff.  Hey, I’ll be the first to admit that I am guilty of this.  My craft stuff is my biggest clutter problem and I can’t seem to stop it from growing because I just can’t pass by that great deal without buying something!

One of the best things about Goods Giving Back is that it gives me a reason to use up all that stuff and it gives me a way to let all the completed stuff go.    I can feed my craft addiction without overloading my craft space.

I use my craft supplies to make something and then put on Goods Giving Back.  The item then gets purchased by someone who wants it and a non-profit receives a much needed monetary donation!  It’s a 3-way win-win!

 

Empowering Charitable Crafters

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If making things to donate to nonprofits in need interests you, Dana also has a site to get you started and you can even become a part of The Create to Donate crew.

Create to Donate is dedicated to empowering crafters to create and donate their handmade items for the greater good.  It’s part of the Goods Giving Back community and it’s where Create to Donate ambassadors, like me, offer information, tutorials, project ideas, and articles to inspire and encourage others to craft for a cause.

Its goal is to both teach and support those who want to be or already are charitable crafters. There are guides on how to get started in crafting for a cause, what to make, and where donations are needed.  You can find out what inspires others to create and give, like in my article Knitting and Coffee Mean Love.  There are even posts encouraging charitable support for the non-crafty, such as How to Support Literacy in One Easy Step.

I am grateful to be a Goods Giving Back Maker and a Create to Donate Ambassador.  Dana has created something truly unique and inspirational out of her simple desire to create and give.

Isn’t it amazing how the greatest things often start out as a single heartfelt idea combined with someone’s will to make it happen?

 

  Join us in giving for the greater good by becoming part of the Create to Donate Crew.

Click HERE 

 

Until next time…  Happy Crafting!

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How to Crochet in the Round

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Hi ya folks!  Today’s tutorial is a subscriber request.  These are my favorite tutorials!

I always try to create tutorials that I think will be useful, especially to beginning stitchers, and then hope that they find their way to the eyes of those who will truly benefit from them.  But when I get a subscriber request I know for sure that the tutorial will help someone as they venture on in their fiber arts journey.  That is my goal after all!

So, if you have a crochet question or issue you are struggling with, don’t be shy!  Just send me a message by clicking here.  I’d love to create a tutorial or guide just for you!

Now on to today’s tutorial!

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What Are All Those Presser Feet For Anyway?

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If you’ve followed along on the blog then you might remember that when my fianc√© bought my first sewing machine about four years ago I was terrified of it. After allowing it to collect dust for several months, I eventually drummed up the courage to open the user manual. Hey, don’t judge! Sewing can be intimidating, especially if you are new at it and you’ve never even touched a sewing machine before.

I first studied the sewing machine parts and their functions. Once I felt comfortable with the sewing machine and the basics of how it worked, I then turned my attention to all the bits and pieces that came with my machine. There were wires, dusters, clips, caps, plates, bobbins, and about 15 things called presser feet.

I stared at each foot. I twirled them in my hands. I studied their markings. I had no clue what they were or what on earth I was supposed to do with them. I’m not going to lie, even after four years I still haven’t used them all, but I have learned what they are, what to do with them, and what each one is used for.

So, if you haven’t figured it out, that’s what today’s tutorial is all about. Presser feet and their uses.

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Knitting for Beginners: All About Needles

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Hi folks! This post is for all you knitters out there, especially if you are a newbie knitter. Knowing how to cast on, make stitches, and deciding on a pattern are not the only important things you need to do when starting a knitting project. You need to make sure that you are picking the correct yarn and needles as well.

When I started knitting I went to the craft store and stood in the aisle staring at all the needle choices. Long ones, short ones, shiny ones, thick ones, round ones, plastic ones, wood ones… it went on and on. I had no idea which ones I needed. As a beginner the array was overwhelming.

So today I want to review the different types of knitting needles available so you can pick the right tool for your project and hopefully save you some of the frustration I suffered as a knitting newbie.

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Free Easy Crochet Ribbed Baby Beanie Pattern for Beginners

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Hey there folks! Today I want to share with you my new pattern for a super simple basic ribbed baby beanie. I designed it to be easy for beginners and to use the new skills I introduced in my ebook, How to Crochet:  A Quick-Start Guide for Beginners.

Using my nine month old son as a model, I created beanie sizes from preemie to 1-year old.  Technically 1-year old sizes tend to fall  into the class of toddler patterns and not baby patterns, but I wanted to make a beanie that would fit my son this coming winter when he would be a year old.

I decided to make his hat in Seattle Seahawk colors because, well, we are huge Seahawk foot ball fans!  We even painted his nursery in these colors. ūüôā  I chose navy blue and grey for the hat colors and then added a bright green pom-pom.  He loves it!  And, of course, he looks adorable in it!

So, break out your crochet hooks, this easy pattern will whip up in a jiffy and is great practice if you are a crochet newbie.   Let’s get started!

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Get to Know Your Sewing Machine: Parts and Their Functions

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Hi folks!  If you’ve just bought your first sewing machine or are completely new to sewing then you’ve come to the right place.  When my fianc√© bought me a sewing machine four years ago, I had no sewing experience.  You read that right folks. I had NO sewing experience.  I didn’t even hand sew.

Folks, you have to understand. Danny, my fianc√©, didn’t just buy me a cheap beginner sewing machine. Oh no… he bought me a Husqvarna Viking Designer Diamond Royale. The KING of all sewing machines. Hailed as the best on the market. At least that’s what the sales lady said. ūüôā

The point is that I had no idea what I was doing. I was so intimidated by this machine that it sat, untouched for over 4 months, on a table in my craft room.  I was terrified by it. I had no idea what to do with it.   Then finally, one day, I took the bull by the horns and grabbed the user guide.  What’s the first thing I looked at?  Yep, you guessed it. The parts of my sewing machine and their functions.

It’s important, right? How are you supposed to use a sewing machine if you don’t even know what the parts are or what they do?  So, if you’re sitting there like I was 4 years ago, scared of your sewing machine and unsure where to begin, let me help ease your fear. I’m going to hold your hand as I walk you through each sewing machine part and help you to understand what they do.

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Craft for a Cause: Mother Bear Project

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In January 2003 Amy Berman, a Minneapolis mom, read a magazine article that changed her life.   Working in advertising sales at the time, Amy had no idea that she would one day become the accidental executive director of a nonprofit organization dedicated to bringing comfort to humanity’s most innocent–children.  But that’s exactly what happened.

The article was about infant and child rape in Africa, an increasing problem caused, in part, by the myth of the “virgin cure”–a belief that if a man has sex with a virgin, including infants and toddlers, he will be cured of AIDS, a disease that has reached pandemic proportions in Sub-Saharan Africa.  The youngest victim in the article was only 2 months old.

Amy was shell-shocked.  She simply could not close the magazine and continue on with her everyday life after learning the horrifying pain of these children.  She felt compelled “to do something”.

The article mentioned that the Child Protection Unit in Durban, South Africa was collecting teddy bears, dolls, games and books to deliver to the rape victims.  Amy thought of the one item that had brought her own two children comfort throughout the years.  A teddy bear knitted by her mother using a pattern circa World War II.

Although Amy was not a knitter, she was so motivated that she learned quickly, under her mother’s instructions, and soon began teaching other women to knit.  The price for her lessons?  One knit bear sent to a child in Africa.  Thus, Mother Bear Project was born.

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Create to Donate Goes Live Today!

Crafting Together For The Greater Good

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Hi folks!  Today I want to share with you the launch of Create to Donate, a site dedicated to making a difference by donating handmade goods to charities in need.

What does this have to do with a blog that provides sewing, knitting, and crochet resources for beginners? ¬†I’m glad you asked!

A few months ago Itchin’ for some Stitchin’¬†became a Goods Giving Back¬†ambassador. ¬†This means that I will sell some of my handmade creations through¬†Goods Giving Back,¬†an online marketplace unlike any¬†place¬†you have shopped before. ¬†That’s because 50% or more of the proceeds go to support worthwhile causes in need of some TLC.

From today until October 31, 2016, the entire Goods Giving Back team will empower you to create for the greater good by using your DIY creativity to craft for a cause.  Perhaps you have a cause you already love.  If not, let us introduce you to some new organizations that need your creative support!

Join us for a Rafflecopter giveaway and learn how you can become a Create to Donate ambassador.

 

Let’s ¬†Do Goods Work‚ĄĘ Together!

 

Until next time… ¬†Happy Crafting!

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