Portuguese Knitting, Reinforcing Socks, and More

Portuguese Knitting book and yarn and coffeeBy Liat Gat - Founder / News / November 27, 2021 / 7 Comments

I tried Portuguese knitting over the Thanksgiving weekend and it was quite a treat. After figuring out the setup and movements I was rewarded with relaxing, effortless stitches and a sense of calm. I can’t wait to make you a video class to show you how to do it!

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Recommended Crochet Hooks

Alpha Series Crochet Hooks furls 11 19 21 square cropBy Liat Gat - Founder / Crochet / November 22, 2021 / 11 Comments

Crochet hooks can be made of plastic, resin, metal, or wood. They can be incredibly high-quality or mass-produced to deliver you the lowest price. Here are our recommendations for crochet hooks for every level and budget.

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Recommended Yarns for Crochet

Rowan Softyak DKBy Liat Gat - Founder / Crochet / November 17, 2021 / 6 Comments

Cotton yarns are a great choice for crochet, as they are structural, machine-washable, and great for warm weather. The following are my top recommendations for crochet yarns in a variety of weights, with links to buy. Happy shopping!

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Crochet Hook Sizes and Yarn Weights

Crochet hook and malabrigo yarnBy Liat Gat - Founder / Crochet / November 4, 2021 / 46 Comments

The first thing you’ll need when starting to crochet is a hook. But how do you know what size hook to grab depending on the yarn you have at hand? Here is a clear chart with the information you need to visually choose a crochet hook for any weight of yarn.

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October 2021 News

Ladder Back Jacquard swatch - frontBy Liat Gat - Founder / News / October 29, 2021 / 31 Comments

This winter I’m planning on creating a Crochet class for KnitFreedom, publishing new sizes and weights for our Faux Heel Flap socks, working on a Ladder-Back Jacquard tutorial, and studying Portuguese Knitting.

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These Photographic Double-Knits Will Blow Your Mind

Deb Dav double knit Jesse and Mabe square cropBy Liat Gat - Founder / Charts / September 6, 2021 / 6 Comments

These incredible full-sized double-knit blankets were created by amazing knitter and KnitFreedom student Deb Dav. Inspired? You can learn to double knit like a pro in our upcoming Charts Demystified video class.

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The Number One Reason to Learn to Read Knitting Charts

Flicker & Flame Charted Fair-Isle Hat by Andrea MowryBy Liat Gat - Founder / Charts / September 1, 2021 / 8 Comments

At its best, knitting from charts is everything you’d want knitting to be: enjoyable, easy but not boring, challenging but not hard, both stimulating and relaxing. In a word, charts are FUN. So why do they seem so hard?

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How to Learn Intarsia, Fair-Isle, Cables, Duplicate Stitch, and More

Foliage Toddler HatBy Liat Gat - Founder / Charts / August 31, 2021 / 9 Comments

Our new charts class is really like 8 classes in one. Not only will you learn how to read and knit from charts, but you’ll also learn the actual knitting techniques behind lace, cables, Fair-Isle, Intarsia, double knitting, and more.

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The Problem With Charts

Complex Chart KeyBy Liat Gat - Founder / Charts / August 26, 2021 / 2 Comments

Even though they’re useful, charts can also seem confusing, scary, and overwhelming. In our upcoming Charts Demystified class, the challenges of charts will disappear into the pure joy of knitting.

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How Learning to Read Knitting Charts Is Like A Bicycle Ride Across France

1960 Tour de France mapBy Liat Gat - Founder / Charts / August 20, 2021 / 2 Comments

Written directions can give knitters a headache. On a chart, every stitch is marked in symbols. If you know how to read a knitting chart, you can understand the entire project, as well as the details, in just one look.

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