Blog Post: Jared Flood Interview: Inside Brooklyn Tweed & Shelter

Jared Flood Sepia HeadshotBy Liat Gat – Founder / Knitting for Men, Liat Interviews Others, Yarn / January 20, 2012 / 316 Comments
Welcome to a world of pure American wool and gorgeous photography: Meet Jared Flood. The man behind Brooklyn Tweed scarf shares inspiration, design advice, and how he the developed unique color-palettes behind his new Shelter and Loft yarns. Read Post »


Blog Post: Journey to the Birthplace of Malabrigo Yarns

Antonio with ladder on roof of Malabrigo factory uruguayBy Liat Gat – Founder / Liat Interviews Others, World Travels, Yarn / November 19, 2013 / 165 Comments
Come in to the Wonderland that is the Malabrigo Yarn headquarters in Uruguay. In this feature-length article, I share the colorful experience of a tour through the factory with Malabrigo’s co-creator, Antonio. Read Post »


Blog Post: Exclusive Video Tour Inside The Malabrigo Factory In Uruguay

By Liat Gat – Founder / Liat Interviews Others, World Travels, Yarn / August 11, 2012 / 158 Comments
Seeing is believing! In this exclusive video tour, you get to see inside the incredibly special world of Malabrigo Yarns and their factory in Uruguay. Read Post »


Blog Post: For Perfectionist Knitters Only: How To Knit a Gauge Swatch In a Hurry

Tiny Swatch How to Knit a Swatch in a Hurry lightenedBy Liat Gat – Founder / Basic Knitting Techniques, Gauge, Yarn / November 4, 2011 / 30 Comments
Are you the kind of knitter who thinks you “should” knit a gauge swatch — and hardly ever does? You may be suffering from swatch perfectionism – when you believe swatches have to be perfect. Here’s how to overcome perfectionism and make a perfectly good swatch – FAST. Read Post »


Blog Post: How To Hand-Wind Yarn From A Skein

By Liat Gat – Founder / World Travels, Yarn / June 16, 2011 / 16 Comments
If you buy a hank (sometimes called “skein”) of yarn and they don’t wind it into a ball for you at the store, you’ll need to do it at home. IF you don’t have a swift or ball-winder, here’s how to do it by hand. Read Post »


Blog Post: How to Hand Wind A Center-Pull Ball or Bobbin

Cat eating red yarn ballBy Liat Gat – Founder / Yarn / January 4, 2011 / 10 Comments
To keep your yarn remnants orderly, wind them into a center-pull ball, or bobbin. These nifty little packets of yarn do not roll around like balls of yarn do. They simply dispense the yarn from the inside of the bobbin without coming undone. Read Post »


Blog Post: How To Read A Knitting Pattern: Substituting Yarn Fiber and Weight

Gray Malabrigo Chunky skein square cropBy Liat Gat – Founder / Reading Knitting Patterns, Yarn / December 14, 2010 / 6 Comments
Don’t let not having the exact yarn called for in a pattern stop you from knitting that pattern! Here’s how to understand the yarn requirements of a pattern, and make substitutions in yarn brands, weight, and fiber. Read Post »


Yarn Abbreviations

CC – Contrasting Color
DC – Dark color
LC – Light color
MC – Main Color
WPI – Wraps per inch


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Recommended Yarn: Hand Dyed Bulky by Blue Sky Alpacas

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Now discontinued, this gorgeous super-bulky yarn was my go-to for luxurious, quick-knit projects. Perfect for the Double-Knit Heart Scarf or Bulky Cabled Legwarmers with Buttons.

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Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Chunky by Malabrigo Yarns

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My favorite chunky yarn for felting (and for creating knitting videos). You’ve seen Malabrigo Chunky yarn in almost every KnitFreedom video for a good reason: it’s soft, has beautiful colors, and is reasonably priced. Perfect for the Fair-Isle Felted Bag.

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Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Rasta by Malabrigo Yarn

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My favorite yarn for my one-skein Super-Bulky Toe-Up Socks. This yarn is very soft and warm, and comes in a beautiful range of tranquil colors.

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Recommended Yarn: Malabrigo Twist by Malabrigo Yarns

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My favorite yarn of all time. Aran-weight. Now discontinued, but you can still find it by Googling.

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Recommended Yarn: Wool-Ease Thick n’ Quick Yarn by Lion Brand

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Thick, inexpensive yarn is perfect for learning to knit your first scarf. Wool-Ease is a great brand to start out with, and you can buy it at Michael’s or Wal-Mart. Three skeins (balls) is plenty to make a long scarf including fringe.

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Recommended Book: The Knitter’s Book of Yarn by Clara Parkes

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This book will teach you to become what Clara Parkes, of Knitter’s Review, calls a yarn whisperer.

After reading this book and trying one of the 40 gorgeous patterns, you’ll have a deep understanding of what yarn to choose for which project, and why.

What’s more, you’ll gain an appreciation for the varied industries that work together to provide us all with beautiful yarn.

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