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Jumbo Yarn: How To join your ends

One of the best things about Jumbo Yarn is that you don't have to weave in ends! Hooray! Sure, there is a tiny bit of sewing if you want a professional looking finish, but that's ok. If you don't, you can knot the ends together (which is especially good on pillows because you can hide the knot on the inside!) Get your ends and squish them about a bit so they are a uniform shape. Trim off any threads from the ends. Grab a sewing needle and thread in a shade matching your yarn, and tie a knot in the end. I like to use Gutermann thread, as it is strong and comes in a huge range of colours! Insert...

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HOW TO: Knit your own Jumbo Hottie

I think there is nothing better than snuggling up with a hot water bottle when the weather is chilly, or  you have achey sore muscles giving you strife. This super chunky knitted hot water bottle cover is perfect for jazzing up a boring rubber bottle. Want to whip up your own? Keep reading below! Materials: 25mm circular knitting needles 1ball of KNIT SAFARI Jumbo Yarn a standard hot water bottle - I got mine from Amazon, but you could try your local hardware store or supermarket Techniques: Figure 8 cast on circular knitting Tension: 3 stitches x 4 rows = 10cm/4" square for Knit stitch Measurements: Approximately 20cm wide and 35cm long Instructions: Cast on 12 stitches using a Figure 8 cast on, or...

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HOW TO: Knit your own Jumbo Cushion

Want touch of extreme knitting to your home? This Jumbo Yarn round cushion is super fun to knit and you can whip it up in under 30 minutes! Keep reading below to make your own. Materials: 25mm circular knitting needles 1 ball of KNIT SAFARI Jumbo Yarn a round cushion insert, approximately 30cm in diameter Techniques: circular knitting Tension: 3 stitches x 4 rows = 10cm/4" square for Knit stitch Measurements: Approximately 30cm in diameter Instructions: Cast on 6 stitches, and join in the round, taking care not to twist your cast on edge. Place stitch marker. *Knit 1, increase 1*, repeating the section in between the stars to the end of the round. (12 stitches) Repeat Step 2. (24 stitches) Knit 3...

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Extreme Knitting: an alternative to Merino Roving

There is no doubt that extreme knitting has revolutionised the knitting world, with hundreds and thousands of photos on Instagram and Pinterest just making it even more desirable. The trouble is, the process of knitting with merino roving is long and time consuming. First you need to source your giant bump of merino, knit it up into a blanket, then painstakingly hand felt the knitted strands to strengthen the fibres, before letting it dry out properly. Without the felting process, the huge weight of the unbelted blanket can make the fibres stretch, split and eventually break. And if you don't like using animal fibres? Well you are stuck.There are amazing crafters and knitters out there doing fabulous things with ethically...

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Crochet your own Sparkly Fishnet Socks

Last week, I posted the pattern to my knitted fishnet socks, and promised a crochet version for all the crocheters out there. The first half of this sock zoomed by, and I was super excited - it was looking fishnetty and was such bliss to crochet. Then I got to the hem and got stuck for 4 days... the lurex just was not stretch enough to get over my instep and heel, or was too loose and floppy around my ankle. I tried working a front post/back post mock rib, but that was a failure too. I rummaged through my craft supplies and found some black lingerie elastic, and finally had a good solution! (Next time I'll splurge on some matching...

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