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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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Knit your own Sparkly Fishnet Socks

One of the biggest trends of 2017 is is the once maligned, often halloweened, fishnet stocking. Layered under jeans on Instagram to show a sexy bit of skin, or paired with a mule for a modern spin on 90s chic, some stores can't keep them in stock long enough to meet demand. From Lolita to lingerie fetish, Roller Derby to Goths and Rockers, fishnets are appealing to a broad range of fashionistas. (Click through to pinterest for image credits) Fishnet stockings are commercially produced on giant "weft" knitting machines, with up to 400 needles and cranking out a pair in 2.5 to 8 minutes. I gave myself the challenge to knit my own pair (although not at the commercial production speed!),...

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Pussyhat Project: Chunky Style

The Pussyhat Project is a global movement that started as a small project among friends, and has spread across the world. On Instagram, #pussyhatproject has over 50,000 posts and this is only set to continue to grow.  Do you want to make your own Pussyhat and learn how to make it look seamless and professionally finished? Well I have the perfect pattern for you! Materials:  120g of Crazy Sexy Wool 12mm circular knitting needles (I like Pony plastic or KnitPro needles, the plastic doesn't add weight to your work and the KnitPro needles are hollow electroplated brass so it doesn't stick to the yarn) Sewing needle Techniques:  Long-tail cast on Circular knitting Kitchener stitch Tension: 6.5 stitches x 11 rows = 10cm/4" square...

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Wool Week 2016

Wool Week 2016 & Hobbycraft The Campaign for Wool is now in its seventh year, with the aim to educate people about wool. As a natural and renewable fibre, wool is versatile and has many benefits - it is breathable so keeps you warm and dry in the winter, and helps cool you down in summer. This year, Hobbycraft asked me to create a hat using the West Yorkshire Spinners 100% Jason DK yarn. After various swatches and tests, I settled on an oversized chunky hat with a deep brim and giant pompom. Extreme knits and yarns are a huge trend in the fashion and knitwear industry right now, so this pattern uses the yarn held double to get a...

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