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Start a knitting craft business

How to Start a Knitting Craft Business

December 31, 2020 2 min read

When you are passionate about a hobby, it makes perfect sense that you would consider turning it into a business. Zen Yarn Garden began as the result of our passion for yarn and textile crafts, so we get it. If you have been dreaming of playing in yarn all day and knitting for hours on end, it may be time for you to turn your knitting passion into a lucrative craft business. 
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Tips for knitting for babies and toddlers

Tips for Knitting for Babies and Toddlers

December 23, 2020 2 min read

One of the most fun parts of knitting is creating tiny baby booties and lovely infant blankets. Not only are baby garments adorable, but they are pretty quick to knit. Knitting for little ones is a bit different than knitting for the adults in our lives. We put together a few tips to help you knit the best possible garments for the babies and toddlers in your life.
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Reasons to Knit a Sweater

5 Reasons to Knit a Sweater Today

December 17, 2020 3 min read

Whether you are a beginner knitter or have years of knitting experience, knitting a sweater is an important milestone. If you typically knit baby booties, scarves, or blankets, this blog post is for you. As long as you can cast on, knit, purl, work the basic decreases, pick up stitches and bind off, you have the skills to knit a sweater.
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Knitting should be taught in the classroom

5 Reasons Why Knitting Should Be Taught in Schools

December 08, 2020 2 min read

Reading, writing, and knitting? It may sound strange but there are countless reasons why life skills, like knitting, should be taught in schools. Besides being fun and encouraging creativity, knitting has several important benefits for children.
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Is Knitting A Dying Art

Is Knitting Becoming a Dying Art?

November 19, 2020 2 min read

For most of human history, living life simply meant performing the necessary tasks to survive another day. We cultivated a collection of "survival skills" so that we could literally survive the elements and not get ourselves killed. We learned to make fires, build shelter, and we learned to knit. The development of these skills evolved over hundreds of years and the inability to master them could mean that you die. 
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What is a knitting lifeline

What is a Knitting Lifeline and How Do I Use It?

November 12, 2020 2 min read

Have you ever said something you later regretted? Or maybe you made a big mistake and wish you could get a redo. In knitting, there is a way to squash your regrets and right your wrongs. This magical solution is called a knitting lifeline.
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How to read a knitting pattern

How to Read Knitting Patterns for Beginner Knitters

November 05, 2020 3 min read

If you are a new knitter who haspurchased knitting supplies and learnedhow to cast on, bind off and even work the purl stitch, you may feel ready to dive into your firstknitting pattern. You carefully select one that seems fun for a beginner and you are ready to get started. But, wait! Why does it seem as if your knitting pattern is written in a foreign language? 
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Top 10 Favorite Knitting Pinterest Boards

Our Top 10 Favorite Knitting Pinterest Boards

October 30, 2020 3 min read

The moment I log onto Pinterest, I feel like I have entered a world where a ridiculous amount of fantastic ideas swirl around resulting in immense joy. In Pinterest, the world make sense and everything is lovely. The topic of knitting is no exception. Pinterest is a treasure trove for all things knitting related. A few Pinterest boards for knitters stand out and I would love to share them.
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10 Famous Celebrities Who Love Knitting

10 Famous Celebrities Who Love Knitting

October 23, 2020 3 min read

One of the best things we have seen lately is the Geico commercial featuring  John Stamos knitting a scarf. When he gives it to Jeanne, she compliments his stitch pattern and he flippantly replies that it is a double fleck pattern with reverse garter stitch- no big deal. It is hilarious and timely. We started wondering how many celebrities knit in real life. It makes sense for people who work long hours and travel.
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5 Knitting Projects for Beginners

5 Knitting Projects for Beginners

October 05, 2020 2 min read

If you have just recently started knitting, you may feel intimidated by many of the projects you would love to create. It is important to push past the initial intimidation and find your stride. There are many beginner projects that will allow you to create a beautiful garment while learning new stitches and techniques. These knitting projects for beginners will boost your confidence and the results will be a pleasant surprise.
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Entrelac knitting

What Is Entrelac Knitting (Spoiler: It's Amazing)

September 26, 2020 3 min read

If you have never heard of entrelac knitting, prepare to be amazed. An advanced technique, this style of knitting creates a fantastic woven texture. Entrelac is a French word that means "interlace" so it makes perfect sense. It is a bit different from a traditional basket weave stitch because it works on a diagonal to give the appearance of actual strips of knitting. It is composed of tiers of blocks that are set on their points. The entrelac style requires working in short rows. It looks beautiful in one solid color or with multiple colors. 
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Guide to Multitasking While Knitting

Guide to Multitasking While Knitting

September 11, 2020 3 min read

Unlike many other crafts that required our dedicated attention, knitting is the multitasker's dream. Do you want to get caught up on your Netflix show or knit? You don't have to choose. You can do both. Brilliant! 
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