How to Choose The Right Amount Of Yarn For Any Project

How to Choose The Right Amount Of Yarn For Any Project

April 16, 2019 4 min read 3 Comments

We're often asked how many skeins of yarn it takes to make [insert type of project here]? The answer is always, it depends. Though there are some general guidelines for yarn amounts, there are a lot of factors to take into consideration when choosing yarn for a project. Today we’ll share our best tips and tricks so you can choose the right amount of yarn for your project every time.
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Swatching: A Knitter's Guide

Swatching: A Knitter's Guide

March 05, 2019 3 min read 5 Comments

Swatching: that one little word that every knitter dreads. In this post, we talk about why swatching is necessary and share our best tips for swatching so that you can put it into practice for your next project.
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Tutorial: Mastering the Kitchener Stitch

Tutorial: Mastering the Kitchener Stitch

November 08, 2018 3 min read

In knitting, there are many ways of joining knit pieces together, which is commonly called seaming or grafting. Kitchener stitch is a way of grafting two pieces of knitting together and creating what becomes an invisible join that blends into the rest of your finished piece.
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Knitting From Sock Blanks

Knitting From Sock Blanks

August 29, 2018 4 min read 6 Comments

Sock blanks are made from fingering weight yarns which have been knit up into fabric prior to dyeing. They kind of resemble short scarves! This creates a canvas on which we paint our own artistic colourways onto the fabric, and since each blank is individually hand-dyed, no two are exactly alike. Projects made from a sock blank knit and crochet up in truly unique ways! There are three main ways you can choose to work with your sock blank; each is detailed below.
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Knitting Tutorial: 3 Ways to Cast On Stitches

Knitting Tutorial: 3 Ways to Cast On Stitches

August 01, 2018 2 min read 1 Comment

The hardest part to starting any new knitting project is casting on, and sometimes figuring out which of the many cast on techniques to use. But don’t let that stop you from making the projects of your dreams! We’ve created a short video to show how to do three of the most popular cast ons in knitting: the Long Tail Cast On, the Knitted Cast On and the Cable Cast OnYou’ll see each technique up close and personal, learning helpful tips  to ensure a successful start with each one. 

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Coordinating hand-dyed colourways of yarn from Zen Yarn Garden

Choosing the Perfect Hand-Dyed Yarn Colours for Knitting & Crochet Projects

June 29, 2018 2 min read

At Zen Yarn Garden, we hand paint our colourways with the idea that you should be able to easily choose complementary or contrasting colours for your beautiful projects. This year, we have created sets of colors which make it even easier for you to do this - and did you know that even our labels guide you in finding the matching colours with ease? As always, your yarn is hand dyed to order, so you are always receiving specially-made yarn that is perfect for your next project. 
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How to Weave in Yarn Ends on Your Finished Knitting Project

How to Weave in Yarn Ends on Your Finished Knitting Project

May 24, 2018 3 min read 1 Comment

We know how much time you spend crafting your projects: choosing the perfect pattern and yarn, and then knitting, crocheting or weaving your project. In today’s tutorial, we’ll discuss how to weave in ends using duplicate stitch on the wrong side of your work, both in garter and stockinette stitch. This method is simple to learn and use, with the added bonus that it blends in perfectly, giving each and every project you create the perfect finish. 
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How to Block Your Handknits Like A Pro

How to Block Your Handknits Like A Pro

March 09, 2018 5 min read 6 Comments

We have received quite a few questions about how best to block those gorgeous knitted (and crocheted!) projects once you are finished creating them. Today’s post explores your options for putting the finishing touch on your Zen Yarn Garden project.

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The Secrets of Handdyed Yarns

The Secrets of Handdyed Yarns

January 16, 2018 3 min read 2 Comments

Today we’d like to demystify buying independent hand-dyed yarn. What are some good tips and tricks for selecting our yarns for your projects? What are the secrets behind Zen Yarn Garden handdyed yarns?

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