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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

Sometimes figuring out which cast on technique to use is the hardest part of a project— but don’t let that stop you from making the project 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 On.. You’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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Create Wearable Art With Natural Luxury Fibres

Create Wearable Art With Natural Luxury Fibres

April 24, 2018 2 min read

Our yarn is special. We know you put your heart and soul into your crafts and we want to create the very best materials for you to work with. Every hank you buy is destined to have many hours in your stash and on your needles before it becomes a garment or accessory item that you will wear proudly - with each skein, we strive to reflect the same passion that you have for your projects and craft in our yarns.

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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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Treat Yourself With Free Patterns to Knit & Crochet

Treat Yourself With Free Patterns to Knit & Crochet

December 19, 2017 2 min read 1 Comment

As you cross the holiday gift-making finishing line this year, reward yourself with a brand-new project that's just for YOU! Some may call it "selfish" knitting or crocheting, but we think it's an essential part of crafting, especially if you tend to knit or crochet for others. There's nothing like indulging in a few skeins of luxurious yarn in your favorite colour and finding the perfect pattern to make them sing. Today, we share some of our favourite free patterns to knit and crochet with our yarns. 

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Single Skein Pattern Round Up

Single Skein Pattern Round Up

October 18, 2017 2 min read 2 Comments

Looking for a quick knit, or have a single skein leftover from a larger project and wondering what to do with it? Look no further! We’ve put together a roundup of amazing single skein projects for several of our yarns: In the fingering weight category, we rounded up patterns that would be great for our Serenity 20, Superfine Fingering weight, or Superfine Glitter, which are all 400 yards per skein.

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Knitting Patterns for Gradient Sets

Knitting Patterns for Gradient Sets

July 17, 2017 2 min read 13 Comments

Lots of knitters see gorgeous gradient knits, but it can be hard to figure out how to create that effect in your own knitting. Gradient knits are uniquely beautiful because of the yarn - when you have a set that is perfectly matched, you can knit with confidence knowing that it will turn out beautifully. Our gradient sets mostly come in skeins of 3 for a total of 600 yards.

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