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Spoil Yourself With These Great Knit & Crochet Patterns!

Spoil Yourself With These Great Knit & Crochet Patterns!

January 03, 2019 2 min read 0 Comments

The holidays are over, but the weather is still frightful outside. What better time to stay indoors and craft something luscious for yourself? Today we’re highlighting a few patterns to knit or crochet for yourself in the new year!

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Last-Minute Gifts For Yarn Lovers

Last-Minute Gifts For Yarn Lovers

December 17, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

If your wish list needs a few more items or your loved ones need some hints on what to get the knitter who has everything (you know who you are!!), here are a few of our favourite knitting tools and accessories which are perfect for last-minute gifting - or treating yourself! 
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Tutorial: Mastering the Kitchener Stitch

Tutorial: Mastering the Kitchener Stitch

November 08, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

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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Holiday Gift Knitting & Crochet Pattern Round-Up

Holiday Gift Knitting & Crochet Pattern Round-Up

October 23, 2018 2 min read 0 Comments

The holidays are fast approaching and that means gift knitting (and crocheting!) is in full swing. Whether you’re creating gifts for the special people in your life, or just looking to relax and craft something special for yourself, we hope you’ll enjoy the season with our yarns and patterns. Today we share our favourite new patterns to inspire your holiday gift-making!

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Meet the Dyepot Dabblers

Meet the Dyepot Dabblers

September 13, 2018 3 min read 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered who makes the yarn you hold in your hands? With the release our new Dyepot Dabblers series of colours, we thought it was the perfect time to introduce our hard-working Zen Yarn Garden team responsible for making sure each skein of yarn is a true work of art.
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Knitting From Sock Blanks

Knitting From Sock Blanks

August 29, 2018 4 min read 0 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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 Comments

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 0 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 0 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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