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Jumbo Yarn: How To join your ends

One of the best things about Jumbo Yarn is that you don't have to weave in ends! Hooray! Sure, there is a tiny bit of sewing if you want a professional looking finish, but that's ok. If you don't, you can knot the ends together (which is especially good on pillows because you can hide the knot on the inside!) Get your ends and squish them about a bit so they are a uniform shape. Trim off any threads from the ends. Grab a sewing needle and thread in a shade matching your yarn, and tie a knot in the end. I like to use Gutermann thread, as it is strong and comes in a huge range of colours! Insert...

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HOW TO: Knit your own Jumbo Cushion

Want touch of extreme knitting to your home? This Jumbo Yarn round cushion is super fun to knit and you can whip it up in under 30 minutes! Keep reading below to make your own. Materials: 25mm circular knitting needles 1 ball of KNIT SAFARI Jumbo Yarn a round cushion insert, approximately 30cm in diameter Techniques: circular knitting Tension: 3 stitches x 4 rows = 10cm/4" square for Knit stitch Measurements: Approximately 30cm in diameter Instructions: Cast on 6 stitches, and join in the round, taking care not to twist your cast on edge. Place stitch marker. *Knit 1, increase 1*, repeating the section in between the stars to the end of the round. (12 stitches) Repeat Step 2. (24 stitches) Knit 3...

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Extreme Knitting: an alternative to Merino Roving

There is no doubt that extreme knitting has revolutionised the knitting world, with hundreds and thousands of photos on Instagram and Pinterest just making it even more desirable. The trouble is, the process of knitting with merino roving is long and time consuming. First you need to source your giant bump of merino, knit it up into a blanket, then painstakingly hand felt the knitted strands to strengthen the fibres, before letting it dry out properly. Without the felting process, the huge weight of the unbelted blanket can make the fibres stretch, split and eventually break. And if you don't like using animal fibres? Well you are stuck.There are amazing crafters and knitters out there doing fabulous things with ethically...

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