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4 Tips for sewing with stretch materials like jersey and sweatshirt fabric

SWEATER OR JERSEY

In today’s post we are going to explain how to successfully sew fabrics like jersey and sweatshirt. With these recommendations you’ll see that sewing knit fabrics is much easier than you think. These days jersey t-shirt fabrics and sweatshirt fabrics are on trend with people who sew. This is thanks to them being so comfortable to wear and easy to sew, when you follow a few guidelines whilst working with them. The range of elastic fabrics available is very varied depending on their composition. However, they all have something in common, they do not unravel. Our jersey and sweatshirt fabrics…

12 knit jumpers with a history: discover the origin of some of the traditional knit designs

Knit jumpers

Would you like to know the origin of some traditional knit designs? If so, we suggest that you take a tour of the knit jumpers and jackets in our Essentials 13 magazine. We are going to investigate the history of stitches like cables, jacquard and aran. Discover some of the curiosities and legends that lie behind the 12 knit jumpers and jackets. Of course, we rescue the classics in this selection of garments, but we also bring you Essentials details by Katia. Knit jumpers with a history Jacquard Stitch This stitch method got its name from Joseph Marie Jacquard, the man…

How to knit a pair of identical socks with one ball of Katia Jacquard Symmetric Socks

How to knit socks

The cold winter weather is coming, an ideal time for knitting socks. Haven’t you taken the plunge to try your first pair of socks yet? In these step by step instructions we are going to show you how to knit socks using only one ball of Katia Jacquard Symmetric Socks. This yarns perfect colour cycle for socks guarantees a pair of identical socks. How is the jacquard pattern worked? Really easily: You are going to to knit jacquard borders whilst working, without having to follow graphs or make any colour changes. Magic! How to knit socks In each ball of…

2 Special Knitted Turbans inspired by Maria and her sister

“I’ve been using your yarns for years because I love the quality and the fact that they allow you to make projects that last for years whilst maintaining their original appearance. I’ve searched online for some kind of turban to knit for my sister, who was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and started chemotherapy a few days ago…” That’s how the email that Maria sent us a week ago started. After checking that we really didn’t have any knitted turbans amongst out patterns, we started to knit. As a result, today on the19th of October, World Breast Cancer Day, we are…

Learn how to sew cuffs and waistband onto trousers and sweat tops

sew cuffs waistbands

In our second sewing class we want to show you how to sew cuffs and waistbands in jersey and sweat or fleece type fabrics. It is an easy step to do, but may seem  little complicated if it’s your first time. Many of the patterns that you can find in our collection are made using elastic jersey fabrics. Which are finished off with cuffs and waistbands. Sweat tops and trousers are the protagonists of today’s class. You have the option of using cuff fabric or the same fabric which the garment is made from. Jersey fabric is more elastic than…

Alaska Rug Videotutorial: Home Decor idea to use up or recycle leftover yarns

Rug Videotutorial

Have you got some leftover yarns at home? If you have, pay attention to our Alaska Rug videotutorial. We are sharing a decor idea to recycle those yarns that you’ve got stored away without a particular project in mind. Of course, if you don’t have leftover yarns at home, you can still make the rug. In fact, in our Alaska Rug video tutorial we show how to make a knotted rug using balls of Katia Alaska. This is definitely a project for handicraft lovers who like to make decorative projects with yarns. Learn this simple technique and make a rug that’s…

Discover the secrets of the Rigid Heddle Loom with these two shawls by ‘El Cabo de Valentina’

Rigid Heddle Loom

Do you know about the rigid heddle loom? Discover the secrets of this fascinating textile technique with Mariajo from El Cabo de Valentina. Warp, shuttles, warping board, heddle… get to know the parts of a rigid heddle loom; and how it works with these two woven shawls made with Katia Fair Cotton and Saint Tropez. A few years ago, on a trip to Argentina “I saw the women weaving and knew I had to do that”, Mariajo recalls. She visited the American country various times with the intention to learn how to weave with a rigid heddle loom. “When you are entrapped by the yarns,…

Learn embroidery with Gimena Romero and her video Back Step Stitch using Katia Cablè 5

Back Step Stitch

Stitch by stitch… that’s how you learn embroidery. Calmly, with passion and enthusiasm! As transmitted by Gimena Romero, the restless Mexican embroidery artist who is the protagonist of this Craft Lovers. The talented Gimena shares a beautiful embroidered illustration using Katia Cablè 5 with us. This whole creation is embroidered using ‘Back Step’ Stitch. It’s a really easy stitch to do. Furthermore, you have a video and some useful tips about embroidery to help you. Discover a marvellous technique! You’ll be able to apply to numerous creative projects. Back Step Stitch “Hi, I’m Gimena Romero and today we’re going to do Back step…

5 Crochet Bookmarks: Peter Pan, Little Red Riding Hood, Harry Potter, Snow White and the Little Prince

Crochet Bookmarks

Are crocheting, knitting and reading some of your favourite hobbies? If the answer is affirmative, you make us so happy! Because in addition to enjoying reading, you’re going to have fun making these 5 crochet Bookmarks: The Little Prince, Snow White, Harry Potter, Little Red Riding Hood and Peter Pan. That’s right! Accompany your reading with the protagonists of some of the most famous fairy tales. You only need a few mini balls of Katia Amigurumi 100% Cotton and to download the pattern here. This is our gift to celebrate Book Day with you. We hope that you feel inspired…

DIY 2nd Life Sweater: how to easily recycle a jumper using Katia Paris

DIY 2nd Life Sweater

Follow our DIY 2nd Life Sweater video and take note of all the possibilities there are for customising an old jumper. As well as being able to knit or crochet a soft shiny scarf with one ball of Katia Paris, this fantasy yarn is your best ally to help you easily recycle a jumper and convert it into a new garment. Even if your jumper is stained or you just got tired of wearing it, with this tutorial you’ll manage to breathe new life into it and transform it into a cutting edge garment. If you’ve got a damaged jumper,…