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What is the Oeko-Tex standard 100?

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The Oeko Tex  standard 100 is an environmental certification for yarns and textiles. Oeko-Tex standard 100 tests for harmful substances, including: legally banned and controlled substances  chemicals known to be harmful to the health (but not yet legally controlled)  parameters for health protection. Only textiles and yarns that have been tested for Oeko-Tex 100 will receive the certification.  According to the Oeko Tex website,  Product certification according to OEKO-TEX® is only possible if all components of an item comply with the required test criteria without exception. [...] The criteria for OEKO-TEX® testing for harmful substances are revised every year and are...

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How to use the Prym Knitting Gauge Converter Tool

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Have you ever found a gorgeous pattern only to realise that you simply can't get the tension right? Or maybe the yarn is no longer available and you need to adapt your pattern to a different yarn? Maybe you simply want to make the pattern larger or smaller and need to work out how many stitches you need to cast on? The Prym Knitting Gauge Converter Tool is a brilliant little gadget helps you change the number of stitches and rows to suit your yarn or your tension. 

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Choosing the right yarn for your project

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Maybe you have an idea for a jumper or a pattern for a scarf but no yarn yet. How do you find the right yarn for your project? Familiarise yourself with the properties of different fibres before you choose your yarn. Think about how different fibres behave and feel. Are you going to knit or crochet with your yarn? Do you prefer 100% natural fibres? How are you going to use your project? A beautiful and expensive yarn does not guarantee the right kind of outcome if you don't consider the quality of the fibres first. Structure & flexibility Do you want to make something...

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Help - I love this pattern but want to do it in a different size!

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How to convert a knitting pattern to your size  You have found a great knitting pattern for a jumper but it doesn’t come in your size – what do you do? I get quite a few enquiries for help with adjusting knitting patterns, so I thought you may find these instructions useful. It is possible to convert most patterns so that they suit your requirements. Here are the most important steps: Step 1: Make a tension square Before you do anything else, you need to knit up a tension square in the yarn you are planning to use and in the stitch pattern...

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Make your own extra-bulky yarn for arm-knitting!

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You may have seen them on Pinterest or Facebook: Ultra-chunky throws and blankets made with super-bulky yarns. Why not make your own super-bulky yarn?

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