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Changing Yarn Colour with the Magic Knot

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The magic knot can a game changer in crochet and knitting, especially for yarns with a bit of grip and in patterns that require frequent colour changes. Used correctly, it can completely eliminate any need to sew in lots of ends. Once you're over the fear of cutting your yarn so close to the  knot, there's really no looking back. Check out this great video from Bella Coco for a simple guide on how to get it right. If you prefer pictures, Nelkin Designs has a good tutorial. But using the magic knot with a change of colour can be a little...

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Five Crochet Hacks Everyone Should Know

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The best hacks make your life easier - and crochet is no exception. Here's five of the most useful we've come across.   1. Magic Circle Like many people, you probably learned the traditional way to start off a granny square or other projects that begin with crochet in the round – simply chain a few stitches, then slip stitch to join each end together. The magic circle - sometimes known as the magic ring or magic loop - is quicker and easier, and enables you to create a nice tight centre for projects like amigurumi. Yes, it takes a...

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