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Japanese Short Rows

The first time I encountered the term Japanese Short Rows was on the blog if nona Knits then you can too. I was fascinated by the technique and had to try it out on a project I was working on … Continue reading

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Types of Seams

Japanese knit and crochet patterns are very standardized, and follow the same basic layout style that has been in place for decades. The diagrams and stitch patterns are detailed and not difficult for experienced knitters and crocheters to work from with very … Continue reading

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Crochet Double Chain (二重鎖編み)

I had my eye on a pretty capelet crochet pattern from this Japanese pattern book (Spring/Summer Handknit Collection for Women No. 7) for a few months, but didn’t have the right yarn on hand to start it until recently. So … Continue reading

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Japanese Needle and Hook Size Conversions

Introduction In Japan, as with the rest of the world, crafters typically use needles (棒針, bouhari) for knitting and hooks (かぎ針, kagibari) for crochet. In a Japanese knit/crochet pattern, the needle/hook section is often designated with one of the following: … Continue reading

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Vintage Japanese Craft Book Covers

In late 2009 my mom gave me her old Japanese pattern books, containing primarily knitting and crochet projects but including other crafts such as sewing, embroidery, and cross stitch. I’ll share a few of the covers with you. Maybe in the … Continue reading

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