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Provisional cast on by Purl Bee. With smooth waste yarn and a crochet hook, chain a few more stitches than you will be casting on. Insert the knitting needle into each bump on the back of the crochet chain, and using the yarn you are knitting with, pick up however many stitches you're casting on.

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Mattress Stitch Tutorial: Horizontal Seams

How To Do Mattress Stitch: Horizontal Seams ✿Teresa Restegui✿

Chain selvedge This is a simple trick that produces a neat and attractive finish on a selvedge edge. All you have to do is slip the first stitch of every row purl-wise and knit the last stitch of every row.

Is it cold in your part of the world now? Here's a DIY blanket that might interest you! This crocheted mermaid tail blanket is just perfect for keeping your legs warm without having to crawl back to bed. Also, they're nicer to see in the living room than a bed blanket. ;) Get more DIY mermaid tail blanket inspiration from the album on our site and learn how to make it!