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Celebrating Knitting Traditions

Feb 15, 2010

A note from Kathleen: One of the things I like most about knitting is sharing the experience with others—those who came before us and, hopefully, those who will follow! Our new special publication, Knitting Traditions, offers projects and inspiration that links all of us present-day knitters to those knitters of the past, knitters who knitted for joy and necessity, learning new techniques from each other and from their mothers and grandmothers (and fathers and grandfathers!). Those knitters didn't have the internet or even a local yarn shop, but they loved the craft just as much as we all do, and they shared tips and tricks with each other just as we do now.

Knitting Traditions will bring you closer to knitters of yesterday while offering you skills to take your knitting to tomorrow and beyond. For example, there's an article about knitting socks two at a time, one inside the other. Why yes, you did hear me right—One. Inside. The. Other!

Now here's editor Jeane Hutchins to introduce you to this extra-special magazine.

Keeping Traditions Alive

More and more people are picking up needles and yarn or thread and beginning their own knitting journeys. That's why I'm totally jazzed to have this opportunity to tell you about Knitting Traditions, a 148-page special magazine publication from PieceWork.

Whether you just started knitting or are an old hand, Knitting Traditions provides some context for the journey—we are, after all, following the paths created by master knitters of the past. For example, did you know fourteenth-century Italian artists painted pictures of the Madonna knitting? Knitting is just steeped in tradition!

Here's a glimpse of Knitting Traditions:

  • Learn how Peruvians used cactus thorns as needles to fashion exquisite tiny figures.
  • See a glove with a romantic history knitted in Sweden during the sixteenth century.
  • Explore the brilliance of Andean knitting, using the traditional zigzag intarsia method to work small spots of color.
  • Discover the "art knitting" produced by German designers in the early decades of the twentieth century.
  • And more!

Sweet baby socks Colorful Swedish mittens The vivid Wild Apple Pullover

In addition to knitting's rich history, there are an amazing number of similarities among techniques and motifs. Two examples: the technique of knitting stockings from the toe up is a custom in several countries, including Turkey and Bulgaria, and the unusual knitting-from-the-back technique is used by knitters in the Peruvian highlands and by the Samí people, who used to roam freely with their reindeer over parts of modern-day Sweden, Norway, Russia, and Finland.

The Knitting Traditions contributors are a veritable "Who's Who" of late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century knitting designers. Among them are Anna Zilboorg (her vividly colorful Turkish stockings are on the cover), Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Nancy Bush, Galina Khmeleva, Mary Walker Phillips, and many more. Is this an amazing list, or what??!!

A luxurious cap Squares and an edging An elegant Stork's Nest scarf

Projects include socks, items for baby, gloves, mittens, mitts, cuffs, sweaters, shawls, scarves, caps, and edgings; step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs accompany each. Indulge your passion for knitting with Knitting Traditions.

I hope your journey is excellent!


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zelda3 wrote
on May 18, 2011 6:59 PM

I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this magazine!!!  I bought it by chance while killing time at a bookstore.  I have since searched all over the net for the 1st edition.  I tell everyone at the knitting shops that I frequent how much I LOVE it!  Even the owners of one shop ran out to buy it after I showed my copy to them!  I look forward to all the coming issues.  THANK YOU for making it!!!

on Nov 20, 2010 2:27 PM

Started knitting one of the Turkish socks and have run into a problem on rows 12 and 13...the written instructions DO NOT match the colour chart. Is there some way to get clarity on the patterns when there is a problem?

gayle@2 wrote
on Mar 9, 2010 5:17 PM

I love the patterns, but have run into problems working the New Zealand Shetland lace bonnet and booties. Is there a page for corrections? I'm not a newbie knitter, but the lace pattern has me puzzled

Knitvision wrote
on Feb 17, 2010 5:24 AM

Can't wait to see this!

on Feb 16, 2010 2:53 PM

It's out now, so look at your newsstands or order one from Interweave.

LauraR@15 wrote
on Feb 16, 2010 6:49 AM

Is this out now?  If not, when will it be out?

mauserati wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 4:53 PM

ETA for the newstands?

Yes, o-ne sock inside the other: If you're proficient at doubl-e -knitting, this technique will be pretty familiar.

ElisaE wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 12:00 PM

Does _Knitting Traditions_ consists of reprinted articles, new articles, or a combination of both?

cynthia56 wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 9:38 AM

You got my attention when you mentioned Native American but I will not buy anything when a price is not mentioned.

McKennaO wrote
on Feb 15, 2010 7:19 AM

Like you, Kathleen, I immediately focused on the 'knitting two socks at once' part. How very, very cool. Have already ordered Knitting Traditions if for no other reason.