Enchanted Knits 2014

I believe the best fairy tales are about transformation, shaking our belief that what is shall always be so. The change can be magical and physical, such as the beast who becomes a handsome prince through pure love. It can be tricky, like the wolf who passes for Grandmother by simply donning her clothing. Or it can be subtler and more earthly, like the ugly duckling whose looks change over the slow passage of time. Knitting is our act of transformation. Not every knitter works with such desperate urgency as the princess for her brothers the Wild Swans, but working yarn into frothy shawls or sturdy mitts is a slow act of storytelling in stitches. Like the fairy tales, knitting patterns sometimes seem inscrutable but they often reveal unexpected lessons to the careful knitter.

You’ll find fairy tales both moral and magical in this issue. As you work through the designs, remember two things:

If the pattern seems to be disguised under a spell, check the glossary at knitting daily.com for techniques and other assistance.

And no matter how tempting it may be to charm your needles into knitting by themselves, the Sorcerer’s Apprentice reminds us that objects bewitched may not always do our bidding. (In other words: Check your work, read your knitting, and enjoy the process.)

I hope you fall under the spell of your knitting.

Anne Merrow, editor



Ordinary in the Extraordinary

Sylvania Cardigan  by Gabrielle Vézina

 Honest Woodsman Pullover by Kathleen Dames


Woodcutter Socks by Rachel Coopey

Giant Slayer's Vine Scarf by Andrea Jurgrau

Into the Magic Forest Blanket by Melanie Berg

Hansel & Gretel Socks by Rachel Coopey


Eglantine Sleeves by Lynne Vogel

White Queen Stole by Susanna IC

Maleficent's Cloak by Vicki Square



Colubrida Wrap by Angela Hahn


Hervor's Undermittens by Jen Hagan




Riddles with Dragons Shawl by Kate Poe

The Classics

Snowdrop Cowl by Andrea Jurgrau

Red Rose Cowl by Andrea Jurgrau

Rumpelstiltskin's Wrap by Moira Engel

Hunger for Rampion Pullover by Jen Hagan

String of Flowers Circlet by Sarah Gomez

Taking Flight Kerchief by Jennifer Chase-Rappaport


Singeli's Silver Slippers by Lisa Jacobs


Undine Shawlette by Andrea Jurgrau



Merlin Sweater by Anne Podlesak

Nature's Magic

Kitsunetsuki Cardigan by Emma Welford

Among the Birches Shawl by Kate Larson

Butterfly Fairy Tank by Izumi Ouchi

Chloris Sontag by T.L. Alexandria Volk

The Entwife's Coat by Theressa Silver

A Bit of Magic


Thumbelina's Dress by Josie Mercier



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miingan wrote
on Oct 20, 2014 1:08 PM

love the designs - hope you plan more :D

miingan wrote
on Oct 20, 2014 1:08 PM

love the designs - hope you plan more :D