The Ultimate Stash-Buster: Modular Knitting!

Ingrid Brundin's modular-knitted arm warmers from the Summer 2010 issue of Spin-Off

I've invited Amy Clarke Moore, editor of Spin-Off magazine, to introduce you to a fabulous project from the most recent Spin-Off issue: Ingrid Brundin's modular knitting using shell shapes as building blocks. Here's Amy to tell you more!

Like my mom and her mother before her, I'm a saver. If I have a little bit of yarn left over from a project, I save it. I might need it some day! A lot of my knitting and spinning friends are the same way. Are you like me? Do you save your bits of yarn?

When I first met Ingrid Brundin at SOAR (Spin-Off Autumn Retreat) a couple years ago, I knew I had met a kindred spirit. She is also clearly a saver. She was sporting these colorful arm warmers (a modular knitting project that she made with some of her first handspun yarns) and was brimming with ideas for even more projects made with small bits of yarn.

Modular knitting is perfect for using up the leftover bits of yarn from other knitting projects.

One thing led to another, and before long we had the project scheduled for the Summer 2010 issue of Spin-Off magazine.

Seeing Ingrid's shells made me itch to make some myself. What a perfect excuse to pull out my clear plastic shoe boxes of colored bits of yarn saved from various projects (organized by color, of course) to try out the pattern and dream about what my shells could become—a scarf, a hat, a small baby blanket, or crazy leg warmers for my five-year-old daughter.

While the kids were playing in the yard on a beautiful summer day, I selected some colors and cast on. I chose bright green hues to reflect the verdant green of our yard after three days of rain (unusual for our normally arid climate).

Here's the pattern for one of the shells (there are a couple more shell patterns in the magazine, so check out the whole article there!).


Here's a visual that shows how the individual shells become a unique fabric.

Cast on 33 stitches (or pick them up from your knitting).
Row 1: Purl.
Row 2: Knit.
Row 3: K2tog tbl across until 1 st rem; end k1 (17 sts rem).
Row 4: Purl.
Row 5: Purl.
Row 6: Knit.
Row 7: Purl.
Row 8: Purl.
Row 9: K2tog tbl, k1; repeat from * until 2 sts rem; end k2tog tbl (11 sts rem).
Row 10: Knit.
Row 11: Purl.
Row 12: Knit.
Row 13: K2tog tbl, knit to last 2 sts, and end row with k2tog tbl (9 sts rem).
Row 14: Purl.
Row 15: Purl.
Row 16: Knit.
Row 17: Purl.
Row 18: Purl.
Row 19: K2tog tbl, knit to last 2 sts, and end row with k2tog tbl (7sts rem).
Row 20: Knit.
Row 21: Purl.
Row 22: Knit.
Row 23: K2tog tbl, knit to last 2 sts, and end row with k2tog tbl (5 sts rem).
Row 24: Purl.
Row 25: K2tog tbl, k1, k2tog tbl (3 sts rem).
Row 26: Purl.
Row 27: Sssk, cut yarn.

I love modular knitting. It gives me a sense of accomplishment—each piece made is like a stepping stone on the path to completing the project. It reflects my life, too, which is full of little bits of borrowed time to work on knitting projects—a couple minutes here and there to watch the stitches slide from one needle to the next with the small bits of yarn that I've saved just for this day.

Enjoy your summer!

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About Kathleen Cubley

Hello daily knitters! I'm the editor of Knitting Daily. I've been obsessed with knitting for about ten years now and my favorite projects are sweaters. I like the occasional smaller project, but there's nothing like yards of stockinette with a well-placed cable or a subtle stitch pattern here and there. I crochet a bit now and then—especially when I need to produce a baby blanket in time for the baby shower. I've been in publishing for 20 years and I'm finally exactly where I want to be: at the crossroads of knitting and communication. I live in Spokane, Washington and when I'm not knitting I enjoy gardening, snuggling with my dogs, swimming, reading, and playing in the snow in the winter. But, really, I'm pretty much always knitting!

133 thoughts on “The Ultimate Stash-Buster: Modular Knitting!

  1. I get spinoff but haven’t looked at it yet, like to put things I know I will enjoy off, but this reminds me of free form knit and crochet which I love to do, so am very interested, I don’t do circles well, or crochet very much, so am totally interested in this. Sally

  2. who doesnt want to use up their left ovr yarn! but cant
    get a good idea of just what his is or looks like!
    could we see pics of whats being explained?

  3. I must admit I agree with another poster regarding this being “a poor attempt to sell more Spin-Off magazines.” Nearly all of the “XXX Daily” newsletters are purely marketing tools now and this is yet another example. Maybe consideration should be given to doing “XXXX Weekly” newsletters and include more usable/instructional content instead of the constant promotion of subscription or book sales.

  4. I’m thinking this is like crazy quilting or free form crochet and knitting. You just make a shell and then make another one off this first one in random pattern and keep going in that manner?????

  5. Some of my most fun patterns came without pictures. Going from 33 stitches to 3 stitches in 27 rows shouldn’t take too long to knit up. Looks like an adventure to me.

  6. I agree that is very silly not even giving us a picture of a square! if you can crochet then there are lots of books on making crochet blocks. If you can’t then make garter stitch squares “on point” is increase one stitch at the beg of each row until you have the desired size then dec 1 at the beg of each row. There’s even a book on making garments with that kind of square.

    Spinning? Heck, who has time for that? Our ancestors went through the entire industrial revolution to save us having to do that.

  7. I understand the process, but am having a great deal of difficulty imagining how to piece all of these clamshells together without having the resultant product look like a real throw-together. Sort of like a crazy quilt without all the embellishments.

  8. I can almost envision the ‘shell’ shape forming, but (BUT!) how do you knit *tbl* (through back loop?). I thought that was exclusive of crochet.

    Then how do you join these little things together? With one row scallop side down, the next scallop side up — or all scallops in the same direction? The next obvious question is: how/where do you pick up stitches?

  9. I can see the “Shell,” However I cannot fathom how “Arm warmers” or crazy leg warmers for your daughter could be made out of those shell shapes. A little elaboration would have been quite helpful. Apparently, I’m not the only one who doesn’t understand the concept.

  10. Folks, I think that image of what looks like clown vomit at the top IS the picture. You’re only looking for something else because you can’t believe this horrible thing made the newsletter. And I don’t want to see arm warmers made from that. It might sear my retinas.

  11. Yes, I agree with other posters. Knitting Daily has become too commercial. I realize you don’t get anything for free but there should be more “content” each day. I’m quickly losing interest in spending my limited online time here. The modular shells article does not give enough information or inspiration to try it out. Sorry.

  12. I know you have to make a buck to stay in business, and you can’t completely give away the farm. However, this article COMPLETELY lacks the quality I expect from anything related to Knitting Daily. The photos do not show anything that can really be seen (can’t even make out the arm warmers in the photo!), and one photo makes it look like you are making tiny ruffled triangular somethings. This does not entice me to buy your magazine. Like others who have commented, it feels as if you are doing nothing but trying to get us to buy the magazine, without giving us anything usable. That does not make me a more loyal customer; in fact, you’ve accomplished just the opposite, and I will be removing myself from getting further emails from you. It’s a bait and switch tactic at its finest–you bait me with the promise of some great ideas/patterns/instructions, and then waste my time by giving me nothing usable after I click through. This isn’t the first time, and I’ve had enough.

  13. I too am confused as a fairly new knitter I need more info. I crochet but had to quit doing very much because it is really hard on my hands but am trying knitting to help alleviate my hand issues so this project would be something I would love to use for practice. I am not into buying the magazines as of yet because of my skill level. Will look to that in the future but for now….please more information. Thanks in advance

  14. Hi! This is very exciting to me, but I agree with the other comments. The pictures don’t quite show what these shells look like. It would also be helpful to see how to construct a wearable out of them. Would you have any photos of something you’ve made? Thanks very much.

  15. I can’t believe you’d give bandwidth to this mess. Like almost everyone else, I have my share of small quantities of yarn, but there are plenty of options for using them up. I’m becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the “Daily” newsletters & delete more & more of them unread.

  16. Ditto! I can’t tell what the shell looks like or the finished project for that matter. Modular knitting sounds intriguing but maybe it’s just like crocheting up a bunch of granny squares.

  17. If you order the back issue of Summer 2010 Spin-Off magazine the whole pattern will be in it.
    I know they are merely trying to sell magazines, but it looks like I can adapt this matter and make an afghan. I make afghans for my Church to raffle off at our Autumn Fair.

  18. look closely folks! this is just the instructions for one shell, not the entire pattern. my point of view anyway. if you look closely you can see a sleeve in the first pic. apparently the pattern is in the summer issue of the spin-off magazine. someone was right when they said that you don’t get something for nothing and most good patterns are purchased. if you are familiar with modular knitting just apply it to your own pattern. you’ll be able to figure it out if you are a seasoned knitter. beginners may have a problem so you may have to get the book.

  19. The earlier clown vomit post made me laugh so hard i had to forward it to my husband; some of my favorite shirts qualify. The shells actually look like an interesting shape but without a little guidance on joining them together (orientation? crochet them together, or sew, or ?), I’m not making any. Still digging my way out of all the daisies I made as a kid…

  20. Great article. This is a great idea for left over yarn. I created the one shell as described, and it turned out perfectly. Really cute! Will try the other shells… The article clearly states: “Here’s the pattern for ONE of the shells (there are a couple more shell patterns in the magazine, so check out the whole article there!).” If you are a subscriber you will see how to connect each shell one to the other. Can’t wait to see the finished product.

  21. I can see how this could be very useful for leftover yarn, much like the modular blanket made from leftover sock yarn. It might have helped with the confusion to mention that, somehow, stitches will need to be picked up on the last completed shell in order to start the next one. Things that are “obvious” to experienced knitters aren’t always obvious to ALL knitters. And I’d really like to have gotten a complete, usable set of instructions, with the option to purchase the magazine in order to get the other shell patterns mentioned. Oh, well. I keep forgetting that this newsletter is a commercial and not really intended to do anything other than sell stuff.

  22. I’m with the majority of posters who are fed up with the constant marketing hype masquerading as a newsletter. That’s NEWS letter, guys, so it should have news in it, not just adverts. Yes you have a right to market your products, but there needs to be a balance, and at the moment the balance is much too far in the wrong direction.
    As for the shells, they look like they have potential, but without a bit more info about how to join them together, and useful pictures that show you what one shell should end up looking like, its next to useless.

  23. 1) that funny tool is a drop spindle–it’s what you can use to hand spin fiber into yarn.
    2) the article in the magazine is good and explains more completely
    3) I like the combination of the different information from all the magazines–I subscribe to a few of them so I get some of the articles and miss others–there is really only so many hours in a day!
    4) I’m going to try using some of my ‘bits’ stash to make a prayer shawl.
    5) please put in knitting abbreviations in future–not all of us live and breath knitting (or crocheting, spinning, weaving, etc.)

  24. Hi there everyone!

    Ask and you shall receive. Take a look again at the post for three images of the shells that I have just added. I think it is really interesting how they are joined to become a garment. I never would have expected them to look so fab together.


  25. Yippee! I wasn’t the only one that could not see the image. It appears that some images have been added since the original email. Thanks for prompt response to questions!!

  26. Well, it appears we got what we asked for………more pictures and a good idea of what these look like put together. As far as the other comments about the newsletter becoming just one giant advertisement for one publication or another, I’m going to venture this opinion. Nothing personal against Kathleen, but since Sandy left, the newsletter has changed drastically. It no longer has a “girlfriend, let’s talk knitting” attitude. What Powers That Be determined the change, I don’t know, but based on the rash of comments from irritated readers, I think it was the wrong move.

  27. This is hideous. And the example of “creative color blending” is really awful. Like several of the others, I would like to see a completed item made with these ugly little shells.

  28. ShannonH – ‘clown vomit’?!? Really, could you be any meaner? This is one person’s idea for using up left over yarn and it may not be your cup of tea but do you have to be cruel about it? Didn’t your mother ever tell you that if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all? I’m sure you’ve made things that are not loved by everyone too. Why don’t you try an come up with an idea and let us criticize it?

    People, try to be aware that there are real people with real feellings that write these things. If you have criticisms, be contructive and thoughtful.

  29. I agree with SMGW’s comment re advertising to sell books. Of course, you are in a business and we appreciate that. But it might be smarter to give us some ideas about how to use these modules without giving away ALL the secrets!
    Frustrating to find the shell pattern and then………….nothing.

  30. blah blah blah. this is one really bad pattern for a really bad looking something. Kind of a waste of my time opening email from Knitting Daily when there is nothing of any use day after day.

  31. Knitting is supposed to be relaxing, where is all this anger coming from. If you don’t like the idea that’s fine then don’t use it !!!!!

  32. I’m so glad to read that I am not the only knitter/crafter that has become increasingly disgusted with the “news” letters. As soon as I realize one is advertisement for one thing or another it is immediately in the delete file. Occasionally there is something to catch my interest, but not nearly as much as before Sandi left. So sad!!!

  33. The shells are something I might try, however it seems as if this article is just a tease to get knitters to buy Spin Off magazine for “the rest of the story” (how to make the shells into arm warmers or some other project). If Knitting Daily is going to remain primarily a vehicle for marketing other Interweave Press publications I will unsubscribe myself. If the complete directions for a project using knitted shells were in a Knitting Daily email, I might be drawn to experiment with the technique and finish a small project. If I liked that, then I would be more inclined to check out Spin Off magazine. However, I find this particular Knitting Daily “tease” email simply annoying.

  34. Ditto to all the negative posts. I am so disappointed in Knitting Daily. Anymore, when I see that it is a magazine sale, I delete it right away. This is not what KD should be all about. Take notice!!

  35. I enjoy opening Knitting Daily Newsletter. To those who say there are no good or interesting ideas in it – well, how about “The Most Important Knitting Tool” (hand exercises) and the “Tulip Button Hole” which is the best one out there and I had never heard of it before and “Is This Yarn Going to Pill”, or “Gauge and Yarn Substitutions and “Seed Stitch/St.St. Cable how to” and many more.

    Knitting techniques can be found on “Knitting Technique Tutorials” blog where there are many video and easy “how to” instructions.

    It is helpful to have some modular knitting experience, but if you don’t, go to your library and look at Vivian Hoxboro’s “Modular Knitting” book, then you’ll get the picture. And folks, lets stop this hate mail thing. It’s unproductive.

  36. I think this is a great show & tell. The idea of showing an “uncompleted” project is because it’s up to you what you want to piece your project into, right? Isn’t that the whole point of modular knitting? Thanks for posting, Interweave.

  37. OMG .. Calm down people. You can clearly see the “shell” pattern .. the little triangles are shaped like “shells” … If you can’t imagine a garment .. just make a blanket. I think this is a great idea for all that leftover stash in my stash! Buy the magazine if you want to see more .. that’s what they want you to do.

  38. And yes, I do agree that I do delete this newsletter most days without opening because it’s just a daily hammering to buy a magazine or a book (that I likely already have). I needs to either be a weekly newsletter with REAL content that helps build a community and the craft rather than just a tool to sell EXPENSIVE magazines. And I love Interweave stuff .. I’m just saying .. you are misjudging your audience.

  39. I guess the pictures of the shells and then creating fabric with the shells, was an after thought according to the other posts I read. But, I think the ‘shells’ are a cute way to use up odds and ends of yarn, or not. The shells would make an interesting afghan. I like modular knitting, it is fun to do, and I knitted a wonderful shopping bag with a linen yarn. The pattern was from intereweave press. The modular process was fun and it turned out great.

  40. I agree that directions for a small finished project would have been useful and appropriate. I think it would make a fun afghan – I like the wavy edge along the bottom but don’t see how to make an equally appealling edge on the top. Cast off in the middle of the motif? Maybe I could figure it out with some experimentation but finishing instructions would have been nice. It’s definitely last on my list of patterns to try.

  41. My word! You Americans are unbelievable! It is a free pattern of something someone likes. I just downloaded it and may be I will give it a try. But getting nasty and personal is not cricket. But maybe you don’t know what the game is and just think is a bug!!!!!

  42. This is why Knitting Daily emails go straight to my Junk mailbox now. Their goal always seems to make you buy something or other. What a disappointment. I wonder if it does help them commercially, because I just get very annoyed.

  43. I love it !!! it is something diferent and interesting , I can use my imagination and I can see many proyects using this idea !!! thank you …

  44. Hi Everyone. Thanks for all the feedback about my post–and thanks, Tiffany, for adding in the additional photos for how to join the shells.
    I apologize for not including more explicit directions for how to join the shells. The complete instructions for making the armwarmers are in the Summer 2010 issue of Spin-Off–but, like many knitting patterns geared at spinners, they are not as step-by-step as you are used to in a knitting magazine. In fact, I’d be surprised if many of our readers actually sit down and make the armwarmers. Spin-Off readers are more likely to take the idea and run in their own direction with it–sort of like what I was fantasizing about in my post.
    I think this has something to do with the nature of spinning, since we’re making decisions from the get go about the nature of our yarn. Spinners are likely to start changing things from the very beginning–the color of the fiber, the grist of the yarn, the type of fiber, and then the pattern itself. So, while we do provide knitting instructions (and weaving, crocheting, felting, etc.) in Spin-Off magazine, most of the time the directions are a departure point–a place to start–rather than a final destination.
    I’ll chalk this up as a learning experience and work on getting to know you (Knitting Daily readers) better so that I can write posts that are more appealing to you in the future.
    Best wishes,
    Amy Clarke Moore
    Editor of Spin-Off

  45. Have to agree with amost everyone else about this posting and the change in focus of the Knitting Daily newsletter in the following ways:
    1. Advertisements aren’t “news.” Everyone who gets the newletter understands that some advertisement is necessary to pay the bills. What we want is more news, less advertisement.
    2. This newsletter was sold to us as an “on-line type of guild for knitters.” Knitting is our primary interest. Most of us crochet a bit and some of us may crochet a lot, but I would venture that the majority of us do not spin, quilt, or bead very much. So trying to sell us those magazines by putting in an occasional article related to knitting and/or crocheting misses the point of this publication.
    3. If money is an issue, I would rather have you change from a daily newsletter to either a weekly or monthly format and include more articles related to knitting, tutorials, and occasional free patterns rather than a daily newsletter with no meaningful content.

    I’m not ready to unsubscribe, yet, but I am getting close to that point, so I hope you take all of our criticism constructively and modify Knitting Daily newsletter to be responsive to the needs of your subscribers.

    Thank you for you past efforts and I look forward to an improved product in the very near future.

  46. Amy and Kathleen — TY for the fun shell pattern, want to try it as a purse. As to the comments: deja vu for me. My husband and I (both retired now) once owned a couple of wkly newspapers. Oh, my goodness, at the comments about all that advertising that took up space where we could have run the entire 3 pgs (free) about somebody’s grandaughter’s wedding (out of state of course). Never could figure out how to run the business without the power on and train the kids to not want to eat. (not free). Did learn a big thing there: you could catch more flies with honey than with vinegar. Tiffany’s kind answer shows that. Like to figure out patterns, gradually improving my beg. knitter level, and I just thought all of you visualized a finished item. Probably an: “Uh, could we see picture,” would have accomplished the same result. Hope the day gets better for all of you (but it’s a choice.) TY for reading a beginner’s comment. I love the newsletter. (free!)

  47. Wow! Lots of comments. I am a kind of new knitter and when I found Knitting Daily I thought I had found a news letter wheret I could get some tips and helpful hints. There have been a few but I agree it is more of a sales tool. I understand that nothing is free and I have purchased several patterns but now all I get are emails pushing things for sale. I am not the least bit interested in spinning so would not purchase the magazine just for one pattern. I too am just quickly glancing at the email and for the most part deleting them. There are other sites that offer more help and tips. It may be time to move on but I hate to give up! Maybe after all of these emails things will change – for the better.

  48. Very confused.

    The little “half circles” project look like fun but who can really tell without more photo info.

    And the pattern? Did I miss the needle size? Maybe it doesn’t matter?

    Come on — if you’re going to give us a pattern….give us all the info.
    If the article is good, if the magazine is worthwhile we’ll still buy it.

    Very disappointed.

  49. Thanks, Kathleen. I’m going to try the shells. Glad I missed the sharks’ feeding frenzy! Full moon coming Friday morning- some must be feeling it a bit early. (!)

  50. I find all the anger about something which is provided FOR FREE quite distasteful and frequently downright rude.

    If you can’t say something constructive don’t say it.
    If you don’t want to read the newsletter unsubscribe.

    Personally, I found the pattern interesting and scrolled down to read a discussion of how people might use it, not all this venom.

  51. I think that this was a great “teaser,” and I intend to do a test swatch today. If I like the pattern, I may buy the Summer 2010 issue of Spin-Off magazine.

    Which, by the way, was surely the intent of the Knitting Daily folks in sending us this information. I agree that the emails are usually unabashed advertisements for Interweave Press books and periodicals, but I love Interweave Press and know that they need to sell things to stay in business.

    If you want to see a finished product, go to Ravelry and do a pattern search using the search terms “modular” or “modular shells.” Use your resources, people!

  52. Hi all crafters,
    For me when I have left over yarns, they go into my “pickled yarn” jar. When I need a bit of yarn for something, I know where to go.
    These shells look like intarsa or entralac knitting. Most knitters know about that and how to do it. Nice picture. I guess the shells could be any size and eventually an afghan could be made. Zoe

  53. Isn’t it interesting that knitters have nothing good to say about someone else’s ideas for using up yarns? These shells have great potential for practicing your knitting. Use these shells to knit the other way from what you do now. This is a simple pattern for a child to learn about how to knit something simple. The individual shell could be made a little larger, and what a nice coffee coaster it would make.
    I bet with all the spare time you griping knitters have on your hands, you could get together and produce a magazine as well!

  54. Honestly, I have never read such negative remarks. If you dislike things you don’t have to be hateful. The posts read like people were trying to top each other in how much they didn’t like the pattern. It’s free for goodness sake, if you don’t like it don’t keep it. Personally, it looks intriguing and I’ll give it a try.

  55. Dear Ladies Of Knitting Daily,

    As a new knitter I enjoy receiving the Knitting Daily emails. I appreciate the detailed instructions and photographs. The advertisements to buy books and magazines are part of running a business, your items for sale must be out there to be noticed. So if I want to buy, I will, if not I bypass it, and enjoy the work and ideas that everyone shares with each other. I really appreciate the great resources we have for our crafts. I didn’t have a grandmother or mother who spun, knitted or crocheted to show me how. I am interested in all three as well as beaded knitting, lace knitting, and charity knitting. Keep up the great work!!!!!

  56. this is a great idea- i’ve been looking for a small, repeatable pattern to use for a blanket- and as i don’t crochet very well, this knitted fan works well for me. thanks for sharing! now to organize my tid-bits and start a-knittin’!

  57. Ok, I understand the need for a tease to sell the products, but this isn’t a very good tease. I subscribe to one of your magazines and am considering another, but the newsletters used to give additional free information and patterns. This is just sad. They’ve become one long commercial (this being a bad one) and are actually more of a hard sell turn off than an inspiration. I’m sorry to say I’m beginning to delete a lot of them without reading. A little too stingy. Bring back the wonderful pieces that drew me in. There are certainly other places I can go for information.

  58. If you don’t want to buy the Spin-Off issue for the modular knitting article and patterns, try going to your local library and doing an Interlibrary Loan Request for the specific issue that you want to read. If your library can’t get the magazine, they may be able to get you a copy of the article. I have been spinning and knitting for about 30 years. I enjoy getting these little tidbits of information. Save them or toss them; it’s up to your taste.

  59. Like many others, I think the KD newsletter has become too heavy with advertising. I do still read through it, but I’m finding less and less to read. And if it’ a newsletter for knitters (KNITTING Daily), I want whatever advertising there is to be about knitting: knitting magazines, knitting books, knitting tools, yarn, etc. I don’t crochet, spin, weave, quilt, bead, or make wire jewelry. Not that there’s anything wrong with those. But my chosen hobby is knitting. If I had one of those other hobbies, I’m sure I could find a newsletter for that.

    Aside: I thought clown barf was a technical term. 😉 I think the real problem is that we don’t have a photo of a FO.

  60. I think it’s a great idea for making small items… but something as large as a sweater, I don’t know, it would be difficult… Perhaps if the shells were larger in size, it could be doable…but I wouldn’t attempt it if there is no pattern for it.

  61. I guess I haven’t indulged in the world of reviews….but I find the various reviews quite funny. I too wanted a picture but after seeing the initial reviews I thought Knitting Daily will include them tomorrow. I see they have already included them. I love Knitting Daily newsletters and appreciate them. I thought some of these comments are mean spirited.

  62. There is a lot of advertising but I have also found a lot of tips on how to do things. The addition of the pictures gave enough information to start a project using the pattern stitch. I especially like Kathleen’s comments and would never have considered the Central Park Hoodie for myself had I not seen a picture of her wearing it (we’re about the same size)–I often don’t have the vision. pgannie

  63. What a great idea!!! I just ‘inherited’ balls and balls of wool – some smaller than others when my mom, an avid knitter and crochet-er passed on. A lot of the wool brings me memories of what she had made with them ie sweaters comforters etc….Definitely a must try ! thanks

  64. I notice there are questions from beginning knitters. I’ll try my best to help out with some answers.

    K2TBL means knitting two stitches together by putting the needle in back of the stitch loop, behind the left hand needle instead of in front of it like you do with a regular stitch. This causes the stitches to twist, which is a desirable element in certain designs. You can find directions for this in Interweave Knits magazine toward the back of the issue where they have the tutorials. Or you can search online for “What is knitting through the back loop?”

    And my definition of a stash buster is any project that helps you use up random balls of leftover yarn from other projects, or any yarn you have put away in your stash because you just like it, or it was a good price, or whatever. So this way you can reduce the volume of yarn in your stash in a useful, meaningful, artistic way. And you don’t have to go out and buy any more yarn, just use what you have on hand.

  65. Someone asked about needle size–and because this is a project where you’re likely to be using a lot of different yarns–use a needle size that works well for the majority of the yarns you’ve selected. Many yarn labels recommend a needle size for their yarns or you can sample to see what needle size yields the nicest fabric.

  66. Boy, what a bunch of bellyaching. I was thinking what a cute little article…Yes meant to sell..Geez that is what they do. But I would rather be reading something uplifting like this, than a downtrodden Forbes 500 magazine, or a stupid gossip magazine. I crocheted and knitted many years, Bikinis in Hawaii, ERA scarfs in the freezing cold winds of Chicago in the seventies and due to some nasty injuries, I am left to dream and envision how , what color, if this or that. I type slowly with one hand now and have still yet to figure out how to maneuver needles with one hand. I liked the arm warmers…she has an eye for color. Yes I am left to reading Spin-Off, Quilting Arts, Crochet, and Piecework magazines, but you know what, they are beautiful. You should be grateful art like this even exists…and those of you who read them know that yes they offer something once a week for free and if you spend any time on the website itself, there are lots of free things. It really is so much more than just the little emails. Good luck girls…Enjoy this while you can…You never know what will happen tomorrow. I love the Dailies and the artful magazines Thanks Kathleen, Pokey, Amy, Marcy, and Jeane.

  67. why could we not get just the pattern when we print. Do you not have a print friendly system there like some other sites have. certainly don’t need everyone’s comments or complaints ——- just the pattern. Wouldn’t you know it my printer just beeped LOW ON INK!!!!!!

    Thank you any way for all this. NOT printing from this site any more. There may be another way of avoiding all this garbage I just rec’d but I’m not a computer whiz just a granny who likes crafts and finding interesting patterns.


  68. Personally I thought the use of the shells to use up a stash was a great idea, and I appreciate the provided pattern for the one shell. I guess I understand the nature of the newsletter, and understand there is going to be advertisements. I do appreciate the tips, helps, tutorials, and free pattern stitches that are frequently provided. As a new knitter, I love to see all the possibilities!

    Happy knitting everyone!

  69. I actually thought this was one of the less “commercial” newsletters. Finally something that is actually a tidbit of info. Not just “buy this pattern”. I also subscribe to Spin-Off. Great magazine. Would like to know how if 1) do you need to do a 1/2 shell to make a straight edge in order to join things that go tubular & 2) if it’s not a 1/2 shell, then how do you join up the shells in order to make a tube for the arm warmers shown in the magazine. The article could’ve used just a little bit more info or a picture on how to “join” to make the arm warmers. I’m working on it, but I have to say, it’s a little fustrating to feel like I’m not getting all the info needed. When I decide to follow a pattern, I want the finishing techniques too.
    Thank you for at least giving this a shot in the newsletter. Personally, I’d like to see more short patterns to try out. Good addition by adding the extra pictures. This is a very visual technique.

  70. I just read the blogs. I sure am glad I’m not in any of the knitting circles with the angry, unfriendly people. I’d be away from there and them as quick as I could. When I worked in retail, toxic people spread their venom just by walking through the door and infected the store for hours. If possible they were even more infectious than a flu virus. So if you must, run don’t walk back to the newsletter and click the unselect button. And then consider some anger mangement classes for health reasons- a heart attack or stroke is surely in your future.

    By-the-way Kathleen, Amy and the rest of the Interweave Team that brings us these newsletters, Thank you. This stash buster idea and the Seed Stitch Cable how-to published earlier in the week have given me some great Ideas to work with.

  71. I agree. I rarely read these articles anymore because all they are trying to do is sell me magazines I already take. (BTW, tbl = knit thru back loop, which basically twists your knitted stitch. makes a tighter fabric)

  72. I agree with Smgw952 and others that knitting daily is NOT what it used to be. Nearly all of the “XXX Daily” newsletters are purely marketing tools now and this is yet another example. I’m too getting tired of the bait/switch tactics of: ‘Wow, look at this ….now buy, buy, buy to see the rest.

  73. Wow… I never read the comments on these posts but uncharacteristically scrolled down today. Lots of grouchy, unimaginative people with a strange sense of entitlement.

    I’m not a particularly experienced knitter but I think these little guys are really cool. I didn’t have any problems imagining ways they can come together. I’ve always really enjoyed Knitting Daily’s content.

    Mostly, I write this for the editors, Amy and Kathleen so they have something read besides nastiness.

  74. It’s a cute idea, but don’t we need our bits and pieces the same guage and fiber care? I have tons of little balls, but they’re all different guages and fibers; some wool, cotton blends, some silk, some linen, etc. That certainly wouldn’t work. OK, I get it: we need a separate group of leftover balls in the same guage and care, right?

  75. Thank you for a simple idea for using up leftover yarn. I do not know if I will ever use it, but it certainly does not deserve all the negative energy.

    However, I have to agree with the many posters who complain that KD is no longer very helpful since Sandi left. It has also become mostly adverts and I rarely read it any more, same advert complaint applies to the other XXX Daily “newsletters” as well. Although, as a few posters have pointed out, it IS free, it is also a waste of my personal time to open these “newsletters” only to find yet another plug for Interweave products which I invariably delete. It is having a deleterious effect: whilst I used to love anything Interweave Press, I am now increasingly suspicious of their communications.

    I hope Interweave is reading everyone’s comments and taking them seriously, else they are just shooting themselves in the foot.

  76. Interweave knite, spring 1998, volume 111, number 1, pages 22 – 28, Domino shells, step by step, Vivian Hoxbro. Look familiar. As they say there is nothing new under the sun. Good job I keep all my old craft magazines. This article is really in depth, showing how to construct a jacket. different colour combinations within the shell. Lyne

  77. Interweave knite, spring 1998, volume 111, number 1, pages 22 – 28, Domino shells, step by step, Vivian Hoxbro. Look familiar. As they say there is nothing new under the sun. Good job I keep all my old craft magazines. This article is really in depth, showing how to construct a jacket. different colour combinations within the shell. Lyne

  78. For those of you who complained about having this entire article printed off when you selected the print button, do you not know how to do basic computer skills? What you need to do is use your mouse button to highlight what you want to print. Click copy, open a new document window, and paste it there. From there you may go ahead and print off the page. I do this with many many acticles as put out by Kathleen because only a little of it is what I am looking to add to my knitting library. I like the magazine reviews that are given. I do not buy the magazines unless there is something in it I want. I live in a small remote town of 1200 people. Needless to say when I get into the city 3-4 times a year, then I can purchase knitting/craft magazines. Yes, I do get the occaisional Interweave Knit magazine and if I want a specific one, then I cross my fingers and hope it is still available when I get to the city. Just a note to Kathleen, it must be difficult to do all the stuff you do and still find time to set up the KAL and knit as well. My hat is off to you. Also, is it possible to have a sock/s KAL? I do well with socks as they are a fast project. I am a dpn knitter and could do with a magic loop knitting sock KAL. ………… Zoe

  79. Just another note to those who consider part of the photo “clown vomit” if you take a close look at what the picture really is, then you will see that it is the sleeve or the arm warmer.
    And what one person likes in a color is not necessarily what another likes. I do not suppose someone comes up to you and utterly and shamelessly degrades the shirt or blouse you wear because they don’t like the color of it. Please respect other peoples’ work. If you are a knitter, shame on you. I am a knitter and your words are not becoming.


  81. This may be the best thing I have ever seen. I have SO many little bits of yarn laying around, and this looks so simple!! I can’t wait to try it…after I’ve finished the other 6 projects I have going at the moment… 😉

  82. A note to ssfred.
    I’m sorry to read about your injuries. I had surgery on my left hand in February and needed to do things one handed for a while. After a couple of weeks I got very anxious to get back to knitting. I figured out that I could knit one handed if I used straight needles and held one in between my legs. Never did figure out the purling, but at least I could knit and ended up with a pair of lovely felted potholders.
    I hope this helps you.
    p.s. Modular knitting doesn’t excite me all that much, but the shells are cute, and I personally like the “clown barf” colors for something small like arm warmers!

    Hi ssfred,
    Please check out this device and see if it is possible to enable you to hold one straight needle so you can knit with your other hand. I can’t conceive of not knitting or crocheting. When I read your little blog, I set out to see what I could possibly do to help you. My grandmother used to tuck a long straight needle under her arm to knit. She had bad arthritis and had to give it up. She took up latch hook to make rugs. Zoe

  84. While I see Many are uberly cranky.

    I myself am not a seasoned knitter, but these instructions worked out great.

    I do not subscribe to the mag. but have found an Idea for an afghan just by viewing the third image. May take 4 pieces and lots of Shells but I think its a cute idea in which I can add open spaces.

    Make what you want from it, NO need to criticize so deeply.

    I intend to post my progress for the afghan on ravelry. Great Idea and might work.

  85. Amy, please ignore the unimaginative people who call your beautiful colors “Clown Barf” and then complain that they don’t see an example of your shells and arm warmers in progress. I was so excited to see your gorgeous yarn and the project you shared with us. I loved the colors so much, I took a blurry photo off the screen with my phone just so I could look at it again and again. You’ve hooked me! I am definitely going to buy this issue of Spin-off!

    And to the reader who is worried about gauge and yarn content – I made a “Chevron” and a “Concha” sweater from the “Dazzling Knits” book, and used yarn from my stash with no worries about matching the contents. If a yarn was too thin, I ran it with another or doubled it up. I used everything from wool to man-made fiber. If it fit in the color parameters I gave myself, I used it! There shouldn’t be any trouble with a gentle washing.

    One last comment re: the Industrial Revolution saving us from having to spin… the same could be said of knitting! Why not buy your socks from a big box store!?

  86. I am currently knitting a quilt which is from a traditional, 200 year old pattern from Cumbria in Northern England. It is made up of scallop shells sewn together, The entire thing is edged with triangles.
    This would be ideal for doing an heirloom quilt, you would just need to make the triangles bigger if you want to finish it before you die! Or you could experiment and see if you can do small and large together. It might be quite interesting! Or maybe experiment with creating an image from it, say Irish fields? (I’m Irish!) I think you could be quite inventive with this one!
    If there are other knitters around you they could add to it too. Or you could turn it into a competition? Who knows?
    I’m a spinner and I’m always left with bits of ‘singles’ so I’m going to try a lacy pattern scallop and see what happens…

  87. Well . . . this blog is hit and miss for me but I wouldn’t expect to like every posting.

    Because CONTENT is needed for search engines, the best sites are very content rich. This sets a high bar for any site or blog as surfers have access to so much free information. Most folks don’t mind some sales pitches but if you are asking folks to click through the internet rule has become that you must provide useful content in exchange for the click through or face surfers wrath. It’s clear that some irritation has built up and this article triggered a major venting of it.
    There is an art to consistently finding the right balance between free and paid content but keep the rule in front: USEFUL content in exchange for a click through.
    My most favourite recent post was the tulips buttonhole. The article on yarn substitution was also excellent. This one not so much but, once the joining information was added, it was just fine.

  88. Wow. So many of these comments echo what ihave been thinking about Knitting Daily that I want to add my voice to the clamor as a long time subscriber to Interweave Knits in the hope that the editorial/marketing departments are listening. I hardly ever read the emails anymore. Mostly just delete. And this change came about with the change in focus that occurred when Sandi Wisehart left. I do miss Sandi but I am mostly just not interested in the constant sales pitch. I was interested enough in modular knitting to read this email and appreciate FREE pattern but in general life is busy and the emails just not interesting enough. AND the whole gallery thing that Sandi pulled off so charmingly is just a joke now and it used to be the best thing. Thank you for the very nice idea for the shell. Hope interweave improves.

  89. There have been several comments/posts about what tbl means. I would suppose you haven’t had the time to read them. It can be confusing as to all these short forms. tbl means knit through the back loop.

  90. Honestly, I find this idea to be quite informative and a great way to use up small bits of yarn that I refuse to toss. While I agree that the general tone of Knitting Daily has become more commercial I only only imagine how thin the profit margin of any Interweave magazine must be. I don’t like all the advertising, but I’m not sure that they have many other options for generating revenue.

    I would hate, hate, hate to see any of them go away and if that means I have to get the email equivalent of all those little subscription forms that flutter out of magazines, I guess I’ll grit my teeth and manage to survive.

    Maybe others on this site have better ideas for how Interweave can remain profitable when magazines in general are suffering (electronic subscriptions for those with ipads or kindles?). Until then, I think there should be a little less rage directed at a business we like trying to stay in business.

  91. I enjoy Knitting Daily and understand that you can’t expect all in life to come without a price. I watched as a quality yarn shop in our town went out of business while the locals came into the shop to obtain to the names of yarn they wanted and then ordered from the Internet. They also continually asked free instructional questions from the shop owner instead of signing up for classes that cost money. The shop eventually went out of business. Too many of us want something for nothing. When there is nothing I need in the daily newsletter, I don’t save it. I was pleased to read about “stash” as I had recently toyed with purchasing a book of Domino Knitting.

  92. hi – Is there a typo in Row 9? It says, “repeat from *,” but I don’t see the *.

    I like this post and appreciate the extra photos.
    I’m guessing from the numerous complaints that this may be like entrelac: It looks so complex and “tricky”, and it’s really hard to explain in words; however, once you get it in your hands, it’s actually easy-peasy.

    Anyway, thanks for the post; please respond about Row 9. Jenna

  93. Thank you so much for this pattern as well as all the other articles and ideas that you generate !
    I subscribe to the electronic magazineand enjoy it so much!!
    I appreciate your hard work.

  94. I am SO disappointed!

    I always thought the knitting and the entire crafting community, in general, was filled with imaginative people eager to share ideas and support for the craft.

    Be grateful for the time and effort the KD staff put in to their love of their work. If you don’t like an idea, skip it and move on.

    And, use your imagination! Figure out what you can do with the shells – or not.

    Thanks, KD, for your generosity to the knitting community!

  95. Wow, first time to read the comments on a blog and I’m ashamed of some of these knitters. I always thought “fiber people” were nicer than most. Guess when they can be somewhat anonymous, they feel they can be hurtful. I’ll be most wouldn’t make those comments in person.

    Thank you for the article. Whether or not people like the colors, the idea is there. I’ll give it a try!

  96. Geez knitters! I know the weather has been HOT basically everywhere but, I have never heard such griping! If you don’t know a term, look it up. Most magazines now have more than enough directions and abbres and terms to make a knitter out of anyone – read it! As far as the print link – right click or try another one or ask a real person. You might put your own mind, needles, yarn to work and figure the term, etc. out yourself! Don’t like what you’re reading on Knitting Daily???? Delete it and clean up you mail box. I’ve never seen such an acidic bunch of people in one place.
    Hope this bit of inspiration helps!!!! 😉