Knitting Traditions, a special publication from PieceWork magazine, blends informative and intriguing historical narrative with enticing knitting projects and techniques. Each issue includes over twenty projects to knit inspired by traditions from around the world and across time. Enjoy!

Current Issue

Welcome to the Amazing Adventures edition of Knitting Traditions! It’s all about explorers and adventurers—some were attempting to reach the North or the South Pole, others to circumnavigate the globe.

Not all of them were men.Two examples: Josephine Peary first traveled to the Arctic in 1891. Jackie Ronne became the first American woman to reach Antarctica in 1947, with knitting needles and yarn in tow.

Many other compelling stories and 21 stand-out projects—socks, sweaters, mittens and gloves, hats and balaclava, a scarf, and a shawl—await you. Enjoy!

Recent Issues

  • Knitting Traditions Fall 2014 Preview

    In PieceWork’s ninth edition of Knitting Traditions, we explore the practical and creative evolution of knitting. Beginning with a visit to the Orkney Islands, we learn how gansey and lace stitch designs evolved there both through everyday life and because of its particular geography. Then we sail to The Netherlands where, through the colorful lives of fisherfolk, ganseys and their stitch patterns developed into a rich Dutch tradition full of its own symbolism and history.

    And there are other sorts of adaptions in this issue. You will discover how one knitter used an eighteenth-century embroidery pattern as inspiration for a stunning colorwork mitten design. Another knitter translated a 1920s golf stocking pattern into a stylish, yet practical, liner for a pair of Wellington boots. And yet another knitter acquired an intriguing pair of slippers at a farmer’s market that were knitted in Iran with handspun yarn. She reverse engineered a sweet pattern perfectly connecting cultural tradition with contemporary design. Galina A. Khmeleva combined elements of Orenburg knitting with Scandinavian design to create the gorgeous shawl that graces our cover.

    In this issue, I hope that you’ll discover your own knitting connections through the people and their land, the culture, the history, and best of all, the beautiful knitwear.



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