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Purl Stitch: English Method

  
Step 1: As with the knit stitch, start by holding the needle with the stitches in your left hand and the empty needle in your right. (This tutorial demonstrates the English method of purling.)

Step 2: Pull the working yarn in front of the needles. Insert the tip of the right needle into the front of the first stitch on the left needle, from right to left (Figure 1).

Step 3: With the yarn in front of the needles, travel around the tip of right needle in a counterclockwise movement, passing between the needles from right to left and back around to the front again (Figure 2).

Step 4: Pull the right needle, with the loop of working yarn around it, down and back (moving away from you) through the stitch on the left needle (Figure 3). Slip the old stitch off the left needle and tighten the new stitch on the right needle. You have your first purl stitch.

Repeat this process through the end of the row. When you have purled every stitch on the row, you will have an empty needle in your left hand. Swap needles so that the "full" needle is in your left hand and the empty one in your right, and you're ready to begin the next row.


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  • This episode of Knitting Daily TV with Vickie Howell is about knitting items from the Downton Abbey era. Watch a preview: How-To: On the first segment of the show, host Vickie Howell introduces author and designer Andrea Jurgrau. Download the pattern
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  • It might seem like a daunting task to fix mistakes when you're knitting cables, but it isn't. Here are two fixes for the most common problems when knitting cables . Which row am I on? If you've lost track of where you are in a cable repeat
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  • Colorado's floods have receded and the cleanup is ongoing, but the fear and devastation that the area suffered is still at the forefront of our memories. PieceWork Editor Jeane Hutchins experienced the flooding first-hand, as did so many of my colleagues
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  • I consider my friend Dinah one of the most accomplished knitters I know. When we show our projects in our Wednesday night knitting gathering, Dinah is always the one pulling out a fabulous lace shawl, or an Aran blanket, or some intricately cabled socks
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  • This is our last week of the Red Heart Sweepstakes . Enter between now and November 28, 2013 to win a bunch of yarny goodness! Here's what you could win! 1 ball Boutique Sashay Team Spirit 1 ball Boutique Sashay Sequins 1 ball Boutique Trio 2 balls
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  • Hannah and Louisa are about to cast on for the Tara Jacket from Knitscene Winter 2013 , as part of the Tara Jacket Knitalong , and came to me because their provisional cast-on skills are a little rusty. A provisional cast-on can be an incredibly useful
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  • A note from Kathleen: You might be wondering what a design-along is. Well, it's something that designer and Knitwear Design Workshop author Shirley Paden thought up, and it's one of the most enjoyable and extraordinarily creative experiences that
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  • Dear Knitters: The original sweepstakes blog had a broken link to the contest. I'm so sorry about that! Here's a fresh, new link to use, so please enter the contest now! And you'll have another chance when we have our week 4 contest starting
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  • To experiment with different materials, cast on a number of stitches then switch between yarns to see what happens. If you keep the needle size and number of stitches the same it will remain a similar width. Keep experimenting until you find a combination
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  • We're ready to wrap up our blog contest and announce the winners. Who had the best design work, heartwarming story, and most entertaining blog? Read on to find out! Image from http://ashleyknitsandcrochets.blogspot.com Image from www.claudiadonnellydesigns
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  • We've teamed up with Red Heart to offer you a fabulous month of winnings ! This contest runs from November 15, 2013 to November 21, 2013. A new Red Heart contest will start on November 22, 2013. There will be a new winner each week. Here's what
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  • In the last post , we saw that two pattern rows are created when two sets of live stitches are grafted together, even though only one physical row is added. This means that if you are grafting a stitch pattern that changes from row to row you must allow
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  • Telluride Aran by Amy Herzog Cables are the "in" thing this fall and winter. They're everywhere in high-fashion, and I saw some cute cable knits at Target, too. But I'm a knitter, and I'll make my own cabled sweater, thank you very
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  • We've teamed up with Red Heart to offer you a fabulous month of winnings ! This contest runs from November 8, 2013 to November 14, 2013. A new Red Heart contest will start on November 15, 2013. There will be a new winner each week. Here's what
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  • Knit one, purl one ribbing is so common in knitting, and while you can use virtually any cast-on technique in any book to get started, tubular cast-ons are my preferred choice for ribbed edges. Why? There are two main reasons: A tubular cast-on is stretchy
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  • Designer Tanis Gray loves the challenge of designing and knitting complex patterns that use intricate stitch patterns and inventive techniques, but she also enjoys creating simple knits that are simple-to-knit, easy-to-wear staples. In her new book, Cozy
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  • Our Week 1 contest is over. To enter to win Week 2's prize, click here ! Good luck! We've teamed up with Red Heart to offer you a fabulous month of winnings ! There will be a new winner each week. Week one is pretty fantastic. Here's what
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  • In honor of the Interweave Store's The Story Behind Your First Knitting Project: Blog It to Win It Contest, Sockupied has some tips for knitting your first pair of socks. Not many knitters decide on socks as their very first knitting project; knitting
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  • Heather Zoppetti's Lace Sampler Scarf Lace knitting seems so daunting. When you see a beautiful lace piece, you think, "That's so complicated. I could never do it!" I hate to be rude, but you're wrong . Most lace is knitted using
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  • I have a confession to make. I snuck away to Rhinebeck, aka the New York Sheep and Wool Festival , this past weekend and had a blast. In addition to buying quite a bit of new-to-me yarns, I had way too much fun playing "Name That Pattern!" I
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  • I like shiny things. Even in my mostly Earth-toned knits, I occasionally incorporate sparkly yarn. I'm almost finished with a variegated blue cardigan. I wanted some shimmer, so I added a brown and gold sparkly strand of mohair throughout, and it
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  • Hey there, folks. Are you finishing up any fall knitting this week? I've been busy knitting this sweater from the Fall issue of Knitscene , and last night I bound off the second sleeve. Now I just need to block it, seam it, and add a collar. Just
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  • We invited Toni Rexroat, the online editor of CrochetMe , to share her thoughts on Weldon's Practical Crochet . Ecru and Tinsel Lace from Weldon's Practical Crochet, Eighth Series. Lady's Petticoat, Worked in Zephyr Stitch from Weldon's
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  • A couple of months ago, I heard that a new Jane Austen Knits was on the horizon, and now it's here! Containing everything that we've come to look forward to, this issue of Jane Austen Knits is full of beautiful patterns evoking the Regency Era
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  • Some people have beautifully pointed feet. I am not one of those people. My feet are pretty straight across at the toe. The Square Toe Cast-On Because of this, I make the foot of my knitted socks a little longer and decrease (top-down) or increase (toe
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  • Take a big look at knitting! This collection celebrates knitting as outerwear, with generous jackets, whimsical accessories, and classic pullovers. We bring you southwestern-inspired projects that revel in color, motif, and silhouette. A story of cabled garments takes the timeless Aran and displays it
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  • MYTH #3: A GRAFTED ROW IS THE EQUIVALENT OF ONE PATTERN ROW (PART 1). *Note The written instructions for all the grafted stitch patterns referred to can be found at the end of the post. Most knitters who are familiar with Kitchener stitch wouldn't
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  • The Tara Jacket by Ashley Rao, from Knitscene Winter 2013 The Tara Jacket from the winter 2013 Knitscene is popping up on all of the social media sites, and it so deserves it! This design by Ashley Roa is so cute and, most importantly, wearable. I think
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  • Win everything you need to make Coat #705 from the new Bergère de France Creations 13/14 collection! Prize includes: —Creations 13/14 catalogue with yarn samples —Creations 13/14 pattern book including 168 patterns —1 pair of
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  • Sometimes an easy knitting pattern is just the right thing. I like to have something simple that I can carry with me to knit wherever I happen to be; something that doesn't take very much (or any) concentration. The perfect easy knit is one that I
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  • Hi knitters! Have you been following The Fiber Factor? This program from the folks at Skacel Collection is knitting's own reality competition, akin to Project Runway or Top Chef . Knitwear designers from around the country compete in themed challenges
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  • My high-school mascot was the tiger, and I've always been partial to tiger imagery. In fact, just yesterday I bought a T-shirt with a tiger motif on the front. I love it. So imagine my delight when I saw the prize in for week two of the Bergère
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  • I had a friend in college whose major was clothing and textiles. I always thought that was such an odd major, but now I'm not so sure. She left college with a knowledge of textiles that was so in-depth, and her education continues to help her immensely
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  • Have you ever found the perfect pattern, but you're not sure how to choose the perfect yarn? Yarn substitution is one of the skills that knitter's need to develop in order to enjoy the full range of yarn and knitting designs that are out there
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  • Pilling is a pet peeve for lots of knitters. When your finished objects start to pill, they begin to look old and the beauty of the yarn, the design, and the workmanship is diminished. Why does pilling happen? Tightening your stitches is the fastest,
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  • October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. NBCAM.org describes this campagin as: " a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer
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  • Socks and Their Stories In this installment of our occasional series "Feet on the Street," two knitters tell you about their favorite sock designs and whom they like to knit for. We sent each of them a special skein of yarn from our Sockupied
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  • Bergère de France makes some of the most beautiful yarn out there. The company has been around for over sixty-five years. It was started by Robert Petit in 1946, and it's still family owned. Bergère de France is now run by his son, Jean
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  • In the last couple of winters, I've worn more knitted cowls than regular scarves. Knitted cowls are quick projects, and you can use up small amounts of luxury yarns you might have in your stash. In our new free eBook, Knit Cowl Patterns Ideas: 5 Free
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  • If you're looking for a great book to help you start knitting, or if you need a good reference book to look to when you have a question, look no more! The new edition of Idiot's Guide: Knitting is here! I love this book because the photos are
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  • Lace patterns are a wonderful way to gift someone with a piece of heirloom knitting. You can knit a baby blanket, a christening gown, a bonnet, or a shawl, and chances are the recipient of your gift will keep it forever, passing it down to future generations
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  • Chris Laning's bag design, based on the Iklé fragment. (Photograph by Joe Coca) A note from Kathleen: This edition of one of my favorite magazines, PieceWork , celebrates twenty years of wonderful needlework history and tradition. I can't
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  • "Design something beautiful that someone will cherish" —Shirley Paden A note from Kathleen: Teacher and designer Shirley Paden believes that even beginning knitters can plan a successful design. In the story below she gives a wonderful
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  • Look at this beautiful bouquet of yarn! My beautiful Noro yarn is ready to become Kathleen Power Johnson's Lady Eleanor (shown below right), a stunning entrelac wrap from the book Scarf Style by Pam Allen. But first I need to learn how to work entrelac
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  • We're traveling the blogs, talking about first knitting experiences! My own contribution will be making an appearance on a different blog, but I thought this would be a great time to revisit Allison's Vera Cardigan . If you weren't following
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  • We all struggle with our first knitting project, sometimes producing fantastic or horrible results. Here's marketing manager Annie Hartman Bakken, sharing her first knitting experience. Annie with her dog Edie modeling a vest Annie knit. A detail
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  • Have you ever wanted to take a sock-knitting class, but maybe there wasn't one offered in your area? Well, now there's a class available wherever you live! The Anatomy of a Sock. Learn how to make your own socks with our new online course Knitting
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  • We invited video content producer Anne Merrow to give us an inside perspective about Nilda Calla ñ aupa Alvarez's new video workshop, Andean Knitting . This chullo from Accha Alta includes a distinctive geometric pattern created in bobbled
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  • See how the chart resembles the sleeve motif? Imagine how many lines of instructions it would take to write out the pattern for that motif! Charts are wonderful! Are you mystified by knitting charts? They can be intimidating, I'll admit it. If you've
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  • Inspired by Louisa's post about her first sweater, I thought I'd post about mine! I started knitting somewhere between ages 5 and 9 and I don't have those first epic strips or crooked swatches anymore. I'm a bit of a minimalist and don't
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  • One of my very favorite PieceWork eBooks is the First Series of Weldon’s Practical Knitter . Weldon’s, a pattern company in London during the Victorian era, began printing a series of newsletters devoted to a single craft—knitting, crochet
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  • Do you still have the first thing you ever knitted? I do, and it's a doozy; a sampler of sorts. Here it is, in annotated form: Kathleen's first knitting "project" My mom's best friend from high school, Patty, taught me to knit. She
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  • The Clear Creek Pullover by Carol Feller Those of you who've been reading Knitting Daily for awhile know that I love sweater knitting . Whether it's a cable knit sweater or a stockinette beauty, I'm in. The Clear Creek Pullover by Carol Feller
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  • Even though the temps are still in the 80s around here, I can feel the fall nip in the air, especially in the evenings. Time to get out your knit cardigan sweaters —or cast on a new one! The Infinity Cardi-Wrap by Kristin Omdahl How about the Infinity
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  • You probably already know this, but the calendar says September has arrived. I’m having trouble adjusting to this fact because in my mind, September = autumn and ...autumn is not here, people. This week has been in the mid-90°s. I know it will
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  • MYTH #2: GRAFTED RIBBING WILL ALWAYS HAVE A HALF-STITCH JOG. I ended the first post of this series with an illustration of two pieces of knitting that had been worked in k1, p1 rib and grafted together top-to-top (Fig.1) . The illustration shows a slight
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  • One of the best ways to shape knitwear is by increasing and decreasing. Shaping is what makes knits curve around our unique curves, clinging to our bodies when we want them too, and adding ease when we'd like a little more room. But there are many
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  • This week I shipped a large box to Cleveland for next week’s filming of Knitting Daily TV . When I say large, I mean that I could have shipped myself to Ohio in this box, easily, with snacks (think of those immense boxes Calvin and Hobbes always
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  • I love to travel. I've visited many places in the US, Canada, and Mexico, and two years ago I took a big trip to Egypt. It was a thrilling experience, and I hope to go again someday. My favorite way to experience a new place is through the architecture
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  • The Flamboyant Shawl If you know how to work the knit stitch, you know how to knit garter stitch. Known as the simplest of all stitch patterns, garter stitch is what you probably learned when you were just beginning knitting . Many of us abandoned it
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  • The Sylvie Scarf by Courtney Kelley I would venture to say that thousands of knitters have the book Scarf Style on their bookshelf. I've had my copy since 2005, and I've knit two scarves from it: Vintage Velvet and Backyard Leaves, and I have
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  • Reading the profiles of Knitscene 's featured designers is something I look forward to with each new issue of Knitscene . In the Fall 2013 issue, Cassie Castillo is featured, along with four of her beautiful knitwear patterns. Rosemary Cardigan June
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  • The magic of the Harry Potter saga touches everyone who's ventured into its world. I locked my keys in my car a couple of weeks ago, and oh, how I wished for a wand and the power of the Alohomora charm! The designers of the projects in The Unofficial
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  • A few weeks ago I took my current handknitted sock project (the Skip to My Lou Socks by Rae Jean, from the Summer 2013 issue of Sockupied ) on my family’s annual bike trip across Iowa. With socks on the road in mind, I thought it was time to share
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  • The Bethany Cardigan by Mathew Gnagy Bethany Cardigan, back view It’s been in the 90s here in Spokane, and as much as I love warm weather, it’s a little toasty even for me. I don't much feel like getting out my knitting needles when it's
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  • One of the hazards of being a knitter and working at a knitting magazine is the outrageously large number of patterns you want to knit. There are so many awesome projects, in magazines, in books and on Ravelry. Every day I find more things I want to make
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  • The Fall issue of Interweave Knits is deeply focused on texture and craft for new heirloom knits. Colorwork, dropped stitches, and diagonal graphics drive the pattern collection, while rustic and rich are the focus in yarn and product reviews. Kristin Omdahl walks us through working joined motifs, and
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  • When I was a beginner knitter, I made lots of mistakes! I usually learned from them, but there was one that I made over and over: accidentally turning the work before I was at the end of the row. This happened because I put down my knitting mid-row. There's
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  • Swatch embroidered in five colors in knit stitch on canvas by Nell Znamierowski's mother. The stitch creates a herringbone effect that looks much like knitted stockinette stitch. Photo by Joe Coca . The back of another knit-stitch swatch embroidered
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  • Last week a question came to me from a reader asking about the ease in Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark's Emmanuelle Sweater from Knitscene Fall 2013 . There's been a lot of discussion about the idea of ease in the office lately, and so I thought I'd
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  • Go beyond basic knit and purl stitches on this episode of Knitting Daily TV . Watch a preview of episode 1112 - In Stitches: Getting Started: Eunny demonstrates three knitted cable techniques, including knitting a rope cable, knitting a cable on the bias
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  • It's about about ribbing on this episode of Knitting Daily TV . Watch a preview of episode 1111 - A Good Rib: Getting Started: On this segment, host Eunny Jang demonstrates three types of knitting ribbing: the fisherman's rib, a cabled rib, and
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  • How many times have you bound off too tightly? I hate to admit it, but I've done it a bunch of times. I think I'm just a tight "binder-offer," because I can't seem to get it exactly right. I used to just go up a needle size or two
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  • Most of us use the long-tail cast-on for just about everything we knit. There are a few things, though, that benefit from a special cast-on, and it's good to have a few in your repertoire. The tubular cast-on is one of those. It's very stretchy
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  • What’s the best thing about PieceWork ’ s special issue Knitting Traditions ? That depends on the issue. With issues back through 2010 (six issues total!), there’s a lot to love. Each issue of Knitting Traditions has a unique way of
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  • When I say summer knitting, do you say, "Socks!"? I do, too. I have a pair of footies on the needles, and yarn for another pair, too. I mentioned in an earlier blog that I want to get several pairs of footies so they'll be ready for Dansko
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  • Tomorrow morning, early enough to not be bright because even the sun knows better than to be awake at four in the morning (even on the longest day of the year!), I will be waking up to head to the airport and catch a flight to Columbus, Ohio. What's
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  • There are so many people in need. The homeless, premature babies, and those going through cancer treatments need hats to help keep them warm. As knitters, we have a unique opportunity to help people in need with our craft. I'm particularly interested
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  • The Loop Pullover by AnnaLena Mattison Some things in knitting are complicated, and some things are easy. And some things are easy and look complicated. I-cord is one of those things. It's simple to work, but it adds so much to a knitted object. It's
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  • Journey into the Embellished world in this issue of PieceWork magazine. Knit and embellish Scilly Isle socks, learn about collecting vintage buttons, knit Victorian beaded cuffs, explore raised filet crochet, discover coronation cord, meet Mrs. Embroidery, make silk Death Head buttons, and more! Editor
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  • The Burdock Cardigan from November Knits is really a stunner. It has everything that makes a sweater a classic: an interesting and attractive stitch pattern, thoughtful design details such as a finished hem, and a figure-flattering silhouette. And cardigan
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  • We have a new free eBook: Techniques for Knitting Stitch Patterns: A Guide to Knitting Stitches from Knitting Daily ! The Dot Stitch, Zigzag Eyelets, and the Lattice Pattern: Just three of the knitting stitch patterns you'll find in Techniques for
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  • Being able to fix your mistakes is crucial to advancing beyond beginning knitting . In fact, after a beginning knitting class, I think an "Oops" class is the next step. This is where you'll learn to fix the most common mistakes that beginner
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  • I think I knit my dad five hats in the last two years, all from the same pattern. He likes super bulky, tightly knit, stockinette hats with a two-inch ribbed brim. And he likes them longer than normal so they cover his ears. He wears them out! Or he accidentally
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  • The Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti One of my favorite flowers is the dahlia and one of my all-time favorite cardigan knitting patterns is the Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti, which originally appeared in Interweave Knits , Fall 2011. I love the
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  • One of my favorite things about Knitscene is its featured designer profile each issue. I love learning about designers and their inspiration. This time, it's Hilary Smith Callis, the designer of the Knitty smash hit, Citron, who's designed three
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  • My knitting workshop video library just got too big for the bookshelf! The new Craft Daily site is here, and with streaming videos for knitters you can watch Knitting Daily TV and knitting workshops with just a click of the mouse. What's even better
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  • As many of you know, I'm a big Laura Ingalls Wilder fan. I read all of her books as a little girl, more than once. I read them again when I was about 30 years old and recovering from surgery. I remember that as a wonderful time, even though I was
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  • I'm still looking for a gift for my mom. How about you? Knitters know that our craft is not a quick one, though, so we need to plan our gift knitting was ahead of time. But sometimes, life gets in the way, doesn't it. I want to knit something
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  • As you know, I'm a recent convert to triangular shawls. They're beautiful and really useful, especially this time of year! I went to a spring football scrimmage last weekend (go, Cougs!) and, thankfully, I wore a shawl. The weather was quintessentially
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  • I've been a really lame sock knitter in the last few months. There are two socks on the needles, from two different sock knitting patterns , and I didn't really have any plans to pick either of those socks up in the near future. Provenance Socks
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  • I recently received an email asking whether Sockupied includes toe-up sock knitting patterns. Why yes, we do! But how many, I wondered? I took a look at all three Sockupied issues from last year, which are available together as a Kit of the Month until
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  • Kathleen's top-down seamless cardigan, in progress! Seamless knitting and I have a love/less-love relationship. When the method first became popular again several years ago (it had a little lull after Elizabeth Zimmermann and Barbara Walker made it
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  • Last November at Interweave Knitting Lab, I saw several genuine Orenburg shawls. They were simply exquisite, and expensive. The one I wanted was $400, and the one I thought I might "settle for" was $250. I didn't end up getting one, but
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  • These two unsteady beginners are wearing the Norwegian Pullover, left, and the Swedish Bohus Pullover, right. (Photograph courtesy of the authors of Sasha Dolls: Clothing and Patterns ) When I was a little girl, I lived in Pullman, Washington. It was
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  • It's the first week of April, which seems like the perfect time to talk about spring knitting styles! I've never been one to complain about warm weather knitting. I love making accessories, and linen and silk blends are some of my favorite fibers
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  • That's what I was saying a few months ago, after I impulse-bought some beautiful sparkly S. Charles Luna. It's brown with the most delightful golden sparkle. It's 71 percent mohair, and it's really fine, so I thought I'd run it with
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  • From top to bottom: Backward Loop Cast-On, Knitted Cast-On, Cable Cast-On Casting on and binding off are two skills that are essential for knitters to know. In our new eBook, The Essentials of Casting-on and Binding-Off: How to Cast-On and Bind-Off Knitting
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  • Heatherly Walker's Remembrance Socks contain stars hidden among winding cables, proclaiming a powerful statement. (Photograph by Joe Coca) As a history buff, I eat up knitting lore. A new issue of PieceWork 's Knitting Traditions is out, and it's
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  • Two years ago, in the Spring 2011 issue of Interweave Knits , the Ruched Yoke Tee debuted. The Ruched Yoke Tee is our current knit-along, and I thought it would be fun to learn more about the project. Knits intern Sharon Zientara helped out with the photo
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  • We all started off as beginning knitters. We learned about knitting needles , yarn, how to cast on, knit garter stitch, and bind off. Somehow, we've progressed to knitting hats, scarves, mittens, and even sweaters! Along the way we learned all sorts
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  • The "Feet on the Street" feature in the first few issues of Sockupied was always one of my favorites. I loved seeing and reading about what sock knitters had on the needles. Gifts for friends, treats for themselves, projects to keep their hands
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  • Knitting Traditions Spring 2013 brings together knitting traditions from around the world and across time. This issue features over 20 knitting patterns with inspiring and informative companion stories that frame the projects in cultural and historical context. Patterns include a vintage pucker-stitch
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  • I think I've knit four cowls this winter. One was a slip-stitch pattern, one a lace pattern, one a linen-stitch pattern, and one a plain stockinette pattern. Oddly, I think the stockinette cowl is my favorite. Probably because it's knit from a
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  • Lily Chin is amazing. Whether it's reinventing cable charts or being the fastest crocheted on the planet, she's a knitting force to be reckoned with. She's a master knitter who's been a professional designer since 1981, and she wants to
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  • When does a shoulder scarf become a sweater, and vice versa? Putting together PieceWork ’s newest eBook, 7 Stylish Scarves from 1918 to Knit , has made me ponder this. Chinon Rita Some background: We took seven of the more than 125 patterns from
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  • Save big this New Year with up to 80% off books, magazines, videos, seminars and more. Find great deals to help you learn a new technique, tackle your to-do lists and stick with your resolutions. You know I love cables, and I want to share some great
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  • Yes! We feel it, too. It's sweater knitting time, and time for a new free eBook: Cardigan, Pullover and Sweater Patterns: 7 Free Sweater Knitting Patterns ! Whether you yearn for a colorful pullover or a classic cardigan, you can have a whole new
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  • Zooey Pullover by Maria Leigh A note from Kathleen: It's supposed to snow tonight in Spokane. Although I know snow is full of inconveniences to everyday living, I can't wait to sit on the couch with my knitting and watch the sparkly stuff come
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  • I have a friend who refers to my favorite eMag as “the Sockinator.” I feel a little guilty playing favorites—I love ColorKnits and LaceKnits and EntreKnits and SpinKnit and Colorways too—but I can’t help it. Sockupied is
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  • The Gate Pullover by Margaux Hufnagle The Friday Slippers by Kristen TenDyke A note from Kathleen: Fall is well and truly here in Spokane, with its beautiful crisp mornings and lovely sunny days. I'm already deep into cool-weather knitting, too. I
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  • This time of year, many of us in the Northern Hemisphere are planning our fall and winter wardrobes. If you're a newer knitter, this is the perfect time to learn how to knit sweaters with our new eBook, Easy Seamless Sweaters to Knit . We've chosen
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  • There are lots of things in knitting that are deceptively simple, and the sea-foam stitch is one of them. It's a beautiful stitch that mimics the undulating movement sea foam makes as it lies on top of the water. This stitch is formed by wrapping
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  • Relaxing with Poppy in my hammock chair Lately Cardigan by Josh Bennett Kennedy Sweater by Anniken Allis I was sitting at my desk with two fans blowing on me, dreaming of a beautiful, crisp fall day, when the mailman arrived with a big manila folder.
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  • The Cochin Shrug by Eunny Jang comes as a free download with the new workshop, Knitting Entrelac: Basics and Beyond . Entrelac is one of my favorite knitting techniques for texture and visual interest in knitting. It produces a fabric with a woven appearance—tiers
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  • I was thinking the other day about the evolution of technology and how it's changed our lives. When I was in college I thought I was pretty cool because I had a typewriter with built-in correction tape. Pretty slick. I used it to type up papers on
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  • Gerda Porter modeling her version of Ginevra's Pullover by Amy Polcyn My Friend Gerda Porter knitted Ginevra's Pullover from the Winter issue of Interweave Knits , and it turned out great! Gerda has known how to knit since her Oma (grandmother
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  • In our Ultimate Guide to Knitting Needles , page 55, we omitted Denise Interchangeables from our Needle Guide chart. We regret the error. Tiered Bangles Page 22 Correction: Base Triangles Row 3: k1, ssp, k1, turn. Seaglass Shell Page 72 Correction: highlighted
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  • Brighten up with 23 summer favorites from Interweave Knits . The Summer 2012 issue is packed with color and techniques just right for warm weather knitting. Find the perfect accessory for summer parties in “As Pretty Does,” or explore modern lace in “Knit Two Together, Yarn Over.”
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  • Knit a Domino Square Potholder in just one evening! (Patterns from Domino Knitting by Vivian Høxbro) Ever since I watched the Knitting Daily Workshop, Domino Knitting with Vivian Høxbro , I've gotten really interested in learning how
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  • Editors’ Note: We asked Karin Strom, Interweave’s editorial director for the yarn group, to share her interview with book author Lene Holme Sams ø e. Essentially Feminine Knits: 25 Must-Have Chic Designs by Lene Holme Sams ø
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  • The Summer 2011 issue of Knitscene featured an article by one of my favorite designers, Stephen West. I just bought his Spectra Scarf pattern, which is a circular scarf knit from a ball of self-striping sock yarn and a coordinating solid sock yarn. One
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  • Knitting history is fascinating, and the upcoming new issue of Knitting Traditions , from PieceWork magazine, is a wonderful source for the interesting bits of knitting lore that we love so much. Engraving, "Six and Eighty-Six Knitting for the Soldiers
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  • Fiona is a beautiful knit cardigan that showcases one of the unsung heroes in the craft: Garter stitch. Garter stitch is probably the first stitch you learned when you started knitting. It was for me, and I knit project after project in garter stitch
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  • If you have the iPad version of Sockupied , you might have noticed something pop up in the app recently: a new issue called Simply Sockupied . We’re launching the Mac and PC versions this week in the Knitting Daily shop. So what is Simply Sockupied
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  • WINTER 1999/2000 Origata Pillows (page 20) The chart for the Square Pillow on page 23 contains several errors. Please download the corrected chart in PDF format. The Bolster chart: When working the chart patterns, the last repeat will not be a full repeat
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  • FALL 2000 Enchanted French Traveling Cape (page 60) When working the hood, dec to 121 sts as stated. Cont working established cable patt at beg and end of row, and work center 105 sts in St st until piece measures 12" (30.5 cm) from pick-up row,
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  • Welcome to another Tuned In To Knitting Daily TV blog giveaway, in celebration of our 100th episode season! This week we're giving away 3 hat kits from Bijou Basin Ranch! As seen on episode 810, Eunny demonstrates the cabled brim of the Entwined Cabled
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  • A note from Kathleen: A new eMag is here, Simply Sockupied, and it's all about sock knitting fundamentals. From the anatomy of a sock to how to turn a heel, you'll learn about sock knitting step-by-step (pun intended!). It's perfect for beginners
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  • Since I began working at Interweave several years ago, I've been fascinated with the tools of the fiber trade. Just inside the front door is a warped inkle loom; shuttles and spools of various ages and sizes rest up against the books on the shelves
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  • The 100th episode of Knitting Daily TV celebration continues! WEBS, America's Yarn Store, is giving away two skeins of Valley Yarns 2/14 Alpaca Silk Hand Dyed yarn for one lucky winner to make his or her own Silver Lining Hat, seen on episode 802
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  • A note from Kathleen: Our friends at Juniper Moon Farm are having a design contest , and we want a Knitting Daily reader to win! See below for all of the details and then get knitting! Does beautiful yarn speak to you? Does it shout "Knit me!"
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  • Anne Berk models one of her fabulous Bohus pullovers. It's so beautiful; I was honored to take a class from her. I'm working on a Bohus sweater and I'm almost to the colorwork yoke. I'm so excited because I've been knitting row after
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  • Transverse Cardigan Two Clarifications: Gauge is 17 sts = 4" in garter st on larger size 10 needles for sleeve cuffs. (No change to sleeves and body: Gauge 18 sts and 24 rows = 4" in St st on smaller needle.) Left Front: Work in St st until
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  • Needlecraft Magazine , February 1925 Recently, PieceWork’s editor, Jeane Hutchins, and I have been spending a bit of time sifting through PieceWork 's archival collection in the dim reaches of Interweave’s basement. We pull on our archivist's
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  • Angora from my stash: Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit It's my birthday today and I feel like a little something girly. Ruffled angora scarf? Yes, please! I have a skein of Fleece Artist Peter Rabbit in my stash and I've been looking for the perfect
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  • On this episode of Knitting Daily TV host Eunny Jang and experts Kristin Omdahl and Shay Pendray talk about purses, clutches, bags, satchels, and more. Preview episode 809, Carry-All: Getting Started: Eunny starts off this episode with a tutorial on I
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  • Take the color challenge on this episode of Knitting Daily TV . Explore stranded knitting, reversible crochet, and more with host Eunny Jang and experts Kristin Omdahl and Shay Pendray. Preview episode 803, Color Challenge: Getting Started: Eunny begins
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  • World War I-era knitters, as shown in Knits of Yore I love the word "yore." It conjures up all kinds of images for me, including an episode of Friends when Phoebe asked Rachel what era an apothecary table (from Pottery Barn) was from and Rachel
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  • The holidays are upon us, bringing a question at least as important as whether or not to knit the man in your life a holiday sweater. What knitting should I pack for holiday travel? For starters, I need a project for the journey itself. I am a dedicated
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  • Working cables is one of the most satisfying of knitting techniques. Cables add texture to all kinds of garments; they keep knitting interesting, they add a little challenge, and they look fabulous! We've gathered seven patterns for you in this eBook
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  • Here at Interweave, we really love sheep, yaks, goats, angora rabbits, alpacas, muskox, lamas and all critters that provide the wonderful fiber that we can knit (spin, weave, or crochet). When trying to come up with an accurate yet interesting title for
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  • The hat from the Three for the Road ePattern for men I think I've knitted five hats in the last month, with two more to go—including the Welted Toque for my sister, who's home now and keeps saying, "Hey, where's my toque?!? I did
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  • The French Braid Pullover by Angela Hahn I've finished several hats for Christmas presents and now I'm itching to get back to sweater knitting. Whether knitting for women or knitting for men, there's one thing I know about my knitting personality
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  • A note from Kathleen: I've invited Anne Merrow, editor of our eMag SpinKnit , here today to share her mitten knitting story and how she overcame a terrible loss: misplacing her treasured knitting notions! Enjoy. Meet the Carvers and their flock, knit
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  • I just started a new hat for a Christmas present for my brother—I'm living proof that it's not too late to start knitting for the holidays! I have three more projects that I need to make, too, another hat (R2D2 hat for my nephew) and a scarf
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  • Applied i-cord on the neckline of my Caftan Pullover . I actually have several favorite finishing techniques, but there is one newish-to-me technique that I really love: the applied i-cord. I used this knitting technique to finish off the neckline of
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  • We've gathered four free afghan knitting patterns for you in our new free eBook, Cozy Knitted Blanket Patterns: 4 Free Afghan Knitting Patterns —a fabulous counterpane bedspread; a beautiful lacy afghan with an easy-to-memorize lace repeat; a classic Aran blanket, and a mosaic afghan made up
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  • In my article, "The Ins and Outs of Grafting," which recently appeared in the premiere issue of knit.wear magazine , I mentioned the fact that, when trying to determine how to fit the grafting into the row repeats of a stitch pattern, you should
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  • Delight in holiday knitting with this year’s Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts . Timeless knits for men, women, children, and the home fill this supersize issue.
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  • Francesca, from Knitting off the Axis I'm not one to worry about row gauge too much, and that's a bad example to be setting, because sometimes row gauge is crucial, especially when knitting side-to-side garments. Here's what Mathew Gnagy,
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  • Editors' note: We invited eMag Editor Anne Merrow to tell us about the debut of her newest eMag, ColorKnits , which focuses on the worldwide knitting tradition of colorwork. Janine Bajus shows how color value gives Fair Isle knitting a sense of depth
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  • Before the winter issue of Knitscene had even gone to press, I started knitting Melissa LaBarre’s Tereza Pullover . This simple top down pullover had a lot of appeal to me—chunky gauge, interesting lace pattern, the ability to add custom body
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  • Brioche Hat, included in Brioche Knitting Basics with Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark , a Knitting Daily DVD Workshop The world of knitting never ceases to amaze me with its wealth of options—the yarn choices, needle choices, stitch choices, and pattern
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  • By the time you read this, I'll be in Egypt! For two weeks! And I'm sure I'm having a fabulous time. I'm going on the adventure of a lifetime, and I'm taking my knitting along with me. My sister lives in Cairo and my friend Mimi and
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  • Betty's Tee, the knit version A note from Kathleen: Remember Betty's Tee from the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits (photo at right)? We all loved it, including the folks at Interweave Crochet , so much so that they asked Tram Nguyen to design
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  • Baby Booties knit in literary detective Miss Silver's style—a practical bootie that stays on. By Ileana Grams-Moog, from the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of PieceWork magazine Reading is my first love, I think. My parents, brother, and sister are all
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  • My friend Mimi knitted the Galvanized Cardigan from the Fall 2010 issue of Interweave Knits , and it turned out beautifully. There were lots of challenges in this cardigan knitting pattern, the big one being the corrugated ribbing at the waist, cuffs
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  • Wrapped stitch Faux cable I’ve heard this many times: “There are only two stitches used in every piece of knitting—the knit stitch and the purl stitch.” I guess that’s true, but what about the yarnover? It isn’t really
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  • Semolina Hat by Carrie Bostick Hoge, from Weekend Hats Trellis Beret by Courtney Kelley, from Weekend Hats I'll say it: I have a big head. A really big head. And it doesn't favor hats very well, so I don't often wear them. I do have one hat
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  • Cable charts can sometimes look more complicated than the cables themselves! Leave it to Lily Chin to simplify these charts and make them easier to follow. Here's an example of one of Lily's new charts: Honeycomb Cable, Lily Chin's Way CO
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  • For the last four years, each May/June issue of PieceWork has been devoted to lace. It’s one of our most popular issues, and it’s one of our favorites to bring together. The meticulous detail that’s involved in creating lace, as well
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  • Knitting for beginners is one of my favorite things to teach because I love getting people started in the craft that I love so much. Our eBook, How to Knit for Beginners , has recently been updated to include step-by-step instructions for how to knit
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  • Hello, everyone! The latest special issue of Interweave Knits Weekend dropped a few weeks ago, but it's taken me a good while to pick a new project from the 32 (32!) fabulous patterns. There are projects of every shape and size, from whimsical toys
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  • Kathleen and Mimi having a blast at Sock Summit! Two weeks ago I had the BEST weekend. It was a weekend of the masters of sorts—sock knitting masters! I went to the Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon. My friend Mimi and I attended together, and we
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  • Ann Budd's adaptation of "Punchinello Caps for Knitting Needles" from Weldon's Practical Needlework , Volume 11. (Photograph by Joe Coca) PieceWork magazine is always full of so many unique stories and items to make. Case in point, these
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  • In its first ever summer issue, Knitscene explores plant fibers, quick and unusual accessories, and great layering garments. Who says people don't knit in the summertime? This is a dynamic time of year, characterized by long days, sun-lit activities, and wild color. We travel, we find time to relax
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  • The Rainbow Cowl by Lisa Shroyer I've been noticing a change lately, mainly with the seasonal products in some of the stores I shop in. Summer supplies are being replaced with school supplies! Our weather here in Spokane is hovering around the high
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  • Even a simple pattern like this is a thing of beauty. Remember when you were first confronted with a knitting chart? I don't know about you, but I felt like I needed a Ph.D. in hieroglyphics to figure it out. What did all of those symbols mean? Where
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  • Owlivia and little Livvy, from the Summer 2011 issue of Interweave Crochet. Owlivia stands 4 1/2 inches tall and LIttle Livvie stands 2 inches tall. Cute, cute, cute! Here's my progress on Owlivia. I'm in the first row of the body; head done.
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  • A simple garter-stitch square might not seem like a big deal to you or me, but to a new knitter it's quite an accomplishment! I had a bar-b-que this weekend, and some of my knitting friends brought their projects. It was a great mix of people; and
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  • Melanie Rice's Baby Elephant Vest, featured in the Summer 2011 issue of Interweave Knits A note from Kathleen: Lace knitters are so passionate about their craft. I admire that, and I hope to catch the lace bug in earnest at some point in my knitting
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  • There's so much knowledge out there—let's help each other and share tips and tricks. Here are some topics to get you going: Sock Knitting: How do you avoid that hole at the top of the gusset? Sweater Knitting Patterns: What's your favorite
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  • Hello, everyone! My name is Amanda, and this is my first blog post as the new Yarn Intern here at Interweave. And, let me tell you, I am just pleased as punch to be here. As a recent graduate, interning at Interweave is heavenly. It's true; here at
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  • Kathleen's finished Maple Street Cardigan (all but the buttons) I've finished my Maple Street Cardigan , and I'm so happy with it. (Okay, so I haven't sewn on the buttons yet, but I'm going to do that before I go on to the next project
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  • If you haven't noticed, there is a new generation of textile crafters coming up. We certainly see it at Interweave: a growing group of young people that are intrinsically curious about the handmade life. I think we have an interesting paradox to ponder
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  • Our early-summer knit-along, the Maple Street Cardigan, is over and my Maple Street Cardigan is almost done; so close! I just have to finish the buttonband and sew in a bunch of ends. We need to vote on a new knit-along now, so let the fun begin! I've
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  • The 8,000-Feet Hoodie by Amanda Scheuzger Closeup of the colorwork on the 8,000-Feet Hoodie A note from Kathleen: Who doesn't look forward to the weekend? As knitters, though, weekends are that much more special. We have plans, you see, big plans—we're
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  • Deborah Newton's Honeycomb Turtleneck When I was a relatively new knitter, meaning I made a lot of simple scarves and had one stockinette sweater under my belt, I took a workshop from super-creative designer Leigh Radford. She was promoting creativity
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  • Mags Kandis's Paper Roses, from her book Gifted I belong to a craft group called Women Who Run with Glue Guns. We get together to craft every month, sometimes working on our own separate crafts and sometimes doing a group craft (and sometimes just
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  • Dear WitKnits*, It's June! My son is out of school and no matter how old I get, I still relish the idea of summer and firmly believe that I too will be on summer break. This inevitably leads to a fall melancholy when it becomes clear that summer is
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  • This weekend marks the kick-off for World Wide Knit in Public (WWKIP) Week . Originally, this event started as a single day, for knitters (and crocheters!) everywhere to get out of the house, soak up some summer sun (or attempt to enjoy a wintery day
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  • A Note from Kathleen: I've never knitted a skirt before, but they're popping up all over the place now that it's summer, and I've been wondering about the practicality of them: how they would wear, how to keep them in shape, and how lengthen
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  • The Universal Scarf by Vicki Square. See the free pattern below! Sometimes you read a little something that really sticks with you. I read an essay by Vicki Square in the spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits , about Vicki's introduction to natural
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  • A note from Kathleen: I have a lot of traveling planned this summer, and on my packing list I always write "knitting." Such a small word on the list, such a large part of my packing process! I always take more than I need. Always. Even if I'm
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  • I'm a little obsessed with the idea of knitted shawls right now. Only the idea, because I don't have time to knit as many shawls as I would like to, apparently—if you look at the projects most recently added to my "To Knit" list
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  • Lily Chin's Textured Tote Bag I've been infatuated with many a knitted bag, but I think I may have finally found my true soul mate: the Textured Tote Bag, from Lily Chin's book Power Cables. Lily's bag hits the mark for me in several ways
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  • I signed up for Sock Summit last week, and I'm so excited! I went to the Summit in 2009, right after I started Knitting Daily, and it was overwhelming but so much fun, and I didn't even take any classes! This year a friend and I signed up for
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  • Hello WitKnits, I've done some knitting since last we spoke. I thought I would continue my yarn stories with a closer look at the yarns from the Interweave Knits Summer 2011 issue's Yarn Spotlight on page 12. These are the yarns and tools that
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  • My mom and sister in front of the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt My sister lives in Cairo, Egypt, and I'm going to visit her in the fall. My mom just got back from a 10-day trip seeing all of the amazing sites and spending time with my sister, Liz—look
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  • Coral Cardigan by Nancy Eiseman Bistro Lace Stole by Daniela Nii Al Fresco Camisole by Alice Tang Mission Cardigan by Erica Schleuter A note from Kathleen: Summer is coming, and so is a new issue of Interweave Knits ! We've got lacy cardis, intriguing
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  • My Great Gramma Sheehan's sewing box. This box is probably from the 20s; isn't it fab? I love the pin cushion on top and the unique way the spools of thread are secured onto the box. We use this sewing box to this day; quality products do last
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  • Annie Hartman Bakken wears a couple of hats at Interweave. Posing with my 8 year old Great Dane/Lab mutt Edith (Edie) as she proudly models a vest I made for her. Interweave Knits Weekend 2009. Her official title is Interweave Knits , Knitscene and Interweave
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  • Cate Prato, editor of Cloth Paper Scissors Today , recently put together a free eBook that contains four exciting felting projects. I thought you might like to get your hands on this eBook, so here's Cate to tell you more! 1. Felt-making for embroidery
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  • The Erin Cardigan from Vintage Modern Knits I use modern technology as much as the next person, maybe more—I am an online editor, after all. But I love all things historical, from ancient Egypt to Tsarist Russia to 1920s France. There are many opportunities
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  • I love the look of bobbles, but I didn't used to be able to stand knitting them. All that turning back and forth, working five stitches into one, It just seems like a pain. The thing about knitting is that some things are a pain, but they're usually
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  • I'm about to hit the road for a little late spring/early summer traveling and that means packing. I'll figure out the clothing situation the day before I leave (I always do), but meanwhile I'm a little stressed out over what knitting projects
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  • Clockwise from top left: En Point Pullover; Leaf and Picot Cardigan; Heliotropic Pullover; Draped Vest It snowed in Spokane yesterday! I was shocked, but in a very small way I welcomed the snow because it brought a bit of true sweater-knitting weather
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  • Blue Lupine Mitts from Knitcircus Magazine . I love 'em! I got the greatest recommendation this week on Ravelry! Someone told me about Knitcircus Magazine . I immediately clicked over there and I have to tell you, I don't know how I've missed
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  • Mary Jane Mucklestone dressed up her simple Sweet Tee with a little flowery flair at the yoke. This tee is a perfect easy knitting pattern for spring-summer. Hannah Fettig's Whisper Cardigan was an instant classic almost the moment it was published
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  • Today's stop on my list of internet favorites for knitters is Twist Collective . (The Spring/Summer 2011 issue just went live last night!) The Twist Collective is an online magazine filled with knitting designs, how to knit articles, Q&A with
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  • Gerda Porter modeling her version of Ginevra's Pullover by Amy Polcyn My Friend Gerda Porter knitted Ginevra's Pullover from the Winter issue of Interweave Knits , and it turned out great! Gerda has known how to knit since her Oma (grandmother
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  • Join us in celebrating the launch of the Sockupied Spring 2011 eMag with a week of sock yarn giveaways! Do you have a favorite among the five sock patterns in the new issue of Sockupied ? Leave a comment and let us know which sock you would like to cast
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  • The Cerulean Cardigan by Wendy Bernard, from the DVD workshop Knitting from the Top Down I rarely use the yarn that a sweater is designed for. There are many reasons for this, but usually it's because I want to use a yarn from my stash! There are
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  • Sheep marker from Knitifacts. So cute! Happy Friday! I'm starting a new feature today on Knitting Daily ! I want you to know all about what's going on out there in the knitting world. There's so much knitting knowledge out there, and I don't
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  • In my last post, I mentioned that my brother Patrick, a mechanical engineer, once referred to me as a "fabric engineer," after I had described a knitting technique to him (a non-knitter), using some of my knitting illustrations. It's funny
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  • Wyeast Socks by Chrissy Gardiner, from the new issue of Sockupied. These socks take their name from the Multnomah word for Oregon’s Mount Hood, home of a historic lodge and ski area. The cable patterns, which are reminiscent of ski tracks, were
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  • Dear WitKnits*, I don't know about you, but I love Spring. I used to be a Fall girl and aspects of Fall still call to me, but in recent years I've become enamored of Spring. I love the days getting longer, and the weather getting warmer; there
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  • Banstead Pullover by Lisa Shroyer A note from Kathleen: Since I began knitting I've noticed a common cry among plus-sized knitters: "How can we make sweaters that look good on us?" I hear you, folks, and I echo your question. I've made
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  • A montage of my dull, drab, and dreary knitted sweaters. Thanks to my sister for modeling! "You don't get WOW by doing the expected!" —Laura Bryant The human eye can discern more than 3 million colors, isn't that amazing? Everyone
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  • Greetings, my fellow fiber friends! My name is Sharon and I am the Yarn Intern here at Interweave. The reason behind my arrival is something I think that many of us who knit or crochet have in common; visions of what it would be like to quit our daily
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  • We're revisiting series 500 today on Tuned In To Knitting Daily TV, focusing on Kristin's very own design from her new book A Knitting Wrapsody, the Summit American Yak Wrap featured in episode 513. A knitted wrap with a unique reversible lace
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  • "Seriously?!? I think I can hold it until the temp gets above zero, Mom!" What is with this winter storm marching across America? It's so cold here we have to leave a faucet dripping so our pipes don't freeze! Don't get me wrong
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  • Attention Lace Knitters! On episode 604 of Knitting Daily TV , Shay Pendray visits with new author Miriam Felton about her first book, Twist and Knit . Full of uniquely classical lace patterns, this project book is perfect for your special skeins of yarn
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  • The Hexagon Petal Tee by Maria Leigh A note from Kathleen: It's time for one of our favorite features: the Sweater Workshop! Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang is here to deconstruct the lovely Hexagon Petal Tee by Maria Leigh (featured in the Spring
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  • Finished Object Alert! Plus Sparkly Sock In Progress Quick note: This post is late! I actually wrote it more than a week ago, before my laptop died and took everything with it. Now I'm trying to catch up with all of you! Here's the latest...with
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  • The FlutterSleeve Cardigan by Pam Allen Pam Allen's Flutter Sleeve Cardigan has been on my wish list since it debuted in spring 2008 in I nterweave Knits . I love the waistline, and the sleeves are knitted as part of the body—no separate pieces
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  • The Ajiro scarf from Vintage Modern Knits My UPS gal surprised me again the other day with several new Interweave books full of wonderful, inventive projects. The project that that strikes my fancy for today's post is from Vintage Modern Knits by
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  • This season of Knitting Daily TV features 13 epsiodes jam-packed with techniques from beginner to advanced knitter. Each episode begins with a Getting Started segment led by host and knitting expert Eunny Jang. From tips on i-cord basics, a tutorial on
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  • Molly's fabulous motif scarf I've just gotten a new book, 150 Knit & Crochet Motifs by Heather Lodinsky (the designer of the Central Park Hoodie!), which is really getting my creative juices flowing. Motifs have always intrigued me, and I've
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  • Knitscene Winter/Spring 2011 has officially been out for a week now, and I'm so excited to see that so many of you really like it! I love working on Knitscene , and hearing such positive words about the projects makes my job even better. But you don't
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  • I don’t know about you, but my life has been Crazy Town lately, and my knitting has suffered. Over the holidays, I pretty much just grabbed whatever project was closest; when I stopped to do something else, I’d leave the project in a corner
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  • A note from Kathleen: I love art yarns, in fact I have a few skeins in my stash that I pulled to the top a few weeks ago because I had a hankering for some funky knitted scarves. Imagine my surprise when I saw a wonderful article by Amy Palmer in the
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  • Side Slip Cloche from Boutique Knits I knit my mom a hat for new year's day—it was supposed to be a Christmas present, but I couldn't get it done amongst all the other hats on the needles. It's the Side Slip Cloche from Laura Irwin's
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  • A note from Kathleen: What have I learned from Knitting Daily TV ? Honestly, I don't think I have the space here to list all of the incredible tips, new techniques, and pure inspiration that I've gotten from KDTV! From new ways to cast-on to working
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  • In the upcoming Winter/Spring issue of Knitscene , I wrote a bit of an introduction to the fabulous world of handspun art yarn. Now, I consider myself to be a very novice spinner. I can make yarn on my drop spindle. One day I might even knit the yarn
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  • Pavo Slipper Socks from Interweave Knits , Winter 2010 Since writing my newsletter last Friday, I've taken my newest resolution—getting back to sock knitting—very seriously! I've mentioned that I'm moving, and in the process of
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  • It's New Year's Eve, and I'm having a party tonight! I'm already thinking about tomorrow, though—I can't believe it's going to be 2011. Why does the time seem to go faster as we get older? My (totally nonscientific) theory
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  • The Caftan Pullover TN Yarn Lady's Caftan Pullover. She sewed up the front, too! Love the 2-color pullover that a2965z-craft knit up. She says the colors are a little off in this photo and that the inset and hem are more red than pink. Some of us
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  • They may not be brand new to professional design, but these designers were new to me in 2010. Most of them are still up-and-coming and all are worthy of your time—go check em out! I think you’ll be seeing big things from them in the next year
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  • You all know how much I love to cables; in fact I just bought a pattern yesterday for a simple cable pullover. I was looking at the pattern and I thought about changing the cable, so I picked up Lily Chin's recent book, Power Cables , to get some
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  • I'm new to Interweave Knits, and new to blogging. Every day, I'm doing something for the first time and it can be daunting trying to figure out how to get started and what to do next. As I thought about this blog, what to write, how to get started
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  • My favorite scarf! Cashmere goodness in a beautiful color. Lots of knitters stop knitting scarves after they become intermediate knitters—as beginners, we're encouraged to knit scarves to get comfortable with the knit stitch, and we end up with
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  • Well, maybe it's not your absolute last chance—there are 25 days until Christmas, and a few years ago I knit a garter stitch scarf for someone on December 23rd—but we're cutting it close! I thought you might appreciate a few ideas
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  • Charvet Pullover by Maria Leigh A note from Kathleen: At Knitting Daily and Interweave Knits , one of our favorite features is the Sweater Workshop. There are so many worthy contenders in the Winter 2011 issue of Interweave Knits , but we've chosen
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  • Beyond cooking and, let’s face it, cleaning for guests, this week I plan to get in some quality Mom time. Let me describe my mom—she’s a knitter/spinner/weaver who makes the best pies and is always followed by a flurry of little dog
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  • Asian inspired closure from Knit Kimono, Too by Vicki Square I'm a button junkie. When I travel, I always visit yarn shops and fabric stores (big surprise!) and I usually end up with a special button or two to remind me of my trip. I think button
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  • Brattlboro Hat by Melissa LeBarre Hats are so fun to knit. They're short projects, and they usually just take one skein—always a bonus. I recently knit a fun pattern from the fantastic book New England Knits by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa
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  • Pale Skies Cowl by Sarah Barbour Leaf Cravat by Teva Durham Diamond Seed Baby Jacket by Erica Alexander Aegean Mitts by Amy Polcyn Koolhaas Hat by Jared Flood Last week I Tweeted that I'm still in the planning stages of my holiday knitting. And judging
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  • Sweetheart Socks Knotty or Knice Socks On-Your-Toes Socks We've just come out with a download of sock patterns, Best of 2010: Top Ten Patterns for Knitted Socks (see photos of some of the "best of" at left). Looking through it got me thinking
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  • Bavarian Tulip Mittens by Judy Alexander The Proverbial Cap by Meg Swanson Alpen Socken by Judy Alexander A note from Kathleen: One of the things that keeps knitting interesting and fresh is learning new techniques and stitches. In Interweave Knits we
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  • Brioche Stitch Cardigan by Mercedes Tarasovich-Clark The world of knitting never ceases to amaze me with its wealth of options—the yarn choices, needle choices, stitch pattern choices, and design choices are endless! One of those options is the
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  • Do you ever feel like your hopes and dreams begin with a cast-on? I know, that's a little bit over the top, but I do get really excited when I'm about to cast on a new project. I can't wait to feel how the yarn will knit up, try different
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  • As projects come into the Knitscene office, there's a whole lot of "oohing" and "aahing" over the samples. There's a bevy of comments along the lines of "wow that color is perfect!" or "this yarn is sooooo soft
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  • Maikell Shawl from Knitted Lace of Estonia I have a friend who knits the most beautiful lace shawls. One day I asked her where she wore them, and she said "Oh, wherever—usually to Alberson's and Costco, actually, because I don't go
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  • Up here in Ontario, the leaves are starting to turn, and the temperatures are dropping. This will be my third Canadian winter, and without realizing it, I've started doing actual Winter Preparations for the first time in my life. (Yes, I lived in
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  • Hello and welcome back, Little Lamb Sock Critter Knitters! (If you're just joining this knit-along, be sure to download your free pattern for the Little Lamb Sock Critter here . Welcome to our knit-along!) In this week's segment, I show you how
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  • Welcome back, Knitting Daily TV fans! It's time for our second video knit-along, and this time we'll be making the Little Lamb Sock Critter . Why is he called a "sock critter," you ask? Well, he is constructed in a similar way that a
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  • The Vacation Scarf I spent last week camping in paradise, a.k.a. Yellowstone National Park. I went with a friend and we had so much fun seeing wildlife (bears, wolves, coyotes, moose, elk, pronghorn, and lots of bison!). I brought along some knitting—a
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  • The Fiery Bolero by Debbie Bliss (from Interweave Knits summer 2005) My sister got married this summer, and we hosted the reception in our back yard. It was a ton of work, but so worth it—what a wonderful evening. Any of you who've done it know
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  • T he Basic Entrelac Scarf by Lisa Shroyer Entrelac is a knitting technique that produces a fabric with a woven appearance—tiers of tilting blocks appear to run over and under each other. But the fabric is actually worked all in one piece as a series
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  • Welcome back to the Fallen Leaves Scarf knit-along! Now that we've gone through the preparation of part 1 and the slip stitch pattern of part 2 , our final week takes us into the two middle sections of the scarf, which features the basket weave pattern
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  • Do you know anyone who wants to learn how to knit? Well, after teaching several sessions of beginning knitting at my local yarn shop, I decided to put together a booklet of knitting instructions for beginner knitting. Introducing our new free eBook How
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  • Have you cast on for the Fallen Leaves Scarf knit-along? It's not too late to jump in and join this fun knit-along. Here's knitter Zontee Hou, from Lion Brand Yarn, with the second video installment of Knitting Daily TV's Fallen Leaves Scarf
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  • We're launching a new, ongoing feature on Inside Knits - project diaries that walk you through one real knitter's experience knitting a project from our magazine. Stay tuned for more project diaries - for now, Toni Rexroat starts us off with the
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  • Kusha Kusha scarf kit Hoarfrost Mobius Hoarfrost, back view I've had a scarf kit in my stash for at least three years. Every time I look through my "kit drawer" I pick it up and admire it all over again, saying to myself, "I have to
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  • T he new season of Knitting Daily TV is just beginning to air on public television stations around the country (Series 500 - check your local listings for air dates/times) and we're thrilled to announce that we'll be sharing with you here on KnittingDaily
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  • Note from Sandi: The response to last week's tip was wonderful, thank you! So I thought for this week's post, since I am stressing about working on two important end-of-the-month deadlines, I'd repeat a tip that people are still requesting
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  • So many knitters prefer to knit in the round—no purling! I enjoy the occasional knit-in-the round project, too, but I've had a few wrong turns if you know what I mean (twisting the cast-on without realizing it). Figure 2 Figure 3 Figure 4 I
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  • The Chiral Cardigan by Coralie Meslin I went to a water park last weekend and I took my knitting. I got lots of great double-takes and comments, but my favorite was from a fellow knitter. She said, "I wish I would have brought my knitting! I'm
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  • Dear Stockinette Project, First of all, I still love you. I have always loved you, from the moment your beautiful purple, shiny yarn met my fingers, from the second we cast on together for this new adventure in our lives. You have been, and still are
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  • Knitting Daily TV hosts Shay Pendray, Eunny Jang, and Kristin Omdahl Shay Pendray and Vicki Square Eunny Jang in a sea of hats Eunny Jang and Zontee Hou discussing the Little Lamb Sock Critter project A note from Kathleen: Knitting Daily TV is such an
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  • Knitting a Haapsula shawl Sometimes a piece of knitting grabs you and won't let go. For me, those pieces have always been beautiful lace shawls. I've knit several lace scarves, but never a shawl; I'm intimidated by knitting that much delicate
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  • Wakefield Diagonal Lace Scarf by Melissa LaBarre Here at Knitting Daily we're celebrating the release of our new book New England Knits by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre. We love it so much that we're offering you a free pattern to
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  • Download Now! I've learned that what separates good knitting from GREAT knitting is the details. Each step in the process—from using the correct cast-on to applying appropriate shaping to blocking your project—can make the difference between
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  • 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
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  • The Hudson Cabled Cardigan I came across a wonderful summer pattern the other day in our pattern store, called the Hudson Cabled Cardigan by Teva Durham. It's an ingenious vest that's not much harder to knit than a scarf! Here's what the designer
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  • We all have our go-to resources, right? And if you're like me, you have several! This post is dedicated to my favorites, and because we're having a super sale on hurt books (most are really just like new, though), this is your chance to get some
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  • Ann Budd's Ruffled Lace Anklets Mari Lynn Patrick's Ruffled Surplice I've never thought of myself as the ruffle type, but I think I might be wrong because I choose a lot of knitting patterns with ruffles! What I love is how they add just a
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  • I occasionally have pain in my lower left arm, and what I do to alleviate this is switch from picking to throwing, or vice-versa. By doing this, I can keep knitting—I just use a slightly different set of muscles with each technique. Gratuitous puppy
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  • This shows what happens when you knit thinner and thicker yarns on the same size needles. Both yarns produce the same number of stitches per inch, or nearly so. The thin yarn makes slightly more rows per inch. In this swatch, knitted on size 7 needles
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  • Last time, I showed a photo of the beginnings of my Tattoo Tank from Knitscene Winter/Spring 2010 . I also gave instructions for how to choose the right size for this little summer top , only to find out that I myself had gone and cast on for a little
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  • Garter stitch selvage edge "It's all in the finishing." How many times have you heard that? It's true, though, finishing can make all the difference. My favorite technique for making beautiful finished garments and the one I use almost
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  • As you can see from the photo, I have worked several inches of the Tattoo Tank by Marlaina Bird from Knitscene Winter/Spring 2010 . This is a very loose fitting sleeveless tee shirt that flares out at the hem for a bit of swingy, drapey, floaty fun. It
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  • I met Cookie A at Sock Summit and a gracious stranger took our picture. We're so thrilled to be able to offer you a brand new sock pattern by Cookie A, brilliant sock designer and the author of the book Sock Innovation ! Her new design, Cubist Socks
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  • I've been waiting so eagerly for Lily Chin's new book Power Cables and it's finally here. Leave it to Lily to come up with a book that totally demystifies cables and gives A TON of cable patterns and projects that use these cables inventively
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  • Yes, my knitting is laughing at me. The Star Light, Star Bright Baby Blanket ? It is just a little ol' baby blankie, for heaven's sake. I have finished the inner rectangle; all I have to do now (she says blithely) is pick up stitches around the
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  • The cute little Bolero from Interweave's book Feminine Knits is indeed done. I bound it off Wednesday morning, and then made some coffee, turned on an audiobook, and sat down to be a good girl and weave in all the (double-digit) ends. (It took two
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  • A note from Kathleen: Customizing for your body and wardrobe is one of the great joys of being able to make your own knitted garments. A few weeks ago, Interweave Knits editor Eunny Jang presented a sweater workshop for Betty's Tee ( Interweave Knits
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  • April 22 is Earth Day. For many of us this means planting a tree, exchanging our incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs, setting up a compost bin in the back yard, and so on. These are all wonderful things to do for our Earth, our children
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  • Just a little scene-setting photo—knit on! I was reading through the forums and the Knitting Daily blog post comments, and I was impressed by the wealth of knitting expertise out there! I thought I'd pull some of them and put them all here for
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  • Pinch Hat by Cecily Glowik MacDonald Flash Mitts by Amy Polcyn Rainbow Cowl by Lisa Shroyer Wendy Bernard's Frontier Blues Jacket Knitscene always delivers, and now it's back with an issue devoted to the new knitter. I love meeting new knitters
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  • First of all, I am feeling MUCH better, having recovered from that awful stomach flu. You folks in the comments were so sweet to send me little get-well wishes; thank you. Second of all, I have a confession to make. I, Sandi Wiseheart, did indeed cheat
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  • A note from Kathleen— True confessions: The only shawl I've ever knit was for a shop sample. I've always wanted to knit one of those beautiful lace shawls out there, but I really have no place to wear something like that, so I have stuck
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  • Three sweaters from The Handy Book of Sweater Patterns by Ann Budd Those of you who read Knitting Daily regularly know that I love a good tip. I've got several books that are filled with tips, but the one that I go to most when knitting sweaters is
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  • Whether you've just learned to knit or have been knitting since you were a small child, KnitScene Easy is the best resource! Handy stitch reference guides are sprinkled throughout the issue, so newcomers can easily refresh their memories, while advanced knitters will love the simple-yet-stylish accessories—perfect
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  • The Harvey Kimono by Louisa Harding, pattern available in Natural Knits for Babies and Moms Sometimes a pattern just grabs you and won't let go. That happened to me with the Harvey Kimono by Louisa Harding. In my November 9 post , I put this project
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  • These knitted cotton bolls appeared in the Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits (see Yarn Review, page 12). Worked in the round, they're a quick and easy project to make. Fill one with small candies, or add catnip or a jingle bell and sew the opening
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  • The beautiful Yggdrasil Afghan, by Lisa Jacobs A note from Kathleen: We're so happy to offer the Yggdrasil ( " IG-dra-sil") A fghan on Knitting Daily. We love its gorgeous blend of cables and stockinette, not to mention the interesting backstory
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  • Bonjour Lovelies! Today J’Adore Furoshiki (Wonderful Japanese Eco-Friendly Wrapping) Having stumbled across this (I love how the French say par hazard to denote discovering something by chance), as I was preparing my Etsy storefront, it was just
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  • I love this quote about knitting from our new eBook series, Weldon's Practical Knitting : "It does not distract the attention or check the powers of the imagination. It forms a ready resource when a vacuity occurs in conversation; it impairs
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  • I'll admit: I truly love seaming my sweaters. (Does this make me a freak?) I actually enjoy the finishing steps of a big knitting project. I've been happily sewing up the pockets on my Farmer's Market Cardigan , and am looking forward to seaming
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  • I just got my copy of the 2004 Interweave Knits CD Collection , and I realized that the only paper 2004 issue I have is the Winter issue, so I quickly loaded up the CD and began browsing. The first thing I noticed is that so many of the sweaters are just
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  • Back in January, I did a the first installment of Crazy for Cast-Ons , where I demonstrated the Old Norwegian Cast-On. Today we're going to focus on the cable cast-on and provisional cast-ons, with some wonderful tips from Jennifer Seiffert, author
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  • I keep thinking I'm going to get bored with the Farmer's Market Cardigan , but every time I sit down to work on it, I enter some sort of strange space/time warp. You know the one I mean, the one where there's only you, the needles, and the
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  • Are you ready for the next installment in my adventures knitting the Farmer's Market Cardigan ? Sure you are! Last week, I was so high on the whole cutting-my-knitting-experience that I blithely typed the following bit of knitterly hand-waving: Remember
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  • Interweave has a special connection to Valentine's Day because our headquarters are located in Loveland, Colorado, which is also the home of a wonderful Valentine remailing program. Each year, thousands of people bundle up all of their Valentine cards
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  • I knit Henry (my nephew) the H Sweater when he was about two and a half, and at four years old he's ready for a new one! This sweater is my own conglomeration of elements from several kids' sweater patterns. The original was knit out of a cotton
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  • Sometimes a pattern catches your eye and you can't stop thinking about it. Whether it's the yarn that gets you, or the texture or fit, there's just something about certain designs that grab you and won't let go. You put them in your queue
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  • I did it. I cut my knitting, and the sweater survived, and no one fainted, and in the end, it wasn't as big a deal as I thought it would be. (Two cups of coffee, max. No chocolate required, not even afterwards. No alcohol required. Strictly PG-13
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  • Make your wardrobe span the winter-to-spring transition with the newest issue of Knitscene ! With 28 new patterns to choose from, you can layer up with cardigans and pullovers, including 3 stunning designs by Connie Chang Chinchio, or get ready for warmth with breezy tanks and tees. Miriam Felton explores
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  • As I write this, a 6.1 aftershock has just hit Haiti. In light of the suffering of Haiti's people, to some it may seem trite to be discussing knitting, especially knitting we are doing for ourselves and not for a charity of one flavour or another
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  • Remember my list of knitting resolutions ? Number 1 was to learn the Old Norwegian Cast-On. Well I did, and I want you to learn it, too. I also learned some really cool tips for "tail management" when casting on, so keep reading to the bottom
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  • A note from Kathleen: I have every issue of Knitscene . One of my Seattle knitting groups used to meet at a bookshop and one of the bonuses was that we would get to see new issues of knitting magazines as soon as they hit the shelves. I bought a lot of
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  • A note from Kathleen: It's been quite a decade for us here at Interweave. Our editorial director, Marilyn Murphy, recently took a stroll through our pattern collection and she's chosen one design for each year that she thinks represents that year
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  • A note from Kathleen: I was filling in for a sick friend at my LYS the other day, and a gal came in wanting to see all of our novelty yarns. We have one stacking basket full of these yarns and some in drawers under the wall of beautiful, subtle balls
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  • Last time , we left our intrepid knitting heroine (that would be me) discovering (after knitting roughly 3800 stitches, of course) that she had unwittingly added extra ease to the hips of her Farmer's Market Cardigan . We also left Our Intrepid Heroine
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  • A note from Kathleen: The new issue of Interweave Crochet is about to hit your mailboxes and local yarn shops! Here to give you a preview is editor Marcy Smith. This issue of the magazine features a really cool technique that knitters will be interested
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  • Today on Knitting Daily we're debuting our new free eBook, Knitting Instructions: 7 Free Knitting Patterns for Knitting Accessories ! I'm excited about this free knitting pattern collection because I love knitting accessories! It's great to
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  • Why hello again. I'm here, and I'm in yarn heaven. Care to join me? The Dream In Color Classy yarn for my Farmer's Market Cardigan (the pattern is from Interweave Knits Fall 2009 ) arrived two weeks ago, and ever since then, I've been
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  • Norah Gaughan, design director for Berroco Yarns, earned her degree from Brown in both biology and art, and is known in the knitwear industry for her incredible patterns inspired by nature and geometry. Norah has been working in the handknitting industry
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  • Chunky wool in natural sheep shades combined with colorwork. Love it! I’ve been working on the Heritage Cardigan by Sharon Shoji, found in the winter issue of Interweave Knits . A lover of neutrals and a lover of colorwork, I was immediately attracted
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  • When I first learned to knit I was a "thrower" (or English-style knitter)—I held the yarn in my right hand and wrapped it (or threw it) around the right-hand needle. Most of my friends were "pickers" (or Continental-style knitters
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  • I'd finished up a whole 'nuther post for today before I remembered that today would be Thanksgiving Day in the States. As I write this new post, turkeys are being basted and families are gathering in millions of homes south of the Canadian border;
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  • Norah Gaughan, design director for Berroco Yarns, earned her degree from Brown in both biology and art, and is known in the knitwear industry for her incredible patterns inspired by nature and geometry. Norah has been working in the handknitting industry
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  • A note from Kathleen: Raise your hand if you've bound off too tightly, bound off on the wrong side, or bound off too loosely. My hand is WAY up; how 'bout yours? I was recently looking through my back issues of Interweave Knits (which I can now
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  • Remember that hilarious line from the movie Steel Magnolias : "the only thing that separates us from the animals is our ability to accessorize"? Well, our new special interest publication, Interweave Knits Accessories , is a collection of patterns
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  • The cardigan sweater is a classic for all seasons. You can throw it on over a T-shirt in the fall and spring, keep a light-weight cardigan on hand for chilly summer evenings, and wear one as a top in the winter. I have several cardigans in my closet and
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  • We've all wrapped up our precious knitted gifts in boxes and bags. And when we put them with all of the other gifts, they look just like everything else in the pile. Don't get me wrong, I love a big stack of presents, but I've stumbled upon
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  • I’ve never knitted a pair of gloves, if you can believe that. Mittens, fingerless gloves, and wrist warmers are all in my repertoire, but no gloves! The thought of knitting all of those fingers has always steered me away from glove projects. I usually
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  • I am NOT one of those people who looks great in hats, especially the beanie-type hat. I wear those hats in the winter when I have too, but I much prefer the beret style hat or the slouch hat. It was in the 30s this weekend in Spokane—it's getting
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  • The venerable Elizabeth Zimmermann rediscovered and named the I-cord (the I-cord, called a "stay lace," was mentioned in Victorian needlework manuals). The "I" stands for "idiot" because Ms. Zimmermann thought the technique
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  • It's getting down into the 20s and 30s here in Spokane, so it's time to bundle up! I've amassed quite the collection of cozy scarves, but the one I go to more than any other is a large, simple rectangle that I can wear as a scarf or as a wrap
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  • The leaves aren't just falling outside, they're dumping themselves in huge thick carpets on my lawn. I've started wearing a coat when I walk the dog, scuffing my waterproof boots through the rivers of leaves on the sidewalks. Autumn has arrived
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  • A Note From Kathleen: A few weeks ago, Knitscene editor and Interweave Knits Senior Editor Lisa Shroyer blogged about upsizing the Freyja pullover from the fall issue of Knits. Her post has so much great information that I wanted to put it out to the
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  • There are so many beautiful variegated and self-striping yarns out there. They're perfect for adding some pizzazz to your stockinette projects, but have you thought about doing some colorwork with these yarns? The term "faux isle" is a funny
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  • One UFO Down: 17 Left To Go I've had a pair of socks sitting in my knitting basket for, oh, I think it's been over a year now. Way back when, I wanted to make a pair of socks to be for Nicholas, so I opened up the bin containing my sock yarn stash
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  • These knitted stars appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of Interweave Knits (see Yarn Review, page 20). Each of the five "points" is knitted flat and joined to the last point. They’re fun and quick to make, and easy to adjust in size—try
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  • Last weekend I went to camp. The event was called Wild Women's Weekend and it was held at a YMCA camp that I went to as a child. It was so much fun to go again as a "big kid"! Three of my knitting friends went along, too, and even though
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  • Sandi's recent blog (" What's on My Needles ") got me thinking about what's in my UFO (unfinished object) pile. My "pile" is less like a pile and more like a parade of different sizes of Ziplock baggies overstuffed with
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  • I haven't had much experience writing patterns, but I had a ball of Schoppel-Wolle Zauberball Crazy Sock Yarn that I was itching to knit into a pair of socks, and I couldn't settle on a pattern. So I decided to write one myself! The yarn lent
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  • Today I ended up at the intersection of "need a tip for this" and "here's a tip for this," and boy was it a beautiful view! I was in the process of binding off the shoulders of the back of my Central Park Hoodie, and I was left
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  • I started knitting circular objects—socks, gloves, mittens, hats, and so on—on double-pointed needles (DPNs). While I enjoyed knitting the pattern, I didn't particularly like the finished object because I always ended up with ladders where
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  • For the Fall issue of Knitscene , we asked Melissa Wehrle to create an exclusive design collection. Melissa's clean-lined, wearable, and yet intriguing-to-knit designs are a great fit for Knitscene , and for this collection she came up with four really
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  • Greetings, all! Things are getting back to some semblance of normal here, which means not only fewer boxen lurking about, but more time to knit... We'll catch up with my progress on the Bolero from Feminine Knits and the Star Light, Star Bright baby
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  • I was flipping through our new special issue Interweave Knits: Weekend , and thinking about how much I usually look forward to knitting on the weekend; "usually" is the key word here, because I've got a project that I'm ready to be finished
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  • Chart and Instructions for Swatching: Increases in Lace Using Stockinette Stitch Panels Refer to Tips on Increasing in Lace, Part 1 for more information Cast on 8 sts. Rows 1 and 2: Knit. Row 3 and all odd-numbered rows: (WS) K1, purl to last st, k1.
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  • A note from Kathleen: Even though it's only Wednesday, I'm looking forward to this holiday weekend! I'm taking a trip to Seattle to visit my friends and see the sites, and I'm going to visit all my old yarn-shop stomping grounds. I can't
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  • A note from Kathleen: There's so much going on in the knitting/yarn/fiber world lately, and we're all so lucky to have access to it through Interweave's various publications. Spin-Off magazine, for instance, is a wonderful resource for spinners
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  • Today we have a real treat for you -- a how-to video and free pattern for the most amazing blanket project from WEBS - America's Yarn Store ( www.yarn.com ). If you liked the Babette Blanket by Kathy Merrick that has been popularized on the Internet
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  • Note from Sandi: Welcome to my little corner of Knitting Daily! Every Thursday, I'll be sharing stories of my knitting adventures, as well as some tips and tricks I've learned along the way. Thanks for coming by! It's been a bad week for knitting
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  • One of my favorite things about being a knitter is the community that we automatically belong to. I was in the airport recently and I saw a woman knitting at the same gate where I was waiting. I sat down next to her and we spent a nice half-hour talking
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  • For the Fall issue of Interweave Knits , Courtney Kelley designed the Freyja Sweater, a feminine, contemporary take on the traditional Bohus pullover. Yesterday, Kathleen posted a gallery of the original Freyja . The sweater looks great on both Gallery
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  • Hi Knitting Daily, First of all… wow! I still can’t get over what an incredible job Eunny did in demonstrating how to get started on our Knit for a Cause Breast Cancer Support Scarf from Knitting Daily TV. Seven months pregnant at the time
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  • Note from Sandi: Welcome to my little corner of Knitting Daily! Every Thursday, I'll be sharing stories of my knitting adventures, as well as some tips and tricks I've learned along the way. Thanks for coming by! This past weekend, I fell in love
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  • A Happy Edging A friend of mine just finished a garter stitch baby blanket and when my knitting group saw the finished product we decided it needed a border of some sort. My friend didn't want a plain garter border, so I pulled out the new Harmony
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  • Have you heard of knitting with a knitting pin or with your yarn around your neck? You'll have to see it to believe it, and lucky for us we have a video of today's guest blogger, Andrea Wong, who is on a mission to share with North American knitters
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  • I think we might have an instant classic on our hands, folks! The response to the Heather Hoodie Vest from the fall 2009 Knitscene is causing a stir all over the web and in LYSs--and basically anywhere knitters and Knitscene meet! People are comparing
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  • Whether you knit scarves to take a break from serious knitting, to practice a new stitch, or even to knit up a quick gift, there's no denying that scarf knitting is popular amongst all skill levels. First you start with garter stitch scarves, and
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  • Our guest blogger this week is Becca Smith, who owns the family-run company The BagSmith , known for its specialty notions, oversized knitting needles (think sizes 20” – 32”), oversized crochet hooks (sizes S and U), and Big Stitch Alpaca
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  • When I see an Aran sweater my heart skips a beat. Oh, how I want to knit one of those beautiful, heavily cabled and patterned beauties. I've seen so many variations of the Aran sweater, but one of my favorites is this lovely cardigan jobbie--the Pewter
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  • We like to talk at Interweave Knits about how we're all knitters, too. I don't mean that we all know how to knit, or even that we're necessarily all very accomplished technicians or designers (there's always more all of us could learn
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  • A note from Kathleen: When I worked at my LYS, we'd get a heavy box four times a year and the return address was Interweave Press. We'd rip that box open practically before the UPS guy could hand it over; we knew what was in it--the new issue
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  • There is something so special about knitting for a baby (and then seeing your knitted item actually on the baby). So cute! I love looking through baby patterns and seeing the adorable babies modeling knitted sweaters and snuggling with knitted toys and
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  • Welcome to the Tuned In to Knitting Daily TV blog! This week we invited Kristen Rengren, author of Vintage Baby Knits (STC Craft), to guest blog about her Cleo Kitty Slippers, a project she demonstrates in the new Series 300. Plus we have a treat for
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  • A note from Kathleen: When I was little, my across-the-street neighbor was a fabulous weaver. She had a huge studio set up in her house and I used to spend hours watching her create the most beautiful tapestries, scarves, bedspreads, tablecloths, and
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  • A note from Kathleen: As you all know, I'm a knitter. But I dabble in crochet (I did the Hemp Flowers Necklace a couple of years ago), and I was so excited to see the new book Crocheted Gifts . It's the sister book to Knitted Gifts , and it's
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  • Note from Sandi: Welcome to my little corner of Knitting Daily! Every Thursday, I'll be sharing stories of my knitting adventures, as well as some tips and tricks I've learned along the way. Thanks for coming by! I've never been able to focus
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  • Lots of us want to fill our project baskets with easy knit patterns, especially in the summertime. Occasionally, though, easy knitted patterns can sacrifice style; there's sometimes a lot of room between "easy" and "attractive."
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  • Note from Sandi: Welcome to my new little corner of Knitting Daily! Every Thursday, I'll be sharing stories of my knitting adventures, as well as some tips and tricks I've learned along the way. Thanks for coming by! I am now happily knitting
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  • I don’t know about you, but I’m a visual learner. I can read step-by-step instructions ‘til the cows come home, but I rarely get it right without photos or—even better—a video. In the new season of Knitting Daily TV (which
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  • Three years ago, when Interweave asked me to be editor of Knitting Daily, they gave me a phenomenal opportunity to learn from and share with knitters from all over the globe. My job as editor was to help build a vibrant online community; but it wasn't long before I discovered that I was merely the
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  • Note from Sandi: Welcome to my new little corner of Knitting Daily! Each week, I'll be sharing stories of my knitting adventures, as well as some tips and tricks I've learned along the way. Thanks for coming by--now, let's get started! I love
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  • We are Cecily G lowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre , co-authors of the upcoming book New England Knits . We both live in Massachusetts, but at opposite ends of the state. We've known each other since before knitting ever took over our lives, but
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  • Tips for Joining A Shawl Worked in Two Halves Some long rectangular shawls or scarves are worked in two pieces and then joined at the center. Why? Because certain lace patterns produce a lovely scalloped or patterned edge at the cast-on end, but do not
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  • A few years back, I shared an office with Ann Budd, and she brought in a piece of childhood knitting to share...except that this wasn't a misshapen scarf, or a lumpy set of mittens. This was a hobby horse, complete with I-cord reins and matching ears
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  • Welcome to our new home--and yours! For a while now, we've been working on moving Knitting Daily into a larger, prettier online home for everyone, with more goodies, more features, and more room to grow! And so today, with much pleasure, we are opening
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  • You love yarn. C'mon, admit it: If someone left you locked in a yarn shop overnight, you wouldn't call anyone to come let you out, you'd just stay there and play with all those pretty yarns all night long, till someone found you the next morning
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  • Note from Sandi: There's a wealth of talented knitting designers here in the United States...but what about knitters in other countries? It would be a shame to miss out on the rich heritage and vibrant knitting designs offered by other authors in
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  • Note from Sandi: Ever wonder what goes into translating a knitting book from another language? Interweave book editor Anne Merrow has recently finished working on the English version of Feminine Knits, so I asked her to tell us a bit about the process
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  • In a world full of knitting books, sometimes one book in particular captivates you, drawing you into its pages with something more than just instructions and photos, something that makes you read it cover to cover, like a story book. It's a rare knitting
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  • A few weeks back, we published a survey where we asked you various questions about the Galleries, and there were over 500 individual comments--and I read each and every single one. One question was asked over and over again: "Sandi, you're writing
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  • Note from Sandi: Here is Rebecca Daniels, editorial assistant for Interweave Knits , to tell us about the cabled baby sweater she designed as part of the Summer 2009 staff project: "Design an Heirloom." When I think of heirloom, the first things
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  • Each time a new issue of Interweave Knits is released, I start seeing a lot of buzz online about the Galleries, our photo collections of Interweave staffers wearing the sample sweaters from the magazines to show the sweaters on different body types and
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  • Note from Sandi: There's more than one way to work a sock, as many long-time sock knitters will tell you. Most of us learn to make them by starting at the cuff--but if you find that this method isn't making you happy, then perhaps you could try
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  • Note from Sandi: I'm going to confess, right up front: I am a Cookie Addict. Not the chocolate-chip kind of cookie (although actually I rather do love oatmeal chocolate chippers something fierce), but the sock sort of Cookie. As in Cookie A., sock
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  • Last Friday , I introduced Eunny Jang's Blooming Cotton Scarf , from the current Spring 2009 issue of Interweave Knits , worked in a clever slip stitch pattern that makes colorwork a breeze. This week, we're happy to announce a contest where the
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  • Note from Sandi: Today we bring you another new feature: the Sweater Workshop, where we take a great sweater and examine its construction in greater detail. Again, we welcome Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits magazine, as our guide: Olga Buraya-Kefelian
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  • Notes from Sandi: This week, Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits , presents different ways to wear some of the designs from the Spring 2009 issue of Knits. Here's Eunny! Being a maker of any kind is a powerful thing: it means that tools for self
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  • Do The Twist! Twisted stitches aren't always a mistake --sometimes designers use them intentionally to give a garment texture, body, and interest. A perfect example is this week's free pattern, the Twisted-V Pullover , an excerpt from our new
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  • When we presented Lisa Shroyer’s post on entrelac last month, several hot topics came up in the user email: How do you REALLY pick up stitches properly? Where do you put your needle? How do you get the stitches spaced properly? And what is the difference
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  • Picking Up Stitches: Cast-On or Bound-Off Edge Picking up stitches is a way to add new stitches to an already finished bit of knitting--along the sides for a buttonband, perhaps, or at the neckline for a collar. You can add stitches to any edge: a cast
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  • Picking Up Stitches: Slipped-Stitch Side (Row) Edge Picking up stitches is a way to add new stitches to an already finished bit of knitting--along the sides for a buttonband, perhaps, or at the neckline for a collar. You can add stitches to any edge:
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  • I’m tired of snow. I’m tired of Christmas-card perfect white landscapes, and fleece-lined boots, and enough layers to make everyone look like a herd of Sta-Puft Marshmallow Men. I want Spring, and I want it NOW. Unfortunately, my weather karma
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  • It's always nice to start off a Monday on a nice note. And today's nice note is "We have winners!" Earlier this winter, we published our special Holiday Gifts 2008 issue, and filled it with lots of cute little sheep cartoons--sheep hanging
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  • Now that we know what thrums are , and how to make them , we're ready to insert them into our mittens! The method is different depending on whether you are crocheting your mittens or knitting them. Crochet Instructions Marlaina Bird, the designer
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  • On Monday , I showed you two fabulous pairs of thrummed mittens--one crocheted, from the Winter 2008 issue of Interweave Crochet , and one knitted, originally published in Interweave Knits Winter 2006 and now available in our pattern store . I even turned
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  • I have become quite obsessed lately with having warm hands up here in the land of single-digit-temps and multi-digit-snowfalls. I bought a pair of thinsulate gloves, but a half-block of dog walking finds me pulling my fingers into the palm section of
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  • One of the best entrelac tutorials I've ever seen is the Beyond the Basics article written by Eunny Jang in the Spring 2007 issue of Interweave Knits. Since entrelac can be a bit tough to explain, here's an excerpt from that article: Entrelac
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  • Note from Sandi: Ever met a knitter who just made you want to stare at her hands as her needles flew along? That's how I felt the first time I saw Lisa Shroyer, the editor of Knitscene magazine, knit. She's a thrower, she does amazing colorwork
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  • Note from Sandi: Sometimes, it's best to let the author of a book tell you about the book in her own words--and her own voice--so you can see her creations through her eyes. This video could not be more delightful--it makes me want to buy a ticket
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  • Note from Sandi: Any knitting technique that allows you to try on the garment as you go, making adjustments along the way, is a win-win. It allows you to really get to know your own shape, and how that shape may require different curves than the one in
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  • Note from Sandi: The following is excerpted from Interweave's new book, French Girl Knits: Innovative Techniques, Romantic Details, and Feminine Designs , by Kristeen Griffin-Grimes. Kristeen's book will be quite a treat for those of you who hate
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  • Colorwork patterns--such as the gorgeous Poetry Mittens we put into the online store on Wednesday (see below)--are some of the most beautiful knitting on the planet. But they can also seem quite daunting, since they involve working with more than one
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  • Note from Sandi: I'm glad so many of you enjoyed our Dancing Knitted Socks video ! (Some of you said it was fuzzy on your computer... here's a link for the high-res version .) So today, I thought it would be fun to hear from the person responsible
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  • Ready to block! Note from Sandi: I am off to Mobile, Alabama, to spend time with Grandma Rose and Grandpa Manuel this week. But I didn't want to leave you without a little Knitting Daily in your email inbox! In July of 2007, I wrote a three-part series
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  • Note from Sandi: You use different knitting needles for different kinds of knitting, right? So why use the same cast-on all the time for everything? Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits , once again is our guest here on Knitting Daily , to show us how
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  • Note from Sandi: Ever wonder if famous designers look back on their early designs and say, "I would do that differently today"? We wondered this, too! Over the years, Nancy Bush , author of Interweave's new book Knitted Lace of Estonia:
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  • As promised, this week is a Week of Treats for all you Knitting Daily folks. Today's knitting treat: A lace knitting technique video for you --PLUS we introduce two new lace patterns for Knitting Daily readers! Last week , I talked about Nancy Bush's
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  • Note from Sandi: Every one of us who has ever designed an original hat or sock has dreamed of it: A beautiful book of knitting patterns with our name on the cover. For Laura Irwin , the dream came true this year with Interweave's publication of her
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  • I have a serious case of startitis right now: I seem to want to cast on for every single pattern I see lately. (Well, perhaps not ALL of them. When I saw your Halloween photos of knitted and crocheted wigs and mohawks and smurfs , I admit that I didn't
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  • I love Halloween. Bats, boneyards, witches. Adorable children coming to my door dressed up as everything from ladybugs to superheroes. And luckily for me and my bins full of spooky decorations, Canadians like Halloween just as much as folks in the U.S
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  • Note from Sandi: On Wednesday , Vicki Square , author of our book Knit Kimono: 18 Designs With Simple Shapes , shared some thoughts about her passion for knitting with us. Today, as inspiration for your own creativity, Vicki shares her instructions for
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  • Note from Sandi: Vicki Square is an old friend and mentor to so many of us knitters through her Interweave classic The Knitter's Companion and her delightful duo, Folk Bags and Folk Hats (all available at your local yarn shop or from our online store
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  • One day not too long ago, I walked into a conference room at Interweave only to see that it was filled with kimonos--a dozen or more gloriously knitted garments, all with graceful sleeves, flowing lines, and elegant styling. I'd never seen a knitted
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  • Fall colors are in full bloom at SOAR! The hobbit-esque building where Judith MacKenzie McCuin and Nancy Bush held their workshop. Meghan Croson (SOAR Scholarship Recipient), Lauren Haiken, Amy Beam, and Dana Codding hanging out after hours in the lobby
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  • A magical event happens in our Interweave family each fall--somewhere in a beautiful setting, rooms begin to fill with puffs of alpaca, wool, and silk; spinning wheels sprout as though from nowhere, and everywhere, everywhere, you hear the click of knitting
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  • Note from Sandi: In the U.S., it is National Spinning and Weaving Week (October 4-10). Since every one of the lovely yarns we use is made by a spinner (somewhere...), I asked spinner and weaver Liz Gipson (yes, she of the cashmere goats!) to come back
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  • One of the most critical skills in learning how to knit for yourself is learning how to measure yourself. Sometimes it helps to have a visual, so today we have a little special treat: a clip from Knitting Daily TV showing Kim Werker demonstrating measuring
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  • Just as I’m writing Monday’s post about not having to knit any gifts this season…Two of my friends, Katie and Amy, go and have their babies. Sure, in each case I had nine months’ notice, but did I knit anything babyish so that
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  • Hi everyone! I'm baaaack... I'm slowly finding my way around this little corner of Canada--the people here in Canada are lovely, by the way. Thanks to all of you for welcoming me so warmly! But it's time for this gal to get back to our Knitting
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  • Note from Sandi: I’ve made it to Canada, my new home sweet home! Now before I learn about all things ice hockey, I need to unpack my fiber stash. Each skein, each fleece had its own space, and I’m up for the task of creating my new studio
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  • Sometimes, no matter how much we love to knit, it can be just plain tough to get inspired to actually commit to cast on. There are so many beautiful patterns out there (ahem--particularly in Interweave publications , right? Of course, right!), and oodles
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  • Motley Mitts by Lisa Shroyer I try to avoid variegated yarns that stripe or pool, so when we were assigned this staff project, I looked carefully at yarns before choosing. Sheep Shop's Sheep Two is a great chunky, plied wool that is dyed in very short
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  • I showed you a really great cast-on for toe-up socks on Monday ...but what do you do when you get to the cuff and need to bind off? Lots of folks, myself included, get a little tight-fisted when it comes to binding off, and it's a bit demoralizing
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  • Eastern Cast On I was flipping through the final proofs of the new Fall Knits with a colleague who is a beginning knitter, and when I got to the chapter on different cast-ons and bind-offs, she looked mildly puzzled and said, "You mean there's
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  • Here are ten easy free knitting patterns for women--because sometimes you want to knit something fabulous and fast! Slouch Rib Cardigan by Cathy Payson. Easy knitted women's cardigan pattern that is simple enough to be your first knitted sweater!
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  • Here are the final two Galleries from the new Fall 2008 Knitscene : Riding to Avalon by Connie Chang Chinchio Dirndl Raglan by Amanda Furlan Gallery Gals' Choice! I thought it might be interesting to hear straight from our Gallery models which sweater
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  • A note from Sandi: This week, we have two new knitting goodies to celebrate: the book Inspired to Knit by Michele Rose Orne , and the new Fall 2008 issue of Knitscene magazine. I thought it might be interesting to ask three Knitscene designers what had
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  • A note from Sandi: This week, we have two new knitting goodies to celebrate: the book Inspired to Knit by Michele Rose Orne , and the new Fall 2008 issue of Knitscene magazine. I thought it might be interesting to ask three Knitscene designers what had
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  • Episode 1713 features: Kids Sweater, Duplicate Stitch and Felted Pillow Sponsored by Coats & Clark , Westminster Fibers, Inc. , Interweave .
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  • Episode 1709 features: Knit an Open Wrap, Knitting Tools and Knitted Lingerie Sponsored by Coats & Clark , Bryson Distributing , Stewart, Tabori & Chang .
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  • Episode 1701 features: Crochet a Summer Shawl, Knitting in Ends, and Steeking Sponsored by Coats & Clark , Muench Yarns, Inc. , Interweave .
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  • Episode 1702 features: Japanese Embroidered Butterfly, Steeking, and Around the World Sampler: England Sponsored by Cascade Yarns .
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  • Episode 1610 features: Sorbet Sweater, Knitting Lingerie, Sampler: Norway Sponsored by Coats and Clark , Stewart, Tabori & Chang .
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  • I guarantee that explaining this will take far longer than it will take you to actually DO the math. Plus, if I were sitting right next to you, I could show you in a nanosecond. But, we have our friend the written word to help us, so here we go: Bust
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  • The First Step: Choosing The Right Pattern Size For busty gals who want to use darts to help things fit better, here's a little trick: If you want a snug(gish)-fitting sweater, you can use your high-bust measurement, instead of your full bust measurement
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  • As you are reading this on Friday, I am winging my way to Ohio, where I'm attending TNNA, the industry's big needlework conference. This is my first TNNA, and so I don't quite know what to expect. I do know that it's an industry-only conference
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  • Obviously, when I knit Susan's Bulletproof Sweater at age 14, I had no concept that there was anything much beyond color to consider when choosing a yarn. I just pretty much thought that you used whatever yarn you wanted to for a sweater; and then
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  • Working a Tricky Armhole: The Drawstring Raglan The Drawstring Raglan on Stef People are used to knitting raglans from the top-down, but the Drawstring Raglan is done from the bottom up, and I'm noticing a lot of emails asking for help at the part
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  • Cast-ons Leaving a long tail (about 1⁄2” to 1” for each stitch to be cast on), make a slipknot and place on right needle. Place thumb and index finger of left hand between yarn ends so that working yarn is around index finger and tail end is around thumb
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  • Reading Charts Unless otherwise indicated, read charts from the bottom up. On right-side rows, read charts from right to left. On wrong side rows, read charts from left to right. When knitting in the round read charts from right to left for all rows.
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  • Knitting Gauge To check gauge, cast on 30 to 40 stitches using recommended needle size. Work in pattern stitch until piece measures at least 4" (10 cm) from cast-on edge. Remove swatch from needles or bind of loosely and lay swatch on flat surface
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  • Look what came in the mail for me! On Monday, I posted a little survey to ask you what you were knitting out of the Summer 2008 issue of Knits . I also asked you to guess which project I am making. So: Did you guess right about what I was making? Yes
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  • An online knitting guild meeting with everything but the brownies, Sandi Wiseheart's writings from the knitting side of life offer stories, posts, patterns, and techniques from a life-long knitter, general all-around yarn addict, and former managing
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  • Unfamiliar with an abbreviation you've seen in a Kniting Daily pattern? Use the chart below for an explaination. Can't find the knitting term or abbreviation you're looking for? Contact Knitting Daily with your questions! beg beginning; begin;
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  • Decrease Slip two stitches knitwise one at a time (Figure 1). Insert point of left needle into front of two slipped stitch-es and knit them together through back loops with right needle (Figure 2).
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  • Seaming Work to turn point, slip next stitch purlwise to right needle. Bring yarn to front (Figure 1). Slip same stitch back to left needle (Figure 2).Turn work and bring yarn in position for next stitch, wrapping the stitch as you do so. Note: Hide wraps
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  • Cast-On Leaving a long tail, make a slipknot, and hold yarn as shown (Figure 1) . *Bring needle in front of thumb, under both yarns around thumb, down into center of thumb loop, back forward, and over top of yarn around index finger (Figure 2) , catch
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  • Cast-on Place slipknot on left needle if there are no established stitches. *With right needle, knit into first stitch (or slipknot) on left needle (Figure 1) ...and place new stitch onto left needle (Figure 2). Repeat from *, always knitting into last
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  • Stiches With double-pointed needle, cast on desired number of stitches. *Without turning the needle, slide the stitches to other end of the needle, pull the yarn around the back, and knit the stitches as usual; repeat from * for desired length.
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  • Cast-on With waste yarn and crochet hook, make a loose chain of about four stitches more than you need to cast on. With needle, working yarn, and beginning two stitches from end of chain, pick up and knit one stitch through the back loop of each crochet
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  • Cast-ons *Loop working yarn and place it on -needle backward so that it doesn’t unwind. Repeat from *.
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  • Signed in as Kat Pullen Cast-On Make a slipknot and place it on the right-hand needle, leaving a long tail.Place the thumb and index finger of your left hand between the two threads. Secure the long ends with your other three fingers. Hold your hand palm
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  • Kathy Zimmerman's Brick Pullover on T.J. You folks are such a hoot. All day yesterday, folks around the office were quoting your comments on Monday's Men of Interweave Gallery to each other. I am pleased to announce that the comments included
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  • The Gathered Pullover , like many stockinette sweaters, has a simple "rolled" hemline--you cast on at the bottom, and just start knitting in stockinette stitch. The stockinette causes the edge of the hem to gently roll upwards, providing an
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  • Can we pretend I'm Ryan Seacrest for just a moment? I feel as though this moment deserves a tuxedo and a gilded envelope...So, please dim the lights and let's open the envelope with our results! Knitting Daily has voted, and here, in no particular
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  • It had to happen sooner or later: KD Girl Gets Sick. I'm at home, all snuffly, valiantly tapping away at the keys, but the barking seals in my chest say I can't stay long to play with all you nice people. So: Today's post is going to be a
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  • The tools of our trade add to the delight of our craft. Spindle or needle, hook or wheel, I love them all. Yes: I am a tool gal. Bring on the pretty orifice hooks, the elegant top-whorls, the superbly balanced knitting needles, the wheel that sings to
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  • So it's Friday. It's Spring. Don't you think we all deserve a little teensy goodie today? Yup. We do. That's why here in the Knitting Daily offices, we've spent part of this week cooking up a spring surprise for you: The Knitting Daily
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  • Are you an adventurous beginning knitter who wants to try your hand (and your needles) at a sweater? Or perhaps you've been knitting for years and years, but you want a simple project to take with you on a trip—a project that you can wear soon
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  • Don't be scared. I know it says "math" in the title, but it's knitting math, so we can handle it, right? (Fearless knitters and all that.) Plus, we'll go slow, we'll do this in stages, you can ask questions, and there are no
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  • Stef M. and Tephra both brought up a concern that has been echoed by many folks: What if your waist is not the narrowest part of your torso? And a related question: What if your waist is not something you really want to highlight—but there is another
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  • I'm noticing that the very mention of the term "shaping," let alone "waist shaping," seems to provoke some spirited discussions amongst knitters. Some folks want it, but don't know how to do it. Some folks might want it, but
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  • You all had so many great comments for the 2008 Spring Knits Galleries ( Part 1 and Part 2 )! As promised, for today, I picked a few to respond to: We love Gallery Days! Sara H.: After reading the galleries, I can see how imperative it is to "know
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  • You all left a very interesting set of comments on Wednesday's post announcing the Spring 2008 Knits Preview ; I really appreciate all great (and varied!) feedback. For example: Pat K said: "I have a hard time imagining many of these patterns
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  • I love it when you readers surprise me. When I picked out the three candidates for today's free pattern and asked you to vote on which one you wanted, I thought I knew which one you would pick: Matador, because that's the one that is being chatted
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  • Hi Sandi, I have a question. I've been kind of mulling it over in my brain ever since you posted about fearless knitting and I've decided that it might be best to go to the source. So, what exactly are people afraid of? I can't imagine that
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  • Just look at this wonderful photo: That adorable, delighted face on the right belongs to Judy, our Knitting Daily Yarn Spree First Prize Winner . The lovely smile on the left belongs to Caryn, the manager of The Whole Nine Yarns, Judy's local yarn
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  • Dear Knitting Daily Readers: You make me speechless with joy sometimes. Thursday afternoon, after a long and weird day, I sat down to read your comments on Wednesday's New Year post , and...wow. Are you people amazing, or what? You are not just fearless
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  • 'Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the land Every knitter was knitting, quite fast, with both hands. New socks off the needles hung chimney-side there, In hopes that they'd dry—just soon enough to wear. The kitties snuggled purring
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  • I have already received, and am already wearing, the best holiday present I can imagine: A pair of cabled socks knitted for me by my husband Nicholas. Happy feet! I'd like to point out that Sir Nicholas has only been knitting for a couple of years
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  • Here's the next in our popular series of sweater galleries from the Winter 2007 issue of Interweave Knits . This time, Katie Himmelberg , assistant editor of Interweave Knits, gives suggestions for color choices and customizations for the Bonbon Pullover
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  • Me, at Sunny Rock B&B I am back from Canada, and instead of being a respite from my work, the trip allowed me to re-connect with the joy behind what I do for a living. I am a professional knitter; I am a professional writer-about-knitting; knitting
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  • Henley Perfected Thank you for the overwhelming (and very amusing!) responses to the Winter 2007 Project Poll : What project(s) are you excited to cast on for? I had so much fun reading the comments and seeing what you thought of the new Winter patterns
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  • Is this "The One"? Rosemary's Swing Jacket It never gets old. One morning every few months, I walk into my cubicle, and there it is, sitting on my desk chair: a brand-shiny new issue of Interweave Knits . This time, it was the Winter 2007
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  • My elderly, but lovely, lace socks Thirteen years ago, I started the Lacey Arrow Socks from the book Socks . I gleefully ordered itty-bitty size 0 needles, and the finest of creamy, laceweight silk-merino yarn. When the yarn arrived, as I recall, I sat
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  • There were so many good questions and comments from The Frog Pond post on straightening curly yarn by skeining, soaking, and hanging to dry, that I decided to answer a few of them here. Bethany H: This is actually the process used to set the twist in
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  • Bye-bye to the Blue Tank... I was very amused by your suggestions of cross-stitch pictures and tee-shirts with "The Swatch is Good. The Swatch is Wise. Listen to the Swatch." emblazoned across them. Personally, I think I need this message engraved
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  • Sandi's Wise Swatch Thank you for the hilarious comments, and all the helpful suggestions, that were in the comments on Wednesday's post about the fate of the Bonsai Tunic . I did not realize that the resolution of a problematic UFO would be considered
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  • Results are still coming in, but as of this morning, those of us who answered the Knitting Daily UnFinished Objects Poll (sorry, voting now closed!) have a combined total of nearly 65,000 UFOs . That's a lot of unfinished knitting sitting around in
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  • Second Sock Syndrome at work Nicholas, A.K.A. The Husband, is three-quarters of the way through knitting me a pair of cabled socks. He's done the first sock, and is partway through the second. One weekend, I caught him looking through my knitting
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  • Part of my personal UFO collection Knitters, take courage. Open up your plastic storage bins, throw the closet doors wide open, pull out all those knitting bags, and let's see how much knitting we all REALLY have "on the needles": Take the
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  • Swatches for the Summer Shawlette The Swatch is not just an annoying little politeness ritual, taught by the Ms. Manners of Knitting. It is literally a sample of your finished knitting, akin to the fabric samples you see in furniture stores. Ever bought
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  • Papyrus Lace from Lace & Eyelets Continuing our little "use your stitch dictionary like a cookbook" series... Traditionally, stitches in a stitch dictionary are presented for knitting flat (back and forth in rows). If you want to use one
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  • Gathered Stitch from The Harmony Stitch Guides Look at the work of any of the top knitwear designers, from Shirley Paden and Mari Lynn Patrick to Mona Schmidt and Evelyn Clark, and one thing soon becomes clear: These folks really know how to use a stitch
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  • Alternating Twists from Cables & Arans I am a stitch geek. I'm fascinated by the different ways that the humble knit stitch and the unassuming purl stitch get together and make a gadzillion different glorious combinations. My stitch dictionaries
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  • The INSIDE of the Ms. Poppins' Bag Knitted stitches have a lovely drape, which is one reason we love them so! That drape is created by having lots of small holes between the yarn fibers—in general, the bigger the holes, the more drape something has
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  • Knitting Needle Knitting Bag The comments from Monday's post on knitting bags were a hoot! I feel so much better knowing that I am not alone in my knitting bag addiction. Bagaholics, bag ladies, and bag pigs (thank you, Merna S.!), unite! And what
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  • Too cute! The Knitting Needle Knitting Bag I'm beginning to think that I have a Serious Knitting Bag Habit, as I am getting dangerously close to having a different knitting bag for each UnFinished Object. This would not be a "Serious Knitting
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  • Red Scarf Project Connections Scarf (Try saying THAT title three times fast!) It's true that the Connections Scarf I designed for the Red Scarf Project was my first cable-knitting project ever. I've managed to avoid cables until now, thinking
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  • Connections: A Red Scarf The Red Scarf Project , endorsed by Interweave, Lily Chin , and The National NeedleArts Association, was started in 2005 by the Orphan Foundation of America as a way of showing community support and encouragement to college-bound
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  • Modern Quilt Wrap Yarn substitution. The very words strike anxiety into the hearts of knitters everywhere. The published photo is so beautiful, the yarn the designer used so utterly perfect in every way...but alas, the specified yarn is wool, and you're
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  • Modern Quilt Wrap (yum!) It's true: I hate to knit scarves. I don't know why. I just do. I am thrilled to have other people knit scarves, and in snowy January, I love snuggling up in a sweet little neck-wrap just as much as the next person. However
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  • Introducing Ms. Kitty On Monday, when I wrote about the joys of handmade toys , I had no intention of actually knitting one of the little cuddlies whose pattern I was offering to all of you. I thought, what a cute pattern...but I have Serious Knitting
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  • Ah, technology. As Mary Chapin Carpenter sang, "Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug." Our server-hosting company had some technical difficulties this week, which meant that we were unable to do our regular Monday
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  • Ready to block! On Wednesday, we began our Adventure in Blocking with a review of the basic tools and preparations you need to make before you get started. Now that you have everything gathered together, and now that you have experimented with blocking
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  • Just for you: The Icelandic Lace Shawl I absolutely LOVED reading all the different clever solutions you folks have come up with to use as blocking surfaces ... amazing. I do think, however, that Jen S. gets the Creative Gold Star for the week: For items
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  • What The Front Looks Like So, my lace-loving friends: I made a list of the more than 30 questions you asked in the comments from Monday's post. About a quarter of those were promptly addressed by your fellow commenters...which is a Very Good Thing
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  • my lacy little Summer Shawlette OK, so I couldn't resist the goofy title. It's Monday, my laptop decided to die halfway through this post...but who cares, because we get to talk about lace knitting this week. Whoo! Increases and decreases: That's
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  • Look what Michelle made to congratulate us! Something magical happened this week. A bit like the Velveteen Rabbit becoming real, Knitting Daily started to become a real community over the past several days. You commenters were having a rollicking good
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  • The colors I chose for my Tomato Let me be clear: It's not Amy-the-book-author's fault I ended up having to rip out two days' worth of knitting on the Tomato . It's also not Wendy-the-pattern-designer's fault. It's entirely my
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  • Tomato by Wendy Bernard Before Knitting Daily went live, I sent out a survey to all you charter members asking you what you wanted to knit. A rousing 37% of the 4,120 folks who replied said you wanted to knit a short-sleeved top. Drum roll, please: So
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  • Mom and my adorable niece Jackie Someone asked me the other day: "So, Sandi, what are you knitting for your mom for Mother's Day?" A bit of guilty silence ensued. The embarrassing truth is, I've spent hours and hours knitting for babies
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  • Weekend Getaway Satchel My husband Nicholas is the perfect knitter’s husband: adorable, patient, and tolerates both long afternoons spent in yarn shops and large piles of yarn in the linen closet with equal parts humor and grace. However, he was
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  • Drop-Stitch Shrug So you have a cute little sundress, say, and you’re planning on wearing it out to dinner next week, but it gets chilly in the evening. You don’t want to completely cover up the neckline, because that’s one of the best
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  • We are all thrilled to have Eunny Jang on board as the new Interweave Knits editor. I spoke with her on the phone yesterday and got a few Knitting Daily exclusives: Knitting Daily: How did you feel when you were offered the job--every knitter's dream
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  • Knitscene is a celebration of the creative urge . Try a new yarn, a new technique, a new silhouette—just open the pages of knitscene and you’ll find the inspiration to make make make for months to come. Sweaters, skirts, bags, home items, jewelry, baby items, man items—we pack a ton
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  • "Knitscene is about helping you play with sumptuous fibers and intriguing textures . We want you to experience how, with the right materials, even the simplest pattern can produce stunning results . But we also realize that knitters love a challenge —and if you’re ready to take your
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  • Episode 1513 features: Double Ruffle Knitted Scarves, Double Ruffle Knitted Scarves, and Gadgets Sponsored by Brohman’s, Inc. , SMB Designs, Inc. , SNAPWARE Corp. .
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  • Episode 1509 features: Machine Embroidery, Diamond Knit Pullover, and Plaid Bookmark Sponsored by The DMC Corporation , Coats & Clark .
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  • Episode 1506 features: Kid’s Knits, Handmade Holidays, and Recording and Protecting Textiles Sponsored by Knitter’s Magazine , Stewart Tabori & Chang , Interweave .
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  • Welcome to the premier issue of Interweave Press knitscene —a magazine for knitters who can’t get enough of knitting.You know what I mean. All those yarns—sumptuous, sparkly, and color rich—that beg to be swatched, all those projects—dainty, big-stitch, and whimsical—that
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