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  • Maybe you're a bit new to knitting, but you want to make something simple that won't look like a beginner pattern. Maybe you're a long-time knitter, but life is pretty complicated right now and you'd like some easy knitting—soothing
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 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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  • 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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  • In this week’s post, I talk to designer Mercedes Tar asovich-Clark about heryoga practice, how it blends with her knitting life, and some of her current projects. Find more of Mercedes’ work and insights at www.mercedesknits.com . * * * LISA
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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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  • Knitting socks can seem really difficult at first. There are hundreds (maybe thousands?) of sock knitting patterns out there! How do you choose? Top down or toe up? Circular needles or double pointed needles? Patterned socks or plain? Striped, solid,
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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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  • 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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  • A note from Kathleen : A new issue of Sockupied is here. Yippee! There are new sock knitting patterns , yarn reviews, and lots of new techniques to try. Here's Sockupied Editor Anne Merrow to tell you more: Find 10+ ways to make your socks fit Wrap
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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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  • I note from Kathleen: It's hard to believe another season of Knitting Daily TV is here! But it is, and I'm thankful. Each episode is so full of interesting techniques, patterns, and fun personalities. If you want to learn how to knit, or if you
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  • Join host Eunny Jang to get started on knitting socks on this episode of Knitting Daily TV. You'll learn how to knit a sock, turn the heel, and even finish your toes with the kitchner stitch. Watch a preview of episode 1011 - Sock It To Me Getting
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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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  • The Crochet Cast On from the new Knitting Daily video, 45+ Knitted Cast Ons and Bind Offs with Ann Budd I was lucky enough to take my friend Ann Budd's Sock Summit class, Beginnings and Endings, all about cast ons and bind offs. She's turned that
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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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  • Here's one of my overlapping joins. You really can't see it at all! Note that this is pre-blocked, so when it's blocked it'll be impossible to find. Now, the puppy hair that's knit into the sweater? I think that'll be visible forever
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  • Anyone who knits a lot probably considers the craft a passion, and those of us who knit every day certainly do! It's so rewarding to pass on your crafting passion, no matter what your craft is, and to celebrate National Craft Month we want you to
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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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  • Stockinette stitch (photo from Knit Fix by Lisa Kartus) My life changed the day I learned how to knit, and I'm sure yours did too. Knitting is a centuries-old craft, practiced out of necessity to create clothing to protect people from the elements
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  • Kathleen and Anne Berk, who's wearing one of her beautiful Bohus sweaters I recently attended the inaugural Interweave Knitting Lab In San Mateo, CA and it was an absolute blast! The classes were fabulous, the people were wonderful, and the atmosphere
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  • Allison is the Managing Editor for Interweave Knits , Knitscene , and Interweave Crochet , and Allison is knitting her first cardigan. Allison came to us from our sisters in the Jewelry magazines earlier this year, and while she'd had some experience
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • There's so much to learn in knitting, whether you're a beginner or an expert! 30 Knitting Techniques for Beginning Knitters and Beyond is brought to you by the folks at Knitting Daily TV; I'm sure you'll learn something new! Knitting Technique
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  • Kids are enthusiastic knitters! (Photos by Kevin Monko) Remember when you learned to knit? Did it change your life like it changed mine? Well, why not pass that feeling along to your kids? While browsing last year's issue of Interweave Knits Weekend
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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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  • 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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  • 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: 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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