Lace Knitting

Enjoy the timeless beauty of lace knitting!  Everyone can appreciate the beauty, skill and patience required to knit lace, and Knitting Daily is here to help you every step of the way.  Your knitted lace heirlooms are sure to be treasured for years to come.


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  • I first met Margaret Stove in 2007 at Spin-Off ’s Autumn Retreat (SOAR) where she was teaching workshops on Spinning for Lace. As a leading expert on handknitted superfine lace, I’d admired her for a long time, but more so after I met her
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  • Frederick & Anne Scarf, from Jane Austen Knits I am a somewhat selfish knitter—I love knitting for myself! But I also enjoy knitting gifts, especially really luxurious gifts for the important people in my life. I've knit cashmere scarves
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  • The Leyfi Pullover I'm one of those knitters who doesn't mind seaming. In fact, I take pride in doing neat seaming that makes my sweaters look professionally handknit. But there are so many sweater patterns and constructions to explore, why stick
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  • My finished Bella Blouse, modeled by the my sister, the recipient. Doesn't she look great? She's modeling it on our hotel balcony in Cairo. A bunch of us just finished our Bella Blouses, and what a project that was. It challenged me in many ways
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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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  • In the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Knits , we explore lacy textures for layering in "All In A Golden Afternoon," shaggy-round-the-edges rustic colorwork in "The Teleidescope Turns," bold stitches in big yarns in "The Elements of Knitting," and simple, beautiful knitting
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  • Lacy Little House Stockings by Lauren A. Ramsey, from the Fall 2011 edition of Knitting Traditions I've read every one of the little house books more than once; probably more than twice! My favorite is These Happy Golden Years, mostly because of the
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  • I'm so attracted to this collection of colors. There's a silvery gray, my old favorite pewter, a beautiful gray, a lovely pink, a bright green, and my new favorite orange. It's my kind of rainbow, surrounded by a gray-blue border. (Photograph
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  • Sunshine socks from Sock Innovation by Cookie A Kathleen's Sunshine sock Seaweed Cardigan stitch detail There's a stitch pattern that I've knitted several times. It's a wavy, lace and cable pattern that doesn't have a name that I know
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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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  • We see her all the time on Knitting Daily and in newsletters. She's a part of our day! But, who is this whiz-woman of yarn and design behind the knitted curtain? What makes this cheerleader of color and technique happy? Here's what she told me
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  • The Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti, from the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Knits A note from Kathleen: The Dahlia Cardigan by Heather Zoppetti, from the Fall 2011 issue of Interweave Knits is one of the most beautiful knitted sweaters I've ever
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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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  • Copper Cowl by Sara Lamb Debbie O'Neill's Pilaster Socks Susan Z. Douglas and Judy Alexander's Bond Bon-Bon Bowler Knitters have so many fiber options these days, it's hard to choose! Every time I'm at a yarn shop I spend time ohhhing
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  • I've just come home from the Sock Summit in Portland (my review will be on Knitting Daily next Wednesday!), and although socks took center stage, the crowd was a sea of knitted lace shawls, scarves, and tee shirts. I didn't have a shawl, but I
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  • Conifer Shawl by Kate Gagnon Osborn Some patterns just stick with you. Kate Gagnon Osborne's Conifer Shawl is one of those patterns for me. I love everything about it: the small-scale, the worsted-weight yarn, the lace pattern, the cables mixed in
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  • P hotograph from The Haapsalu Shawl Not so many years ago, I barely knew where Estonia was. One of those former Soviet Socialist Republics, which called up vaguely grim pictures in my mind? But no! It's a charming little country on the Baltic Sea
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  • Coral Cardigan by Nancy Eiseman Al Fresco Camisole by Alice Tang (the front and back are identical in this pattern) We've got a new type of gallery for you this time! In the past, we've tried the same sweater on several different people, some
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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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  • I think of myself as a knitter who loves context . It's never enough for me to knit a sweater Just Because : I want to know about the regional traditions that inspired the stitch pattern, the strange history of its construction method, the blend of
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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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  • I was taking a stroll through past Knitting Daily blogs, and I came upon a cute blog by Sandi Wiseheart. She knit a precious baby cap and didn't discover a mistake she made until the cap was finished and snug on the recipient. It happens to the best
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  • One of the main reasons I completely adore working on PieceWork is the historical component it brings to needlework. Taking a stroll down memory lane is something I relish. And now I can do it digitally! We have nine years—that's 54 issues—of
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  • The Bed and Breakfast Pullover I think we all have a few patterns that we are going to "knit next." Somehow, though, those designs always get bumped from my next-project plan because something is always more pressing, whether it's a gift
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  • Knitted Lace Shawls With a History When Nancy Bush showed up at Interweave a few years ago with a box full of knitting and a book proposal, we gathered around with anticipation. She had written Folk Socks , one of our all-time best selling titles, and
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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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  • KT Baldassaro appeared for the first time in series 600 of Knitting Daily TV, and soon became a fan favorite. A designer for Feza Yarns, she takes novelty yarns to the extreme with classy, fun patterns beyond the scarf. We caught up with KT to see what
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  • The Queen's Lace Doily. Ava T Coleman used Anna Marie Jensen's pattern for The Queen's Lace. (Photograph by Joe Coca) In honor of the fabulous royal wedding this morning (I'm exhausted, how about you?), I have a special lace story for
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  • In the new summer issue of knitscene , we take a look at the work of Amy Christoffers . Amy’s design aesthetic is clean, classic, and thoughtfully articulated. Well-placed stitch patterns on grounds of stockinette; trim and tailored cardigans; graphic
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  • A note from Kathleen: I get so excited when I see new issues of PieceWork —each time I get a new issue, I know I have a wonderful evening in store, reading each article, enjoying the photos, and feeling a connection with knitters through history
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  • My name is Sharon and I am the new Assistant Editor for Interweave Crochet . I have also been knitting since I was seven. As I’m sure most of you can relate, I am never without several projects on my needles and at least one in my bag. It is this
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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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  • It's that time again, knitters! I've chosen five patterns for your perusal and knit-along voting.. Spring it trying its best to arrive, and I thought we could help it along with some warm-weather knit-along choices! These patterns will take you
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  • Adina Klein from Tahki Stacy Charles is a regular guest expert of Knitting Daily TV . On Series 600 she shared her tips for knitting with cotton yarns and styling cotton knits for year-round comfort and style. Watch Adina's segment on knitting with
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  • The Helix Scarf by Stephenie Gaustad "While thumbing through Knitting New Scarves by Lynne Barr, I saw a scarf that got its inspiration from seaweed. On only my first cup of tea that morning, I started thinking about a favorite sea creature, the
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Dearest Knitting Daily Reader, Here are two free patterns for you to use with our new app . I hope you enjoy working on these portable projects! Cheers, Fingerless Gloves This pattern is based on the mitten pattern from The Knitter's Handy Book of
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  • Andean Figure Purses A note from Kathleen: I took my shiny, new issue of Knitting Traditions to my knitting group on Wednesday, and I added my own love to as well! There are a ton of glove and mitten patterns in this issue, all beautiful and with interesting
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  • Té Rosada by Pam Allen There are lots of projects that say "quick-to-knit" in the descriptions, and there are lots of reasons that's probably true. Quick knits can be small projects such as hats, mittens, or cowls. Some people might
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  • I'm glad you all liked the Leapfrogging Hearts cable (below, in the turquoise yarn) I designed for my sister's Central Park Hoodie . I will definitely share the chart once I get a little further along and am sure that all the kinks in it are worked
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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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  • Sandi Wiseheart designed this shawlette using handspun qiviut that she painstakingly dehaired by hand. The pattern and charts are available in the Winter 2010 issue of Spin-Off . A note from Kathleen: Here's a truly fun fiber factoid about the fabulous
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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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  • Are you a list-maker like I am? I have all kinds of lists on my desk: a grocery list, an outdoor chore list, a hardware store list, a "things Gramma needs at the retirement home" list, and the ubiquitous to-do list. This time of year I start
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  • The Paisley Hat by Vicki Square (available as part of Knitting Creative Details: Designing Original Knitwear with Vicki Square) I didn't used to fancy myself a designer. I've done a few designs for Knitting Daily—a cowl, a hat, and a pair
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  • Dear Liz, You've been waiting patiently for it to be your turn, and it's waaaaayyy past time. So this one's for you, sweetie. Love, Your big sis There's a tradition in my family that one gift each year, usually presented at Christmas,
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  • Granny Cheyne's Shetland Shawl from Wrapped in Lace by Margaret Stove In the past few months, I've written quite a bit about lace shawls from Estonia. I got a new book today, called Wrapped in Lace , which includes the patterns and history of
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  • Interweave Knits Holiday Gifts is just full of knitting patterns, but it also offers tidbits of holiday goodness for us, the knitters of the gifts. One of my favorites is on the last page; it's a trio of stories from Interweave staffers that all tell
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  • A note from Kathleen: Knitter extraordinaire and customer service representative Anna-Liza Armfield and her knitting group recently took the Boulder (Colorado) County Fair by storm, and she's here to tell us about it. Welcome, Anna-Liza! Adventures
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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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  • KDe's finished Every Way Wrap Our last knit-along was the Every Way Wrap, and the wonderful knit-alongers had so much fun knitting this beautiful piece. At left is KDe's finished wrap—isn't it beautiful? And she's so cute in it,
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  • Crochet Corner is back on this season of Knitting Daily TV! Each of the 13 lessons feature new, interesting techniques to build onto your crochet skills repertoire. To kick off the new season in style, we are having a fantastic giveaway this weekend!
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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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  • 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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  • A note from Kathleen: I've always loved samplers. Back in my cross-stitch days I made several. My favorite one is a Christmas tree with each branch being a different type of toy. It's really cute. I've also done wedding samplers and baby samplers
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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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  • I was amazed to see how many folks wrote in to say that they, too, were "pattern fiddlers" –folks like me who use knitting patterns as a creative jumping-off place for making their own unique garment. I love this about knitters, I really
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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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  • 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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  • From July/August 2008: Sharlotte DeVere's grand-prize winning pincushion from PieceWork 's 2008 contest. From May/June 2008: Galina A. Khmeleva's knitted Russian lace scarf. From November/December 2009: Embroidered Dragon slippers for a child
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  • Sometimes, our knitting is a love letter to someone special in our lives. This is who I am knitting for this week–who are you knitting for this week, this month, this season? Tell me about it in the comments and maybe your story will end up in my
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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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  • We've had such a great time knitting the Minimalist Cardigan by Ruthie Nussbaum. I continue to be amazed both at the wealth of knowledge you all possess and at your willingness to share it! You are such a great bunch of knitters and friends; during
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  • My cardi is done! I finished seaming up the Farmer's Market Cardigan on Sunday, gave it a final steaming, and ta-DA! I haven't stopped wearing it since that last end was woven in. I'm very pleased with how it came out. All the attention to
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  • This tablecloth is one of Herbert Niebling's magnificent designs. Mary Frances Wogec knitted the tablecloth, using size 20 crochet thread and size 1 (2.25 mm) circular needles. (Photo by Joe Coca) Nancy Bush's "Socks with Fancy Cuffs to Knit
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  • It was in the mid-70s here in Spokane last weekend and I've got summer fever! I spent about 10 hours in the garden, pruning roses, weeding, and spreading mulch. It was heaven! I also spent a couple of hours at my LYS, browsing the new summer yarns
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  • The thing that has always scared me about cabling without a cable needle is the "without a cable needle" part. Pull a knitting needle out of live stitches? You've got to be kidding me. I had resisted learning this technique for years, because
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  • I'm starting to wonder about myself. I have started three projects overall for this here little blog, and none of them are done yet. What. Is. My. Problem? Let's recap, shall we? (Yes, we shall.) First, there was the Bolero, from Feminine Knits
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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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  • I'm too sick to knit; the knitter's equivalent of purgatory. Imagine it: The mere motions of the needles are making me ill. I've been sick for FOUR DAYS. Four days of NO KNITTING. I think we might have a situation here. Thus, with your indulgence
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  • I joined both the Knitting Olympics and the Ravelympics this year. I set my Olympic goals: To finish the Farmer's Market Cardigan . To knit a sock. To spin some luscious fibre. I made a schedule. I organized each knitting project in a pretty box.
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  • A note from Kathleen: I just saw the projects in the new Spring 2010 issue of Interweave Knits , and I'm so inspired! Spring is such a time of new things—come March I always want to throw all my winter clothes in a box and break out the shorts
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • At Knitting Daily, we define fearless knitting as facing your knitting fears, mastering them, and then using those previously feared knitting situations with gusto. We've just published a new book, Fearless Knitting Workbook by Jennifer E. Seiffert
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  • "Snood" sounds like a Dr. Seuss creature, doesn't it? The snood has been around for quite a while—remember those hairnet type things in the 40s? They were the quintessential woman's look of the era, and when I see a photo of one
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  • Free Pattern for The Endless Love Moebius and Hat! Today’s guest blogger is Adina Klein, creative director for Tahki Stacy Charles and former editor in chief of knit.1 and Vogue Knitting magazines. Adina has made several guest appearances on Knitting
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  • And the winner is... The Farmer's Market Cardigan, by Connie Chang Chinchio! Whoo-hoo! Everyone please give Connie, the designer of this fine cardigan, a round of applause for designing something so unusual and so flattering. I love this sweater,
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  • My sister doesn't like pumpkin pie, (I do not understand; does not compute) but her favorite color is orange. I was thinking about this yesterday as I was raking up orange and yellow and brown leaves, thinking about how pretty the fall colors are
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  • A note from Kathleen: I'm always inspired by each new issue of PieceWork magazine, and the November/December issue doesn't disappoint. It hits newsstands on November 3, and I think there are some projects in there that will have you running to
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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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  • 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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  • This is so embarrassing. How many posts have I written about putting a lifeline in one's lace knitting? Maybe you could be gentle and just not answer that. Because I could go back and count the lifeline posts myself..I'm going to guess there's
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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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  • It is so good to be on the OTHER side of moving, the side where all your stuff comes out of the boxes and you finally get to eat with Real Forks again. I also love the dreaming part, where I get to stand in my new craft room and dream about how I want
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  • A note from Kathleen: I think I can safely say that we all love a small project once in a while—something we can get done in a short time with a small amount of yarn. What comes to mind is a hat or a one-skein scarf, a dishcloth or a coffee cozy
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  • I can already feel a chill in the air at night—a sure sign that fall is approaching. And what could be better to ward off that chill than a cardigan sweater? It can be thrown on over a tee shirt and worn open or it can be buttoned up under a blazer
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  • It's The Big Day, the day when The Big Truck shows up in our driveway. This move seems like a teensy, tiny one (40 miles) compared to the two other moves I've made in the past six years--California to Colorado (1211 miles) and Colorado to Toronto
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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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  • Monkey Socks: Wrap-Up Our first knit-a-long was a great success! When I started this knit-a-long back on July 1, I wasn't sure how it would go. I'm thrilled that Monkey Socks by Cookie A. were knit by about 20 people and to date there are 241
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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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  • "Sock it to me" is such a cliché, but it's true this time--I've been socked with sock goodness! Yes, I was lucky enough to attend the Sock Summit in Portland, Oregon, this weekend. Actually, I was only there on Thursday and Friday
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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! Today continues my story of the
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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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  • 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! Today continues my story of the
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  • I recently took a day-trip and the project I took with me was a tank top. I worked on it in the car, but it really took up too much room in my bag and in my lap and I was wishing for a small, purse-friendly project.
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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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  • I'm taking several summer trips in the near future, and of course, like any knitter, I'm planning what projects to take with me. It may sound daft, but my favorite airplane knitting is lace knitting. Really! I make sure I have a paper copy of
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  • I had the honor of being invited to speak to Toronto's Downtown Knit Collective last week, and one could not have asked for a more gracious and delightful audience. (Thank you, DKC knitters!) One of the highlights for me was an elderly woman in the
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  • Note from Sandi: When I worked in the Colorado offices of Interweave, one of my favorite things to do was to pop into the PieceWork office and see what kind of knitted glories the editor, Jeane Hutchins, had there. I loved when Jeane would let me put
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  • It is pretty tough to find a masculine sock pattern--especially Just The Right Masculine Sock Pattern, one that your particular Masculine Person will wear. Sometimes I think (with all due love and affection) that men are pickier than women are when it
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  • Note from Sandi: Knitting for a child seems to bring out in us the longing to make something worthy of being passed down through the generations. Here is Lisa Shroyer's contributrion to the staff design challenge for Interweave Knits Summer 2009:
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  • On Monday, Vicki Square shared her top 5 keys for a great sweater design. Today, I thought I would wander through the Interweave Pattern Store with these 5 keys in hand, and pick out one or two examples of each one. Because we're heading into summer
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  • Note from Sandi: Here's the third in our series of "heirloom" staff projects from the Summer 2009 issue of Interweave Knits . This time, Eunny Jang, editor of Knits , gives us a lovely yet quick knitted lace pattern--just in time for a last
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  • Updated 11/4/2010 : This pattern was free for a limited time only. You can now purchase it from the Interweave Store . Note from Sandi: While we do not have the Knits Summer 2009 Preview ready for you yet, we have the next best thing: a Free Pattern Sneak
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  • It's Tax Day in the United States, and so maybe today is a good day to give away some yarn. Let's put some smiles on a few faces, shall we? But first, let's refresh everyone's memory (no doubt blunted by all those deduction calculations
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  • In the Spring 2009 issue of Knits , Kristin Omdahl introduced you to the concept of using short rows and lace together to create patterns that wrap around the curve of a circle--in the issue, she shows you how to plan and knit a lace shawl, the Sweet
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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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  • Such a treat I have for you today... are you ready? Last fall, we had a knitting poetry contest. It wasn't your average poetry contest, mind you, because where would the fun in average be? It was a poetry magnet contest, where we challenged you marvelously
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  • Note from Sandi: First of all, I didn't spend a day with Alice Starmore--but Jeane Hutchins, the editor of PieceWork magazine , did! And since the new January/February 2009 issue of PieceWork contains a lovely new pattern by this legendary designer
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  • I just finished reading the 406 comments that you left on the last post of 2008 , in which you answered the question "How were you a fearless knitter in 2008?" I love you people. I love you because your comments were so amazing that even though
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  • On Monday, I gave you a list of the top posts of 2008 ...but what about the top patterns of 2008? Which patterns did you love the most? Top 5 Most Downloaded Free Patterns of 2008 Number One: For the second year in a row, Mags Kandis' colorful Modern
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  • Here on Knitting Daily, we love YARN! Which posts did you like best? I took a look at which emails had the highest "open rate"--meaning the emails you opened and read versus those you left unread and unloved in your inbox (or worse, those you
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  • Happy New Year From Knitting Daily ! Let's start the new year off right! Free patterns are always fun, don't you think? And there are tons of free patterns over on our sister site, KnittingDailyTV.com --and even better, your Knitting Daily password
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  • Did everyone have a joyous holiday, however you celebrated? Did you hug your family, eat lots of food, have a few hours of wonder and gratitude? Did you get cool knitting or crocheting or spinning stuff? Did you at least get a gift certificate so you
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  • I don't have any magic words to help you get all your holiday knitting done on time. (Sorry about that.) However, I do have a nifty little grafting tip for those of you who love knitting socks but, like me, utterly despise the Kitchener Stitch. I
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  • Introducing Knitting Socks with Knitting Daily: 5 Free Sock Knitting Patterns I don't have any magic words to help you get all your holiday knitting done on time. (Sorry about that.) But it's Friday, and since everyone around here is busy handing
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  • I've been promising photos of my version of the Leaf and Nupp Shawl , a pattern out of Interweave's new lace knitting book, Knitted Lace of Estonia by Nancy Bush. (Want more info about this nifty book? Go here !) So: Photos! I'm more than
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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: The Knits team and I are always looking for new goodies to share with you, and this time, Eunny Jang, editor of Interweave Knits, and the whole Interweave Knits team decided to issue you a "backstage pass" to the Winter Knits
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  • Note from Sandi: Ever wish you could get a glimpse into editor Eunny Jang's mind as she plans the next issue of Interweave Knits magazine? Imagine sifting through gorgeous yarns, mulling over sketches and swatches, knowing that you get to choose what
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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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  • Note from Sandi: Here on Knitting Daily , we firmly believe that yarn should be an equal-opportunity addiction --everyone deserves a chance to be inspired to play with pretty yarns, no matter what their tool of choice. So when I heard that my friends
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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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  • 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: Liz Gipson, managing editor of Handwoven magazine and co-host of Knitting Daily TV , is back today to share more about her fiber “space”. But, this time it’s her backyard. Liz is the proud “mother” of cashmere
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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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  • 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 1705 features: Ogee-Oh-My Afghan, Needlework by Women, and Lace Knitting Sponsored by Coats & Clark , Merrell Publishers , Sterling Publishing Co., Inc. .
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  • Episode 1611 features: Flowered Necklace,Victorian Lace Today, Knitted Lace Petal Hats Sponsored by XRX, Inc. , Tahki Stacy Charles .
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  • I'm literally zooming up the shoulders of the Drawstring Raglan (from Summer Knits 2008 ) and I only have about thirty more rows to go. It's a fun section, because each row is shorter than the last due to the raglan decreases. Whoo! I was getting
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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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  • Please Welcome Today's Guest Editor: Jeane Hutchins of Piecework magazine! Note: This week's free pattern, Knitted Lace Trimmings , came to us from Piecework, and so I invited Jeane to write today's post. Now heeeerrrre's Jeane! I hope
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  • Today we're doing something that I don't think any knitting magazine has ever done before: The editor of Interweave Knits , Eunny Jang, is trying on some of the garments from the Summer 2008 issue of her own magazine, so we can show you what they
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  • Katie Himmelberg , style editor of Knitscene and assistant editor of Interweave Knits, once again joins us as today's guest poster. Today, she talks about the her design process for Katie's Fountain Hat , our new free pattern, which was inspired
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  • Don't Box Me In A lovely not-box: Kathy Zimmerman's Dovetail Pullover Sorry. I couldn't resist that... Many folks avoid wearing garments with any kind of body shaping, preferring to wear boxy silhouettes, as they think that boxes hide areas
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  • Katie Himmelberg , style editor of Knitscene and assistant editor of Interweave Knits, is today's guest poster! Here's what she has to say about our new free pattern, the Lacy Mesh Gloves, designed by Eunny Jang . Eunny Jang's Lacy Mesh Gloves
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  • Ann Budd's Broken Cable Rib Socks I don't have any magic words to help you get all your holiday knitting done on time. (Sorry about that.) However, I do have a nifty little grafting tip for those of you, who like me, completely and utterly despise
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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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  • Katie wearing the Henley Perfected I asked Katie Himmelberg, style editor of Knitscene and assistant editor of Interweave Knits , to provide some expert commentary for us for each of the sweaters we have chosen for the Winter 2007 Interweave Sweater Gals
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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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  • 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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  • It's here! Fall 2007 Interweave Crochet There, I said it: Crochet. We're an online community called Knitting Daily, and I've gone and said the word "crochet," right up front for all the world to see. From the beginning, crochet has
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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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  • My own weekend knitting Last Friday, I innocently asked what was on your needles...and oh my goodness. Do you people ever SLEEP? What's your secret for getting housework done? Do you do laundry online? The sheer number of projects y'all are working
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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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  • Spray blocking on a blocking board After years of blocking my knitting and crocheting on kitchen counters, floors, and dryer tops, I finally broke down this weekend and ordered an Official Blocking Board (from Webs —thanks, Kathy and Steve!). I'd
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  • Coming Soon: Icelandic Lace Shawl Sometimes the best part of writing a post is getting to answer back someone who leaves a really great comment: Dear Eirwen in Wales, I am so sorry that visions of the gorgeous Icelandic Shawl have distracted you from
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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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  • Tomato by Wendy Bernard Maybe some of you are Fair Isle Wizards, but I am not. In fact, I'm kind of a Fair Isle Chicken. Give me lace knitting, and I purr and behave myself in public (well, mostly…). But Fair Isle—Fair Isle and I have
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  • More than 300 of you wrote in to say why you thought the Comfy Socks were a bit lonely. The two factors mentioned most often were the bulky yarn/large gauge used in the pattern, and—surprisingly—the photograph. The bulky yarn part made sense—most
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  • According to the Sock Survey, your perfect sock pattern would be: Worked from the cuff down (70% of the votes); For a woman (46%); Designed in a textured (but not cabled) stitch pattern (22%); Worked on 5 dpns (37%); and Suitable for a variegated or handpainted
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  • Caspian Sea Socks I'm noticing that the sock patterns on Knitting Daily are wildly popular--well, some of them, anyway. Judging from the download numbers, you loved the Caspian Sea Socks and the Diagonal Rib Socks, but the Comfy Socks are feeling
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  • I have an industry secret to reveal: Knitting editors are human. (Not aliens from The Planet Of Perfect Knitting! Imagine that.) We make mistakes while knitting just like anyone else. The difference is that sometimes our knitting mistakes end up in a
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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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  • 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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  • Knitting Daily is now 10,000 strong! Meet Lynn G., of Wilmette, IL, our 10,000th member, who has this to say about herself: I have been knitting since I was a teenager. I have a husband (we'll celebrate our 30th anniversary this summer) and two sons
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