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Playing With Stitch Patterns

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on October 26, 2015 0 Comments
Playing With Stitch Patterns

One of my personal knitting goals this year is to draft an original (at least to me) stitch pattern. That means I’ll start with a blank piece of graph paper and some yarn and needles and just play, without consciously deriving from or referring to any published stitch pattern. Chances are that I’ll hit pretty […]

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Book Review: Good Measure – Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time

Filed in Just Stitches, Point of View by on October 22, 2015 0 Comments
Book Review: Good Measure – Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time

Several decades ago, back when Threads Magazine still included several knitting articles in every issue, Deborah Newton wrote an excellent article about fit called Fashion Doesn’t Stop at 40 Inches. So it was no surprise when her most recent book Good Measure – Knit a Perfect Fit Every Time was released. Reviewing her designs from the […]

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But It Was Supposed to Be a Sweater

Filed in Industry Insight, Just Stitches by on October 1, 2015 0 Comments
But It Was Supposed to Be a Sweater

When knitters first try their hand at designing from scratch there is often an unfounded belief that whatever concept is in their mind will “easily” become a finished piece.  And this might be the case for a while, but eventually your knitting will surprise you. Such has been the case for the design I have […]

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Win a Free Knitting Class!

Filed in Just Stitches by on September 11, 2015 0 Comments
Win a Free Knitting Class!

It’s time for a very special announcement! Kellie’s Craftsy class about yarn substitution is launching very soon! And as a special treat, Kellie has a spot in the class to give away for FREE!

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Permission to Be Bold

Filed in Just Stitches, Point of View by on August 17, 2015 1 Comment
Permission to Be Bold

I had a really fun experience the other night. I’m designing a new pattern for our 2Sides pattern line, and I chose a stitch pattern from the amazing Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. I chose Eye-Spot Edging. It’s only written in words in the book, and it was driving me a little crazy to […]

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Dreams In Color

Filed in Just Stitches, Point of View by on July 20, 2015 1 Comment
Dreams In Color

If ever I was excited about some upcoming work, it’s about October at Eduknit!  I know it was 100 degrees in Washington D.C. yesterday, and that the humidity was 85% at one point in the day; but no matter. As a knitter, I can escape all that and dream of Autumn.

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Knitting in the News

Filed in Just Stitches, Out of Our Head by on July 13, 2015 0 Comments
Knitting in the News

One of my favorite emails to receive each week is my Google Alert about knitting news. Google automatically does a search for the word “knitting” in the news category and sends me a report. A couple of recent stories really enchanted me so I wanted to share:

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Lots of Non-Wool Yarn

Filed in Just Stitches by on July 9, 2015 0 Comments
Lots of Non-Wool Yarn

If you read Kellie’s newsletter you know we are looking at non-wool yarns this month on EduKnit. Which is interesting because both Kellie and I really like wool — A LOT! But not everyone does … and we understand. Even though I am a fan of wool, I also like understanding and playing with lots […]

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I-Cord Puzzler

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on July 6, 2015 0 Comments
I-Cord Puzzler

From Sharon:  My question is about attached i-cord. I know there is an i-cord cast-on and an i-cord bind off.  How would one go about “framing” all four sides of a knitted square with i-cord? So that would be doing an cord cast on and then as you are knitting the square, i-cording each side–right […]

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Technical Knitting Questions Answered

Filed in Just Stitches, Skill Building by on June 11, 2015 20 Comments
Technical Knitting Questions Answered

A few weeks ago we sent a call out for questions from our readers. We received a number of responses all of which were awesome questions. Over the next weeks (possibly months) we will be answering these questions. Even though we made a special call for questions, please know that we are ALWAYS anxious for you […]

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