Celebrating Knitting Traditions

A note from Kathleen: One of the things I like most about knitting is sharing the experience with others—those who came before us and, hopefully, those who will follow! Our new special publication, Knitting Traditions, offers projects and inspiration that links all of us present-day knitters to those knitters of the past, knitters who knitted for joy and necessity, learning new techniques from each other and from their mothers and grandmothers (and fathers and grandfathers!). Those knitters didn't have the internet or even a local yarn shop, but they loved the craft just as much as we all do, and they shared tips and tricks with each other just as we do now.

Knitting Traditions will bring you closer to knitters of yesterday while offering you skills to take your knitting to tomorrow and beyond. For example, there's an article about knitting socks two at a time, one inside the other. Why yes, you did hear me right—One. Inside. The. Other!

Now here's editor Jeane Hutchins to introduce you to this extra-special magazine.

Keeping Traditions Alive

More and more people are picking up needles and yarn or thread and beginning their own knitting journeys. That's why I'm totally jazzed to have this opportunity to tell you about Knitting Traditions, a 148-page special magazine publication from PieceWork.

Whether you just started knitting or are an old hand, Knitting Traditions provides some context for the journey—we are, after all, following the paths created by master knitters of the past. For example, did you know fourteenth-century Italian artists painted pictures of the Madonna knitting? Knitting is just steeped in tradition!

Here's a glimpse of Knitting Traditions:

  • Learn how Peruvians used cactus thorns as needles to fashion exquisite tiny figures.
  • See a glove with a romantic history knitted in Sweden during the sixteenth century.
  • Explore the brilliance of Andean knitting, using the traditional zigzag intarsia method to work small spots of color.
  • Discover the "art knitting" produced by German designers in the early decades of the twentieth century.
  • And more!
   
Sweet baby socks Colorful Swedish mittens The vivid Wild Apple Pullover

In addition to knitting's rich history, there are an amazing number of similarities among techniques and motifs. Two examples: the technique of knitting stockings from the toe up is a custom in several countries, including Turkey and Bulgaria, and the unusual knitting-from-the-back technique is used by knitters in the Peruvian highlands and by the Samí people, who used to roam freely with their reindeer over parts of modern-day Sweden, Norway, Russia, and Finland.

The Knitting Traditions contributors are a veritable "Who's Who" of late-twentieth- and early-twenty-first-century knitting designers. Among them are Anna Zilboorg (her vividly colorful Turkish stockings are on the cover), Priscilla Gibson-Roberts, Nancy Bush, Galina Khmeleva, Mary Walker Phillips, and many more. Is this an amazing list, or what??!!

   
A luxurious cap Squares and an edging An elegant Stork's Nest scarf

Projects include socks, items for baby, gloves, mittens, mitts, cuffs, sweaters, shawls, scarves, caps, and edgings; step-by-step instructions and beautiful photographs accompany each. Indulge your passion for knitting with Knitting Traditions.

I hope your journey is excellent!

—Jeane

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