Versatile Knitting Stitches in Love of Knitting Winter 2017

Welcome back to Stitchery School in Love of Knitting! I had so much fun with the Stitchery School lessons in our last issue that it seemed worthwhile to explore even further in Love of Knitting Winter 2017. Four more lessons popped into my head and then inspired our talented designers. The resulting projects didn’t just delight me; they surprised me. I’ve been knitting since 1985 and think of myself as an advanced knitter. What on earth could I learn from revisiting basic concepts and techniques?

It turns out, I learned a lot. These lessons reminded me of knitting’s versatility. Unlike crocheters, we knitters don’t have to memorize a lot of stitches—all of our stitches come from the same basic foundations of knit, purl, and yarnover. Yet people around the world, for thousands of years, have created a vast number of patterns from these three foundation stitches. Add in color and the variations stretch to infinity.

Love of Knitting Winter 2017 honors the roots of knitting in 4 stories.

1. Discover the magic of “Slip Stitches,” a technique that lets you add as many colors as you like while only knitting with one color per row or round.

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Slip stitches can create incredible knitted fabrics. Clockwise from left: Irina Anikeeva’s Sandwick Pullover; Sara Kucharik’s Yell Island Cowl, showing the fabric’s right and wrong side; Cassie Castillo’s Scalloway Scarf.

2. Ready for stranded colorwork or embroidery? You’ll love the designs in “Colors of Winter.”

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Embroidery features add character to Megan Kreiner’s Furuset Gingerbread People (left). Karin Wilmoth’s Bohuslän Sweater adds tang to your knitting with colorwork and purl bumps, and the bulky yarn will knit up fast.

3. Projects in “Things That Go Bump” add texture to your knitting with stitch motifs, beads, bobbles, and wrapped stitches.

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Laura Ricketts used wrapped stitches on the Ruhnu Cropped Pullover for kids. Our model loved the sweater
but reminded us all that modeling is hard work, especially if it interferes with cookie time.

4. Create classic garments and accessories with “Cables & Braids,” 2 design elements that never go out of style. We’ve included a how-to article on grafting in pattern so that you can graft the Connacht Cowl with an invisible join.

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Heather Zoppetti’s Connacht Cowl, grafted in pattern for an invisible join. I’m not kidding about the “invisible” part—when I wanted a close-up photo of the join area, I couldn’t tell where Heather had worked her magic.

This issue’s articles focus on fit and style. Part 2 of “Sweaters That Fit & Flatter” explains how to interpret pattern schematics and how to identify your body type. Two staff members kindly modeled 6 ways to wear a crescent shawl so that you can get the most from this versatile accessory.

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Wondering what can you do with a crescent shawl? Wonder no more!

There’s another history/geography scavenger hunt, too! In “Slip Stitches,” look for clues in place names around the North Sea and Norwegian Sea, where Norse and Scottish cultures shaped knitting. For “Colors of Winter,” I turned to Scandinavian geography. The Baltic region inspired the project names in “Things That Go Bump.” Then for “Cables & Braids,” Ireland beckoned, and I couldn’t ignore the birthplace of Aran knitting.

As always, we love to hear your thoughts on the magazine, see what you’re making, and answer your questions about projects or knitting in general. If you send in a knitting dilemma for “Better Than Frogging” and we publish it, I’ll knit you a tiny frog.

All the best,


(FEATURED IMAGE: Susanna IC’s lovely Tarfala Valley Shawl adorns the cover; create a classic cabled sweater with Lana Jois’s Skellig Michael design.)

Keep Your Love of Knitting Alive!

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