Collecting Traditions

The fourth edition of PieceWork’s super-popular special issue Knitting Traditions is just about to hit the newsstands, and we’re currently at work on the fifth edition due out this fall. Fifth edition already? How did that happen? 

Nancy Bush knitted these Norwegian gloves using intricate two-color patterning. Knitting Traditions Winter 2011. Photograph by Joe Coca.

Chris Laning’s re-creation Islamic stockings. Knitting Traditions Winter 2011. Photograph by Joe Coca.

One of the fun things about creating each new issue of Knitting Traditions is reviewing previous issues to see how we organized the projects, arranged the stories. In the premier Winter 2010 issue, we arranged the contents by type—socks, sweaters, gloves and mittens, shawls and scarves; for the following Winter 2011 issue, we organized the projects and stories by technique: colorwork, texture, and lace. For the third issue in Fall 2011, we took readers on a knitting journey around the world.

The quantity and diversity of the projects from these first three issues is remarkable, from ancient Islamic socks to a new tradition of charity knitting in Texas; from the lacework of Utah pioneers and Orenburg, knitters to Portuguese and Peruvian knitting techniques; from knitted silk bags of the European renaissance to Bohus knitting and the colorwork of Norway and the Yorkshire Dales.

Galina Khmeleva used traditional Orenburg lace-knitted elements in this luxurious cashmere lace scarf. Knitting Traditions Fall 2011. Photograph by Joe Coca.

Priscilla Gibson-Roberts’s Peruvian maquitos knitted in the round using a zigzag intarsia method. Knitting Traditions Winter 2010.  Photograph by Joe Coca.

Looking through those first few issues is like visiting old friends, especially when I remember learning from and being inspired by some of today’s best knitting designers and historians who  are making significant advances into broadening our understanding about techniques, tools, and the culture of knitting throughout centuries and around the world.

And now lucky for me—and for you—for the first time, I’m able to explore the first three issues of Knitting Traditions all in one convenient place. All 2010–2011 issues are available on CD or through a single digital download!

See what all your knitting friends are talking about and get your Knitting Traditions 2010–2011 Collection now. It will keep you busy until the fourth and fifth issues are available.