Traditional Knits for Modern Times

PieceWorks most popular special issue, Knitting Traditions, is here!

Carol Rhoades’s bead- and lace-knitted half gloves inspired by traditional German folk costume. Photo by Joe Coca.

For the fifth time, we’ve brought together the most amazing range of stories, projects, and techniques that you could imagine. As you’ve come to expect in Knitting Traditions, we’ve journeyed around the world seeking out fascinating knitters and their inspiring stories to profile, and we’ve explored the evolution of knitting techniques and traditions along the way. And, you’ll be thrilled at the 30+ projects we’ve designed for you to try out on your own.

Ann Budd’s reproduction of the sock pattern from Weldon’s Practical Needlework. Photo by Joe Coca. 

Some things I love about this Fall 2012 edition: Six really fun sweaters knit from the original vintage patterns; elegant and lacy bead-knitted half gloves inspired by traditional German folk costumes—and wait until you see the inspiration for the design! And there’s the spot-on reproduction of a lap blanket based on one owned by English poet William Wordsworth and lace, lots of lace, including a Faroe-inspired shawl, an Orenburg shawl and scarf, and gorgeous detached sleeves. And on the oh-so-practical side, Ann Budd knits up, and includes contemporary instructions for, a Weldon’s sock pattern with replaceable heels and toes!

The Lady Betty Sweater knit from the original 1924 Needlework magazine instructions. Photo by Joe Coca.

There’s so much more that makes this Knitting Traditions really special. We’ve included several articles about the pluck and brilliance of women knitters who have overcome hardship and grief and used their love of knitting to forge new lives, new friendships, and to influence generations of knitters. Meet English knitting entrepreneur and writer Cornelia Mee and Virginia Bellamy, the knitter (and poet) who patented her own knitting technique in the 1940s, and then sit near the fire with Fair Isle knitter Jeremina Colvin and her dear friend, Cowichan knitter Mary Edwards.

I just know you’re going to love the beauty and breadth of this fabulous new issue of PieceWork’s Knitting Traditions!


P.S. PieceWork’s Knitting Traditions wants you! We’d love to receive your article and project proposals for future editions. Visit our website to learn how you can be a part of the next Knitting Traditions.