Knit a Child’s Vest

Looking for a project to knit for a six- to seven-year-old child that satisfies his or her fashion sense yet will keep them warm and toasty during the cold winter months? Check out our knitted child’s vest! We used tapestry yarn, most often used for needlepoint, to achieve the thick, padded effect. This is an […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Queen Stitch

The complex, counted-thread queen stitch (American) is also known as the rococo (English) and renaissance stitches. It is commonly composed of a bundle of four to six Roman (French, Romanian or Roumanian, or Oriental) stitches arranged in a very specific manner, ultimately creating a distinctive diamond shape with small, evenly spaced holes at its outer […]

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I didn’t know I was so interested in eighteenth-century French fashion until I read Fashion Victims: Dress at the Court of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette, but now I am a self-proclaimed French fashion and history buff. Kimberly Chrisman-Campbell brings together a highly readable yet academic account complete with various impressive sources of one of the […]

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In “Knitted Together Through Time” and “Knit an ‘All Shall Be Well’ Shawl,” an online-only article and project mentioned in PieceWork’s July/August 2007 issue, Jacqueline Blix revisits a family heirloom shawl knit by Joseph Sheldon Long, a World War I soldier, father, grandfather, and knitter. Here’s an excerpt from “Knitted Together Through Time.” Unlike most […]

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A Stitch in Time: The Crown Stitch

The crown stitch is most likely a modern-day stitch for in thorough researching, I could find no references to it prior to the mid-1900s, and it’s infrequently cited in modern-day embroidery books. Surprisingly, there seem to be no additional names for this simple stitch. The crown stitch is basically a fly stitch with the additional […]

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Colorful Estonian Gloves to Knit from Nancy Bush

Estonia’s knitwear and textile history is fascinating, not only because of the many types of garments and textiles that bear unique regional traits but because of Estonia’s relative obscurity to many in the Americas. Expert knitter and designer Nancy Bush has been a student and teacher of Estonian textile traditions for many years. Nancy Bush’s […]

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