Crocheters and knitters love to tinker as they make sweaters. Pull up any pattern page on Ravelry and you can see a long list of design mods. Switching seamed to seamless, adding waist shaping, morphing a cardigan into a pullover—we go way beyond adjusting sleeve length. Truly committed sweater engineers especially love turning construction methods […]

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If you walk into fabric stores only to look at the yarn aisle or the button rack, you’re missing out. Many sewing tools, notions, and other supplies work for knitters as well as sewists. My sewing studio includes lots of cool gear that also support my knitting habit. Construction 1. Wonder Clips for seaming. Any […]

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Art yarns impress me greatly and appeal to me visually, but they rarely appear in my spinning or knitting queues. I blame my utilitarian nature. After all, my spinning journey began with practical goals in mind: save money, feed my knitting habit, stock my closets with pretty clothes, artistically control my materials, occasionally let go […]

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Our ongoing series about top-down raglans has covered a lot of ground already: taking essential body measurements, converting those measurements to stitches and rows using gauge and graph paper, and planning a top-down design. In this post, we want to cover the “why” as well as the “how” for raglan fit—why you might want to […]

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Spinning Handpainted Roving: Color Techniques

Does your fiber stash look anything like mine? Boxes, bags, and baskets overflow with raw washed fleece (waiting to be processed); “mix-ins” such as cut-up sari silk, angora rabbit samples, handfuls of colored top, and small amounts of what I like to call blending fibers (waiting to be mixed in); batts and birds’ nests (waiting […]

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POW: Hiking Henley

Ever since I moved to Colorado, I’ve planned to take a long hike in Rocky Mountain National Park. Ever since I became editor of Love of Knitting, I’ve planned to knit one of Melissa Leapman’s sweaters—I put one in every issue because they’re classic, accessible garments in great yarns. At long last, both these plans […]

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Yarn for the Giving: Knitting for Refugees

Whenever I read up on world news these days, I’m profoundly thankful for my stable, peaceful existence. It took me about 6 months to move from Kansas to Colorado in 2015. I chose to move and had the resources to transfer belongings and my beloved cats to a new house. In the course of that […]

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After completing a big, dirty project—say, processing raw fleece and spinning yarn from Jack the very dusty alpaca—I like to imagine a lazy spinning vacation. Cabana boys stop by my lounge chair every hour with trays of frosty drinks and samples of luxury fibers that were hand-dyed at an indie workshop that also makes artisanal […]

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