I fell in love on a cold December day in 2015. The object of my affections was short (kinda square, really), dark, and handsome. Best of all, it contained stunning knitwear with cables, lace, and combinations of cables and lace. Yes, people, it’s a book that spiked my pulse—humans rarely offer knitting patterns as part […]

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Nothing Is Certain but Yarn & Taxes

Many of us groan when April 15 approaches and we have to file our taxes. Even if you’re one of the lucky folks who gets a refund, filling out a tax return always involves some anxiety. I think many of us deal with the pressure by fantasizing, complaining, and worrying. Why can’t you claim your […]

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The conversation had gone so well until somebody mentioned cats. We’d agreed on EVERYTHING up until this point: sweater silhouette, techniques, yarn, main color, contrast color for edgings and windowsill. But the cats themselves got a little, um, hairy. Designer Jennifer Raymond understandably wanted to decorate her Window Cat Child’s Cardigan with her kitties, Peake and […]

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Recently, I noticed that my collection of handknitted winter accessories doesn’t contain any long cowls. That’s a gap I intend to fill soon: a long cowl twisted into 2 loops can really warm up the neck and shoulders while looking simply elegant. Fortunately, Love of Knitting Winter 2017 includes 5 potential candidates. I could work […]

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Planning for Handpainted & Kettle-Dyed Yarns

Knitting problems happen, and they happen to every knitter. This post series will collect some common knitting problems and offer some solutions that don’t require ripping out the whole project and starting over. There may be some frogging, but we’ll keep it to a minimum! See Love of Knitting for more great tips on fixing […]

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How to knit and watch TV: This smart knitter wisely chose a simple project for what’s obviously a visual show. We don’t recommend cuddling and binge-pairing, however—it can be hazardous for the cuddlee and for your knitting. Photos by Nick White/Cultura/Getty Images. Knitters generally have strong preferences about their crafting environment. Social knitters gather with […]

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Imagine a sparsely populated world with no mechanism for long-distance communication. Humans live in small societies separated by long distances or natural barriers. Each community knows it’s not alone—they understand that other people inhabit this world—but they can’t find each other easily. That, my friends, was the world of knitting before the internet, especially before […]

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Many people approach gift-giving season with admirable intentions. We want to give things that our loved ones will truly appreciate, and we want to receive the things we really want. Typically, these goals create an air of mystery: as a giver, you’re trying to hunt down the perfect present. As a receiver, you’re trying to […]

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Knitted Toys: Construction and Safety

If you’ve never knitted toys before, you’re in for a real treat: they can often be made up very quickly using small amounts of yarn, they’re colorful, and they’re always full of character. In short, they’re a great way to play with yarn and embrace the cute side. Plus, kids love them. Toys aren’t all […]

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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 […]

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