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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Historical records from the distant past don’t say much about women, and they say even less about women’s everyday lives. Yet every now and then we get fleeting glimpses of the history of textiles. In this series of posts, I’ll share tidbits about textiles and the women who made them, gathered from my years of […]

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Winter, spring, summer, or fall—all you have to do is call (up the file on your computer or device). Love of Knitting will be there in a handy digital collection. Enjoy 78 projects, informative articles, book and product reviews, and much more. Need more convincing? 1. Fill your closet with sweaters from top designers like […]

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Women’s Work, Part 2: Yarn & Revolutions

Historical records from the distant past don’t say much about women, and they say even less about women’s everyday lives. Yet every now and then we get fleeting glimpses of the history of textiles. In this series of posts, I’ll share tidbits about textiles and the women who made them, gathered from my years of […]

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A lot of important stuff happened in 19th-century England, and those major events and historical developments had an enormous impact on the 20th century. In fact, life as we know it in 2017 would look very different if Britain hadn’t industrialized on an impressive scale, altered its system of government, colonized and made war all […]

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Redefining Love (and Sweaters) with Refined Knits

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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Why talk like a pirate? Why not? More than 20 years ago, the founders of Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19) discovered that pirate talk made their racquetball games much more fun. Then in 2002 they dragooned Dave Barry, humor columnist extraordinaire, into publicizing a national holiday dedicated to saying “Avast!” even though nobody […]

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27 Uses for Wool Wash (Besides Washing Wool)

Once you dive into the wonderful world of yarn and fiber—whether as a spinner, knitter, crocheter, needleworker, or weaver—you learn that many handcrafted projects can’t handle machine-washing or dry cleaning. Maybe the agitation of a home washing machine or dry cleaning machine would destroy the item’s delicate structure, shrink the item, or compress all the […]

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