Knitters and crocheters typically spend days (or months, or even years) working on a single garment. Whether we give away the sweater or keep it for ourselves, the finished object should fit its intended recipient, and it should make the wearer feel beautiful/handsome. This doesn’t always happen, however. If you’ve ever struggled with sizing or […]

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Recently I wrote about smart swatching, or swatching with a larger purpose in mind, as a way to make better and more thoughtful knitting decisions. My suggestions for that post assumed that most knitters don’t want to drastically alter patterns. Sometimes, however, we do want to make major changes. What if you want to substitute […]

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If you’re reading this post, I’ll assume that you know why knitters make gauge swatches. However, I will not assume that you always make them, or that you love making them. Knitters typically gnash their teeth when they hear the S-word, and all too often, we’re tempted to skip this step. (True confession: I have […]

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I love to wear handknits, even in the summertime. So I’m always searching for great warm-weather designs that combine flattering lines with warm-weather fibers in a DK or finer yarn. When Kristen TenDyke’s design proposal for the Dakini Sweater crossed my path, I had to share it with the world in the summer edition of […]

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Throughout this Interweave series on raglan fit and construction, all contributors have proclaimed their love for top-down raglans and raglans in general. Lily Chin said it first, and since her expert advice inspired and enhanced the series, she must be right! Sara Dudek similarly acknowledged her appreciation of such sweaters when she dove deeply into […]

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How to Knit Faster: My 17 in 2017 Challenge

It’s good to challenge yourself, everybody tells me. Clearly, they’ve never gone overboard with a hobby until it adds stress instead of relieving it. I like to set myself a knitting challenge every year and had an ambitious but (I imagined) achievable goal for 2017: start and complete 17 garments, interspersing them with charity knitting […]

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Even after 21 years of handspinning, prepping fiber, dyeing, and knitting with my handspun, I still have so much to learn. Yet that learning process adds to the fun! And because it’s me, naturally I’ve systematized my learning process. First and foremost, I make a to-do list. My spinning queue holds more than specific projects; […]

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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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