Great Spinning Wheel Roundup 2018: Shopping Guide

Spinning wheels make yarn, but that’s not all they do. They live in your space, and generally, your body supplies the power. You’re more likely to spin if you love your spinning wheel, and you’re more likely to love your wheel if it efficiently performs the spinning tasks you require of it. When you’re shopping […]

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To me, there’s no more romantic accessory than a capelet—it’s warm, elegant, and unusual all at once. Add allover cables and shaped hems, and my knitterly brain rejoices. I was already in love with Jenny Williams’s beautiful capelet from Knitting Traditions 2018 when I chose it for the magazine. Then I noticed a similarity between […]

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Pattern of the Week: Directoire Top

Friends generally sum up my wardrobe in one word: vintage. Decades ago, when I first learned to sew and knit, I dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and costume designer. These dreams led me to deep dives into the history of fashion. Alas, my profound inability to draw derailed those career plans. But those nuggets […]

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Pattern of the Week: Suffragette’s Coat

Readers, I think it’s time you learned the truth: sometimes knitting editors will select a project for publication because we want the pattern for ourselves. This is exactly what happened when I chose designs for Knitting Traditions 2018. When Cheryl Toy’s sketch for a cutaway coat hit my desk, I gasped out loud. Then I […]

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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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