When making garments, you’ll find that most designs rely on increasing and decreasing to create the shape of the pieces. During the design process, the designer makes many decisions, not the least of which is choosing the types of increases and decreases that will be used and where they will be placed. For sweaters knitted […]

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The Handknitter’s Double-Knit Buttonband

When I knitted my first cardigan, I followed the directions for the buttonband carefully, experimenting with different needle sizes and types of buttonholes. But despite my best efforts, I ended up with a droopy band and sagging buttonholes. I was so dismayed that I never wore the cardigan. So I started searching around for a […]

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Some designers revel in technical details, while others prefer to immerse themselves in aesthetics. And then there’s Sarah Solomon, who embraces both sides of the design process. She creates fantastic and visually appealing sweaters; then she explains the design’s underlying math and science for those knitters who like to know how she did it. Here, […]

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