Knitted Socks: Stars on Your Toes

If you were limited to just one way to shape the toe of knitted socks, what method would you choose? I will occasionally ask myself silly questions like this one to promote entertaining the possibility of trying a new technique. We can all get so used to blazing a trail with our “tried and true” […]

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Knitted Undergarments: Knit a Lacy Camisole

Looking for a lacy project to add to your summer knitting queue? Vicki Square’s knitted camisole, which was featured in the May/June 2016 issue of PieceWork, will add a touch of retro elegance to any ensemble. The design takes its inspiration from Edwardian-era knitted undergarments. Here’s Vicki to tell us more: The fashion transformation from […]

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Victorian Crochet: A Sport of Its Own

One hook. One yarn. Two hands. Add a creative mind to encourage the adventure, and you can be off into the wide world of crochet. It is frequently paired with knitting: “knitting and crochet yarns” or “patterns to knit and crochet.” Yet, while they both use yarn in the creating, the process and the end […]

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Imagine putting pen to paper to communicate with someone. And then waiting days or weeks for a reply. I admit that our contemporary ways of immediacy with technology are beneficial, exciting, and addictive. Yet, while typing our thoughts into a computer is extremely effective and speedy, we miss the intimate tactile experience that connects us […]

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Kurdish Socks to Knit

I was delighted that PieceWork asked me to design a pair of socks based on the Kurdish socks Barb Sobkoviak purchased in a small shop in Northern Iraq—they are a wonder of design and workmanship. The beauty created in the midst of challenging living conditions is nothing short of spectacular. Inspired by the rich stitch […]

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Join knitwear designer Vicki Square on an excursion through knitting Weldon’s socks and stockings. Weldon’s Practical Needlework and Victorian Knitting Welcome to my new blog on PieceWork’s Needlework Traditions! We can walk a path together through Weldon’s Practical Needlework, and let those amazing Victorians show us a thing or two. Inspiration is found on every […]

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I personally do not wish to knit socks that stand stiffly in the corner by themselves. Weldon’s-era Victorian women knitted their stockings with yarn finer than our contemporary fingering sock yarn. The fine gauge in Victorian stockings yielded a supple and desirable pair of stockings, a luxury to wear. Without a specific gauge indicated in […]

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Have you ever wondered what the women in Victorian England knit the most? The amount of attention given in Weldon’s Practical Needlework to knitting stockings gives us a major clue as to their “useful article” of choice to make. Weldon’s volumes are filled with wonderful stocking patterns. So far, I have knit three pair, each […]

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