Trekking the Globe in Stitches: South America

The next stop on our tour of needlework from the seven continents is South America. In PieceWork’s January/February 2009 issue, we follow tour guide for the Americas, Cynthia Lecount Samaké, and head south to the Andes. In her article, “Andean Knitted Figure Purses: Monederos for Your Money,” Cynthia fills us in on the whimsical monederos […]

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How Did They Do That? Cavandoli

Look at the Cavandoli friendship bracelet shown above, bought from a child on the street in Cusco, Peru, for about a dollar. In the bracelet, the pattern lines move diagonally, but this technique is often worked horizontally. The bracelet is composed entirely of one simple knot, the double half hitch, and considered the craft of […]

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Trendspotting: Love of Knitting Summer 2017

Summer’s not over yet! Find the perfect pattern to fit a fashion trend in Love of Knitting Summer 2017! On the Trail Grab your hiking boots! (And your knitting bag, of course.) Knitters will be happy to know that yarn manufacturers are offering many yarns suitable for summer stitching and wearing. Cotton yarns with chainette […]

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Pattern Play: And Again…On Repeats

Usually when we learn to knit, someone teaches us the basic skills and tells us to practice. That’s a great start, but then we have to learn how to read a pattern. This 7-part series by Kate Atherley explains how. Knitting is a repetitive activity: in any project, you work the knit stitch many, many […]

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I’ve been working on finishing my Kayleen Pullover, and last week I had a disaster of epic proportions: My needle slid out of the first stitch, and it raveled down several rows. This type of dropped stitch has never happened to me before, so I wasn’t sure what to do with all of those loops […]

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Knit 101: The Joys of Taking Your Time

It’s been about two months since I last wrote about my Killarney Sweater and I’d like to be able to say I’ve made excellent progress, but I don’t want to lie to you, dear reader—I’ve actually made very little progress. As you can see, I’m still working on the ribbing at the hem. The good […]

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Scientists love yarn and crafting just like anybody else, though they might love it in a different way. A few hours of knitting or crocheting can recharge their batteries and shed new light on their research interests. STEM fields and craft share many connections, as Kim Werker explains below. Science teachers even use knitting and […]

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I don’t know about you, but I’ve been a little obsessed with news coverage lately. I have found myself spending more time than usual on my phone, following the news, reading op-eds, watching video clips and scrolling through epic threads of comments from friends and strangers alike. I’ve been having trouble sleeping, and I find […]

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