Arm knitting is the latest craze in yarn crafts. This large-scale knitting technique is perfect for experienced knitters as well as for beginners who have never even picked up a pair of knitting needles. The idea behind arm knitting is that you can create large knit fabrics by using your forearms instead of knitting needles. […]

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I’m always amazed by how much crossover there is between weaving and knitting. I really shouldn’t be surprised, though. It just makes sense that if you like yarn you’ll love finding new ways to use it to create cloth. For those knitters still on the fence, this list by Stephanie Flynn Sokolov from the Fall […]

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Knitting As a Livelihood for Afghan Women

The Afghan refugee women who gave the original slipper socks to Jeanne Devereaux Best also sold their handknitted socks in Pakistan. Like many Afghan women, Jeanne’s students relied on their knitting skills as a source of income. Although knitters in Afghanistan historically learned their craft from other family members, during the Taliban era (1996–2001), when […]

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A Passion for Pence Jugs

One thing that piqued my interest in Victorian knitting early on was the pence jug. The anonymous author of A Guide for Knitting, Netting and Crochet describes its pence jug as “one of the very prettiest and most useful inventions to be classed under Knitting. The vase-like form, the minuteness, the convenience are all fitted […]

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The Resurgence of Doilies

If ever there was a time for doilies to make a comeback, it’s now. Sound crazy? Sometime between the 1990s and now, the word “upcycled” made it into your vocabulary. There’s a resurgence of old crafts being utilized in new ways. Just search “DIY with Vintage Doilies” on Pinterest, and I bet you’ll start getting […]

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North of England Knitting Sheaths

Handknitting in the hills and dales of England’s northern counties, including Cumberland, Westmorland, Durham, and Yorkshire, evolved from a domestic activity to an industrial-production level. In Elizabethan times (1558 to 1603), knitting schools were established in towns and cities—for example, in York and Lincoln— to teach poor children the skill and thus enable them to […]

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Better Than Frogging: Sleeves

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! In this installment, Project Editor Laura Hulslander had nearly finished […]

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So far in our series on grafting lace edgings, we’ve covered how to create: A picot selvedge A slip stitch selvedge at the beginning of a row Twisted stitches Yarnovers Single and double decreases The fourth edging in our series is another garter-stitch-based edging with yarnovers and decreases worked only on right-side rows. In addition […]

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A Treasure Pouch in Simple Looping

Imbue your totems, tokens, or talismans with even more significance by nestling them in a handmade treasure pouch, from the PieceWork January/February 1994 issue. It’s perfect for precious things! A Treasure Pouch in Simple Looping designed by Robin Taylor Daugherty Posted February 21, 2014. Updated October 12, 2017. Featured Image: Photo by Joe Coca. Learn […]

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