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Sarah Johnson
An attorney by day, Sarah turns to knitting in her free time to unwind. She loves to knit soft, fluffy baby blankets, sweaters for her mom, shawls and kicky berets for her sister, and whatever fun or crazy items her friends challenge her to create. She is currently working on a custom pattern for an Imperial Tie Fighter. She has yet to knit anything for her dog, but the dog eyes each new yarn purchase with suspicion. It’s only a matter of time.
peruvian knitting

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Peruvian Knitting Technique

As American knitters, we often tend to think of only two knitting holds: English and Continental. But, there are actually other styles of holds. One lesser known hold is the Peruvian knitting technique.In the Peruvian knitting technique, you hold your right-hand working needle like a pencil and wrap your yarn around several fingers on your right hand. The left hand and left-hand needle have very little to do in this hold. The idea is to slide the working needle back and forth while throwing the yarn Read more »
vintage knitting needles

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Vintage Knitting Tools

Knitting has been around for, well, I don't even know how long. The basics have remained the same, so all any knitter has ever really needed are two sticks and some yarn. Though the tools have changed a bit over the years, so it can be a lot of fun to look back to see ways vintage knitting tools differ from what we're used to today.Looking for vintage knitting tools in person can be like looking for a needle in a haystack. I've spent many hours scouring antique malls hoping to find some vintage needles Read more »
Knitwear designer Ragga Eiríksdóttir

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Knitwear Designers From Around The World

Sometimes when you look at a knitted garment, you can tell almost immediately where the garment originated. Just as in other aesthetic realms, like interior design or fashion, knitwear design can have some distinctly regional or national features. And modern knitwear design is often on the cutting edge of fashion.The British Isles are home to some of the world's most iconic knitwear designs. Irish fisherman's sweaters, Aran sweaters, Shetland sweaters, and Fair Isle sweaters and mittens are all instantly Read more »
electronic knitting machine

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Knitting Machines

We always think of knitting as something we do by hand, with two needles and not much else. But we all also have store-bought sweaters, items that we know can't have been knit the traditional way. If there weren't some faster, more automated way to make knit work, we wouldn't be able to afford store-bought sweaters. This is where knitting machines come in. But knitting machines aren't just for clothing companies. Anyone can own a knitting machine (or two) to increase their own knitting repertoire.Electronic Read more »
knitting darts with short rows

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Knitting Darts To Create The Perfect Fit

One of the great advantages of hand-knitted clothing is that we can customize the garment to make it fit the way a store-bought item only fits in the movies. One of the areas of a garment most in need of customization is the bust area. Garment patterns generally come in small, medium, and large. So what's a short, well-endowed gal to do? Add bust darts, of course! Even for a smaller-chested woman, it's still a good idea to add darts in the bust to make your fit better. Why make a sweater with a flat Read more »
jacquard knitting example

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The Jacquard Knitting Technique

There are several different knitting techniques that involve stranded or multi-color knitting. One style, the style least often used in hand-knitting, is the jacquard knitting technique.Jacquard knitting is recognizable by its reversibility, either because the fabric is truly double-sided or because the back side does not show those floats we expect from stranded knitting. Instead, a project knitted in the jacquard knitting technique will have a dotted effect on the back side. A true double-sided Read more »
fair isle

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Enjoy a Fair Isle Tutorial

The term Fair Isle knitting generally refers to multi-color stranded knitting. The term comes from the name of an island off the coast of Scotland where a specific type of stranded knitting originated. Traditional Fair Isle knitting creates elaborate patterns through the use of only a few colors, and in true Fair Isle knitting, never more than two colors per row. Let's go through a brief tutorial to get you started with Fair Isle knitting.Traditional Fair Isle knitting is most often done in the round, Read more »