For Kelly McClure, knitting is more than a means to an end. It’s a social tie to people she otherwise would not have met – people from her local yarn shop and halfway around the world. In addition to her Bohoknits label, Kelly designs for Ambler Hats, a company that employs and empowers women in… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Alphabet Headband by Kelly McClure
Working as a school teacher in New Brunswick, Brittany (a.k.a. Rosencrantz Knits) has plenty of opportunity to show off her collection of colorful and "cableicious" handknits. In fact, her students have come to expect it! While many of Brittany's designs are inspired by her love of literature, her latest came from a more practical place… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Breakfast Waffles Socks by Rosencrantz Knits
With her “knitting wands” and whimsy to spare, Stephanie Dosen has whipped up dozens of popular patterns under her design label, Tiny Owl Knits. Everything she makes is uniquely enchanting - a mix of the natural world and something a bit more magical. Garden Gate and Ivy is one of Stephanie’s newest designs and it’s… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Garden Gate and Ivy by Stephanie Dosen
Amy Grace is always trying to think up cute and practical knits for kids. And she says yarn is one of the most important considerations. “If it’s ‘too itchy’ they will not wear it.” Luckily, she found Berroco Ultra Alpaca to be kid friendly and a perfect fit for her latest design. The Diamond Panel… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Diamond Panel Pullover by Amy Grace
You won’t come across it in every knitting pattern, but sometimes it’s necessary to join together two sections of “live” stitches in your knitting. This process is often called grafting or Kitchener stitch, and though it might sound intimidating at first, it’s easy to master. The toe of a sock is the place you’re most… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What is Kitchener stitch?