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Designer Spotlight: Twigs by Novel Reed

Novel Reed had a knack for knitwear design even before she had mastered all of the basics. Her first project as an 8-year-old novice was a knitted tube dress for a Barbie doll. She couldn’t figure out how to bind off, so she slipped the tail of her yarn through the live stitches and turned… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Twigs by Novel Reed

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Amy’s Thread: Seamless Aidez (part 2)

Happy New Year! Hope you all had a grand holiday and a successful cast on for the Aidez KAL! This post is part 2 of 2 on converting Aidez from working flat (in pieces) to in the round (seamless), if you missed the first post, you can find it here. Step 4: The Yoke Join… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Seamless Aidez (part 2)

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Amy’s Thread: Knitting a Seamed Sweater in the Round

  Our Aidez knit-along kicks off on January 1st and to help everyone get ready, I'm sharing my project notes as I plan my Aidez with modifications. Aidez is a really easy sweater to make in-the-round. In some patterns you have to add or subtract stitches for selvages, but in this case converting a seamed sweater… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitting a Seamed Sweater in the Round

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Designer Spotlight: Burren Pullover by Alexis Winslow

A self-taught knitwear designer, Alexis Winslow loves garments with stripes, modern colorwork motifs and interesting construction techniques. You can see this bold style in the 20 patterns from her new book, Graphics Knits. Alexis’s Burren Pullover is an eye-catching piece knit in four shades of Berroco Kodiak. Both seamless and reversible, this cozy, cropped sweater… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Burren Pullover by Alexis Winslow

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Designer Spotlight: Little Man Waistcoat by Lissa Snyder

Lissa Snyder knows that designing is a process – sometimes, a very frustrating process. From mismatched pinstripes to a run-in with a hungry kitten, her latest design truly tested her patience. Despite those and other problems, she kept knitting until she got it right. She says it’s now one of her favorites! Lissa’s Little Man… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Little Man Waistcoat by Lissa Snyder

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Designer Spotlight: Aibell Pullover by Kelene Kinnersly

It seems like knitting came into Kelene Kinnersly’s life exactly when she needed it. Several years ago, she was diagnosed with a muscle disease that meant she was unable to continue running – a longtime passion. Then, a friend’s pregnancy prompted her to try knitting...and she never looked back. Kelene transitioned quickly from a self-taught… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Aibell Pullover by Kelene Kinnersly

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Designer Spotlight: Baby Showers by Amy Stephens

Amy Stephens plays with yarn like it’s her job, mostly because it is. She actually gets paid to review new yarns for her LYS! And she says it was love at first swatch with Berroco Modern Cotton. In fact, she bought about twenty skeins in different colors when it first went on sale and got… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Baby Showers by Amy Stephens

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What Inspires: Variations on a Theme

Sometimes the best inspiration is one's own past work. I had to get over the feeling that it's cheating, because a good idea is worth further exploration.  It's really exciting for me when I think of different ways to use an idea. I'll explain what I mean with examples. I designed Flower Child (upper left) a few… Continue reading What Inspires: Variations on a Theme

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Norah’s Knits: Top-Down Knitting (or Never Say Never)

Over the years I've designed a lot of  sweaters with seams and I can still think of a slew of reasons to like pieced and seamed knitting, but that's not where this discussion is heading. As I've mentioned previously, I started out preferring to knit in the round. The first few sweaters I ever designed… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Top-Down Knitting (or Never Say Never)

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Knitter’s Spotlight: Suzi Tee by Cheri Christian

Cheri Christian claims her favorite project is always her next one. “I love the creative part, the drawing, starting with nothing and having a great design at the end.” Still, she’s pretty proud of the success of her latest design, Suzi Tee. “It’s been going like gangbusters, so far!” Cheri, who designs under the name C2Knits,… Continue reading Knitter’s Spotlight: Suzi Tee by Cheri Christian