Fancying Framework Knitting
by Fiona Ellis
If you peruse the history of knitting by hand you’ll find that little evolution in the techniques we use has taken place. Knitting by machine is another story. Have you ever stopped to think about how the mechanization of the knitting industry began and evolved?
Framework knitting, as the early version of machine knitting is known, developed in the East Midlands region of England, which also happens to be where I grew up. If you were to visit the Ruddington Framework Knitters Museum, as I did on a recent trip to my hometown, you’d discover a rare gem. Dating back to the early 19th century, this tiny cluster of restored cottages and workshops is staffed by enthusiastic volunteers who do an amazing job of bringing this little bit of textile history to life. But the invention of mechanized knitting began centuries earlier, during the reign of Elizabeth I.
by Sandi Rosner
Many knitters are puzzled when they come across this sentence at the end of a pattern: "Block to finished measurements." Do you really have to block your work? Should you block before or after assembling the pieces? What is blocking anyway, and how should you go about it? In this article, we'll take a look at the transformative process, using examples from this issue.
The Error of Our Ways: A Knitter’s Guide to Fixing Mistakes Part 2
Part 2 Average Gaffes
by Robin Melanson
In part one of this series, we discussed various methods of fixing minor knitting errors in ways that did not involve ripping out a whole lot of work. I am perhaps a lazy knitter; I do not like tearing out hours of effort (who does, really?) when there is a clever shortcut that will produce the same result with less of a headache. When I read Franklin Habit’s Process This, I immediately recognized myself as a product knitter, not a process knitter (exception: colorwork—I love to knit colorwork). Once is enough for me; I just want the darn sweater, thank you very much. If you too would like to reach the finish line faster, read on. We will focus on the mistakes that are usually made in cabled patterns and colorwork, and the best timesaving tricks to fix them.
You Should Totally Teach Me to Knit
by Lee Ann Dalton
Knitting is one of those wonderful skills that just begs to be passed along. It’s a craft that’s been handed down and handed over, from friend to friend, throughout families, in craft workshops, even over the cubicle walls. Knitting is undoubtedly contagious; at the very least, no one ever sits next to a knitter without forming an opinion about what that knitter is doing, and they often loudly covet something warm for their very own selves. It’s almost magnetic, the clickity-click of needles, the flash of yarn, the fabric that just seems to magically grow in a knitter’s hands.
Swatch it! Fall 2013
by Clara Parkes
For me, nothing is as satisfying as a quick pair of fingerless mitts. Pair them with a hat and I'm over the moon.
You can use pretty much any yarn you like. After all, what's the worst thing that can happen? The hat might lack sufficient elasticity to hug your head (or give you that dreaded hat hair). Or the mitts might stretch out or pill over time. But by then you'll be on to the next hat, the next set of mitts.
The Art and Science of Planned Pooling
By Karla Stuebing
What happens when knitting inspiration meets scientific method? A rare thing of pure beauty. Inspired by a pattern she found in an online knitting magazine, Karla Stuebing paired the mathematical expertise she uses as a statistical methodologist and research professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Houston with her passion for yarn and needles. The result—a technique that's been dubbed planned pooling—is awe-inspiring. Here's a look at how she does it—and how you can too.