In Praise of Seams
Some knitters actively avoid patterns that will require sewing. But is seamless always the best way to go?
by Sandi Rosner
by Sandi Rosner
In the Netherlands, it’s steekverhouding. In the U.K., it’s tension. In Portugal, it’s amostra. In any language, understanding gauge is essential to successful knitting.
Ask the Problem Ladies: Spring/Summer 2011
By Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne
Another batch of good questions and good solutions from the Problem Ladies!
The Finish(ing) Line
by Lee Ann Dalton
The time: ungodly early. The place: 500 metres past the last chance to hit a portapotty, poised on the Jacques Cartier Bridge in Montréal, Québec. The scene: I'm jumping up and down, wringing my hands and trying to release a cramped calf muscle that has plagued me for the past two weeks. Everyone around me does variations on a theme of the same nervous dance, waiting for the countdown to start.
Annemor Sundbø: Stitches in Time
Eighteenth-century paintings artfully intertwine with knitted history…
By Lela Nargi
In the last ten years knitters have been considering our craft with a certain amount of reverence: knitting is couture; knitting is an artist’s medium; knitting expands our understanding of ancient cultures. But 150 years ago in Scandinavia, knitting served a more utilitarian purpose: workaday wear that was darned until there was more hole than sweater, then repurposed as insulation. Both uses blocked out the winds of winter—just a bit more externally the second time around.
Swatch It! Spring/Summer 2011
By Clara Parkes
Jackets offer a compelling yarn challenge. They usually combine bulk and tailoring in a far more structured way than, say, your average hat, scarf or even pullover. Hilary Smith Callis's Blue Daisy jacket is even more of a challenge because it blends a dense and firm daisy stitch in the front panels with a much more open, almost lace-like, little knot stitch over the rest of the jacket. Choose too heavy a yarn and those front panels will sag and pull the fabric in from the sides. Opt for too light of a yarn instead, and the panels will lack any structure at all.