By Rachael Herron
Knitting my own wedding dress had always been a goal of mine.
I wanted to make people gasp.
That’s kind of a silly, pretentious thing to admit, right? But the truth is that sometimes I’m a vain woman. I wanted to make people’s jaws drop. I wanted them to see me in a Gibson girl silhouette, wearing a thin, yellow dress of such diaphanous beauty that Charlotte of the legendary web would be astonished by my prowess.
Size Smart: The Accessories Edition
By Sandi Rosner
In the Fall issue, we talked about choosing which size to make for sweaters. But for every sweater we knit, most of us will make several smaller projects. Many knitters refuse to be caught without a pair of socks on the needles for knitting on the go. Hats and mittens are just as portable, and are a wintertime necessity. This month, we'll talk about how to choose an appropriate size for these essentials.
Most knitters don't give much thought to size when planning these smaller projects. They pick up some yarn, cast on some stitches and make a hat with the knowledge that it's sure to fit someone. But haven't we all experienced the disappointment of investing hours carefully crafting a pair of socks or mittens only to find that they don't fit well? It's worth spending a little time up front to avoid that sinking feeling. And if you're knitting a gift, making sure it fits well is a lovely way of saying "I made this just for you."
Patty’s Purls of Wisdom: January 2018
By Patty Lyons
I went to a knitting show and got my measurements taken. I have my high-chest and my full-chest measurement. I know my measurements, but I don’t know which of these is shown in the schematic? Which measurement should it match and why doesn’t the pattern name both?
Textile Travels: Ukraine - Rushnyky
By Carol J. Sulcoski
"A house without a rushnyk is not a home." — Ukrainian proverb
The human impulse to embellish useful articles is old—archaeologists have found embroidered clothing dating from Cro-Magnon times—and the people who have lived in the area known now as Ukraine have an especially deep and rich tradition of decorative stitching. My ancestors are Eastern European, and I've always admired the bright colors and charming folk motifs used in textiles from this region. On a recent trip to New York City, I ventured to the Ukrainian Museum and discovered the rushnyk, a richly embroidered ceremonial cloth with a fascinating history.
Swatch It! October 2017
By Clara Parkes
It's time to talk about lace again. We've swatched plenty of patterns that mingle SSKs and K2togs among well-placed yarn-overs, but lace can be so much more than that.
With thought and skill, lace can become a breathtaking landscape of meandering roots, restful open spaces, radiant stars and diamonds and leaves and flames. That is a fair description of Marnie MacLean's Farro shawl. I want you to have this experience for yourself.