New Knitting TV Show

Knitting Daily TV, a new knitting show is scheduled to launch on many public television stations around the country in July 2008. This magazine-format TV series is a makeover of Needle Arts Studio with Shay Pendray, the first and longest-running program on public television to focus on the needle arts.

Knitting Daily TV will be hosted by a cast of popular magazine editors: "Interweave Knits" Editor Eunny Jang, "Interweave Crochet" Editor Kim Werker, "Handwoven" Managing Editor and former Managing Editor of "Spin-Off", Liz Gipson, along with Shay Pendray. The 30-minute themed episodes will cover a variety of needle crafts—from knitting and crochet to stitching, felting, and spinning—and guide viewers in learning to make fun yet smart one-of-a-kind designs using the latest products in yarn and fiber.

Industry experts and renowned designers will appear as guests and join the "Knitting Daily TV" team to bring fiber fans great projects for the beginner to advanced, updates on tools and materials, in-depth technique tutorials, and creative ideas that are sure to inspire.

The makeover of Needle Arts Studio starts with a new name, set, music, and graphics, but the changes are more than cosmetic. “The growing community of DIY-ers doesn’t just want to watch, they want to be a part of it. “Knitting Daily TV” will merge how-to television programming with the online community of knitters in an exciting new way,” said Executive Producer Kathie Stull. is the online companion to the TV show. The site will feature video clips, episode recaps, patterns, interactive discussion, local TV schedules, and more. In addition, "Knitting Daily TV" will have a presence on MySpace and Facebook and episode previews will be available on YouTube.

The show will regularly invite the Knitting Daily online community to be a part of the program by incorporating segments such as "You Asked It", where hosts answer everyday needle-arts questions of people in the online community or “You Made It,” featuring their handmade creations—bringing a fun twist to the traditional knitting circle and the viral concept of the online knit-along.

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Posted 1/10/2008 - New Knitting TV Show

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Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fiber Harvest Announced

Plans were unveiled today for the first-ever "Fiber CSA" where knitting enthusiasts can purchase membership shares in the Spring 2007 "harvest" of fiber from the angora goats and fine wool sheep of the Martha’s Vineyard Fiber Farm. Purchased for yourself or as a gift, share ownership lets members become "vicarious shepherds" without ever having to feed a sheep or shear a goat. Best of all, after shearing, each member will receive an equal portion of the clip in the form of unique, one-of-a-kind yarns.

A CSA is a relationship of mutual support and commitment between local farmers and community members who pay the farmer an annual membership fee to cover the production costs of the farm. In turn, members receive a share of the harvest. This arrangement gives the farmer a direct connection to and relationship with the consumer.

The CSA concept is quietly sweeping the country with families who are looking to help small farmers stay profitable while taking advantage of all the benefits of buying local.

A limited number of shares will be pre-sold at $100 per membership share. Shareholders can choose to take all of their share of the harvest in one type of yarn or receive a sampler pack that includes mohair, kid mohair, Cormo, Cotswold, and fine wool yarns. The purchaser will receive a shareholder’s certificate, weekly email updates on the animals and farm, and an invitation to the farm’s Shearing Day Celebration. For more information, or to purchase a share while they last, visit our website at, or call 845.625.7075 before the holiday rush

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Posted 10/29/2007 - Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Fiber Harvest Announced

Subscribe To Knitting News  Get Knitting News By E-mail Spring Bonus Patterns has released more free knitting patterns to go with the Spring 2007 issue.

The bonus knitting patterns avilable are:
  • Arietta by Barbara Gregory - lovely cardigan using a color mosaic pattern.
  • Vanillas Spice by Susan Todhunter - v-neck cardigan with knitted-in button bands and easily attached top-down sleeves
  • Victoria by Kelly Griffith - knitted umbrellas made from plastic garbage bags (you really need to check this one out!)
Also, there is a sneek peek of a pattern from Stefanie Japel's Fitted Knits - Cropped Cardigan with Leaf Ties

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Posted 4/27/2007 - Spring Bonus Patterns

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Converting Flat Knitting To Circular Knitting

The other day I reviewed the book Very Easy Circular Knits by Betty Barnden. In the review I said it was frustrating trying to convert a flat pattern to one knitted in the round. Betty doesn't cover how to do this, but I have a method that I use.

When converting flat knitting to circular knitting it is important to remember that the pattern is written to accommodate sewing a seam. So usually an extra stitch or two is added to the front and the back.

First, I determine how many stitches I need to cast on. This is usually done by adding the number of stitches needed for both the front and the back (which is typically double the front or back number) minus two stitches.

Taking the extra stitches out is especially important when using a stitch pattern that is knitted in multiples of stitches. If the extra stitches aren't removed then the stitch pattern will be off.

Take for example a pattern that states:
K4, *P3, K3* until end of row, P3

The extra K at the beginning needs to be eliminated so that the pattern is knit in the round with K3P3

After I cast on the stitches I've calculated that I need, I knit in the round until I get to the armhole shaping. Then I put half the stitches on a stitch holder. I consider these stitches the front.

I then knit the back, shaping the arms and the neck according to the pattern. I then do the same for the front.

I also knit the sleeves according to the directions. Then all I have to do is seam the armholes and the shoulder seams. Much better then having to seam the sides too!

You can knit the sleeves in the round to avoid seams there as well but at the cap you need to knit back and forth.

Now if you want to do the whole sweater in the round without any seaming then you might try a top-down raglan. There is a great top-down raglan pattern generator at Knitting Fool.

I've knitted a sweater using one generated from this site. The nice thing about top-down sweaters is that you can try on the sweater as you go and not guess if it will be long enough!

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Posted 4/21/2007 - Converting Flat Knitting To Circular Knitting

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Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitters

Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters by Sharon Brant shows how to get professional looking knitted sweaters, cardigans and jackets.

Sharon Brant in her book, Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters: Give Your Knitting that Professional Look, covers knitting techniques to help take your knitting from looking homemade to handmade, a true item of quality.

She does this by first covering those things you need to do before you even get started knitting like selecting yarn, knitting a gauge swatch, and taking correct measurements. She even tells you how to calculate the amount of yarn you need for a project so that you don't run short before you complete it.

Then Sharon covers the basics you need to know for creating a great looking garment. She shows a couple of cast on methods and shows how to get even knitting. She also discusses shaping by using increasing, decreasing, and short rows.

The garment assembly chapter is probably the most important chapter in the book. If you don't get this right, all your knitting efforts are wasted. So Sharon covers techniques on sewing in yarn ends, blocking, adding pockets, grafting, picking up stitches, and adding bands to a cardigan.

Then she covers knitting buttonholes, adding zippers, and seaming the garment. Each of these areas is covered with clear step-by-step pictures and directions.

She even has a section on taking care of your garments which tells you how to hand wash and machine wash to avoid ruining them.

Other chapters in the book cover alteration to finished garmets which covers making changes to already knitted garments and embellishments which covers adding beads, fringe, sequins and pompoms.

The last chapter is a chapter of patterns that include a lace-edged pullover, a basic sweater, a lined jacket, a cardigan, a drawstring bag, and a cardigan with a zipper. Each use several of the techniques covered in the book.

Finishing Techniques for Hand Knitters by Sharon Brant is a good choice for your knitting library. It covers the important techniques needed to make you garments look great!

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Posted 4/19/2007 - Finishing Techniques For Hand Knitters

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Very Easy Circular Knits

Very Easy Circular Knits by Betty Barnden takes the mystery out of knitting in the round.

Betty Barnden shows with clear pictures and easy-to-follow directions how to knit with circular needles in her book Very Easy Circular Knits: Simple techniques and step-by-step projects for the well-rounded knitter.

It seems that most standard knitting patterns are written to accommodate knitting flat pieces and then seaming them together. For example, a sweater is often constructed by knitting the front and back separately and then seaming them together along with the sleeves.

For those of us that hate seaming and want to limit its use in our knitting as much as possible, it can be frustrating having to convert patterns to one for knitting in the round. Also, some techniques and stitch patterns are knitted differently in circular knitting vs. flat knitting.

Well, Betty takes the mystery (and frustration) out of circular knitting. Not only does the book show you how to cast on and knit in the round. It also offers tips and step-by-step instructions for knitting all types of items including bags, gloves, mittens, socks, and sweaters.

She also offers advise on knitting stitch patterns differently. In flat knitting stockinette is knitted on one side of the fabric and purled on the other side. However, when knitting in the round, you only have to knit. Betty shows you this and also how to knit other stitch patterns such as garter, reverse stockinette, ribbing, seed stitch and more.

There is also a great chapter on color work techniques in circular knitting. Betty shows how to do Fairisle in easy to understand language with great, informative photos.

The projects are arranged in order of techniques discussed in the book that go from basic to more challenging. The final pattern is a sweater pattern that can be knit for all members of the family.

I like a few of the patterns in the book including the sock pattern, glove pattern, drawstring purse pattern, and toy collection which has a kitten puppet, teddy bear puppet, mouse, and snake.

The sock pattern is especially nice because it takes you through turning the heel and knitting the instep row by row.

So if you are looking for an introduction to circular knitting but have been intimated by the thought of knitting in the round, Very Easy Circular Knits by Betty Barnden may help get you past these fears. It has great looking photos and graphics. Plus the step-by-step instructions are great!

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Posted 4/17/2007 - Very Easy Circular Knits

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National NeedleArts Association Survey

The National NeedleArts Association is asking for input about needle art, including knitting and crochet, experiences.

In an effort to help needle arts shops, product makers, and associations The National NeedleArts Association (TNNA) is conducting the American Needlearts Survey 2007. They say:

"Your survey responses will...

**** Help shops and product suppliers enhance your enjoyment of the needle
**** Help The National NeedleArts Association promote the needle arts to
kids and adults
**** Raise money for cancer victim support and needle arts mentoring
**** Make good use of your thoughts and time

The survey asks about your experiences with whichever needle art you enjoy:
crocheting, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting or needlepoint. We'd like to
know what inspires you, your activities, the sorts of projects you like to
do, your early experiences, where you make needle arts purchases, and what
you'd like to see needle arts shops do better. We want to hear from
beginners and experts!"

TNNA will donate $1 for each of the first 800 online surveys to Living
Beyond Breast Cancer or the Helping Hands Foundation Needlearts Mentoring

Goto to American Needlearts Survey 2007 and fill out the 10-minute survey there.

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Knitting Stamps

The US Postage Service will offer a set of knitting stamps called Holiday Knits later this year.

Holiday Knits is a set of 4 stamps by Nancy Stah that depict the winter images of a Reindeer, a Christmas Tree, a Snow Man, and a Bear. All the stamps are in illustrated as knitted items in stockinette.

The stamps will be printed with the new postage rate of 41 cents after May 14th and be available at post offices across the US later this year.

These knitting stamps will be perfect for all those holiday packages shipped with knitted gifts during the holidays!

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Posted 4/06/2007 - Knitting Stamps

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Purls Forever

Purls Forever by Jonelle Raffino is a touching reflection on the heritage of knitting through 6 generations of knitters.

Jonelle Raffino, co-owner of South West Trading Company target, has gathered together a collection of patterns based on garments and items knitted and crocheted by herself and 5 other generations of women in her family in the her book, Purls Forever: The Story and Legacy of 6 Generations of Women and Their Handcrafted Garments.

The patterns have been updated to reflect contemporary styles while staying true to the original garments that inspired them. They also use modern yarns made for and distributed by South West Trading Company. Also, each pattern includes a picture of the original item as well as the updated version.

Each pattern is accompanied by heart touching stories about the orignial garment, who made the garment, and who recieved the knitted or crotchet item. I felt moved by several of the stories about grandmother, mother, and daughters, so much so that I became teary-eyed.

You can't say that much about a knitting book unless you are crying in frustration over problems knitting a pattern!

Patterns that I particularly like were:
  • A Dress For Josephine/Bamboo Eyelet Set on page 13 - an elegant looking knitted skirt and top set with a picot stitch pattern.
  • Jonette's Sailor Sweater on page 39 - an adorable child's sweater with a sailor collar
  • The Cardigan Sweater/Nona's Cardigan Sweater on page 57 - the updated version has a zipper
  • 911/The Hug Scarf on page 75 - a scarf Jonelle knitted waiting for her husband to come home for Washington, DC after that fatefull day. This story really brought tears to my eyes

Purls Forever by Jonelle Raffino really shows that knitting and crocheting are timeless!

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Posted 3/30/2007 - Purls Forever

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Vickie Howell Yarn: Craft

Vickie Howell Yarn Craft
Vickie Howell now has a yarn collection from South West Trading Company. In this article, I'll review Craft, a 35% Milk Fiber and 65% Organic Cotton yarn.

South West Trading Company recently released the Vickie Howell Collection, a set of three types of yarn. These are Craft, made of 35% Milk Fiber and 65% Organic Cotton; Rock, made of 40% Soysilk, 30% fine wool, and 30% hemp; and Love, made of 70% Bamboo and 30% Silk.

The 35% Milk Fiber in the Vickie Howell Yarn Craft helps give the organic cotton softness and a wonderful drape. I really enjoyed knitting with this yarn as it was more comfortable then knitting with 100% cotton. It has more give and flexibility thus making it easier to knit.

The feel of the knitted fabric is cool and soft on the skin. I think it would be the perfect yarn for a summer tank top or short sleeve top because the weight of the fabric is relatively light.

There is good stitch definition with the Vickie Howell Craft Yarn. It would probably be great for cables or other textured stitch patterns. And, of course as you can see in the swatch picture, it looks great in stockinette too!

I really like the wonderful bright grass green color of yarn for this swatch. It is number 777 - Kelly. There are lots of other great colors too. I particularly like 765 - Meowers, 764 - Suss, and 767 - Todd.

Contains: 35% Milk Fiber, 65% Organic Cotton
Gauge: 5.5 sts and 7 rows = 1"
Recommended Needles: US 6 (4.0mm)
Length/Weight: 125m/50g ball
Washing Instructions: Hand wash, dry flat

See all yarns reviewed by Knitting News Cast.

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Posted 3/18/2007 - Vickie Howell Yarn: Craft

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No Sheep For You

No Sheep For You by Amy R. Singer is a guide to knit happy with cotton, silk, linen, hemp, bamboo and other delights.

In her book, No Sheep For You, Amy R. Singer, editor of, explores using nonwool fibers in knitting. These fibers include cotton, silk, linen, hemp, bamboo, silk, corn, soy, and synthetics such as nylon, acrylic, polyester, and spandex.

The first chapter discusses cellulose fibers like hemp and linen, protien fibers like silk, manufactured fibers from natural materials such as rayon,bamboo, and corn, and synthetic fibers. For each group of fibers, Amy discusses their characteristics and how they behave when knitted.

The second chapter discusses how to choose a nonwool fiber substitute for knitting patterns. There are several look up type charts including "Nonwool Fiber Families and Their Quirks", "Comparison of Properties of Knitting Yarns", and "How to Knit Things Designed for Wool Without Any Wool At All".

The patterns in the book range from cardigans to a tank top shell to a hat to a shawl to sweaters to a scarf to a knitted bag. Each of the patterns are knit with a nonwool yarn with step-by-step instructions, charts, and color photographs.

I especially like "The Bag" by designer Wendy Wonnacott on page 93. It is knit with hemp yarn using a slip-stitch pattern that gives the bag alot of texture. I also like "Tomato" by designer Wendy Bernard on page 137. This short sleeve top has a dramatic neckline and is knit with a worsted-weight cotton yarn.

If like Amy, you are allergic to wool or just prefer using wool in your knitting or if you want to try something new in your knitting, No Sheep For You, is a great place to get educated about using nonwool yarn. Amy goes into great detail about the fibers and how to use them in knitting. There are also some great patterns that use these yarns.

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Posted 3/15/2007 - No Sheep For You

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Knitting Stitches

Knitting Stitches by Mary Webb is a comprehensive resource of over 300 contemporary and traditional stitch patterns.

Once you get past the basic knitting stitches, stockinette stitch and garter stitch, there is a whole world of useful and decorative knitting stitches to explore. In her book, Knitting Stitches, Mary Webb goes beyond the basic stitches to explore a variety of knitting stitches.

The beginning of the book, in the first four chapters, covers the basics of getting started with knitting. In these chapters, there is information on the materials and tools needed for knitting as well instructions for holding the yarn, holding the needles, how to knit a stitch, how to purl a stitch, casting on, and binding off. Clear color photographs accompany the instructions making it easy to learn how to knit, read patterns, and decipher charts.

The remaining five chapters in the book contain a resource of knitting stitches. They are: Knit and Purl stitches, Rib Stitches, Cable Stitches, Lace and Bobble Stitches and Twist Stitches. The stitches in each chapter are further divided into popular, easy, medium, and difficult.

What I like best about Knitting Stitches is the large, clear photographs that accompany each stitch pattern. They show exactly how the stitch should look. What I also like is the step-by-step instructions and charts for each stitch pattern. These things combined make it easy to knit the patterns.

If you are looking for a portable knitting stitches reference, Knitting Stitches by Mary Webb might be the right choice.

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Posted 3/14/2007 - Knitting Stitches

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Getting Started In Knitting Podcasting

Here is a fun video clip of Rhonda Bell of the Knitting News Cast telling about how she got started in podcasting.

This video was taken at Hill Country Weavers in Austin Texas at a Knit and Nosh event held during SXSW by Cyndilou.

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Posted 3/12/2007 - Getting Started In Knitting Podcasting

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Knit Earflap Hat Patterns

Knit Earflap Hats keep not only your head warm but your ears too. There are many great free knit earflap hat patterns available on the Internet. Here are a few to get you started.

Basic Earflap Hat PatternIf you are looking for a basic pattern to get you started, Julie has a great Basic Earflap Hat Pattern. It calls for about 100 grams of heavy worsted weight yarn. It knits up quick and is a great place to start for designing your own earflap hat pattern.

Knitty Gritty has a Camo Earflap Hat pattern designed by The Souza family. It uses 1 skein of Lorna's Laces Shepherd Bulky in a great orange "camo" looking colorway. It is finished off with nice looking braided ties and a pom-pom.

Or if you need knit earflap hat patterns for both children and adults you may want to check out Gail Bable's Ribbed Ear Flap Hat pattern. These fun hats are knit in K3P1 stitch pattern.

Get more free hat knitting patterns including knit earflap hat patterns from the Free Knitting Patterns Online directory.

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Posted 3/12/2007 - Knit Earflap Hat Patterns

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Knitting Magazine: Spring 2007 Knitty.Com

The Spring 2007 issue of is now available. Here is a preview of all the great free knitting patterns.

bmp - charted sock pattern
carolyn - stripped knitted cardigan
tahoe - v-neck cardigan
ribena - short sleeve top with ribbing and arm warmers
torque - asymmetry cable sweater
isabella - tank top with picot edging
ester - cable shrug
morestripes - skeeked ribbed vest
monica - girl's tank top
briar rose - girl's sweater
hey mickey - girl's pleated skirt
vestee - toddler's sweater
palette - lace scarf
dashing - men's fingerless mitt pattern
paperbag - knit bag
bauble - knit bracelet
queen of cups - lace socks
quill lace - lace anklets
clessidra - cable socks

There are also some great articles including one on dyeing yarn with food coloring, one on spinning hemp, and one loom knitting.

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Posted 3/07/2007 - Knitting Magazine: Spring 2007 Knitty.Com

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MagKnits January 2007

The online knitting magazine MagKnits has a great assortment of free knitting patterns in their January 2007 issue.

The issue includes:
Holey Cable! by Amy King - a sweater with cables running down the sleeves.
New York Hat by Marina Bekkerman - a great looking warm, quick, and well-fitting hat.
R31 by Emily Schneider - a form-fitting laptop cozy with a pocket for cables.
Waders Socks by Jennifer Young - lace sock pattern
Indian Summer Collar by Ildiko Szabo - colorful collar or wrap to spruce up a coat or a top.

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How To Knit Cable Purses

Knit cable purses make an ordinary knitted bag extraordinary. By adding a cable to a simple purse pattern, the bag goes from plain to chic.

Knit cables are often found on knitted garments such as sweaters or scarves. They offer rich texture in a way that looks complicated but isn't once you master the basics of knitting cables.

There are many cable stitch patterns that can be used on a knit purse to jazz it up. Just find a basic knit purse pattern or make up your own and then add some cables to it.

Free Knit Cable Purse Patterns

Or if you want a knit cable purse pattern, check out these two free knit cable purses:

Books With Knit Cable Purse Patterns

There are a couple of great cable-oriented knitting books with each having a pattern for a knit cable bag.

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Posted 1/16/2007 - How To Knit Cable Purses

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Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club 2007

Due to a bank's stupid, stupid decision, members of the Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club 2007 have been refunded their money for their memberships in the company's year long sock knitting club.

In a crazy decision by Blue Moon Fiber Arts' bank, who thinks that sock knitting yarn clubs must be illegitimate, the bank has refunded the money paid for the Rockin' Sock Club 2007 memberships.

Knitters around the world are outraged at this blatant discrimination against knitters everywhere. Thousands of knitters knit socks every day and sock yarn is one of the most popular types of yarn that they use.

There are tons of Sock Knitting Books out on the market and even more sock yarn available. How could this bank be so stupid to think a sock knitting club could be anything but legitimate?!?!

You can read the letter sent to Blue Moon Fibers Arts Rocking' Sock Club 2007 customers and the outrage expressed by knitters everywhere on the Yarn Harlot website.

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Posted 1/12/2007 - Blue Moon Fiber Arts Rockin' Sock Club 2007

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Wrist Warmer Pattern

Wrist warmers and fingerless knitted gloves are a great way to keep your hands warm while leaving your fingers free. Here is a easy free wrist warmer pattern that knits up quick and is really fun.

Finished Size
6 inches in circumference and 8 inches long

Yarn: 1 skein Buckwheat Bridge Angoras Yarn (50% Kid Mohair, 50% wool, Corpus Cristi)
Needles: Size #3 Double Pointed Needles (DPNs)
Notions: Stitch Marker, Tapestry needle

40 sts = 4 inches in K2P2 stitch pattern

Cast on 60 stitches on size 3 DPNs. Divide stitches between needles and join to begin working in the round, being careful not to twist stitches. Place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round.

Work in K2P2 stitch pattern until work measures 6 inches.

Next Round: Bind off 7 stitches. Knit to end of round.
Following Round: Cast on 7 stitches. Knit to end of round.
Thumb hole created.

Continue work in K2P2 until work measures 8 inches.
Bind off. Using tapestry needle, weave in yarn.

This wrist warmer pattern can be modified to use any yarn for any wrist size. Check out the free wrist warmer pattern generator to make a custom wrist warmer pattern.

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Posted 1/12/2007 - Wrist Warmer Pattern

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Free Range Knitting

Jane Thornley, knitwear and jewelry designer, is offering a free virtual knitting class on Free Range Knitting.

Free Range Knitting, according to Jane Thornley, is "using any fiber, any weight, and combining the elements in fresh new ways." In Free Range Knitting, you explore knitting as art. By using various knitting techniques such as intarsia, short-rows, openwork along with surface embroidering and buttons as embellishments, knitting becomes an artistic expression.

Jane creates beautiful knitted designs using bold, vibrant colors in some designs and earthy colors in others. Her designs mix various yarn types and yarn weights to create uniquely beautiful knitted art.

Jane has a free scarf pattern on her website to get you started knitting in the Free Range Knitting style.

Or if you are feeling more adventurous, Jane is offering a free virtual knitting class on her blog for an asymmetrical design called Ocean Currents Not-a-poncho.

You can also purchase some of Jane's knitting patterns on her website. She has knitting patterns for tops, wraps, scarves, vests, caplets, and shrugs.

For more information on the Ocean Currents Not-a-poncho virtual knitting class goto:
on Jane's website.

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Posted 1/11/2007 - Free Range Knitting

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Free Charity Knitting Pattern

Interweave press has a Free Charity Knitting Pattern available on their website in support of the Red Scarf Project 2007.

The Red Scarf Project, a project of Orphan Foundation of America, collects handmade knitted and crocheted scarves, which they then send to college students who don't have parents. The scarves are included in a Valentines Care Package that each youth receives in February.

During the month of January, the Orphan Foundation of America collects the scarves from knitters and crocheters so that the scarves can be distributed in February.

If you would like to knit a scarf or crochet a scarf for the Red Scarf Project, just follow these guidelines:
  • Scarves can be knitted or crocheted.
  • Scarves should be knit or crocheted from red hued yarn. Otherwise, you can use a neutral color yarn such as white, black, or gray.
  • Scarves shoul be about 60 inches long and 5 inches to 8 inches wide
  • Send the knitted or crocheted scarves to the Orphan Foundation of America during January 2007
Don't have a scarf pattern? Interweave Press's Ann Budd has designed a free charity knitting pattern for the Red Scarf Project. It is a free scarf pattern called Ribbed Scarf with a Twist and is available on the Interweave Press website.

Send completed scarves to:
Orphan Foundation of America
Red Scarf Project
21351 Gentry Drive, Unit 130
Sterling, VA 20166

For more information on Orphan Foundation of America or the Red Scarf Project, go to:

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Posted 1/05/2007 - Free Charity Knitting Pattern

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Knitty Gritty

Knitty Gritty: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects by Vickie Howell contains projects from the DIY Network's Knitty Gritty television show.

This is a fresh and fun knitting book. From the clear photos and diagrams to the funky and fashionable knitting patterns, Knitty Gritty: 25 Fun & Fabulous Projects is a great tribute to the popular knitting show hosted by Vickie Howell.

The first part of the book covers knitting basics including yarn, tools and supplies, and how to knit the basic knitting stitches. This section has clear and easy to understand pictures, diagrams, and instructions.

The second part of the books is split into two sections of knitting projects.

Wearable Knits includes some great knitting patterns. I especially like the Rock Star Bag, which is knit and then embellished with duplicate stitch. The bag is then felted for durability.

The Lace Sampler Shrug is a great way to learn different lace stitches while creating a great garment to wear.

The Garter Pocket is a fun and easy knitting project. This garter is meant to hold lipsticks and other essentials when you don't want to carry a purse.

The Great Gauntlets are knitted with cables and go up past the elbow to keep arms warm.

Home Decor and Knitting Gifts is the second knitting pattern section.

The Backgammon Board is felted and uses i-cord wound up into spirals for the games pieces.

The Sampler Afghan is a great way to learn new knitting stitches while knitting a fun and funky throw.

For the more advanced knitter, the Teddy Sweater includes fair isle and steeking in an adorable garment for a teddy bear.

The last section of the book covers dyeing your own yarn. It gives directions and the materials needed to make your own unique yarn.

If you enjoy Knitty Gritty, the television show, you will be happy to own Knitty Gritty, the book.

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Posted 1/03/2007 - Knitty Gritty

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Friday Night Knitting Club

The Friday Night Knitting Club by Kate Jacobs is a wonderful novel that follows the fictional lives of members of a knitting group at the Walker and Daughter yarn and knitting store in New York City.

I could hardly put this book down. The Friday Night Knitting Club is a touching and poignant story. This wonderful tale celebrates the lives of women from all walks of life who meet to knit each week at a fictional New York City yarn store, Walker and Daughter.

But it is much more then a book about women knitting. The yarn store is a backdrop for the stories of strong, independent women who love and support each other through tough times and good times through relationships and break ups.

Georgia Walker is the self-reliant business owner of Walker and Daughter, the knitting store where the novel takes places. She is raising a teenage daughter, Dakota, an entrepreneurial in her own right, as a single mom.

The other women in the group: Anita, Cat, KC, Peri, Lucie, and Darwin, have their own stories that weave together with each others and forms the close bonds between them.

The book is expected to be adapted to a film of the same name starring Julia Roberts. It is scheduled for release in 2008. I'm looking forward to seeing Julia portray Georgia Walker in the film. Both are strong, independent women (who love to knit!).

Non-knitters, inspired by the book and who want to learn how to knit, will enjoy a basic garter stitch scarf pattern at the back of the book. This is an easy pattern and a great introduction to knitting.

And for knitters, the book's setting and analogies of knitting to life will really touch home. We already know how knitting brings families and people together. The book reinforces this in a way we can identify with.

I think The Friday Night Knitting Club is a wonderful book for both knitters and non-knitters alike. It offers a touching story about independent women supporting each other that will be hard to put down, even for knitting!

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Posted 12/28/2006 - Friday Night Knitting Club

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Continental Knitting - Book Review on YNotKnit

YNotKnit: Step-By-Step Instructions for Continental Knitting & Knitting Basics by Jill Wolcott and Susan Wolcott.

This spiral-bound knitting book is a great introductory book for knitters wanting to learn to knit using the Continental style of knitting.

Continental knitting, sometimes referred to as "picking", is a style of knitting where the yarn is held in both hands while holding the knitting needles. The yarn is then pulled through the knitting to form the stitch.

Jill and Susan have an informative section in the book specifically covering the history and myths about Continental knitting. And they also write why they like Continental knitting better then English knitting.

English knitting, sometimes referred to as "throwing", is a style of knitting where the yarn is held in the right hand. The yarn is wrapped around the needles in order to form the stitch.

Throughout the book Jill and Susan offer knitting advise and tips along with clear instructions, line drawings, and black and white photos.

The first part of the book covers the basics of knitting, continental knitting, knitting needles, casting on, holding the yarn, the knit stitch and purl stitch.

The book offers exercises and projects to do to practice and improve each new skill.

The exercises including the garter stitch, purl garter stitch, stockinette stitch, a knitting sampler, and an increase - decrease bow.

The projects include a garter stitch scarf, a garter edge scarf, a ribbed scarf, a sampler necktie scarf, a basic garter face cloth, and a ruffled scarf.

So if you are looking for an introductory guide to Continental Knitting, YNotKnit: Step-By-Step Instructions for Continental Knitting & Knitting Basics is a good choice. I especially like the spiral binding in this book. It makes it easy for the book to lie flat while open. Jill and Susan's enthusiasm about knitting and Continental Knitting really show through in this informative book. Despite the fact that the book does not have color photos, the drawings and black and white photos are clear and easy to use. Continental Knitting has never been before been made so easy to learn!

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Posted 12/26/2006 - Continental Knitting - Book Review on YNotKnit

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Sock Knitting Book

Are you looking for a sock knitting book? There are many knitting books available and many of them have knitted sock patterns in them. But books specifically geared to sock knitting offers many choices of sock patterns to knit, so it easier to find just the right pair of socks to knit.

If you are just starting out knitting socks, you might enjoy Socks Socks Socks: 70 Winning Patterns From Knitter's Magazine Sock Contest. In this book, there is a section on the "anatomy-of-the-sock" which explains the different parts of knitting a sock.

Socks Socks Socks: 70 Winning Patterns From Knitter's Magazine Sock Contest is also a great book for experienced knitters who are looking for challenging sock patterns with different types of stitch patterns.

Many knitters knit socks because socks are a portable knitting project. Unlike a knitted sweater, a sock easily fits in a purse or bag so that you can knit on your socks no matter where you are. Sensational Knitted Socks is a popular sock knitting book that offers many knitted sock patterns.

Many knitters attest that knitted socks are far superior to regular store bought socks. They can be knitted to size, so the socks are neither too small nor too large. And the feel and warmth of knitted socks just can't be beat!

Most knitted socks are knitted with sock yarn, which is yarn that is typically 75% wool and 25% nylon. The nylon gives the socks a little bit of elasticity, while providing the warmth and comfort of wool.

Some knitter use reinforcing yarn or reinforcing thread along with the sock yarn at the toes and heels. This helps prevent the socks from wearing out too quickly.

Many knitters have "second sock syndrome" which is the tendency to knit only the first sock in a pair of socks. In order to avoid this, I recommend knitting both socks at the same time. Just use two circular knitting needles. A great book that teaches this technique is Socks Soar on Two Circular Needles: a Manual of Elegant Knitting Techniques and Patterns.

There are even several books on vintage knitted sock patterns. Two books by Nancy Bush, Knitting Vintage Socks: New Twists on Classic Patterns and Folk Socks: The History & Techniques of Handknitted Footwear are great books to get you started knitting traditonal socks.

And if you just can't stop knitting socks, a book with plenty of patterns to keep you busy is The Sock Journal: Knit the Year in Socks.

A sock knitting book, no matter which you may have or how many you have, can keep you knitting this wonderful footwear for years to come.

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Posted 12/23/2006 - Sock Knitting Book

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Knitted Fingerless Gloves Pattern

Knitted Fingerless Gloves
Are you looking for a knitted fingerless gloves pattern? Unlike regular gloves or mittens, fingerless gloves, also know as wrist warmers, keep your hands warm while allowing your fingers freedom. They are great for wearing while doing outside activities or at the computer in a cold office. So knit up a few pairs of these fun accessories.

Below are some free knitted fingerless glove patterns and free knitted wrist warmer patterns to get you started:

Get a custom Wrist Warmer Pattern. Just enter your wrist size, gauge, and needle size. The wrist warmer pattern generator creates an easy wrist warmer pattern just for you!

Pamela Grossman's Knucks Fingerless Gloves are a fun way to keep your knuckles warm while expressing yourself with a faux tattoo. I especially like the embroidery used to embellish the gloves.

Another knitted fingerless gloves pattern I like is Kid Merino Fingerless Gloves in Rainbow Stripes by Cathy Campbell. These warm looking gloves are knit using left over sock yarn in a variety of colors.

Web Surfing Mitts by Melisa McCurley is an easy to follow pattern that uses ribbing and cables in the fingerless gloves, giving them a bit of style while keeping your hands warm.

The Custom Fit Fingerless Mitts pattern has great directions on measuring your hand (along with pictures) to get great fitting gloves.

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Posted 12/17/2006 - Knitted Fingerless Gloves Pattern

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Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques and Projects For The Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason.

This is the first knitting book by this talented knitting pattern designer and teacher residing in Austin, Texas. Lisa really makes an impact with her artistic use of bright bold colored yarns in a multiple of yarn styles.

Most of the patterns use several colors of yarn. Some of the patterns are
knit with monochromatic shades, while other use stripes and still others use two contrasting colors together.

The book includes a variety knitting patterns in beautiful yarns including those for knitted hats, knitted scarves, knitted sweaters, knitted vests, and knitted home decor including a knitted afghan and knitted washcloths.

Yarnplay: Colorful Techniques and Projects For The Creative Knitter by Lisa Shobhana Mason.

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Posted 12/15/2006 - Yarnplay

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Spindlicity Winter Issue

The Spindlicity Winter Issue, an online magazine for spinners and knitters, is now avaliable.

For knitters who spin there are several free spinning articles that include how to make a supported spindle, how to use bead whorl spindles, and how to use a half-hitch on a spindle with no hook.

Free knitting patterns include:

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Posted 12/15/2006 - Spindlicity Winter Issue

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Knitting Magazine: Winter

The winter issue of is now available. Included in this issue are some great free knitting patterns:

center square - fair-isle hat knit in the round
calorimetry - headscarf
antifreeze - knit mask
binary - scarf
argosy - modular knit scarf
corazon - mittens
tiffany - Fair Isle mittens
legwarmer socks - knit legwarmer and socks all in one
rolling thunder - knitted socks
monkey - knit socks
eiffel - DK yarn knit top
lauren - bulky yarn scarf
emerald - cardigan
twinkletoes - knitted balarina style slipper
spanish dancer - mitered, bottom up shawl
slingshot - knitted coffe cup holder
babe - ice skate blade covers
venezia - knitted wire napking holders
brown bag - felted luch bag
starsky jr - child's cardigan
blended hues - baby sweater
piggle - child's hat
norberta - knitted stuffed dragon
sheldon - knitted stuffed turtle
book of Knitty - knitted book

The issue has some great knitting articles including:
Sez who? by Cheryl Krementz
Vintage patterns by Kristen Rengren
Felted beads by Star Athena
The magic of hand-painted yarn by Beverly A. Army
Knitting in the Indian Himalaya by Tracy P. Hudson

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Posted 12/08/2006 - Knitting Magazine: Winter

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