Knitty Friday

Knitty Friday: Learning from your Tech Editor; podcasty goodness

We’ve heard this so many times since launching Knitty in 2002: “Please pass on my thanks to (insert Tech Editor’s name here) for her work on my pattern. It’s so much better than when I submitted it, and I’ve learned a lot from the process.” Backing up, let’s talk a bit about who our designers are. We do have a few established designers, and some that design for a living. But we also have a variety of people of all levels of experience who have designed something great and send it to us to see if we’ll publish it. Our Tech Editors are women (so far — we ...

Cirriform Sweater

The weather is getting chilly here in Toronto, and I’m starting to think about warmer clothes. I don’t know about you, but I go through this funny transitional stage in my wardrobe: I need warming layers, but I’m not yet ready to put my favourite t-shirts away; I’m not willing to move to full pullovers and winter clothes. A cuddly wrap-style cardigan is just the thing for this time of year: it doesn’t feel heavy, but provides a bit of warmth as the days get shorter. I can wear it over those favourite t-shirts, to help me gradually make the emotional and sartorial transition between ...

On Serendipia

Tanya Seaman, designer of the beautiful and very clever Serendipia shawl pattern, tells us about her inspiration and design process…. I’m honored to have Knitty select Serendipia, one of my latest designs, for its Deep Fall 2015 edition! It’s my first magazine-published pattern! I am pretty excited about this design, and especially pleased to have my hard work recognized in this way. The elements of this design have been in the works for a couple of years. Up until a few years ago, I had been knitting up some pretty basic sample pieces with Done Roving Yarns’ vibrant space-dyed yarns when the owner, Paula ...

Resonator

One hesitates to choose favourites in an issue, but I must confess I do think I have one for our latest issue… I love a good fingerless mitten, and I love a good cable, and Resonator wins in both categories! I adore  the seamless transitions between the ribbing and the cable pattern – a lovely detail which makes all the difference. 18 The designer, Cynthia, writes on her blog about the process of being published by Knitty. She’s very polite about being put through the wringer by a demanding tech editor (me!)… Actually, her pattern was in great shape, but every pattern usually needs a few ...

“Custom Socks” book giveaway

As you may have seen in the Cool Stuff column, our own Kate has written a book. Kate got her start at Knitty writing about socks, and as our sock technical editor. She’s measured a lot of feet. She knits a lot of socks. She’s edited a lot of sock patterns. She’s designed a lot of socks. She teaches a lot of sock classes. And this book is the culmination of all that work. It brings together all her knowledge about socks and sock knitting and sock designing. In her own words… I’ve taken my Plain and Simple Sock patterns – both Top Down and Toe Up versions – and created a book ...

Swinking along!

We’re really enjoying the fresh perspective and inspiration that our “Plays Well Together” column brings, adding crochet into the Knitty mix. This latest issue’s project, the Swink! is an excellent transitional garment, to help ease us into the approaching change of weather. And a great way to expand your crochet skills. The designer, Amy O’Neill Houck, writes on her blog about the project, and Kelbourne Woolens is hosting an informal crochet-along. If you’re not a crochet expert, no worries. Amy’s design partner Mim always provides an excellent tutorial to accompany the ...

Knitting happiness

Jillian and I were honored to chat with Lisa Cypers Kamen at Harvesting Happiness for the latest podcast! It was refreshing to talk to someone outside the knitting world and share our perspective on what we do every day. You can hear us for the first half hour. Then an interview with Wool and the Gang follows afterwards. Let us know what you think in the comments! (You can also find it on iTunes…)

Dunfallandy – WIPs and Horizontal Cable Tutorial

The minute we saw the pictures of the Dunfallandy blanket, we knew we had to publish it. It is utterly and totally fantastic. And that was even before we saw the cleverness of it: designer Terry’s innovative and fascinating horizontal cables technique. She’s written about the technique on her blog, with details on how you can use these cables in other ways. If you want to learn more about how they work, and how to work them, definitely visit Terry’s blog. We’re glad that our readers are as excited about this design as we are: there are some terrific projects underway. MarinaOfTheSea‘s is ...

On the Atomic Mitts

Designer “A Texas Girl”, of the lovely Atomic Mitts – a.k.a. Robin – writes about the process of submitting to and having a designed accepted by Knitty. She submitted first in 2009, and I must confess I rather adore the “not so great” photos she shows of that first design. (At little embarrassed about the goof with the email notification she mentions. It was during all the madness with our servers, but all is fixed now. 😉 ) We’re also sorry we disappointed her about the cover pattern choice, but it sounds like she’s not holding that against us, either… 

Issue WIPS & FOs

I love looking at what everyone is making! Amy Christoffers’ lovely Jamestown pullover has inspired some great WIPs… CathV-S‘s Dragon’s Breath Cowl is gorgeous! Kourtneyfromks‘s version of the Pub crawl cowl is just perfect Ramblybear is knitting the Circle within Circles Beret, and she loves the “ingenious” construction. Zergling‘s Atomic Wristwarmers are most excellent. A brilliant stashbuster, so lots of colours. ChimaeraKnit‘s Ridge and Furrow shawl looks promising… what a wonderful yarn choice!