Knitty Friday

Twisted Circles and Variations

Have you seen the wonderful Twisted Circles shawl we published as the last issue’s Surprise? The designer, Janelle has a way with texture, and I love how she has taken a cable pattern and used it to create an undulating fabric.  Her initial conception was a cowl, but the idea for a shawl variation soon followed, and this is the one that the Knitty team fell in love with. Janelle is a smart knitter, and when working on this shawl version, she noticed an interesting technical challenge with the fabric. Not one to shy away from such things – in fact, I know she enjoys them – she used some clever ...

Winter Issues WIPs & FOs

I can’t help but adore Kathleen‘s Wavedeck. I mean, it’s my design! And I love the colours in this variegated yarn! Variegateds and lace don’t always work, but this one goes very well. Mawie’s Alice cap is wonderful, and suits her so well. Terrific colour choice for scass’s Minetta cardigan. Can’t wait to see it grow. And vstar1100‘s Dr. Quackers is fantastic. Inkic‘s Drogo slippers are just perfect. And because one Knitty project per issue isn’t enough, apparently, Kathleen (of Wavedeck above) has now started a pair of Drogo slippers. And then there’s ...

Gift Knitting Ideas

It’s that time of year again… If you’re looking for ideas for gift knitting, perhaps our archive can help? Hats? Socks? Mitts and gloves? Need something for a man? Something for kids? If you check in early next week there will be a few new patterns for you to choose from, but in the meantime, for your consideration I present a few of my personal faves from the back catalog… The Morgan Hat – sized for men and women.  The Urbanista Hat  – not your average beanie.  The Quest Hat. Chic and interesting but still quick to knit. The Spatterdash Wristwarmers -a fantastic way to use up lots ...

Kate’s Undercurrent Cardi (with help); Buttonband insanity

It’s no secret: I’m rather a fan of Noro Kureyon.  I’m especially a fan of color #242. I’ve made a hat, a crochet shawl and the Lanesplitter skirt out of this colourway. It’s my favourite, because it’s all the colours I love and wear: black, grey, green, red, orange. And in classic Noro style, it’s done in a rather unexpected manner, with funky colour changes and blends. The minute we published the Undercurrent cardigan pattern, in mid-2011, I knew I had to have one. In colour 242, of course. The downside to being a knit designer is that you rarely get to knit for yourself. ...

On choosing colors for Volteado

The designer of the very lovely Volteado socks has written a really great post on her blog: discussing color combos and choices for the socks. I love the colors she chose for the sample, but then when I saw some of the suggestions she and Tanis, the yarn dyer, had for other combos.. well, just wow! These two worked together would be absolutely fantastic. They have ideas for all tastes and moods. The designer is also hosting a KAL for the socks, on Ravelry. It runs until the end of November, and knitters who complete a pair of socks will be entered to win a prize. The Ravelry group provides a fun way to see other ...

Make Your Own Magic Ball; Giveaway!

We’re rather fond of Laura Nelkin’s Gusto cowl pattern from our latest issue. One of the things we love about it is that it’s a fantastic way to use up sock yarn leftovers. (We know you’ve got some lying around. It’s ok, no need to be ashamed. All sock knitters have leftovers.) Laura’s design uses a homemade Magic Ball composed of sock yarn leftovers to create a fantastic one-of-a-kind stash-reducing knit. If you’re not familiar with these wonderful things, she’s kindly provided a tutorial for us. Once you’ve discovered the Magic Ball technique, we figure ...

Deep Fall 2014 Issue Projects

I’ve loved Opus The Octopus from the first moment I saw the pattern, and Spiral420’s project is exactly how mine would look if I’d had a chance to cast on… a Noro-underbelly! The Brindled hat is a Woolly Wormhead classic – wearable and classic but with a nice stylistic twist. I love indigonightowl’s color choice for her project.   The Krydda sweater is a winner – elegant and beautiful and quick to knit. Nephele has chosen a wonderful color, and it’s coming along well. Can’t wait to see it grow!   Twist Again is a terrific shawl – super for ...

On Nachtfalter: A Designer Guest Post

Yvonne Feng, the designer of this issue’s Nachtfalter fingerless mitten pattern, is a first time Knitty contributor. Indeed, this is her first design published anywhere! She tells us about her experience… A Budding Designer’s First Submission Submitting my first pattern to Knitty (and first knitting submission anywhere) was nerve wracking. Is the design too simple? Too complex? Are there many mistakes? Will others find the design worth knitting? Having these questions was a situation I had never expected just a couple of years after randomly buying needles, yarn, and a beginner’s knitting book while stuck ...

Stitch Maps Charts and Hugga: Guest Post from JC Briar

Knitter, designer and author JC Briar developed the Stitch Maps charting tool, and in this blog post she shows the difference between a conventional lace chart and one of her “grid-less” stitch maps charts. We thought you might enjoy seeing this alternate view of the stitch pattern, and JC’s illuminating analysis. Being a chart geek, one of the things I enjoy most about perusing each new issue of Knitty is scoping out the charts: What stitch patterns do they depict? Are the charts straightforward, or do they have intriguing quirks? And, of course: are there charts that I’d rather see in the form of ...

FO & WIP-spotting from the First Fall Issue

Looking at the Knitty issue  projects never fails to bring us happiness… and inspiration! KnitMinion’s Hidden Gusset mitts. gitagiri’s Indigo Cones sweater. hgd11‘s Change of Heart cowl. brieri’s Grantangle crochet stole.   Arkus’s Jasseron. Tamyboy’s Boutonniere is just fantastic, and I love how she’s styled it on her jean-jacket. I think I need one of these.