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Swatching and gauge are the two least-sexy topics in knitting—and yet they are also the most vital. We swatch to know how many stitches our hands form in a particular yarn when we use a specific pair of needles. Without that

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First came Shelter, launched in 2010—and then Loft the following year. Quarry completed the trilogy. All three of the core Brooklyn

I'm a sucker for cashmere and cute packaging. But there's something more to these kits, which actually don't look like kits

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How do you keep that spark alive? You know, the one that drove you to knit in the first place, that

The day I completed my first sock was a day of liberation. For years I'd been mystified by socks, never

Most knitters have been taught from day one not to tie knots in their yarn—or, at a minimum, not to do so

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tools

You could say that Julie Weisenberger has a thing for gadgets. The creative brain behind the knitwear design line Cocoknits, Julie

Sometimes the most useful tools are also the simplest. They have no moving parts, they require no batteries or clamps.

  "How many skeins do I need for a sweater?" The project may vary, but the question doesn't. When faced with a new

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The 2015 Knitter's Review Retreat Canandaigua, NY November 12-15, 2015 A funny thing happens when you bring knitters together. Create a space—a comfortable,

If the yarn world were football, the New York Sheep and Wool Festival would be homecoming. The event, begun in 1980, is

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I'm strangely smitten with Stina Tiselius' new collection of knitted potholder patterns. Potholders, you say? I

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Romi Hill is one of my favorite designers, especially for lace. She has a way

It began as all great ideas do, as a spark of an inspiration, a loose

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