Scary New Toy

Six months ago I bought a knitting machine. I never thought I would want to mechanize my chosen handcraft with a machine that has too many moving parts for my comfort, but I did it for two reasons: I love stockinette but hate knitting it, and I have a yarn stash that is so huge it could … More Scary New Toy

Presto Change-o, A Sock Turns Into A Pullover

About 7 years ago, Andie Luijk, the color genius and owner of Renaissance Dyeing, asked me to write patterns for yarn kits using her beautiful natural-dyed yarns. It was a wonderful opportunity. I was deeply flattered at being asked to do it, I tried really hard to design things that other people would want to knit and … More Presto Change-o, A Sock Turns Into A Pullover

A Conversation with Designer Kirsten Hall

Hundreds of knitters in Ravelry’s annual Tour de Sock speed knitting competition know who Kirsten Hall is: she’s the sock designer they’ll encounter after they survive the first couple of stages, who will challenge them with mental and needle gymnastics that will reward them with beautiful, ingenious socks. Her patterns are long, long, long, but are … More A Conversation with Designer Kirsten Hall

A Wedge Issue

  When my swatch of Natalia Moreva’s Coral Reef pattern first began telling me it wanted to become a summer top in Hawaiian shirt colors, I had to decide how I was going to shape the garment. Coral Reef  is a stacked-stitch pattern whose stitch count triples on the increase rows and returns to its … More A Wedge Issue

Knitting to Crochet: Abby Is Still Mine

Although I’m newly inspired by the creative possibilities of crochet, I continue to have a knitter’s sensibility. Most basically, I have not come to love the appearance of crochet’s basic building block, the double crochet stitch (U.S. terminology). Reasonable people can disagree, but I think it looks sloppy and clumsy in its straight-up form and needs … More Knitting to Crochet: Abby Is Still Mine