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This dress is knitted in the style of the British gansey. It begins with a split garter stitch welt at the bottom hem, knitted flat. Once the welts develop into side vents, the work is joined in the round. The skirt is worked circularly with gentle decreases to the hip, then decreased a bit more to the waist. At the waist, the body is slightly i...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Helix Knitting is an interesting technique involving stripes of single rows, worked circularly. Knitting stripes circularly in the normal manner–one round of one color, then one round of another color– creates a jog, “steps” in the stripes, where they don’t meet up cleanly at the beginning of the round. This disturbs some people and certain tech...
This Cowichan-style cardigan features pockets and traditional construction: the back and fronts are knitted all in one piece up to the armholes, then split. The shoulders are joined with an unusual technique (shown with photos) and the V-neck grows into the shawl collar. The sleeve caps are shaped with short rows, then they are joined circularly...
Knitting: Billed Hat
This wonderful cap is an original design by my friend John Crane, who was inspired by my North Halland Sweater workshop. He says this pattern is “in honor of Beth Brown-Reinsel for bringing historical knitted garments to life for our generation of knitters.” He is so kind!
The Saami people live in the northern most areas of Norway, Sweden, Finland, and Russia and are the nomadic indigenous people of Scandinavia. Their folk costumes are made of bright colors and their knitted mittens, worn on special occasions, follow this tradition. These mittens begin with a traditional three-color braided cast-on and are worked ...
I have been fascinated by the lovely Scottish tradition of Sanquhar gloves since I first saw a photograph of them. Drawn to their apparent complexity, I was happily surprised at the simple logic of their construction. Due to their fixed layout, these gloves are best knitted in different sizes by changing the needle and yarn size. I could not res...
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
I love to design with motifs from long ago and to knit in a high gauge for lots of detail. This mitten and hat set was inspired by a sweater from Sunnhordaland, Norway, knitted in the 19th century. I first saw this sweater in the book Nordic Knitting by Susanne Pagoldh, Interweave Press, 1991. I love the two types of stars, which the Norwegians ...
These Twined Knitted (or Two-End) Gloves are made with the Swedish technique Tvåändsstickning, which developed in Sweden around the 17th century in the Dalarna region. By utilizing a yarn from each end of the ball and using the yarns to work alternate stitches, a thick, warm fabric with embossed motifs can be made. The Swedish knitters used
Double mittens!! Well, two mittens in one. Learn the provisional cast-on (or an easier alternative), and knit a mitten with a palm thumb, then pick up and knit another mitten in the other direction to stuff inside the first for thick, cozy warmth! These mittens are shaped with optional short rows to conform to the hand’s natural curve. In ...
“A Color Twined Knitting primer,” says Brown-Reinsel. “Using a strand from each end of a center pull ball of yarn (wound of either one or two colors of yarn), creates a fabric that has great warmth, strength, and durability, and elasticity. This technique takes some patience and effort to master, but will soon reward the tenaci...
Sanquhar Gloves have captivated the Scottish and non-Scottish alike since the late 1800’s when they were first created. These gloves were favored for riding and driving horses, playing the sport of curling, and looking smart as well! Several classic patterns have survived, most notably the Duke and Prince of Wales patterns.
This garment is knitted in Aran-weight yarn from the top down and features saddle shoulders and square armholes, Aran motifs and a deep skirt, as the traditional Aran ribbing is called. The cuffs fit loosely in keeping with the early Arans. The pattern has been updated to more user-friendly charts (June 2016).
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
Socks are worked in the round in two or five colors. Techniques included in the pattern booklet are: The Double Cast-On, Working with a Color in Each Hand, Corrugated Ribbing Heel Pattern, The Dutch Heel, The Wide Toe, Kitchener Stitch. Charts are included.