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    Short rows – Introduction and Wrap-and-Turn Method

    This blog post is the first in a series of three excerpted from an article I wrote for Interweave Knits in 2004. Parts 2 and 3 will follow next week. Short rows, also known as partial or turning rows, appear daunting to some knitters but are in reality very simple: work extra rows across a portion of the stitches on the

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    Playing with Colours

    Following some comments and emails, I’ve cleaned up the vector file I used to test out colour combos: Download ‘League Colours.pdf’ It is an acrobat pdf file, but I’ve saved it with the option to preserve vector editing. I don’t use inkscape, so I do not know if it can open pdf files. In Illustrator, you can try out colours by selecting

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    Colour Options for League

    A couple of days ago, Ginger posted on Instagram that she was trying to figure out a colour scheme for League. League, in case you don’t know it, is a pullover design from the most recent Brooklyn Tweed collection. It’s a colour block design which utilizes just a little intarsia; I know that intarsia isn’t many knitters’ favourite technique, so

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    On the Cover

      For many years, Marcel and I had a running joke that I’d be lucky to have my work on the cover of my own book. You see, I’ve contributed many designs to magazines over the years and never made the cover. It certainly would have been funny had either KCS or K24/7 had anything other than one of my designs

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    Charting Full Garments Using Illustrator

    As I’ve mentioned before, I like to design knitwear by charting the main pattern pieces. Doing so allows me to plan stitch pattern placement exactly and anticipate how shaping will affect various elements. For years, I used Garment Designer and Stitch Painter to generate these charts (and wrote about it briefly). In the recent past, however, both GD and SP were

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