The Editor Wants to Know- Do You Go Freestyle and Knit Without a Pattern?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Do you ever go freestyle and knit without any rhyme or reason, other than to simply enjoy the exploration?

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

Learn to fall in love with the swatching process.

If you aren’t a free bird knitter, why is that? Are you a little timid about picking up your needles for fear of where it might take you? Mistakes in knitting can be fun and can often lead to pleasant surprises.

Learn to love the swatch!

This is one of my favorite parts of the knitting and design process. Back in the day when I worked as a fulltime knitwear designer, I relished the idea of just sitting for hours with yarns strewn about and exploring to see what would emerge from my needles.

The discoveries were always enlightening because they revealed information that I would not have discovered if I didn’t have the courage and open mind to knit for the sake of knitting.

Maybe there’s also this notion that we don’t have much time, so we just want to pick the right pattern and jump in without swatching, but we would certainly would miss out on discoveries that move us to a new level of skill and understanding.

Please chime in on the comments to share you answer to my question…and share your own swatching adventures too!

 

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Experience Annie’s Yarn Shop + 20% off All Yarn!

Experience the New Annie's Yarn Shop!

Experience the New Annie’s Yarn Shop!

Did you know that Annie’s is the retail partner of Creative Knitting, and that many of the yarns used in the magazine are available on Annie’s Yarn Shop?

I was lucky enough, along with other team members to help with a special project to revamp the entire Annie’s Yarn Shop. Together, we came up with something that I think you’ll enjoy. We wanted the experience to be special, because like you, we’re knitters too and we’re pretty crazy about yarn.

Hop on over to check things out, because the look and feel is quite inviting. You’ll also see how how easy it is to navigate, so you can find exactly what you need…and fast!  As knitters, we don’t want to waste our time looking because we want to start knitting!

And while you there you must check out my favorite feature, the Build-a-Kit patterns. No guesswork. You just pick the pattern, plug in the colors, done. See it in action here.

Last but certainly not least, Annie’s Yarn Shop is having a special discount on all yarn purchases today, through January 19th. Use the keycode: YARN20 to get 20 percent off at checkout!

Enter the shop here. See you there!

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Fiber Fun Friday – Time to Gear Up for a Knitalong!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

On last week’s edition of Fiber Fun Friday, I shared the details about a new knitalong which starts next Friday, January 16. So now it’s time to make sure you’re ready and gather up all the supplies you need to get started!

 collection of swatches

The knitalong patterns are these 4 washcloths, which you can download for free here. Then, head on over to AnniesYarnShop.com to purchase Plymouth Cleo in your desired colors, and meet me back here next Friday for the kick off!

Kara’s Quick-Knit Tips

I’m revamping this blog feature because it’s become quite an extensive archive of quick-knit tips which is available at your fingertips on this blog 24/7. These are a collection of tutorials I created as well as those selected from StitchGuide.com, a comprehensive stitch resource from Annie’s. Check out the archives here.

Sew Mattress Stitch like a pro!

Sew Mattress Stitch like a pro!

Online Classes – What’s Hot in Knitting

Did you know that Annie’s is a leader in online classes that range multiple craft categories? You can check out the lineup of knitting classes here to see what’s hot right now.

 

New classes include: Circular Knitting Essentials, with Patty Lyons, Classic Cables for Beginners with Tabetha Hedrick, and Learn to Make Hats & Cowls on the Knitting Loom with Denise Layman. Click here to learn more and preview a class today.

The Knitumentary Project – Save the Date

Mark your calendars, because starting February 1, another special event is taking place here on the blog. I’ve coined this a “knitumentary” which will be a documentary of sorts as I knit my way through the Mimosa Pullover, made with Berroco Maya and featured in the Spring 2015 issue of Creative Knitting.

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

Mimosa Pullover, Spring 2015 Creative Knitting

There’s something special about pullovers especially, because each one we knit tells a story of it’s own. So let’s share our stories together and maybe you can join in with me!

Happy Fibery Friday!


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The Editor Wants to Know: Do you knit mostly for yourself or for others?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

On this week’s edition of The Editor Wants to Know, my question is:

Do you knit mostly for yourself or for others?

Are you one of those knitters who loves to make handknit gifts for family and friends, or are you all about making a new sweater for yourself each season?

Do you knit mostly for yourself or others?

Do you knit mostly for yourself or others?

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Fiber Fun Friday — New Year, New Stitches + Knitalong!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Fibery fun on Friday!

Welcome to another edition of Fiber Fun Friday! Mark your calendars, because starting January 16, we’re kicking off a new knitalong, featuring 4 washcloth patterns, designed by Lisa Carnahan.

You will have the opportunity to meet the designer, make new friends, ask questions and learn new stitches. What an exciting way to kick off the new year!

The Editor Wants to Know

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

This is an ongoing feature where I ask those “burning” knitting questions that we all want to know…including me! If you have a question you would like to have me answer on the blog, please contact me at: editor@CreativeKnittingMagazine.com

Recent posts:

How Will You Jump-Start Your Knitting in the New Year? 

What’s Your Favorite Sweater from Creative Knitting, Winter 2014?

Some oldies, but goodies:

What Do You Prefer, Charts or Written Patterns? 

I Need Your HELP! Are You a Thrower or a Picker?

Seed vs. Moss Stitch: What’s the Difference?

Look at what you can do with the simple seed stitch!

Look at the amazing things you can do with a little imagination and the simple seed stitch!

In this popular post, I talk about the differences between Seed and Moss stitch and why they are my absolute favorites.

I’m a huge fan of taking “brilliantly simple” stitch patterns and really digging in and exploring all that they have to offer.

Check out this post. and watch the video too, because I play with a variety of swatches and ways to use these versatile stitches so you can have fun all weekend long. Enjoy!

What’s on Kara’s Needles

Where do I even start? I always have multiple projects going at one time, and unfortunately, sometimes a few get abandoned. Sound familiar?

Currently, I’m in the mood for making kids hats, because they are so low-commitment and making one in just a weekend is a cinch.

The beginnings of my kids hat...

The beginnings of my kids hat…

I worked the band using a twisted rib pattern. I just started a few rounds of the hat body, which is a Diagonal Madeira Lace pattern.

I worked the band with a Twisted Rib pattern. I just started a few rounds of the hat body, which is a Diagonal Madeira Lace pattern.

Close up twisted rib on the hat band.

Close up Twisted Rib on the hat band.

With a worsted-weight yarn, I casted on 84 stitches with a size U.S. #8 needle. I’m working with just two stitch patterns: Twisted Rib for the band, worked for 2 inches; and Diagonal Madeira Lace for the hat body. Easy peasy!

Happy Fibery Friday!


 

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