The Editor Wants to Know! What Kind of Knitting Getaway Appeals to You Most?

Editor Wants to Know!

If spending time with Creative Knitting at an exotic destination sounds exciting to you, then here’s my BURNING question:

Would you like to go on a 7-10 day knitting holiday featuring classes with popular knitting teachers? If so, which of the destinations appeal to you most? (please choose one)

  1. Sweden 
  2. Iceland
  3. Italy 
  4. Ireland
  5. Peru
  6. Other (please state destination)

Which knitting techniques would you be interested in learning?

  1. Basics of colorwork, Fair Isle & Nordic knitting
  2. Cablework
  3. Lace and openwork
  4. Sweater workshop
  5. Socks making (cuff-down and toe-up)
  6. Lace Shawls
  7. Other

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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The Editor Wants to Know! What is Your Favorite Project Category in Creative Knitting?

Editor Wants to Know!

I’m always looking for feedback from you in order to bring you the best on this blog and in the magazine. With that being said, I’d like to ask the following question:

What is your favorite project category in Creative Knitting magazine?

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Please leave a comment with your favorite category from the choices below:

  1. Cardigans
  2. Pullovers
  3. Accessories (hats and scarves)
  4. Gift items
  5. Home Decor
  6. Baby/Kids
  7. Knitting for men
  8. Other (state category)

I can’t wait to hear from you!

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Join Us for a Spring Stash Cleanup Challenge!

There’s nothing more inspiring to me than reviving those long-forgotten balls of yarn. Digging through containers often ignites fond memories, and it’s a great way to clean out the clutter too!

It’s a spring stash cleanup challenge!

If you’re looking for some creative ways to use up your stash and do some spring cleaning in the process, here are a few small project ideas for using up your stash:

  • Multi-colored coasters- stripe them, felted them, applique them!
  • Potholders- play with some simple knit and purl patterns
  • Dish towels and washcloths- wake up your kitchen with color
  • Sampler lap blankets- sew gauge swatches together for an interesting look
  • Wall hangings- have fun with free-form!
  • Skinny scarves
  • Patchwork tote
  • Garter-stripe afghan: Knit a new color every row and leave the ends unwoven in for fun look!
  • Change purses with vintage buttons or beads
  • Slippers, socks, booties
  • Knitted flowers- for brooches or barrettes

Here’s a way to use those mason jars – Liven up your surroundings and place a bunch of pretty yarn balls in them!

Leave a comment to this post, sharing ways that you plan on using up your stash this spring!

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The Editor Wants to Know! What are Your Top 3 Favorite Projects in Creative Knitting, Summer 2016?

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

The Editor Wants to Know Your BURNING Knitting Questions!

Welcome to this week’s edition of The Editor Wants to Know! Hard to believe, but the summer 2016 issue just went live digitally on CreativeKnittingMagazine.com, so check it out here.

A taste of what you'll find in the summer issue...

A taste of what you’ll find in the summer issue…

Then, after you have a look at some of the beautiful projects as shown under the Current Issue tab, I want to know which ones you like the best. Now’s your chance to chime in!

Today’s BURNING question:

What are your TOP 3 favorite projects in the summer 2016 issue? What are your least favorite projects and why?

Summer 2016 Creative Knitting

Summer 2016 Creative Knitting

Share your answer to my question in the comments below and visit the Creative Knitting Facebook Page to watch my video asking you this question. Watch it now! The Editor Wants to Know! What are Your Top 3 Favorite Projects? 

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An Unexpected Yarn – Make a Mix & Match Coaster from Vintage Fabric and Yarn!

If you’ve read my article in the summer 2016 issue of Creative Knitting Magazine, An Unexpected Yarn, you’ll see that the some new doors were opened for ways you can combine fabric and yarn in the same project.

In the article, I show you how to create your own yarn from cut strips of fabric by using my simple “zigzag method.” You can learn more about how to do that by visiting CreativeMagazine.com to purchase a copy.

In this blog post, I take things a step further and show you how to make the coaster shown below.

Mix It Up Coaster

Example of a coaster with a 4-inch x 4-inch cut piece of fabric, enclosed by knitted flaps that are tacked down by working a running stitch around the entire square. Blanket stitch is used as an optional decorative edge. Finished coaster measures 4 1/2 inches x 4 1/2 inches. (Click image to view larger)

In this tutorial, you’ll see that I changed up the yarn and fabric because I thought it would be fun and so you can see how easy it is to mix and match any yarn and fabric to make these! The fabric shown above is a light-weight quilting fabric. In the tutorial below, I used an upholstery-weight fabric for added durability.

Quick Tip: wind up a bunch of tiny yarn balls to create, “mood boards” by pairing up the balls with a variety of fabrics. You can totally geek out on your stash yarns for this project! I suggest upholstery fabrics that you can easily repurpose from old tablecloths, or why not take a trip to your local thrift store to buy some funky vintage fabrics this weekend! 

Follow these 5 steps to make your coaster:

Step #1: Make base: With a worsted-weight yarn and size #7 U.S. straight needles, cast on 16 sts with MC. Knit every row until square measures 4 inches long. Bind off. Place a safety on one side of base. (This will be the bottom of the coaster)

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After your base measures 4 inches x 4 inches, bind off. You are now you ready to begin making the 4 flaps…

Step #2: Make flaps:  *Hold base with safety pin facing you. and with MC, pick up 16 sts along one edge. Knit one row, purl one row. Bind off. Rep from * along each side of coaster. (4 sides)

Use a crochet hook to easily pick up your stitches and then transfer them to a knitting needle.

Quick TipUse a crochet hook to pick up stitches along the edge, then transfer them to your knitting needle. This makes picking up stitches so much easier! 

Base with all 4 flaps finished.

Tip - block flaps in toward center as shown in photos so they naturally curve inward.

Tip – block flaps in toward center before sewing.

Step #3: Cut a 3 1/2-inch x 3 1/2-inch piece of fabric and place on base with flaps facing you.

Remove safety pin, and place cut piece of fabric in center of base, then begin to sew closed.

Remove safety pin, and place cut piece of fabric in center of base, pin flaps, then sew closed. with running stitch.

Step #4: Fold down each flap and tack down with a running stitch in a contrast color yarn. Work this way around the entire coaster.

Step #5: (Optional) Using a contrast color, work slip stitch or blanket stitch around coaster.

Finished coaster with slip stitch using a crochet hook.

Finished coaster with slip stitch outer-edge, worked with a crochet hook.

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