Kara Gott Warner is the editor of Creative Knitting magazine. She's also a mom and a lover of anything having to do with two crazy sticks and some fabulous yarn. On this blog, Kara will share tips, tutorials, book reviews, contests and in-depth designer interviews, all dedicated to the craft of knitting.
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May 16, 2014
I’m so excited to announce that I’m kicking of a new feature on this blog called Fiber Fun Friday, which is where you’ll get the scoop on ALL THINGS KNITTERLY and fiber-related, every Friday. I’ll report on what’s happening in Creative Knittin
g magazine, and in the knitting world. You’ll also find inspiration to get you motivated for weekend knitting.
It’s Fiber Fun Friday!
I also know from your valued feedback that you love knitting tutorials, so I’ll share those as often as I can. I’ll regularly highlight a new technique to help you reach your knitting goals.
Consider this a place to gather and collect what you need for the weekend ahead. Kick back, grab your needles, and get ready for a Fiber Fun Friday!
New colors from Freia Handpaints- South Beach and Neapolitan! Aren’t these gorgeous!
Cast-On Friday, Bind-Off Sunday
Wouldn’t it be divine if you could get to work on a project Friday night, then bind-off by Sunday afternoon? Now that would certainly be a fulfilling weekend in my book!
New Products, New Season
After a very busy few weeks, I’m in serious need of a nice R&R weekend because I recently returned from a big trade show for the yarn industry, called TNNA. I’m still sifting through all the new yarns and products I discovered while there. The best part of all– I get to go home with lots of new yarn, products and great ideas.
I connect with so many industry professionals and talented designers, which allows me to literally plan an entire issue of Creative Knitting right on the show floor! What a benefit to be surrounded an amazing group of people who evoke exciting ideas!
What’s Happening on My Needles
I’m also really excited about a design that I’m working on for the Winter 2014 issue. I can’t give it all away, but I can tell you that it’s going to be a cowl inspired by a cardigan designed by Stacy Charles. What an honor to collaborate on this design with Stacy. It will be an issue you won’t want to miss!
Chime in on this Facebook post to share what’s on your needles too. I can’t wait to hear from you!
My new cowl design underway for Creative Knitting magazine.
What will you be working on this weekend? Join the conversation on the Creative Knitting Facebook page now!
April 22, 2014
I thought it would be fun and start up a little Summer Knitting Challenge here on the blog. Now that the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting is fresh, let’s jump in and have some fun exploring new stitch patterns together!
In this tutorial video, I decided to get a little scrappy with my knitting! Once I find a stitch pattern that resonates, I explore it inside and out by changing things up such as:
- Needle size– I like to go to extremes. Kind of like I do with my hair! If a project calls for a size 4 needle, then I will immediately jump to a size 13 to see what happens. I’m always amazed at what emerges from my needles!
- Change yarn– If a project is made in fingering or sock-weight yarn, such as with my Trellis Lace scarf design, featured in this video and in the Summer 2014 issue of Creative Knitting. I made this scarf with Kollage Riveting Sport, but why not test the waters, and jump up to a worsted weight, or even a super-bulky weight yarn?
Take a look at the two examples below to see the difference between these two yarns. They look like two totally different designs, but I did not change a single stitch!
Trellis lace, made with super-bulky yarn on a size #10 1/2 US knitting needle.
Trellis lace, made with fingering-weight yarn on a size #6 US knitting needle.
So here are the steps for the Challenge:
#1: Watch the video below for the stitch pattern shown above and to see how I played around with a variety of yarns.
#2: Now go to your stash and pick out whatever yarn speaks to you.
#3: Find a pair of needles that are drastically bigger or smaller than what the yarn label recommends. This is a challenge, right? Let’s get daring!
#4: Now be spontaneous and start knitting. Just allow what happens to happen!
#5: Show and tell! After you are finished with your swatches, or if you discovered a fun new way to work the trellis stitch, then…
I’m a firm believer that learning comes from doing. Some of the best learning experiences happen by mistake or when you least expect them, so commit to knit today!
April 7, 2014
When I need a little boost, I like to fill my brain with positive brain candy. One of the ways I do this is by listening to inspiring audio books and podcasts. If you ever meet me, you’ll probably see me plugged in listening to one of these favorites, which are great companions on a morning run:
Create Your Own Slogans
Instant Mindset Changers
I also find that reading positive affirmations that resonate with me over and over really help to change my mindset instantly. I might be a little on the nerdy side because I keep sticky notes with reminders on my desk, and in my car. I also keep little index cards in my wallet reminding me to express gratitude and practice patient acceptance during challenging moments.
Now, carry on, smile and keep on knitting!
March 28, 2014
If you’re like me, when the weekend rolls around, you’re excited about the prospect of kicking back and getting some serious knitting time in. There’s nothing better than casting on for the perfect project Friday night and binding off by Sunday. (or sooner if you’re a speedy knitter!)
In this video, designer Cheryl Beckerich provides you with clear, step-by-step instructions to knit her Quickie Mesh Cowl, which is featured on the cover of Creative Knitting’s Special Interest Issue– Knits in No Time just in time for the weekend!
Alternating mesh and stockinette sections, achieve an interesting undulating effect that creates the illusion of shaping, but in fact this look is achieved by simply changing needle and stitch pattern.
Designer’s tip: It’s easy to forget a yarn over in this pattern, so count your stitches and don’t forget your last yarn over before the edge stitch.
This cowl is made back and forth, however a circular needle is suggested for ease and comfort. I personally use circular needles no matter what project I’m making, and my straight needles make pretty needle vases to display around the house!
Here are a few quick facts about this pattern:
- Width: undulates between 6 1/2 inches (stockinette sections) and 10 inches (mesh sections)
- The designer uses a rib stitch on each edge. This helps give the cowl more structure and keeps the edges from rolling, which is common with stockinette stitch.
- You will use two different needle sizes: size 6 for stockinette sections, and size 8 for mesh sections. (This creates the undulating effect.)
Techniques that you’ll learn and use:
You can watch these videos on StitchGuide.com
Ater watching this video, I know you’ll be itching to cast on. Now go make this weekend memorable and create knits in no time!
March 26, 2014
In this edition of The Editor Wants to Know, I’d like to ask you a few simple questions in an effort to understand what kind of topics you like seeing on this blog.
When I first started this blog back in 2011, I created this post about the differences and similarities of Seed and Moss Stitch. Instead of showing you how to work a stitch pattern on camera, I decided to share a short historical background about the techniques, along with a little “show and tell” segment, which I personally found to be the most fun.
Click to watch the video: Seed vs. Moss Stitch
So this got me thinking– if this is the most watched video, then why? I came to the following three conclusions:
- It gives you something of value.
- It provides information and education–which you can take and use immediately.
- Last but not least– I had so much fun creating this video! I love this kind of “show and tell” presentation because it’s more entertaining then having to look at my boring hands! How many more videos do we need like that?
My goal is to always present the material I share in a way that excites and inspires you, so if you can answer these questions, it will help me greatly in achieving my desire to serve you.
Please feel free to be as descriptive as you’d like. There are no right or wrong answers, just different preferences!
Q: When you visit this blog, what are your favorite topics?
Q: Do you like reading the posts that only pertain to tutorials?
Q: Do you like variety and enjoy a mix of tutorials and articles?
Now go share in the comments section about the topics that resonate with you most. I can’t wait to hear from you!