The Editor Wants to Know- Scarves or Sweaters?

With the fall season upon us, and depending on how you look at things, it’s that time again to either time to make a tried and true scarf, or pull out the big guns and create your annual sweater project. Which one is it for you? One or the other, or both?

Are you a forever scarf/accessory maker, or do you love making sweaters and can't get enough? 

Are you a forever scarf/accessory maker, or do you love making sweaters and can’t get enough?

On today’s edition of The Editor Wants to know, my question to you is:

Are you a sweater fanatic, or does the idea of creating a garment make you want to run away screaming?

Above the Clouds Scarf Knit Pattern

Above the Clouds Scarf Knit Pattern on Annie’s. Made with Andean Mist, from Berroco.

If you’ve yet to venture into the realm of making your first sweater, is there a reason? Is there something you struggle with that keeps you feeling stuck?

Nijo Top Knit Pattern on Annie's, made with Berroco Folio.

Nijo Top Knit Pattern on Annie’s, made with Berroco Folio. I’m making this now and I’m loving it! It’s a great foray into your first sweater project, and you also get a taste for openwork.

I can’t wait to hear from you! Please comment on this post, or take it to the Creative Knitting Facebook page! 


Mindful Mondays – How will You Make Today Meaningful?

A great way to start the week is to make a gratitude list. If you haven’t given this a try, I highly recommend it because you will instantly see just how fortunate you are!

Start with a sheet of paper and start writing whatever comes to mind when you think about gratitude. It can be silly. No one needs to see this but you!

Take the first step in faith!

What a gift to be passionate about knitting!

My Monday gratitude list–

  • Beautiful, healthy family
  • Smell of morning coffee
  • Witnessing the sunrise
  • Running every morning
  • Fall leaves
  • Sunny days
  • Yarn, yarn, yarn
  • Knitting needles galore
  • My decades-long passion for knitting
  • Two legs, two eyes and a clear mind

The more you keep at this list, the more things you’ll find to be grateful for, and the more you’ll forget your worries!


Join Creative Knitting and Patty Lyons for a Three-Week Knitalong– 1 Pattern, 3 Different Yarns, Amazing Results!

Creative Knitting, Winter 2014

Creative Knitting, Winter 2014

Each time we launch a new issue, I get goosebumps. I love seeing a shiny new issue come across my desk! As I flip through the pages, I’m amazed by all the effort and hard work that it takes to pull this off.

Putting together one single issue of Creative Knitting is a huge undertaking. It takes a team of dedicated individuals, and my hats go off to all of them for producing such an amazing magazine!

Here’s the biggest thrill of all– bringing this excitement to you, the readers of Creative Knitting. If you love this magazine, then give me a shout out. You can reach me by leaving a comment on this post, or by sending a quick email to: I can’t wait to hear from you!

Online learning with Patty Lyons

It was a great honor to sit with knitting teacher and designer, Patty Lyons for this issue’s featured video. We spent some time together chatting about an exclusive design that she created for the magazine and some highlights about her upcoming Annie’s video class. Click the image below to watch this video.

In this video, Patty shares the juicy details about her cowl design, Fan the Flames, which is a special gift to the Creative Knitting readers for as long as this issue is available on the newsstand. This pattern is also a supplement to her new Annie’s video class: Circular Knitting Essentials, on sale November  2014.

Fan the Flames Cowl, designed by Patty Lyons.

Fan the Flames Cowl, designed by Patty Lyons.

1 Pattern, 3 Different Yarns

Fan the Flames was made with three different yarns to illustrate what happens when you work the same pattern with very different yarns. In the photo below, you can see how the stitch patterns translate with yarns that are fuzzy, or those that produce more stitch definition.

3 different yarns, same pattern, different results!

3 yarns, same pattern, different results!

When Patty discussed the concept of this design, I got really excited because I’m such a big fan of picking apart one pattern and exploring every option possible. This form of “knitting investigation” enables learning on several levels, because it opens a world of discovery that you can’t get from following a pattern with just one kind of yarn.

There’s something magical that happens when you pick up two needles and just start. When it comes to taking a risk with your knitting, I’d say this approach is pretty minimal and the payoff is huge!

Get ready for a three week knitalong with Patty!

Here’s what you need to do to get started:

  1. Visit and click on the “Featured Pattern” tab. There, you’ll find Fan the Flames, available for as long as the Winter issue is on the newsstand. Click “download,” and it’s yours!

  2. Visit Annie’s to purchase Tahki Mesa in the color of your choice. (Patty’s cowl was made with the color Cascades)

  3. On October 17th, come back to this blog for your first tutorial and video instruction from Patty.

I can’t wait to get started. See you on October 17th!


Mindful Mondays – Simple, Silly Knitting Sayings

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The Editor Wants to Know- Charts or Written Pattern?

Combining knitting and crochet-- From your perspective, do you believe this to be a total faux pas, or do you absolutely relish in the thought of using both crafts together? Please share your thoughts!

Charts or Written Pattern. Which do you prefer?

More and more knitting patterns are converting to charts over written instructions. In Creative Knitting magazine, we always provide both. However, the question remains: do we really need both? I’d like to ask you all to weigh in on this discussion.

Are you a “visual” knitter and rely upon the chart only, or do you feel it is necessary to have that chart nearby as a way to double-check the pattern?

Here’s the burning question:

Do you like to have both the written pattern and chart when referring to a knitting pattern or do you prefer one over the other?

Do you find it comforting to know that the written pattern is there with a tip or two just in case you run into some confusion?

Let’s start the conversation by leaving your comment below, or visit the Creative Knitting Facebook page, but clicking here.