A Note From the Editor
When it comes to work worth doing, the greater the risk, the greater the reward. Sometimes the "big frogs" are those that we have the most aversion toward. Maybe you've been avoiding learning how to knit lace because you think it's too difficult, or perhaps making your first sweater is an exhausting idea that seems way over your head.
Ask yourself the following question: What's the worst that could happen if I try something new? If you investigate for yourself, I think you'll come to the conclusion that the worst you'll experience is a little discomfort in the form of impatience, and maybe some ripping back, but you'll get a whole lot of learning in the process! With every stitch you rip, think of yourself as a knitting warrior. You will triumph in your efforts, and the reward is a gorgeous design that you'll be proud to show off instead of hiding the mistake you should have spent the time and effort to fix.
In this issue, you'll get a chance to do that hard work worth doing. But relax; you can do it in little baby steps. When you turn to the First Steps in Lace article, you'll be surprised to learn that this technique requires learning just a few simple increasing and decreasing techniques to get started.
Make this the year that you'll finally create a cardigan from start to finish. With our pint-size cardigan primer project there's nothing holding you back. Baby cardigans are a practical way learn the basics of garment construction without having to work through rows or rounds of an adult version your first time around. Here are just a few of the benefits to learning on a small-scale garment:
• Little time investment
• Requires just a few balls/skeins of yarn
• Quickly learn shaping techniques
• Practice seaming and finishing techniques without intimidation
Make a commitment today to take some baby steps, keep your eye on the prize and have fun knitting this spring!
Kara Gott Warner
Executive Editor, Creative Knitting magazine
Kara first learned how to knit at age 12 from her grandmother, but not until her early adult life did she come back to the craft with reckless abandon. When Kara rediscovered knitting, she used it as a much-needed escape from her hectic life working as a designer in New York City. She quickly fell in love with knitting, and her needles haven't stopped clicking since. As editor, Kara first joined Annie's in 2007 as a freelance editor and produced a variety of hardcover knitting books. In June 2010, Kara joined the Annie's family full-time, as executive editor of Creative Knitting magazine and knit publications.
Kara's knitwear designs have been published in Creative Knitting, Vogue Knitting, Interweave Knits and Family Circle Easy Knitting. She is also the author of The Divine Drop Stitch.
You can follow Kara on her blogging adventures at SplendidSticks.