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Fingerless for Spring

March 25th, 2007

It’s starting to feel like spring, and I hope we won’t need bulky mittens and gloves for too much longer.  So here are some fingerless glove patterns.

  1. Knitty’s “Fetching” fingerless gloves: knit with only a thumb, these get complicated with cable detailing.   These are knit in Debbie Bliss’ Cashmerino Aran– a truly yummy yarn.
  2. Wendy’s Striped fingerless mitts: knit up pretty quickly with a slightly bulky wool, like Noro Kureyon.
  3. “Hooray for Me” fingerless gloves: this is a pair I’ve been working on (and off) for a while, with this great sock yarn from Schoeller.

Get knitting while it’s still sorta chilly out – and while you can enjoy your fingerless gloves for at least a month or two more.

10 Free Scarf Patterns

March 18th, 2007

The first project new knitters usually take on is a scarf. It’s not necessarily the best first project – scarves take a long time (as compared to, say, a baby hat, or even an adult hat), but it’s definitely easy to grasp the concept of a first scarf – cast on, knit, knit, knit, knit, bind off.

If you’re beyond that basic scarf concept, here are ten free scarf patterns to try (with some yarn recommendations to boot!).

  1. Lace “Touch of Whimsy” scarf – Yarn: Patons Classic Merino
  2. Seed Stitch scarf -Yarn: Misti Alpaca Bulky
  3. Lengthwise Stripe scarf – Yarn: Tahki Bunny Alpaca
  4. Basketweave scarf – Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Ease
  5. Feather & Fan scarf – Yarn: Noro Silk Garden
  6. Woven Stitch skinny scarf – Yarn: Brown Sheep Lamb’s Pride Worsted
  7. Simple lace Drop Stitch scarf – Yarn: Caron Pizazz
  8. Keyhole short scarf – Yarn: Moda Dea Bow Ties
  9. Cable Scarf scarf – Yarn: Any bulky weight yarn
  10. Big Wool Ribbed scarf – Yarn: Any two colors of Merino wool

Have fun!

A provocative and timely exhibition of work by international artists that use knitting and traditional handcrafts in unexpected and unorthodox ways, Radical Lace & Subversive Knitting illuminates a field of creative practice that is fresh, surprising, and engaging. The exhibit features 27 artists from seven countries, and the work ranges from Althea Merback’s microknit garments (1:144 scale) to large-scale, site-specific installations. The artists employ a variety of media, from traditional yarns and laces, to found objects and video, and explore contemporary currents in art practice of socially engaged, participatory work.

Radical reformers in the world of knitting and lace making have overthrown the status quo from the inside out. In the space of ten years, knitting has emerged from the “loving hands at home” hobbyist’s den into museums and galleries worldwide. Knitting clubs meet in cities from San Francisco to Stockholm, while interactive knitting “performances” have been held in as seemingly unlikely places as the London Underground. Artist Sabrina Gschwandtner turned the traditional knitting circle into a participatory event, in which Museum visitors can use knitting to engage in a dialogue about war. Janet Echelman’s work also provides social commentary, highlighting the countries that have publically detonated nuclear weapons

The artists in this exhibition are experimenting with forms and techniques in the most novel and surprising ways, exploring new relationships between structure, design, color, and pattern. Yoshiki Hishinuma uses industrial knitting machines to create 3-dimensional free-form sculptures, some of which are also wearable. Industrial designer Niels van Eijk has used lace techniques to create a lamp out of optical fibers.

And the rest of the artists are equally interesting!

If you are in the New York area and a devotee of the knitting arts, don’t miss this exhibit!

WHEN: January 25 – June 17, 2007
WHERE: Museum of Arts and Design, 40 West 53rd St., NY 212.956.3535
OPEN: Daily 10 am-6pm, Thursdays until 8 pm, Closed Major Holidays
COST: $9 for adults, $7 students & seniors, free for members
WEBSITE: http://www.madmuseum.org

READ MORE ABOUT THE EXHIBIT

Here are three things I hadn’t thought of knitting. I’m sure most of you will say “duh, of course you could knit that,” but I’m just not that quick.

1 A knitting needle case. Check out this great pattern from Berroco – I want to try it just go work on cables. Berroco Knitting Needle Case
2 Another cool Berroco pattern – a knitted necklace! I’m not a big fan of suede yarn but this seems like a great use for it. Knitted Necklace Pattern
3 A slice of pizza. And I actually have someone to make this for – perfect! Berroco Knitting Needle Case

Sushi Knitting Patterns

March 12th, 2007

I am a big fan of novelty knitting – so I was so excited when I found these free sushi knitting patterns. Plus one really adorable knitting kit…

1. Sushi Platter by Amy Polcyn.

Sushi Platter Knitting Pattern

2. A series of Sushi bathroom accessories by MK Carroll:

Sushi Toilet Paper Holder

Sushi Washcloth

Bamboo Sushi Mat/Tank Runner

Sushi Bathmat

3. Here’s a knitting kit for a Sushi Wallet from Pickup Sticks. Too adorable not to include here, even though it’s not free.

4.  Update 4/15/07: Salmon Sushi Bag pattern from Blah Blah Blahhhg – so cute!

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March 1st, 2007

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