Delicate and beautiful, these knitted angels make exquisite holiday ornaments. But you needn't stop there. A Knitter's Dozen makes the angels so easy to knit and assemble that you can give them away - one, a pair, or by the dozen, any day of the year! Ducks and dogs, bunnies and bears - an enchanted collection of animal-motif clothing and accessories, from jackets and sweaters to hats, blankets and knitted toys.
Cute and cuddly or wild and woolly - here are 26 knitwear designs for babies and children, all featuring animal motifs. Zo Mellor's captivating new collection taps into the current fashion for colour and pattern, presenting a vibrant array of knitwear designs for babies and children up to six years old.
Each pattern includes instructions for a range of sizes, plus detailed charts and diagrams where appropriate. With every design illustrated in winning colour photos, Animal Knits is another welcome addition to the Zoe Mellor knitwear series. Packed with color and design, this significant new version of her classic book presents a complete Alice Starmore workshop in Aran knitting. Step-by-step instructions, photos, and drawings lead readers through 60 charted patterns that progress from the basic concept of using a cable needle to the myriad variations of Aran technique.
To develop readers' creativity, Starmore then leads them through the design of a traditional Aran sweater. Full instructions and charted patterns for 14 original Alice Starmore designs include her own interpretations of Celtic knotwork. With the last-minute addition of previously unpublished historical information just discovered by Starmore, and with special photographs taken on location in the Aran Islands and County Clare, Aran Knitting is a real eye-opener on all the facets of this enduring style. The author's original and very popular book, Handbook of Aran Sweater Design , has been completely revised, expanded, and professionally printed.
Now titled Aran Sweater Design, this page book is the comprehensive reference guide for any knitter who has ever wanted to make an Aran sweater. This book will show you how to choose cables that look good together, how to lay out a combination of cables on a sweater, and give you detailed instructions for knitting that sweater in a variety of styles - dropped-shoulder, peasant-sleeve, set-in sleeve, raglan sleeve, or vest.
If you're not quite ready to design your own Aran, follow one of the patterns Janet has created for you. Either way, you'll create an heirloom to be worn for years to come! Knitting an Aran sweater is one of the most delightful and interesting projects any knitter can undertake. Knitting an Aran sweater that you've designed yourself is even more fun! This comprehensive reference book walks knitters-step by step-through the process of choosing and combining cable patterns to create a unique, textural work of knitting art.
Lots of photos, illustrations, and sample projects give additional help along the way. The author is a nationally-known knitting designer, author, and teacher. Tradition with a twist! After more than 18 years of quality publishing and numerous sold-out issues, Knitter's Magazine has compiled the best Aran and Celtic projects to meet the demands of their readers. The sweaters, jackets, and vests included in this book are designed by a group of the best-known designers in the knitting field. Knitters are introduced to cable techniques with clearly illustrated patterns for knitting updated versions of traditional Aran and Celtic designs.
Women's, men's, children's, and unisex sizing and styles are included. These fabulous pieces are made in a variety of fibers including soft wools, cotton blends, shiny ribbons, and luxury yarns. The 30 classic projects in this book are grouped into four categories.
Or, if you're ready for a new challenge, you'll find it here. Clear instructions, excellent charts, close-up photographs, and fully illustrated techniques make knitting cables easy to understand and fun to do. The book also includes a technique section called Knitter's School, a list of Abreviations, a section of cables and charts and information on yarn and sizes.
The approximately Native Alaskan members of the Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative harvest the ultra-fine, ultra-soft underdown of musk-oxen, known as qiviut, and use the resulting yarn to knit lace garments whose designs are inspired by traditional designs and culture. Author Donna Druchunas has traveled to Alaska and brought back her experiences with these knitters and their wonderful textiles. Qiviut, may be the world's most luxurious, warm, and lightweight fiber. People who experience it become obsessed with its exquisite softness.
Qiviut makes perfect hand-knitted lace and this book presents instructional worskhops on knitting and designing lace, a sequence of projects suited to new as well as experienced lace knitters, a list of yarn sources, and a comprehensive historical background. The book includes a simple step-by-step introduction to knitting and designing lace, applicable to any yarn pluse fifteen projects, for beginning to intermediate lace knitters.
In addition, the author provides information about the history and use of qiviut, possibly the world's most exquisite fiber along with stories about Yup'ik and Inupiat women and their culture. The opening chapters paint a picture of life in rural Alaska. In these chapters, the reader will learn about the rich cultures of the Yup'ik and Inupiat peoples as well as the history of the Musk Ox Farm and of Oomingmak Musk Ox Producers' Co-operative.
Chapters 6 and 7 include information about working with qiviut yarn, instructions for reading and knitting from lace charts, and a three-step tutorial that will give the reader the confidence and skill to knit the projects. Because this is one of the most expensive fibers available and the reader may want to practice with something else, the author also provides tips for working with other lovely lace-weight yarns. Whether you are new to knitting or a seasoned knitter, once you know the basic lace knitting techniques, you'll be ready to design your own projects.
In Chapter 9, you will find a stitch library and basic pattern templates to help you start creating your own original designs. Crafted with the precision of a Fair Isle garment, informed by accounts from the knitters themselves, and set firmly within its historical and sociological roots, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting takes you to the heart of this knitting tradition. From the first small items sold to fishermen and tourists in the nineteenth century, to the highly fashionable androgynous sweaters of the s, to the large starry Norwegian patterns popular after World War II, to the hand and machine-made yoked sweaters of the s and s, Ann Feitelson applies ardent dedication to her research.
She leads readers through the history of Fair Isle knitting to an examination of the style's techniques, explicating not only the unique colourways and patterns, but such valuable details as ways to hold the yarn. An accomplished knitter herself, Feitelson presents twenty-three original Fair Isle designs, and encourages readers to create their own. A chapter on math is both easy to follow and invaluable for planning sizes and patterns, while a glossary of Shetland knitting terms links a way of life that is largely gone with the knowledge and skills that The Art of Fair Isle Knitting helps to preserve.
Throughout these wonderful colours and glowing patterns, The Art of Fair Isle Knitting conveys an unending sense of pride. Pride in the dedication of the Shetland knitters. Pride in the creation of exceptional garments. Pride in the work of women. Pride in a knitting style known throughout the world.
Not written for we contemporary knitters, the illustrations are bare-bone, and the written out instructions are long and arcane; but, the information is solid, the ideas as deep as knitting history, and some of the projects are just down-right fun to knit.
The Art of Knitting , first published in , is an extensive guide to all aspects of Victorian knitting. This edition includes an explanation of knitting terms written by textile historian, Susan Jerome, which allows the patterns to be readily adapted for modern use. A secret of this particular reproduction, and many others from this era, is the un-illustrated projects that require careful attention to the instructions with some surprising results: i. This is a new edition of this old book that has other titles. With over illustrated patterns for making baby booties, mittens, shawls, sweaters, couterpanes, elegant trimmings, rugs and more, The Art of Knitting offers enormous creative possibilities for modern day practitioners of this useful and beautiful craft.
Additionally material culture historians will find the illustrations of knitted garments and household items invaluable for studies of the late Victorian era, when a woman's gentility and domestic management was symbolized by the basket of fancywork in her parlor. A unique, visually inspiring, all-color survey of knitted textile designs and patterns.
Francoise Tellier-Loumagne has taught textile and knit design in France for more than thirty years. Drawing on her experience as teacher and practitioner, she has assembled a creative and inventive overview of stitches and fabrics, both hand-knitted and machine-made, presenting hundreds of sumptuous ways of working with yarn, from silk thread to Shetland wool.
This book uses basic patterns as points of departure, opening up endless possibilities for sophisticated knitting designs. The book is organized by fabric types: simple knits, jacquards, fine jersey knits, interlock, open-work, and many others. It covers hand knitting, domestic machine knitting, and industrial knitting, explaining the relevant techniques and notation for each. Every type of stitch that she describes is accompanied by enlarged photos of the textiles, detailed diagrams, and written instructions.
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The yarns used here are highly textural and attractive. The book includes over illustrations and hundreds of diagrams and while originally written in French, has been translated to English in this edition. From working women across the country to Hollywood's biggest stars, knitting is back in a big, big way. Women - and men - are getting into the zone and rediscovering the meditative, curative and creative art of knitting with this definitive collector's edition DVD series. The Art of Knitting is the first in a series and the first DVD to swing open the doors to this wonderful art form with a searchable, surfable, non-linear encyclopedia of knitting, with one-on-one knitting instruction from the top experts.
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This second volume of the popular DVD series is packed full of all-new video presentations; clear concise visual demonstrations that make learning to knit and crochet easy. The Art of Shetland Lace has become established as the detailed reference book on both the history and techniques of lace knitting and is now available in paperback for the first time. The author starts by giving an account of the history of the art of Shetland lace. She goes on to provide instructions for making sample squares of over 30 stitch patterns each illustrated with a detailed photograph and explains the techniques involved in making a garment.
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There are notes on dressing and stretching, basic constructions of shawls and scarves, adapting patterns and obtaining materials together with full instructions for seven projects. These are in different stitches and weights of yarn and include shawls, scarves, a baby's shawl and a christening dress - all destined to become heirlooms of the future. For anyone who wants to take up this most delicate of knitting techniques, The Art of Shetland Lace is the ideal introduction.
Patterns from more than 20 years of Knitter's Magazine are presented in this collection of irresistible knits for babies and toddlers, with the designs representing a selection of the magazine's best patterns from its back issues. Knitters of all skill levels can find the right patterns to make hats, socks, onesies, sweaters, blankets, or cuddlesome toys. Photographs of finished projects and detailed illustrations guide knitters, and all stitches and techniques can be looked up in the section called "School".
The next-to-the-skin softness of this yarn makes it perfect for baby and children's wear. This Double Knitting weight yarn offers the luxury of merino wool at an affordable price. Camilla Valley Farm stocks this yarn and offers yarn kits for any of the designs. Contact us for more information. This wonderful book details 32 easy-knit patterns for young children with an emphasis on style and practicality.
The designs are suitable for children from age 0 to 3 years of age and range from easy-on, easy-off baby suits to stylish jackets, jumpers, and cardigans for toddlers. The garments are all shown at the beginning of the book with 36 full page of beautiful colour photographs. Detailed instructions to produce each project then follow.
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All are made up in hard-wearing, machine-washable yarns and sources for materials are included in the Source Guide at the end. This is an excellent source for ideas to dress your little one in style! Debbie Bliss has firmly established herself as the most stylish and accessible children's knitwear designer working today.
In The Baby Knits Book , she returns with a fabulous new collection of clothing and accessories for newborns to 3-year-olds. Presented in three chapters - "Simple", "Cozy", and "Special" - her book offers ideas for every need and occasion. Whether you wish to create a simple baby blanket or a first cardigan, a chucky sweater or an irresistible pair of embroidered bootees, The Baby Knits Book is a must-have collection from an outstanding designer. Best selling designer Debbie Bliss is known worldwide for her ability to combine practicality and style in her immensely popular designs.
In this new collection she provides a complete range of ideas for the new baby or child, including ideas for the home and stylish accessories as well as irresistible clothes.
Each of the 30 designs is beautifully photographed and clear instructions make the patterns straightforward to knit. Some of the original ideas featured include: a denim throw with pockets for favorite toys and books, a variety of mini cushions, knitted coat hangers, a cozy dressing gown and hot-water bottle cover as well as practical and stylish sweaters, cardigans and jackets to suit every child.
All are beautifully photographed in colour and include detailed instructions and stitch guides. Custom handbags and handcrafted purses are hotter than ever - bags have become the trendy way to show off personal style. What's more, bags are quickly replacing scarves as the most popular small projects to make. Whether knitted, crocheted, or felted, Bag Style will give you endless ways to personalize and customize a bag. From a dressy purse to carry your essentials to a generous tote based on nineteenth-century carpetbags to a felted messenger-style bag, you'll find loads of practical projects and inventive inspiration from twenty top knitwear designers, including Pam Allen, Veronik Avery, Norah Gaughan, Mags Kandis and Kristin Nicholas.
From a tiny pouch to carry an iPod to a generous tote based on nineteenth-century carpet bags to a felted messenger-style bag to a delicate purse with handles made of bracelets, knitters and crocheters will find loads of practical projects and inventive inspiration from twenty top knitwear designers. Each project features gorgeous photographs and step-by-step instructions, and all techniques are explained in easy-to-understand detail.
In addition to the innovative patterns, the Design Notebook chapter examines the essence of the knitted bag and how to create a bag of your own. You can learn ways to give a knitted or crocheted bag shape, depth, stability, handles, closures, and fasteners. Whether you're an avid bag knitter or crocheter or you're creating one for the first time, Bag Style has all the inspiration, technique, and details you need. From Knitter's Magazine view and knit 21 bag patterns - handbags, totes, packs, pouches, purses, and pocketbooks.
The book includes instructions, yarn suggestions and color pictures. Each design is shown in full colour with instructions and graphs where necessary and is coded as "Easy" or "Intermediate" in terms of difficulty. The book also includes 6 pages of illustrated techniques and a list of abbreviations. Back in Print in this New Hardcover edition! This book is the result of the author's hobby of collecting knit laces and the instructions for making them. Most of the more than lace patterns were devised in the nineteenth century and several were to be found in print before All the patterns are made on two needles and the patterns range from five to ninety-five stitches in width and provide for almost every kind of need for an edging or a piece of insertion.
To record patterns that in some cases were created before photoengraving became an established art, the author has devised her own form of notation that makes use of familiar modern knitting notations. This system is explained along with detailed instructions explaining the stitches used in the designs as well as handling "Special Problems". In a section entitled "Lace Stitches" the author provides instructions for lace edgings and insertions giving the reader a marvelous reference of stitches to help with other projects..
This is followed by a collection of 10 "Background Stitches" and then on to the projects! Each of the stitches and designs includes a black and white photograph of the finished work along with Barbara's instructions. This revised edition of a classic work is a must-have book for lace knitters! The author has also written The Complete Book of Knitting. This unique "hands-on" instructional video answers the questions most frequently asked, introduces the beginner to fundamental knitting and for the advanced knitter, provides a comprehensive review of correct techniques.
In this video, the instructor teaches every knitter to think logically and to simplify for the rewards of beautiful knitting.. Topics covered include: knit, purl, cast on, slip knot, garter stitch, stockinette, ribbings, gauge, multiples, increases, decreases, 1 row buttonhole, pocket insert, simple cable, knitting shoulders together, picking up stitches, sleeves, the crew neck, the V neck, binding off, knitting hints, ripping out, dropped stitches, counting rows, knitting in a basting thread and joining wool. All the basics needed to knit a simple pair of socks. From casting on with double pointed needles, to turning a heel, to Kitchener Stitch for the toe.
This video will be a great resource for review each time socks are knitted. Includes pattern in 3 weights of yarn. Making your own beaded beads is the ultimate in creativity! With the simplest material -- seed beads, wire, readily available findings -- you can create truly unique beads, each an expression of your personal style. The stunning work of 30 bead artists will inspire you while you learn a range of techniques, from simple to elaborate, from funky to elegant. Simply slide your bead onto a neck wire, dangle it from an earring, or incorporate it in an intricate piece of jewelry.
All these beaded beads are sensational and readily wearable! This book is well illustrated with 30 color photographs, color illustrations and 3 charts and is the third book in the successful Beadwork Creates series, which includes Beadwork Creates Necklaces and Beadwork Creates Bracelets. This third in a series of three books from the author is designed to expand your teddy bears wardrobe with patterns for 3 sizes of bears.
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This booklet is illustrated with both black and white diagrams of the pattern and stitch charts and includes colour pictures of the finished product. The author also provides knitting tips, measurement information and instruction on making special patterns. From its premier issue ten years ago, Interweave Knits has provided classic to innovative garment designs from top knitwear designers and in-depth technique articles from expert knitters.
In this anniversary volume, they showcase an inspiring spectrum of styles and innovative techniques. Inside this book the reader will find the outstanding work of trendsetting designers, including V? These include twenty-six stunning designs for women and men, including cardigans, pullovers, vests, jackets, tops, scarves, stoles, and even a couple of terrific totes.
In addition to the fabulous designs there are more than ten articles derived from the popular Beyond the Basics column that provide in-depth information on essential techniques including casting on, binding off, increasing, decreasing, working with two yarns simultaneously, reading charts, seaming, blocking, working short-rows, lace, and grafting. Spanning 35 years and nearly designs, The Best of Lopi celebrates the tradition of the Icelandic yoked sweater with updated sizing, colourway choices, and clearly illustrated tecniques.
But colour patterns are only the beginning. For easy-to-wear, quick-to-knit Arans and simple textured knits, look no further. As you knit, in one colour or many, enjoy the photographs of Iceland, meet the people behind the yarn, and plan your next Lopi sweater, jacket or hat. This book is filled with directions for over 50 unique and beautiful designs.
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Each is shown in full colour photographs, many shown with multiple colouways. Complete and clear knitting instructions are provided for multiple sizes and charts are included for clarity where needed. Think of The Best of Lopi as one big, extended family of sweaters with a wide range of options. Some are closely related, others share little more than a name. You'll be able to see family resemblances, but you'll be just as surprised by the diversity. And, since the sweaters have so much in common, you'll be able to borrow a pocket from one or the tunic shaping from another, as you knit your favorites.
Whether shape, garment detailing, or colour is your interest, The Best of Lopi will stimulate your creativity within the security of a strong tradition. Contact us for pricing on any yarn kit in this book or in any of the other Lopi pattern books. If you like the Lopi designs in this book, we invite you to browse through the many Lopi Sweater Kits we have online. This beautiful collection includes fifty of the best handknitting patterns to come from the famous Rowan design company over the past twenty years. You'll also find expert technical advice on colourwork, texture and finishing.
The Rowan photography is outstanding, and the instructions and charts are clear and easy to follow. This is an essential addition to every knitter's design library. Since its launch in , Vogue Knitting has been the ultimate magazine resource for knitters of all skill levels.
Now, for the first time, the very best articles from twenty-five years of VK have been collected in one comprehensive volume. At once a keepsake and a valuable reference book, The Best of Vogue Knitting Magazine features detailed how-to's on basic techniques, including more than a dozen different cast-on methods alone; seminal articles on expert techniques such as cabling without a cable needle and fixing common mistakes; step-by-step instructions on shaping and sizing, finishing techniques and designing your own knitwear; inspiring profiles of top industry and Seventh Avenue designers; the most memorable essays and workshops ever published in VK by Elizabeth Zimmermann and daughter Meg Swansen; and much, much more.
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You can with the detailed information, diagrams and colour photos. Do you already know how to knit? Then this book is also the right one for you. See how to give a remarkably distinctive feel and a one-of-a-kind look to patterns with different stitches and embellishments. The book covers: "Basic Techniques" including casting on, knit and purl, binding off and more, "Perfect Details" including from bands and ribbing to knit-on facings and crocheted edges, "Finishing" including spanning sewing in seams and blocking your work, "Special Techniques" including shaker knitting and weaves, "Decorative Details" including embroidery, smocking, pom-poms, tassels and fringes, "Practical Tips" on measuring, converting, and lengthening and shortening pieces, "Basic Patterns" for sweaters, socks, gloves and mittens.
This collection is organized by categories which include sporty, party clothes and accessories. Simple tips are included for achieving a perfect fit. Beautiful yarns made into charming designs make this book a pleasure to use. I liked the author's description of knitting as a "magic, Zenlike way" to calm down, meditate and find time for yourself. Needlework as therapy. Who knew? Many color photographs of the finished items, black and white illustrations. Big Girl Knits offers 25 patterns designed for women size 14 and up, as well as a sassy style guide to educate knitters on how to create knitwear that fits well and looks beautiful.
Part knitting instruction and part style guide, this book is full of useful advice to help the big girl figure out which styles suit her, which styles don't, and how to use clothing to make the most of the three B's: the Boobs, the Belly, and the Butt. The second half features wonderful patterns for garments accessories that are proportioned to fit as well as helpful garments hints and tips for shaping knitwear to create a flatering silhouette. Mohair is the perfect knitting yarn - light to wear, warm in winter and ideal for cardigans and jackets.
Best-selling designer knitter Melinda Coss has compiled this stunning book of some of her most successful knitting designs. Here are thirty-five stylish patterns, both pastel and vividly coloured, for men or women, ranging from simple designs for the beginner to more intricate designs for the expert knitter. These patterns include: a Coat of Many Colours, a man's geometric sweater, the Flagship jacket designed during the gulf war , the Priscilla coat for those in a feline mood , a classic crew-necked cardigan and sweater, an Argyll coat, a Zigzag and bobbles jacket and many more.
Each garment is illustrated in full colour and where appropriate, with a chart of the pattern. An introductory section explains the techniques required to knit the designs - mainly Fair Isle and intarsia - and gives advice on tension, sizing, making up and caring for the garment. Big Softies is thus the ultimate source book for chic mohair knits. With Boutique Knits , you can make your very own knockout accessories. If you love showing your personal style with the "it" handbag, funky scarf, or the hat that makes heads turn, then this book is for you.
Author Laura Irwin designs knitted accessories for the trendsetting indie designer fashion boutique Seaplane in Portland, Oregon, and is particularly known for her felted hats and stylish bags. In Boutique Knits , Laura presents designs for knitted accessories that stand out from the crowd. The book includes patterns that cover a variety of knitting techniques in varying degrees, including felting, intarsia, Fair Isle, lacework, and cables. In adition it has advice on incorporating non-knitting tools and techniques to transform your knitting to achieve that one-of-a-kind boutique feel: pliers, hammers, a sewing machine, use of millinery techniques, and handsewing techniques.
The author includes unique adornment inspiration, such as buckles and bolts borrowed from leatherwork close an intricately cabled belt, a chain handle finishes a felted bag with circle pockets, leather lacing dresses up a knitted bag, and grommets finish a half-felted handbag.
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I will say, that if I had a more standard…er…style? But my likes and wants and needs, hehe are so eclectic that having choices has made me actually expand my repertoire. I keep looping back to Tin Can Knits patterns. I favorite all of the designers I like and let them show up in my Ravelry highlights feed. That is probably my 1 rabbit hole for finding new patterns. Oh my, I feel old. My knitting life spans close to 60 years.
My mother gave me her copy of How to Knit when I was 6. So, I started with books. At one time, I subscribed to every knitting magazine published. I was into Knitty. I wrote a blog for a couple of years. I love blogs. I have taught knitting at LYS and run a 20 year long weekly knitting group called Knitwits. I still love a beautiful book in the hand. My only magazine subscription is Taproot. But, the rabbit hole and pattern joy that is Ravelry is where you will find me almost daily! I learned to knit by reading how to guides on knitting blogs in the days before Ravelry.
My main source of patterns was Knitty. Occasionally a friend would give me a magazine or a photocopy or something along those lines. I also have a couple of stitch pattern books, Barbara Walker and similar, that I would make my own patterns from for smaller items like hats. I use Ravelry now. I have been knitting since long before Ravelry. When Vogue Knitting was reintroduced in America I knit quite a few sweaters from it and also designed my own, that was college. Now I still design my own but get some from Ravelry. So I am still knitting along with VK.
No particular designers, although I have knit maybe 4 sweaters from Elizabeth Zimmerman in my knitting career. Go to, number one, every morning and during the day just to relax: Ravelry. As well as anything posted here — as in, following links and finding new pattern makers and knitting ideas. That has been so much fun because I also find new blogs that way!
I used to get most of them from knitting magazines. Some from blogs like this! Most of my recent sweater knits have come from Interweave or Vogue and hats, mitts from Ravelry. My most recent almost-off-the-needles sweater is a top down based on your formula which I really enjoyed. I have no particular allegiances to any one designer although being on the small side, I do find designs by similarly proportioned people seem to work best for me. My favourite place to find pattern inspiration is my local library.
I love flipping through books, old and new, as well as magazines. I started knitting pre-ravelry and would go to the local library to read through all of the knitting books and magazines. I would sit there for hours and I loved it. It seems tedious compared to how easily I can search and sort through Ravelry now, but I learned a LOT by looking at so many books. These days I tend to start with Ravelry when I am looking for patterns, but I let it point me to blogs, books, magazines, yarn companies and independent designers. All of the above! I started knitting long before the internet even existed, and nowadays I find patterns I want to knit in so many ways — browsing the magazine rack and bookshelves at Barnes and Noble, in my local library, on Ravelry, or Loveknitting, or Etsy, on Instagram and Facebook, on blogs.
I happily embrace both to satisfy my curiosity. I mostly use recommendations from bloggers like yourself to both specific patterns and to designers. I use the library a lot, both for specific patterns and for help with techniques and surface designs. Magazines are useful too, although I mostly go online for those. None of the LYSs in my area have much in the way of printed patterns, but they do have finished samples, which are very helpful. Your blog is very handy because you also discuss sewing patterns and suppliers, so I get info on both of my main hobbies!
Back in the day I would visit the knitting sections of bookstores and craft stores. Many books were hardcover and were a bit of an investment so to speak. I was an admirer of Alice Starmore. There was also Vogue Knitting, not really my style but sort of a base from which to customize things. Once Ravelry was launched, I started going more and more for single patterns from independent designers.
I also discovered Japanese designers, whose beautifully printed softcover journals I love having on my shelves, despite not knowing a word of Japanese. The Japanese books are incredible. My favorite things in my personal library are the few of those I have plus all the vintage cable pattern booklets. My main source is Ravelry, like a lot of people said already. I browse daily is it an addiction? Making and Laine are my favourites. On the other hand I must admit I do not often use their patterns. Mostly Ravelry these days.
On a cold winter day, or a hot summer evening, nothing beats thumbing through an actual book. One thing I do with magazines is to tear out patterns I like and put them in my pattern file, then get on Ravelry and put them in a bundle of favorites. Before I did that I had huge stacks of magazines that were really too daunting to look through when I wanted something. Also Patternfish, Twist Collective, and of course Ravelry. And the many books and magazines that I have bought. I am getting better at saving potential patterns in Favourites on Ravelry.
I subscribe to Interweave Knits and find a lot of sweaters I like there, which I then mark as favorites on Ravelry. I do look for people on Ravelry and Pinterest that have a similar body type to mine when making a final decision. I like to use a popular pattern because it typically means it is written well. I have been knitting for about 40 years —since I was around five—and I have a huge collection of printed patterns, books and magazines, etc.
I look at Rav every day, and I have particular designers that I follow and admire. However, I started designing in the pre-Rav days, and my website provided folks with the chance to download a PDF. I still own and wear sweaters my mom knit as a kid and ones I knit in high school and university! I cherish —and revisit-many of the designs they published. Love all the great ideas here! When I log in to Ravelry, if one of my faves has added a new pattern, there will be a little blue dot next to the magnifying glass at the top of the screen.
Tap that, and the next page reveals the search results. There is an option to view newest first. Think Rav may have had a tutorial on creating saved searches this way back. I subscribe to Making magazine, enter each issue in the library, also collect vintage knitting books from used book sales and thrift shops, then add them to my Ravelry library. When I find another treasure at a sale, I can check Rav to see if I already own it.