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Deciphering Antique Knitting Patterns

So.  We’ve Gone Time Traveling, reading knitting patterns and books from a century ago or more.  And instead of neatly formatted, proofread patterns with standardized notation, we are dealing with typos, antiquated phrasing, incomplete finishing instructions, and of course the bane of every knitter’s life, mistakes in the pattern. Ugh. …

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Knot to Change the Subject . . .

When it comes to comparing knitting and crochet with weaving and knotting, it is fair to say that knitting is more similar to weaving and crochet is more similar to knotting.  A quick glance at a piece of stockinette knit fabric will reveal a weft-type structure (horizontal lines) on the …

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Because Pop Art is Fun – Photos to Color Charts Part 4

A Very Short Story: I think that sweaters are art.  I always have, and I probably always will.  I find myself in art museums looking at a painting or sculpture and wondering what the artist would have created had they chosen yarn as the medium to convey their idea rather …

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Knitting a Picture – Photos to Color Charts Part 3

Where We Are So Far – Originally, I saw this really great image on the internet and I wanted to wear it.  Because I’m a knitter, I wanted to wear it on a sweater that I knit.  Because I might be a little bit knitting/technology obsessed, I thought that I …

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Knitting a Picture – Photos to Color Charts Part 2

Where We Are – The first tutorial covered some basics:  tool locations, opening an image, basic formatting, and how to get your chart onto paper.  This time we are going to go a little further and actually alter the image before we place a grid over the top and convert …

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Knitting a Picture – Photos to Color Charts Part 1

What We Are Talking About: As knitters, we are compelled to be visual artists and big picture thinkers.  We look at a pattern or a yarn, and have a vision of what the finished object must look like, how it must fit, who it will be for, how much effort …

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