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Cables & Joins on Interchangeable Needles

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Cables & Joins on Interchangeable Needles
A survey of cable and join types on interchangeable knitting needle systems, including click vs screw-in joins and fixed vs swivel cables. And using terms borrowed from baking, an attempt to discuss the hand-feel of different cable materials across a few brands. How crispy do you like your cables?

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Interchangeable Needle Systems at a Glance

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Interchangeable Needle Systems at a Glance
This chart gives you a side-by-side look at the most important elements of the best-known interchangeable knitting needles systems. While this may not offer enough detail for you to decide which kit is right for you, it will at least help you narrow it down to the systems you'd like to know more about.

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What Are Interchangeable Needles, Anyway?

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What Are Interchangeable Needles, Anyway?

Considering how much I love my various sets of interchangeable needles, you might be surprised to learn I didn't get my first set until a decade into my knitting career. (It was still more in the hobby stages back then.)Before I got the set, I was making the most of the tools I already had, some of which were inherited, or purchased for a specific project on the rare case I made it to a yarn shop. So if a pattern asked for a 3.25 mm needle and all I had was a 3.5 mm, I didn't go shopping - I...

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Resources for New or Returning Knitters

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Resources for New or Returning Knitters

If you are knitting newbie or just getting back to the craft after a little hibernation, hi there. I'll be honest, I might not be the right designer for you just yet. I like to design pretty complex patterns - I always say if I'm not breaking my brain, I'm not having any fun. I do have a few easy patterns - at least I think they're easy - and I encourage you to go have a look at them. But I also wanted to provide a few of my favourite resources for easy and beginner-friendly patterns, which I often point...

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On Naming Knitting Patterns

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On Naming Knitting Patterns

I love the stories behind names - whether it’s a new baby, a novel-in-progress or a knitting pattern, I’m always down with hearing what went into the choice.It’s not easy, coming up with creative, catchy and memorable names for 12-14 patterns a year. There’s always a moment in the design process (usually the ‘miles of stockinette’ or ‘make second sleeve’ section) when I look down at the project in my hands and think “What am I going to call this?”My first drafts are usually not terribly good. La Peregrina was called Lacy Heart Thing for awhile. Dorsett had several names,...

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