Category Archives: Knitting Geekery

Knit Picks Inis Aran
Stitch Story: Aran Islands

Photo credit: www.aranisland.info Knitters in the know are often more than familiar with the classic Aran jumper; big chunky Irish ganseys (or guernseys), traditionally hand-knitted from unbleached wool. Originally worn by working fishermen, they also became popular fashion garments in the US during the “golden” era of Hollywood. Grace Kelly. Steve McQueen. Paul Newman. Marilyn Monroe. Icons in their own right, the stars of the ...

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Knitting Geekery – Knitted Lace Traditions

You might have noticed that we have lace on the brain a bit here at Knit Picks, what with our customizing, beginner-friendly Shawls for All and the drool-worthy Luxurious Lace. Lace knitting in particular has a certain mystique, with fabled,almost esoteric traditions with origins shrouded in mystic legendry. Flipping or clicking through Luxurious Lace in particular, you might have seen references to various traditions. Though adapted to modern tools and methods, when you work these and other patterns you are participating in a tradition. Let's take a bit of time to explore a few of these traditions, and look at what exactly makes Estonian lace Estonian lace.

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