Knitster's Notebook

By Nancy Bush

Knitster's Notebook was the title of the column I wrote for Knitter's Magazine. It is a name I chose after reading Richard Rutt's History of Hand knitting, where he talks about 'knitsters' and their labors. I liked it a lot, it seemed appropriate, and so it is a title that shall travel with me, it seems, as I continue to write and to share my thoughts about knitting.

Truly Tasha's ShawlIn Knitster’s Notebook, you’ll find several popular patterns. One of my favorite patterns, Truly Tasha's Shawl is an easy to knit garter stitch triangular shawl. The top rolls, making a shawl collar (wonder where that name came from?) and looks great when worn with a shawl pin. The pattern calls for a heavy worsted weight yarn, (I used Harrisville Highland Tweed, now replaced with their Highland, 200 yds in 100 g.) knitted firmly on US #4 (3.50mm) needles. You can use any yarn of your own choice for the shawl as the pattern is easily adaptable to other yarns.

Fox Faces SockA fun to knit pattern for the Notebook is Fox Faces Socks. This sock design was originally made for Sock Knitters Anonymous as one of their ‘mystery’ socks on Ravelry. The challenge for me was to make a design that was interesting to knit for seasoned sock knitters and yet accessible for those new to the wonders of knitting socks. The design has some features I have adapted from Estonian socks I have studied.

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