KNITmuch | Issue 01

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Here it is! The much anticipated FREE Premiere issue of KNITmuch Magazine! We’re extremely excited to launch this first issue featuring a full 52 pages of knitting projects, tips, techniques, and products. In this issue, you’ll find a review of the NEW Downton Abbey Yarn Collection and the irresistible Top This! yarn kit. See the Crawley Vest and Budding Romance Shawl patterns for great project ideas using the new Downton Abbey yarns. We also review a variety of project ideas to make with Red Heart’s Cutie Pie and Sashay yarns. We go back to knitting basics to inspire new knitters to expand their knowledge of knitting and get to the bottom of key technical knitting terms and skills. Enjoy exploring our very first issue. Save it in your favorites, share it with your knitting friends!

Red Heart Cutie Pie Yarn is so soft therefore perfect for knitting for babies.

Cutie Pie yarn in colors Cotton, Koala and Splash

Have a sense of style

I know this should go

without saying, but

it’s one thing a lot of

gift givers (or makers)

forget. Just because

you like the style of

something, doesn’t

mean everyone else

will. I know we’re

all thinking that this

adorable little sweater

is for a baby and the

babies don’t have

a sense of style, but

mommy and daddy

do. If the parents have

a really plain sense of

style, chances are, they

aren’t going to dress

their little girl in tons of

frills and bows.

Photos by Michelle Nguyen

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Go functional

You know what every

new parent needs?

Blankets. I was

recently the hostess

of a baby shower and

didn’t realize, until

that moment, how

many sheets, blankets,

cloths, towels, etc.

are required for one

small baby. If you’re

not totally sure if

the garment you’re

looking at knitting

is going to be well

received, blankets are

always used!

Wash-ability would

also be under the

functional headline. If

you’re looking to make

an heirloom, handwash

only would be

acceptable. If you’re

looking to make

something a parent

would actually use, I

would highly suggest

a fiber that is machine

washable.

Think color palette

If it isn’t obvious, I’m

a huge color person.

I love all shades and

will admit to reigning

myself in when it

comes to matters

of choosing colors

for babies. While

I might think rich

colors are awesome,

some mothers might

object. If there’s a color

palette for the nursery

a matching blanket will

be safe. Odds are the

parents have picked

colors they like for their

child’s room.

Another good thing

to think about is

gender stereotypes.

It’s more and more

common for parents

to break the ‘blue is

for boys’, ‘pink is for

girls’ color schemes. I

know there are strong

feelings on both sides

of the color-stereotype

line; it would be best

to find out if there are

any strong feelings

either way.

Safety

This is something

that can be easily

overlooked, but of

paramount importance.

If knitting a textured

blanket, have a care,

the lacework could

get tangled around

little fingers and toes.

Make sure buttons

are sewn on securely

and all pom poms

and bobbles are kept

within reason to avoid

choking hazards.

Taking these 4

tips when knitting

for babies into

consideration will

ensure your lovely

knitted gift is received

and used with joy.

A few well placed

questions could save

you hurt feelings and

frustration. If you’re

going to spend hours

making something

why not make sure it

meets the stylistic and

safety standards of the

recipient.

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