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Hobbies

Needlepoint

Aion homepage
an independent design studio offering a range of original cross stitch, blackwork and other needlework designs
ANG: American Needlepoint Guild
The Binding Stitch
a website of finishing services, needle art products and seminars, needlework finishing videos and DVD's
Sharon Boggon's Home Page
A stitch dictionary and a brief history of samplers
Counted Cross Stitch, Needlework, and Stitchery Page
Cross Stitching Needlepoint - We Have It All!
Cushion inserts
Drapery Sewing Supplies
They seem to have round ones in addition to square & rectangles
Robey's Fast Ship
All products made in USA - They don't seem to have round ones
Pillow Decor
No round ones that I can see.
Ehrman Introduction
Finishing services
Foxview Needlepoint
Accessories, canvas, needle holders and more
Welcome to Gripit Plus --Manufacturer of finely crafted needlework frame holders, working frames and related accessories since 1983. Online ordering available
A Guide to Needlepoint
A real cookie setter - can be annoying
Needlecraft Showcase-cross stitch, needlepoint, quilting, knitt
Needlepoint Heaven
418 shades of Paternayan Persian yarn in stock and ready for immediate shipment. Call toll free at 877 446-0704 with your credit card information. $1.10 per per 8 yard skein, plus shipping.
Hard-to-Find Needlework Books
Needlepoint Now Magazine
an educational journal that will present needlework as an art form.
Needlework.com
Nordic Needle
Kreinik threads and more
Anna Pearson's Needlepoint
Designs are kitted by Judith North and marketed by Judith and Networkers throughout the UK, as Anna Pearson Needlepoint Kits.
The PCStitch Homepage
Beth Russell and Designers Forum Needlepoint
needlepoint and cross stitch kits based on the 19th century designs of William Morris and William De Morgan, two of the leaders of the Arts & Crafts Movement
Self-welt how to
Sew Exciting
Needlepoint kits & great stitch glossary
A Magazine Of Embroidery And Other Needlecraft -- Past, Present And Future
Spin a Yarn
a family owned Washington state business specializing in knitting, needlepoint and latch hook rugs
Stitch Boutique - 231 Berkeley St., Boston - needlepoint yarn, including Stitch Boutique Wool, "an exclusive line of Australian Merino Wool"
Stitcher's Treasures
Escondido, CA
Frank Lloyd Wright Needlepoint charts
Cushions, eyeglass cases, coasters, cosmetic bag
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Cross-stitch

1-2-3 Stitch
Distributor of many cross stitch designers.
Bluebird Name Patterns
(with hummingbirds for letters O, Q, and U)
Borders
Celtic border
Hearts border
Celtic Cross Stitch Celtic and Irish counted cross stitch charts and kits.
Celtic Stitchery
The Store For All Your Celtic Cross-Stitch Needs (Cross-stitch & needlepoint)
Alma Lynne, ASN Publishing, Barbara & Cheryl, Beatrix Potter, Bent Creek, Bernice Designs, Black Swan, Bucilla, Butternut Road, Candamar and more from Australia.
Counted Cross Stitch, Needlework, and Stitchery Page
Darklilac.com
Cross-stitch and more with a create your own cross-stitch chart from an image you upload to the site
WELCOME TO DMC
Dracolair
While Dracolair Creations specialises in Dragons it has a growing line of fantasy designs, each one created specifically to be a cross-stitch.
Dragon Bear
the home of fine (and usually free!) arts, crafts, history, literature and whatever else we decide to put here.
Dragon Dreams
Don't sell directly to stitchers. Several sources provided at site.
Dutch Treat Designs - mostly table toppers
European Cross-stitch
The Essamplaire
Fabulous collection of antique samplers from around the world.
Fantasy Crafts Distributors
the best selection of fantasy or medieval designs that we can put your hands on (from the website)
Foxview Needlepoint
Accessories, canvas, needle holders and more
Free Patterns Online
Cross-stitch and quilting patterns
The French Needle - exclusive and elegant heirloom embroidery and cross stitch supplies
Gryphon's Moon
Many dragon patterns
Designs by Frank Lloyd Wright in counted cross stitch - check both sites as prices differ
Heartland House Designs
wrightcatalor.org
Historical Needlework Resources
a resource centre for those interested in the study and practice of pre-16th century(Dark Ages, Medieval and Renaissance) needlework/embroidery and its techniques.
Online Kreinik Thread vendors
Kustom Crafts
an exceptional variety of needlework products and services (crochet, cross stitch, quilting, etc.
Lakeside Linens and Designs
Washable hand-dyed linens & counted thread designs
Lord of the Rings charts
Allyson's Needlecraft
Cross Stitch Ordering Options From 1-2-3 Stitch!
Scarlet Quince
quite elaborate designs - artwork-inspired
TW Designworks
Lots of Celtic and fantasy patterns - on-line and other sources linked. Pretty advanced charts.
Threadneedle Street
Lots of materials, books, blank canvas for needlepoint but a pain in the butt ordering form.
Whispered by the Winds
counted cross stitch - quilts, etc.
The World's Leading Cross Stitch Book Distributor!

Knitting

| Boston yarn shops | Dutch yarn stores | Casting off | Casting on | Casting on Lace |
| Celtic cables | Fair Isle/Stranded resources | Finishing techniques | How tos/Tips n Tricks | Kitchener stitch |
| Knitting blogs | Knitting history | Magic loop URLs | Men's Patterns | Needle size conversion charts |
| New York City yarn shops | Pattern design | Pattern errata | Patterns | Repair work |
| Sheep & wool festivals | Sock pattern, etc. links | Spinning resources | Steeks | Yarns |

Boston area yarn shops
Bead + Fiber - Boston - Silverline bus stop Washington St. at Perry St.
Circles Salon - Roslindale, MA
   Not a store anymore but a place to meet for social stitiching
Gather Here - Cambridge - Central Sq. stop - Redline
Jamaica Plain Knit & Stitch - its name says it all - Orange Line - Stony Brook stop
Mind's Eye - Boston - Porter Square - Red Line
Mr. Yarn - Online store based in Quincy, MA (I think)
Newbury Yarns - Boston - Downtown Crossing - Orange & Red Lines or Green Line State St.
Stitch House - Dorchester - JFK Umass stop - Red Line
Uncommon Yarn - Brookline. Coolidge Corner stop - Green Line
Big Sky Knitting Designs
Janet Szabo. A cable-lover's dream come true. Books & newsletter.
Domestic Miss - A Sweet And Sour Slice of Life
Dutch yarn stores
de Afstap
Amsterdam - A yarn store in Amsterdam I heard about on Ravelry. Seems to be a big Rowan shop & is near where Guus lives.
The Otherist
Amsterdam - formerly Egg Mercantile - Manos del Uruguay yarn and more
Weldraad
Amsterdam - Bij Weldraad vind je een unieke verzameling van natuurvriendelijk geproduceerde wol en garens, stoffen en knopen. Or In Weldraad you will find a unique collection of environmentally friendly produced wool and yarns, fabrics and buttons. Haarlemmerdijk 147
Woool
Den Haag
elann.com
Discounted yarn & free patterns (freebies only women's patterns except for the socks & shawl)
Eweknit
Everett, PA, just up the road from where I was born in New Castle.
Find a yarn shop
Knitmap.com
Find yarn stores wherever you are.
PlanetPurl
- Found shops in Mannheim that Knitmap missed.
Foreign language knitting terms
Modern French knitting abbreviations
German - translates symbols and explanations into English
Norwegian knitting terms
Russian - from Vogue knitting. The weirdest transliteration system I've ever seen. Seems to be based on pronunciation.
Translation of Knitting Terms From Various Languages to English - including Dutch, Russian (I wish I could find one with the actual, factual Cyrillic), Swedish and more. Estonian, anyone?
Kaffe Fassett
Amazingly colorful patterns.
The Girl From Auntie
As mentioned in the New York Times
Handknitting.com
Yarns, Patterns, Needles and supplies for Knitting, Crochet, Felting, Spinning and Weaving. Run by the wonderfully cooperative and helpful Laurel.
Heartstrings Fiber Arts - a wholesale pattern company
But some great articles (on copyright, etc., in their Resources link).
How tos/Tips n Tricks
Andersson heel - for toe-up socks & avoiding short-row heels
Knitman's page
Yarmando's page
armscyes — determinig the amount of decrease between the bottom & top of a sleeve
Back to back join - "The back join . . . is a method for working in the tails AS YOU GO in multi-color knittingthe illustrations below show the back join in circular knitting." - from Techknitter (who's from Wisconsin, no less!).
Basic Knit Instructions
Beads and knitting
Beads and knitting
youtube video using a crochet hook - thanks lucyneatby
Drop-Free Method for Adding Beads to Knitting
Thanks Tweedleblog! And Ravelry's Gails for pointing me to it!
Using Super Dental Floss
pictures from Vortex of Chaos (ooo, sounds scary). Here's another version, from Ravelry. You have to be a member to see it, I think.
Yarn Weight vs. Bead Size - thanks to Laura Nelkin
Blocking links
Blocking Tips & Tricks
Blocking Tips & Tricks II
Blocking with wires
From Interweave Press
Build-it-yourself lace blocking frame
from Knitpics
Hand made blocking boards
DIY sock blocker
Courtesy of Snapguide
How to be happy
Or How to Block Any Lace Shawl. From Eunny Jang.
How to block hand knitting
from knittingblogspot.com
Hot to block a sweater
Youtube video from KnitPicks
How to Block Knitting
from Sarah White at about.com
Interlocking foam mats
for blocking lace, etc.
Knitter's blocks
Interlocking System for Blocking Handknits
Walk around the block
From the yarn harlot
Bird's eye lace - video tutorial from The Shetland Trader
Brioche Rib - youtube video - apparently this stitch uses tons o' yarn. And here's a site that tells you how Graft Brioche Stitch Invisibly.
Knitting cables without a needle - with thanks to Knittingdaily.com - although it seems to me much easier just to use a needle).
Grumperina's photo tutorial
Photo tutorial
youtube video tutorial (the best of the bunch IMHO)
Tulip Buttonhole with Eunnny Jang - Knitting Daily Youtube video
Casting off (Kind of odd to have this before casting on but that's where it falls alphabetically).
A stretchier bind off
from Knitting Daily
Ban stair-step bind-offs!
Especially for shoulders if you want to do 3-needle bind off.
Bind Off Your Yarn with Vicki Square
from Interweave Press
Cat Bordhi-PERSONAL FOOTPRINTS-Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind-Off
EXCELLENT for shawls, socks, etc.
Grandma's Favorite Bind Off (Loose Bind Off)
I've tried another version of htis & unless you do it loosely, it's not that stretchy.
Lori's Twisty Bind Off
Extra Stretchy, No Flare Bind Off for Ribbing, Continental (Youtube video)
Miraculous elastic bind off
from Slip Slip Knit
Russian Grafting (a GREAT alternative to Kitchener Stitch)
Fiona's Russian grafting - now with pictures
Knitfreedom's version - SO clear
Walkabout Russian Grafting a mini lesson
Youtube video - hey, you can even use it for socks!
Elizabeth Zimmerman's Sewn Bind Off
Some prefer this to the Cat Bordhi surprisingly stretchy one.
Suspended Bind Off for Knitting
From Stitchdiva - great for "fliexible bind off" or where patterns say to bind off loosely.
Casting on
Channel Island Cast on
Youtube video from Eunny Jang - good for socks
COWYAK
Casting On with Waste Yarn And Knit - thanks to Ravelry via Technitter. Complete with pictures.
Eunny casts on in the round
With double-pointed needles
Knitting from the center cast-on methods
" Belly buttons" and the umbilical waste cord method
Disappearing loop method - thank you TECHknitting!
Emily Ocker's Cast On - using a crochet hook
Figure 8 cast on video
courtesy of Youtube
Google - 390,000 pages
Cat Bordhi demonstratesJudy Becker's Magic Cast-On - for toe-up socks
Youtube video. Judy's page with photos is here - it also shows how to do 2 at a time cast-on
Long-tail cast on
Courtesy of The East Side Knitter
Picking and seed stitch
Youtube video courtesy of Kathleen Cubley
Provisional cast-ons
Eunny's provisional cast-ons
Fleegle's Totally Stretchy and/or Provisional Cast-On
Painless Provisional Cast On - Part I & Part II
from Idle Witch
Ribbing cast on
How to cast on so the cast on row looks like your ribbing from Eunny Jang
Tubular cast on
From Knitting Daily & Euny Jang
Twisted German cast on (aka Norwegian cast-on)
Knitting on the net
Youtube - courtesy of knitwitch
Care instructions labels - free printable .pdf file for gifting your creations. Thank you CDM Handmade!
Casting on Lace
Majoring in Lace - Part IV
from Eunny (See bottom of page)
Celtic cables
Celtic knot knitting
Great tutorial on how to avoid holes in closed loops
Durrow cable
Simple celtic cable
Circular swatches knit flat (back and forth on two needles) - from TECHknitter
Decreases - great resource to see how the various kinds of decreases look & match
Fair Isle/Stranded resouces
Beyond The Basics - FairIsle
Picking colors from Euny Jang of Interweave
Fair Isle and Norwgian Knitting
How to get started tutorials, Teaching Resouces for Beginners, and more
Fair Isle Float Weaving Tutorial
from ecowling
Getting started with stranded knitting
From By gum by golly's Vintage Knitting College
Finishing techniques
Crochet - sometimes patterns will suggest you do a single crochet (e.g. around armholes). Here are two helpful sites.
Knit Witch
Especially for Jo Sharp patterns
Mattress stitch - for connecting pieces
Fixing dyes in yarns that crock (bleed) using vinegar - from Grumperina
Hints for intarsia and knitting Kaffe Fassett designs - thank goodness I found this before starting the Tumbling Blocks crew neck sweater
How to Make Dorset Buttons - making buttons that exactly match the cardi's yarn because they use the same wool!
A very nearly invisible increase - from techknitting blogspot
"Invisible" purl increase video - from Drops Studio
Kitchener stitch
Best kitchener stitch video ever
Grafting on the needle
by Sandi Wiseheart
http://bagateller.tripod.com/ tips/kitchener.html
http://members.aol.com/knitexpert/ kitchener.html
http://queenkahuna-creations.com/ kitchenerstitch_socktoes.pdf
requires Adobe Acrobat Reader, but has quite extensive step by step photos
Russian grafting - Youtube video
best alternative to kitchener stitch I've seen since all the stitches are approached knit-wise with crochet hook
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/2007/05/easier-way-to-kitchener-stitch-also.html
Yarntini kitchener video
Knittinghelp.com - Home to over 150 free knitting videos, abbreviation explanations and more
Kinttingrobin.blogspot tips & tricks
Knitting Pattern Central tutorials - 3D grafting, basic bind-off, increases, all kinds of stuff
Knitting tips n tricks - including needle size conversion charts, and more
Knitting your first top-down sweater - This from the website: "This Knit along was designed to help a knitter get started on top down knitting, and to help visualize how they are constructed." Especially helpful for short-rows for the back.
Lengthen an item you've knit too short - Eunny Jang
Lifelines (esp. for lace knittng) another Lifelines Youtube video
Picking up stitches for knitting sleeves top down
Read Yarn Labels with Vicki Square
Repair work
Fixing Loose Stiches and Snags
Repairing sweaters
Unknitting
fixing mistakes from Kathleen Cubley @ Knitting Daily
Seaming garter stitch - courtesy of Purlsoho
Splice Yarn with Vicki Square - from Interweave Press
SSK Alternative Method - A no-slip, no-remount method for making a left-leaning decrease
http://techknitting.blogspot.com/ - lots of great videos
Tips for Fixing the Loose St on the Edge of Cables and Intarsia
Wrapping & turning - concealing wraps - Cat Bordhi - Part 1 | Part 2
Ice Queen Blog
Ice Queen blog about too little yarn & picot cast on (search for Ice Queen)
Iris Fine Yarns
Appleton, WI
Joann's.com
online discount vendor
Kathy's Kreations
"Kathy Zimmerman is an accomplished knitter, teacher, and knitwear designer. Standard Yarn Weight System, Standard Body Measurements/Sizing, Hooks & needles conversion chart, videos and more
KnitWiki
"The KnitWiki is a community run knitting encyclopedia with patterns, techniques, historical information and a whole lot more! " With many thanks to Sarah Bradberry!
Knitcircus
published quarterly in Madison, WI by a group of dedicated fiber-craft junkies featuring knitting and sewing patterns, interviews, articles, and reviews, with an eco- and socially-responsible bent.
Knitters' Review
Go here for reviews & suggestions on just about anything knitting-related.
Knitting
Patterns, lists, tips & tricks, etc.
Knitting Abbreviations
Knitting at knoon
Patterns, Quicktime videos (kitchener stitch!), and more.
Knitting Beyond the Hebrides
"dedicated to those wanting to share information and techniques about traditional forms of knitting, such as Fair Isle, Aran and Guernsey"
Knitting blogs
A Traveling Knitter - confessions of a flight attendent who knits
almostfeldted knitblog - home of " finishing the uncorked sweater" - uncorking the top down sleeve, armsyces and more
Bagateller - plus a gallery, tips, links & more
brooklyntweed.blogspot.com - great patterns
Ann Budd's blog - the author of innumerable books & patterns finally joins the WWW.
Crowing Ram male knitter
Fiberguys - Kyle Kunnecke's "project started back in 2008 with a yearning to learn more about what people thought about guys who knit."
Firefly Knit - some pretty cool cables as of May 28. 2008 - also on Ravelry
Fleegle's Blog - includes links to her Etsy store
fpea - another feminist who knits, frets about the environment and dishes questionable fashion tips
Fuzzy Feet-along
Go Knit in Your Hat - some book reviews if you can find them
Grumperina - blog plus a knitting page with "helpful stuff" like Combined knitting & Knitting videos, free patterns & more
Hello yarn - Jan. 9, 2006 had some scull & crossbones mittens & hat - pretty Goth
In tricot veritas - French-language site
Eunny Jang.com - some free patterns, some for pay, lots of good tips
Knitterguy - some pretty amazing lace work
Knitting Sunshine - she also sells hand-dyed yarn
Musings on the art of the cable - from Janet Szabo, queen of the cable
The Panopticon
QueerJoe's Knitting Blog yet again
The Rainey Sisters - wonderfully described (if lacking pictures) patterns
Sean's Soapbox - first and employee, then manager and then owner of Cambridge's Woolcotts, which, sadly is now closed. Sean's new project is http://personalknitter.com/ - let Sean help you learn to stitch, finish a project, rescue a project and more.
Stringativity - by Tracy Grawey Purtscher who often feels like a gnat in a sandstorm:
Yarnharlot - aka Stephanie Pearl-McPhee
Knitting font
For Macs.
Knitting History
Gansey sweater history
Knitting reference library
From the University of Southhampton. "[I]ncludes the published works collected by Montse Stanley, Richard Rutt and Jane Waller. These comprise books, exhibition catalogues, knitting patterns, journals and magazines." Here's an article on the project. Thanks to Ravelry's eklectika for this link.
Top 10 men in knitting - from Knitty.com
Yarn boys in history - the history of men knitting
Knitting library
want to do some acquisition hunting? Here's a list of favorites
Knitting traditions
offering classes on traditional techniques, and wholesale patterns.
Knitting terms translated
French, English, German & Spanish
Knitty
little purls of wisdom - kind of a blog, patterns, etc.
Knit Visualizer
Charts knitting patterns. $185 makes it a little pricey.
The KnitWiki
a community run knitting encyclopedia with patterns, techniques, historical information and a whole lot more!
Letsknit.com
Has a good faq section, including stitches/inch for various weights of yarn. Physical store in Tiverton, Rhode Island
The Local Needle
Located in Florida. Great shipping prices.
Loom Knitting Help
a list of software which can be used for knitting, including fonts - the links don't seem to work?
Magic Loop URLS
Cast-on Two Cuffs on One Magic Loop - Tutorial - Linda's Knitting Blog
Two socks on one circular needle - another toe up
Knitting two socks in one on three needles
Menknit.net
Home of the Partial History of male knitting, blogs and more
MetaPostModernKnitting
"a celebration of fashion-forward and avant-garde knitting." Site includes "patterns, trend analysis, and news that represents the more artistic, unconventional and forward-thinking realm of knitting"
Modeknit
Home of Confessions of a Knittine Heretic and Raccoon Hat
Nancy's Knit Knacks
Home of the heavy duty ball winder. Overview, typical uses, operation & more here.
Needle size conversion sites
New York City yarn shops - selected list
       (Underground Crafter has a curated list of her favorites, and The New York City Yarn Crawl also maintains a list.).
Annie & Co. - 1763 2nd Ave. SW Corner of 92nd St.
downtown yarns - 45 Avenue A (between 3rd and 4th Streets)
Gauge and Tension - 61 Greenpoint Ave., Brooklyn (between between Franklin St. and West St. (Dial 940 at the directory, they'll buzz you in) - now carrying some Habu Textiles yarns.
Knitty City - 79th btwn. Broadway & Amsterdam - south side of the street
purlsoho - 459 Broome Street - now carrying some Habu Textiles yarns.
School Products Co., Inc. - 1201 B'way 3rd fl. btwn 28th & 29th Sts. Yarns, weaving supplies
The Yarn Company now Online and Popup only - large selection of designer yarns, needles
Northeast Fiber Arts Center
"Oodles of yarn & fiber." Near Burlington, VT
Paradise Fibers
All kinds of tools & yarn
Pattern design
Cable Graph Generator from VisiKnit
Enter the pattern you wish to generate a chart for in the text box below, then click “Graph It”. You will be prompted to save the image on your computer. Also available from tata-ttao
Color dominance
They call it yarn dominance, but I think it makes more sense to think of it as color dominance - for consideration when doing stranded work like fair-isle knitting.
Convert a Sweater Pattern
1) Find your gauge and the gauge used in the published pattern. 2) Calculate the two conversion factors. 3) Convert the rows and stitches in the published pattern to the rows and stitches you need to knit. This page has a form for each step. Fill out the first form. The second will fill automatically. You can then edit rows and stitches in form three to convert the your pattern.
Custom Fit Fingerless Mitts
Courtesy of Sarah Bradberry of knitting-and.com
Designing lace shawls
Designing lace shawls
courtesy of Hubpattern. JUST the link I've been looking for!
How to insert lace motifs into triangular lace shawls
by Michelle Miller
Knitted Lace Triangle Construction
by Michelle Miller
Ease to please
Fibonacci sequence
The Incredible, Custom-fit Raglan Sweater
Much better numbers than knitting fool's (IMHO)
Knit Pro 2.0
Turn graphic files into knitting or needlepoint patterns
Knitting Cable Chart Generator
Cables & lace symbols plus 3 custom stitch options
Knitting Chart Maker by Jacquie
Amazing free online resource to help you chart your patterns (lace and/or cable) - or to translate written instructions into charts.
Knittingpattern.is
Requires Microsoft Silverlight. Design your own sweater. Haven't used this yet but looks pretty kewl. Speciically for Lopi designs. (And a typo on the intro page, but if they're Israeli, thus not English as mother tongue, I guess that can be forgiven.) Includes several tutorials.
Knittink.com
amazing site where you chose your project type by body part (body, legs, head, etc.), plug in your gauge, fill in the various parameters & bob's your uncle it gives you a pattern. Only "partially functional" as of 2011/12/20.
Lace stitch patterns
from Knittingfool.com - look for "stitch patterns" on the left-hand column
Laylock.org
Fabulous site - home of the Free Shawl Knitting Cheat Sheet - a pdf file that gives you a template for five different shawl shapes. Site also includes a blog and many other free resources.
Mosaic Pattern generator
From Laura Kogler. This is a script to generate patterns intended to be knit using the two-color knitting technique known as "mosaic", or "slip-stitch", knitting.
Online sweater pattern calculators from Knittingfool.com
Drop Sleeve
Raglan top-down
Set-in sleeve
Sweater Pattern Calculator
gives amount of yarn needed in ounces
Shetland lace shawl architecture explained
By Troutgirlie - not really a how-to but someone with several shawls under their belt (so to speak) might be able to figure out the template & add their own pattern
Substituting and Estimating Yarn Amounts
Design software review
Thinking beyond the pattern
From Knitty.com. Width/length adjustments, set in sleeves, sleeve length, yarn substitution & more
Tools to Help You Convert Knitting Patterns
GREAT resource - includes Decrease/increase stitches evenly across a row, Increase stitches to taper a standard sleeve knit from the bottom up (or decrease from top down), Estimate yardage to knit a sock and MORE.
The Top-Down Sleeve: Sleeve Cap Parts 1 (where she shows the math) and 2 (the actual, factual knitting)
From Paula J. Ward
Yardage estimator
for a rectangle
Yarn Standards
Craft Yarn Council. Abbreviations, FAQs, standard body measurements, weight system, etc.
Yarn Thickness/Length standards and counts
Estimates on yards/pounds for various yarn thicknesses
Pattern errata
The Green Mountain Spinnery Knitting Book Errata Page
Interweave press knitting book errata - Folk Hats, Folk Mittens, etc.
knitblog.com/errata.htm
Nomad Press - Artic Lace (first, second, and third printing errata), Knitting in the Old Way (first printing) & Simple Socks
Patterns
about.com
patterns from the 1940s and more
Antique Pattern Library
an effort to scan needlework pattern books that are in the public domain
Baby hats
http://acechick.typepad.com/knitchicks_patterns/ - tomato baby beanie - not the first pattern on the page
http://www.woolworks.org/babies.html
http://maggi.typepad.com/maggistitches/2003/11/a_week_late_yes.html
http://www.woolworks.org/cloths.html
http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter04/PATTmissdashwood.html - size 0-3 months [3-6months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years]
Balaclava pattern
Noa 3-in-1
http://www.craftown.com/knit.htm
Cowls
Ravelry search results
Dale of Norway free patterns
Dishcloth Patterns - from Knitting Pattern Central
Dr. Who Scarf - knitting pattern
Dragon scale patterns
Dragon Scale gauntlets
Dragon scale mittens
Euroflax yarn patterns
From Louet Sales
Free knitting patterns from Crystal Palace
Sweaters, socks, bags and more
Free Knitting Patterns by Darilyn - Lap Robe, Hug shawl, scarves, dishcloths
Free Knitting Patterns Netring
Free Patterns
From VogueKnitting. Not a lot for moi, but you might find something.
Free Patterns, Help, and Other Stuff
From Wendy Knits Socks and more
Iva Rose
Vintage patterns
Knitted tea-cozy
.pdf file from Interweave Press
Lace knitting patterns
Shawls and stoles
Lace Knitting Resources
Lots of wonderful patterns & websites a little down on the page
Linen Stitch scarf
Great for using up scrap yarn
Landscape sweaters
Free patterns from sweaterscapes.com. For intarsia lovers.
Majoring in Lace
A several-part introduction to lace by Eunny Jang. Including casting on, blocking, reading charts and more.
Men who knit
Sort of a Ravelry for male knitters
Men's patterns
Chunky yarn men's patterns
Pattern generator for chunky men's raglan
DROPS' collection
Some very attractive sweaters, hats, etc.
Knittingpatterncentral.com
Thanks to Allison Neville for this link - many patterns, some require registration to view. Other patterns here.
Knitty.com
Vintage purls - long socks, vests, etc. from the 1940s
Online Digital Archive of Documents on Weaving and Related Topics
Pdf files of old pattern books for knitting & crocheting from the University of Arizona
Rustling Leaf Press
Publishers of The Eclectic Sole
Scarf Patterns
Scarves & Shawls
Stained Glass Scarf
Shrug Patterns (Free)
Chocolate Shrug - approx 400g / 600m chunky yarn (I think I was using Paton's Shetland Style Chunky), needles 4.5mm and 5.5mm
Gauge approx 13.5 sts / 4" and 19 rows / 4" on 5.5mm needles
Elegant Shoulderette Shrug
Lion Brand Textures Mohair Blend, 2 skeins
Needles size 5 (short) and a 24 inch circular #9
2 stitch Markers
Row counter
Jenessa's Drop Stitch Shrug - Materials: I used worsted weight yarn and size 8 dpns and 10 straight needles. This pattern makes sleeves to just below the elbow, but you can make them any length. Author doesn't give yarn amount.
Lacy Bed Jacket - 4 skeins Caron Simply Soft (each skein 6 oz/170g/330 yards) or appropriate substitution
Gauge: Over Garland Pattern St, 4 st = 1", 6.6 rows = 1" - Materials: Size 8 US (5mm) straight needles, Size 8 US (5mm) circular needles
Straw.com
Hats, Socks, Pullovers & more
Sweater patterns
Deep V-Neck Cardigan
Noro silk garden jacket - Knitty.com pattern
Ribbed men's pullover- Knitty.com pattern
24 sts/32 rows = 4" in stockinette stitch on larger needles 26 sts/32 rows = 4" in 5x3 rib on larger needles
Sorbet sweater
From Coats & Clark
Perlgrey.com
buttons and patterns designed by Adrienne Thomas featuring the luminous hand dyed, natural yarns of sister studios, Fleece Artist and Hand Maiden
Quince and Co.
A New England-based company that offers "a line of thoughtfully conceived yarns spun from American wool or sourced from overseas suppliers who grow plants, raise animals, or manufacture a yarn in as earth- and labor-friendly a way as possible." Patterns, too.
Ravelry
Great knitters' social networking site for yarns, patterns, friends, etc. You can list your stash, books, projects and more.
Reversible cables
from Lily Chin
Sock pattern, etc. links
Converting top-down patterns to toe-up
From Petite Tuques
Channel Island cast on
See the link under Cast ons)
Darning Socks
How to darn a sock
blobee youtube video
Introduction to Sock Darning
Knitpicks youtube video
Extreme knitting: 2 socks in one
Using double-pointed needles. Thanks to Knitty's Kory Stamper.
Fleegle's Toe-Up No-Flap, No-Hassle Sock Pattern
Men's sock patterns
Ravelry list courtesy of savarez (you need to be a member to see this info)
No Sock Holes For You
How to avoid holes when connecting the heel to the instep
Reinforcing toes & heels
Knitting article by Theresa Vinson Stenersen
Short-row heels
Cat's Sweet Tomato Heel Socks - a Heel Tutorial
"emerged last winter after several days of sitting beside the wood stove with my mother while trying to fiddle my way towards a new short-row heel." I still think I like the gusset heel with reinforcement - I think it will wear longer.
Heels by the numbers
Various kinds of heels - V heel, aka Half Hankerchief; Round heel, aka French heel; Square heel, aka Dutch heel; etc.
Japanese Short Rows
From nonaknits - too complicated for moi
Short-row heels - yarn overs instead of wraps
A photo demo from Purlwise
Short Row Heel Demo - Lifestyle Toe Up Socks, No wraps!
No wraps?? Who knew?
Sock Calculators
The Arachne Sock Calculator
Hour Glass Knee Sockulator
Violet Green's Sock Calculator
Sock Museum
a real-live exhibit of historically important and accurate sock replicas from the oldest pattern we can find, right up to the current time
Sock patterns
Blueberry Waffle socks
Vintage Sock Patterns
Sock size chart
Know their shoe size? Knit a pair of socks for them. (Whole sizes only for some reason)
Turning Heels
All kinds of sock heels & stitch counts. I think you have to be a member of the Sock Knitters Yahoo group to see this.
Zig & Zag Sockulator
From the Knitting Fiend website: "Here's a sockulator for both Zig and Zag socks. The two socks are almost identical. The only difference is the method used to work the double decreases. A 'zag' is pictured. I'm working on my Zig, and I'll show it to you soon! Meanwhile, you can knit either."
Vermont Fiber Designs
xxsmall to 6x-large sizes
Sheep & Wool Festivals
The Massachusetts Sheep and Woolcraft Fair
Late May.Cummington Fairgrounds, Cummington, MA. Oddly right during lambing season?
Northern Michigan Lamb & Wool Festival
Late Sept. West Branch, MI. While hardly "Northern Michgan" at least from the viewpoint of this Yooper, (sort of the "middle of the mitten, ask me), it looks like fun.
Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival
Late Oct. Dutchess County Fairgrounds, Rhinebeck, NY. FanTAStic venue & vendors.
Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival
Berryville, VA
Spinning Resources
Beginners' resources - links generously provided by Susan Stern of Perchancetoknit
Introduction to spinning part 1 - how does it work?
Introduction to spinning part 2 - beyond park & draft
Spinning 101 - Wheel spinning via Liz Gipson
More beginning resources from moi - thanks to the Ravelry beginning spinners group
Drop Spindle Basics - bottom whorl via Abby Franquement
Bradford System
Wikipedia article on a way to assess the quality of wool. Thanks AGAIN! to Susie.
The Joy of Handspinning
"all the information you need to teach yourself the art of handspinning yarn. Our web site includes several video demonstrations to assist you in learning various handspinning techniques, along with articles of helpful information." With many thanks to Susie at Perchancetoknit.
Notchless top-whorl spindles
From Knitty.com. What to do if your spindle lacks a notch. For those like moi who purchased such spindles.
Preparing a top for spinning
Preparing Hand Painted Silk for Spinning
Selecting, Preparing and Spinning Mohair
Resources for Hand Spinners
Stark Hollow Farm
Huntington, VT Great range of fibers at good prices. And they're in New England!
Stripping a batt for spinning
From the The Redhead of Red Stone Yarns whose website seems to have disappeared.
Types of drop spindles
Joy of hand spinning
What are batts, top, roving, and so forth?
With thanks to Abby's Yarns
The Woolery
Source for wheels & fiber
Steeks
Crochet-reinforced steek youtube video
Excuse Me, But What is a "Steek"?
Fair Isle-Style Steeking:The Quick and Dirty Tutorial
Norwegian Steeking Technique - from Knitty.com (involves a sewing machine)
These Flocks
the brainchild of Christien Meindertsma. a knitwear brand in the broadest sense of the word
Tiger-eye shawl pattern
Blackberry ridge
Twist Collective
Interesting patterns
Unique Sheep
Includes big skeins of sock yarn for man-sized feet
Vogue magazine stitch library
Knit/purl, cables, colorwork & more
Wendy Knits
Basically a knitting/weaving blog - from Andy
Webb's
America's yarn store - Northhampton, MA
Woolworks
a noncommercial, volunteer-run site full of information for handknitters. Patterns, resources, stores & more.
Yarn and Fiber Co.
Windham, NH. Good prices, great shipping options.
yarns by design
Neenah, WI
Yarns
Autumn House Farms
wonderful nubbly variegated yarn, and other choices
Blackberry Ridge Woolen Mills
a family-owned spinnery located in the hills of Vermont Township in South Central Wisconsin - yarns and patterns
Briar Rose Fibers
Chasing Rainbow Dyeworks yarn
Beautiful stuff
Cherry Tree Hill
Hand-dyed merino sock yarn
Colourmart
UK store specializing in lace-weight cashmere & silk yarns & more. Explanation of their yarn weight descriptions is here.
Euroflax
Louet's wonderful yarn - tips for knitting with it.
Fiddlesticks Knitting
Shawls, scarves, wraps & tops, yarns in organic cotton, wool & silk, etc.
Fleeceartist.com
Hand dyed many colourways in silks/wools/ kid mohair / alpaca / cashmere in rovings and yarns.
Green Mountain Spinnery
Putney, VT - Mountain Mohair and more
Habu textiles
Yarns from Japan, silk, steel (!), and more. Pretty pricey.
Mango Moon yarns
Extraordinary silk yarns made from saris
Noro
Scrumdillyumscious Japanese varigated yarns - unfortunately you have to read Japanese
Sheep Shop Yarns
processed & dyed in Uruguay
Yarn Bazaar
Yarns, tools, free patterns, etc.
Yarn Safaris
customized tours to distinctive fiber farms, sheep and wool festivals, fiber studios, textile museums, and yarn shops in greater Boston, New England and beyond
Yarnzilla
Minnesota yarn emporium with occasional sales
Washing and cleaning of mohair
WalkerTreasury.com
Knitted swatches from Barbara Walker Treasuries

Misc

Annie's Attic
Everything from crocheting to tatting.
Bead resources
Art beads - free shipping on orders over $10
Beaded Images - a complete selection of Miyuki Delica Beads Including the new Size 11/0 Duracoat Delica's and the new Tila Beads
Beadiesbeadwork - 5 FREE Swarovski Bicones with every order over $25.00. $2.00 Shipping anywhere in the U.S.
BeadsdirectUSA - Lifetime loyalty reward points with every purchase
Caravan Beads - wholesale Miyuki Delica Beads® and Japanese seed beads to bead stores, designers and manufacturers. They sell 100g bags of some Miyukis.
Earthfaire - not sure they're always the cheapest but they seem to have colors the others don't
Etsy
Fire Mountain Gems - recommended by the Bead Queen, my friend, Laurie Benson. They sell 250g bags.
Fox Den Beads - haven't done the math yet, but their large-quantity offer might be cheaper than most.
Land of Odds
Shipwreck beads - Lace, WA They sell larger quantites but mostly only 11s. Their description of the other sizes (4mm) I'm not familiar with.
eCommerce Comparisons for Makers
Shared by Grace Dobush
Elissa's Creative Warehouse
Needham, MA. Loads of buttons & other crafty things.
Eucalan woolwash
Out of Canada . 135 oz. bottles available.
Fabric Place Basement
Natick, MA
Franklin MIll Store
Franklin, MA. Huge selection of fabrics & quite a nice yarn selection as well. Great place to have your sewing machine serviced.
Metro Boston fabric shops
Yelp list
coolcraftsites.com
Cross Stitch Crafts, Embroidery, Needlepoint, etc.
Custom labels
bcilabels.com - woven, printed, and pressure sensitive labels
Charm Woven Labels
clothinglabels4u.com - many options re fabric, etc.
Sienna Pacific - really custom
Harts Fabric
Pillow forms available.
International Quilt Study Center & Museum
Lincoln, NE
Just Patterns (for baskets)
Metric Conversion sites
Onlineconversion.com - length, temperature, speed, volume, weight and more
Worldwide Metric - length, weight, volume, etc.
Needlearts Studio
Television program sponsored by Interweave Press. Links to program topics, free patterns, etc,
Pantry & Clothing pests
Knitting blogspot.com - Moth control tips
http://www.duncraft.com/Pantry-Pest
Quasi-crystalline pattern generator (a.k.a. Penrose tiling).
Freeware for non-commercial purposes. Unfortunately only for Windows machines. I'm using this to try to apply to a knitting pattern, but could be used for any needlework. Jpgs of sample output are here
Ram's Horn Studios
FABULOUS vendor of pewter buttons & other great stuff. "All Jewelry is made from the highest quality, jeweler's pewter, which is as always lead-free."
Saltwaterpurls
Interesting knitter's blog
Sharon b's Stitches for Embroidery and Needlework
Great stitch dictionary
Spinayarn.com
Blank canvas, threads, for knitting, needlepoint. Based in Edmonds WA.
Transporting Knitting Needles & Needlepoint from the Transportation Security Administration
Vintage by Crystal
Local Boston artist, featured on Martha Stuart, whose creations are "inspired by decorations and objects from the past."
Wichelt Imports
Distributor of Fine Needlework Fabrics and Accessories witha great "Find a fabric" option.

Sewing

I thought, since I now own a Singer 301A sewing machine, I'd start collecting links about that, too.

Laura Wirkkala Ostling
Custom textile work, sewing classes & more
Laura's Sewing School - Arlington, MA
Run by th maker of the incomparable Wirkkala leather flute cases. Website also has a nice collection of sewing/fabric-related web pages.
National Sewing Circle
With some helpful free videos. Unfortunately the most basic one, "How to use a sewing machine" is available only with the premium membership.
Sewing & Vacuum Center
Davis Square, Somverville Sewing machine repaire & sales
Singer 301 & 301A parts
Singer 301 301A Vintage Sewing Machine Review
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