Knitting on the Web
What's here is just
a small percentage of what you'll find on the Web. These links are our
favorites and will provide you with an excellent starting point for more
fiber-related Web exploration. Enjoy!
- Favorite links from Knitter's
Review forum participants
- Charities seeking knitted items
- Fiber resources
- Learn to knit
- Publishers and online communities
And also, read our reviews
of select shops around the U.S..
Associations and guilds
Craft Yarn Council of America
By the folks who bring us the annual Knit Out
events, this site also has good links if you're interested in becoming
a certified knitting instructor. Also has links for crochet.
The Knitting Guild of
Has an active bulletin board and Members' Only
section. Also offers the Master Knitting and Learn to Knit programs as
well as for-fee downloadable correspondence courses. I encourage everyone
to join, not just for the magazine (Cast On) and Members' Only access
but also so we can show the world just how many knitters are out there!
The world of wool is at your fingertips. While
the main site is intended for commercial manufacturers, the Living with Wool section provides helpful background information on wool and other fibers. If you can filter through occasional marketing hype, there's good meat here.
Fibers Info Center
Kindly provided by the Texas Food and Fibers
Commission, this site has some excellent links to information sources
in the cotton, wool, and mohair industries. If you're researching for
a project, curious about the industry, or considering entering it yourself,
you'll find this site helpful.
Learn to knit
Threads Free Online Classroom: Beginning Knitting
Absolutely remarkable! Provided by Common Threads,
a fiber shop in Encinitas, California, this site features an online knitting
class. I'm not talking about simple printed instructions, I mean actual
video clips of your teacher walking you through each technique.
The bulletin boards let you chat with fellow students and ask your teacher
questions. You'll learn how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. You'll
need to have RealPlayer installed on your machine to view the lessons,
but they provide links and instructions on how to do it.
As the name suggests, this site (provided by
the Craft Yarn Council of America) covers the basics about yarn and tools,
followed by step-by-step instructions on how to get started. Once you're
comfortable with the basic stitches, you can move to the Project
Ideas area to find easy patterns for your first project.
This is actually a section of a site that offers
free knitting patterns for toys. The beauty here is that you can see animated
images of different stitches as they are made. There are currently 10
stitches shown: Purl into Back (Pb), Cast On Double Method, Kinc (increasing
from right to left), Kbinc (increasing from left to right), Making an
Increase (working an increase between 2 stitches), Working CAST ONs at
end of row, Icord single method, Binding Off 2 pieces together, Pickup
Stitches along side of edge, and Pickup Stitches in slipped stitch edge
Homes and Gardens Knitting Basics
Here you'll find clear, beautifully laid out
instructions on the basics of knitting. This section covers information
about needles and the gauge notations in patterns before teaching how
to cast on, knit, purl, make slip-stitch decreases, knit two stitches
together, increase stitches in the middle of a row, and work with colors.
Guild of America Educational Programs
TKGA offers fee-based correspondence courses for hand
and machine knitting at a variety of skill levels. You must be a member of TKGA before you can take any of these classes. The Learn to Knit program
is particularly helpful because you actually have your finished swatches
reviewed by the instructors.
Other courses include New Aran Sweater Design;
Professional Finishing Technique; Traditional Ganseys; Machine Knitting--Getting
Started; Mosaic Knitting; Basics, Basics, Basics; and a Certification
Program for Knitting Judges.
And for the truly bold, you can embark upon
TKGA's Master Knitting program.
So you've picked your first project, bought
the yarn, and sit down to start knitting. You read the pattern and see
a bunch of bizarre abbreviations you don't understand. Help!
Don't despair. This link takes you to a comprehensive list of commonly
used abbreviations, with explanations and links to other resources. Be prepared for at least two pop-up advertisement windows when you click through.
Publishers and online communities
A sleek, commercial site that serves as a good
starting point for knitters—especially those seeking free patterns.
The only drawbacks: use-at-your-own-risk free reader-submitted patterns and flashy pop-up ads.
Giving About.com a run for its money, BellaOnline.com
is an online community created specifically for women. The knitting section features everything you'd expect—chatty articles, free hand- and machine-knitting patterns, and plenty of links.
Creative Knitting Magazine
A new print magazine with loads of stylistically classic and cheerful projects for family and home. Published six times a year.
Published four times a year, this print magazine serves both the hand and machine-knitting communities. (The machine-knitting content comes from a recent acquisition and merger of Machine Knitters Source within INKnitters.)
The knitterly equivalent of National Geographic
magazine, Interweave Knits is a fantastic all-around knitting publication.
Under the thoughtful guidance of editor Pam Allen, this magazine covers everything from patterns to technique, plus articles ranging from moth prevention to knitting in other countries
to in-depth details on how specific fibers are processed into yarn. Patterns are also first rate.
An online knitting magazine published six times a year and available by paid subscription. They do give access to a free sampler area where you can check out some sample content and see if you like it. There's also a yarn store.
Holds a large collection of reader-generated
book and pattern reviews. The site owner also runs The Knitting Pages, which provides one of the best link compilations I've seen.
Brought to you by the same folks who publish Knitter's Magazine
and bring you the Stitches conferences. You'll find a community section, an online marketplace (plus a separate bookstore where you can buy XRX Books), a few archived articles and free patterns for download, a forum where you can send feedback for the editors, and other information. Occasionally you'll encounter error messages here and there, but be patient.
This lovely new online-only knitting magazine brings a fresh, edgy voice to knitting, with inventive patterns, helpful articles, tips, links, etc.
The wait is over: Germany's hip, sometimes
over-the-edge knitting magazine is finally online. Not only will you find
a clean, attractive layout, but you'll also find... drum roll please...
several free patterns! Site/patterns available in German and English.
Non-knitters just laugh disbelievingly when
I tell them about this site. There's a whole (huge) universe of sock knitters
out there, and this site is your way to get hooked into the community.
The site has tons of resources, and the mailing list is very active.
An online companion to the venerable magazine,
with pattern corrections and updates as well as an online shop.
If you're a member of the KnitList, then you've
certainly heard the name Kim Salazar. Since 1996, she has maintained a
site of reader-submitted yarn reviews. In February 2001, she relaunched
her site as WiseNeedle.com. You'll find a database of reader-generated
yarn reviews, some more detailed than others, plus free patterns and helpful information about knitting. Prepare for pop-up ads.
Online Knitting Compendium
As a non-commercial, volunteer-run site, this
is unquestionably the best of its kind. It's also the oldest collection
of handknitting information on the Web. You'll find oodles of links, patterns,
discussions, shop reviews, you name it. Sometimes the links may be a bit
outdated, but that's only to be expected for such a large resource.
Yarn Market News
Recently relaunched, this is the official trade magazine for yarn store owners, yarn manufacturers, and anybody else in the business. The first issue was shipped in June 2005 and it looks excellent!