Enjoy the full-color scanned, interactive PDF of this early issue of your favorite knitting magazine!
In this issue, indulge your knitting in nature’s palette and learn the allure and process of natural dyeing. Learn to bring the beauty of nature into vibrant hues in your yarn. The process of using natural dyes is simple, consisting of three basic steps: preparing the dye, preparing the yarn, and dyeing the yarn. Between these steps, there is plenty of room for innovation and experimentation; begin working with natural dyes yourself and allow this timeless and creative tradition to enrich your knitting life.
Learn about the knitted nettle cloth of Nepal, a type of cloth made from yarn spun from raw nettle fibers and knitted into shawls in a variety of neutral tones. You’ll join the process from beginning to end: picking the ten-foot-tall nettle stalks, preparing the fibers for spinning, the importance of the drop spindle in the spinning process, and the knitting of the shawls.
Find a new way to teach kids to color, with a basic introduction to natural dyes that is fun and simple. Learn about the history, beauty, and brilliance of beaded knits, and get the pattern for the beaded Diamonds and Hearts Baby Bonnet.
This issue is filled with classic knitting patterns for tops, hats for kids, a men’s sweater, and more patterns, in addition to Strands from the editor, letters from readers, Beyond the Basics tutorials, knitting folklore, and more!