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refer to "guild web resources page" in your subject
out our group on Ravelry! Greater St Louis Knitters' Guild
Your World: the Art of Handpainting Yarn an
article by Elaine Eskesen of Pine
Tree Yarns. Includes a bulky mitten
& hat pattern.
to knit with two circulars photos of how
to knit small circumferences with two circular needles.
join Tips to reduce the "jog" when
changing colors when knitting in the round.
at Knoon Designs - Knitting Videos shows
over 150 free knitting videos, free patterns, abbreviations
explained, etc. Option to buy a CD with the techniques.
Also sign up to join in her forums: General Knitting,
What'cha Knitting, how-to-questions, pattern central,
blog threads, knit-alongs and buy/sell/swap!
Arts Mentoring Helping
Hands Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization
that coordinates programs to teach children the various
needle arts. Learn how to become a knitting (or other
needlecraft) mentor. They provide training materials/video/supplies
for first project or two. See their Needle
Arts Mentoring Fact Sheet and Needle
Arts Mentor Recruiting Brochure.
crochet, Tunisian crochet, hairpin lace, knitting, double
knitting, knit & crochet with wire.
KniTeachers A Yahoo group for hand-knitting
Walker Treasury Project color photos showing
stitch patterns from Barbara Walker's Treasuries.
- An Online Resource for Knitters includes
yarn reviews, patterns, knitting knowledge. Like
a "Wikipedia" for knitters.
Knitting Zone Tools,
patterns, Knitting software, lots of helpful stuff for
Solution helps you design your own sock pattern in 30
seconds or less (toe down or toe up). Needle Trax is software
for knitters, spinners & weavers to help manage inventory
of yarn, books, needles, fibers & projects.Knitters
desktop companion is a circular stitch dictionary on your
PC with over 150 designs (charted & written).
Links - since we're doing
blankets for Project Linus this year for our Founders
Day Luncheon project, we've set up this webpage gives
you lots of links to free afghan/blanket patterns!
Helping Children a
nonprofit organization that is gathering knitted / crocheted
teddy bears, dolls, and bags to send to gravely ill children
Has a nice pattern for a chemo cap & scarf.
- a collection of links for free patterns for knitting,
sewing, crocheting, etc.
Country Cottage A variety
of free patterns.
Rita and Katrina Relief effort.
Farms Comfort Scarf Kit Carodan
Farms offers a special low price on a kit with yarn, patterns,
gift bag & lapel pin which you agree to make a scarf
for a friend/relative with cancer or donate to a cancer
center or the "Look Good...Feel Better" program
with the American Cancer Society.
Lots of charity knitting patterns to knit, crochet, sew,
quilt, felt, etc.
Has free patterns for men's and women's chemo
A chemo hat designed by Janet Szabo.
Chemo scarf pattern for warmer weather.
Also check out the other patterns at www.thinkingknitter.com.
Free crochet patterns.
Click on the free knitting atterns tab for lots
Design Free knitting patterns Carol
Hurt recommends this site, many patterns have crochet
touches added - be aware that crochet terms used for UK
are different than US, make a note!
Yarn Handspun Yarns Shop,
blog, free patterns.
Liners for Soldiers If you
prefer working with wool and would like to support our
troops, knit up some helmet liners for soldiers.
Operation Support our Troops is not a guild supported
project but GSLKG member Anita Hellstrom has offered to
collect liners to mail on (or you can mail yours direct
to the address shown on their webpage). Note:
liners should be made of 100% natural fibers such as a
soft wool (Cascade 220 or similar gauge), Alpaca or Cashmere,
etc. (include note with fiber content or yarn label) &
colors are limited to: black (preferred color),
charcoal, brown, tan or olive drab. There
is also a pattern for cotton "neck coolers"
they need. If you have any questions, you can email
Anita Hellstrom at the email address in your guild directory
or via email@example.com.
Also check out this knitting blog for a helmet in
Bags Full - there is also a yahoo
knit-along called Helmet
For you crocheters, some fun caps to knit for
yourself or charity!
--Knitted & crochet (& 2 sewn) patterns for chemo
Kreations Monthly Knitters Newsletter
patterns, news, etc. You can access her prior newsletters
Knitting patterns for charity, another link has
Fairy Unusual patterns for knitting &
on the Net
- Knittingfool.com Free
interactive sweater pattern generators.
Brand Lots of free patterns
from Lion Brand yarns.
beanie Basic man's hat, also good as a chemo
hat if made in soft yarn.
website- some inventive free patterns.
Project Linus website (community service - making blankets
& afghans for children who are seriously ill, traumatized
or otherwise in need). The St. Louis site is:
Shawls - Cards and Sentiments nice
cards & thoughts to print out and include with your
gift of a prayer shawl.
Links, links & more links!
browse patterns for knit and crochet include
"free" in your search terms.
of Hope Premature Babywear includes knitted
and some crocheted preemie baby clothes patterns.
Ministry.com Make a prayer
shawl to bless someone in need or to mark a special occasion.
ideas for charity knitting, knitting lessons & patterns.
the Children includes
knit & crochet cap patterns.
Church - Christmas at Sea program distributes
scarves, caps, vest, helmets, socks, etc. to deep-sea
and river mariners. Patterns on website.
Shawls - Silent Witness National Initiative
make a prayer shawl for a mother or sister of a woman
killed by domestic violence. GSLKG member, Anita
H., has volunteered to mail your shawl. Email AnitaH@stlouisknittersguild.com
for Soldiers Make some socks for soldiers
or contribute to their cause. See their website
for details, knit with black yarn (or white to be dyed
later) or other colors for leisure socks.
into Gold Free patterns
& projects on Crystal Palace yarns.
knit 7 x 9" squares for volunteers to sew into afghans
for those in need.
On Magazine (The Knitting Guild of America)
- Creative Knitting
Circle Easy Knitting
machine or hand-knitters.
Press sourcebook Publishers
& other magazines. Lots of links for yarn
shops, fiber festivals, retreats/workshops, tours, travel
opportunities for textile lovers, etc.
Magazine Online Knitter's
Magazine and XRX Publications.
online knitting community/pattern library from Interweave
Press. Includes free patterns & daily newsletter.
An online knitting magazine - free sample issue available
for visitors to the website or you may subscribe. Also
has items for sale, lists knitting guilds and listings
of BLOGS (knitters personal online journals).
your friendly online knitting magazine
the Men's Knitting Site for Men Knitting
Click on the magazine link for the premier issue to see
a pattern by GSLKG member Timothy Hunt!
online magazine for handspinners
Living : Knit & Crochet
Magazine online site for Australia's yarn
RELATED BLOGS (web log/journal)
TO FIND A KNITTING GUILD OR GROUP NEAR YOU
TO FIND A YARNSHOP/ONLINE SHOPS/DESIGNERS
to call ahead before visiting stores!
can also look at local guild's websites for shop listings!
you can find lots of info about various yarns on Ravelry,
you can also search pattern ideas on what to use with
a particular yarn you own, search for yarn you need more
of (in other ravelry members stashes) or if you have a
pattern you need a substitute for search by your pattern
name to see what other knitters have
used for that yarn.
Info-Finder at elann.com gives
basic info about various yarns & suggests substitutions
available on elann.com.
provides info about various yarns, availability, colors,
gauge, yardage, weight, care, etc. Knitters can
provide reviews and comments on yarns.
"A paradise for sewers, knitters, spinners &
This is a list that is designed to help people larger-than-average
make changes to patterns. They answer questions in a Daily
Digest that knitters may present. There is a Gallery of
beautiful projects, a page of knit-a-longs and many other
interesting items on this site.
GSLKG member, Adrienne Welch, designs gorgeous scarf &
Free patterns, lessons, knitting groups online, links,
knitting forum, chat board.
Berroco is an excellent yarn company with wonderful pattern
support. If you sign up for their e-newsletters, you will
receive many free patterns. It's a great website with
perfect colors showcasing their yarns - very easy to move
It Yourself Network - Knitting
Chapter of the American Needlepoint Guild
An active needlepoint guild, meets September through May
in St. Louis with informal stitch-ins during the summer.
This is an excellent resource for beautiful lace items.
Jackie E-Schweitzer presents beautiful patterns and designs
for scarves, socks, shawls, and Mobius smoke rings.
Moss Handknits Designer
Jean Moss will be presenting workshops at our guild March
This site is owned by Jill Vosburg, a designer in California.
Jill designs patterns that are totally different from
any you've seen. She's a master at the modular concept
Beach Knit Design Maureen
Mason-Jamieson's website. Maureen presented workshops
for our guild in Spring 2007.
Find out how your level of knitting addiction & become
a member of knitters anonymous! Click on the merchandise
link for fun stuff to buy.
This site has lots of info, free patterns including ones
from the Knitlist, stitch library, knitting articles,
etc. Listings of knitting guilds also on this site.
Gypsy - Fiber Link Tons
of info! Connecting Fiber Enthusiasts with the Web &
each other. Links to guilds, email lists, shops,
patterns, techniques, Liturgical Threads, etc. Also
The Fiber Gypsy - creative knit patterns.
Free knitting clip-art.
Beth Brown-Reinsel's website, Beth presented workshops
for our guild in Fall 2002.
creative free-form knitting & crochet.
101: Beginners Resource Guide (with thanks to Ms Roberts'
class for the suggestion!): http://www.paradisefibers.com/knitting_101_beginners_resource_guide
Two-handed fair-isle video, sweater kits, wool, buttons,
books, etc. A videoclip showing technique is available
for highspeed users.
Louis Crochet Guild A local chapter affiliate
of the Crochet Guild of America. Email address for
their president is firstname.lastname@example.org
Founded in 1959 by Elizabeth Zimmermann, now run by her
daughter Meg Swansen. Books, kits, yarn, excellent
videos by EZ & Meg, buttons, info on Meg's camps/retreats,
Designer Candace Eisner Strick's website. Candace presented
workshops for our guild in Spring 2003.
The Knitting Guild Association. Offers TKGA Conventions
& Conferences, correspondence courses, Master Knitters'
classes, online lessons & patterns, etc. Membership
in TKGA includes a subscription to Cast-On Magazine. Also
lists knitting guilds that are members of TKGA.
Lucy Neatby's website. Lucy presented workshops for our
guild in Spring 2004.
Guild of St. Louis A non-profit
guild of contemporary fiber artists. Ongoing study
groups include topics such as spinning, tapestry weaving,
knitting, color & dying. Members can sell &
exhibit their work in the annual fall sale.
This volunteer-run website has a lot of information although
it isn't updated often. There are listings of knitting
guilds (see resources on the site), be aware they may
not always be current.
- This section lists the standard yarn weight system in
use. Make sure to browse through the whole site for valuable
information on sizing, chart symbols, abbreviations, etc.
beginner's guide to simple sewing stitches
find out more about the Guild and its activities, please
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