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  • Judy Becker's Magic Cast On beyond socks: good bye, ribbing!
    Ribbing is a necessary evil of every knit garment: it keeps edges from curling up. The goal was to kiss good-bye to ribbing using Judy Becker's Magic Cast On.
  • Komi Knitting VI: reviving the heritage
    The 21st century began with revival of traditional Komi knitting. Meet the modern knitwear artists from Komi and – who knows? – maybe, become a knitting tourist to Komi!
  • Komi knitting V: difficult decades
    The history of any folk craft is closely connected to the history of the people. The period from the 1920s to the turn of the 21st century was difficult for the Komi and its craft – colorwork knitting. This is the fifth post about the distinct tradition of the Komi, the ethnic … Read more
  • "Komi" hat with ear-flaps
    The diagonal patterns of Finno-Ugric textiles inspired the hat with ear-flaps. This is the last project of the year and the most challenging. I share design ideas in this post. For about a year and a half I fiddled with the idea of a hat with ear-flaps. A "couture look" was my … Read more
  • Komi knitting III: treasure trove of textile designs
    The redwork textile patterns of the Finno-Ugric people is a great source for designing knitwear patterns. This is the third post about the Komi knitting and its history.
  • Komi knitting II: a brief introduction
    Colorful knitting of the Komi is little known beyond Russia, very much unlike Fair Isle knitting. But it is spectacular. It allows endless creative variations. This is the second post about the Komi knitting and its history.
  • Komi knitting I: an accidental discovery
    I stumbled into little known knitting tradition of the Komi people after making my first tunic from Alice Starmore's Fishermen's Sweaters and designing my own vest. The diagonal patterns of the Komi socks and mittens mesmerized me.

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