GOING COASTAL Casual cables meander like a path along a rocky shoreline. Day-trippers, dig this: Our twists start in first gear and rev up from there.
HOLIDAY CHEER They're already expecting you to knit gifts for them. Better pull out the stops and start stitching our gorgeous embroidered ornaments and striped, cuffed stockings (felt 'em if you want to).
A JEWEL OF A YULE Holiday parties are a sea of black. Part the waves in party wear that sizzles and shimmers in jewel tones and metallics.
STRIPE IT RIPE Get cooking with colorwork. Try some traveling stripes in berry, colorblocks of soy and thin-and-thick bands à la cardi.
HEADS UP Ease + speed + fun = the ultimate gift: a dozen hats for all sizes and ages.
RUGGED & READY Knit up stretchy ribs and roomy shoulders, because a guy who can move and breath in his sweater is a happy man.
MARY KNIT A LITTLE LAMB Curl up and count away under a sepia-toned afghan of grazing sheep and lazing sheepdogs.
KNITS + THAT On our gift list: a knitting journal, swanky pup sweaters and a speedy electric ball winder.
BOOKS Be charmed by Harry Potter knits, Mr. Funky amigurumi and Nicky Epstein's crocheted flowers.
ASK JIL Renowned knitwear designer Jil Eaton provides the A's to your Q's.
DIVINE DETAIL Alan Dart's knitted toys are just the thing to fill a stocking. Meet the man behind the menagerie. By Debra Jensen
A PET PROJECT The Snuggles Project knits up blankets for animal shelters. Here we debut their new pattern, the Safe Harbor bolster. By Amanda Keiser
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LAST STITCH Amber Cowie confronts her demons—by knitting them.