Stitch + Knits = Love!

Date Night

Combine high-sheen fabrics, delicate ruffles, and a light feminine cardigan for a sizzling night out. Clockwise from top left: Silk + Pearls Clutch (Stitch, Fall 2010), Ribbon Wrap Dress (Stitch, Spring 2009), Audrey's Cardigan (Knits, Spring 2010).

Mix + Match

Once you start making things for yourself, it's really hard to keep your interests to just one craft area. I'm a textile dabbler myself, and though I'm not an expert in any area, I've tried my hand at knitting, crochet, spinning, weaving, surface design, and lots of other things in addition to sewing.

Around the Interweave office, many people are multi-crafters. It's easy to get excited about different crafts when you're surrounded by creative people with varied interests. But I was surprised to realize that my multi-crafting might not be solely caused (though it sure is encouraged!) by my work environment.

In our recent Stitch reader survey, we learned that among other things (like crocheting, jewelry making, and drawing), the majority of Stitch readers also knit! It's good to know that I'm not alone when I just can't turn down a new craft pursuit.

I think developing varied crafting techniques is a natural progression. Once you realize the creative possibilities that open up to you when you begin sewing, suddenly you can't help but look at other things the same way. I'd love a light spring cardigan, but I can't quite find what I want at the store-if I can sew a skirt for myself, why can't I knit my own accessories, too!?

When I'm shopping in a store, I tend to choose pieces that go together, whether I'm buying something to complement an outfit in my closet or choosing a set of home decor accents that I know will live in the same room.

Unlike with shopping, however, I don't really plan crafting projects that go together. I see a skirt I like, I make it. Cool scarf? I'm casting on with no thought about what I'll wear with it! This gets me into a bit of trouble when I want to wear things I've made but I'm not quite sure how to combine all my disparate projects.

I took a look through copies of Stitch, as well as issues of our sister publication Interweave Knits for some great project combinations. Hopefully these sew/knit combo ideas will inspire you to look at coordinating your various crafting hobbies in a new light!

Go Global

Rich colors and ethnic-inspired patterns make for an exotic retreat. Clockwise from top left: Moroccan Pouf (Stitch, Fall 2009), India Cotton Duvet Cover + Pillow Shams (Stitch, Fall 2009), Fair Isle Pillows (Knits, Spring 2004).

Are you a knitting stitcher? How do you combine sewn and knitted projects? Share your tips in the comments! And if you need a cover-up project to go with the new spring sundress you just made, check out Interweave Knits and explore the stitch/knit possibilities!

Happy stitching!


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About StefanieB

I'm the Managing Editor of Stitch magazine. I live in Fort Collins, Colorado with one fat cat, one very active dog, and lots of books, crafting supplies, and video games.

6 thoughts on “Stitch + Knits = Love!

  1. I love sewn clothing (skirts, dresses, etc.) with knitted accessories (hats, scarves). Ideally all of my projects will be versatile enough to pair with multiple items from my closet–I tend to go for classic rather than trendy, unless it’s quick to make!

    I like to mix craft as well, whether it’s knitting from my own handspun yarn or my current ambitious goal of sewing a skirt from my own handspun, handwoven cloth. Embroidery is a fun way to mix crafts, whether it’s for a knitted or sewn item.