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knitting off the axis

The winner is number 42, Kim! Congratulations.

If spring has you wanting to try something a little different when it comes to knitting, this week’s giveaway should interest you.

It’s for one copy of Mathew Gnagy’s Knitting Off the Axis, which is all about different ways to knit projects sideways. These 15 projects are mostly for intermediate to advanced knitters because of the interesting knitting techniques.

Some of the projects are worked completely from side to side, while others are mostly sideways and still others are worked in several directions at once.

These mind-bending, skill-building projects are a lot of fun and will make you feel awfully smart, even though all you did was follow directions.

To enter to win this book, leave a comment on this post before the end of the day next Monday, March 31. Why don’t you tell me what the biggest knitting-related challenge is that you’ve overcome, or that you’d like to overcome. Mine is probably double knitting, which I stayed away from for a long time but learned isn’t really as bad as I thought it would be.

Thanks for visiting (and sharing!) and good luck.

By Sarah White

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63 Comments so far

  1. Alisha S. on March 24, 2014 12:10 pm

    The latest was cables. I was so scared to do them and once I started and got the jist of it…I love it!!

  2. Chanda Kim on March 24, 2014 12:14 pm

    Lace knitting, those tiny needles and fine thread like yarn just scares me!

  3. Maureen on March 24, 2014 1:22 pm

    I would love to know how to knit on DPNs. I seem to have a fear of them. I need to overcome this. I have knit cables and other projects but using DPNs or even two colors in one row intimidate me.

  4. Jill on March 24, 2014 1:31 pm

    Thank you for the giveaway! I just finished my first beaded lace shawl. I used the split dental floss threader and it was much easier than I thought it would be.

  5. Anne Greenhalgh on March 24, 2014 1:44 pm

    I would love to knit a pair of socks – I’ve never done it as I’m too scared but I would love to so need to overcome the fear of more than 2 needles!!!

  6. Betty on March 24, 2014 1:46 pm

    Needing a bit of creative inspiration. Would enjoy winning this book!

  7. Karen on March 24, 2014 2:13 pm

    Always up for something new. Fair isle is biggest challenge.

  8. Chantel Lee on March 24, 2014 3:22 pm

    Knitting socks scares me. I have started a few socks, but haven’t finished any. Somehow, I get very confused with double-point needles. Someday I will conquer them, though!

  9. Tracy on March 24, 2014 3:38 pm

    For me, I would say lace. It’s both a challenge I’ve overcome and one I would like to conquer further.

  10. andi on March 24, 2014 4:35 pm

    I seem to be at a standstill with color work. I’ll start it, be happy with it and never finish! I gravitate towards something simple, but it’s still my goal to finish something complicated with color… One of these days!

    Thanks for the chance!

  11. Sheila on March 24, 2014 4:44 pm

    I still haven’t mastered intarsia, though I’ll admit I haven’t really tried very hard.

  12. alice sweezey on March 24, 2014 6:05 pm

    Did some sideways knitting years short-lived it! Fair Isle and neck pickups biggest challenges.

  13. Lynn Spendley on March 24, 2014 6:09 pm

    I am scared to death to even try knitting a sweater. I know that this book is too advanced for a chicken like me, but maybe it is the kick in the pants I need!

  14. Amy on March 24, 2014 7:20 pm

    I would like to get better at seaming and blocking. I put in a lot of hours doing some beautiful knitting, but my assembling skills don’t give me a professional looking end product. I continue to practice.

  15. Judy Aiken on March 24, 2014 7:22 pm

    I would like to master color work.

  16. Stephanie E on March 24, 2014 8:18 pm

    I need to learn how to knit two socks at a time. Every time I make socks, they end up different sizes where only one fits properly.

  17. Joe on March 24, 2014 8:18 pm

    Double knitting is the thing I want to learn and just can’t seem to make it work for me.

  18. taryn on March 24, 2014 10:26 pm

    Sweaters were a big challenge but I finally made my first. Color work is still one that I fear.

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  20. Elizabeth Zang on March 24, 2014 11:54 pm

    I would like to learn how to do magic loop so I I can knit two socks at a time or a mobius cowl.

  21. suza on March 25, 2014 12:15 am

    ditto on double knitting. and i know it’s not really hard.. i’m just stalling.

  22. Siaron on March 25, 2014 4:41 am

    My nightmare is fairisle! I can never get the tension right and always have far too many loops at the back. Nothing else phases me – only fairisle!!

  23. Maryanne on March 25, 2014 8:25 am

    The biggest challenge I’d like to overcome in knitting is learning to do intarsia in the round. I’ve tried many different sets of instructions, and just can’t wrap my head around it.

  24. Robin on March 25, 2014 8:27 am

    Looks like a cool book. My biggest problem is finish my knitting projects.

  25. Linda Rumsey on March 25, 2014 8:46 am

    I’d love to learn entrelac as the fabric looks stunning. My biggest challenge, however, is steeking. I just can’t bring myself to cut my knitting :(

  26. Kathy Reed on March 25, 2014 8:54 am

    I have to agree, double knitting is most daunting. Some day, I will have to schedule a meeting with myself to buckle down and tackle it.

  27. wynne on March 25, 2014 9:20 am

    The toughest one for me is any kind of multicolour technique, the only time I’ve succeeded at that is with one very simple intarsia project, I’d like to be able to do something more complicated. I’d also like to learn more about pattern design.

  28. Ellie on March 25, 2014 9:31 am

    Heels in socks- the picking up stitches- I just attempted, and they are so bulky. And then the next technique would be brioche as in Knitty’s Rodekool.

  29. Liza Starr Lilly on March 25, 2014 10:10 am

    The biggest challenges I’ve overcome so far are circular knitting and intarsia. The intarsia is crazy! I’m knitting a tiger striped pillow. I don’t think anyone could ask for a more challenging first attempt at intarsia. But it’s letting me fully experience what it means to be a process knitter rather than a project knitter.

  30. Mary Mac on March 25, 2014 11:19 am

    I still haven’t tried knitting lace yet.

  31. Margay on March 25, 2014 11:27 am

    Mine would probably be intarsia.

  32. Ann Devine on March 25, 2014 11:30 am

    Right now, it’s getting gauge on a project that I really REALLY want to knit! I’ve got so many swatches done, and just can’t seem to hit it — so I’m on a mission to aquire some different needles (acrylic interchangeable circs), try out the ones I already have using Continental style, anything that will get gauge. I’ve looked at this very book in the LYS, and would love to have it.

  33. Barbara on March 25, 2014 11:42 am

    I’ve seen this book…very cool stuff. Thanks for the chance to win it. I have yet to learn how to read charts…that is a challenge for me.

  34. Theresa on March 25, 2014 12:10 pm

    I would like to learn to knit with more than one color. I am a total beginner.

  35. Alicia on March 25, 2014 12:10 pm

    I’ve tried a lot of different techniques, but I’ve never knit with two colors – it’s on my to-do list!

  36. Barbara on March 25, 2014 12:19 pm

    I would like to attempt socks. My needlecraft teacher is fond of side to side.

  37. belleandrew on March 25, 2014 12:36 pm

    I would like to get beyond the basic squares and rectangles as I am still just beginning to get the hang of knitting. I had tried for years and years after knowing how to crochet to learn knitting and it is a challenge, but a fun one!

  38. Michele T on March 25, 2014 12:42 pm

    I would love to learn how to knit fairisle sweaters – they are so beautiful!!!

  39. Karey on March 25, 2014 12:51 pm

    I am still working on overcoming my bad cables! I really need to work on those!

  40. Jaan L on March 25, 2014 12:59 pm

    I’ve finally gotten comfortable doing laces, now if I could just get cables right. I just make a mess of them.

  41. joyce on March 25, 2014 1:07 pm

    Knitting sideways would definitely be a challenge for me, since I have never tried it. Using dpns was a challenge for me at first, but I can handle them pretty easily now.

  42. kim on March 25, 2014 1:22 pm

    I find a lot chanllenging, maybe this book would help!

  43. Barbara on March 25, 2014 1:34 pm

    It’s been a while with dpns, but I’d love to try again! Book looks intriguing.

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  45. Cindy on March 25, 2014 2:19 pm

    Off the axis? Sounds interesting and something a process knitter would love.

  46. Maxine Miller on March 25, 2014 2:51 pm

    I would love to learn to knit socks on needles. I am afraid of them because I do not knit well with needles. Someday the fear will subside and I will get the hang of it.

  47. Lorinda on March 25, 2014 4:22 pm

    I need to master knitting with double-point needles. I have tried a couple of times with poor results. The double knitting is the ultimate challenge, but I’m guessing that one is years down the road for me. I have seen this book at the library and it has some great patterns. I would love to win this book!

  48. Charlene on March 25, 2014 4:38 pm

    I’m always looking for a new angle in knitting…

  49. Cynthia W on March 25, 2014 4:53 pm

    I have just started stranded knitting & double knitting is my next obstacle. After that it’s socks – sounds silly, but they intimidate me for some reason. Give me cables and lace any day!!!

  50. Miriam Olsen on March 25, 2014 7:10 pm

    My biggest fear in knitting is stranded knitting-I either knit it too loosely or too tightly (I have never gotten it quite right)

  51. Donna Reed on March 25, 2014 7:10 pm

    Having way to many projects to complete!

  52. Andrea Johnson on March 25, 2014 7:11 pm

    For trickiest knitting technique I’ve tried, I think it’s a tie between entrelac and domino knitting. Between the two I’ve gotten pretty good at picking up stitches. :-)

  53. Wendy Borchetta on March 25, 2014 8:37 pm

    Love the flow of side to side knitting….
    I love the challenge of all types of knitting and trying something new. If all else fails I rip it out, perfect the technique and start again.

  54. Kylie C on March 25, 2014 8:45 pm

    Colorwork- the charts and tangle possibilities scared me off until I bit the bullet and made some two color knotwork gloves.

  55. Debra on March 25, 2014 11:40 pm

    Knitting Double pointed needles. I use circulars when I can…

  56. Suzan Sander on March 25, 2014 11:43 pm

    Thanks for the chance to win the giveaway. Most challenging is the lace sweater I am making for my daughter. Pattern is not written well (quote from designer) but it is lovely. I am scared to try double knitting and intarsia knitting.

  57. KittenWithAWhiplash on March 26, 2014 4:00 pm

    Working Intarsia for the first time was quite an adventure. I made a vest of chunky yarn – with a complicated pattern that had 27 active strands of yarn at one point. Here’s the link to my blog post about the project: http://kitten-with-a-whiplash.blogspot.com/2009/10/intarsia_30.html

  58. Carmen on March 28, 2014 2:48 pm

    My biggest challenge is cables. I’ve done little ones up to this point (just 2-3 stitches) but I still struggle.

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  60. *Nicole Sender on March 29, 2014 1:41 am

    My challenge is to become less reliant on strictly following the directions. I’d like to be more flexible.

  61. CraftyLinda on March 29, 2014 4:45 pm

    Knitting Double pointed needles. I use circulars when I can…am working on my first toe up sock now. Thanks for the chance to win this book I would really love to have it as I like new challenges.

  62. JulieJC on March 29, 2014 8:25 pm

    I’ve learned to pick up stitches, assemble a garment, and turn a heel. Now I want to learn lace knitting and attempt to make more challenging patterns.

  63. patrice on March 31, 2014 3:51 am

    Colorwork on socks or intarsia.

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