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Who taught you to knit?

Nancy Haught of the Oregonian (local paper) featured Larissa Brown’s “My Grandmother’s Knitting” book in a recent newspaper article and blog post. She interviewed several local designers including Brown, Kristin Spurklund, Leigh Radford, and Chrissy Gardiner about who taught them to knit.

I sent in a comment about my Aunt Rose teaching me to knit, and it ended up being in Nancy’s next blog post.

(Aunt Rose shopping at Twisted on a visit to Portland)

Who taught you to knit? Have you thanked them lately?

My Grandmother’s Knitting

I was lucky enough to get an advance copy of this gorgeous book, My Grandmother’s Knitting by Larissa Brown, at Sock Summit.



The book explores the question, “Who taught you to knit?” with 17 designers, including Meg Swansen, Jared Flood, Kay Gardiner, and more. It also features 21 patterns, some by the interviewees, and some not. Not all the interviewed designers have patterns in the book, but all the patterns are quite lovely. I especially liked this hat by Teva Durham, described as “somewhere between a slouchy beret and a milkmaid’s bonnet.” (and hey, that’s Sally!)


And I love these ‘Olina Socks by Emily Johnson, the creator of the Family Trunk Project.


Judy Becker contributed the pattern for this simply beautiful Grandma’s Fan Dishcloth. Of course it begins with Judy’s Magic Cast-On!


I think every knitter of a certain age knit house slippers like these, shared by Wendy Bernard.


Wendy goes further to add her own embellished version.


The book is beautifully photographed, and an easy size to hold and read (oversized books are nice to look at but make me tired!). It’s a perfect tribute to those who taught us to knit. Who taught you to knit? My Aunt Rose taught me when I spent the summer with her family at age 14. She was just here in town to help celebrate my mom’s 75th birthday. Of course we went on a yarn crawl. She was surprised to find that I didn’t own a swift and ball winder, and insisted on buying both for me as a gift. Thanks, Aunt Rose!

I just went looking to find the things she knit for my kids when they were born.


I’m filled with nostalgia. We just dropped our youngest in Orlando, Florida for college. We’re empty nesters! I think this means I’ll have a lot more time for knitting…