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Books & Articles

Editorial Designs
Cast On Magazine
Interweave Knits Magazine
Knitters Magazine
Parents Magazine
Ultimate Knitting
Vogue Knitting Magazine
Knitting with Simplicity

Books (Author/Editor)
Confessions of a Knitting Heretic  (April 2004)
Knitting Millinery  (April 2005)
Cheaper Than Therapy  (September 2005)
2006 & 2007 Accord Publishing 
Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar (editor) 
Twist & Loop (Potter Crafts, October 2006)
Men Who Knit (& The Dogs Who Love Them)
(Lark Books, January 2007)
Romantic Hand Knits (Potter, August 2007)
Flip Knit

Knitting with Beads (Technical Article, Ultimate Knitting, Summer 2003)
The Knitting Gene, (Essay, Interweave Knits, Fall 2003)
Creating Lace (Technical Article, Cast-On Magazine, Summer 2004)
Backtracking, Essay (Interweave Knits, Fall 2004)
My Grandmothers' Crochet, (Essay, Interweave Knits Crochet, Fall 2005)

Contributor (books)
Vogue Book of Knitting
Weekend Knitting
Stitch & Bitch
Scarf Style
Wrap Style
Handknit Holidays
Lace Style
Folk Style
KnitKnit (2007)
Basic Crocheting
Not Your Mama's Crochet

TV Appearances
Knitty Gritty (Episode 210, first aired Spring 2005) - Knitting a Chairseat, Cabling without a Cable Needle & Tips

Knitty Gritty (Episode 408 & first aired Summer 2006) - Simple Corset Tee, Simple Lace & Combination Knitting

Short, Pithy Bio
A native of Ohio, Annie taught herself to knit at age 25 before a move from NYC to Texas.  The Texas tenure didn't last, but knitting did, and upon her return to the NY area Annie began knitting for other designers and designing for major knitting magazines.  Her work has appeared in Interweave Knits, Vogue Knitting, Knitters Magazine, Cast On, Family Circle Easy Knitting, McCalls Needlework and several family oriented magazines.

Author of Confessions of a Knitting Heretic, Knitting Millinery and editor of the 2006 Accord Crochet Pattern A Day Calendar and the collection of fiber essays, Cheaper Than Therapy, Annie has contributed to many knitting books including Stich N' Bitch, Scarf Style, Wrap Style, the Vogue Knitting Book, and Weekend Knitting and Holiday Handknits.  Twist & Loop (Potter Craft, 2006) and Men Who Knit And The Dogs Who Love Them (Lark, Jan 2007)  Annie's the inventor of the astoundingly clever Flip Knit, a low tech, portable alternative to knitting videos.

Annie knits using the Combination Method and believes that there truly is no wrong way to knit.  She lives in St Paul, MN with her husband, kids and assorted pets.

Personal Knit & Design History

In 1983 I taught myself to knit just as I was being transferred by my company from New York City to Dallas, TX. I completed my first sweater in a weekend and realized that my destiny lay in fiber and needles.

Dallas was not part of my destiny, though, and upon my return to NYC I began knitting for designers and eventually submitted my own designs to knitting magazines. I was hired by Vogue Knitting as a technical writer but unfortunately my unorthodox, self-taught knitting style wasn't - at that time - well received by the more established knitting world.

I continued designing for
most of the major knitting magazines and yarn companies, but reaction to my knitting style (which didn't affect the final look of a garment) led to my decision to leave knitting and move into Costume & Set Design.

After the birth of my 2nd child, during a hiatus from television and theatrical design work, I happened to read an article by Prscilla Gibson Roberts in the Fall 2000
Interweave Knits Magazine. It changed my life. Her article was an outline of the major world knitting styles, and the method I'd been using was described as the "Combination (or Combined) Method."

The legitimization I felt when reading the article was a turning point in my life. I re-entered the knitting world - not just as a designer but as an instructor. I expose my beginning students the Combination Method as well as the various forms of the Western Method, but more importantly I stress the different ways of forming a stitch and convey an appreciation of how a stitch is seated on the needle.

The method a student uses to knit is entirely irrelevant when they participate in one of my advanced technique classes (Lace, Cabling, Colorwork, etc.) As long as a student can make a knit and a purl stitch, I can help them fulfill any knitting passion they posess.

My unusual method of knitting has also allowed me a tremendous freedom of scope - I am as comfortable knitting (and teaching how to knit) furniture, fine millinery, basic sweater design or knit embellishments. A complete list of the classes I offer is available

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Combination KNITTING
Casting On • Making A Knit Stitch • Making A Purl Stitch • 
Increasing a Stitch
Decreasing a StitchBinding OffPicking Up StitchesHorizontal StripesWeaving EndsInvisible Seams 1 - Stitch to StitchInvisible Seams 2 - Row to RowInvisible Seams 3 - Stitch to RowSize / Fit Chart for WomenConfessions of a Knitting Heretic

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