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Start Off Season 12 With Gansey Lace Pullovers!

Want to find out what happens when you combine stitches from the gansey tradition with lace stitches? Then you're in luck! September is the month Knit and Crochet Now! debuts episode one of season 12: Gansey Lace Pullovers.

Greetings, Stitchers! I'm Mary Forte, your Knit and Crochet Now! update editor. I'm so excited that the new season is ready to go! I knitted the Monsoon Knit Pullover in this episode. It was fast, easy and so pretty. I really didn't want to send it to Annie's when it was done.

As you may know, I always learn something new from each episode of Knit and Crochet Now!. This time it was the crocheted rhomb stitch. You'll have to watch the episode to see what that is!

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Check Out the Gansey Lace Pullovers Episode!

Knit and Crochet Now! host/co-producer, Connie Ellison, starts the brand-new season by introducing stitch experts Toni Lipsey, Britt Schmiesing and Lena Skvagerson.

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Host/co-producer, Connie Ellison, and expert Britt Schmiesing are ready to start off the new season.

In the crochet segment, Toni presents the Samsara Lace Pullover. Then in the knit segment, Britt Schmiesing provides the instruction for the Monsoon Knit Pullover.

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Expert Toni Lipsey presents the first crochet project of the new season.

In the Technique Corner, co-producer Lena Skvagerson shows how to stitch the first of the Learn-a-Stitch Scarf Lessons: the Carnelian Stripe Crochet Scarf.

What Are Gansey Stitches?

Gansey is a fairly fluid term. Around the end of the 16th century the word gansey was being applied to knitted fabric (even plain stockinette) made in the Channel Islands of Guernsey and Jersey. By the mid-19th century, knitters along the coast of the U.K. had co-opted the term for their specific style of intricately patterned fishermen's sweaters. Currently knit/purl stitch patterns traditionally used in gansey sweaters are often called gansey stitches, even though they aren't exclusive to the gansey tradition.

The ornate stitches of gansey sweaters commonly consist of knits and purls arranged in characteristic patterns such as seeds, diamonds, waves and herringbone. You will see small, simple cables as well. Crocheters have since adapted the tradition for the hook, and now designers incorporate lace stitches to translate the tradition into pretty, lightweight sweaters.

To learn traditional knitted stitches from the gansey tradition, try the Gansey Afghan pattern or kit from Annie's Signature Designs.

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For crochet stitches that embrace the gansey tradition, check out the Gansey Style Crochet Afghan pattern, also from Annie's Signature Designs. You can also access video instruction for this crocheted afghan -- Learn to Crochet a Gansey-Style Afghan with Lena Skvagerson -- both online and on DVD.

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Where Can You View Episode One of Season 12?

Are you ready to knit, crochet and learn with Annie's experts? Look for Knit and Crochet Now! in these places:

• Most PBS stations have Knit and Crochet Now! in their lineups. Check your local PBS station's TV schedule and set that DVR!

Create TV offers Knit and Crochet Now! episodes along with lots of other exciting how-to programming.

• The Knit and Crochet Now! website has all of the previous 11 seasons and will start releasing the episodes from season 12 in mid-September. On the website, you can also find free downloads of all the patterns featured in each episode.

Annie's Creative Studio is Annie's online video streaming source. You can view the first 11 seasons of Knit and Crochet Now! and, starting in mid-September, season 12. Annie's Creative Studio offers high-quality, educational how-to videos and patterns for crocheting, knitting, quilting, sewing, home decorating and other crafts.

Annie's Creative Studio's extensive library includes garments, totes, stuffed animals and so much more. With a monthly subscription, you can get tips for updating your home or even for cleaning your sewing machine! Check out the free trial membership to explore over 1,800 video tutorials and 1,400+ FREE downloadable patterns in crochet and knitting.

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