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Giveaway + Indian Cast-On Tutorial

Did you know that Knitter's Pride needles were developed with an international panel of knitters and crocheters - and that these very same needles are sold throughout the globe under the KnitPro brand?

KnitPro International is based in India, where we have some interesting traditions when it comes to knitting - specifically, when it comes to casting on! The traditional Indian cast-on method is a unique way of starting a project, using the big toe to tension the working yarn while holding the short end of the yarn double in the right hand. A slip knot is made, and stitches are cast on in the form of slip knots with the double stranded short end and the working yarn.

If this sounds a little confusing, fear not - here is a tutorial video demonstrating the technique:

Almost all Indian knitters learn this method of casting on, and many continue to use it permanently.

Go to any town in India, and you'll find that nearly every family has a knitter in their midst - even in the remotest of villages! The selection of yarn is limited to mostly cheap acrylic yarns in fingering and DK weights, and believe it or not, circular knitting is not known in most parts of the country.

Typically, India has two types of knitters: the traditional knitter in villages and towns who knits out of need and can copy a pattern just by looking at it, but never knits from written patterns. The other type is the modern knitter: a computer literate Raveller who knits from patterns, looks up YouTube videos for knitting techniques, and buys yarn online.

This month, we're celebrating the global craft world with our "Knitting Around the World" board on Pinterest. If you'd like to find out more about where your Knitter's Pride needles and hooks are made, click here to read this recent feature on the Knitting Daily blog



March Giveaway
Two lucky readers will win their choice of prizes: a Waves Crochet Hook, a Dreamz Fixed Circular, or a Dreamz DPN!

To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite designer or technique with an international flair. Be sure to also include your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win!

We'll randomly select 2 winning comments to announce on Friday, March 28. Good luck! 

153 comments:

  1. I'm a new knitter so everything is still kinda exotic to me. I would like to say that I simply love the look of Estonian lace, I'm not sure if it counts. My Ravelry ID is Hanielle.

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  2. I was looking through Japanese patterns the other day. They have some very complex knitted items, and so very cute, too! rav: knitika

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  3. Interesting Indian cast-on. It probably does leave a nice edge as she says. I would love to win a Dreamz Fixed Circular needle so I could see how I like it before ordering a set. Thanks.

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  4. I'm intrigued by Bergere, but haven't tried any of their designs yet.
    Susanmhj on ravelry

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  5. http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/masa-bag
    this is inspiredby japanese folding, there are many more bags like it on ravelry. I love the bags. the knitting is flat, and you have a 3D object at the end.
    100Creations @ ravelry

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  6. Very interesting. I do enjoy the turkish cast on. rav:ktweet99

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  7. I love Lynette Meek (Le Tissier Designs) Knitting fine lace is my favorite technique. MaidMarrion on Ravelry.

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  8. I love Estonian lace. I'm liveknitup on Ravelry.

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  9. I am intrigued by the Indian cast on and will definitely be trying it.
    psychokitty5238@yahoo.com

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  10. It's interesting that many countries have a cast on style. German Twisted Cast-On comes to mind... Laurie521 on Rav

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  11. So very neat!! I'm almost tempted to frog my whole sweater and cast on again... (not. I wouldn't, since I'm a few rows away from done, but next sweater will have this cast on!)
    I really dig the look of Icelandic colorwork. I'll try it yet! Would be nice to have some variety, other then stripes!
    I'm Belladune on Rav :)

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  12. I also like the Japanese patterns, I'm greyknitter on Ravelry!

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  13. I like Turkish cast on and continental knitting. I'm going to try this Indian cast on. PamonMars on rav

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  14. Favorite Designer has to be Stephen West... rav id: LBereczky

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  15. I'll stick with the traditional cast on! But would sure love to win either the crochet hook; or the dpn.
    my ravelry - ScrapPileStyles

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  16. I love http://katedaviesdesigns.com/about/ Kate Davies designs from The Scottish Highlands. Rav amchart

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  17. I love estonian and orenburg lace! I wouldn't mind a set of DPNs. Ravelry is Eloewien

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  18. I love Latvian mittens.
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

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  19. Stephen West brings out my best knitting qualities with his straight forward knitting. Iris Schreier brings out my fancy side!
    KnitAweigh- Ravelry

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  20. i love indian designs butterfly111377@yahoo.com

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  21. I like Portuguese knitting
    My Ravelry is hands2hearts (would love the dream circular)

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  22. I love Japanese and Indian work. So intricate. I am theknittwitt on ravelry

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  23. Estonian Lace is my favorite. I am knittymommy in Ravelry.

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  24. I love Norwegian Selby stranded knitting.
    Rav ID maja-san

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  25. Lucy Hague is a Scottish designer who makes some a-maz-ing Celtic cable designs. They're a challenge to make, but, oh so lovely when they're done!
    lindaran (on Rav)

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  26. I'm not sure I have a favorite designer technique with an international flair. I do enjoy knitting all sorts of cables, especially intricate ones. Thanks for the chance to win. potaylor@hotmail.com

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  27. Wow! That looks like a fun cast-on.

    I've always been a fan of Portuguese knitting, whether it's tensioning the yarn with a pin on your shoulder or using needles that have a hook on end. It's just so creative.

    Rav= Zanahoria12

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  28. Estonian lace. I haven't had the courage to try it yet, but I aspire to do so someday. Oooo, or Celtic cables, which, ditto.

    RavID = starcr

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  29. My favorite designer is Meagheen Ryan!! Her patterns are simple but give a complicated look. ajdag on rav.

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  30. I love every Danish designer I come across. They are ingenious construction artists. alcbrooks on Rav

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  31. Only been knitting since this past summer 2013. Currently knitting a Irish Cabel hat a friend design. wplanell@hotmail.ocm

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  32. Like Eve, I am a new knitter also so everything has an exotic flair to me. I had no idea that knitting was so widespread through India! Thank you for directing me to your Pinterest board. I had no idea what Estonian lace was, but I got the idea when I pulled up the Echo Flower Shawl. It is gorgeous! I will have to give that a try when I get a bit more experienced. I am WahooWifeAndMom on Ravelry.

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  33. Estonian lace! Rav: eclecticperson

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  34. Katie Davies and Alice Starmore!! Love their designs. Rav: Juels51

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  35. I like Estonian lace and celtic cables.

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  36. I am a fairly new passionate knitter, I love learning the different cast ons. I am really intrigued by the Indian cast-on. Thank you for the video. Rav: MyPinkKangaroo

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  37. My favorite designer is Elizabeth Zimmermann. She came up with some ingenious techniques.

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  38. I like Celtic cables and follow on ravelry as AbigailDawn

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  39. Especially this time of year Aran knitting...I went to Ireland and the Aran Isles and was sad to find no available yarn though. On Ravelry as knittingknut

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  40. I´m design my own stuff. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Amigurumies-by-Gabriella-Hefner/344536292279646

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  41. I love Latvian mittens! Thanks for the chance to win! Sylviemom on rav

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  42. I love the Bavarian twisted stitch designs.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

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  43. I love Kate Davies designs.

    SheilaOKeefe on Rav

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  44. Interesting caston. I could see using this on the bottom of a sweater to give it a nice firm edge.

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  45. I love Kate Davies and Carol feller designs.
    Ohlalalaine on Rav

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  46. Great cast on demonstration:)
    rosebob on ravelry

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  47. There is always something new to see in the world of knitting.
    Carol

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  48. Fair Isle knitting is a technique I enjoy. Also love Orenburg Lace. It is so delicate.

    I would love to have the fixed circular needles.

    RoamingKnitter on ravelry

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  49. EZ continues to inspire me, and I love that we have so many ways to learn new things from so many global knitters.
    I would love to win a circ needle.
    NanaMamah on Rav

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  50. I love the Scottish argyle patterns. My rav name is knitinsr.

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  51. Colorwork is my favorite; the Norwegian sweaters are amazing.
    Rav id: is globalite

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  52. Love the aesthetic of Olgajazzy!
    jayellesea on Rav

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  53. I like Chris Baylema's patterns. Nice blend of international influences.

    Ravelry: ladygator

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  54. Interesting cast on. I learnt from you-tube so did not know this technique before.

    Rav id : charu

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  55. Oh wow! Quite a few favs and never really thought about their international aspect or not.
    One particular is Ingunn Santini. She is from Italy and her patterns in crochet are fabulous! Not the traditional but very well written and very high fashion Europe.
    I also knit and although I am not experienced in socks, i love Ingrid Carre from Belgium... her patterns with their colorwork and intricate designs are gorgeous.
    My rav id is Luv2CUsmile.
    I would love either the circular needles or the hook. I love being multi-craftual. LOL

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  56. I love Cables, and am looking forward to trying some lovely cables by Fiona Ellis

    lyndystitches on Rav.

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  57. I love cables and am looking forward to trying some of the lovey cables by Fiona Ellis

    lyndystitches on Rav

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  58. I know it doesn't sound exotic, many of my favourite designers are from European countries, but I live in Canada.
    skywater on Ravelry

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  59. I am sort of new to knitting so everything seems beautiful and exotic. Because I am so new I have been kind of going from designer to designer and have not found a favorite yet.

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  60. I love Aran patterns and one of my favorite designers comes from Ireland. Though most of his patterns are not specifically Aran I simply love his designs.

    Sisterrobinson on Rav.

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  61. A few of my favorite designers (crochet) are MsWeaver and ravliki on raverly. I am single crafter only ~ crochet and would love the chance to try out a Wave crochet hook. I-hook on Rav

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  62. Although they tried to teach me knitting (English 'throwing' method) in school over 45 years ago, I didn't grasp the technique well enough to be a 'real knitter'. I taught myself the Continental 'picking' method a couple of years ago, and now have been bitten seriously by the knitting-bug -- the Continental method feels so much easier, and I'm confident enough now to be knitting cables and lace, and even socks!! I'd love to try the Dreamz dpns; my Ravelry name is nicewitch

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  63. Your give-always are very generous and your needles are the best!
    SusaninMontara

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  64. I am intrigued by Japanese patterns. Thanks for the giveaway!
    gussek on Ravelry

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  65. I love the rich colors & traditions of Nepalese knitting.

    kmhs on Rav. thank you!

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  66. Woolley worm head is my favorite designer

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  67. One of my favorite designers is sallyinwales on rav. She comes up with amazing reconstructions inspired by ancient items. This is her website:
    http://wickedwoollens.blogspot.com

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  68. My favorite technique is the Norwegian purl - as a continental knitter it has saved my life!! My favorite style is Fair Isle, which is pretty international for me!

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  69. My fave technique is Eastern European knitting. Because of this I can now be able to knit cuz it is so similar to crocheting. :) Love your needles!

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  70. I love the japanese kimonos!

    schwip on rav
    schwipknits@gmail.com

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  71. Clare, the Australian "shiela" who runs the BobWilson123 YouTube channel (and associated blog) has the most practical, easy-to-follow crochet designs I've found anywhere online. When I'm trying to follow someone else's pattern & get stumped, there will usually be a video tutorial for something similar on BobWilson123's channel which will resolve the confusion -- or be so superior that I'll frog the original project and crochet her version instead!
    Among non-English-language designs, there's a gorgeous multicolored long jacket based on variant granny squares by Virpi Siira at her Finnish-language blog, with a photo tutorial so detailed that I've added the pattern to my Ravelry library, even though I don't know Finnish at all!
    You can PM me on Ravelry as CatherineMcClarey if I win, or email me at mcclarey@sbcglobal.net (and I would definitely like one of the larger sizes of Waves hooks -- most ergonomic hooks only go up to a 6mm/J size).

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  72. My favorite designer is Ysolda Teague !
    She is Fabulous ......
    She publlished her own patterns and I Love her knitted toy patterns.
    Thank You :0)
    Barb
    knoblicklady@yahoo.com

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  73. Estonian Lace is beautiful! Dreamz DPNs please :)
    rav username: knackforknitting

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  74. I love Alice Starmore. That's international to me!

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  75. I wasn't quite sure how to pick which option in terms of commenting (I found them confusing), so picked "anonymous" so I could list my Ravelry name -- which is: Persephone1025.

    I love so many different patterns that embody techniques from around the world, but, if I had to just pick one for today, I would name the patterns from (Ravelry name) Nic. She is from Ireland, and, her lovely and easily accessible patterns are often an homage to her country and its history, and usually feature names in the Irish language.

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  76. I love Scandinavian design. However, the technique that I use a lot if combined knitting.

    I'm knitmybike on raverly

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  77. I knit Portuguese style with yarn around my neck, use German cast on when possible and LOVE Victorian lace.
    mamayaga on ravelry

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  78. One of my favarite designers is Shiri Mor,her designs are unique.
    Victoriablue on Ravelry.

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  79. As a new knitter, I'm finding a lot of wonderful techniques I love. I've recently been looking at the Japanese patterns. Stephen West is one designer that seems to draw my attention with his patterns.

    galfridaycrochet on ravelry

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  80. Who knew my toes could prove so useful.
    zelator on ravelry

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  81. one of my fav designers is Candace Eisner Strick.

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  82. Favorite designer is Vanessa Smith.
    sherryglover1 on RAV

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  83. Joji is awesome!!

    Dutchgirl63 on Rav

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  84. Love the Japanese designs! Knitmetoo on ravelry

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  85. One of my favorite Designers is Mel Ski!
    jordyndunaway on Rav

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  86. One of my favorite designers/authors is Stephanie Pearl-McPhee. She gets me to laugh while knitting (even after doing a mistake!). Thanks for the giveaway. My Rav name: lindajm

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  87. I've recently gotten intrigued by norwegian mittens and the very concise stranded patterns that prevent long floats for secure backsides. I'm bjobes on rav

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  88. Stephen West! Many of his designs are out of the world!

    JudyAnn

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  89. I just love Ysolda Teague. She really has great tips and tricks. I always refer to her one row button hole.

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  90. Hi, I like designer Stephen West. He has really interesting designs that you don't see anywhere else. Thank you for the giveaway!
    RAV - NLemonds

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  91. I love patterns by Ysolda - a lovely designer from Scotland!
    greyowl (ravelry id)

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  92. Nancy Bush and ez is my favs. Estonian and long tail is what I use most. My rav name jem13. Thanks



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  93. I'm always in awe of fair isle knitting, so colorful and intricate.
    RavID: kamidake

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  94. I love norwegian mitten & glove patterns! They have such a classic look to them. My Rav i.d is rosyretro, or my e0mail is rosyretro@sky.com

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  95. I love the Old Norwegian cast on. It's like playing a game and creates a beautiful edge on my work.

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  96. My newest international infatuation is the German Twist Cast-On, which I believe is also known as the Old Norwegian. Love, love, love how stretchy it is—perfect for socks… and cowls… and hats… and other stuff. :-) emme-emme on rav

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  97. OMG I can't wait to try the Indian Cast-on! It's so fun to learn new techniques. As for my international favourites, it's a toss-up between the Old Norwegian cast-on (aka German Twist) - so lovely and stretchy - and German short-rows. I will never do the traditional wrap-and-turn method. The German style is much easier and more invisible. Thanks for a great giveaway. I'm TrishKnits on Ravelry.

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  98. I have not been knitting too long.My new favorite technique is top down knitting I hope to never sew a knit piece together again!
    Biscottibeth on ravelry

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  99. I'm completely intrigued by the India style of knitting! Going to try it out this weekend. R: dinasmiles2

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  100. I aspire to be able to knit patterns by Herbert Niebling. ❤❤ CatsMousehold on Ravelry

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  101. I like Sylvi Design, a designer from Hungary. I am Classy76 on Ravelry.

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  102. Love the Chinese waitress cast on! Ravelry name is Josockmonster.

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  103. This Indian cast on method looks interesting. I recently learned a new cast on method which I love- the German twist cast on.
    kayakgrl on Ravelry

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  104. Very interesting cast on, may have to try it out on a project!

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  105. Stephen West and
    Kate Davies are two of my favorite designers.

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  106. I learned Portuguese knitting and really enjoy that method...it uses traditional cast on methods, though. Love this Indian style and will have to give it a try. As for designers...I'm a sock knitter and really love Charlene Schurch's books/patterns. (EclecticKnitter on Ravelry)

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  107. Unfair. I love all designers for their dedication to the craft. RavID: kmaldonado

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  108. My favorite technique with an international flair is Persian Sock Knitting. The whole concept is exotic and unique. Not only are the patterns varied and very beautiful, but the socks are knit two at a time on straight needles. When they are removed from the needle, they open up and are tube shaped!

    sbees5@aol.com

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  109. I would say German Shot rows for myself.

    bluebkg ID on Raverly

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  111. Turkish toe cast-on! I love the toe this creates and use it in all my toe-up socks!

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  112. I am in love with Japanese crochet patterns.

    Thanks
    Yhime407 on Ravelry

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  113. I enjoy being able to kitchener
    ilovemyipad on ravelry

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  114. One of my favorite knitting styles is Estonian lace ... or in the winter time some Norwegian colourwork. mrsmommy on Rav

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  115. I really want to try Tunisian Crochet. It looks lovely!
    Kaessa on Ravelry

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  116. I've just discovered möbius knitting. Too cool?

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  117. I love the European style of GarnStudio patterns & yarn. Also love traditional fisherman knit sweaters. Esther at sombrereptiles.org

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  118. One of my favorite designers is Stephen West. I always check to see what he has available for shawls.

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  119. I love Scandinavian sweaters! (asimplehomestd on Rav)

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  120. I love Estonian lace and Scandinavian color work. It always looks so delicate and intricate. (Luckyorangeliz on rav)

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  121. I love Olga Buraya-Kefelian's patterns-OlgaJazzy Designs. Lots of geometric patterns and attention to detail.
    My ravely id is canadamel

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  122. I like the Northern-European styles. Llwynoges on ravelry.

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  123. Latvian mittens are the best! Ravelry ID: gillianda

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  124. Liking Italian Emma Fassio on revelry. I'm susanmhj on ravelry.

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  125. I love the fair isle yoke sweaters from Iceland and the like - someone mentioned Kate Davies; love her designs!
    Fionafae on Ravelry :)

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  126. I love all my french Quebecker designer friend's :D
    I'm Tricot Nathy on Ravelry

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  127. Interesting way to cast-on and would be fun to try with my new circular needles, after I win. Keysforme1@gmail.com (should be lower case "k")

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  128. I'm a big fan of Boo (http://www.ravelry.com/designers/boo-knits) on ravelry, and Agnes Kutas's designs.
    amanda5683 on ravelry

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  129. I love Stephen West's shall designs, and The Sexy Knitter's in general.

    Rav: sawcat

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  130. Anything by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts or Nancy Bush. I love ethnic folk designs!

    anm54475 on Ravelry

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  131. I really like norwegian style mittens! so cute!

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  132. There are so many designers I love! Frogginette, Isolda Teague, Kate Davies, Gudrun Johnston are a few. I'm MsKniterrific on Ravelry.

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  133. I'm currently working on my second Nuvem wrap by Martina Behm. Love her patterns.
    I'm also fascinated with the Dreambird shawl, but I haven't started it yet. Trying to get the Christmas projects done before going out to look for the perfect yarn.
    Singingwolf on Ravelry.

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  134. Jared Flood (Brooklyn Tweed) is my favorite designer. On Ravelry as knitwmyn

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  136. I am interested in all things knitted and crocheted. But Peruvian knitting and technique are my new interstate. I love color!! Ravelry---TiaMimi

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  137. I am really into Persian sock knitting. I can't do it but I love it. I am I8bnwrong on Ravelry.

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  138. ShadesMahna on ravelry. My favourite knitting technique is definitely Shetland lace, but I haven't gotten brave enough to try it myself. Otherwise, I love knitting lace shawls, of any type.

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  139. my favorite designer is Jane Richmon. I wouldn't say she has an international flair per se, but her designs are timeless. @jannamaria

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  140. I am always interested in new knitting methods, Persian sock knitting is something I had not heard of before.
    apple380 on ravelry

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  141. I love cables of all types, but cables using celtic designs are a favorite.
    Starkat on Ravelry.

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  142. That looks really cool. Absolutely will have to try it! rav:slevine13

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  143. I may need to watch that a few more times, that's why I love learning from video. Video is so patient! :)

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  144. One of my favourite designers is Caitlin Ffrench on Ravelry. So many wonderful designs!

    I am alyshajane on Ravelry. :)

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  145. I have pick up knitting after 25 years and I am so in love with lace knitting and Russian crochet although I had problem trying to understand the using of cords and their instruction.. I love designs by Artyarns and Alice Starmore.
    I am Marie Ng and my email is marienil@hotmail.com

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  146. My favorite international designer is Hanna Maciejewska. Loved making her INK, and love wearing it. Feeling a 40" set of fixed circular needles would help handling this project, I tried Knitter's Pride Karbonz. :)
    Ravelry ID: peggy35

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  147. I'm fascinated by colorwork-yoke sweaters lately, especially Icelandic! I'm sbhist on Rav. Thanks!

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  148. My favorite technique is the German Style cast on...very good for hats and the only way I can get them to fit me....I would love the fixed circular needles....thank you!

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  149. Brioche. Can't get enough of it.

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  150. I just discovered the Twisted German Cast-on and I absolutely love it for top-down socks and mittens/gloves. Ravelry ID: spikesmommy

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