Making Stories Magazine
We are big fans of Germany based “Making Stories” for their beautiful patterns and articles by and for knitters - discussing not just their craft but their perspectives on issues around identity, body positivity and equality.
Pattern images are from Issue no. 4
ABOUT ISSUE 4
Issue 4 is an invitation to take a look at the craft we love and share as a way of challenging the status quo, changing standards that no longer serve us, and, yes, subverting the norm.
In its pages you’ll find accessory and garment patterns that do just that by introducing us to a new technique, a unique construction method, a brave design inspiration. Stories about body image, size inclusivity, and queer identity, shared by a handful of wonderful authors and illustrators, invite you to sit down, read, and question.
With Making Stories Magazine, we strive to feature companies and makers who focus on sustainability, transparency, fairness and equity in their work. We love telling their stories and hope to inspire and enable crafters to make conscious and informed decisions about the materials they use and the companies they support.
- Acorn Shawl by ash alberg in YOTH Yarns Daughter
- Bones Cardigan by Julie Robinson in BC Garn Loch Lomond
- Frostbeam Shawl by Marina Skua in Marina Skua Mendip DK
- Multitudes Hat by Hanna Lisa Haferkamp in Wing & A Prayer Farm Yarns
- Ribb-Party Socks by Renate Kamm in Tulliver Yarn High Twist Sock
- Sarcactus Sweater by Marina Skua in Marina Skua Mendip DK
- Starring The Difference Cardigan by Julia Exner in Walcot Yarns Opus
- Tauko Hat by Sari Nordlund in G-uld New Zealandsk Lammeuld
- Unity Cardigan by Crystal Hiatt in Erika Knight British Blue 100
- Wayfarer Shawl by Biches et Bûches Le Petit Lambswool
- ash alberg
- Crystal Hiatt
- Hanna Lisa Haferkamp
- Julia Exner
- Julie Robinson
- Maria Muscarella
- Marina Skua
- Renate Kamm
- Sari Nordlund
In addition to the designs, we feature three fantastic contributions in Issue 4:
- ash alberg shares deep, thoughtful, and inspiring insights into norms and standards and their story in “on being ‘queer enough’”
- Caroline Frett illustrates her view on standards beautifully in “Miss Me With Your Bullshit Norms”
- Crystal Hiatt dives into her story as a plus-size designer and inclusivity activist in “Embrace”
WHAT’S SO SPECIAL ABOUT MAKING STORIES MAGAZINE?
We’re (to our knowledge) the only ad-free knitting magazine on the market today. We believe in preserving our independence when it comes to deciding who we feature and work with through not accepting any ads for this magazine.
We’re printing on 100% recycled paper, one of the few that’s certified not only with the EU Ecolabel and the Nordic Swan Ecolabel, but also with the Blauer Engel certificate.
We’re keeping production and fulfilment as local as possible, working with Druckhaus Berlin-Mitte as our printer, the first printer to be certified with Blauer Engel, and with Urbanmail as our fulfilment and shipping partner, both here in Berlin.
Who’s behind Making Stories Magazine?
Making Stories GmbH is an independent knitwear design publisher based in Berlin.
We believe in choosing to use resources and capacities, be they human, environmental, social or financial, in a way that can be sustained in the long run. We believe in being aware of and actively reflecting on all parts of our (work) process and communicating them openly and honestly. We believe in treating all living beings involved in our work fairly, respectfully and lovingly and in caring about and for their physical and mental well-being. We believe in not discriminating against anyone based on gender, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, age, health, physical appearance, economic situation, education or any other factor, being mindful of what that means for their lives and their stories and working towards a world where everyone is free to create the life they wish to live.