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The magazine was founded by Amy R. Singer and has been edited by her since its inception. Knitty presents free original knitting patterns, essays, and how-to articles written by professional designers and non-professional contributors. It hosts chat forums and promotes the online knitting community, and several patterns, such as Clapotis and Fetching, have experienced great popularity among knitters. It has also been influential in launching the careers of knitwear designers including Ysolda Teague, Stefanie Japel, Erica Jackofsky, Stephen West, Jillian Moreno, Cookie A, Amy Swenson, Jordana Paige, Cheryl Niamath and many others. The often-cited "Judy's Magic Cast On" and "Jeny's Surprisingly Stretchy Bind off" were first published in Knitty.
Singer has published four knitting-related books.
- Singer, Amy R. and Jillian Moreno More Big Girl Knits: 25 Designs Full of Color and Texture for Curvy Women (2008). ISBN 978-0-307-35374-0
Singer, Amy R., No Sheep for You: Knit Happy with Cotton, Silk, Linen, Hemp, Bamboo & Other Delights (2007). ISBN 978-1-59668-012-8
Singer, Amy R., and Jillian Moreno, Big Girl Knits : 25 Big, Bold Projects Shaped for Real Women with Real Curves (2006). ISBN 978-0-307-33660-6
Singer, Amy R. Knit Wit: 30 Easy and Hip Projects (2004). ISBN 978-0-06-074070-2