Weekly Fave! A Bold Statement Shawl

Laine is a beautifully illustrated Nordic publication. It’s filled with inspiring, slow fashion knits, skillfully worked. This luxurious shawl design creates an alluring knit fabric, and is featured in Laine Magazine 10, to be released December 11. Their magazines are available in English and Finnish versions, at retailers or via subscription on line. If you…

I’m a Yarn Snob

“snob: a person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people…” No one likes to be called a snob in the true sense of the word. In jest, I call myself a yarn snob, which is my strong bias towards natural fiber yarns. A “yarn snob” is…

Weekly Fave! Men’s Timeless Pullover

I love the sweaters and cardigans worn by men in the old, classic films – Cary Grant in a close-fitting turtleneck driving a convertible through the hills of some faraway destination. The classic Cobblestone Pullover designed by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed reminds me of such a scene. It’s a simple, timeless design with a…

Knitting Needs Mathematics

Whether you are designing projects, following pattern instructions, or adapting a vintage pattern, math skills are an essential part of knitting. Maybe you get an inkling that the stitch numbers are inaccurate in the instructions? How in the world do I figure out the number of stitches to cast on to achieve a certain width?…

Weekly Fave! Gothic Styled Cardigan

Gothic Architecture usually comes to the mind of art historians when presented with the word “gothic” – towering ornate cathedrals characterized this style of the late Middle Ages. Its aesthetic did not only apply to architecture. Yes, Gothic even affected the art of knitting and found its way into literature and film. Interweave devoted its…

Making Felted Buttons

Have you ever been on the hunt for coordinating buttons to sew on your project, but seem to come up short? This past weekend, I happened upon some tutorials by Alice Starmore on Virtual Yarns. Starmore is the reigning expert of traditional Fair Isle and Aran Knitting. The tutorials demonstrate the how-tos of felted buttons…

Weekly Fave! Classic Houndstooth Coat

This stunning, elegant houndstooth coat is a wardrobe essential, and hand knit makes it even more special. The design is included in Quail Studio’s latest publication “Classic Tweed Style“, created in collaboration with Rowan Yarns. A knit coat is a pleasure to knit and wear, but also an original timeless design, that will last longer…

Updated Post!

I’ve updated one of my most popular posts “A Neat Seam: The Mattress Stitch“ and added a few other seaming methods that are also worked from the right side of a knit fabric. Seaming is a very important step to professionally finishing your projects. With practice you won’t have unfinished projects sitting in your basket,…

Weekly Fave! The Moonlight Wrap

The colour play of jewel tone blues in the Moonlight Wrap by Purl Soho is as intoxicating as the view of a crystal blue sea. Knit in linen stitch gives the appearance of woven fabric. Colours are alternated every two rows, allowing for the subtle shifts in tone. Linen Quill yarn, a blend of wool,…

The Exceptional Qualities of Qiviut and Yak

Ready for a luxe knitting experience? Two fibers that have moved into mainstream knitting are qiviut and yak. Both are expensive, luxury fibers due to their combination of  softness, fineness, lightness and warmth, and eco-friendly means of gathering their downy undercoats. Yarns made from these fibers provide an enjoyable knitting experience, and make for the…