Weekly Fave! The Coolest Slippers

  If you’ve knit up Churchmouse Yarns and Teas “Turkish Bed Socks”, you’ll love this pattern, Chunky Slipper Socks. I’ve printed off this free pattern and purchased Rowan Cocoon in color Duck Down.  This yarn is a blend of merino wool and kid mohair. I may sew some suede soles to the bottom, so I…

What is there to say about PINS?

Pins Every knitter needs a selection of rustproof pins in their toolbox. Sewing pins are not recommended because they split stitches, and get lost in knit fabric. There are three types of pins commonly used for knitting – straight pins, T-pins, and safety pins. Long, straight pins (knitter’s pins) with blunt tips and large, colorful heads…

Weekly Fave! A Delicate Cable Scarf

I’m a huge fan of simple design. like this Delicate Cable Scarf from Purl Soho. A single travelling cable (more crossed stitches than cable) floats from side to side on a background of garter stitch. The success of this stunningly, simple design is mainly due to the beautiful winter white yarn. Flax Down is a blend of…

The Buyerarchy of Needs – A Better Approach to Always Buying New

If you’ve ever taken a beginner psychology course, you probably are familiar with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. At the bottom of Maslow’s Hierarchy is the largest, most fundamental of human needs. These are the basic needs that must be met before an individual desires, or can achieve the highest level of needs. Going beyond the…

Weekly Fave! The Iconic French Accessory

The Beret is one of the trendy accessories for the season. Churchmouse Yarns and Teas has reworked their Cashmere Beret pattern in different yarn, but no less luxurious than cashmere. The yarn choice combines fingering weight Shibui Birch worked together with Shibui Silk Cloud. Silk Cloud is a blend of kid mohair and silk, creating…

Planning Your Knit Design – Garment Shapes

The first step in the knit design process is selecting the item you want to construct. Although there are an extraordinary number of knit styles, knit garments depend on a limited number of body shapes. Most garments are based on three body silhouettes or shapes. Designers often start the process by manipulating one of these…

Weekly Fave! Color Block Scarf

Color Block Scarf is my latest project. My inspiration came from a color blocked dress I saw on television. I used the same colors as in the dress; pink, red, camel, and black to make my scarf. The rib pattern is Mistake-Stitch Rib. This textured pattern was probably discovered by accident, since it’s not the…

Knitting Patch Pockets

Pockets are either decorative or functional. Patch or applied pockets are the simplest pocket style to knit up; knit a square, rectangular, or other shape in the desired pattern stitch. Although they are simple to knit up, the difficult step is sewing one neatly in place. I’m going to show you a few methods to…

Weekly Fave! Minimalist Hat

What I love about this super simple hat by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is its DIY capability. Create the fabric and fit you desire by choosing a different yarn weight and adjust the gauge accordingly. All the necessary information to do so is given in this free pattern. Churchmouse used cashmere for the version above. If…

Weekly Fave! 3 Versions of a Popular Accessory

Julie Hoover is one of my favorite knitwear designers. Her latest work is a simple, but beautiful shawl adorned with lace detail. The great news is the pattern comes with two other versions, a scarf and a cozy wrap.  Simple design, well done with quality yarn is the ultimate, classic luxury.