Knitting Gathered Sleeve Styles – Puff and Leg O’Mutton

  Gathered sleeve styles are found in some designer collections this season. This style is not often seen as a fashion trend; one reason for not popping up in collections is because it’s not the easiest style to wear. Puff sleeves tend to look “girly” and add bulk at the shoulders. That being said, if…

Weekly Fave! Rise of the Dad Knit

Recently, I was on vacation in London, England. In central London,  on every street corner were boxes containing the London Evening Standard, a free daily newspaper. They produce ES magazine, a style insert every month. In the Men’s Style section of ES for October 2018 is the “Rise of the Dad Knit”. So I’m thinking…

How to Measure Your Knitting in Progress

How to Measure Knitting Length is my most popular post. When I began knitting, I found that many resources didn’t show how to measure your work. Perhaps the assumption was that measuring was easy to figure out, but asking how to properly measure knitting is an important question. In this post, I’m readdressing my previous…

Weekly Fave! Classic Rib Pencil Skirt

Knit skirts and dresses are on trend this fashion season. I love a knit skirt; its the ultimate travel and transitional garment to have in your closet. This ribbed classic skirt by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is made in double knitting Arbor by Brooklyn Tweed. The skirt’s details are simple, a foldover waistband and a…

Weekly Fave! A 3-way Shawl

This gigantic shawl is more of a throw, but it certainly has two more uses, a warm wrap belted around a coat or worn as a scarf. A chevron striped and lace border makes it a stand-out piece of work; knit in a light DK merino and alpaca blend . Perfect for cold winter days…

Weekly Fave! Gift a Knit Stuffed Critter

What child doesn’t love a huggable hand knit toy. A hand knit animal is a great gift and fun to make; giving you a break from more complex knitting. Liam the Llama is an adorable critter made in a llama/wool blend, and brushed to mimic natural fleece.

Weekly Fave! Make Your Own Knock-off Sweater!

I rarely purchase knit sweaters and cardigans, other than fine knit merino and cashmere items. One of the main reasons I don’t is the lack of quality or rather the small amount of natural fibers used in the manufacture of many knits. I won’t pay a high price for a sweater composed predominantly of acrylic…

Is Graph Paper in Your Knitter’s Toolbox?

If you’re anything like me, you prefer designing with paper and pen. Grid or graph paper is very useful for drawing precise schematics, charting pattern shaping, and charting colorwork for Fair Isle and Intarsia. There are two types of graph paper, standard graph paper with a square grid, and specialized knitters graph paper with a…

Weekly Fave! A Stunning Wrap

Martin Storey has a long history with Rowan Yarns and has designed this stunning shawl for a new collection by Rowan. Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is offering this accessory as a kit, including three shades of Rowan’s Felted Tweed, one of their iconic yarns. An alternating stripe pattern creates the illusion of depth and texture.

Sustainable Fashion Guide

The fashion industry is reported to be one of the most polluting industries. It’s a disturbing fact, but we can still enjoy fashion while doing our part to help clean up this industry. A good place to start is with your garment shopping habits. Here are four easy changes you can make now to reduce…