Weekly Fave! Some Inspiration For Fall 2019

The Italian Fashion House ETRO produces some of the most magnificent, luxury textiles in the world of fashion. ETRO is known for vibrant patterns, specifically paisley. Their fashion forward styles, and rich design aesthetic are visual eye candy for me. The above photo from ETRO’s Fall 2019 women’s collection manifests the colorwork knitting trend for…

Getting Stitches Off Your Needle – Binding Off

Once your knit fabric is the desired length, you have to get the stitches off the needle by finishing the edge. This is referred to as binding off (BO). Some books and magazines use the term “casting off (CO)” instead of binding off. Binding off secures the last row of stitches to prevent them from…

Weekly Fave! A Retro Pullover

When I saw this sweater for the first time, it conjured up images of Downton Abbey and Miss Marple. It’s a modern take of a short sleeved sweater, with a looser fit and bold color. The collar is the detail that makes this otherwise simple knit pullover special. A great design from Brooklyn Tweed to…

Updated e-book – It’s All About The Yarn

That beautiful ball of yarn goes through many transformations before you find it in your hands. I have updated It’s All About The Yarn , an important guide to understanding fibers, and all the other elements involved in the manufacture of hand knitting yarns.  

Weekly Fave! Oxford Socks Anyone!

Every style of footwear requires the right hosiery. I love the look of these short Oxford Socks, worn with a long skirt; casual, yet undeniably chic. This basic sock pattern is worked from the toe-up, beginning with a provisional cast on and knit to the desired length. I think my fall flats need some jazzing…

Mending is Cool Again

  During my junior high school days, sewing was part of the home economics curriculum. I learned how to hand stitch, but not how to mend my well-loved clothes. I was lucky enough to have aunts and a mother who repaired their clothing. Recently, I purchased Mending Matters, a book that offers mending solutions as…

Weekly Fave! A Sweet Cardigan

Rowan has included a bonus collection with Number 66 Magazine for Fall 2019. This collection is called Focus, designed using Rowan’s new natural fibre yarns. The above cardigan by Lisa Richardson is one of the projects in Focus. A sweet, simple design, yet elegant with strategically placed bobbles along the centre of the sleeves. I’ve…

Writing a Useable Knitting Pattern

Did you just finish designing a hand knit sweater, and now you want to show it off to the world? You want other knitters to enjoy making and wearing this creation. Achieving this requires you to write knitting instructions that other knitters can follow. Whether you want to create pattern instructions for friends to make…

An Important Update to “How to Measure Knitting Length”

On August 8, 2019, I republished “How to Measure Knitting Length”, one of my most popular posts. I’m redirecting it to you because I didn’t republish the post in the proper way,  so it is more difficult to find in a search. I wouldn’t want you to miss the useful information contained within this post….

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Pullover

August is often the month when the fall knitting magazines hit the shelves. I purchased Interweave Knits Fall 2019 this week. It’s filled with cozy, outdoorsy sweaters, cardigans, and other projects; all that’s needed in the fall sans the bulky coat. My favourite style of sweater for fall is a pullover like the one above,…