Weekly Fave! A Bias Knit Shawl

My favorite accessories are scarves and wraps, and as a result I have too many. This striking, new Bias Wrap pattern by Purl Soho caught my eye. The stitch pattern is very interesting; the two ends in twisted rib forming chevrons, and the main part of the wrap in stockinette stitch knit on the bias….

Weekly Fave! Fashion Forward Fair Isle Sweater

Fair Isle patterning is still a trend for Fall 2018. But a twist to this trend is the use of unexpected bright colors. This lovely sweater designed by Deborah Newton for Vogue Knitting Fall 2018 incorporates brightly colored roses on a classic Fair Isle background. This modern, tunic style sweater is a challenging piece of…

Double Pointed Needles (dpns)

As the name suggests, double pointed needles have points at both ends, they come in sets of four or five, and are made in the same materials as for straight and circular needles. Double pointed needles range in length from 10cm(4in) to 20cm(8in), and longer. Double pointed needles are used when the circumference of the…

Moving From Amateur to Professional Knitter

You may or may not think of knitting as a creative outlet. For me it is. Knitting is the part of me that brings meaning, challenge and joy to my life. Creativity is in all of us. A result of being in what is called “creative flow” is professionalism; becoming really good at what you…

Weekly Fave! A Classic Cardigan

Need a cardigan idea for Fall 2018. From Chanel’s Fall 2018 Collection comes inspiration to help with your choice. These classic, boldly colored Chanel cardigans are simple in structure, made fresh by the addition of fringe or an unfinished edge to the borders. Why not knock off a cardigan for your fall wardrobe without the…

Weekly Fave! A Retro Car Coat

Churchmouse has released six new patterns for Autumn Classics 2018. From this collection comes this retro car coat, a cozy classic knit in chunky Rowan Cocoon yarn. Worked in double moss stitch and thick yarn, this stylish garment will knit up quickly, ready for those chilly, fall days.

Reading Knitting Patterns: Asterisks, Brackets, and Parentheses

Knitting abbreviations and terminology is a language or special vocabulary used in pattern instructions to save space and provide clear direction. Asterisks, brackets, and parentheses are used in pattern instructions to indicate repetition of a sequence of stitches. Parentheses also have an additional purpose in pattern instructions. Asterisks *  Repeat the directions or sequence of…

Weekly Fave! A Fashionable Man’s Cardigan

Over the last few years, a cardigan has become a popular wardrobe staple in a man’s closet. Interweave offers an updated version of the collegiate style cardigan this Fall. The tweed yarn combined with textured and cable stitch patterns gives this cardigan a professional look. An appealing option for the well-dressed man!

The Make One Increase

A make one or raised increase is my favorite increase to shape knit fabric, particularly stockinette stitch. It is made by picking up the horizontal strand between two stitches, and knitting it as if it were a stitch. There are two ways of knitting the horizontal strand, and each gives a different result. If you…

Weekly Fave! A Transitional Sweater

Knitty has been producing an online knitting magazine since 2002. In their current issue, is a lovely transitional sweater, Millville by Amy Christoffers. This loose, cropped sweater is made in Berroco’s Regatta, a bulky cotton tape. Although it is a bulky weight cotton, it’s said to feel unexpectedly light. Millville is a classy looking sweater,…