What do I do when instructions only give the gauge in stockinette stitch?

One of my pet peeves is pattern instructions that only give the gauge in stockinette, but the design is predominantly worked in one or several different stitch patterns. Of course with some projects it isn’t critical to match gauge to the finished results, so it’s fine to use only the stockinette gauge for items such…

Weekly Fave! A Unisex Cowl

  The young man looks particularly handsome in this bright yellow cowl by Brooklyn Tweed. This cowl design boasts a reversible fabric and can be worn by both sexes. The stitch pattern mimics cables creating a geometric texture, and is knit in Quarry, a chunky weight wool available in many beautiful colours. A chic accessory…

Ball Winder, Swift, or Maybe a Nostepinne

I find my ball winder indispensable. I’ve had a Brother winder since the beginning of my knitting journey, and didn’t own a swift until many years later. Even with only a winder, you can wind balls of yarn from a hank placed on the back of a chair. Because much of the yarn sold today…

Weekly Fave! The Knit Dress

  Nothing is easier to wear than a sweater dress.  A knit dress is a decadent, comfortable alternative to wearing athleisure, that so many of us have been putting on everyday since we began working and staying at home more than usual. This lovely dress from Bottega Veneta 2019 may be the inspiration you need…

Fashion Misconceptions

There is no question that the fashion industry in its entirety is contributing to climate change. The environmental and labour issues are prevalent by virtue of its massive supply chain, and its reliance on humans to do the majority of the work, which is by nature a craft and very hands-on. Many of us now…

Weekly Fave! Not Your Usual Quick-Knit Blanket

  Although many blankets are lengthy projects, I find knitting one a relaxing break from shaping and sewing garment pieces together. Wool and the Gang tends to design quickly made projects, including the Midnight Blanket shown above. Quickly knit projects are usually knit in basic pattern stitches, but the Midnight Blanket combines Herringbone and Twisted Rib…

Designing With Yarn

What’s ingenious about knitting is that you form a fabric with yarn and shape it to create a project. Hand knitting yarn is irresistible; it comes in brilliant colours, textures, and different fibers. Knitters know that a beautiful hank of yarn doesn’t always produce the fabric they are looking for. Designing with yarn is about…

Weekly Fave! Mitten Time Is Coming

These are the most beautiful embellished mittens from Making magazine’s upcoming issue #10. Because the issue is not out yet, I’m not able to get any details on the construction. It looks to me as though they are embroidered with the same yarn used to knit the mittens. Mittens are fun and quick to knit, and…

Remembering Retro Condo Knitting

Before diving into this post, I would like to ask you a question and your answer will help me make a decision. Do you like knitting directly from instructions on your mobile devices (ipad, iphone, etc.), or do you prefer to knit by a hardcopy (print copy) of the pattern instructions?  As I was going…

Weekly Fave! The Classic Men’s Cardigan

  Men’s knitting patterns often don’t get the attention they deserve. Historically, fashion has always focused more on women’s collections, mainly because of the enormous variety of styles of women’s clothes, as compared to the ones that make up a man’s wardrobe. Brooklyn Tweed does a great job of designing men’s knitwear, like this classic…