Weekly Fave! Knit Pieces Working Together

I’ve been a collector of Rowan magazines for many years. This British brand of hand knits and yarns is both a creative and inspirational influence on me, because the designs are so timeless yet modern. You don’t see a whole knit ensemble worn very much these days, so I was drawn to these pieces from…

Not Your Classic Hand Knitting Yarns

“Textile Fiber: any material capable of being woven, knit or otherwise made into fabrics.” In recent years “new” fiber sources have hit the yarn scene. Most of the ones described below have a plant or animal source, but require a synthetic process to break down the cellulose or protein to form filament fibers that are…

Weekly Fave! Colourful Patchwork Wrap

From Vogue’s Late Winter 2020 magazine comes one of the most beautiful wraps I’ve seen, and the photo is stunning. The design is from none other than the master colour artist Kaffe Fassett. This lovely gentleman is over 80, and enjoys his work with the vigour of a 20 year old. You should check out…

Knitting Traditions From Around The World

I learned early on in my textile education the importance of clothing and the value of craft in every culture. In most developing countries, the economy is initially supported by some facet of the textile industry unique to the region. Knitting is no exception. Traditional knitting describes garments and other items produced in various regions…

Weekly Fave! A Wearable Cardigan and Bralette Set

Not your classic sweater set! This trendy bralette and cardigan set is for the fashion lover. Simone Set is an intermediate knitting kit available at Wool and The Gang; knit in a fluffy, alpaca wool blend yarn. If you’re not brave enough to wear the set, the items can be made separately. The bralette is…

Designing Socks

Socks are popular projects for knitters of all skill levels. Regardless of whether they consist of simple or complex stitchery, socks are small projects, which don’t take much time to knit, and provide a nice break from larger projects. Once you’ve practiced making socks, the next challenge is to design a pair from scratch. Please…

Weekly Fave! An Architectural Scarf

Simple design is usually my go-to, but always with an added touch to give the project drama. I was immediately drawn to the Stoa Scarf by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, that reflects this aesthetic; knit in a rib pattern, narrow at the centre and then widening towards the scarf ends. This simple, structural detail adds…

Deciphering Knitting Charts

Are you a text or chart person? I’m more of a text person when it comes to reading pattern instructions, but charts are a convenient way to follow colourwork, lace, cable, and other complex stitch patterns. Charts take up less space on the page than row after row of text. Because a chart resembles the…

Weekly Fave! Crocheted Purses

Many years ago I owned a small crossbody bag in a beautifully lined, embroidered fabric; I eventually wore it out because I used it so much. These lovely, very practical crocheted versions by Churchmouse Yarns made in raffia and linen will stand the test of time. I particularly love the clutch that morphs into a…

4 Common Knitting Abbreviations That Cause Confusion

With the variety of knitting magazines around the world, it’s difficult to standardize knitting abbreviations. It’s not uncommon to find slightly different abbreviations for the same term. One of the most common differences occur with “kb, k1b, kb1 and ktbl”. Read your pattern instructions carefully to make sure that you are using the correct one,…