The Slip Stitch

Slip stitch knitting is easy and is used for a variety of purposes including textural or mosaic patterns. To slip a stitch is to move the stitch to the right needle from the left without working it, or pulling the yarn through it. For the most part, slipping stitches makes a dense, firm fabric. Slipped…

Weekly Fave! The “Working Girl” Pullover

Who doesn’t want a versatile work sweater. This pullover is more than its conservative appeal. It would look great coordinated with other pieces to create many different looks, a piece worthy of any capsule wardrobe. The Plateau Pullover is knit in Blue Sky’s Woolstok, a beautiful, fine highland wool for great stitch definition and durability.

Not sure what synthetic fabrics are?

Sometimes when we are knowledgeable about a topic, we may make the assumption that others understand what we’re talking about. I came to this realization when a customer asked a retailer a textile science question. This retailer sells laundry bags that collect microfibers released  into the washing machine from synthetic fabrics. The customer’s query was…

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Cowl

Sunstone, a free pattern from Shibui is available at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. The yarn choice, Tweed Silk Cloud is a subtle blend of silk and kid mohair that adds dimension to this delicate cowl. Cowls are easy to wear, keep you warm, and you don’t have to worry about scarf ends getting in your…

What makes for a fine piece of clothing?

I’m lucky to have grown up at a time when it was easy to find quality clothing at all price points. My mother’s best friend was a skilled seamstress, a German woman who was taught by the best in her home country. She could whip up leather shorts for her boys, and sew an Astrakhan…

Weekly Fave! A Side to Side Knit Pullover

The first sweater I ever made was for my high school boyfriend. It was also worked side-to-side like this lovely End to End Pullover by Purl Soho. The reverse seaming is the only detail this simple, garter stitch style needs. My first project did not turn out so well; I recall that one sleeve was…

Design Tips For Knit Hats

Hats are among the oldest garments worn by humans. Early knitted hats appeared as caps just prior to the Renaissance, with knit caps and stockings the most common knitted items during this time period. Hand knit hats come in a range of shapes and styles. There are styles that are part of traditional costume for…

Weekly Fave! The Oversized Pullover

Who says the Big Sweater can’t look elegant. This modern, bi-color turtleneck is a feature design in Vogue’s Fall 2019 knitting magazine. The proportions are right on; oversized and highly textured with an allover cable pattern. A unique play on contrast!

Tips For Longer Lasting Socks

One of my popular posts “Is it possible to make hand knit socks last longer?” has been updated with more tips on knitting and caring for your hand knit socks. Caring for your beloved socks is certainly applicable to purchased ones. So dive in and don’t be afraid to knit the socks you want, because…

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…