Weekly Fave! The Xmas Pompom

Pompoms are one of the easiest decorative additions to make for your projects. New York’s fabulous Purl Soho store has dressed up a Xmas tree with pompoms for their window display. Wreaths made with pompoms is another great craft project. Maybe you can come up with a unique way to use pompoms this season. Check…

Designing a Simple Collar

An interesting knit collar provides the finishing touch to any garment. Most collar styles can be worked from picked up stitches around the neckline, or worked separately and sewn in place. The most simple of collars is worked from a round neckline. The majority of collars are knit with non-curling and reversible stitch patterns. The…

Weekly Fave! Original Knitwear Line

I hardly ever purchase fashion magazines anymore, but look at them online through the library app. Anyways, I’m looking through In Style’s December issue and came across a voluminous, textured sweater, that looks exceedingly glamorous. This piece is offered by the business, uniquely titled I Love Mr. Mittens. Their collection is definitely original; garments made…

Yarn-Overs

Patterns including all laces and eyelets are made with yarn-over stitches. Making a yarn-over (yo) is the least complicated action in knitting. It consists of taking the yarn over the top of the right hand needle between stitches. Making a yarn-over is actually an increase, and beginners often perform it by accident, creating unintended holes…

Weekly Fave! A Winter Project

Winter is here. One of the best knitting projects for winter evenings is a blanket. I kind of like having the weight of a blanket coming off the needles in my lap to keep me warm – a little crazy I know. The Tonal Blanket, a free pattern offered at Purl Soho, has an interesting…

What’s your favourite knitting pattern?

Mine is seed stitch (Brits say moss stitch), one of the basic knitting patterns including garter stitch, stockinette stitch, and single rib (k1, p1). Although seed stitch is easy to knit, it packs a visual punch. It’s a textured pattern created by alternating a sequence of knit and purl stitches. Unlike ribbing, the knit stitches…

Weekly Fave! A Holiday Sweater

Need an evening Christmas sweater, but not the kind you wear to an ugly Xmas sweater party? This beautiful design featured in Vogue Knitting Holiday 2019 is perfect for any occasion. This issue of Vogue focuses on statement sleeves, and this cable and bobble sweater has a slight, puffed sleeve with exaggerated cuffs. It’s not…

Blocking Wires

Knitting gadgets and accessories are as abundant as for any other craft. Most of the time, the basics are all that’s required to get the job done. Recently, I splurged or rather indulged in purchasing a blocking wire set. Historically, lace knit shawls were blocked using thin wires or even strong lengths of cotton thread,…

Weekly Fave! A Yellow Cable Knit Hat

A color change creates a huge impact on a design project. Indeed, the yellow yarn used to knit the Tillage Hat by Brooklyn Tweed makes an otherwise simple hat the standout feature. I love the way the model is wearing this hat, pushed down on her forehead, and her beautiful curly hair neatly tucked. Experience…

Is Recycled Polyester Better Than Virgin Polyester?

Polyester fabrics have been around since the early 1940s; invented by a couple of British scientists because of the difficulty in obtaining cotton during World War 11. Polyester fabric was never really considered an ideal or sustainable textile option. Polyester is made from PET (polyethylene terephthalate), and the raw materials for PET come from crude…