Weekly Fave! A Transitional Cardigan

The latest issue of Interweave Knits explores luxury yarns and the variety of woollens. The Sandness Cardigan is knit in classic, fingering weight Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift wool. This stylish cardigan has beautiful cable and rib detailing on the front and back. Its lightness and practicality will carry through the seasons. Spring is almost here!

Investment Dressing Does Matter

(This lovely image of two stylish Parisian women put a smile on my face. They are women who definitely have a sense of who they are in their clothes. This image comes from the unique instagrammer,  thesartorialist, a photographer of stylish people around the world. What I love is that his photos are real and…

Weekly Fave! The Wearable Bucket Hat

I think a bucket hat is one of those styles that most people can wear. Another great feature is this hat style can be worn year round. The hat pictured above is crocheted (sharpen up your crochet skills) in double stranded worsted weight yarn, and is quick to make, in time for your next outing….

Design Tips for Baby And Children’s Knits

For many knitters, nothing is more enjoyable than knitting baby or children’s garments. They are smaller and much faster to make than adult knits. It’s wrong to think that kid’s designs are simply mini versions of adult styles. Baby and children’s sweaters are not only smaller, but the proportions are different from an adult’s. Motifs…

Weekly Fave! The Hood Scarf

Hood scarves are a practical accessory, and have come and gone through fashion’s history. This pattern offered by Blue Sky Fibers is an easy rib knit, with a generous scarf length. This updated version is also versatile, with just enough fabric to be worn as a wrap over a jacket for milder days. Very chic!

How to Properly Sew on a Collar

Many knitters avoid sewing on a separate collar piece; instead it’s easier to make one by picking up stitches around the neckline. Depending on the project, a separate collar may be preferable. Even though I’ve made sewn-on collars over the years, I’m still confused when it comes to sewing them onto the neckline. Just one…

Weekly Fave! For Blanket Lovers

My eye was immediately drawn to the strikingly beautiful colour palette of these knit blankets from Purl Soho. A blanket is one of my favourite projects to knit in the winter months. This Mitered Corner Blanket pattern is free, and why not imagine it in your chosen yarn colours and arrangement. The construction is unique,…

Duplicate stitch is not only for adding colourful stitches!

Although a patch pocket is simple to knit-up, sewing one neatly in place can be an exercise in frustration. I’ve discovered that using duplicate stitch, an embroidery technique to sew a patch pocket onto a garment makes a secure, almost invisible seam. I recently finished a cardigan and used duplicate stitch to sew the side…

Weekly Fave! The Gauzy Tee

Crazy, I know, I’m thinking of spring/summer knitting projects. I can’t resist purchasing the yarn for this sweet top from Knitscene’s Spring 2020 issue. I’m going to buy the same yarn as in the pattern, Pebble by Shibui Knits. This lightweight yarn is a blend of recycled silk, fine merino and cashmere; a great choice…

You Can’t Knit Without Needles!

Just as a painter uses brushes to achieve strokes and textures, a knitter uses needles. As you gain more experience, your needle collection will expand. My collection is huge, from trying different needle types and materials, in search of the best needle for the job. They come as straight, circular and double pointed needles, and…