Weekly Fave! Hand Knit Tee

The cotton T-shirt is the quintessential piece of a wardrobe. Even more special is knitting one, a great warm weather alternative to a sweater. This lovely, casual version of the classic Tee is a pattern available from Blue Sky Fibers. It’s knit in Organic Cotton Skinny, a smooth yarn consisting of multiple plies. Cotton is…

Choosing Yarn Colours

Colour is an essential component of an artist’s toolkit, including the knitter’s toolbox. People often believe that mixing colours is an innate skill or “gift”, but with practice, some basic colour theory, and inspiration from a variety of sources, you can develop a wonderful sense of colour. After all, colour theory is both a science…

Weekly Fave! Men’s Cardi’s for Spring

I don’t know about you, but it’s time to put some spring knitting on my needles. Rowan Magazine is at the top of my favourite magazine list, and their latest #69 is a treasure. What I love about Rowan collections is the inclusion of men’s knit fashions. The above classic men’s cardigans from Rowan’s Spring/Summer…

Shaping Lace Knitting

Lace stitch patterns create the most beautiful knit fabrics, but not without some challenges. Have you ever asked yourself questions like, how do I shape the armholes while maintaining the lace pattern, or at what point do I stop the lace pattern? These are common questions from knitters. When shaping pieces, that is increasing (adding…

Weekly Fave! Spring-time socks?

A couple of weeks ago I presented some cute baby socks in Weekly Fave! It’s time for us grown-ups to make a pair of socks for spring. To fit the bill comes “Frondescent Socks”, from the latest Interweave Knits magazine. Their leaf pattern celebrates spring, a beautiful colourwork motif you’ll want to show-off in some…

Understanding Knitting Instructions

As a beginner knitter, reading your first knitting pattern can be challenging, particularly because of the knitting jargon used in pattern instructions. I’ve put together a short e-book that gives the basics needed to understand pattern instructions, including the language of knitting and pattern structure. I hope this information helps you work more comfortably through…

Weekly Fave! It’s Time For Some Glam!

I’m getting a bit tired of wearing the same casual clothes day in, day out. I’ve always enjoyed getting dressed up and going out, but during this past year, just as with so many of us being in a similar situation, I’ve worn the same type of outfit for far too long. Understandably so, but…

Organic Cotton vs Cotton

Just as we’ve seen organic food show up on grocery shelves, the interest in organic products has extended into your local yarn store. The yarn industry has not contributed as greatly to the environmental and human labour issues that have plagued textile production and the fashion industry. Today, the hand knitting yarn industry consists of…

Weekly Fave! Gift for Baby

One of the best gifts for the new baby, besides a blanket are tiny socks. They are quick to make, and a great project for the beginner sock knitter. The instructions for this adorable, simple sock design is available at Purl Soho. The socks are made in Season Alpaca, a luxurious 100% baby alpaca yarn;…

So you want to be a Designer . . .

Knowing you want to be a designer feels like an itch that needs to be scratched. Like most creatives, designers have a curiosity about the world around them, and how they can solve problems. Whether you are interested in becoming a fashion clothing designer, knitting or crocheting designer, there are some straightforward steps to help…