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…

Weekly Fave! The Knotty Ones

What a find! In Style magazine, the November 2019 issue reviewed Knotty Ones, a sustainable knitwear label. Even though I can knit my own sweaters, I still appreciate the efforts of companies who design knits. These companies provide me with inspiration, but sometimes I want to purchase a knit made by skilled workers in the…

Altering Published Knitting Patterns

I’ve wanted to make myself an oversized wrap cardigan for awhile. I looked through back issues of Vogue Knitting Magazine and found a design I wanted to alter, a cardigan from Vogue’s Spring/Summer 1987 issue. What I like about it is the broken rib stitch pattern, and the raglan sleeves, but I wanted to alter…

Weekly Fave! Plush Poncho

When I was in England at this time last year, I noticed the popularity of ponchos and wraps. This lovely Plush Poncho by Martin Storey is from Rowan All Year Round, and reminded me of the ones I saw many women wearing. It’s so simple to knit; a large rectangle in a nubbly stitch pattern,…

Knitting Pleats

I’m fond of structured, tailored garments with dressmaker details. Pleats are one of these details that are more tailored than incorporating gathers. Pleats in a knit fabric are not quite as sharp as fabric pleats, but are still worth the effects they give. There are two categories of pleats: knit/purl pleats (mock pleats) and true…