Weekly Fave! The Essential Shopping Bag

Outdoor market days are finally here in Edmonton. Of course what’s needed is the essential shopping bag to carry your produce. For the crochet lovers, Louet has designed this bag in one of the best 100% linen yarns produced by them, Euroflax Sport. Churchmouse Yarns is selling the Pouch Bag pattern along with this amazing…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories – Part 2

In my last post, I introduced you to designing hand accessories – gloves, mittens, and fingerless styles. All three styles have many of the same components: cuff, wrist, hand, thumb, and fingers. The design process begins with taking hand measurements, with the most crucial measurement being the circumference of the hand above the thumb. The…

Weekly Fave! Crochet With Raffia

Wool and the Gang’s goal is to produce fashion in a sustainable way. Their fashion business uses knitting and crochet as its means of production. They source and create yarns that reduce the impact on the environment. They also produce kits, that for the most part are simple, modern designs. Wool and the Gang has…

Weekly Fave! A Summer Raffia Pouch

The perfect go-to bag style for summer – a raffia pouch. Churchmouse Yarns is offering the pattern free for this crocheted bag. They call it a passport pouch, but it’s more than this. It’s 7inch by 8inch size is more than enough room for the basics you’ll need to carry. The pouch is crocheted in…

Designing Knit Hand Accessories

Have you ever wanted to knit a pair of gloves, but were unsure of how to design such a project? In the next two posts, I’ll give you the basics to designing hand accessories –  gloves, mittens or fingerless mitts. This post begins with their anatomy, followed by taking the necessary measurements to create your…

Weekly Fave! The T-Shirt

Ah-h the T-shirt, a wardrobe staple. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t own a white T-shirt. Most of the time when I find that perfect T, for whatever reason I never again find a similar one. I think the solution is  knitting a T, like this one from Purl Soho. Purchase some quality yarn, the…

Weekly Fave! A Summer Lace Dress

Dresses are my go to wardrobe staple. They’re easy to wear; just throw one on with a few accessories and I’m ready to go. Lace knit dresses in linen or cotton are often a summer fashion trend. Vogue’s latest issue rewards the dress knitter with a lovely lace striped, sleeveless version. It’s knit in pure…

Reading Your Knit Fabric

When I owned a yarn store, I had a customer who freaked out when she made a mistake, and each time I would show her how to fix her knitting. And every time I did so, I advised her to learn how to visually track her work by “reading” her knitting. In other words, what…

Weekly Fave! A Stunning Knit Dress

One of my favorite designers is Julie Hoover. Her latest design for Purl Soho is Copley, a flattering dress knit in a nubby, cotton/linen blend, just in time for the summer months. It’s a simple, classic style. I’ve always been a fan of simple design, and when executed to perfection is stunning. Knitting a dress…