Weekly Fave!

“Stockinette Hand Warmers”, a free pattern from Purl Soho is an elegant pair of functional, fingerless gloves. This simple pair of gloves is a great beginner project, or perfect for the experienced knitter, who needs a quick gift or maybe a little personal something.

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From Knit Picks comes a collection “Toasty Toes: Socks for All Seasons”. This book contains 12 sock patterns – one for each month of the year. Making socks is a nice break from knitting large projects. You just might become addicted to knitting socks. Check out my series “Let’s Learn To Make Socks”; how to…

How much yarn do I need for my project?

From my experience, this is one of the most common knitting questions. The amount required depends on the weight of the yarn, needle size, and the stitch pattern(s). As you gain experience, answering this question becomes easier. At the beginning, we rely on the quantities provided in pattern instructions. But instructions give quantities for the…

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Brooklyn Tweed’s latest collection of designs is all about yokes in colorwork and cable stitch patterns. What is a yoke? A classic knitted yoke is the upper section of a sweater, usually in a Fairisle pattern, adorning the neckline and shoulders. I’ve shown an example of each yoke style from an amazing collection for women and…

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Vogue Knitting Late Winter 2017 is out and this issue gives more than just a nod to Canada, looking at the Cowichan tradition and has a Made In Canada guide. One trend that’s influencing knits this season is marled color effects, as portrayed in my pic for this week. Designed by Deborah Newton in Cascade’s…

Winding Yarn Into Balls By Hand

Because of the popularity of hand dyeing, much yarn is produced in a hank format. A hank is a loosely wound coil of yarn tied in at least one place to keep it from tangling. Before using a hank it must be wound into a ball. A ball winder and swift make this a fast process. If…

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Ombre shading techniques using 3 colors of yarn creates an artistic knitting project. What is ombre you ask – colors or tones that shade into each other, a gradation of light to dark. Churchmouse Yarns and Teas sells this kit made with their Bias Before and After Scarf Pattern, and fine weight Isager Alpaca Merino…