Weekly Fave! A Retro Car Coat

Churchmouse has released six new patterns for Autumn Classics 2018. From this collection comes this retro car coat, a cozy classic knit in chunky Rowan Cocoon yarn. Worked in double moss stitch and thick yarn, this stylish garment will knit up quickly, ready for those chilly, fall days.

Reading Knitting Patterns: Asterisks, Brackets, and Parentheses

Knitting abbreviations and terminology is a language or special vocabulary used in pattern instructions to save space and provide clear direction. Asterisks, brackets, and parentheses are used in pattern instructions to indicate repetition of a sequence of stitches. Parentheses also have an additional purpose in pattern instructions. Asterisks *  Repeat the directions or sequence of…

Weekly Fave! A Fashionable Man’s Cardigan

Over the last few years, a cardigan has become a popular wardrobe staple in a man’s closet. Interweave offers an updated version of the collegiate style cardigan this Fall. The tweed yarn combined with textured and cable stitch patterns gives this cardigan a professional look. An appealing option for the well-dressed man!

The Make One Increase

A make one or raised increase is my favorite increase to shape knit fabric, particularly stockinette stitch. It is made by picking up the horizontal strand between two stitches, and knitting it as if it were a stitch. There are two ways of knitting the horizontal strand, and each gives a different result. If you…

Weekly Fave! A Transitional Sweater

Knitty has been producing an online knitting magazine since 2002. In their current issue, is a lovely transitional sweater, Millville by Amy Christoffers. This loose, cropped sweater is made in Berroco’s Regatta, a bulky cotton tape. Although it is a bulky weight cotton, it’s said to feel unexpectedly light. Millville is a classy looking sweater,…

Let’s Talk Alpaca

This summer has been a record breaking hot one. This fact alone makes it difficult to think about knitting cozy garments for Fall/Winter 2018. However, I still want to discuss alpaca fiber, one of the natural hair fibers that has been bred for thousands of years for its excellent quality. Alpaca is an option that…

Weekly Fave! The Perfect Summer Tunic

Edmonton has been so hot this summer, not unlike other cities around the globe this year. The Liesl pattern sold at Churchmouse Yarns and Teas may be the perfect layering piece for warm weather. It’s made in one of the best 100% linen yarns available, Louet Euroflax Sport. Linen is the right yarn choice for…

Design and Knit a Skirt From a Style in Your Closet

Step 5: Finishing Finishing a simple skirt consists of sewing the side seams, securing any hems or facings, and inserting elastic into the waistband. Before doing any of these tasks, make sure your pieces are blocked, whether you knit your pieces separately or in the round. Blocking evens the stitches and fibers, flattens the edges,…

Weekly Fave! Knit Blanket for Nature Lovers

Ah-h the hand knit blanket, my favorite go-to when I want to relax and simply knit. This stunning blanket from Purl Soho is knit in a blend of highland wool, alpaca, and linen, a fiber lover’s dream combination. It’s worked in a well chosen color palette of nature’s best. Although many blankets require a time…