Weekly Fave! The Knit Dress for Fall/Winter 2018

Fashion knits for Fall/Winter 2018 are diverse including classic oversized pullovers, 80s bold intarsia, exaggerated shapes, bold colored stripes and loads of texture. The standout has to be the knit dress. My favorite are the knit or crocheted dresses; a few of the most beautiful samplings featured above. These may just inspire you to design…

Three Rib Variations – Single Rib, Fisherman’s Rib and Brioche Stitch

A ribbed fabric is formed by alternating knit and purl stitches horizontally, creating columns of these stitches. The knit stitches appear raised on the surface and purl stitches recede. There are many variations of rib and the following how-to’s demonstrate three common rib patterns, single rib, Fisherman’s rib and brioche. Typically, ribs have a lot…

Reading a Simple Knitting Pattern

As a beginner, reading your first knitting patterns can be challenging, because you have to get used to the abbreviations and terms, and determine whether you have the skills to successfully reproduce the design. In this post, I’m going to introduce you to the structure of a typical garment pattern, by walking you through the…

Weekly Fave! A Bias Knit Shawl

My favorite accessories are scarves and wraps, and as a result I have too many. This striking, new Bias Wrap pattern by Purl Soho caught my eye. The stitch pattern is very interesting; the two ends in twisted rib forming chevrons, and the main part of the wrap in stockinette stitch knit on the bias….

Weekly Fave! Fashion Forward Fair Isle Sweater

Fair Isle patterning is still a trend for Fall 2018. But a twist to this trend is the use of unexpected bright colors. This lovely sweater designed by Deborah Newton for Vogue Knitting Fall 2018 incorporates brightly colored roses on a classic Fair Isle background. This modern, tunic style sweater is a challenging piece of…

Double Pointed Needles (dpns)

As the name suggests, double pointed needles have points at both ends, they come in sets of four or five, and are made in the same materials as for straight and circular needles. Double pointed needles range in length from 10cm(4in) to 20cm(8in), and longer. Double pointed needles are used when the circumference of the…

Moving From Amateur to Professional Knitter

You may or may not think of knitting as a creative outlet. For me it is. Knitting is the part of me that brings meaning, challenge and joy to my life. Creativity is in all of us. A result of being in what is called “creative flow” is professionalism; becoming really good at what you…

Weekly Fave! A Classic Cardigan

Need a cardigan idea for Fall 2018. From Chanel’s Fall 2018 Collection comes inspiration to help with your choice. These classic, boldly colored Chanel cardigans are simple in structure, made fresh by the addition of fringe or an unfinished edge to the borders. Why not knock off a cardigan for your fall wardrobe without the…