Weekly Fave! A Side to Side Knit Pullover

The first sweater I ever made was for my high school boyfriend. It was also worked side-to-side like this lovely End to End Pullover by Purl Soho. The reverse seaming is the only detail this simple, garter stitch style needs. My first project did not turn out so well; I recall that one sleeve was…

Design Tips For Knit Hats

Hats are among the oldest garments worn by humans. Early knitted hats appeared as caps just prior to the Renaissance, with knit caps and stockings the most common knitted items during this time period. Hand knit hats come in a range of shapes and styles. There are styles that are part of traditional costume for…

Weekly Fave! The Oversized Pullover

Who says the Big Sweater can’t look elegant. This modern, bi-color turtleneck is a feature design in Vogue’s Fall 2019 knitting magazine. The proportions are right on; oversized and highly textured with an allover cable pattern. A unique play on contrast!

Tips For Longer Lasting Socks

One of my popular posts “Is it possible to make hand knit socks last longer?” has been updated with more tips on knitting and caring for your hand knit socks. Caring for your beloved socks is certainly applicable to purchased ones. So dive in and don’t be afraid to knit the socks you want, because…

Weekly Fave! Some Inspiration For Fall 2019

The Italian Fashion House ETRO produces some of the most magnificent, luxury textiles in the world of fashion. ETRO is known for vibrant patterns, specifically paisley. Their fashion forward styles, and rich design aesthetic are visual eye candy for me. The above photo from ETRO’s Fall 2019 women’s collection manifests the colorwork knitting trend for…

Getting Stitches Off Your Needle – Binding Off

Once your knit fabric is the desired length, you have to get the stitches off the needle by finishing the edge. This is referred to as binding off (BO). Some books and magazines use the term “casting off (CO)” instead of binding off. Binding off secures the last row of stitches to prevent them from…

Weekly Fave! A Retro Pullover

When I saw this sweater for the first time, it conjured up images of Downton Abbey and Miss Marple. It’s a modern take of a short sleeved sweater, with a looser fit and bold color. The collar is the detail that makes this otherwise simple knit pullover special. A great design from Brooklyn Tweed to…

Updated e-book – It’s All About The Yarn

That beautiful ball of yarn goes through many transformations before you find it in your hands. I have updated It’s All About The Yarn , an important guide to understanding fibers, and all the other elements involved in the manufacture of hand knitting yarns.