Altering Published Knitting Patterns

I’ve wanted to make myself an oversized wrap cardigan for awhile. I looked through back issues of Vogue Knitting Magazine and found a design I wanted to alter, a cardigan from Vogue’s Spring/Summer 1987 issue. What I like about it is the broken rib stitch pattern, and the raglan sleeves, but I wanted to alter…

Weekly Fave! Plush Poncho

When I was in England at this time last year, I noticed the popularity of ponchos and wraps. This lovely Plush Poncho by Martin Storey is from Rowan All Year Round, and reminded me of the ones I saw many women wearing. It’s so simple to knit; a large rectangle in a nubbly stitch pattern,…

Knitting Pleats

I’m fond of structured, tailored garments with dressmaker details. Pleats are one of these details that are more tailored than incorporating gathers. Pleats in a knit fabric are not quite as sharp as fabric pleats, but are still worth the effects they give. There are two categories of pleats: knit/purl pleats (mock pleats) and true…

Weekly Fave! A Layering Vest

What a cool vest! It is one of the best layering pieces I’ve seen. The Ribline Vest looks like a turtleneck sweater, without the bulkiness of sleeves to tuck in under a jacket. Split side seams and twisted rib borders round out the details. The icing on the cake is the luxury yarn, 100% Cashmere…

The Slip Stitch

Slip stitch knitting is easy and is used for a variety of purposes including textural or mosaic patterns. To slip a stitch is to move the stitch to the right needle from the left without working it, or pulling the yarn through it. For the most part, slipping stitches makes a dense, firm fabric. Slipped…

Weekly Fave! The “Working Girl” Pullover

Who doesn’t want a versatile work sweater. This pullover is more than its conservative appeal. It would look great coordinated with other pieces to create many different looks, a piece worthy of any capsule wardrobe. The Plateau Pullover is knit in Blue Sky’s Woolstok, a beautiful, fine highland wool for great stitch definition and durability.

Not sure what synthetic fabrics are?

Sometimes when we are knowledgeable about a topic, we may make the assumption that others understand what we’re talking about. I came to this realization when a customer asked a retailer a textile science question. This retailer sells laundry bags that collect microfibers released  into the washing machine from synthetic fabrics. The customer’s query was…

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Cowl

Sunstone, a free pattern from Shibui is available at Churchmouse Yarns & Teas. The yarn choice, Tweed Silk Cloud is a subtle blend of silk and kid mohair that adds dimension to this delicate cowl. Cowls are easy to wear, keep you warm, and you don’t have to worry about scarf ends getting in your…

What makes for a fine piece of clothing?

I’m lucky to have grown up at a time when it was easy to find quality clothing at all price points. My mother’s best friend was a skilled seamstress, a German woman who was taught by the best in her home country. She could whip up leather shorts for her boys, and sew an Astrakhan…