Weekly Fave! Elegant Lacework Shawl

  Years ago taking an art class, I was lucky enough to try a printmaking method known as linocut. A sharp tool cuts a design in linoleum pieces, and then it’s used to block print paper or even fabric. It requires a great deal of skill to cut a design into the hard surface of…

New to Designing Hand Knits – Begin With a Scarf

  If you are new to designing a hand knit project, the easiest one to begin with is a straight scarf or knit loop (infinity) in which the ends are sewn together or made in the round. A scarf is also a good place to experiment with pattern stitches, and to learn the importance of…

Weekly Fave! A Summer Evening Sweater

  A design from one of the most beautifully photographed magazines, Laine. This elegant, simple sweater is the result of the thoughtful combination of lace panels and basic stockinette stitch. The Nordic Laine publication celebrates quality fibers, great design and expert craftsmanship. If you’ve never seen the work of this publishing house, you must put…

A Fancy Pattern – The Daisy or Dandelion Stitch

Fancy stitch patterns are a nice change from the usual suspects. Take for example, the Daisy or Dandelion Stitch, worked in a solid colour unfolds into an allover flower design, a great choice for a summer project. This stitch pattern knit with a tape yarn, enhances the nature of this type of yarn, and the…

Weekly Fave! A Summer Lace Pullover

It’s summer time knitting, and what is more beautiful to wear than a lightweight, lacy pullover. This elegant evening sweater by Interweave Knits is one of a series of designs for summer, all of which are knit in fingering weight yarns. The sweater is worked in the round from the bottom up, with a repeating…

Nothing is prettier than a sloped bind off!

Binding off a sequence of stitches over a few rows is best achieved using the sloped bind off technique. It’s ideal for shoulder and neckline shaping, because you don’t get a stair-step or uneven edge. A sloped bind off gives a smooth transition from one bind off row to the next. How to work a…

Weekly Fave! A Crocheted Rug For Any Room

What could be more fun than a speedily crocheted rug in jumbo yarn. This cute circular rug pattern by Blue Sky Fibers is made with Woolstok Jumbo and single crochet. I love that this yarn is made of Peruvian Highland wool in a braided construction, providing durability and a “cushy” feeling to home décor items….

Stitch Holders Make a Knitter’s Life Easier

Some knitting accessories aren’t absolutely necessary, but like many tools they will often make your task a lot easier. Holders are tools used to hold a group of stitches that are worked at a later time, such as those at necklines, shoulders, and pockets. These tools come in a variety of styles and sizes. My…

Weekly Fave! A Poncho For Stylish Tots

An adorable, stylish yet practical poncho for the toddler in your life. A great beginner project, and one you can quickly work up so they can wear it now. The garment is worked side to side, with a contrast band. This poncho made in washable wool and organic cotton blend is easy to clean, for…