Weekly Fave! Toeless Socks

Nothing is lovelier than a well pedicured foot in the summer. From one of my favourite sock books, “The Joy of Sox” (I love this title) by Linda Kopp is a pair of Peekaboo Socks, made with a toe strap to hold them in place. Or you could go a step further, and remove the…

Elongated and Drop Stitch Patterns

  This category of stitches creates openwork patterns with unusual textures that add dimension and decorative effects to your projects. They are fun and not too difficult to make.  Elongated Stitch Patterns Elongated stitches can be made in three different ways. You are probably familiar with the slip stitch, which forms a vertical loop on…

Weekly Fave! Nostalgic Tunic

My design aesthetic often leans towards simple, modern design with nostalgic details, like in this knit tunic. I love the lace detail that makes up the borders of the body and the 3/4 sleeves, as well as the cinched waist. And the back V detail is so attractive. This design reminds me of the well-dressed…

Decreasing Stitches in Knitting

  Remember when you first began to knit, you reached a certain point and realized there were less stitches than what you started with. Unaware, you most likely dropped a stitch or decreased. Learning to decrease is necessary for knitting garments and for many pattern stitches such as lace. Decreasing reduces the number of stitches, to…

Weekly Fave! Not Another Scarf!

  I’m guessing many of you have too many of one item in your closet. That may be too many shoes (guilty), too many handbags, or in my case too many scarves, mostly knitted ones. There is an infinite number of ways to combine pattern stitches, yarns, and colour work to create this most practical…

What is yarn weight?

One of the many confusing terms in knitting is “yarn weight”. It has a couple of different meanings, but each influences the other. Hand knitting yarn is purchased in a few different formats, a ball (round), skein (oblong), or hank. Each format is commonly sold in 25, 50, or 100 gram units. This is the…

Weekly Fave! Brave Enough To Make a Swimsuit!

  I haven’t worn a swimsuit for years, but I have knit a one piece with great results. This cute, not so riské knit suit in this Fendi advertisement  may spark a knitting idea for you. Even if you can’t bear to wear a swimsuit, a cute bralette under a summer blouse might put you…

Upcycling/Recycling/Downcycling?

For quite some time, most North American cities have implemented waste programs, in an effort to minimize stuff ending up in landfills. The amount of waste outputs continue to be problematic for the environment, and challenging to deal with. The term “recycling” is usually used to describe many of these programs that attempt to cut…

Weekly Fave! A Layering Capelet

Here’s a lovely light weight capelet design from Blue Sky Fibers, that can be worn on a cool summer evening. It also makes a great layering accessory worn under a jacket, like the chic look in the image. The yarn is a fine, wool/silk blend in fashionable multi-colours by Spud and Chloë. It’s relatively quick…

Designing Knits To Fit

One of the most challenging aspects of designing knit clothing is learning how to make the garment fit the body. The goal is to coordinate the garment’s style and structure with the body to get the best fit. Nothing looks more fabulous than well-fitting clothes, no matter what size or shape the body.  If you’ve…