Weekly Fave! The Classic Men’s Cardigan

  Men’s knitting patterns often don’t get the attention they deserve. Historically, fashion has always focused more on women’s collections, mainly because of the enormous variety of styles of women’s clothes, as compared to the ones that make up a man’s wardrobe. Brooklyn Tweed does a great job of designing men’s knitwear, like this classic…

Making Buttonholes

Has this ever happened to you? You’re sitting in a restaurant, discreetly checking that the button sitting in the middle of your chest is not slipping out of its too large buttonhole. Another possible scenario is that the buttonholes are too small, and you struggle to do them up. The best buttonhole is large enough…

Weekly Fave! Sweater Time

  Most workplaces have been impacted by Covid-19, including how magazines are made. In the latest issue of Interweave Knits, the photos for their latest collection didn’t include models. The photo shoots of the knits were styled with garments and accessories. Because models bring life to clothes, it looks a little unusual using only props….

Roving Yarn

Ever wonder what to do with the pillowy soft mass of fibers found for sale in craft stores, specialty yarn shops, and local yarn cottage industries. This unstructured mass of unspun fibers is known as roving. What is roving? Roving is a continuous sheet of fiber that has been washed and carded. A carding machine…

Weekly Fave! A Fashionable Coat

  I’ve made a few knit coats over the years. A coat is easy and comfortable to wear, and knit in the best yarn is a classic staple. I immediately fell in love with the Moscow Coat from Blue Sky Fibers. High on fashion with a shaped, textured waistline, and a detachable collar which offers…

Have you become a more conscious shopper during Covid?

Since March, as for the rest of the world, we have been living in small social bubbles in our homes, flattening the curve of the Covid pandemic in efforts to prevent massive outbreaks. I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on what this traumatic experience means for our future, and its effects on our…

Weekly Fave! A Crossbody Tote

Years ago I had a tote bag similar to this. It was smaller, but for me it was the most practical bag I owned, and literally wore it out. Purl Soho designed a very sturdy one using heel stitch, which you may be familiar with because sock heels are often made with this slip stitch…

Designing a Side-to-Side Sweater

As a teenager, my first foray into knitting garments began with a side-to-side, garter stitch pullover for my boyfriend. It seemed easy and straight forward, knitting the whole garment in one piece. But in retrospect, it was a little too ambitious a project, with my limited understanding of gauge. The results were unexpected, one sleeve…