Weekly Fave! The Moonlight Wrap

The colour play of jewel tone blues in the Moonlight Wrap by Purl Soho is as intoxicating as the view of a crystal blue sea. Knit in linen stitch gives the appearance of woven fabric. Colours are alternated every two rows, allowing for the subtle shifts in tone. Linen Quill yarn, a blend of wool,…

The Exceptional Qualities of Qiviut and Yak

Ready for a luxe knitting experience? Two fibers that have moved into mainstream knitting are qiviut and yak. Both are expensive, luxury fibers due to their combination of  softness, fineness, lightness and warmth, and eco-friendly means of gathering their downy undercoats. Yarns made from these fibers provide an enjoyable knitting experience, and make for the…

Weekly Fave! A Cape For Fall

Unfortunately, cape season is very short where I live. Capes are a great transitional garment for the less chilly months of the year. This beautiful, lace detail cape, designed by Martin Storey is available as a free pattern at Rowan. The yarn used to knit this design is Rowan’s Selects Patina, a mohair blend that…

Folding And Storing Your Precious Knits

Watching *Marie Kondo in action is a mindful experience. She’s the queen of decluttering and organizing living spaces, but with a twist – she wants you to experience the joy of having only the things you love around you. All the hard work and time you put into knitting a sweater, caring and storage is…

Weekly Fave! Toque Weather

We’re expecting a little of the white stuff today, a tad early, but not unexpected. So I guess it’s almost toque time. The winter can be somewhat bearable with the perfect, cozy hat; they say keeping the head warm helps the rest of the body warm. The Tonka Bay Toque from Blue Sky Fibers is…

How Stitch Patterns Affect Knit Fabrics

It’s important to note that fibers, yarns and stitch patterns work together to create a knit fabric, and are the key elements to the design process. Taking a look at each of these elements separately, helps to understand what each one contributes to the knit fabric, and ultimately to the finished design. This post looks…

Weekly Fave! An Elegant Fall Jacket

This classy jacket is designed by the British hand-knitting designer Martin Storey, who has been with the Rowan company for many years. His work is always timely, yet classic knit in stunning textures. Cora Jacket is a simple, cropped shape, decorated with a lattice cable around the front edges, collar, and cuffs. This lovely pattern…

Selvedge Stitches in Knit Fabrics

Woven fabric consists of finished edges to prevent the material from unraveling, and is known as the selvedge edge. Selvedge edges can also finish the sides of a knit fabric. Selvedge edges are extra stitches used to stabilize knit fabric, prepare it for seaming or to create a decorative edge on pieces that have no…

Weekly Fave! Design a Mohair Cardigan

Are you a lover of fluffy, luxe mohair? Well if you are, here’s a long, cozy cardigan from Giorgio Armani’s Fall 2020 collection that may entice you to design one. I love the simplicity of this cardigan, enhanced with blanket stitch around the edges and large contrasting buttons. Mohair is a great choice for this…

What do I do when instructions only give the gauge in stockinette stitch?

One of my pet peeves is pattern instructions that only give the gauge in stockinette, but the design is predominantly worked in one or several different stitch patterns. Of course with some projects it isn’t critical to match gauge to the finished results, so it’s fine to use only the stockinette gauge for items such…