A Brief History of the Cardigan

On any given day I open my closet and pull out a garment, understandably without any thought as to its history or what I might be communicating about myself. Clothing’s most basic purpose is one of practicality, but it’s also a means of communicating personal and societal values, identifying individuals belonging to a particular group,…

Weekly Fave! Modern Twist To The Pencil Skirt

Kim Hargreaves is one of my favourite hand knit designers, and is part of the original Rowan family. Her collections are feminine with attention paid to classic styling and fit, but always fashionable and wearable. This chic outfit, a modern update of the classic pencil skirt is from her latest Winter magazine. If a cropped…

Designing Shawls

The shawl or wrap is one of the most versatile accessories in your wardrobe, and like the scarf, it not only provides warmth, but adds decoration to an otherwise boring outfit, and is also one of the most popular projects among knitters. Knit shawls first appeared in “fashion” around the 1800s. During this time period,…

Weekly Fave! Shawl Designs by Melanie Berg

One of the most prolific shawl designers known world-wide is Melanie Berg. Her work combines texture, colour, and elegant lace stitchery into wearable modern designs. Berg has collated her shawls into beautifully, photographed pattern books. She publishes under the pseudonym Mairlynd, and individual patterns can be found on Ravelry. I am a huge fan of…

Three Novelty Rib Patterns

Rib stitch patterns are popular with my readers. Every knitter who has ever made a sweater knows what ribbing is. Not only is it a decorative detail, but rib patterns add elasticity to bottom edges, borders, and collars. There are so many variations of rib that are often overlooked, and the following three novelty rib…

Weekly Fave! Chic Intarsia Cardigan

Mother of Pearl, a luxury womenswear brand collaborated with Wool And The Gang to offer their “Blake Cardigan” as a knitting kit. Wool And The Gang tends to favour beginner type projects, but this cardigan is more advanced using intarsia technique. Blake is knit with a chunky alpaca/merino blend, lending a luxurious quality. I love…

Unravelling Your Knitting Without Tears

I hate to break it to you, but sometimes knitting needs to be unravelled to fix mistakes or maybe rework the yarn into a different project. Having to unravel work happens to all knitters, regardless of experience. Beginner knitters are often fearful of unravelling their work, for reasons they can only explain. The methods given…

Weekly Fave! Shimmery Crescent Shawl

I gasped when I first saw this romantic shawl by Ruth Nguyen. The design was inspired by a French song, and the pattern is available on Ravelry. Its construction is a crescent made with short row shaping. The yarn used to knit the original shawl is Malabrigo Silkpaca, a blend of 70% baby alpaca, and…

The World of Japanese Stitchery

I recently purchased the book “Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, 260 Exquisite Patterns” by Hitomi Shida, one of Japan’s best known knitting designers. This is the author’s second collection of stitch patterns. The patterns presented in this book are innovative, elegant and intricate; a unique resource for the experienced knitter looking for new patterns to incorporate…