Weekly Fave! Colourful Garter Stitch Blanket

Most blankets take quite a long time to knit. But the Log Cabin Spectrum blanket from Purl Soho is a quick, interesting blanket to knit, due to its unusual construction, bulky yarn, and colour palette. This blanket is made by starting in the centre, working towards the perimeter by picking up stitches along the edges…

Designing Skirts and Dresses

Craft magazines published in the 1950s and the early years of the 1960s were filled with knitted and crocheted dresses, skirts and suits. Knitters could make fashions that rivalled designer collections. Today, these lengthy projects are not as popular with hand knitters; now there is more of a preference towards sweaters, cardigans, and accessories like…

Weekly Fave! The Vest

The vest is the perfect layering item in your wardrobe; no bulky sleeves to contend with. The Johanna vest, available on Ravelry, is a design from Georgia Farrell. This vest is made in Rowan’s Selects Chunky Cashmere; 100% cashmere with decent meterage at 140m. Cashmere is often blended with other fibers to cut the cost….

Two Methods For Working Single Row Stripes

Do you love the look of single row striped knitting, but wondering how to avoid cutting the yarn after every row? Many knitting references discourage knitting single row stripes, suggesting it’s best to work even numbered rows of colours with a minimum of two rows per colour. This is recommended so that the yarn can…

Weekly Fave! A Dramatic Knit Coat

I love the ease and comfort of a knit coat, and I wish I could wear one year round. But living in Canada, a knit coat is typically not warm enough to wear in the winter, unless it can be layered. The Corvid available at Brooklyn Tweed, is a simple stockinette stitch, swing coat with…

Right/Left Confusion Post – Updated

Reading garment pattern instructions can be challenging for beginner knitters, and much confusion is created by the use of the terms “right and left” in knitting terminology. I’ve updated the popular post Are you having right/left confusion when knitting a garment? Please read this update, which should help you put an end to the confusion.

Weekly Fave! Knit Masterpieces

These beautiful “couture knits” are from the luxury knit brand SPENCERVLADIMIR based in New York City. A feast for the knitter’s eye, these designs are samples from their Fall 2020 collection. This artisanal house creates original surface designs, combining texture and colour, as well as interesting details that modify classic garment shapes. For all the…

Stitch Markers

I have so many stitch markers in my toolbox, that it’s unlikely I could use them all in a lifetime. My favourite ones are purely functional; solid metal rings. Yet, I always seem to be drawn to the latest jewelry-like “designer” markers. Regardless of how many you have or the style, they are important accessories…

Weekly Fave! A Delicate Lace Wrap

When I owned a knitting yarn store, I met so many interesting and skilled knitters. I remember a woman probably in her 70s, who’s passion was knitting complex shawls in lace weight yarns. I so admired her skill, because knitting with lace yarns can be challenging, difficult on the eyes, not to mention time consuming….