Weekly Fave! Intricate Cable Wrap

Who needs another scarf, right! I certainly don’t, but I can’t resist this gorgeous knit masterpiece from Purl Soho. The name “Bas-Relief” is apropos, reminiscent of ornate Greek architecture. This wrap is indeed a work of knitting art; with a variety of cable panels and bobbles placed on a background of double seed stitch. The…

Double Knitting Technique

Double knitting forms a unique type of fabric stitch. The double knitting method creates two layers of fabric, usually made with the knit stitches (stockinette stitch) facing out on both sides. Both layers are unconnected except at the side edges. These reversible double thick fabrics may be knit on straight needles, circular or a pair…

Weekly Fave! Classic Vest

The Siena vest designed by Jonna Hietala is a great example of an investment piece. It’s characteristic of men’s classic tailoring, to be enjoyed for years to come. Siena is a simple design, knit in worsted weight yarn from the top down. The button band is not made in the typical way, rather it is…

Getting Even – Knitting Tension

Many knitters have asked me how I get my stitches to look so even and the same size, like those made on a knitting machine. I tell them that knitting even stitches becomes second nature after much practice, and being mindful of how you form the stitches. The main goal of a beginner knitter is…

Weekly Fave! 3-D Fingerless Mitts

A pair of fingerless mitts is one of those relaxing, quick to make projects, that you can wear in no time at all. These Limn Mittens from Brooklyn Tweed is an artful, yet simple design with a 3-dimensional welt detail on a background of garter stitch. A contrasting coloured welt is optional, but these mitts…

The Cable Needle

Cables are one of the most fascinating textural stitches in knitting. Traditional Aran and Fisherman sweaters rely on combining cable patterns for their beautiful embossed appearance. The technique for making cable stitch patterns requires a short needle with points at both ends – the cable needle. Cable Patterns All cable stitch patterns are formed by…

Weekly Fave! Classic Layering Cardigan

The light weight cardigan, reminiscent of college days is a classic layering staple. The Low-V Cardigan from Purl Soho represents simple design at its best. Subtle tailoring details like the visible decreases shaping the v-neck is all that’s needed to create a professional finish. The yarn is sport weight Mulberry Merino by Purl Soho, a…

Can you really fix a shrunken sweater?

Marketing advertisements at their worst present information that is either completely false or deceptive. Marketing products on the internet, which promote better health of humans can tread on dangerous territory. The internet is also filled with DIY hacks for fixing the endless number of household problems, some worthy of trying, some not so much. I…