Weekly Fave! Men’s Funnel Neck Pullover

One can’t forget the man for Spring 2019. From Interweave Knits is the Sunchokes Pullover, a cable knit in Cascade Eco+; one skein of this Peruvian Highland Wool is a remarkable 437 meters. I have a dress with this funnel neck style with a cord; it’s not tight like some turtlenecks, yet provides some warmth…

Weekly Fave! Floral Inspired Cardigan

If you’re a fan of Interweave Knits, the latest issue for Spring 2019 is available on newsstands. One of this issue’s themes is “Vintage Botanicals”, which includes this Hydrangea Cardigan. It incorporates an allover cable pattern with a romantic, low neckline; an ideal piece to wear over a long floral dress. Be sure to check…

Basic Principles of Colour

  Colour is an essential component of a creative’s toolkit, including a knitter’s toolbox. Colour theory is both a science and an art. The psychology of colour is important for branding or marketing, or those wishing to influence what we buy. In this post I’m addressing the basic principles of colour, that when understood will…

Weekly Fave! A Textured Knit Pillow Cover

Over the years, hand knit home accessories have become fashionable decor items. Pillow covers add texture, warmth, and casual elegance wherever you decide to toss them. This statement, looped pillow cover is a free pattern by Churchmouse Yarns and Teas, knit in Berroco’s Ultra Alpaca Chunky yarn. Take a break from your other projects and…

Weekly Fave! A Cozy Wrap

I love the name of this piece, Endless Wrap. It looks daunting, but this large piece of work is a great next level project for beginner knitters. The wrap is knit in worsted weight Woolstok from Blue Sky Fibers; an excellent yarn choice for stitch definition. This cozy wrap incorporates a beautiful mix of textural…

Weekly Fave! A Flattering Peplum Sweater

The peplum is one of those style details that is figure flattering on many different body types. Peplum shaping can be subtle or exaggerated, waist length or longer, and hides a less than perfect abdomen or hips. This beautiful textured peplum sweater graces the cover of Vogue’s latest magazine for Winter 2018/19. It’s a typical…

Are You Having Right/Left Confusion When Knitting A Garment?

When providing knitters help with garment pattern instructions, there is often confusion around the terms: right, left, right and wrong sides in knitting abbreviations and terminology. The following definitions should put an end to this confusion. Left refers to the left-hand side of a garment as you are wearing it. The left front of a cardigan is the…

Weekly Fave! The Coolest Slippers

  If you’ve knit up Churchmouse Yarns and Teas “Turkish Bed Socks”, you’ll love this pattern, Chunky Slipper Socks. I’ve printed off this free pattern and purchased Rowan Cocoon in color Duck Down.  This yarn is a blend of merino wool and kid mohair. I may sew some suede soles to the bottom, so I…

What is there to say about PINS?

Pins Every knitter needs a selection of rustproof pins in their toolbox. Sewing pins are not recommended because they split stitches, and get lost in knit fabric. There are three types of pins commonly used for knitting – straight pins, T-pins, and safety pins. Long, straight pins (knitter’s pins) with blunt tips and large, colorful heads…