Weekly Fave! A Trendy Vest

Vests appear to have returned to women’s fashion. This chic number from Salvatore Ferragamo is inspiration for you to design a vest for the warmer season. One would look lovely in a chunky cotton blend yarn; maybe in a bright citrus colour, like this buttery yellow. Choose any cable pattern or try to get as…

Weekly Fave! A Delicate Summer Wrap

What a stunning design from Julie Hoover! The Terrace is an intriguing, complicated looking wrap, yet simple, knit in a rib pattern broken up with a lace detail. The delicate, airy feel is achieved with lace weight yarn. A lengthy work, but little skill required to achieve this versatile wrap you’ll enjoy for years to…

Ball Bands and Tags Contain Important Information

Yarns are packaged with paper ball bands or tags containing information to help you choose the most appropriate yarn for your projects. This information is critical, and its format varies, depending on the manufacturer. It’s a good idea to keep one of the tags in case you need extra yarn, and to keep as a…

Weekly Fave! Crochet Blanket

Believe it or not this interesting, textured pattern stitch is crocheting, not knitting. You have to look real close at this beautiful blanket project to realize that it’s a crochet stitch. For all you crochet lovers, this design is from DeBrosse, a throw you can make in no time at all. The textured stitch is…

Knitting Ergonomics – Feeling the effects from too much of a good thing?

We all know the benefits of knitting. Knitting has been touted by psychologists as a way to heal, relax, alleviate depression, anxiety, and arthritis; a mindful activity that’s right up alongside meditation. What could be a better obsession! But like anything, there can always be “too much of a good thing”.  Years ago, after long…

Weekly Fave! Hand Knit Tee

The cotton T-shirt is the quintessential piece of a wardrobe. Even more special is knitting one, a great warm weather alternative to a sweater. This lovely, casual version of the classic Tee is a pattern available from Blue Sky Fibers. It’s knit in Organic Cotton Skinny, a smooth yarn consisting of multiple plies. Cotton is…

Choosing Yarn Colours

Colour is an essential component of an artist’s toolkit, including the knitter’s toolbox. People often believe that mixing colours is an innate skill or “gift”, but with practice, some basic colour theory, and inspiration from a variety of sources, you can develop a wonderful sense of colour. After all, colour theory is both a science…

Weekly Fave! Men’s Cardi’s for Spring

I don’t know about you, but it’s time to put some spring knitting on my needles. Rowan Magazine is at the top of my favourite magazine list, and their latest #69 is a treasure. What I love about Rowan collections is the inclusion of men’s knit fashions. The above classic men’s cardigans from Rowan’s Spring/Summer…

Shaping Lace Knitting

Lace stitch patterns create the most beautiful knit fabrics, but not without some challenges. Have you ever asked yourself questions like, how do I shape the armholes while maintaining the lace pattern, or at what point do I stop the lace pattern? These are common questions from knitters. When shaping pieces, that is increasing (adding…

Weekly Fave! Spring-time socks?

A couple of weeks ago I presented some cute baby socks in Weekly Fave! It’s time for us grown-ups to make a pair of socks for spring. To fit the bill comes “Frondescent Socks”, from the latest Interweave Knits magazine. Their leaf pattern celebrates spring, a beautiful colourwork motif you’ll want to show-off in some…