Weekly Fave! The Duster Cardigan

I love the name of this long-line cardigan, Dover Duster; some fashion books would name it a “duster cardigan”. The historic costume term “duster” was a light, loose fitting coat worn by horsemen and early 20th century car drivers to protect their clothing from the dust kicked up by the trails, or from behind the…

Crochet Chain Provisional Cast On

A provisional cast on (PCO) is used when stitches are to be worked later. There are different methods to make PCO’s, but they all require using waste yarn to hold live stitches. In a previous post, I showed you how to work two common methods of PCO. In this post, I’m going to show you…

Weekly Fave! A Versatile Sweater

I find it’s the simple, versatile pieces that I wear over and over. This classic pullover in worsted cotton by Blue Sky Fibers is that type of garment. It’s not just for the warmer months, but would look lovely layered over a crisp blouse, skirt and boots in the fall. Maybe a few in different…

Weaving in Yarn Ends

I admit I enjoy the finishing process, watching my project come to life. However, weaving in yarn ends can be tedious, time consuming, and not much fun; especially with a multitude of coloured yarns. Even this small, baby project pictured above had many coloured ends in the striped borders that needed to be neatly hidden….

Weekly Fave! The Ultimate Cardigan

I think the best cardigan for layering is made in light weight yarn, simply constructed, and in a neutral colour. The Simple Yoke Cardigan pattern offered by Purl Soho made in a merino/cashmere blend, fits all my requirements. The yoke knit in garter stitch is simple to create, and is a detail that adds a…

How to Deal With Those Annoying Pills on Your Fabric

Is your favourite sweater covered in pills? We’ve all experienced those unattractive, fuzzy balls on the surface of sweaters and other textiles. These balls of fibers are called pills. Pills are the short fibers or fibrils entangled on the surface of a textile, that are caused by abrasion or friction. Abrasion occurs in areas of…

Weekly Fave! The Leopard Sweater

Bold graphic designs for hand knits is the major theme of Vogue Knitting Late Winter 2019. Animal prints are a trend in most fashion collections season after season, as many stylists consider it a neutral classic. This lovely leopard print sweater is “spot on” (no pun intended) this season. I love the subtle striped background,…

Respect and Acknowledge the Designer’s Work

Take a look at this short video by BBC; an interview with four UK designers discussing how other brands have copied their work, and in most cases, selling exact knock-offs. The clincher is these brands sell the copies as their original designs. With the explosion of the internet came the belief that content on line…

Weekly Fave! Sweater Inspiration From Prada

I would love to own fashion by the designer Prada. Maybe one day, but in the meantime her collections are filled with inspiration. All luxury brands have an innate quality or DNA, and Prada’s is cutting edge modernity. Miuccia Prada doesn’t follow, but sets trends. I’m inspired by this cutout sweater from Prada’s Spring/Summer 2019…