Weekly Fave! Make Your Own Knock-off Sweater!

I rarely purchase knit sweaters and cardigans, other than fine knit merino and cashmere items. One of the main reasons I don’t is the lack of quality or rather the small amount of natural fibers used in the manufacture of many knits. I won’t pay a high price for a sweater composed predominantly of acrylic…

Is Graph Paper in Your Knitter’s Toolbox?

If you’re anything like me, you prefer designing with paper and pen. Grid or graph paper is very useful for drawing precise schematics, charting pattern shaping, and charting colorwork for Fair Isle and Intarsia. There are two types of graph paper, standard graph paper with a square grid, and specialized knitters graph paper with a…

Weekly Fave! A Stunning Wrap

Martin Storey has a long history with Rowan Yarns and has designed this stunning shawl for a new collection by Rowan. Churchmouse Yarns and Teas is offering this accessory as a kit, including three shades of Rowan’s Felted Tweed, one of their iconic yarns. An alternating stripe pattern creates the illusion of depth and texture.

Sustainable Fashion Guide

The fashion industry is reported to be one of the most polluting industries. It’s a disturbing fact, but we can still enjoy fashion while doing our part to help clean up this industry. A good place to start is with your garment shopping habits. Here are four easy changes you can make now to reduce…

Steps to Designing Your First Scarf

A hand knit scarf is one of the top 5 projects knitters love to make, and is often a beginner’s first project. One of the reasons for its popularity is it’s often a straight piece of knitting with little finishing, other than weaving in yarn ends. Designing one is the perfect project to learn how…

Weekly Fave! The Cambridge Cardigan

I couldn’t have thought of a better name for this collegiate cardigan from Interweave for Fall 2018. It’s oversized, worked in a tartan pattern with classic Jamieson’s Shetland wool. A long piece of work incorporating steeks, but well worth the effort. Guinness and a good book anyone!

Weekly Fave! The Knit Dress for Fall/Winter 2018

Fashion knits for Fall/Winter 2018 are diverse including classic oversized pullovers, 80s bold intarsia, exaggerated shapes, bold colored stripes and loads of texture. The standout has to be the knit dress. My favorite are the knit or crocheted dresses; a few of the most beautiful samplings featured above. These may just inspire you to design…

Three Rib Variations – Single Rib, Fisherman’s Rib and Brioche Stitch

A ribbed fabric is formed by alternating knit and purl stitches horizontally, creating columns of these stitches. The knit stitches appear raised on the surface and purl stitches recede. There are many variations of rib and the following how-to’s demonstrate three common rib patterns, single rib, Fisherman’s rib and brioche. Typically, ribs have a lot…

Reading a Simple Knitting Pattern

As a beginner, reading your first knitting patterns can be challenging, because you have to get used to the abbreviations and terms, and determine whether you have the skills to successfully reproduce the design. In this post, I’m going to introduce you to the structure of a typical garment pattern, by walking you through the…

Weekly Fave! A Bias Knit Shawl

My favorite accessories are scarves and wraps, and as a result I have too many. This striking, new Bias Wrap pattern by Purl Soho caught my eye. The stitch pattern is very interesting; the two ends in twisted rib forming chevrons, and the main part of the wrap in stockinette stitch knit on the bias….