Weekly Fave! The Vest

The vest is the perfect layering item in your wardrobe; no bulky sleeves to contend with. The Johanna vest, available on Ravelry, is a design from Georgia Farrell. This vest is made in Rowan’s Selects Chunky Cashmere; 100% cashmere with decent meterage at 140m. Cashmere is often blended with other fibers to cut the cost….

Weekly Fave! A Dramatic Knit Coat

I love the ease and comfort of a knit coat, and I wish I could wear one year round. But living in Canada, a knit coat is typically not warm enough to wear in the winter, unless it can be layered. The Corvid available at Brooklyn Tweed, is a simple stockinette stitch, swing coat with…

Weekly Fave! Knit Masterpieces

These beautiful “couture knits” are from the luxury knit brand SPENCERVLADIMIR based in New York City. A feast for the knitter’s eye, these designs are samples from their Fall 2020 collection. This artisanal house creates original surface designs, combining texture and colour, as well as interesting details that modify classic garment shapes. For all the…

Weekly Fave! A Delicate Lace Wrap

When I owned a knitting yarn store, I met so many interesting and skilled knitters. I remember a woman probably in her 70s, who’s passion was knitting complex shawls in lace weight yarns. I so admired her skill, because knitting with lace yarns can be challenging, difficult on the eyes, not to mention time consuming….

Weekly Fave! Modern Twist To The Pencil Skirt

Kim Hargreaves is one of my favourite hand knit designers, and is part of the original Rowan family. Her collections are feminine with attention paid to classic styling and fit, but always fashionable and wearable. This chic outfit, a modern update of the classic pencil skirt is from her latest Winter magazine. If a cropped…

Weekly Fave! Shawl Designs by Melanie Berg

One of the most prolific shawl designers known world-wide is Melanie Berg. Her work combines texture, colour, and elegant lace stitchery into wearable modern designs. Berg has collated her shawls into beautifully, photographed pattern books. She publishes under the pseudonym Mairlynd, and individual patterns can be found on Ravelry. I am a huge fan of…

Weekly Fave! Chic Intarsia Cardigan

Mother of Pearl, a luxury womenswear brand collaborated with Wool And The Gang to offer their “Blake Cardigan” as a knitting kit. Wool And The Gang tends to favour beginner type projects, but this cardigan is more advanced using intarsia technique. Blake is knit with a chunky alpaca/merino blend, lending a luxurious quality. I love…

Weekly Fave! Shimmery Crescent Shawl

I gasped when I first saw this romantic shawl by Ruth Nguyen. The design was inspired by a French song, and the pattern is available on Ravelry. Its construction is a crescent made with short row shaping. The yarn used to knit the original shawl is Malabrigo Silkpaca, a blend of 70% baby alpaca, and…

Weekly Fave! A Bold Statement Shawl

Laine is a beautifully illustrated Nordic publication. It’s filled with inspiring, slow fashion knits, skillfully worked. This luxurious shawl design creates an alluring knit fabric, and is featured in Laine Magazine 10, to be released December 11. Their magazines are available in English and Finnish versions, at retailers or via subscription on line. If you…

Weekly Fave! Men’s Timeless Pullover

I love the sweaters and cardigans worn by men in the old, classic films – Cary Grant in a close-fitting turtleneck driving a convertible through the hills of some faraway destination. The classic Cobblestone Pullover designed by Jared Flood for Brooklyn Tweed reminds me of such a scene. It’s a simple, timeless design with a…