Weekly Fave! Classic Vest

The Siena vest designed by Jonna Hietala is a great example of an investment piece. It’s characteristic of men’s classic tailoring, to be enjoyed for years to come. Siena is a simple design, knit in worsted weight yarn from the top down. The button band is not made in the typical way, rather it is…

Weekly Fave! 3-D Fingerless Mitts

A pair of fingerless mitts is one of those relaxing, quick to make projects, that you can wear in no time at all. These Limn Mittens from Brooklyn Tweed is an artful, yet simple design with a 3-dimensional welt detail on a background of garter stitch. A contrasting coloured welt is optional, but these mitts…

Weekly Fave! Classic Layering Cardigan

The light weight cardigan, reminiscent of college days is a classic layering staple. The Low-V Cardigan from Purl Soho represents simple design at its best. Subtle tailoring details like the visible decreases shaping the v-neck is all that’s needed to create a professional finish. The yarn is sport weight Mulberry Merino by Purl Soho, a…

Weekly Fave! Colourful Garter Stitch Blanket

Most blankets take quite a long time to knit. But the Log Cabin Spectrum blanket from Purl Soho is a quick, interesting blanket to knit, due to its unusual construction, bulky yarn, and colour palette. This blanket is made by starting in the centre, working towards the perimeter by picking up stitches along the edges…

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…