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…

Weekly Fave! Gothic Styled Cardigan

Gothic Architecture usually comes to the mind of art historians when presented with the word “gothic” – towering ornate cathedrals characterized this style of the late Middle Ages. Its aesthetic did not only apply to architecture. Yes, Gothic even affected the art of knitting and found its way into literature and film. Interweave devoted its…

Weekly Fave! Classic Houndstooth Coat

This stunning, elegant houndstooth coat is a wardrobe essential, and hand knit makes it even more special. The design is included in Quail Studio’s latest publication “Classic Tweed Style“, created in collaboration with Rowan Yarns. A knit coat is a pleasure to knit and wear, but also an original timeless design, that will last longer…

Weekly Fave! The Moonlight Wrap

The colour play of jewel tone blues in the Moonlight Wrap by Purl Soho is as intoxicating as the view of a crystal blue sea. Knit in linen stitch gives the appearance of woven fabric. Colours are alternated every two rows, allowing for the subtle shifts in tone. Linen Quill yarn, a blend of wool,…

Weekly Fave! A Cape For Fall

Unfortunately, cape season is very short where I live. Capes are a great transitional garment for the less chilly months of the year. This beautiful, lace detail cape, designed by Martin Storey is available as a free pattern at Rowan. The yarn used to knit this design is Rowan’s Selects Patina, a mohair blend that…

Weekly Fave! Toque Weather

We’re expecting a little of the white stuff today, a tad early, but not unexpected. So I guess it’s almost toque time. The winter can be somewhat bearable with the perfect, cozy hat; they say keeping the head warm helps the rest of the body warm. The Tonka Bay Toque from Blue Sky Fibers is…