Understanding Knitting Instructions

As a beginner knitter, reading your first knitting pattern can be challenging, particularly because of the knitting jargon used in pattern instructions. I’ve put together a short e-book that gives the basics needed to understand pattern instructions, including the language of knitting and pattern structure. I hope this information helps you work more comfortably through…

Weekly Fave! It’s Time For Some Glam!

I’m getting a bit tired of wearing the same casual clothes day in, day out. I’ve always enjoyed getting dressed up and going out, but during this past year, just as with so many of us being in a similar situation, I’ve worn the same type of outfit for far too long. Understandably so, but…

Organic Cotton vs Cotton

Just as we’ve seen organic food show up on grocery shelves, the interest in organic products has extended into your local yarn store. The yarn industry has not contributed as greatly to the environmental and human labour issues that have plagued textile production and the fashion industry. Today, the hand knitting yarn industry consists of…

Weekly Fave! Gift for Baby

One of the best gifts for the new baby, besides a blanket are tiny socks. They are quick to make, and a great project for the beginner sock knitter. The instructions for this adorable, simple sock design is available at Purl Soho. The socks are made in Season Alpaca, a luxurious 100% baby alpaca yarn;…

So you want to be a Designer . . .

Knowing you want to be a designer feels like an itch that needs to be scratched. Like most creatives, designers have a curiosity about the world around them, and how they can solve problems. Whether you are interested in becoming a fashion clothing designer, knitting or crocheting designer, there are some straightforward steps to help…

Weekly Fave! Geometric Colourwork Cardigan

“Strands of Joy” by Anna Johanna, available from Laine contains what she refers to as mindless two-colour stranded projects, which are all knit from the top down. I agree that working with two colours in a row is much easier than garments knit in a full array of colours with many yarn ends to weave…

Designing Charts For Colour Knitting

So you want to design a sweater with Fair Isle motifs, or maybe you want to knit one with a large graphic image. These types of colourwork patterns are best charted on graph paper, which provides a visual guide as to what the finished motif or image will look like on the knit fabric. Charts…

Weekly Fave! Intricate Cable Wrap

Who needs another scarf, right! I certainly don’t, but I can’t resist this gorgeous knit masterpiece from Purl Soho. The name “Bas-Relief” is apropos, reminiscent of ornate Greek architecture. This wrap is indeed a work of knitting art; with a variety of cable panels and bobbles placed on a background of double seed stitch. The…

Double Knitting Technique

Double knitting forms a unique type of fabric stitch. The double knitting method creates two layers of fabric, usually made with the knit stitches (stockinette stitch) facing out on both sides. Both layers are unconnected except at the side edges. These reversible double thick fabrics may be knit on straight needles, circular or a pair…

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…