Weekly Fave! A 3-way Shawl

This gigantic shawl is more of a throw, but it certainly has two more uses, a warm wrap belted around a coat or worn as a scarf. A chevron striped and lace border makes it a stand-out piece of work; knit in a light DK merino and alpaca blend . Perfect for cold winter days…

Weekly Fave! Gift a Knit Stuffed Critter

What child doesn’t love a huggable hand knit toy. A hand knit animal is a great gift and fun to make; giving you a break from more complex knitting. Liam the Llama is an adorable critter made in a llama/wool blend, and brushed to mimic natural fleece.

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…