Two Methods For Working Single Row Stripes

Do you love the look of single row striped knitting, but wondering how to avoid cutting the yarn after every row? Many knitting references discourage knitting single row stripes, suggesting it’s best to work even numbered rows of colours with a minimum of two rows per colour. This is recommended so that the yarn can…

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…

Right/Left Confusion Post – Updated

Reading garment pattern instructions can be challenging for beginner knitters, and much confusion is created by the use of the terms “right and left” in knitting terminology. I’ve updated the popular post Are you having right/left confusion when knitting a garment? Please read this update, which should help you put an end to the confusion.

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…

Stitch Markers

I have so many stitch markers in my toolbox, that it’s unlikely I could use them all in a lifetime. My favourite ones are purely functional; solid metal rings. Yet, I always seem to be drawn to the latest jewelry-like “designer” markers. Regardless of how many you have or the style, they are important accessories…

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….

A Brief History of the Cardigan

On any given day I open my closet and pull out a garment, understandably without any thought as to its history or what I might be communicating about myself. Clothing’s most basic purpose is one of practicality, but it’s also a means of communicating personal and societal values, identifying individuals belonging to a particular group,…

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…

Designing Shawls

The shawl or wrap is one of the most versatile accessories in your wardrobe, and like the scarf, it not only provides warmth, but adds decoration to an otherwise boring outfit, and is also one of the most popular projects among knitters. Knit shawls first appeared in “fashion” around the 1800s. During this time period,…

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…