Getting Even – Knitting Tension

Many knitters have asked me how I get my stitches to look so even and the same size, like those made on a knitting machine. I tell them that knitting even stitches becomes second nature after much practice, and being mindful of how you form the stitches. The main goal of a beginner knitter 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…

The Cable Needle

Cables are one of the most fascinating textural stitches in knitting. Traditional Aran and Fisherman sweaters rely on combining cable patterns for their beautiful embossed appearance. The technique for making cable stitch patterns requires a short needle with points at both ends – the cable needle. Cable Patterns All cable stitch patterns are formed by…

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…

Can you really fix a shrunken sweater?

Marketing advertisements at their worst present information that is either completely false or deceptive. Marketing products on the internet, which promote better health of humans can tread on dangerous territory. The internet is also filled with DIY hacks for fixing the endless number of household problems, some worthy of trying, some not so much. I…

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…

Designing Skirts and Dresses

Craft magazines published in the 1950s and the early years of the 1960s were filled with knitted and crocheted dresses, skirts and suits. Knitters could make fashions that rivalled designer collections. Today, these lengthy projects are not as popular with hand knitters; now there is more of a preference towards sweaters, cardigans, and accessories like…

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….

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…