Three Novelty Rib Patterns

Rib stitch patterns are popular with my readers. Every knitter who has ever made a sweater knows what ribbing is. Not only is it a decorative detail, but rib patterns add elasticity to bottom edges, borders, and collars. There are so many variations of rib that are often overlooked, and the following three novelty rib…

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…

Unravelling Your Knitting Without Tears

I hate to break it to you, but sometimes knitting needs to be unravelled to fix mistakes or maybe rework the yarn into a different project. Having to unravel work happens to all knitters, regardless of experience. Beginner knitters are often fearful of unravelling their work, for reasons they can only explain. The methods given…

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…

The World of Japanese Stitchery

I recently purchased the book “Japanese Knitting Stitch Bible, 260 Exquisite Patterns” by Hitomi Shida, one of Japan’s best known knitting designers. This is the author’s second collection of stitch patterns. The patterns presented in this book are innovative, elegant and intricate; a unique resource for the experienced knitter looking for new patterns to incorporate…

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…

I’m a Yarn Snob

“snob: a person who believes that their tastes in a particular area are superior to those of other people…” No one likes to be called a snob in the true sense of the word. In jest, I call myself a yarn snob, which is my strong bias towards natural fiber yarns. A “yarn snob” is…

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…

Knitting Needs Mathematics

Whether you are designing projects, following pattern instructions, or adapting a vintage pattern, math skills are an essential part of knitting. Maybe you get an inkling that the stitch numbers are inaccurate in the instructions? How in the world do I figure out the number of stitches to cast on to achieve a certain width?…

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…