Our last few Knit Alongs have been mostly garments. I know a lot of people are short on time at the holidays so I wanted to have a shorter KAL and have it focus more on learning newer techniques that you might not know. With that in mind, I’m focusing on cozies. They’re perfect for quick knit gifts, and because they’re so fast you can give them to nearly everyone, whether it’s a teacher or a friend. My favorite gift is… Read more »

Finally my obsession with sweater dresses and wiggle dresses and knitting collide! I’m so happy to introduce to you the Cozy Vintage Dress, published in the December issue of I Like Knitting.   It’s fitted, it’s a modified rib, it has a zipper – I’m pretty sure it’s perfect! 😉 Check out my video where I gush all about my inspiration and then explain sizes and materials: Size: Finished Bust Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48)” to fit bust 34… Read more »

If you’re thinking the name of this pattern sounds a bit familiar – you’re right! While I was knitting the Adirondack Basket Hat for the last Knit Along, I kept thinking it needed matching accessories. I haven’t come up with gloves just yet, but I am happy to report that I found time for a matching scarf!     Just like the hat, the scarf is knit with super bulky yarn so it’s a very quick knit. The pattern is… Read more »

I was contemplating a serious problem earlier this year: how can I make a proper winter sweater with no lace, no cotton, no nothing that I tend to favor? As I was browsing through books and most of the internet for ideas, I was struck by an amazing idea: Of course, I can make it with chevrons! (I know, I know, what a surprise…) But stick with me because this sweater is all about texture. Knit with a Malabrigo’s worsted… Read more »

It’s (almost) time for the fall Knit Along! This KAL’s voting was actually the closest I’ve ever seen it, but the Adirondack Basket Hat came out ahead by just a few votes! So let’s check it out: It does have cables, so if you’re new to cable knitting, get excited and ready to learn, but I especially love these cables because they’re not traditional. They’re really more of a basketweave pattern (hence the name), and so I think it’s a… Read more »

As you may have noticed, I am a huge fan of making garments. It’s wonderful to have total control over the clothing I’m wearing, from the materials to the fit. Some people want to take the plunge and make garments, but I always hear hesitations like: 1. I’m afraid it won’t fit. 2. I’m don’t want to waste money if it doesn’t work out. 3. I don’t know what I’m doing. Now, only you can determine what projects are at your skill… Read more »

Since it’s nearing that weird time of the year where I feel like it’s too late to start another summer top, but it’s too early to focus on fall and winter knit pieces, I’ve been thinking a lot about home decor. I know some people go a little overboard and knit everything, like cozies for their apples and eggs (seriously, WHY?!), but I tried to keep my knitting wish list a bit more practical! As usual, there’s a mixture of free… Read more »

If you’re a beginner knitter, most of your focus is on making sure you complete your knit or purl stitches, but fairly quickly, you’ll wonder why your knitting is so uneven, lopsided, and doesn’t look like knitting in a lot of pictures on the internet. If you’re not sure what tension is, or how to achieve a “proper” tension, check out my video here. (And a bonus: Franklin makes an appearance to play with some yarn demonstrate how not to… Read more »

Looking over a knitting pattern for the first time can be intimidating or even scary, especially if you’re looking at abbreviations for lifting stitches, cabling, or making bobbles. Sometimes though, even writing out knitting abbreviations like k3, p2, c4b, p2, k3 is too much work, and that’s where knitting charts come in. I don’t know anyone that likes charts and is eager to learn how to read them right away, but they are useful and if it’s a complicated piece of… Read more »

Are you ready for another Knit Along? Because it’s time!! Voting happened over the last week and a half or so, and with 63% of the vote, the Rockaway Cardigan beat out the rest of the options. Great news: whether you voted for the Rockaway Cardigan or not, all of the options up for vote are 50% off in Ravelry until the 1st of June – just add it to your cart and the discount automatically applies. More good news:… Read more »