Size: Finished Waist Size 25 (28, 31, 35, 39, 43, 46)” Shown in size 28” Gauge: 20 sts and 32 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st after wet blocking Materials Yarn: Lion Brand LB Collection Crepe Twist (88% Wool, 12% Nylon; 112 yards 102 meters/50 grams): 125 Toast, (5 (6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8) balls. Needles: US size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” circular Notions: Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle; elastic 1” width measuring 2” less than the… Read more »

I remember very well when I decided I wanted to design knitwear. It was close to the holidays so I was gifted quite a few design books, and I was so excited and grateful. I delved right into Stitch ‘N Bitch Superstar Knitting – and by delving I mean that I skipped straight to the second half of the book, which was all about design. And stopped cold. Once upon a time, you may have hated knitting gauge swatches. But that… Read more »

I am so excited to squeeze in one more post and introduce you to the Zona Sweater!! It’s not technically new – if you’ve been in my Ravelry shop or poking around my website, you’ll probably recognize it. But what is new is the fit and the sizes! I mentioned a few months ago in my facebook group that I was expanding a lot of my garments for larger sizes. This is the first upgrade, and I couldn’t resist making… Read more »

Here are a few facts I know about stranded/fair isle colorwork: It’s really pretty, it’s not as hard or as intimidating as it looks, and I’m not an expert so I’m going to give you some of my tips, but I’m also going to link to people who know a lot more than I do! 1. Color Dominance and Hand Placement. When you’re stranded knitting, you hold at least 2 colors of yarn in your hands for the entire row. Because… Read more »

I’ve wanted to do a round up of some of my favorite accessories for knitters for awhile, but let’s be honest, after my yarn and needles of course, all I really care about is my cup of coffee or tea that better be within an arm’s reach. If you’re the same, this list is for you – hope you enjoy some of my faves! (Click on each one to find out more about it – and this post contains affiliate… Read more »

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 »