When you’re knitting right along, you might not even notice it until it’s too late: a stitch, that you so carefully knit has not only fallen off your needle, but fallen down a row! Check out today’s video for a simple and easy way to fix dropped stitches on the edge of your knitting work – and check back next week where I’ll show you how to fix dropped stitches in the middle of your row.

After you get the knit and purl stitches down, and you’re ready to start on something fun and new: patterns!, you realize you can’t get very far because knits and purls suddenly appear in the same row. Don’t worry! This really isn’t as difficult as it first appears. I’ve put together a quick video that shows you how to make a knit to purl transition, and back again from a purl to knit stitch. It’s just a simple moving of… Read more »

All right, so last week we talked about distinguishing between knits and purls. Hopefully now you’re a pro at telling them apart! If you are, or even if you’re still getting used to it, but can at least see a difference, then you’re going to love this! In a lot of beginner patterns, and even in my mini course, there are a lot of knits and a lot of purls. If you’re trying to knit, say, 10 rows of knit stitches, there… Read more »

I’ve gotten quite a few questions about some of the basics of knitting, so I’m going to dedicate the next couple of blog posts to some great tips for beginners, and today’s post is all about telling the difference between knits and purls. If you’re still in the practicing stage, where you just make a row of knits followed by a row of purls (or however you choose to practice), and you’re not really making anything in particular, this might… Read more »

I’m so excited to show you these gloves! I saw this pattern in a blanket and I thought it would be so fun for gloves – or maybe a skirt at some point? – and I set about creating a pattern for them. I hit a few roadblocks when I first started trying to convert this pattern into gloves, but something about airplanes and flying really does it for the knitting part of my brain because it all came together… Read more »

I hope everyone has enjoyed the holidays so far! I’m gearing up for a very busy new year, working on new video courses and new patterns that I hope to roll out over the next few weeks. If you’ve been thinking about purchasing the Basketweave Coffee Cozy video course for yourself (or someone you love), grab it soon because it’s half off until January 4th! I found a story on a lovely woman who credits her longevity (she was born… Read more »

The day is finally here! I’ve been working for months on end to complete my first video course, and finally I have something ready for you!  The basketweave coffee cozy is the seemingly easy project, perfect for beginners. I say seemingly because while you only need to know how to knit and purl, you will be switching back and forth between the two different stitches, which can be problematic, especially if you’ve never attempted it before. The repetitive nature of the… Read more »

I’m really excited to let you know about a project I’ve been working on over the last few months: a slouchy lace hat knitting pattern! I had some super bulky yarn that I was trying to use up, and I decided it would make a great winter hat. Because I wanted it to be slightly more intricate than a standard knit hat, as lovely as they are, I settled on a lace pattern and set about designing it. I’m so… Read more »

The Basketweave Coffee Cozy PDF can be downloaded here. (Or click here to have it emailed to you.) The PDF for the XO cable cozy pattern can be downloaded here. (Or click here to have it emailed to you.) Cozies, especially knit cozies, are incredibly cute and darling, but in a way that almost makes me hate them. You know, like when a dessert is too sweet? They’re impossible to remember to put on your mug (until you burn yourself, of course), but when… Read more »

I love cabling. It’s a pretty simple process and once you get the hang of it, you can create so many interesting shapes and designs. Here’s a sample of some different cable knits: You can also make animal shapes as well: If you’re new to knitting, cables might intimidate you, but I created a little tutorial and pattern to help you get used to knitting and cabling and get in plenty of practice! Hopefully you have your yarn all ready… Read more »