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 »

Blocking is the final step in knitting before you can enjoy your newly made item. Like knitting a swatch to check your gauge before you start a project, blocking is something that is easily and often skipped at the end of a project. Blocking relaxes the yarn so you’re able to manipulate and shape it into the desired shape. For example, if you’re knitting a sweater and it’s a little short, you can block it and shape it into the… Read more »

There’s a part of knitting that I’m not fond of. In fact, I usually skip over it, which is a bad, bad habit. In the instructions of a knitting pattern, it tells you what type of yarn (usually expensive) and needle size (one you don’t own, of course) to use. That’s not usually enough to get started on the project. Everyone knits just a bit differently. And sometimes you don’t want to use a name brand yarn. And do you really need… Read more »

Everyone tells you how great knitting is, science has done studies on how it calms your mind down, and you really want to buy one of those cute pins that says something like, “I Knit so I Don’t Kill People,” but the truth of the matter is that you DO want to kill people – right after you burn your yarn and needles to the ground. I get it. Knitting is hard. At first. There’s a huge learning curve, and… Read more »

The first time I walked into the yarn aisle at a craft store with the intent to purchase and buy yarn, I was completely overwhelmed! There are baskets upon baskets, and usually multiple rows filled with so many varying colors, thicknesses, and, most importantly to me, varying softness levels. A terrible habit, but one I’ve never been able to break, is slowly walking down the aisle, feeling every skein to determine if it was soft enough to be chosen for… Read more »

A small sample of my needles. Picking out needles for beginners is always tricky. There’s usually a good chance of sticker shock when you first start shopping for needles because they can be pretty pricey. You want something that’s good quality, but cheap, but a nice size because you want to use them again. I’m going to recommend what I think are the best, but I want to warn you that there’s a very small chance you’ll pick them again… Read more »

Knitting can be such a fun hobby and you get fun, warm articles of clothing out of it. But it’s also incredibly frustrating at times, especially when you’re a beginner and you’re ABSOLUTELY SURE that you moved your yarn over so it makes NO SENSE that you have extra stitches. But I’m getting ahead of myself. That fun will come later. Let’s start with the basics. You need yarn. You need needles. You need them fairly cheaply because why spend… Read more »