In February, there’s still a bit of chill to the winter air, but spirits are improving and there’s hope of the weather warming. The Spring Forward dress will carry you through to the next season. Knit in the round from the bottom up, the bottom half of the dress is fitted and ribbed for an ultra flattering look. At the waist, the draping effect begins with an expanded batwing sleeve and lace reminiscent of hearts.

I talked a bit about the dress (and that it made the cover!) on the latest episode of Monthly Chatter, which you can hear at 14:30.

Click here to go to the Ravelry page or click here to go to I Like Knitting’s site.

The French Lavender Cardigan is very simple and chic to toss on with a simple outfit, whether you’re out running errands or out with friends for brunch. The cardigan knits up quickly and is super comfy with bulky yarn, and yet it creates a dramatic silhouette for your everyday life. Knit flat from the bottom up with a vertical herringbone stitch, the cardigan flares out from the waist for a fun peplum and expands from the waist up for a batwing effect for the sleeves.

Skill Level: Easy

Want to hear more about the inspiration for this? Check out Monthly Chatter here at 18:45.

You can find the French Lavender Cardigan in the February 2018 issue of I Like Knitting. Click here for the Ravelry page.

Happy New Year!


December was a crazy month for me! In episode 5, I manage to stay mostly on the topic of knitting – I have 2 new designs out (and of which made the cover, woot!), I obsess over my new (unreleased) hat, and I talk a bit about the evolution of my knitting over the past year and my plans for 2018.


And of course we start the knit along next week!


I would love to hear any of your thoughts or reactions, and definitely let me know if you obsess over/struggle with perfection in your knitting as much as I do.

Winter KAL sign up:
50% off coupon code: WAKHKAL
Knitting patterns:
FAB Entrepreneurs:
Etsy Shop:
Spring Forward Dress:
French Lavender Cardigan:
Facebook group:

The Winter Whimsy Cropped Sweater knitting pattern came about as an afterthought. I have been working on a super bulky winter skirt for awhile now, and I decided to add the top as an afterthought. I had no idea I would love it so much!

I haven’t totally given up on the skirt, but it’s definitely been delayed.

Want to hear me chatting about this? Check out last month’s Monthly Chatter at 15:36 where I show off the top and the skirt that’s currently in time out.

But the top is adorable, right?!

The Winter Whimsy Cropped Sweater has 6″ of positive ease, has the seed stitch at the hem and collar, and features puffed bishop sleeves. It’s knit in super bulky yarn in mostly stockinette stitch in the round so it’s knits up really quickly!

Click here to favorite it or add it your Ravelry queue.

Sometimes it’s boring to knit alone. Join me for a KAL!

This was such a tough race that I’ve decided to have two winners!

The Berkeley Slouchy Hat KAL will start on January 8th, and the Locksley Sweater KAL will start on January 15th.

Sign up here for the weekly KAL emails and/or join in the facebook group.


Click here for the Locksley Sweater pattern and supply list.


Week 1 (Jan 15) – Cast on and knit to waist.
Week 2 (Jan 22) – Knit through the bust to the separation.
Week 3 (Jan 29) – Knit the back.
Week 4 (Feb 5) – Knit the front
Week 5 (Feb 12) – Sleeves!
Week 6 (Feb 19) – More sleeves/collar
Week 7 (Feb 26) – Blocking and seaming
Week 8 (Mar 5) – Celebrate and show off!

Let me know if you have any questions!

PS – If you’re still looking for that last minute gift for you or another knitter, check out my favorite knitting mugs!

The Locksley Sweater knitting pattern has been in my WIP pile for over a year and a half. I knew exactly what yarn to use for it, but I couldn’t quite get the construction technique down; this was back when I tried to make everything as complicated as possible.

Now I know that simple is better!

And so we have a fairly simple version of the Locksley Sweater. It’s knit from the bottom up with a lace panel that expands towards the chest.

But let’s get straight to the inspiration for this, shall we?

Yes, it’s the Evil Queen from Once Upon a Time.

I go into the entire story starting at 11:53 in November’s Monthly Chatter, and I would love for you to check it out if you’re interested. But basically, I adore the Evil Queen’s wardrobe, and it’s not exactly practical… So I took the feel of it and turned it into something that I want to wear every day!

If you’re interested, you can favorite or queue it up on Ravelry!

Welcome to November’s Monthly Chatter! I’m so sorry for the delay, but I want a few finished objects to show you… and then I had a few technical difficulties. But it’s here!

In November’s Monthly Chatter:

I chat a lot about the holidays – I was really emotional over Thanksgiving, and now I’m really excited for December and Christmas. (And did I mention I learned to knit over the holidays a few years ago?)

You know I have more to say on the sweater curse!!

Also check out my 2 new pattern releases, and let me know what you think of the 3rd. Unless there’s interest, I’m not releasing it.

And finally, I’m chatting about my newest projects. One is as a style guide, and the other is more about the business of fashion and design. Links to everything I talk about are below the video.

Links (in order of appearance in video)

Etsy shop:

Summer Sweetheart Sweater:

Strawberry Wine Top:

Pattern Round-Up:

Knitting and Holiday Nostalgia:

Kristin Magdalene:

Sweater Curse:

Locksley Pattern:

Winter Whimsy Cropped Sweater:

FAB Entrepreneurs:

The holiday season is a bit surreal for me each year. It’s as if I’m entering into an environment where time slows down because nothing make sense. There’s a lot of rushing, a lot of anger, a lot of worry, and it’s all set against this backdrop of bright lights, warm colors, and smiling families. It’s always so cold, and my cheeks burn from the wind, but I’m usually carrying hot chocolate or a mocha, and somehow I keep warm and keep going.


Five years ago, I was living in NYC with my boyfriend. Our apartment was decorated for every occasion, we cooked so much delicious food, and we watched all of our favorite holiday movies. Our apartment was a refuge from the crowds that overwhelm NYC at the end of the year. Thanksgiving five years ago was also when I taught myself to knit.


My very first knitting project, the Easy Ripple Blanket, obviously modified for a cat!


Holidays are for spending time with loved ones, but I think the interesting thing about that idea is that you only have one meal, maybe a day or two, to spend with them. Five years ago, my family was 1,100 miles away, and I usually picked either Thanksgiving or Christmas to see them. Now I’m at home, and I’m excited to spend time with my family, but still, the holiday season lasts a month a half, when really it’s just a meal. One. (Or two actually, one with each of my parents.)


This year my apartment is quiet. I’m snuggled under cozy blankets and excited to see everyone, and I can’t help but think back to each Thanksgiving because it’s so linked to knitting for me. When I would fly home to visit my family, I always had a project with me for the plane. After the meal, I sat to knit. In the car ride between family members’ houses, I would knit. One year I dragged my sister and her friends to a local yarn shop where they took lessons.


The first skein of yarn I intentionally purchased! I practiced all my new skills on cozies.


I like that time slows down towards the end of the year. I love the bright lights, I love the warm moments with friends and family, I love the food!, but most of all, I love that I always have my knitting. My projects always come together this time of year, and when I sometimes feel the stress and frustration, whether due to travel delays or frustration about finding perfect something for someone, my knitting is the perfect thing to pull out.


How do you keep your zen during the holidays?


PS – For Thanksgiving, all of my knitting patterns and samples are 25% off. You don’t need a code, just add the pattern or sample to your cart and the discount automatically applies. The sale goes through the 28th of November!

It’s been a few months since I posted about new patterns. I have been slacking on the blog and really only talking about patterns via Instagram and the Monthly Chatter videos.

Some of the patterns were previously published in I Like Knitting and Cast On magazine, so if you have a subscription there, they are all still free for you! But if you like to purchase your patterns individually and from my Ravelry shop, you’re in luck.

I’m going to talk a bit more about these in November’s Monthly Chatter video, but for now, check out some of the newest additions to Ravelry:


Chevron Sweater

The Chevron Sweater was featured in Cast On’s Fall 2016 issue. Now available for individual purchase, I updated the pattern to be knit in the round, I added an extra size so it goes up to 2X, and one of my favorite details is the ribbing around the neck and shoulder. It’s knit with worsted weight yarn so it goes fairly quickly!


Summer Sweetheart Sweater

The Summer Sweetheart Sweater was featured this past summer in I Like Knitting. It’s a fitted sweater that’s knit in the round with a lace yoke, and the clever wordplay in the title of course refers to the illusion sweetheart neckline. Double check the gauge on this one to ensure the best fit – I’ll have more on that fun reminder in this month’s video!


Strawberry Wine Top

The Strawberry Wine Top is a little out of season, but in case you want a start on next summer or you live down under, I thought I’d include it! It’s knit with bulky cotton yarn with a textured oyster stitch. My favorite detail though are the sleeves!


Golden Classic Skirt

The Golden Classic Skirt is one of my faves. I love the shape of it, but also the pleats have crossed stitches inside, which is so much fun. This skirt was knit for spring, but because it is knit, it would easily work with tights during the winter!


Cozy Vintage Wiggle Dress

The Cozy Vintage Wiggle Dress is still one of my favorites. Inspired by Mad Men’s Joan, go ahead and show off all of your curves this holiday season! It knits up quickly in a super bulky yarn and will definitely keep you warm as you run around to your holiday parties!

Herringbone Hobo Purse

If you participated in the fall KAL, you already know about this one! But since I never officially announced it, I am doing so now. This is another one of my winter knits featuring super bulky yarn and the herringbone stitch. It’s so sturdy and structured, and I love carrying it when it’s cold outside!


Berkeley Slouchy Hat

The Berkeley Slouchy Hat was something I created for a friend, and I just adore oversized cables on a slouchy hat!

October’s podcast features knitting and yarn, plus a bonus tangent on the sweater curse and how we settle for less without realizing it. Plus paper dresses!

October Links

Herringbone Hobo Purse:

Facebook group:


Halloween Knit Patterns:

Knit Gifts for New Mom and Baby:

Berkeley Slouchy Hat pattern:

Cozy Vintage Dress pattern:

Chevron Sweater pattern:

Chevron Sweater from Nat12:

Chevron Sweater from frostee62:

Sign-Up to be a Knit Tester:

Summer Sweetheart Sweater pattern:

Strawberry Wine Top:

Subscribe to I Like Knitting:

Dixon Gallery Exhibition: