While I’ve been working on a few designs for my Ravelry shop and leading the fall KAL, the month of October on my end has largely been working and knitting baby things!

A friend of mine had a baby in August so the gifts are a touch late, but as the gifts are mostly hand knit and for the colder weather, I figure they’ll be arriving just in time. 🙂

If you watched my September Monthly Chatter video, you’ll know I was very much opposed to buying blue for a baby boy – it’s so basic. 😉 Perhaps because my mantra going into the store was “not blue, not blue, not blue,” I naturally gravitated towards the blue, and I still adore the color. So much for trying to be different!

I knit the Garter Stitch Baby Kimono, the Garter Ear Flap Hat, and a little jellyfish for baby Sam.  I didn’t want his mom to feel left out so I sent along a ton of herbal tea, a few eucalyptus shower tablets (as it seemed easier than her finding time to go to the spa or even take a bath!), and a slouchy hat for this fall and winter.


Yes, that’s a new pattern! I named it the Berkeley Slouchy Hat, after Naomi’s hometown. Naomi loves to knit and sew if you want to check out her blog, One Avian Daemon. 🙂

What are your go-to patterns and gifts for newborns and their moms?

We’re nearly at the 2 week mark in October, and my inner child is throwing a tantrum because she wants to run around in bulky sweaters with fancy coffee (okay, maybe she’s a teenager!), but instead it’s 80 degrees and incredibly humid so she’s a bit unhappy.


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Since I feel like the usual seasonal knitting is out because of the heat, I decided to round up some of my favorite knitting patterns that you don’t have to wear!  Click on the picture to go to the Ravelry page, and let me know in the comments if I left out one of your favorites – or if you’re one of the lucky ones in cooler weather!

I am so excited to introduce my latest pattern to you, the Herringbone Hobo Purse! Scroll through the photos above and check it out – I’m a huge fan of the shape, and I’m happy to finally use the herringbone stitch, as it’s been on my list for nearly a year now just waiting for the perfect project.

Of course, you’re already a bit familiar with the Herringbone Hobo Purse, as an earlier version was one of the options for the Fall Knit Along. This was by far the most popular option, and I’m so excited it won!

I made a video all about it, all about the supplies, all about the timeline. (Or keep scrolling for text!)

If you voted, you’re already signed up – check your email for 25% off.
If you want to sign up, click here – your 25% off coupon code will arrive via email!

Herringbone Hobo Purse Pattern
Yarn: Lion Brand Wool Thick and Quick, 2 skeins
Needles: US 19 (16mm) 24″ circular or longer
Notions: tapestry needle, 24”/61 cm purse strap, heavy weight thread, sewing needle, 2 closure snaps
Optional: fabric lining (use dimensions from schematic, plus 2” / 5 cm)

We start October 2nd, tentatively scheduled for 4 weeks (but comment below if you’d prefer 5 weeks)

I know we just wrapped up the summer knit along not quite a month ago, but in case you missed me, I have great news: it’s time to vote for the fall knit along!

This go around there’s a mixture of garments and accessories, along with a few unfinished/mystery projects! I explain a bit about each option in the video, and you’re welcome to vote on multiple projects – Click here to vote. Voting closes end of day on the 20th of September. The KAL start at the beginning of October, and once a project has been chosen, I’ll be able to release firm details.

You can sign up by voting, but if you aren’t interested in voting, you can sign up generally by clicking here.

Available Patterns Mentioned:
Arosa Scarf
Wild Bramble Hat
Slouchy Lace Hat
Golden Classic Skirt

I love knitting, and I’m a huge proponent of always carrying your knitting with you, and especially of knitting in public.

But one of the things that really discouraged me from carrying my knitting with me when I first started was the lack of a knitting kit or go bag. There was nothing worse than pulling out my project and notes only to discover that I forgot scissors or a pen or even one of my markers!

I’ve gotten a lot better about making sure I have everything I need, but even today, I tend to just throw all my supplies in a bag and hope for the best!

That said, I’m always looking to be a bit more organized, and so I’ve been eyeing different knitting kits. I think I’ve narrowed it down to these!

Do you have a travel kit for your knitting? What do you always make sure to carry with your knitting?

This month I’m starting something new, and I hope you guys really love it!


I wanted to share what I’ve been working on here at my end of things and share more about what’s to come. So specifically in August’s video, I’m chatting about the future of the facebook group, the summer and fall Knit Alongs, my website and etsy shop and test knitters, current WIPs, and future designs.


I’d love this to be interactive so definitely let me know your thoughts!



Sweater Curse noun \swedər kers\ – The belief that if a knitter gifts a hand knit sweater to a significant other before being bound together in a ceremony such a marriage, the relationship will dissolve before the sweater is completed.


I don’t usually knit for other people. I’m pretty selfish when it comes to my knitting, with an exception for babies and charity, and I think it makes sense. I’m putting a lot of time, money, and ultimately love into a huge project, and if the recipient doesn’t understand and respect that, then I don’t know that I should be hand knitting objects for him or her – especially when big box stores are so cheap!


I fell into a knitting slump earlier this year where I didn’t feel inspired to make anything, and I could barely get past knitting a gauge swatch. So I’m as surprised as anyone else when I suddenly felt compelled to knit an entirely new project after a few innocent remarks by another person. But I figured if I couldn’t knit something for myself, I might as well knit something with another person in mind.


Now I should clarify that I’m not a huge believer in curses; I think a lot of curses and bad luck is a self-fulfilling prophecy. In the past, I definitely used the sweater curse as an excuse as to why I couldn’t ever knit my ex a sweater. In hindsight, I think I knew all along he wasn’t worth knitting a sweater for – but it took a little while for my heart to catch up to that…But that was different, and just an excuse, right? Still… when I had this idea to knit something with another person in mind, a lot of alarm bells went off in my head about the sweater curse.


Now I like to think I’m a rational person so I listed out all the reasons the sweater curse didn’t apply to this situation:
1. Our relationship seemed pretty solid in general.
2. This was part of an inside joke, and I was going to use super bulky yarn and just whip something up over the weekend – no big deal for anyone involved.
3. Technically, the knit object in question was for me. It was just inspired by the other person.


Easy. Curse avoided. And curses aren’t even real anyway, right?


So I set out to make a quick pair of shorts with a monkey on them. I googled images of monkeys on a grid, and I did a bit of math to make sure it would fit.


But then I’m really terrible at simple ideas. And didn’t I want this to look great even if it was a joke? So I redesigned my monkey, did several more drawings on my graph paper, picked out yarn with much better colors suited to shorts and monkeys, and did several different gauge swatches for the best fit. And I got started again. I’m now a week into this “quick” project, but I kept on.



Halfway through the project, the person in question stopped talking to me.


I was in a lot of denial. You saw my reasoning above – obviously the sweater curse can’t apply if I’m making a pair of shorts for myself.


At that point I thought, well, no need to rip it out. Maybe the problem with the victims of the sweater curse is that they just gave up halfway through the project.



I kept going, and I’m SO glad I did.


Like I said, I was in a knitting rut. This project really helped my creativity start flowing again. I started sketching and submitting my drawings for publication. I always thought I wasn’t interested in colorwork, but suddenly I had so many ideas – and they keep coming even now! I was really inspired to set aside time to knit because it was calling out to me every night. I also loved this project because I really adore sweaters and that’s what I tend to make, and here was this completely new idea, a pair of shorts. It was something I would have never made on my own.


To summarize, having a project outside of my norm really helped me get back on my path and back into the knitting and design world after a few months of feeling uninspired about everything around me.



But that’s all about my knitting. Is there a happy ending in the relationship? Was the lack in communication merely a hiccup that was perfectly timed with the middle of the project?


Sadly, no. But I’m not convinced it was the sweater curse. It could have been any number of factors, and perhaps even my interest in this project caused me to withdraw from the relationship, and that’s what contributed to its demise. I really think there needs to be a more objective analysis done, so if you’d like to donate to science, you can do so here. 😉


Have you ever been affected by the sweater curse?


And what do we think of the shorts? I wouldn’t release the monkey design, but would anyone be interested in a nice set of lounge wear? Perhaps shorts and a robe?


In case you’re new around these parts, I am so excited about and have been promoting amirisu’s summer 2017 issue with my Demoiselle pattern.

I’m really excited to have an extra copy, and I’d love to offer a giveaway for you guys! This issue features articles on natural dying and offers 7 knitting patterns and 1 crochet pattern in both Japanese and English. There’s also a code for the PDF patterns on Ravelry if you prefer!

(And if you already bought my pattern or this issue because you signed up for my Knit Along, go ahead and enter – I have something extra special for you if you win!)


To enter here on the blog, leave a comment below with your Ravelry or Instagram username – or some other way for me to get in touch with you! That’s it!

You can get more entries by:

  1. Facebook: Like the page We All Knit Here and comment on this post for an entry!
  2. Instagram: Follow @kristincreates and leave a comment on this picture. Extra entries for every friend you tag in the comments.
  3. Instagram: Repost my picture and giveaway details (and tag me in the comments so I can see and count it)!

The giveaway ends August 2nd at 11:59 pm, CST. I’ll contact the winner on August 3rd – please get back to me with your information by August 7th or another winner will be chosen. Thanks and good luck!

The giveaway is CLOSED. Karen was selected as the winner via a random number generator, and she has been contacted. Due to a lack of response, a new winner was chosen – congrats to Cecilia, and thank you to everyone who entered!

This week we’re talking about the Siren Seafoam, which will always have a special place in my heart because it’s the first garment I ever designed. I was so eager for the beach (not much has changed) and I wanted to knit something for it!


One of my goals this year is to update all of my older patterns in more sizes. I started off withe an update of the Rockaway Cardigan, but for this one I wanted to do something a bit more special than just increase the sizes. I ended up adding different length options, as well as the option for color blocking.


If you scroll through the pictures above, you’ll see the different lengths include a dress, a hip length, and a cropped top version. Even though this was designed with the beach in mind, and I’m wearing it over a swimsuit in 2 photos, I really loved the hip length version with jeans for a day in the garden – or in my case, a day studying and reading.


If you love it as much as I do and you buy the pattern within the next week on Ravelry, there’s a 25% off discount already in effect, just add it to your cart!