One thing that every pattern has is a yarn recommendation under supplies. And every single knitter at one time or another has looked at that yarn recommendation and said, “Nope, I’m using another brand.”

But which brand to use if you want the same outcome as the designer?

There aren’t hard and fast rules, but I made a few guidelines for you. Have the pattern handy because you’re going to most of your information from the pattern supplies.

  1. Weight.

    Typically, if the original yarn is listed as bulky, you can start your search looking for other bulky yarns. I say typically because there aren’t exactly industry standards, and yarn companies are free to classify their yarn as they see fit.

  2. Fiber.

    Finding the same fiber content (i.e. 100% wool) as the original yarn is best if you want an exact substitution. If you’re looking for something completely different (i.e. acrylic or cotton), you can still substitute, but keep in mind the drape will differ from the designer’s original project.

  3. Yardage/Meterage.

    Let’s say you’ve found a yarn that seems like it will work, don’t forget to double check the yards/meters to make sure you’re ordering the correct amount of yarn. If the original yarn has 200 yards/skein and your replacement yarn has 150 yards/skein, you’re going to need more than the 2 skeins the pattern calls for.

  4. Gauge Swatch!
    1. If you’re not sure about the yarn you want to purchase, check out what the recommended gauge swatch is on the label. It should be fairly close to the designer’s gauge swatch, also listed on the pattern.
    2. Gauge swatch when you get your new yarn! We’ve come this far, might as well make sure the yarn will work perfectly. You might need to go up or down a needle size.
  5. Resources. 
    1. is a great website. You type in the original yarn and it gives you recommended substitutions. They don’t have every yarn in their database, but they have a lot.
    2. has so much to offer. You can go to the pattern page, and check to see what other yarn people have substituted. You can also search the yarn section or search by fiber content.

As I mentioned in my video last week, I’ve had a few comments about the Demoiselle along the lines of, “Oh, I love it, but I’m just not sure how to style it…”

Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! I came up with a couple of different fashion boards with ideas on how to style it. Whether your style is fancy or super casual, I have a few ideas for you. This is the first time I’ve done this, and I would LOVE to hear your thoughts on this!

Because I used Wool and the Gang’s Shiny Happy Cotton for the Demoiselle, I decided to use their colors here as well. If you see one you like, head over to Wool and the Gang (or your local yarn shop) and check out the wide variety of other colors.

And in case you’ve been busy, I’m hosting a Knit Along with the Demoiselle and we start next week! Be sure to sign up here and join the facebook group so you don’t miss any info.

A few things to note: All items shown are linked starting in the top left corner and working clockwise. All links are affiliate links.

  1. Demoiselle pattern in Ultra Violet
  2. Micmall Camisole
  3. Steve Madden Choker Necklace
  4. LIYT Denim Shorts
  5. Nine West Gladiator Sandals
  6. Calvin Klein Hobo Purse


  1. Demoiselle pattern in Fern Green
  2. Vialumi Cami Bralette in Charcoal
  3. Tri Color Bangle Bracelets
  4. Elliott Lucca Cordoba Clutch
  5. BCBG Max Azria Skirt
  6. Sam Edelman Gladiator Sandal

  1. Aisa Floppy Hat
  2. Emmalise Gray Cami
  3. Demoiselle pattern in Coral Crush
  4. Vince Camuto Leila Tote
  5. Riders Capri Pants
  6. Miz Mooz Flats
  7. Lux Anchor Watch
  8. House of Harlow Sunburst Earrings

I’m so excited to finally announce the summer Knit Along! We’re going to be making the Demoiselle, one of my newer releases.

If you want to follow along with the KAL, you have to sign up for the KAL email as the information and reminders are not going to be posted on the blog. You can also join the KAL facebook group.

Our schedule:

July 12th – Start the KAL! Cast on and work the 3″ of ribbing
July 19th – Begin working the lace pattern and increases.
July 26th – Continue in lace pattern, begin the sleeves
August 2nd – Finish the sleeves. Seam, rib, block, and weave in the ends.
August 9th – Celebrate!!

This is an unofficial schedule, and if you knit ahead or fall behind, it’s perfectly okay. As always, I will be in the facebook group if you have any questions or concerns. And of course, you’re welcome to show off your progress in the group!

If you want me to see your progress on social media, either tag me @kristincreates or use #weallknithere.

All the supplies needed are below. Let me know if you have any questions!

Grab the pattern by itself here – or order a copy of the magazine.

Bulky weight yarn
Approximately 600 (690, 770, 860, 950, 1040) yards, 549 (630, 705, 785, 870, 950) m
4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) balls of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton* (100% Peruvian pima cotton; 155 yards / 100g)
Sample is shown in Lipstick Red

A US 9 (5.5 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle, or a set of US 9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles (for sleeves)
A US 10 (6 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle
Or needles required to obtain gauge

Finished hip measurements: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) = 35 (37, 39, 43, 47, 51)” / 89 (94, 99, 109, 119, 130) cm

Stitch markers A (2), Stitch markers B (4), tapestry needle

*Affiliate link

The Demoiselle Top is my latest release in the summer issue of Amirisu. It’s my first time working with the magazine, and I’m so honored to be a part of it. Amirisu is a Japanese based magazine with absolutely stunning designs and photography. It’s in English and Japanese, in print and online. The summer issue features natural yarn dying, which has got me in the mood to take a class!

Demoiselle is a fun spring and summer top with a bold lace motif. It’s oversized with batwing sleeves for total style and comfort. Amirisu paired it with linen shorts for a hot summer day – if you’ve been following me for any length of time, you know my first thought is to wear it on the beach!

I’m actually going to put together a series of fashion boards for this top for various looks in the next few weeks so stayed tuned for that!


Bulky weight yarn
Approximately 600 (690, 770, 860, 950, 1040) yards, 549 (630, 705, 785, 870, 950) m
4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 7) balls of Wool and the Gang Shiny Happy Cotton (100% Peruvian pima cotton; 155 yards / 100g)
Sample is shown in Lipstick Red

A US 9 (5.5 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle, or a set of US 9 (5.5 mm) double pointed needles (for sleeves)
A US 10 (6 mm) 24” / 60 cm (or longer) circular needle
Or needles required to obtain gauge

Gauge (after blocking)
16 sts & 24 rows = 4”/10 cm in St st with US 10(6mm) needle
19 sts & 20 rows = 5 1⁄2”/14 cm in pattern with US 10(6 mm) needle

Finished hip measurements: XS (S, M, L, XL, XXL) = 35 (37, 39, 43, 47, 51)” / 89 (94, 99, 109, 119, 130) cm
The sample was knit in size S with 4 3⁄4” / 12 cm positive ease.

Stitch markers A (2), Stitch markers B (4), tapestry needle

Skill Level

Want to favorite it or queue it up? Click here for the Ravelry page. Want the entire issue? Head on over to Amirisu’s website.

ALSO:  The Demoiselle is an option for the summer Knit Along. Click here to fill out the survey. Voting closes on the 21st of June.

When I think back to January, I had huge and high hopes for 2017. I don’t exactly make resolutions, but I picked the word “expand” for the year. I figured I would just keep on working towards the goals I made the year before and grow everything along the way. Simple enough, right?

When I started We All Knit Here over 3 years ago, my intention was to create a community around knitting. Having taught myself to knit, I knew there was a learning curve, and I wanted to share my newfound hobby/life saving skill with the world. In my facebook community, I originally wanted to teach others to knit, and my vision has slowly morphed over the years while keeping that helpful vision.

We’re nearly 6 months into 2017, and I think I picked a great word for this year. I have expanded and grown in so many new, different, and unexpected ways. I definitely have a vision for this website, my knitting designs, and my community, though it’s been rather difficult to stick with it since January. I thought I was going to get back on track in March, but I was thrown a few more curve balls, and I had to stop and re-evaluate again.

I’m so lucky I have knitting in my life. It’s definitely a constant, and sometimes it’s the only thing I look forward to at the end of the day. I wrote Knit and Breathe for the Huffington Post a few years ago about how knitting really pulled me out of a rut and helped me get through a difficult time in my life. It’s still true, and I’m so grateful for it and my community.

I know that with long silences, typically it’s because something very exciting is going to be announced. I don’t want you to think it’s all sad news. I’ve definitely had some truly wonderful and great moments this year, and I hope to have some very exciting news for you in the next few months. But I wanted to be very real with you and let you know that I haven’t gotten as much done as I hoped.

I have enlarged a few of my older patterns (Zona, Rockaway, and Siren Seafoam), and I’ve released a few patterns that I worked on last year (Cozy Vintage Dress, Golden Classic Skirt, Strawberry Wine Top, Summer Sweetheart Sweater, and the Demoiselle – coming soon!). I’ve also been sketching new designs and creating time lines for the next year so I can (sort of) stay on track.

I think my biggest aha moment, and I’m sharing in case anyone can relate, was when I really examined my life. Like most people, I want a certain lifestyle, and every step I take is in the general direction of my goals. The biggest thing I want is freedom – I want my mornings for me, I want to sit in the sun and knit, I want to spend time with friends and family, I want to enjoy my work. All normal things.

And one day I realized I had nearly everything I wanted, and the few things I have yet to check off my list are within my sight. But I was still overwhelmed and anxious nearly every minute of the day. My mindset was built on panic and worry and that prevented me from realizing what was right in front of me all along.

I’m not going to promise that everything is better now and you’ll be getting new videos and courses and patterns and Knit Alongs – I definitely want to do those things (and very soon!), but I’m going to keep going slowly so I don’t get overwhelmed and burned out again. I do hope that you guys will love everything I’ve got planned for you, and I’m definitely going to announce the Knit Along in the next few weeks!

In the meantime, I’m focusing on the process, on just knitting. So yes, I have started and then unraveled many, many, many projects over the last few months. And nope, I don’t have any mind blowing news. Just your typical overwhelm. And luckily I’ve had my knitting to help me through it. And that’s okay. It’s perfect. I’m exactly where I need to be.

June’s issue of I Like Knitting is extra special for me because I have 2 patterns published in it! If you missed the Summer Sweetheart Sweater, check it out here. This post is all about the Strawberry Wine Top, and I especially love it because I always need an all over stitch pattern when I’ve knit something in stockinette!

Here are some of the features:
-All over oyster stitch – it’s fun and it knits up quickly
-Knit with cotton bulky yarn so it’s great in spring/summer/fall
-Knit in the round from the bottom up
-The sleeves are a bit puffy and fluttery for a romantic vibe


We can’t resist this top and its blushing hues of strawberry wine. Its small cap sleeves are designed to drape and flutter as you move, while the bodice is simply constructed, works up quickly, and showcases the oyster stitch. Enjoy the way its bulky cotton yarn allows for a beautiful fit for a relaxing summer evening.

Skill Level: Easy

Size: Finished Bust Size 32 (36, 40, 44, 48, 52)” to fit 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)” / 2” positive ease recommended

Gauge: 12 sts and 16 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st after blocking

Yarn: Knit Picks Billow (100% Cotton; 120 yards [110 meters]/100 grams): 26228 Tea Rose, 3 (4, 4, 5, 5, 6) balls
Needles: US size 10 (6 mm): 24” circular
Notions: Markers, stitch holders, tapestry needle

Go check out the Ravelry page!

I’m so excited to introduce you to the Summer Sweetheart Sweater in the June issue of I Like Knitting!

I love this sweater, and I’m actually knitting another one at the moment. Here are some reasons I love it:

-Knit in the round with shaping so that it’s very flattering to your figure
-Knit with worsted weight yarn so it knits up rather quickly
-Features a circular yoke collar so you can continue knitting in the round!
-The lace yoke features crossed stitches to give it a bit of interest and texture
-Sweetheart Neckline!!

Even though the days are getting warmer, it’s still important to keep a few light sweaters like this one around for a cool night out. This knit piece has lovely geometric-shaped lace at the top and hints at a sweetheart neckline. Knit in the round from the bottom up, it works up rather quickly and switches to lace for the yoke.

Skill Level: Intermediate

Size: Finished Bust Size 28 (32, 36, 40, 44, 48)” to fit 30 (34, 38, 42, 46, 50)” / 2” negative ease recommended

Gauge: 20 sts and 24 rows = 4” 10 cm in St st after blocking

Yarn: Knit Picks Preciosa Tonal (100% Merino Wool; 273 yards [250 meters]/100 grams): 26722 Anemone (3 (3, 3, 4, 4, 4) balls
Needles: US size 8 (5.0 mm): 24” circular and DPNs; US size 7 (4.5 mm): 24” circular and DPNs
Notions: Markers; stitch holders; tapestry needle

More information is up at the Ravelry page – go check it out!

(Psst – I’ve had a few questions about the next KAL – it’s coming in June! Make sure you sign up for my email list below if you don’t want to miss the announcement!)

20170218_152111Hello, hello! This week I have a few announcements I wanted to highlight:

  1. I’m having a 30% off sale in my Ravelry shop – if you haven’t already, grab your patterns because the sale ends Wednesday at midnight, CST! (Just add the pattern to your cart for the discount to apply.)
  2. I’m compiling a group of knitters that would get free access to my patterns before the release date. If you love to knit my patterns, love being the first to knit something, and have an active Ravelry page, sign up and I’ll be in touch soon! (That lovely jumble of orange above will probably be ready to knit soon!)
  3. If you are a fan of my Youtube channel or any of my videos, take this quick survey and let me know what you like to see. Thanks!
  4. If you’re not a knitter and you’re just hanging out here because you love my designs, I have great news! I listed a few of my samples in my etsy shop so if you’re interested, you can grab them for yourself or a loved on. I’m going to begin doing this regularly throughout the year.

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

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 waist measurement – 23 (26, 29, 33, 37, 41, 44)”

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 was before you decided to try your hand at design. Because as a designer, you are going to learn to love to swatch – or you’d better hang up your designer’s hat right now.

I’m not going to lie. Swatching was my least favorite part of knitting, and I regularly skipped it. And, you know, I was (usually) okay if my project came out the wrong size – after all, I love the act of knitting rather than the finished product. So I could still design and not swatch, right?

I skipped ahead to the next section, which it turns out, as author Debbie Stoller says, “is the math-y part of the pattern design process and will requires truckloads of patience and precision.” Oh yeah, and you need the gauge swatch for it, too.

I took a deep breath in and out, nodded to myself a bit, slowly closed the book, and placed all my newly acquired design books on the bookshelf where they sat for nearly a year. Which is exactly how long it took for me to appreciate swatching.

So I’m not sure if you’re a designer, an aspiring designer, or if you’re just a knitter who loves to skip over that pesky gauge swatch section on the pattern, but I thought I would write a bit about how amazing swatching is because sometimes it gets a bum rap.

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(And psst – if you’re kind of confused about this whole gauge swatching thing, I made a video you can check out here. I give you the official way to swatch and the lazy way to swatch aka my way.)

    • It’s so fast. I know you’re excited to get started on your project, but your gauge swatch will be knit and done in no time. You can do it.

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    • You’re knitting a super small sample, which saves you a ton of time in the long run. You know either to avoid continuing what you’re doing because it would be a disaster (thanks, gauge swatch!) or you know that you’re on the right track. There’s no wondering if something is going to fit or work out the way it does in your head.
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    • If you want to substitute yarn (which I do almost all the time) or if you want to know if you can knit that project on a different size needle (aka do you REALLY need to run out to the store for the next size down?), knit yourself a swatch to know for sure. Don’t just wing it. 
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    • If you are designing or even making a few modifications, your gauge swatch is an excellent way to estimate exactly how much yarn you’ll need – and that way you’ll know if you have enough yarn in your stash. Unless you like those frantic last minute runs to the yarn store!
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    • If you’re not totally sold on a design or a stitch pattern (or even some yarns!), do you really want to start knitting the pattern up only to realize it isn’t going to work out for you? I don’t think so.
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You may not be totally convinced just yet, and you may need to think over the concept an entire year like I did before you jump on board the swatching train, but in case you’re a convert like me, leave me your favorite reasons below to gauge swatch!

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