Here are a few facts I know about stranded/fair isle colorwork: It’s really pretty, it’s not as hard or as intimidating as it looks, and I’m not an expert so I’m going to give you some of my tips, but I’m also going to link to people who know a lot more than I do! 1. Color Dominance and Hand Placement. When you’re stranded knitting, you hold at least 2 colors of yarn in your hands for the entire row. Because… Read more »

Sort of from the archives (have I been making videos this long??), here’s a video for beginners that goes a bit beyond Yarn 101. In the video, I discuss a few things: -Different ways yarn is stored -How to start a new ball using yarn from the inside and the outside -When you need to wind your yarn -How to wind your yarn (so that it pulls from the inside!) when you don’t have a ball winder  

Crash Course: Gauge Swatch

The Catalina Beach Sweater Knit Along starts next week! (Do you need the details and sign up info??) And, of course, the question inevitably comes up of the best yarn substitutes, and, with that, gauge swatching. I did a quick poll on social media and in my facebook group, and I found that pretty much everyone hated it. And I do get it. I hate swatching for a lot of projects. But sometimes it’s necessary. And sometimes it can even… Read more »

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So for the last week, I allowed voting on my newest hat designs for the 2015 fall Knit Along and I am so excited to announce that voting is over and we have a winner!! Supply list: Arosa Slouchy Hat pattern Lion Brand Wool-Ease Thick and Quick US size 15 (10.0mm) double pointed needles US size 13 (9.0mm) double pointed needles tapestry needle scissors stitch markers (optional) Details This KAL is over! If you’re interested in purchasing this course, please click… Read more »

Hey gang, I hope you love my Knitting 101 course. I know that’s probably a bit of a stretch. I’ve seen people pick up the hang of knitting in a few minutes, and I know for me it took nearly 2 weeks before I felt confident that I could knit without screwing the whole thing up. Part of the frustration is that once I felt like I got the hang of the knit stitch… then what? I didn’t feel confident to… 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 »