The Post-Christmas Christmas Gifts Post

This year I did not knit or make any gifts for friends, which is very unlike me. We’ll chalk it up to all the new knitwear designs in which I’ve been immersing myself. (I have another one that I’m hoping to send out for testing shortly in the new year.) Other than my mom’s Portage…

Mom’s Christmas Portage

If it’s blue and I’m knitting it, then there’s a good chance it’s for my mom. She absolutely loves blue, and can you blame her? She looks amazing in it! There are few things I like less than knitting the same large garment TWICE. However, Portage is one of those special pieces that I feel…

Another New Hat Pattern: Murakami

If you’re a fan of the magical realism genre in literature (and art), then you are likely no stranger to the works of Haruki Murakami. Born in Kyoto, Japan, Murakami constructs mostly first-person narratives whose   characters inhabit an ordinary Japanese world bombarded with elements of fantasy. If I were stranded on an island and had…

New Hat Pattern: Xmas at Hogwarts

Is there anything more magical than Christmas? Yes—Christmas at Hogwarts! This light and lacy cable beanie design was directly inspired by the yarn, A Homespun House’s Gold Stellina Fingering in none other than the colorway “Christmas at Hogwarts.” The glistening gold of the gold stellina highlights the ornament-esque shapes, which evolve out of a twisted…

Contour Cardi: My New Design

Soon after releasing The V-Back Tee pattern, I  had been thinking about a design akin to the V-back, only with the line of symmetry for the German short rows placed at the side seams (as opposed to the center back). After much sketching and erasing, knitting and frogging, I finally sailed along to the end…

How to Knit Cables Without a Cable Needle

I find cable needles to be clumsy and slow. Fortunately, they are entirely unnecessary! Below is a video demonstrating how I work cables without a cable needle. With practice, you can ditch the cable needle for all cables. 

Forest Grove Shawl

Forest Grove is yet another brilliant design by Mara Catherine Bryner (Orange Knits). Worked in the round for the first color, this sizable, oval-shaped shawl showcases evenly spaced eyelets that radiate outward across four colors and through three well-blended color transitions.  For my Forest Grove colors I chose this remarkably gorgeous fading kit that I spied…

I’m ready, Rhinebeck!

Scroll to the bottom of this page to view my video demonstrating how to knit cables without a cable needle. Having knit the Anniversaire cardi earlier this year, I am quite familiar with the cables of Veera Välimäki. Anniversaire features a variety of fun and interesting cables, but it was the rounded depressions of the…

Rainbow Dress Redo: Hot Pink Edition

This second edition of Sophie’s Rainbow Dress is not just any remake. It’s a revamp! If you follow me on Instagram you may have caught me mourning (tongue-in-cheek) the, erm, death of my daughter’s first Rainbow Dress. I had knit it for her when she was four years old, and despite the subsequent additions of…

My Autumn Threipmuir

For some reason I had previously knit only one Ysolda Teague pattern, which was a MKAL shawl a few years back. Yet, when I spied this Threipmuir (don’t ask me how to pronounce it) on Instagram I absolutely had to knit it. It had been a while since I had taken on a colorwork project,…