The Shusui Shrug

  As with many of my projects, Shusui started with the announcement of a KAL on Instagram. Indeed, Fuse Fiber Studio, the host of the KAL, even had a nice selection of yarn that would work splendidly for this shrug. ‘Eh, I’ll have a look at her shop,’ I thought to myself. ‘I don’t really…

How to Work Two-Color Brioche

If knitting is a language–and I believe it is–then brioche is a dialect. The term brioche as a knitting stitch is derived from the French pastry of the same name, of which it supposedly bears some resemblance. I don’t see it, but I do know knitting and pastries have both evolved over the years so…

Deco Mug Mats for Christmas

I’ve wanted to knit these deco mug mats for a long time. This lovely brioche pattern is by Lesley Anne Robinson of Knit Graffiti Designs and is essentially a fragmented version of her Pink Madness Scarf. (These mats mimic the design at the ends of the scarf’s legs.) Having already knit a Pink Madness, which…

Rebel Two Shawl

At the beginning of the year Lesley Anne Robinson released her Rebel shawl pattern in honor of Princess Leia, a beloved Star Wars character played by actress Carrie Fisher, whose death late last year shook the world. It was not until I was exiting the theater with my family after viewing Rogue One for the…

The Eyeball Shawl

Is there anything better than a gigantic knit eyeball? I say no! With one quick glance we all know it’s a West Knits pattern. Like most all of Stephen’s patterns the Eyeball Shawl is bold, eccentric and brilliant–did I say eccentric? In fact many of his patterns are a bit too eccentric for me, simply…

Sizzle Pop Shawl

I wanted to knit this two-color brioche stunner the second it was released (earlier this year), but contrary to my normal behavior I ruminated on it awhile rather than jumping right in. The pattern is called Sizzle Pop and is authored by Lesley Robinson (Knit Graffiti). Seeing as this is my third completed Lesley Robinson pattern I…

Westknits 2016 MKAL: Building Blocks Shawl

For the second year in a row, I found myself leaping into the wildly popular Westknits MKAL (Mystery Knit Along). If you are as yet unfamiliar with Westknits, where have you been–locked up in a basement? The host of the MKAL and face behind Westknits is the sensational Stephen West, whose patterns are almost always…