Sode: A Cable Masterpiece

It may only be March, but I can safely say that Sode will be my greatest knitting accomplishment of the year. Authored by Hiroko Payne, the Sode design is a monument to cable knitting. The pattern was published in Issue 6 of Laine Magazine, and the various cable charts are printed on a large foldout…

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…

Another New Hat Pattern: Murakami

The Murakami hat pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry store here. 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…

New Hat Pattern: Xmas at Hogwarts

The Xmas at Hogwarts hat pattern can be purchased from my Ravelry store here. 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…

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. 

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…

The Anniversaire Cardi: My First PomPom Knit

I stumbled across the Anniversaire pattern on Ravelry a few months ago and added it to my queue lickety-split. This cardigan, designed by Veera Välimäki for Issue 21 of PomPom Quarterly, has more texture by far than any garment I’ve ever made, but it wasn’t just the texture overload that appealed to me. This cardigan is…

Kiuru Hat Test Knit

Many of you have probably seen the cable-covered Kiuru pullover pattern in Laine Magazine: Issue 3. A few of you may know that I started knitting that design back in January, but as warm weather approached I hibernated it away until the arrival of cooler days. Much like sweater projects, some reptiles, amphibians and fish…

The Portage Cardi KAL

When my gal pal Selena (@dankfiber on Instagram) suggested we host a KAL with prizes for the Portage Cardigan we were planning to knit together, I was immediately intrigued. After a little thought I decided to go for it, and we started brainstorming prize ideas. Below is the KAL announcement we came up with, which…

Nelchina, My First Steeking

Nelchina is yet another masterful design by Caitlin Hunter (Boyland Knitworks) that combines colorwork and texture. The entire yoke is a complex and intriguing pattern of colorwork that I liken to the shadows you might see displayed on a forest floor, and the body and arms are covered in squishy 4-stitch cabled repeats. Below are…