A Blanket to Knit

This past week or so, I’ve been hard at work on Fall Collections, writing, planning (oh, LOTS and LOTS of planning), and playing house-hold catch-up from my trip to Texas earlier this month. My brain has been really stretched in different directions, but surprisingly, I’ve been super productive (which is saying something. Haha!). It has been wonderful to work in a relatively consistent time frame, which for anyone who knows me, is a highly unusual thing. I’ve spent my “off”

Tutorial Tuesday: Understanding Ease

Tutorial Tuesday: Understanding Ease

Do you ever get a little confused trying to decide which size to go with when knitting a new pattern? There’s a lot of numbers that can get in the way, but then the designer or publisher throws in the term “ease,” too. Let’s see if I can make this part of knitting a little easier for you! First, what is ease? There are two kinds: Positive Ease (what we are most used to): This means the sweater measures more,

Bluestars Release + Tutorials!

Bluestars Release + Tutorials!

This has to be one of my favorite projects of all time, my new pattern, Bluestars. The yarn is positively squishy and divine, the color transitions just enchanting, and the texture … I just love it. It is one sample I will never be giving away! The entire knitting experience was comforting, a welcome respite to the chaos going on my life at the moment. I hope it does the same for you. That said, there are some unique stitches

Tutorial Tuesday: Cable Look-alike

Tutorial Tuesday: Cable Look-alike

I recently discovered a super fun stitch that is perfect for any number of projects, especially pieces that need a good dose of firmness, texture, and depth. It is so unique, in fact, that I haven’t been able to track down what this stitch is actually called! It mimics a wrapped stitch, but doesn’t. It almost looks like a cable, but it isn’t. All I know is that you are going to enjoy it! For today, I am calling the

Tutorial: Charming Crochet Trim (perfect for Sophie Tunic)

I am not a crocheter (at all), but I tell you — the right crochet edging can give your knit piece a little extra-something that takes it from plain to “wow!” It did just that for my new pattern,Sophie Tunic (click HERE to see it!), adding a beautiful flair of charm and femininity! I wanted to take a moment to walk you through a crochet trim version that I call “Cute Loops.” I have no clue regarding the technical term, but it is

Beyond K2tog & SSK

Beyond K2tog & SSK

Side note: This tutorial of mine originally appeared in the Editor’s Blog over at Creative Knitting. I’m a regular contributor there (on the blog, newsletter, magazine… GRIN!), so I hope you go check it out and support us! 🙂 Most of us are already familiar with the usual decreases: K2tog, that beautiful right-slanting decrease (and it really is the most beautiful decrease!), and Ssk (slip, slip, knit), the left-leaning opposite. These two workhorses have served us well when we’ve needed to work shaping into our

At The Same Time — What Does It Even Mean?

At The Same Time — What Does It Even Mean?

Side note: This tutorial of mine originally appeared in the Editor’s Blog over at Creative Knitting. I’m a regular contributor there (on the blog, newsletter, magazine… GRIN!), so I hope you go check it out and support us! 🙂 When you start out on your first sweater pattern, you’ll quickly notice a little phrase, “At the same time.” For beginners, this can be a mysterious, confusing term, but we’ll break it down today. “At the same time” is exactly what it says; “something” will be

The Faux Round Swatch

The Faux Round Swatch

Side note: This tutorial of mine originally appeared in the Editor’s Blog over at Creative Knitting. I’m a regular contributor there (on the blog, newsletter, magazine… GRIN!), so I hope you go check it out and support us! 🙂 Most of us love a good circular, seamless project and the very idea of socks, hats, top-down raglans, or circular yokes brings us a joy that is virtually palpable. Well, except the little gauge swatching part (because we ALL do our gauge swatch, right?!). This area

More Than Memories: Teaching Our Children to Knit

Side note: This tutorial of mine originally appeared in the Editor’s Blog over at Creative Knitting. I’m a regular contributor there (on the blog, newsletter, magazine… GRIN!), so I hope you go check it out and support us! 🙂 I have a beautiful friend who, after several years of illness, has made a hard realization that time might be much shorter for her. It’s a sobering thought, especially when one considers that it is true for all of us, regardless

Shea Scarf + Tutorial!

I am a personal fan of all things uncomplicated, especially when the results are delicate, deliciously textural, and beautiful. Enter the lovely Shea Scarf. Didn’t my model, the amazing Lorien, do a fabulous job? 🙂 This charming little number is knit up in Knit Picks Diadem, an insanely soft fingering weight yarn. It takes only one skein (315 yards/288 m of yarn) and I would rate this perfect for the beginner eager to add a new stitch to the repertoire. No special

Seaming Made Easy (Really!)

Seaming Made Easy (Really!)

I can’t think of a single person in my circle of friends who doesn’t shudder at the very idea of seaming. All of those pieces needing to be sewn together, the random bits of yarn strands, which needle to use, selvedge edges? It’s enough to cause even the most advanced knitter a bit of angst. While seamless, or circular projects can have an instant gratification effect for the knitter, seamed garments have important advantages not to be forgotten: increased structure

How to Survive Frogging

A guest post from the fine people over at 30 Day Sweater Challenge! First of all “frogging” refers to ripping out your knitting to fix a mistake, you know “rip it, rip it”, like a frog. Funny right? Funny that is, until it comes to actually ripping apart what you’ve worked so hard on. Frogging is an incredibly helpful skill to have when you are knitting a garment. Going back to make everything exactly as you like it helps to