Stitch Play: Savory Twist

The stitch pattern that I played with this week is delightfully springy and textural, making it an ideal choice for borders, warm fabrics, garments, and accessories. You’ll find it on the advanced-intermediate side, but if you’ve been itching to try your hand at twisted stitches in your knitting, then give this a try! I used a light worsted weight called Trinity Worsted from Sweet Georgia and size US 7 needles. Stitches Used K-tbl: knit through the back loop. P-tbl: purl

The Heartbeat in Sweet Georgia

The Heartbeat in Sweet Georgia

“It has a heartbeat. It … flickers.” When I find someone who is as passionate about the inspiring, energetic, heart-warming qualities of yarn as I am … well, I just don’t ever want to let them go! I’ve long believed that yarn, with its rich depth and invigorating texture, reaches into our spirits like few other things can. It’s all about connecting us with our past, our present, and our true selves. Felicia, at Sweet Georgia Yarns, beautifully describes that

Stitch Play: Stacked Columns

Stitch Play: Stacked Columns

Yesterday, I shared my love of Anzula’s yarn called Cole, a luscious, thick yarn that lends itself beautifully to textured patterns. I tested that theory out with a simple ribbing stitch pattern. While definitely a basic stitch, it still feels rich with depth. Gentle raised columns, stacked with two rows of knitting. You’ll love how quickly the pattern is memorized and how well it blocks out. A Stacked Column (mult of 2 sts + 1) Row 1 (WS): Knit. Row

Oh, Anzula, take me away!

Oh, Anzula, take me away!

My goodness, it has been one of those weeks. The children seeming to have lost their minds with attitude, the husband moping about because of all the rain and being cooped up inside, and my work load behaving so irrationally that my calendar looks like a monster truck ran across it. Trying to get it all done, keep up, stay ahead … it’s enough to make one go screaming for the hills! Remember those old spa product commercials? “Calgon, take

Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance

Stitch Play: Diagonal Dance

When I pulled out the Hawthorne Sport this week, I wanted to see how a light, subtle eyelet pattern would behave with such a strong, colorful yarn. It is often hard to utilize different stitch patterns, particularly lace, when knitting with short color changes, but I’m quite pleased with the resulting fabric in this swatch. The soft pop of the pinks/reds doesn’t detract from the diagonal lines of the decreases and eyelets like I thought it would and the openwork lends drape to

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