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Knitting: Scarf
This elongated triangle/crescent scarf is a surprisingly quick knit. The pattern repeats are easy to memorize, yet deliver a lot of bang for a relatively small effort, with the purl stitches adding unexpected texture. The smaller version in Icelandic wool softens considerably after washing and allows the shaping of crisp points. For a slightly l...
Knitting: Cardigan
“Wheatsheaves” is a top-down no-sew design with a lot of ease. When worn with a shawl pin, either at the top of the neck or at the bottom of the front border, the slight crossover causes the kimono shape to drape quite attractively. When worn unclosed, the back flares to create a flatteringly graceful line. Apart from the provisional cast-on and...
Knitting: Cowl
We all love cowls. They’re quick to make as gifts, small enough to justify the use of precious fibres or hand-spun yarns, and they can double as hoods if made long enough. In my quest for the perfect, simple cowl, I ran across a lot of patterns with ridges and welts, but there was always one small detail missing—how to avoid the inevitable jog w...
Knitting: Cardigan
There’s something rather romantic and slightly exotic about the Cossack collar. It conjures up images of Doctor Zhivago, and also of one of my favourite childhood books, Noel Streatfeild’s “Ballet Shoes” (1936), about three adopted girls. The middle child, Petrova, of Russian origin, is for me the most interesting, and Ruth Gervis’s illustration...
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
During the week between Christmas, 2012 and New Year’s Day, 2013, I spent my spare time viewing the 1987 three-part Lord Peter Wimsey TV mystery series. In the middle episode, “Have His Carcass”, Harriet Vane wears an astonishingly beautiful collection of handknits while she roams the lonely northern coast of Britain. My jacket was designed with...
Knitting: Cardigan
Zora is a cousin of my design, “Wakefield Redux”; it has the same feminine silhouette with a gently flared shape and deep shawl collar, only with a double wave cable pattern instead of hearts and bobbles. When I first saw this stitch in Barbara Walker’s Treasury, I was surprised at the extent to which it drew my eye, given that the cables are su...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
These thick, cushy socks, sized for both women and men, are designed for wear inside boots or as “house” socks, although I find they fit quite well inside my clogs. The fact that the patterning terminates on the top of the instep helps to reduce bulk in the foot area. They’re a quick, fun knit with the horseshoe cables and seeded rib keeping thi...
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Wakefield is a seamless sweater pattern with a knitted-in inset sleeve. The body is worked from the bottom up, the sleeves are knitted from the top down, and the collar is knitted on using short rows. The stitch pattern is given in chart format only. Bobbles may be omitted. I designed Wakefield because I wanted to make a blatantly feminine aran ...
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
This simple scarf/shawlette is not named after a contemporary Italian designer, but rather after a 13th century mathematician, in whose book a particular sequence of numbers appeared for the first time in the West (the origin of the sequence was actually in India). The first two numbers in the Fibonacci sequence are 0 and 1, and each subsequent ...
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The easy knot stitch on this sock is the same as the one that appears in my Brookline cardigan, published in the Spring/Summer 2012 issue of the online magazine, Twist Collective. Since the knots, which are worked at a tighter gauge than in the sweater, might be uncomfortable inside footwear, I chose to limit the pattern to the part of the foot ...
Knitting: Vest
Trellis is a fair isle design suitable for a first venture into knitting a steeked garment. The repeats are easy to memorize, the yarn does most of the colourwork, and since there are no sleeves there is no need to deal with stranded knitting on double-pointed needles.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The rippling waves of the rib pattern on this sock remind me of the surface of the Cataraqui River as it flows into Lake Ontario. If you’re careful about weaving in yarn ends, you can wear this sock inside out and enjoy the basketweave pattern on the reverse side. This pattern has carefully written instructions for picking up the gusset st...
Knitting: Coat / Jacket
Inspired by TV’s Downton Abbey, this is a feminine jacket in double moss stitch with refined details, perfect for either the office or a weekend in the country. Knitted in one piece, the body is worked from the bottom up while the drop sleeves are knitted top down with deep buttoned cuffs for a perfect fit. All the shaping is done in the s...
Knitting: Mittens
An easy pattern suitable as a first venture into small diameter fairisle knitting. The cuff may be worked in corrugated ribbing instead of stocking stitch, if desired. A quick project that results in a warm, double-thick fabric.
Knitting: Cardigan
A top-down, seamless, lightweight little cardigan knitted at a loose gauge to wear dressed up or down that looks great open or closed. Can be made in a cotton or linen blend with 3/4 sleeves for warm weather.
Knitting: Scarf
A ridiculously easy scarf for knitters new to lace, or those looking for a mindless knit. I keep one of these on the go in my bag for travel knitting. Also good for handspun.
Knitting: Scarf
Use worsted weight for a man’s scarf, dk or sport weight for a woman’s.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Designed for use in teaching a beginner lace class. Knitted-on border is optional. Finished size is up to knitter. Can be made from any natural fibre yarn from fingering to worsted weight, although superwash yarns are not recommended.