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My friend, Susanna, owns the fabulous painting you see in the photos. I recently said “we should knit that sweater!” She agreed. Then, not long after, the yarn shop 88 Stitches, in Langley BC, sent out a blast on Ravelry to say that—for Canada’s sesquicentennial—everyone should knit a garment by a Canadian designer. I immediately tho...
When leaving for a trip, I needed something to knit that would take a long time but not a lot of space. So I made a swatch, gathered leftover sock yarns, made a pile of 8yd butterflies, and proceeded. It did take a long time, but since every square was different, it was constantly and totally engaging. And little did I know it would become my fa...
I made this because I wanted to knit a doll for Operation Christmas Child (through Samaritan’s purse—see samaritanspurse.org.) Apparently a doll, especially one made by hand, is very much appreciated by the children who receive them. Isn’t it wonderful that we knitters can do this so easily!
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
I have probably said before that I like to “wear what I knit.” But for summer, this can be a bit of a challenge. However, knit in a cool fibre—like cotton—this sleeveless garment, with its halter neck and deep armhole, is something we can produce and wear, even on the hottest days.
This vest has some similarities with the Einstein Coat (from The Knit Stitch)—all done in garter with slip-stitch edges. But there are significant differences: the vest has short rows (for back shaping, of which you can see evidence in side and back views), and it has no seaming.
My mission lately has been to make sweaters I can wear when the weather is warmer. So for this attempt, I knew I wanted (besides a cool main yarn) shorter sleeves in a light-weight yarn plus a sweater that was easy and quick. At some point in this exploration, I made the discovery that the number of stitches per inch in a sock yarn could be the ...
Knitting: Sleeveless Top
I have long wanted to knit something that could be worn in the summer—other than a basic, straight-sided tank top. I wanted something that showed knitting skills—with interesting details—but was light and easy to wear. And here is my solution: an A-line, lacy top, made a lovely fingering weight yarn. The interesting detail is the surprise at the...
Knitting: Neck / Torso - Other
Every time I wear this and everywhere I go, I’ve had it commented on—by strangers on the street, by shop owners or customers, by knitters or non. And each time they say something like “I love that … thing you’re wearing!” No-one knows what to call it, and—frankly—neither do I. Because one arm goes through (as does the neck) but the other a...
Sometimes our hands are just itching for that two-colour stranded experience—sometimes called fairisle. If you’re having one of those moments, this piece is perfect. And it doesn’t matter how little experience you have, because this piece is easy! The 6 stitch and 10 row chart is remarkably simple (4 rows are solid, 4 rows are 3x3), the yarn is ...
Recently I started playing with zippers (for a ski sweater to appear in the book Stitch Mountain) … and then I found myself wearing a little black vest (bought in 1993 and worn constantly) that I promised myself to knit some day … and here is the marriage of the two.
The Log Cabin was my beloved mother-in-law’s favourite quilt pattern, and she passed the fondness onto me—to such an extent that I have already published the pattern for one. But the previous version (in The Color Book) required buying I-don’t-know-how-many colours of yarn and coordinating them … plus sewing in all those tails because each...
Knitting: Cardigan, Vest
My daughter brought me a commercially-made sweater she found in a vintage shop. The sweater was not hand-knit, so there’d be no pattern. She knew she was buying it for me to sort out how it was constructed—knowing that this is my very favourite thing to do!
Knitting: Christmas Stocking
In my family, a grandmother’s name is Honey. And in my family, it’s Honey’s job to make the Christmas stockings! So here are mine—knit for my three-year-old granddaughters. The colors (7 in all) are seasonal, the bobbles add a little Christmas bling, and the hearts say “The person who made this loves you.”
I have a problem with rectangular and with triangular scarves: too many wraps in the former, too short tails in the latter. But these geometrical shapes are amenable to lace stitch patterns, so I’ve made lots of lace triangles and lace rectangles … and had them do nothing more than decorate my closet.