Shireen Nadir

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Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Berry Vanilla is a richly textured crescent shawl, cast on at the middle and worked outwards in rapidly increasing rows to create a generously sized shawl that is easy and versatile to wear. The ruffled border adds a feminine touch at the end without being overly fussy. Don’t be scared off by those cables, they are very easy and intuitive to wo...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
An asymmetrical triangle with a few pretty details; a slipped stitch edging, 2-row lace, and the ability to knit until you’re almost completely out of yarn. Worked in 720 yards of lace, the Cicada is a fun and relaxing way to max out a gradient skein.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Emy is named for my sister-in-law, who I met and immediately fell in love with on our last trip to see our family, in Winnipeg. I needed something interesting but not too challenging for the flight, something that changed just often enough to stay engaging but was also easily memorized and would allow me to use up every last inch of my gradient.
Knitting: Cowl
Originally developed for The Blue Brick’s February yarn club, “Forty Shades of Green” is a one-skein cowl that is knitted sideways and then seamed. Flowing celtic cables run lengthwise along the cowl, framed by a smaller cable below and a moss stitch background. The stitch definition of our Escarpment DK lends itself to the cablework beautifully.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Sometimes you need a relaxing knit. A TV knit, a vacation knit, an I-don’t-feel-like-thinking-too-much knit.
Knitting: Legwarmers, Boot Cuffs / Toppers
Sexy and cute, designed to sit above the boot line and hug the back or side of your calf with ornamental cables and optional split lacing design. Use one skein for boot toppers, or 2 skeins for traditional sized leg warmers - instructions are given for both! They’re finished by adding a bit of lace to tie up the backs.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Designed for my friend Johnathan to be a man-hat that’s actually fun to knit :) Enough cable to be interesting, while still being sufficiently manly for my Scotch-Irish friend who loves Celtic cable-work.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Kaizen looks complex, but the hardest thing about it is a nifty little 2/2/2 cable. If you can juggle two cable needles, you can tackle this shawl!
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
The Kali Wrap is simple to knit, generously sized and lets the beauty of the yarn do the work. Perfect for vacations, car rides and movies, this generously sized wrap is sure to become a wardrobe staple.
Knitting: Cowl
The Mezquita of Cordoba was built between 784 and 987 AD. It is situated in a region of southern Spain which has seen architectural influence from both its Catholic and its Islamic heritage. Today, the site combines both in a fascinating structure that is a mosque on the exterior with a Catholic church in the centre. The cowl and hat feature
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
The Mezquita of Cordoba was built between 784 and 987 AD. It is situated in a region of southern Spain which has seen architectural influence from both its Catholic and its Islamic heritage. Today, the site combines both in a fascinating structure that is a mosque on the exterior with a Catholic church in the centre. This hat features
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Longbeach is an asymmetrical triangular shawl with a simple knit/purl texture broken up by sections of openwork with oversized eyelets. The result is a long skinny shawl that beautifully shows off both complex and simple colours.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
These lovely gloves look deceptively complex but are actually really easy and fast to work up once you get into the rhythm of them. A stag horn cable emerges gracefully from the ribbing at the forearm and dissolves back in at the end with a little extra cable motif to complete it.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This hat is richly textured, uses just one skein of DK weight yarn, and is easier to knit than it looks! A perfect TV or transit project, you can work one up over a weekend. The textured ridges are perfect for showing off a variety of yarns, solid, ombré or variegated, it’s up to you!
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
The Migration shawl (so named for the ‘flying V’ formation in the first chart, reminiscent of Canada Geese) is a one skein shawl designed for The Blue Brick Killarney Sock or Point Pelee Lace yarn. The shawl uses basic lace on the right side rows, and all wrong side rows are ‘rest rows’ - all purling.
Knitting: Boot Cuffs / Toppers
I designed this cute little number as the ideal one-skein winter project. Cute and sexy, these boot toppers work up fast and use only one skein of luxurious worsted weight yarn.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves, Beanie, Toque
We’ve had a pothos plant in our family for longer than I’ve been alive; and when I moved out my mom allowed me to take the pothos with me. It’s had some accidents, been trimmed back, been separated into cuttings, and occasionally been forgotten about, but it still manages to flourish and climb all over the house. This hat and glove set is inspi...
Knitting: Cowl
The precious cowl looks complex, but is actually created without any cabling at all; just a basic lace combined with 1x1 ribbing. The result is a cowl that is reversible, easy to wear and very textural. Feel like going for an infinity scarf? Just cast on double the amount and you’re there! The slight bias in the stitch pattern adds another laye...
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
Smooshy garter stitch all the way through with a super-simple short row creates wedges of alternating colour. Use two ends of the same gradient, or a gradient and a tonal, or two tonals; the possibilites for creative colour-play are endless! Worked-as-you-go I-cord edging adds a beautiful finish to your sides, mindless knitting at its best.
Knitting: Scarf
Smooshy garter stitch all the way through with a little increasing and decreasing to work what effectively, is a modified diagonal dishcloth. A simple, slipped stitch edging adds a beautiful finish to your sides, and the colour changes use two gradients to create a lovely effect throughout the piece.
Knitting: Cowl
The Samwise cowl is an easy, textural piece that uses simple lace to create waves undulating through your project. I loved these charts so much I had to use them twice; they appear again in the Samwise shawl pattern.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This simple hat uses one set of DK twins to allow the full gradient to show; something that’s normally a little hard with a full-sized skein of DK because, unless the hat is very large, you will not get through all the colour changes.
Knitting: Cowl
Sencilla (pronounced sen-SEE-ah) is Spanish for simple. Not simple, as in plain, but simple as in elegant. This cowl is just that; a simple, elegant cross between a bandana and a traditional cowl that’s easy to knit, wear and accessorize.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
“Starry Night” was designed for 1 precious skein of luxury sock yarn; The Blue Brick’s December/January club colour in a merino/cashmere/stellina blend for 420 yards of smooshy, sparkly goodness.
Knitting: Skirt
The Bum Cosy is just what it sounds like; a cute and sexy little hip hugger that’s meant to be worn over jeggings or tights to keep your bum warm and stylish in this chilly weather. The Bum Cosy has simple, stretchy cabled ribs to give it form while keeping the elasticity. It’s accented by 2 chain link cables that run fetchingly down the side o...
Knitting: Beret, Tam
This new pattern was inspired by a friend of mine who had a slouch hat that she loved so much she wore it almost every day, indoors and out last winter. It set me thinking about how much lovelier it would be if it was a handmade hat (hers was from a major clothing boutique) and how important that perfect slouch hat can be. From cold weather to ...
Knitting: Scarf, Shawl / Wrap
Sandy is named after my mom, because my mom loves bright, tropical colours, and silky, luxurious textures. This feminine shawl is light-as-air openwork, worked all in one piece from end to end.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
In the Bay of Fundy, there is a very neat phenomenon that happens due to the power of the tides; a tidal bore is when the tide pushes in so hard it can actually reverse the flow of a river. Tidal Bore features gently undulating waves until about the halfway point, where a simple welting pattern will introduce a new colour and then reverse the w...
Knitting: Scarf
What’s better than two-sided cables on a smooshy Aran weight yarn? This pattern uses both, to create a comfort-sized scarf or infinity cowl that’s totally unisex, depending on where you decide to go colour-wise.
Knitting: Mid-calf Socks
The Blue Brick is thrilled to have had the inimitable Kate Atherley design for us!
Knitting: Cowl
Bauline is named for a fishing community in Newfoundland, which we shot in the winter, just around sundown. The colour inspired by that shot is the tonal used in this cowl. The cowl uses simple stitches with very little to remember and works up quickly, making it a great weekend or car project.
Knitting: Cowl, Beanie, Toque
El Machito was designed by Tito, with a beginner knitting group in mind; in this case a mens knitting group. He wanted something simple but gratifying for the new knitter, that didn’t require the stamina of a scarf. This hat and cowl set is basic but elegant and easy to wear, making the most of just one skein of Muskoka Luxe DK. The cowl
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl is so easy to make, and wear, you’ll want more than one!
Knitting: Cowl
The Jeanette Cowl is like a collection of my favourite things - it’s a worsted weight, one skein project, simple without being boring, classy and good for quick project gratification :) The finished cowl is seamed together to create pockets for a drawstring that gathers it fetchingly at the neck, or is let out to maximize warmth.
Knitting: Cowl
Easy to wear, with a unique split design that makes it easy to cover your chest in the chill, the Jelly Bean Cowl is the perfect accessory. Mindless and relaxing this pattern works up quickly.
Knitting: Fingerless Gloves
Man Hands. Easy and quick, these simple gloves have just enough pattern to keep you from going batty but are simple enough for dudes to rock without complaining. The waffle stitch pattern is super warm and can show off a variety of yarns. Instructions are given in the pattern for either knitting a basic pair or customizing them exactly to your ...
Knitting: Cowl
This cowl is the perfect way to use up one skein of luxury yarn. It’s more of a recipe than a pattern; so you can use the instructions to adapt to any kind of yarn you’d like to use.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
This shawl is so simple to knit that it hardly deserves a page to itself; worked with two alternating skeins of DK yarn, the result is striking and fun.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
I finally got around to writing down the pattern for my Bay of Fundy scarf – a huge, soft, scarf/wrap that I whipped up on vacation while down east this autumn. Don’t be intimidated by the idea of a scarf on 3.5mm needles, the pattern is pretty mindless and easy (which is what made it a great vacation knit) and you’ll be done before you know it!
Knitting: Cowl
The Bev Cowl uses 200g of worsted weight yarn to created the comfiest, squishiest easiest-to-wear cowl ever.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
This simple slouch/touque is a quick, mindless, easy knit for both guys and gals.
Crochet: Cowl
Mushin is a Japanese term frequently used in Martial Arts training that means ‘Without Mind’. It’s totally appropriate because this is completely the easiest, most mindless project for instant gratification.
Knitting: Beanie, Toque
Who doesn’t love a good slouch hat? Sure, it’s 30 million degrees in Toronto right now, but I’m already thinking of comfy autumn staples. This hat is an easy, one-size-fits-all, unisex weekend knit, perfect for showing off ombré!