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Knitting: Tube Sock
Warm and sturdy, these spiral-knit tube socks hug the curves of your ankles and feet without any tricky shaping. Since there’s no heel, they can be worn in any orientation, extending their lifespan. Strong and lustrous Cotswold wool spun in a tight 2-ply sport weight yarn like this add to its warmth and durability, making a great pair of house s...
Anyone who’s seen me more than once has probably seen me in this sweater. Designed for myself as a “Yes I can knit” showpiece sweater years and years ago, it has become a central tent pole of my entire wardrobe. I have literally lived in it for weeks at a time while travelling, reworked the cuffs and neckline as it’s gotten frayed or stretched o...
Like a hard-drinking sailor knitting a sweater for himself, the Irish Rover has the structure of a traditional, unisex, top-down, saddle shoulder Aran pullover, but has cables that drunkenly swagger, unravel and improbably recombine as the knitting progresses. The pieces are knit flat throughout and seamed at the sides, but the pattern is easily...
This super fun and colorful cowl uses just one skein of Malabrigo Caracol. The cowl is knit back and forth in rows like a scarf until you’re nearly out of yarn, then the end is sewn to the beginning to form a circle. I’ve included detailed instructions for grafting at
This cowl is worked length-wise in the round, then the end is joined to the beginning to form a torus or donut-shape. This means there’s no wrong side visible and it’s double-layered at all points, making it a great use for a hand-spun single ply yarn that might be too fragile as a single layer. A brief section of simple lace adds visual interes...
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
Another shawl designed to be perfect for travelling, picking up and knitting in any spare moment without having to dig out the pattern, count stitches or rows. It’s also designed to be easy to shop for (just get equal amounts of two colors of anything) and to use up all the yardage without needing to scramble to find more.
There’s an old saying that the shoemaker’s children go barefoot. In my house, the knitting designer’s devoted partner had gone without a handmade sweater for far, far too long. So I had him show me a few pictures of the kind of sweater he wanted: shawl collar, double breasted, with detail at the shoulders, with a slim, modern fit. I set about to...
Here’s an easy way to make a one-of-a-kind chevron cowl without counting or guesswork. All you need is a long circular needle and stitch markers. This pattern really shows off self-striping yarns, but it would be amazing with hand-dyed or solid colored yarns as well.
Named after an unusual old tale by Robert W. Chambers, this cowl uses one unusual skein of Malabrigo Rasta in an unusual lace pattern that zigs and zags in unusual ways, closed with a single unusual button. Anything usual about this cowl at all? I’m afraid not.
Elongated stitches worked into rhythmically varied bands of garter stitch: a technique that’s perfect for showing off a beautiful yarn and for soothing, but never boring, knitting. The cowl is cast on lengthwise and worked in rows to the desired width, then it’s turned on its side and a second section is worked perpendicularly to giv...
A striking, elegant sweater made of just four rectangles in a bold lace stitch. No shaping to keep track of or to fit into the stitch pattern. The front and back are identical, so you can throw it on without worrying that you’re wearing it backwards. The stitch pattern reminds me of fresh figs with honey, a most simple and satisfying dessert.
Knitting: Shawl / Wrap
What IS that stitch? Just knits and purls, my friend, and more knitting than purling at that. Well, there are increases, too, but that comes with the triangular shawl territory. Did I mention that it only has two pattern rows? And that its wrong side looks nearly as good as its right side? And that it looks best in wildly contrasting hand-dyed c...
Our cups runneth over! The Three of Cups card symbolizes the celebration of community and the joy found in new friendships. This delightful cardigan abounds with “threes,” made in three pieces with three simple lace rows dancing around each other like a happy minuet. Its light and open fabric hugs your curves and the simple kimono shape flows do...