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Tutorial—How to knit the Backwards Loop Cast-on Method October 19, 2016 10:32
The backwards loop cast-on is a great method to use when casting on just a few stitches. It's quick and easy to do! However, it's not super stable, so I don't recommend using it for a large number of stitches. It's perfect for adding a few stitches to the neck and underarms of sweaters, and I use it in those areas often in my patterns. Read more.
New Pattern - Silfa Cardigan July 28, 2016 19:07 4 Comments
Seamless knitting is somewhat of a passion of mine. Is it obvious? Maybe you're wondering what the big deal is about seamless knitting, or maybe you've tried it and love it as much as I do. If you haven't ever knit a seamless sweater, let me tell you what I love about it: Read more...
The Alice Hoodie Knit Along starts July 15th! July 08, 2016 06:00
I was feeling silly the night the Alice Hoodie was inspired. I swatched it in a single-ply bulky yarn, and tentatively named it "Squishy Wishy." I posted on twitter asking people if they would knit something with that name. I was surprised—people seemed pretty open to it. So I kept that title as I mailed the submission to Knitscene… Read more.
New Pattern - Little Joy Dress! June 30, 2016 21:54
The Little Joy Dress was inspired many years ago when my niece was tiny. But, at that time I was much more focused on designing and knitting adult sweater garments more-so than for children. Thus, it turned into the adult Joy Lace Tunic.
Since the birth of my son however, my affinity for… Read More.
New Pattern - Treat Yourself Cardigan June 17, 2016 06:00 2 Comments
Short-sleeve, eyelets, and minimal shaping make the Treat Yourself Cardigan a treat to knit this summer! It's easy to carry along with you, and is relatively mindless knitting, great for knitting during car rides, at cook outs, ball games, etc… Read more.
Tutorial—Three Needle Bind-Off Technique June 01, 2016 06:40
This is one of my favorite techniques. It can be used whenever two pieces of knitting need to be joined at the bind-off edge. I use it a lot on the shoulders of sweaters, to join the back and front together. Read more.
New Crochet Pattern - Vines and Flowers Wrap May 30, 2016 06:00
Lattice-work, with traveling vines, graced with an edge of flowers, this wrap is simple, fun to make and oh-so-cozy to wear. The Vines and Flowers Wrap (or scarf) pattern is available in the June 2016 issue of I Like Crochet, along with my Rad in Red Tank pattern. Read more.
This Week In Pictures - May 28, 2016 May 28, 2016 06:00
Here are a few pictures of what I did this week: Read more.
New Pattern - Ahoy May-Tee May 26, 2016 06:00
The Ahoy May-Tee (published in the June 2016 issue of I Like Knitting) is a lot of fun to knit! It begins by knitting the cable panel sideways, then joining the two ends together to make a ring. The lower and upper bodies are picked up and knit from either side of the cable panel. There's a little waist shaping for a flattering fit, and once the cable band is joined, it's completely seamless! Read more.
New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Sweater May 23, 2016 06:22Read more.
New Pattern - Dunlin Jumper May 16, 2016 06:00
Issue #60 of Knit Now is out on shelves, and you can see the Dunlin Jumper on the corner of the cover. The pattern is inside, ready to be followed as you knit this sweater for your little friends. The pattern is sized to fit babies 3-months old to children up to 10 years old. It's a classic seamless raglan pattern that can be knit over and over and over… Read more.
New Crochet Pattern - Rad in Red Tank May 09, 2016 06:00
The June issue of I Like Crochet is out! If you subscribe (which I would recommend—they publish bi-monthly, and each issue is PACKED with a ton of great patterns), you can access my Rad in Red Tank pattern. Or, if you can endure waiting, I'll be self-publishing this eventually on this website and Ravlery. But who can wait, really? This sweater is just too awesome. Read more.
Knit Design Tips—2 Ways to Estimate Yarn Requirements for a Sweater May 07, 2016 06:13
Designers and crafters alike can benefit from knowing how to estimate how much yarn is needed to knit (or crochet) a sweater. For anyone who buys yarn—knowing how much to buy… Read More
New Crochet Pattern & Giveaway - Savona May 03, 2016 02:51 13 Comments
Classic Elite Yarns has just published A Time for Crochet—a book full of crochet patterns, including my Savona pattern, crocheted using Classic Elite's Crestone yarn. Read more about this design & enter to win a copy of the book!
Construction Class - Homa April 26, 2016 06:00 18 Comments
One of the things I really love about knitting is the experience of watching a piece come together out of nothing. Starting with a simple cast-on somewhere in the sweater, then seeing it grow and form into something I can wear is fascinating to me. However, at some point, I got bored with knitting sweaters using the same-old types of construction—back, front, sleeves, sew-them-up… or even seamless yokes and raglans, bottom-up or top-down. So, in comes Homa… Read more.
New Pattern - Kanti Mama April 25, 2016 04:34
I'm really excited to be sharing this new pattern with you! Kanti Mama is the adult version of the Kanti Baby sweater that I published last year.
In fact, Kanti Mama was my original plan when I began knitting Kanti Baby. Kanti Baby started out as a swatch, to sample the construction for the Kanti Mama sweater. But I needed that swatch to be big enough to really… Read more
Tutorial—How to Knit the 1/1/1RC Cable April 19, 2016 12:32
This cable technique is used in the Kanti Mama, Kanti Baby and Canyon Lace Tank patterns. It is worked over 3 stitches that are worked in a k1, p1 ribbing as k1, p1, k1. This cable technique will basically switch… Read more
New Pattern - Eyelet Ridge Hat April 12, 2016 06:23
Knit Design Tips—10 Steps to Self Publishing a Pattern April 04, 2016 13:05
Self publishing can be a pretty lucrative way of publishing knit or crochet patterns, because you—as the designer—earn 100% of the profits. However, it also means that all the expenses to create the finished pattern also come out of your pocket. Read more.
Tutorial—Provisional Cast-on Method February 14, 2016 00:10
This cast-on technique is used when you want live stitches to be available at the cast-on edge. There are a variety of different techniques that can be used for this method. I prefer using a crochet hook to cast stitches onto a knitting needle. From my experience… Read more
Knit Design Tips—2015: My First "Year Of Design Submissions" January 19, 2016 06:05
2015 was a new kind of year for me. In January I needed to rethink my approach to providing income for my family, and do things differently. Read more
From Sketch to Stitches - The "Kristen" Sweater September 16, 2015 09:30
Once upon a time, Green Mountain Spinnery put out a design submission call for their Mountain Mohair yarn. It's such a cozy yarn! I was inspired to design something cozy to match how I feel when I think about the yarn. Read more
Knit Design Tips—How to Hire Sample Knitters August 26, 2015 10:30
After I had my son, the most necessary ingredient for my being able to continue designing was to hire sample knitters. My knitting time dropped significantly and now… Read more
Knit Design Tips—9 Steps to Perfect Design Submissions August 12, 2015 09:30
You're creative, and you have an idea for a knit or crochet pattern that you would love to spread around the crafting community. But how do you do it?
From my own 10 years of experience publishing patterns with publishers and self-publishing, I recommend… Read more
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