#fetchingknits

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ILT is here

When I first unwrapped the package of  LUFT that arrived by post last summer, I swooned. Literally.

And every stitch I made when working on this new design was a pleasure.

I’m very honoured and excited to be working with Woolfolk on this project. I love that their yarn is ethically-sourced, and have a great appreciation for their aesthetic.

They named this oversized pullover ILT, which means “oxygen” in Danish.  All the project details are here.

Spring into knitting

cherrybSpring is a great time to learn to knit! You can practice on a scarf or two, maybe make some mitts or a hat, and by the time the cooler weather rolls around again, you’ll be ready to make your first sweater! Seriously, my second project ever was a sweater. I learned to knit because I love sweaters, and didn’t want to spend any more time on flat things. It wasn’t the greatest sweater, but I wore it proudly.

fling-4Are you a beginning knitter? Once you know how to knit and purl, here are some patterns you might like to try:

These are super easy: How about a reversible scarf with different stitch patterns on each side? Or a garter stitch boa that works with pretty much any yarn.

dashing 2Try these next: Learn to knit in the round on double pointed needles (it’s not that hard!) and create cables (also not that hard!) while making these popular fingerless mitts. There’s also a guy-friendly version). Maybe you want warmer hands? How about some mittens? Or a simple baby hat worked in the round (it makes a great gift)! knitscene-inari-skirtDo you know a Life Aquatic fan who needs a basic ribbed hat?

Ready for a challenge? How about a sweater? This one only takes a few hours. Mr. Darcy is very straightforward (exactly what you need in a Regency-era hero). Or try this drawstring-waisted skirt for a versatile addition to your wardrobe.

There are lots more patterns here and here. Have fun!

Queen Street goes both ways

IMG_1145I’m excited to release my newest pattern, the Queen Street reversible cardigan.

Right-side out, you get sleek slip-stitch ribs on a reverse-stockinette stitch background, with exposed seams. Inside-out, you have nice plain stockinette stitch with garter stitch bands at the hemline and sleeve cuffs, and wide-ribbed sleeves.

It’s made from gorgeous Americo Originals Brezo (a wool/silk/linen blend you will love). It also works beautifully in MadelineTosh Tosh Merino Light.

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Winter is coming . . .

. . . and so are the holidays! Here are some quick Fetching projects that you can whip up in a snap for gifts or for yourself.

Antonio + Roberta
Antonio + Roberta
bellota
Bellota slouchy beret
apropos
Apropos fingerless gloves
crumple
Crumple cowl
cheers
Cheers miniature sweater ornaments

Anina will spice up your wardrobe

I’m excited to announce that Fresh Designs: Sweaters is now available from Cooperative Press, with 11 new projects, from tanks to hoodies. Check out my camisole pattern Anina, which I made using delicious pima cotton from Americo.
Anina is a summery cotton camisole that’s perfect paired with a fitted denim skirt or floaty linen trousers. Bare your shoulders and soak up the sun: the adjustable i-cord straps and customizable bust sizing help ensure a perfect fit.

This project is named for the wonderful co-owner of Urban Yarns in Vancouver, who helped me choose my first yarn and needles when I was learning to knit, and continues to encourage me every time I see her.