Can you believe it's already February and that Valentine's Day is right around the corner? I can't! Even though some consider Valentine's Day to be a frivolous holiday, it's always been one of my favorites.
I love a quick, one skein project - don't you? The Jiffy Mesh Cowl is super fast and super easy. With just one skein of Mary Maxim Titan yarn, you can have a beautiful cowl in no time.
When I first started crocheting, most of my projects were for my daughter. I made her everything from blankets, to toys, to the standard hats and scarves. One thing I never made for her was a sweater, although it was always on my to do list. When Mary Maxim sent me this beautiful Natural Alpaca Tweed, I knew right away that I wanted to make her a simple cardigan that would transition nicely from fall to winter.
When I think of my favorite knitting techniques, knitting on the bias is definitely one of them. When I was designing the Rainy Day Wrap, I knew I wanted to create something warm, stretchy, and cozy that I could wrap myself up in on brisk fall days. By combining garter stitch and bias knitting, this striped ruana hits all those marks. Since it is mostly worked in garter stitch, this project will be done in a flash! Before we get to the pattern, I'll share with you a few of the finer points of knitting on the bias.
Stranded colorwork is one of my favorite knitting techniques. It's so fun to use two or more colors to create a fun pattern on a hat, garment, or other knit piece. However, color work can be intimidating - especially when you first start knitting! I remember my first attempt at fair isle - to say it was a mess would be a drastic understatement! Over the last year or so I've become much more comfortable with color work. Here I'll share a few of the things that have helped me to improve my stranded knitting skills.
When I first started knitting, creating beautiful cabled pieces was at the top of my to do list. The problem? I found cables to be super intimidating. More needles, slipping stitches, skipping stitches? No way could I do that, right? Wrong. After learning a few techniques and tricks, I figured out cables weren’t nearly as scary as I’d originally though. Here I’ll share with you my top 5 cabling tricks, as well as a quick and easy cabled beanie pattern to help you practice.
It's no secret that I love Ravelry. Like really LOVE it. It honestly kind of blows my mind that this resource exists for the fibre community & it's totally free!
99% of my pattern purchases are from Ravelry. I don't have anything against Etsy or standalone websites - but Ravelry makes it so easy for me to browse, purchase, and organize patterns. Their library feature is convenient, and having all of my patterns in one place that I can easily access from multiple devices means my patterns are 100% portable (gotta love that)!
I've recently started to upload project pages on Ravelry for all of my WIPs and FO. My page of projects is like a scrapbook of my fibre journey. Besides photos, I can include important information like what hooks and needles I use, which yarn I used, and any other notes I want to jot down. It makes it easy to pick up those abandoned WIPs!
Project pages on Ravelry are public, meaning other users can see them. You can link them to specific patterns, which makes them a nice tool for browsing what others have created with a certain pattern. As a designer, I can tell you nothing makes me happier than seeing project pages for my designs.
Creating projects is simple - in fact, I created my latest project page in under 3 minutes. I put together a little video to show you how to create your own projects within Ravelry. You can view it here, on my new IGTV channel.
Pattern show in my project is the Summer Ivy Cardi by Corey Street, and can be found here.