Kvetching with an old friend

Did you ever knit a pair of Fetching fingerless mitts? With 22,289 projects (and counting) on Ravelry, it’s quite possible that you – or someone you know – has made them.

Well, after 17 years, Brenda Dayne and Jeny Staiman decided it was time for an update. They cross-pollinated my pattern with Pam Grossman’s Knucks, and came up with Kvetching!

“Like Fetching, Kvetching features an elegant cabled cuff, a ribbed hand and a sweet cabled detail at the fingertips. Like Knucks, the mitts are worked from fingers to cuff, and feature a provisionally cast on thumb gusset.”

Check out the free pattern for their clever re-design here!

Ørnulf & Lena will keep your hands warm

Our smart and stylish friends Ørnulf and Lena live in Norway. The last time we saw them, they took us for an afternoon walk near their home in Bergen, up one mountain, across another, and down a third. It was so much fun. Afterwards, over dinner, they showed us their collection of beautiful hand-knitted mittens for wearing on hikes in the winter, and I’ve had an idea for stranded colourwork mittens in the back of my mind ever since.

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Little Twig – a small project for luxury yarn

My sister brought me one skein of beautiful Italian cashmere from a trip a few years ago, and I put it away because I didn’t know what to do with it. Then last year I got a new winter coat that was almost the same colour as the yarn, and decided the time had come to make something.

I figured a lace cowl would work for the yardage, found a lovely Estonian Twig Lace (Hagakiri) pattern that worked in the round, did a bit of math, concentrated really hard for two-hour bursts, and now I have this lovely cowl. I didn’t come up with the lace pattern myself so I am offering the pattern for free. 

Click the link below to download a PDF of the pattern. More information about yarn ideas is included in the pattern.

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Designing a sweater

I’ve just started working on a new cardigan design. Since I’m making it for fun and it’s not under any kind of publication embargo, I thought I’d share some details about the process. You can follow along here.

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