Imagine wearing this warm, cozy, slouchy toque while exploring the streets of a cool Nordic city. My latest project launches today in Wool Elements, a collection of nine accessories in luscious Woolfolk yarn. Details here.
The #neverendingproject is finished
After seventeen months and more than 2.3km of yarn, I finished a project that, at times, I had despaired of ever completing.
Read the story/pattern of my Anemone Felted Wrap here.
A cool hat for cold days
We were watching AMC’s Turn a while ago, and commenting about how cool-yet-utilitarian main character Abe Woodull’s clearly hand-knit slouchy toque was. I searched online for patterns, found an interesting blog post and a discussion about spelling, but no patterns that looked exactly right.
Abe’s hat looked like it might be a bit itchy, but I thought it would be okay to be slightly less authentic in that regard, and got some super-cozy Woolfolk SNO to make this hat. I’m pretty happy with the way it turned out!
It’s equally fashionable on men and women!
New year, new patterns
I have two new patterns for you to celebrate the start of a new year. A warm, cozy, squishy cabled cowl in gorgeous Woolfolk Tynd, and a useful cozy for your French press that uses less than half a skein of Woolfolk Tov and can be finished in a weekend. Enjoy!
I’m finally on Instagram. I don’t know what took me so long–it’s so much fun! Follow me for project updates and sneak peeks, and see where I’m finding my inspiration. Don’t forget to tag your photos with #fetchingknits too!
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.
Sophistical – in Knitty First Fall
How excited am I to be back in Knitty?
I’m very happy to present Sophistical. This is a great loose-fitting layering piece that’s mostly super-simple and quick to knit. The front and back are worked flat and seamed at the shoulders and sides. Drop sleeves are picked up and worked in the round until they’re exactly as long as you want. Simple 1×1 ribbing finishes the neckline.
However, there are a few slightly tricky parts that really add a lot of style: a tubular cast-on and bind-off start and finish your ribbing beautifully, three organic-looking welts on the front skew the hemline in an interesting way, a box pleat on the back adds a bit of swing, and short-row shaping provides a better fit at the shoulders.
The instructions include modifications for simplifying the pattern if you think you might not be up to the challenge (but don’t be afraid to give it a shot–what’s the worst that could happen? You can just unravel and try again . . .)
Thanks to my two amazing dancer models, Kate Franklin and Vanessa Goodman.
Spring into knitting
Spring 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.
Are 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.
Try 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)! Do 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.
The Red Queen is finally ready
Well, this took a lot longer than I thought it would. Probably because I stopped to make a load of tiny sweaters and alpaca cowls for our pop-up sale last month. Anyway, it’s finally done and I think it turned out pretty well. I’m especially happy with the tubular bind off on the ribbed edging. Such a great technique–I highly recommend learning how to do it if you don’t already.
My new Queen Street cardigan in madelinetosh tosh merino light (in Tart)
Pop up sale!
Come to this tiny holiday market featuring original hand-crafted gifts and accessories by
three five Vancouver designers. You’ll find beautiful leather goods, amazing Selfie dolls, stylish knitted & crocheted things like chunky cowls and tiny sweater ornaments, and more. We might even have cookies for you!
|Here’s a preview for you (click on any image to enlarge)|
|Some of Katharina Brand‘s beautiful leather ornaments & lavender sachets|
|Some lovely warm items by Candice Leung|
|Imagine wrapping a gift card in one of these wallets made from vintage maps of Vancouver!|