Dear Olive: How to Measure Gauge in Pattern

womans hands with measuring tape on a yellow garment

Dear Olive, I struggle with gauge, but especially measuring gauge in pattern – is it really necessary? Sincerely, Swatch-Shy __________ Dear Swatch-Shy, Ah gauge, my favorite topic! Thanks for asking. There are really only two reasons a handknit garment doesn’t fit: 1) Choosing the incorrect size, or 2) Not getting gauge. It really is that […]

Dear Olive: Circular Needle Length

Dear Olive, How do I know which length circular needle to use for my project? And how do I know when it’s time to switch to a longer or shorter needle? Sincerely, L.M.   Dear L.M. (Length Matters?) This is a great question – and you’re not alone in asking. Knitters often ask me about […]

Knit Your Shawl & Wear It

Do you wear the shawls you knit? It turns out that many of us love to knit shawls but we don’t actually wear them. Are there gorgeous shawls hiding in your closet that have never seen the light of day? 🌞 If you’ve been hesitant to wear your shawls because you’re worried about the Shawl […]

How to Hack Color Confidence (with paint!)

How to Hack Color Confidence Color sense may seem like something you’re either born with – or not. But the truth is color confidence (as with most things) comes with practice. We forget how important it is to practice, don’t we? Kids know about practice. When we’re small we’re taught to practice our handwriting, to […]

Creating Custom Pins

Creating Custom Pins Enamel pins are all the rage these days, aren’t they? I’ve wanted to order custom pins for ages, and finally took the plunge with a company called WizardPins. This is a sponsored post, but here’s the thing – I won’t share anything with you unless I use it myself and believe in […]

Knitting is Like a Recipe

Knitting is Like a Recipe There are few things I love as much as knitting – but, my goodness, do I love to cook and bake.  A few months ago a friend gave me a sourdough starter, and I’ve spent the whole time since then trying to master the art of a good sourdough loaf. […]

How to use a pattern coupon code

How to Use a Pattern Coupon Code (On Ravelry or Olive Knits.com) Coupon codes make it possible for designers to offer special perks and discounts to their customers, but these discounts come with a few challenges.  Knowing how to use a coupon code correctly saves time and money for everyone involved. Here are the steps […]