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Blog, Tutorials / June 6, 2019

How to Work the Knit Flower Stitch

I love a quirky stitch pattern – especially one that adds a lot of flair with not-a-lot-of-work. The Knit Flower Stitch creates visual interest and breaks up the lacy mesh in my Sparkling Rosé shawl (you can find the pattern here). When…

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Blog, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials / March 27, 2019

Fix a Sweater That Slides Off

As an avid knitter of top-down, seamless sweaters, I am acutely aware of their virtues, but also their vulnerabilities. The very thing that makes a seamless sweater so delightful (i.e. no seams) can be its Achilles heel. Seams provide structure and longevity to…

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Blog, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials / May 31, 2018

How to Block a Sweater

Twenty years ago I knit my first adult sweater. It was a vision in moss stitch, knit in classic, undyed wool. The word “heirloom” hung in the air. But when it was finished I noticed it pulled terribly on the bias, and every time I…

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Blog, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials / August 7, 2017

Tips for Adding Ribbon to a Sweater Button Band

Interested in adding a ribbon border inside your sweater button band? Here’s a very basic tutorial to get you started. Basic sewing skills are required.You’ll need: Grosgrain ribbon approximately 1/2″ narrower (give or take) than your button band. This can vary…

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Blog, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials / May 21, 2018

Knit Better Sweaters – Ease

Have you ever looked at a pattern and struggled to make sense of the ease, or had questions about choosing the right ease to get the results you want? Let’s talk about it!Today we’re going to cover the most common questions about…

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Blog, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials / February 25, 2017

3/4 Sleeves for Everyone!

People ask me all the time about finding the right length for a 3/4 sleeve for sweaters like my Bentley Cardigan. Watch my little how-to video to find out your perfect length!Sweater patterns may give you a specific length for sleeves, but…

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Blog, Tips and Tricks, Tutorials / February 23, 2017

Swapping out the SSK

How do you all feel about the ssk stitch (slip, slip, knit)? It’s a little clunky, don’t you think?The photo above is a portion of the stitch pattern on my upcoming new design (called Washed Ashore). See the smooth decrease lines that…

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Blog, Patterns, Tutorials / October 10, 2016

Bentley Cardigan

Bentley is my second sweater design with Sherwood Yarn, and I have to tell you: I’m in love with this yarn. Not only am I the world’s biggest wool geek, but the rich, vibrant colors work perfectly with my favorite neutrals.This vintage…

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Tutorials / August 2, 2016

Stria Cardigan Tutorial DSSFL, SSBKR

Are you confused about the striated slip stitch pattern on Stria? This photo tutorial will show you the simplest way to work the stitches.DSSFLStep One: Drop slipped stitch to front. You can do this with a cable needle, but Kenzie (the yarn recommended…

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Tutorials / August 2, 2016

Tutorial: SR, SL Cable without a needle

Here is a quick tutorial for working my shortcut cables without a cable needle. I call this technique “Slip Right,” and “Slip Left.” I find it faster than using a cable needle and less fussy than other cable-without-a-needle methods I’ve tried…

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