How to fix an uneven button band edge

Many a knitter has lamented a wonky bottom edge of a button band. The tell-tale “arch”  is the result of picking up too few stitches. But never fear! If the button band is generally laying nicely with the exception of an arch at the bottom (or top), I’ve developed a quick trick to help create […]

Love Knitting, Hate Sleeves. Why?

I’ve long wondered how it’s possible that we can be insanely passionate about an art form, but then actually dislike part of the process. Why do we do that? I think I’ve figured it out, and – to be honest – it kind of makes me feel better. Sometimes I feel like a heel when I catch […]

How to Ruin a Perfectly Good Sweater

We’ve all been there. You’ve knit and knit and knit, and eventually (finally!) have a sweater to show for it.  But, wait… Damn it. There’s a problem. What makes good sweaters go wrong? Not to harp on the point (I know I say this a lot), but one of the quickest ways to ruin a […]

Knitting Fiascos: This Sweater Had Long Sleeves

Sweater knitters, pull up a chair and prepare to hear a familiar tale. My vision for this design was long sleeves. It’s how I imagined it from day one. The design process is a little hard to explain, because – for me – it evolves as the design takes form. But sometimes there’s one element […]

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 ease in sweater knitting and how to improve your chances of getting the results […]

Knitting Challenges: Sweaters With Buttons

If you knit sweaters, you’ve likely needed a button or two. Or fourteen. After the time and investment of knitting a sweater by hand, you don’t want to throw on any old buttons. (Actually, sometimes you DO want old buttons, but the point is having the options you want when you want them.) Is it just […]

Sweater Knitting: 5 Mistakes Knitters Make

Knitters! We sure love our sweaters, but there are five mistakes I see over and over when I meet with students and customers. I want you to have sweaters that fit you beautifully, feel great and look awesome, so I’m going to share the top five things to watch for when knitting a sweater. Making […]

The Value of Vertical

Do you ever wonder how a design comes to be? about the various design elements? The design process can be a bit mysterious. I’ve heard that some designers create everything in a sketch before it becomes a pattern (if I could draw worth a darn I might do that, too, but no). Mine starts with […]