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A very pretty Caron free pattern! »

A very pretty Caron free pattern!

I mean, is that pretty or what? This is Lisa Gentrys Shoulder Shawl for Caron's Simply Soft. I don't use acrylic yarns, for once not because I'm a fiber snob, but because acrylic feels slimy to my hands and makes me sweat funny. But I'm definitely going to knit this one at some point, even if it's not in Simply Soft. Should be a pretty fast knit, I'm thinking. The shawl measures approximately 56"/142cm wide x [...]

New Teva Durham lace book! »

New Teva Durham lace book!

Teva Durham's new Loop-D-Loop lace book is now in pre-order on Amazon! Durham will also have a lace pattern in the Winter Knitty edition, which will be her first Knitty pattern. Hope she'll do more. :) She says it's "a very special lace jacket with detachable shawl."  Durham being Durham, we can probably look forward to something very special indeed. The new book, if the cover is any indication, looks gorgeous! Durham [...]

Quick Gift: Wham Bam Neckwarmer »

Quick Gift: Wham Bam Neckwarmer

I love clever patterns. I especially love clever patterns that take simple, easy shapes and stitches and turn them on their heads to come up with something stylish and timeless. Wham Bam Thank You Lamb! by Susan Chang (free Ravelry download, you’ll need a free Ravelry membership) is one of those patterns; it’s nothing more than a tall strip of bulky garter stitch knitting, but the difference is made in the clever seam [...]

Fastest Christmas Gift Scarf Ever »

Fastest Christmas Gift Scarf Ever

Okay, maybe not ever, but it's got to be darn close. Get yourself some very chunky or bulky yarn. 6mm/size 10 needles or up.  For best results, find something with longish color changes and great color combos, but plain colors -- especially so-called "masculine" colors are just as attractive in this pattern. Softness a plus. Get thee hence to The Purl Bee's Brioche Stitch Scarf pattern. (It's free.) Cast on in [...]

Verena new issue up »

Verena new issue up

There are some especially pretty projects up in the new Verena, which is available digitally, my favorite way of buying knit magazines these days, although I do sometimes buy print versions to help keep my local newsagent and yarn stores afloat. I seem to be in the mood for pretty. Verena has provided. I'm not crazy about Rose's wavy fronts, but at least they've made a virtue out of what seems to happen on many cardi [...]

Crochet jewelry, but different »

Crochet jewelry, but different

Okay, I'm not sure that I actually like this particular piece, which is a free pattern, by the way, from Rowan. But I love the idea. KidSilk Haze. Wire. Crochet. Hmmmm. I'm thinking "quick Christmas present for myself", aren't you? Maybe not exactly like this, maybe something more interesting and less...childlike in form. Mind you, crocheting with wire is definitely not for the faint of heart. Definitely get a [...]

Free baby alligators! »

Free baby alligators!

"They came from the sewers...and now they're coming for your pets. They will also accept chewy candies." Anna of Mochimochi Tiny Perching Pigeons fame has released a new free pattern of tiny little alligators to celebrate the release of her new book, Knitting Mochimochi.  (You can also buy single patterns from her website.) I discovered the joys of knitting little bitty animals last Christmas, when I made a small bat [...]

New book: Modern Top Down Knitting »

New book: Modern Top Down Knitting

The title of this new book, which is now in pre-order at, says it all. "Modern Top-Down Knitting: Sweaters, Dresses, Skirts & Accessories Inspired by the Techniques of Barbara G. Walker" Top down knitting. Barbara G. Walker. Oooh, another book to buy that I just have to buy. Really. I have to buy it. I love top down knitting. And I truly admire (and come close to revere) Barbara Walker. No announcement [...]

Verena Plus Size story »

Verena Plus Size story

Ah, Verena. While I quite enjoy Verena's online store and I really do appreciate being able to purchase the pattern portions of the magazine as a PDF, as a currently size 16/XL woman, sometimes their whole "fashion sized" schtick gets very tiring. They have some lovely patterns, but they have always seemed to have a very parochial viewpoint towards sizing. I nearly laughed my head off reading this week's newletter from [...]

Strasbourg Vest »

Strasbourg Vest

Hmmm. I can't quite decide if I like this one or not. It's an interesting project; another of the free patterns from Caron. (They really are putting together some rather interesting projects these days.) The gathered yoke forms either a v-neck, boat neck, or wide scoop neck, depending on your mood and how tight you gather up the neckline. I've a feeling that this one really needs the loose drape of some form of rayon [...]

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