Free Knitting Pattern: Oaklet Shawl

Free Knitting Pattern: Oaklet Shawl

Free knitting patterns

A small triangular shawl with an easy lacy border, the Oaklet is a pretty little accessory that you can wear around your neck or across your shoulders. In the size shown, Oaklet uses about one skein of fingering weight yarn. It’s worked on relatively large needles for extra drape, and the pattern is easy to … Read More

Free Knitting Pattern: Canaletto Cowl

Free Knitting Pattern: Canaletto Cowl

Free knitting patterns

The Canaletto cowl is wide and luxurious, and emphasizes geometric lines and simple textures. Bands of seed stitch and eyelets are intersected by stocking stitch, and each texture catches the light differently. The stacked eyelets create a gentle bias, adding to the cowl’s flexibility for looping around your neck. Pattern includes two sizes; the larger … Read More

A beginner lace chart: English Fern

A beginner lace chart: English Fern

Lace knitting

I wrote a little post about lace blocking, and forgot to mention which lace stitch I used for the sample. This is one of my favourites. An old traditional pattern that pops up in most knitting pattern guides. Barbara Walker includes it as “Fern or Leaf-Patterned Lace” in her first Treasury of Knitting Patterns, and … Read More

The Talk Part 2

The Talk Part 2

Lace knitting

Last week I brought up that old conversation stopper: blocking. You know how it is. A group of knitters is chatting amiably, and one suddenly announces, “I never block.” And the room goes quiet. Someone else chimes in, “Me neither, unless it’s acrylic, then I iron it.” You shift nervously in your chair, and then … Read More

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

Things Suddenly Get Awkward: The Talk

Lace knitting

It’s time for The Talk. I know, how awkward. But I want you to be informed so you can make the right decisions in your adult life. Don’t be embarrassed. It’s a beautiful, natural expression of love. As long as the water isn’t too hot or too cold, and the pins are rust-free. I’m talking, … Read More

Basic stitch anatomy

Basic stitch anatomy

Knitting basics

If you look at stockinette stitch from the right side, you will see that it looks the same upside down as it does right side up. Stocking stitch (stockinette) right side up: Upside down: However, you can’t simply flip a stitch upside down. A stitch is not the same on the bottom as it is … Read More

How to cast on: Making a provisional cast on

How to cast on: Making a provisional cast on

Expert knitting

This knitting tutorial covers how to knit a provisional cast on using a crocheted chain as the foundation. This crochet technique of making a provisional cast on edge is one of my favourites; it’s easy to remember, makes a nice cast on edge to pick up later, and works every time. You will need a … Read More

Baby Knitting Patterns: Saartje’s Bootees

Baby Knitting Patterns: Saartje’s Bootees

Free knitting patterns

Knitting for babies is delightful. It’s all so mind-bendingly miniature. (I forgot to weigh these before I wrapped them, but they couldn’t have used more than 10 grams of sock yarn.) Saartje’s Bootees by Saartje de Bruijn is a free pattern, downloadable on Ravelry, with instructions for two sizes. I would call the sizes Newborn and 3 … Read More

Learn to Crochet: Slip knot

Learn to Crochet: Slip knot

Knitting basics, Learn to Crochet

Slip knots are very useful in knitting and crochet. A slip knot is a quick way of securing a loop of yarn to a needle or hook, and is one of those knots that gets tighter the more it’s pulled. (Here’s some knot trivia: the slip knot and noose knot are very similar and are often … Read More

Learn to Crochet: Foundation Chain

Learn to Crochet: Foundation Chain

Learn to Crochet

While knitting is about rows, crochet is about chains. (Well, crochet is about rows too, but you’ll hear “chain” a lot.) Chains can be arranged in rows, or clumps, or circles. Making a chain is the base technique for most crochet. You often need to start with something called a Foundation Chain. Just as the … Read More

How to knit a blanket from a shawl pattern

How to knit a blanket from a shawl pattern

Expert knitting

This project was an experiment. If a top-down triangular shawl, which starts at the center and radiates out to the edges, can be shaped into a diagonal half-square through blocking, could you use the same pattern to make a full square for a blanket? Oh yes, you certainly can. I used Fledge, but you could … Read More