Thursday, November 14, 2019

Catching up on New Patterns: Whitemud Creek and Blooming Fine

I'm more than a little behind on things lately, and am going to try to catch up at least a little bit here. First off, I should be sure to tell you that my Whitemud Creek Pullover is on the cover of Knit Now Magazine Issue 109!

Image courtesy of Knit Now Magazine, used with permission

Image courtesy of Knit Now Magazine, used with permission
Worked in Rico Design Essentials Soft Merino, the Whitemud Creek Pullover is worked in the round to the underarms, then shaped and worked back and forth in rows to the shoulders. Shoulders are seamed, then stitches are picked up at the armhole edge and worked back and forth in rows, with a join worked at the underarm edge at each pass until the underarm is fully integrated into the sleeve. The sleeve is then worked in the round down to the cuff, and the collar is picked up and knit around the neckline.

Image courtesy of Knit Now Magazine, used with permission

Inspired by Autumn strolls over crunchy leaves in the Whitemud Creek Ravine near my childhood home, this pullover features a winding cable panel on the back and front that recalls that shallow meandering creek.

Image courtesy of Knit Now Magazine, used with permission

The magazine also features a pattern from a fellow Albertan, Barb Brown, who has designed a gorgeous Christmas Stocking.

Image courtesy of Knit Now Magazine, used with permission

You can order your copy and find out more information about the magazine here:

I also have a new pattern out with Ancient Arts Yarns, and that one is a quick fun stranded colourwork knit: Blooming Fine Mitts!

Worked in Lascaux Fine, which is a two-ply fingering weight yarn that is a blend of Manx Loaghtan and Punta Arenas wool, the Blooming Fine Mitts feature a flower-like motif that is embellished with bobbles for a bit of extra fun. Two 50g skeins (one in each colour) gives you enough yarn to make two pairs if you reverse the colour scheme for the second pair.

You can buy kits for the mitts right here:

Wednesday, October 16, 2019


Last month, one of my patterns appeared in Interweave Knits Fall 2019!

Photo courtesy of Harper Point Photography for Interweave Knits

The theme for the collection in which my cardigan was included was Fredagsmys, (Swedish for Friday night), and was filled with patterns made for having a cozy Friday night snuggled up in knitwear. Kväll, as I understand it, means evening, which is well-suited to the deep blue wool that was used for the main colour. I knit this cardigan in Ancient Arts Lascaux Worsted, which is now my favourite worsted weight yarn, and if you're looking to knit Kväll but are not sure which colours to pick, there are a number of options bundled for you right here:

For the pattern itself, if you don't have a copy yet, head here:

While this sweater certainly can be worn by anyone who wants to wear it, it should nonetheless be noted that the upper five sizes in Kväll are sized for standard men's sizes S (M, L, XL, 2X) as worn with 3 to 3 3/4 inches of ease, so it's important to check the fit in the shoulders by comparing your measurements to the schematic of the finished sweater to ensure that the set-in sleeves will fit you properly.

Kväll features a shawl collar and generous pockets for both practicality and coziness. It's meant to be that feels-like-home cardigan that you put on every evening and wear about the house, but there's nothing stopping you from wearing it out wherever you go as well!

Tuesday, March 05, 2019

Fennel Cardigan

My subscriber copy of Interweave Knits Spring 2019 arrived back on Thursday, and it reminded me that I had not yet written a blog post about my contribution to the issue, the Fennel Cardigan.

Photo Courtesy of Harper Point Photography for Interweave Knits

It's very nearly a year since I set up a proposal for this sweater to send in to Interweave, and I was very pleased that they decided to include my work in the issue. I enjoyed every minute of knitting this sweater, which uses Blue Sky Fibers Woolstok, a delightful worsted weight 100% wool yarn.

Photo Courtesy of Harper Point Photography for Interweave Knits

The Fennel Cardigan features a simple yet striking cable pattern that is mirrored at the back and to either side of the buttonband, a V-neck, set-in sleeves, and pockets. Nice, large pockets. The theme for this magazine issue is Impressionist Art, and I felt this is the sort of cardigan one could wear while painting or sketching outside on a mild day, with plenty of room in the pockets for a small notebook, some pencils or brushes, or perhaps small treasures found while on a walk. It's also the sort of cardigan one could wear in a chilly office year-round, around the house, or well, pretty much anywhere. While sized for men, the sample for this cardigan fits me nicely (well, if I fold the cuffs back for my shorter arms anyhow), and I am looking forward to wearing it when the sample comes back to me.

You can purchase the magazine issue here for the digital edition, and here for the print edition. If you like the Fennel Cardigan, why not head on over to Ravelry to add it to your favourites (and/or your queue if you're planning on making the sweater).

Photo Courtesy of Harper Point Photography for Interweave Knits

Wednesday, December 05, 2018

Cloudbreak Gloves

 I have a new pattern out in Issue 96 of Knit Now Magazine!

Photo courtesy of Knit Now Magazine (Practical Publishing)

The Cloudbreak Gloves are worked in Yarn Stories Fine Merino 4-ply, which can be found here via the Yarn Stories webpage. This buttery-soft yarn is cozy, warm, and comes in a lovely array of colours, which I took full advantage of with these gloves. The glow in the centre of the motif reminds me of that moment when the sun breaks free of the clouds after a storm, and that seemed to fit the theme of the collection "Island Life" quite well. I might live in a land-locked province, but I've seen that light during my travels and I hope I captured it well!

Photo courtesy of Knit Now Magazine (Practical Publishing)

I love looking through the Knit Now moodboards whenever there is a call for design submissions, as they're always guaranteed to inspire. I particularly could not resist coming up with a submission for this call, as I adore stranded colourwork, and, well, could you resist it? Take a look; here's a link to the Moodboard that inspired these gloves: Island Life Moodboard.

Kate Heppell, the Editor of Knit Now Magazine, has filmed a delightful sneak peek at the new issue that you can watch here: Sneak Peek Issue 96. So many amazing knits in this issue! I want the gorgeous pullover designed by Claire Neicho, which you can also see over on the Knit Now Instagram feed. Isn't it stunning?

To order your copy of this Magazine issue, head over here to MoreMags via this link.

Photo courtesy of Knit Now Magazine (Practical Publishing)

Monday, November 12, 2018

Laboratory Pullover

I have a new pattern available through Interweave Knits! The Laboratory Pullover was published the other day in Interweave Knits Winter 2019, The Science Issue. There are a lot of fun science-themed knits in the issue, and you can check it out in the Interweave store here.

Photo courtesy of Harper Point Adventures Photography and Interweave Knits

My men's pullover, inspired by Dutch Fishermen's sweaters was given a bit of a modern tweak with the neckline shaping and set-in sleeves, which are worked top-down in the round for a seamless knit. The pullover is worked in Sugarbush Yarns Crisp DK, a gorgeous 100% merino yarn. You can see the excellent stitch definition in the below photo particularly well.

If you noticed during last year's Gift-a-long that I had drifted away from the forums partway through and had trouble keeping up, it was because I was hard at work on this sweater! I'm very pleased with it, and love the pictures that Harper Point Adventures Photography took for Interweave! They do gorgeous work, and the model is handsome too! The sweater looks great on him, and I should add that the same size of sweater (medium), thanks to the stretchy nature of the rope-and-cable pattern, fits nicely up to a 40" frame as well, where it would still have standard ease of 3" in the chest. The full size range of measurements for the finished sweater around the chest at the underarms is: 40 (43¾, 48¾, 52¼, 56)“. For more construction notes as well as details on sizing, materials, notions, and gauge, check out the Laboratory Pullover's Ravelry page here, where you can add this sweater to your knitting queue!

Photo courtesy of Harper Point Adventures Photography and Interweave Knits

Photo courtesy of Harper Point Adventures Photography and Interweave Knits

Monday, October 22, 2018

New pattern: Wrought Iris Mittens

The Wrought Iris Mittens pattern is now available for purchase!

If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have spotted these in their long and gradual process of being charted, written up, knit, unknit, reknit, until they were just right. They're finally here, and I'm very pleased.

The motif for these mittens was inspired by an image of a stylized Iris that has been reworked; intertwined with a memory of a wrought iron fence with the sunset glowing behind it. The result is a fun and elaborate-looking pair of stranded-knit mittens, the Wrought Iris Mittens glowing with the remembered light. Worked cuff up in the round using stranded colourwork, with a gusset worked in the palm that is set aside on waste yarn to be worked later for the thumb.

Finished Size: Women’s medium/large or Men’s small/medium 20 cm 8” palm circumference; 25.5 cm 10” total length.

Yarn: Ancient Arts Yarns Woof Collection 100% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester Wool 4 Ply (fingering/sockweight; 400m/437 yards per 100g 3.5 oz skein; 100% Blue Faced Leicester Wool), 1 skein in Golden Retriever (MC), 1 skein in Chocolate Lab (CC).

Or: Ancient Arts Yarns Woof Collection 75% Superwash Extra Fine Merino / 25% Silk - Fingering / Sock (fingering/sockweight; 400m/437 yards per 100g 3.5 oz skein; 75% Superwash Extra Fine Merino, 25% Silk), 1 skein in Golden Retriever (MC), 1 skein in Chocolate Lab (CC).

Tuesday, October 09, 2018

Hey, look, I'm in a book!

If you're following me elsewhere, you probably already know, but here's the news: I have a pattern in a book!

Last week, Interweave Knits released their 100 Knits: Interweave's Ultimate Pattern Collection, featuring their most popular knitting patterns, and one of the selected patterns is my Mount Robson Pullover!

You can buy the book through your local independent bookstore (if it carries knitting books; sadly, mine tends not to), the Interweave website, and through Chapters and other big bookstores, as you might expect.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Folk Tale Mitts Kits!

Kits are now available for my Folk Tale Mitts pattern!

If you're lucky enough to be attending Knit City in Vancouver this weekend, the kits will be available for purchase at the Recreated Textiles booth.

Can't make it to Knit City? Never fear; you can order your kit in any or all of the four palettes through Recreated Textiles right here.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Introducing Abrazo!

I have a new pattern available through Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts: The Abrazo Hoodie!

Abrazo, which is Spanish for Hug, is a cozy hoodie perfect for a transitional season layering piece. Worked in Ancient Arts Bunny Hug, it was designed to showcase the combination of colours and textures of this amazing bouclé yarn, available in a broad variety of Caroline Sommerfeld's signature colourways. As the term Bunny Hug has long been a Saskatchewanism for a hooded sweater, it was only right to make sure there was a hoodie designed for it!

Here, Abrazo is pictured in the three following colourways: MC Pieces of Eight, CC1 Lichen In My Crevices, CC2 Iron Horse.

For more information and photos (including in a different set of colours in a larger size), head on over to the pattern's entry on Ravelry.

The pattern is available for purchase through Ancient Arts Fibre Crafts:

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Playing/Working Catch Up (like the laundry, it never ends)

I'm catching up on work after a summer of very sporadic work hours, and was just about to start work on a post about sweaters when I spotted something. I have completely forgotten to share two pattern here, and what's more, forgot to share the completed Ásta Sóllilja sweater that I have worn several times since I last wrote about it while I was still in the middle of knitting it.

So, writing about sweaters can wait until next time. I've updated the patterns page (just under the page header, just to the right of "home", click on "patterns") to include the two following patterns:

Folk Tale Mitts

Soon to be available in kit form from Recreated Textiles , the Folk Tale Mitts are quick, fun, and cheerful. Just right to keep your hands warm while out for walks in the crisp autumn air, or surviving indoor winter at your summer office when someone cranks the AC up too high. Also a quick stocking stuffer for that matter, if it isn't too early to speak of such things...

If you can't wait for the kit, head here:

Chesterfield Slippers

Named for the plaid Chesterfield in the living room from when I was a kid, these cozy Chesterfield Slippers are worked in Sea Turtle Fibre Arts Lagoon DK in Plaid Flannel. Also a nice and quick knit, these slippers were designed to look great in any colourway, using a simple pattern to add interest without being hidden behind the busier handpainted colourways. Whether you opt for a semi-solid or go for a yarn with gusto, the Chesterfield Slippers will keep your feet (or those of anyone you knit them for) nice and toasty while settling down on the Chesterfield/Couch/Sofa with a compelling book.

Now for the just for fun knitting! The rest of my knitting time on Ásta Sóllilja by Kate Davies was almost entirely without incident, and quite enjoyable. It took a bit of fortitude to weave-in all the ends, but that's pretty much the cost of a gorgeous colourwork garment, so it was entirely worth it.

I only made the one modification, and minor one at that, which was to modify the waist shaping to not nip the waist in quite as much. This worked great, but did call for a few extra yards of yarn than the seventh size calls for. Luckily a friend had some to spare (Thanks Vanessa!), so I finished off the last three rounds with hers. I loved knitting this sweater; it's always nice to just knit something from a pattern for fun (and for the end product, of course) and enjoy the whole process. It's toasty warm, which trades off nicely for the fact that the yarn gets to me after awhile in any of the areas where it is next to skin. Sometimes the warmth is just more important than any other consideration, and this sweater got me through several baseball games this year when it was colder out than expected.