Hi fellow makers, and happy 2020! My goal for this new year was to be more organized, and I’m starting with patterns! I love the process of bringing patterns to life but with multiple designs and ideas, life can get a little messy if you’re not on top of things…which is exactly why I made this little planner!
The planner comes in 3 color options and prints out perfectly onto an A4, and it includes a to do -list, space to write down your testers, materials and more!
Scroll down to download your own copy and happy knitting/crocheting/whatever your craft happens to be!
Coucou everyone! What an exciting week it’s been so far – I released my Kielo Beanie pattern on Friday and it was welcomed with so much love it’ll carry me throughout the cold and dark winter (don’t get me wrong tho I can’t wait for colder weathers and crispy mornings)! So THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to everyone who’s already purchased the pattern, you can be sure I’m doing a little happy dance every time I hear that cha-ching sound from my Etsy app. Also I reached 100 sales on Etsy, how crazy is that!
But anyway, back to today’s post which is all about Instagram friends and how they’re DEFINITELY your real friends too! Me and Lisa from @purlmore go waaaaaay back and I think she was one of the first people I connected with in the maker community. Lisa lives in Austria and, as you probably knew already, I live in France, so we’re in the same continent and all but haven’t gotten the opportunity to meet up yet (I know, it’s SAD!). But we have definitely been talking about a little European knitter-get-together (think stitch & sip in a café, not European Our Maker Life), and I hope we’ll be able to get together someday soon!
The reason I’m talking about Lisa is because she went to the States over summer, and bought me a SOUVENIR aka this yarn!! She said the color reminded her of me, and honestly this is only the sweetest thing ever and made me cry for days. So this luscious yarn is Crane from Quince & Co in the colorway Frisco, and I’m not even joking when I say it’s the softest, squishiest and most comforting yarn I’ve ever come across. I haven’t even started knitting yet, and a part of me doesn’t even want to open the skein and turn it into a cake, but I can only imagine the pure bliss of this yarn in a ready item. I’ve been thinking long and hard and I believe I’ll be turning this baby into a pair of socks – they’ll be perfect for the winter and I’m sure wearing them will feel like a warm and cozy hug. Also it’ll fit perfectly in my collection of blush pink knit socks!
The yarn is a 50/50 blend of super kid mohair and South African superfine merino, it’s worsted weight and the skein has 208 yards / 190 meters of yarn in 100 grams. The website describes the yarn as Crane is irresistibly soft, warm, and seems to glow from within, and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a description so accurate.
I’ll go squish the yarn a little more now, so bye for this time!
If I had to pick one knitting technique/texture to use for the rest of my life, that’d definitely be cables. I absolutely LOVE cables! They’re easy, quick to learn and add amazing texture and detail to any knit piece. I’ve used them in all my beanie designs and have a few cable sock designs coming out as well. This big, 10-stitch cable will be used in one of them so let’s get to the instructions!
A left leaning cable is made by slipping stitches onto a cable needle in front of the work. All simple cables work the same way and these instructions can therefore be used for any sized left leaning cable: by adjusting the number of stitches slipped onto the cable needle you’ll be able to vary the size of the cable! For example if you’d like to make a 6-stitch cable, you’d slip 3 stitches onto the cable needle, knit 3 and then knit the stitches on the cable needle and so on. But in this one, we’re slipping 5 stitches onto the cable needle, leaving them in front of the work, knitting 5 stitches and then knitting the stitches on the cable needle. In my patterns, I’d name this C10F: the cable is 10 stitches in size and the cable turn is made in the front.
My beautiful yarn is Worsted Superwash Merino in the colorway Peony by Unicorn Yarn Co, find all her amazing yarns here!
So let’s get to the pictures!
Step 1: slip 5 stitches purlwise (one by one) onto the cable needle in front of the work. Slipping the stitches purlwise is essential – you don’t want to twist them!
After step one, your cable needle or extra DPN should look like this!
If you do your cables with a DPN, align the needle with your left needle so that you have space and can comfortably knit 5 stitches from the left needle.
Step 2: knit 5 stitches from the left needle like you normally would.
5 stitches done, now onto the stitches that are waiting on the cable needle!
Step 3: knit 5 stitches from the cable needle.
And voilà, your cable is ready – easy, fun and look at that texture!
I also have a tutorial for the little lace stitch on both sides of the big cable, find it here!
I’ll be off to knit some more cables now, I hope you enjoyed this tutorial!
Hi guys! Today’s post is all about the St.John’s Wort lace stitch knit in the round: I love the vibe of this stitch as it looks like a tiny cable and creates a beautiful and delicate detail into your knit piece! I’m currently knitting a pair of socks with this simple lace pattern and it’s blown my mind away with its ease and elegance.
How pretty does it look with the big cable!
This 3-stitch pattern is repeated over 4 rounds and it’s fun, easy and creates a cable-like look without a cable needle! Here are the written instructions:
One look at my Instagram and my designs, and it’s pretty obvious – I’m absolutely obsessed with cables! I love how versatile, beautiful and squishy they are, and how you can create so many different designs with simple cables. They’ve definitely always been my favorite knitting technique and I’ve been using them in all of my designs (Vilja, Hilla and Aava to name the latest!), and once you learn the tips and tricks on how to master cables I promise knitting them is like riding a bike!
I purchased the Favorite Cable Beanie pattern from The Chesapeake Needle a few days back and I fell so in love with the pattern that I ended up knitting it in two days! I love the clever way Lindsey used the cables in the design: having the cable turns on different rounds creates such a beautiful, unique and interesting look.
I didn’t have any medium weight yarn at home, but I obviously did have a skein of Phil Looping and 4mm needles, and after making a little swatch I was happy to see the gauge matched and I could get knitting right away! The yarn knits up beautifully with a smaller needle size, and I’m especially in love with the brim and the way the stitches aren’t too stretchy when wearing the hat.
The only adjustment I had to make with the slightly heavier yarn was that I decided to make the hat a few rounds (that is 3 rounds) shorter to avoid making it too tall, and I couldn’t be happier with how the beanie fits! I’d definitely say this is the perfect cable project even for makers who are just getting into knitting cables, and the pattern also comes with clear instructions on how to use a cable needle so Lindsey’s got you covered. It’s a 3-sizes-in-1 -pattern so with one purchase you’ll get the adult, toddler and child version – how amazing is that!
In short, I fell head over heels in love with this beginner-ish friendly pattern and can’t wait to make many more of these!