General contemplation, Knit Focus, Knitwear In Fashion, Summer Knitting

New Season Knitting

After an unexpected summer hiatus, I’m really glad to be back writing again. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, September is the perfect moment to be returning to the topic of knitting as this really heralds the start of the most active knitting season, aka ‘sweater weather’! I have a number of articles… Continue reading New Season Knitting

Long, all-over lace cardigan. Perfect for summer.
Knit Focus, Knitting inspiration, Summer Knitting, Yarn

Here Comes the Sun: knitting with cool cotton and bamboo

As spring slowly but surely moves towards summer here in the northern hemisphere, I thought I would bring you a second part in my hopefully-titled summer knitting series, Here Comes the Sun. (See part one: lightweight linen here) Today the focus is on two more plant fibres that are well suited for summer garments: cotton… Continue reading Here Comes the Sun: knitting with cool cotton and bamboo

Knit Focus, Knitting inspiration, Summer Knitting, Yarn

Here Comes the Sun: lightweight linen

For many of us in the UK, the title above is more an optimistic hope, (accompanied by crossed fingers and wistful sighing,) than a realistic expectation right now. In the cool, grey weather, I am still clinging to woolly jumpers and shawls in my everyday wardrobe. In my knitting, too, I find myself imagining projects like… Continue reading Here Comes the Sun: lightweight linen

Knit Focus, Techniques

Best of Brioche

The gorgeous, squishy texture of brioche stitch has been increasingly visible in the knitting world over the last few years (- see my recent post on popular trends in 2017 here). So what is brioche stitch? Brioche is a type of tuck stitch in which each row is knitted twice, with yarn overs knitted together… Continue reading Best of Brioche

Knit Focus, Other inspiration, Statistics & Trends

Knitting Stars & Stats of 2017

The Knitting Year in Review As we start the new year, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the most popular patterns and designers in the knitting world in 2017. According to the wonderful search facility on the knitting and crochet website, Ravelry.com, there were an incredible 41,095 knitting patterns… Continue reading Knitting Stars & Stats of 2017

General contemplation, Knit Focus

How to have a Happy Knitting Year!

  January Reflections After a super busy December, I’m really excited to be back here on the blog and looking ahead to 2018! For knitters, the New Year can be a great time to reflect on your projects from the last year. What were your favourite pieces, techniques or patterns? And which would you really… Continue reading How to have a Happy Knitting Year!

Autumn Winter 2017-2018, Knit Focus, Other inspiration

When wrong is right: a celebration of the wrong side of knitting

‘I’m not wrong, I’m just knit that way.’* We learn from an early stage of knitting that one side of our fabric is the right and the other is wrong. This sounds strangely moralistic - as though one side is innately better in its qualities- when, in fact, the designations are simply a way to distinguish… Continue reading When wrong is right: a celebration of the wrong side of knitting

Knit Focus, Other inspiration

Spotlight: an eye for detail

    These cute little mitts featuring foxes, beavers, squirrels and rabbits are part of The Woodsy Association 2.0 collection from tiny owl knits. They're a great example of how little details can make a design really special - from the subtle colour shading in the animal faces to the adorable little tassels added on… Continue reading Spotlight: an eye for detail

Community, Knit Focus

To MKAL or not to MKAL?

    What is an MKAL? MKALs or Mystery Knit Alongs are an increasingly popular type of knitting event in which knitters from around the world join together to knit the same, unseen pattern. A little like putting together a jigsaw without seeing the completed picture, participants knit the pattern in instalments, unknowing of how… Continue reading To MKAL or not to MKAL?