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
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
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
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
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
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!
‘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
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
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?
Welcome to my new blog, knitting through the back loop! The main focus of this blog is probably pretty obvious from the title – knitting! But the meaning behind the remainder of the title may be a little less clear. Knitting through the back loop is a simple variant of a standard knit stitch- you… Continue reading Knitting through the back loop