Want your pattern purchase sent to your Ravelry Library? Leave a note in the cart with your Ravelry name and your pattern will be added within 72 hours.

Blog RSS

Have you ever completed a garment and realized that you actually needed a buttonhole in it? I have had this happen several times when I was knitting someone else's pattern and most recently when I was designing the Lotusland cardigan. I originally thought that the pattern would be best as an open front cardigan and then when I finished it and tried it on... I changed my mind!    But that textured lace and twisted rib edging which is so beautiful and makes the cardigan so special was not very rework friendly. And the thought of ripping it out and...

Read more

Have you ever knit a garment where the fronts and backs are a different pattern? Or maybe tried to join a cable panel to a stockinette section and the difference in stitch count leaves you confused as to how to properly seam it? I have a neat trick to show you that can help with seaming those stitch count inconsistencies!     Lotusland Cardigan Lately, I've been really into designing patterns with a totally different pattern on the back from the fronts. Usually, the pattern has a completely different stitch count and gauge so even though the shoulder pieces are...

Read more

Be a Better Knitter: How to Read Your Knitting Knitting is first and foremost a structure, it relies on a repetitive series of loops made in a series of movements to create the separate stitches. It is the combination of these stitches which creates the knitted fabric, and therefore, it is a combination of different structures that create the whole piece. After completion, each stitch can be broken down into basic visual shapes that a knitter can learn to identify in order to help keep track of stitch numbers, to count rows, to identify decreases and increases, and to problem-solve...

Read more

Tutorial -

Learning how to read your knitting is essential for creating a perfect pickup when attaching a collar, or button-band. When stitches are bound off the previous stitch is looped over the following stitch to prevent unraveling. This actually shifts the dominant hole created by the bind off over between the stitches, which means that if you use the hole created by the bind off for your pick-up the picked up stitches will originate between the main body stitches. This creates an edge that is not as visually smooth as using the middle of the ‘v’ stitches from the bind off...

Read more

Tutorial -

How To Read Your Knitting For Perfect Seams Seaming is a basic part of knitting and when done well many seams can totally blend into the knitted piece lending stability and structure to the finished item while remaining almost invisible. To create seams that are perfectly blended into the surrounding knitting it is important to be able to ‘read’ your knitting and use the structure of the loops to inform the placement of your stitches. To create a beautiful stockinette stitch seam you will need to stitch the seaming thread through the bound off stitches so the yarn travels in...

Read more