How to Work With a Knitting Pattern, Part 2: Sizing

How to Work With a Knitting Pattern, Part 2: Sizing

One of the most common frustrations with knitting is spending many hours and resources on a project only to find out that it doesn’t really fit once finished. Hands up if this happened to you, too? When finished measurements just aren’t quite right, this often has to do with your gauge. But even if you carefully swatched (more on swatching here) and got the correct gauge (more on why gauge is so very important here), there are a few things worth thinking about before casting on to make sure your finished handknits fits perfectly!

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Favourite Additions 2018

Favourite Additions 2018

We’re all about consuming less and making the things we own last, and when we add something to our life, we wan to make sure that it’ll truly bring us joy! Reflecting on what new additions did just that over the past year is something we hope will help with making choices in the following year (and maybe you’ll find some of our recommendations helpful, too?), so we wanted to share our favourite beauty, fashion, home, making and miscellaneous additions from 2018. We’d also love to hear, what did you add to your life this past year that you’d buy, gift or make again and again in a heartbeat?

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The Thing With Swatching

The Thing With Swatching

You learned everything about gauge and why it’s so important, and now you’re ready to make a swatch? Here’s what you should know about swatching!

A swatch is a first trial, a little preview of the project you’re about to begin, if you will. We make them for different reasons: to try out new needles or a new yarn; to see how specific stitch patterns, stitch pattern combinations, colourwork motifs or construction methods knit up when designing, improvising or customising; or to determine our gauge. Remember: the way you hold and tension your yarn, the style you knit, the needle size and material you use and many other factors all affect your gauge! There’s of course always the option of intentionally working at a different gauge than what the pattern states, be it because you prefer the fabric knit up at a different gauge or to customise the finished piece’s size (we’ll get to that later this month!), but for now, we’ll assume that you’re working from a knitting pattern that specifies a gauge you’re aiming to meet.

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How to work with a knitting pattern, Part 1: the pattern notes

How to work with a knitting pattern, Part 1: the pattern notes

Today, we’re launching a new blog series on working with knitting patterns to help you get through what might seem like a jungle of information, especially if it’s your first time using a knitting pattern. Based on our knitting patterns, we’ll walk you through every step of the process, and you’re more than welcome to let us know in the comments if there’s anything you’d like us to cover. There’s no such thing as a silly question!

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Gift Knitting Favourites Winter 2018

Gift Knitting Favourites Winter 2018

Whether it’s celebrating Christmas or Hannukah, a bunch of winter birthdays in our circle of friends or just because, this time of year is typically one where the knitters amongst us will often reach for their knitting needles and a beautiful skein of yarn to make something as a gift for a loved one. I, too, absolutely adore using this craft of ours to make someone else happy, and I’m only half joking when I say that knitting is my love language. As a matter of fact, most of what I knit ends up living with family and friends, and this December, I wanted to round up some of my favourite knitwear designs for gift knitting and share a few tips & tricks I have picked up along the way.

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The Thing With Gauge

The Thing With Gauge

If you have followed a knitting pattern before, you probably came across the term gauge, usually followed by a couple of numbers. You might not necessarily remember – gauge is one of the most overlooked pattern parts – and I don’t blame you if you don’t. The fine print isn’t necessarily what catches my eye at first sight, either. But here’s the thing with gauge: if you ignore it, there might be a tiny chance that you’re lucky and everything works out just fine, but far more often than not, what you’re knitting won’t fit or turn out the way you want it to in the end.

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Can I Get Your Two Cents On #SustainablistDesignVote?

Can I Get Your Two Cents On #SustainablistDesignVote?

For the longest time, I’ve been wanting to do more community oriented projects, and on our end, #SustainablistDesignVote has been nothing but a wonderful expereince. I really enjoyed sharing more insights into our design process, and seeing so many of you share your thoughts in our votings and the comment sections.

Since the first round of #SustainablistDesignVote was so much fun, I would love to make this a regular thing, and before I get started with planning the next rounds, I’d love to hear any comments and suggestions you might have to make sure we’ll make this the best experience possible for everyone! If you have a couple minutes to spare, it would be absolutely wonderful if you could fill out the little questionnaire I set up here. Your help is so appreciated!

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#SustainablistDesignVote: Our Last Voting!

#SustainablistDesignVote: Our Last Voting!

Previously on #SustainablistDesignVote: starting at the very beginning of the designing process, you helped us make some of the most important decisions: selecting a type of garment (you voted for a cardigan!), an inspiration story that we’re aiming to tell with the design, construction details (you went for a top-down raglan construction!), then the final design and last week a yarn base, Blacker Yarns’ Mohair Blends 4ply. Now before I tell you about our last voting, can I just say how much I enjoyed teaming up with you to create this new cardigan design? I’ve been wanting to do more community oriented projects for the longest time, and #SustainablistDesignVote has been an absolutely wonderful experience. I’m looking forward to sharing more insights into the next steps we’ll be taking with this design here soon, and if this is something you’d be interested in, I think I’d love to make #SustainablistDesignVote a regular thing! Please feel free to tell me in the comments if this is something you’d like to participate in again, and I’ll set up a query for more detailed feedback soon, too.

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#SustainablistDesignVote: The Yarn!

#SustainablistDesignVote: The Yarn!

Now before we get into the yarny details, let me introduce you to the final design you picked! Here’s what I had in mind when coming up with the design idea: “This cardigan is meant to be the epitome of comfort. Allover brioche or fisherman's rib makes for the squishiest fabric, adorned with a diagonal detail that travels from the raglan line towards the sides of the fronts. Subtle balloon sleeves add to the cardigan's modern feel and cosy factor. As for construction, you begin with the back neckband, then pick up stitches for the body and continue to work body, sleeves and neckband in one piece until you divide body and sleeves at the underam. Once you completed the body, you'll only have to work the sleeves in the round to the cuffs - no seaming, no attached neckband! If you haven't tried brioche just yet, this would be an excellent first project. Knit up during the colder months, infused with dear memories, this design will be perfect to cuddle up in at home and for everyday outfits just as it'll work beautifully with for a night out and special occasions.”

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