Heritage Collection, a book of men’s knitting patterns including my Corrugated Vest, has just been released today! This is one of my all time favourite men’s designs. It’s simple, classic and very effective. The corrugated ribbing is what makes this piece. Choose three complimentary colours to coordinate with the main colour and your favourite man’s wardrobe and this vest will be part of his daily outfit. It’s suitable for the office, weekends and holidays. The vest can be dressed up with a shirt and tie or dressed down with comfortable jeans. Get read more
Have you heard about The SweetGeorgia Show yet? It’s a new podcast and I’m interviewed in Episode 005! Do check out the podcast. It’s the brainchild of Felicia Lo, founder and creative director of SweetGeorgia Yarns. I’m looking forward to hearing more of Felicia’s conversations with various people in the fibre industry. So far she’s interviewed a yarn shop owner in Paris, knitwear designers, a pattern distributor, a tech editor and master sock guru and they have all been really interesting. They run about 25 or 30 minutes—perfect for your commute or knitting time. read more
Every few days we’re releasing one individual pattern from my book, Tempest until they’re all available. The release days are Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and the patterns are available on Ravelry. To kick things off, Breakers is available free for the whole month of August! Seaswell and Watermark are also available. What pattern from the Tempest collection are you dying to knit?
It’s a guy thing! The most recent issue of Knit Simple magazine has a section on knitting for the men in your life and my Garter Stitch Cap design is the first one featured. I love using stripes when designing with garter stitch. They’re just so stripey and textured and provide such a strong visual line. It’s always a surprise to see what the yarn editor at the magazine sends me to work with. I was pleased that it was Koigu Kersti Merino Crepe because … those colours—a gradient of teal! read more
Looking for some light and lacy summer knitting? I have a design in the spring/summer issue of Noro Knitting Magazine which was released earlier this month. The Diagonal Eyelet Scarf was originally inspired by the ceinture fléchée, a part of the French Canadian voyageurs’ traditional costume. My fellow Canadians, do you remember learning about this in social studies in school? The scarf is knit in Kibou, a cotton/wool/silk blend which is part of the Noro family and comes in scrumptious colours. Diagonal Eyelet Scarf Publication: Noro Knitting Magazine, Spring/Summer 2015 read more
Even though it’s not cozy sweater season right now, it is the perfect time to start thinking about a sweater project so it’s ready to wear when the leaves start blowing off the trees in a few months. Weft appeared in the Fall 2014 issue of Twist Collective. The sweater was just returned to me this past week and now I remember again how much I love it! Weft calls for read more
It’s such an honour that Toby’s family chose to photograph their newborn with my Zig and Zag blanket design, knit especially for him by his Grandma, Lynn (capsize on Ravelry). 📷 used with permission: copyright Christina Mae Photography.
Note the pattern number in the footer on all the pages. The first number refers to the pattern and the number after the decimal is the numbered revision (e.g. #29.2 is Aquitaine, revision number 2). Corrections are listed by most recent revision number. #29.2 revised on June 6, 2015 Correction: In both of the charts the MC and CC were reversed. Clarification: Divide for fronts and back Work 42 (47, 53, 57, 61, 64, 67, 71) sts in pattern, bind off 6 (8, 8, 12, 16, 22, 28, 32) sts, work 85 (95, 107, 115, 123, 129, 135, 143) sts, read more
Every time I sit down to design, ideas and images push and pull me along different tangents. This time my inspirations were comic book colours, The Big Bang Theory, Ronald McDonald, Roy Lichtenstein … and onomatopoeic words. I’ve always loved the word onomatopoeia, especially that it’s such a long word to describe the often one-syllable words that suggest sounds in our written language. Pop! Bam! Pow! I think there’s a similarity between onomatopoeia and intarsia colourwork—it takes more work but packs a great visual punch. Ronald McDonald snuck into my subconscious with his wildly read more
Have you seen the new photos for my Tip Toe Up socks? I partnered with Krista of RainCityKnits to create these colourful, crazy ,hot pink-toed socks in her awesome yarn. In fact, those are Krista’s feet and our photo shoot was in her very cool artist’s loft. My toe up sock class is a popular one. At the end of every class I’m always asked if I have a pattern. Great idea! Even if you don’t get a chance to take the class with me, knitting read more