Tempest

Centred Double Decrease

Centred  Double Decrease

VIDEO TUTORIAL I like using a centred double decrease when I want I nice vertical line. It’s a decrease that uses three stitches to create one stitch, thus eliminating two stitches. This decrease can be found in the lace pattern on Stormwatch. Eventide also has centred double decreases in the dips of the chevron stitch pattern.

Japanese Short Rows

Japanese Short Rows

VIDEO TUTORIAL Japanese short rows are my favourite method for working short rows. They use less yarn than the wrap and turn method, resulting in an almost invisible turn. Need a pattern to practice this new technique? Try out the Ebb & Flow blanket from my book, Tempest. It’s the perfect beginner’s project for practicing short rows.   Eventide was also mentioned in the video. The shoulders and back neck are shaped using short rows.   Japanese short rows can be substituted in any pattern that calls for read more

Procella

Procella

Little waves swirl around and around when you knit this hat and fingerless mittens set. You can choose to create waves spiraling in the opposite direction for one of the mitts so they are mirror images of one another. The hat band and cuffs are created by holding two strands together to make a sturdy fabric. Then when you begin the lace, drop one of the strands to make a supple, drapey fabric that slouches wonderfully when worn. The increases—which are required, to change the stitch count for the lace—make clever use of the double strands from the band. This set is read more

A Tempestuous Year

A Tempestuous Year

What an exhilarating ride this has been. It was about 11 months ago* that I conceived of the idea of working on a book with Felicia, featuring SweetGeorgia Yarns. Every step of the way was more work than I thought it would be, but I have absolutely no regrets and I would do it all again in a heartbeat! I swatched ideas and drew designs for a couple of months. Then we had several meetings deciding on just the right collection of patterns that would communicate a cohesive story of blustery ocean waves and how we read more

Double Garter Stitch

Double Garter Stitch

VIDEO TUTORIAL Double Garter Stitch creates a deeply textured fabric that is also reversible. The result looks complicated but it’s really very simple to do. I do recommend paying attention though, since correcting mistakes is not a simple matter. This stitch pattern is the basis for the Breakers cowl, an oversized, cozy cowl in which to wrap yourself up in stormy weather. Check out these other video tutorials to help you with the Breakers cowl: Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On for use with the Double Garter read more

Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast-On Tutorial

Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast-On Tutorial

The Breakers cowl in my new book, Tempest uses a really simple but not widely know stitch pattern called double garter stitch. It’s a great pattern that can use any number of stitches and it’s worked the same on both sides, just like garter stitch. While it’s possible to use a conventional cast on, I developed a Double-Wrap Long Tail Cast On so the double garter stitch pattern is worked from the very beginning. Breakers has three tutorials, but trust me, it is a simple knit once you know how. Double-Wrap Long read more