Category Archives: Tutorials

Wrapping Up 2015

It feels like AGES since I’ve released a new pattern! I’ve been working on a bunch of things, but they’ve been for other people, or for future publication. So self-published patterns seem to be slim on the ground.   If you missed all the social media postings, you’ve still got a few days to sign […]

Tips for Granny Log Cabin Blocks

1. If you’re new to crochet, I recommend checking out the series of articles Amy O’Neill Houck and I have been writing for Specifically this one on Granny Squares. Keep in mind that the version of a granny square you’re working in the pattern is slightly different, but the techniques are the same. This […]

Broadwyn Shawl

Purchase the pdf file now through Ravelry (you don’t have to be a Ravelry member to purchase) | add to cart | show cart Broadwyn is an asymmetrical triangle knit from the short end, with decreases on one side & a lace panel on the other to make a long scarf-like shawl. With i-cord all […]

Handling Increases and Decreases in Stranded Colorwork

Occasionally you will need to change your stitch count IN PATTERN when you’re doing stranded colorwork. Eunny Jang wrote a great segment on decreasing in colorwork here (scroll down, it’s the latter half of the post) As it happens Eunny actually wrote a great post about increasing in colorwork here (again scroll down) Sometimes your […]

Tips for Colorwork

I’m gearing up to release my new colorwork collection next week and I thought now would be a good time for some tips for colorwork (which umbrella includes stranded colorwork like Fair Isle and Latvian knitting, intarsia, and more). Let’s start at the beginning: You will probably need to swatch, swatching flat is probably something […]

Special Techniques for Getting the Most From Your Ball of Yarn

The following is an excerpt from Twist & Knit: To get the most knitted fabric from your yarn, there are a few techniques with which you will need to become familiar. The first is how to weigh your yarn. Some patterns in this book require that you split your yarn in half. For some items […]

Matching Folded Hem Tutorial

I’m working on a new design. A cowl with a nice folded hem edge… very neat and tidy… with a reverse stockinette turning row. Starting the project I like to think through all the details and this one had me a little stumped. I was thinking about how to make the BIND OFF end of […]

Yarn Weight Chart

It’s come up a couple times, so I’m posting it here. It has yarn weights, wpi equivalents, suggested needle size, alternate names. Yardage range for wool or wool blends, etc… Click to make it bigger.

Paper Pieced Project Bag Tutorial

I’ve been doing a bit of sewing in my spare time and I’ve taken up English Paper Piecing. I got my supplies from on a recommendation from Cauchy. I got some 1″ hexagons all precut and ready to go, and I got the super handy acrylic template that has seam allowance and everything. So […]

Announcing Video Tutorials

If you haven’t been following on twitter, you might not know that I’ve been posting some video tutorials on my YouTube channel. All of the tutorial bits from Twist & Knit are now in video form and posted to YouTube, as well as a few other techniques that I reference in patterns. You can view […]