Category Archives: Knitting

On Swatching for Gauge

A knitter wrote to me this morning, wondering if she had misinterpreted something or done something wrong because she could not get the 32 x 38 stitches per 4″ gauge for a Dale Baby Ull pattern (Peace Sweater).  Her stitches, … Continue reading

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The Flourishing Scarf

“The Flourishing Scarf”, just released this week.  I’m immensely pleased with the result of stranding with one color in Dale Alpakka, the other in magnificent, new, organic, ethical and pure Dale Eco Baby Wool.  As I explain in the pattern: … Continue reading

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Summer Clearance Sale – More Kits!

Here they come – more awesome, one-time kit specials on eBay using custom colorways with a discontinued color or two.  Today, I’ve put together a bunch of kits using my “NY Nordic Hat” design.  Here’s an example: The two hats … Continue reading

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Summer Clearance Sale

Happy Summer, Knitters! I hope you’re all having a delightful summer so far.  But, it’s time to start thinking ahead to get some wonderful fall knitting off to a great start at a very low price. I’ve been busy this … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Book 312 – Spring & Summer Tops

Dale Garn’s new Book #312 has ten new designs for ladies’ warm weather tops – mostly knit, but a few are crocheted.  Half of them are perennial classics – tanks, tees and basic pullovers that combine standard shapes with lovely … Continue reading

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Which yarns are DK yarns??

This morning, for the umpteenth time, I received a common question about DK yarns.  “DK” stands for “double knitting” – a name which often proves confusing.  I suspect it arose from the fact that two strands of fingering weight yarn … Continue reading

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Dale Garn “Urban Retro” Book 320 patterns IN ENGLISH!!

Several of you have asked for patterns, in English, from Dale Garn’s new “Urban Retro” Book #320.  Unfortunately, they did not translate the entire book from its original Norwegian to English; but, the designs are now available, in English, as … Continue reading

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Dale Flamingo Cardi Yarn Subs

Yesterday, in my Ravelry group, a knitter posed a yarn sub question about the wonderful, new Dale “Flamingo” cardi from the new Dale “Urban Retro” Book #320.  Sadly, only a handful of patterns from that awesome Norwegian original were translated into … Continue reading

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Baby’s 1st Fair Isle Cardi

It’s been an awfully long time since we’ve had a baby in the family.  Right now, our “baby” is my youngest son, who’s 16 already!  (Although he’d probably tell you the “baby” in our family is Gracie, below:) One of … Continue reading

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The Quick and Cozy Sale at Kidsknits

Brrrrrr, Valentine, it’s cold out there!  The windchill around here this weekend is supposed to dip below zero – YIKES!  It’s definitely time for some quick and cozy fireside knitting.  Or, at least time for plotting to be better prepared … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Book 319 Retro Baby

Dale’s new “Retro Baby” book is here!  It has sixteen adorable Norwegian colorwork knitting designs for dressing up your little sweethearts, newborn to three years old.  Everything in the book has been knit in Dale’s ever-popular Dale Baby Ull superwash … Continue reading

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Knitting’s many health benefits

Don’t miss Jane Brody’s article on the health benefits of knitting in yesterday’s New York Times: http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2016/01/25/the-health-benefits-of-knitting/

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Another Shetland Spindrift Shipment

Yippee, another dearly-awaited Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift shipment just waltzed through my door last night! A couple of  colors for some of my Fair Isle knitting kits have been missing in action the last few weeks.  If you’ve been wondering when … Continue reading

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Top 10 Tips for Machine-sewn Steeks

It’s that time of the year again!  Knitters scramble to finish up gifts, they scurry to gather provisions for the wintertime queue and I get inundated with frantic calls and emails about steeking – a finishing technique that’s central to … Continue reading

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Ivy Headband

My new, warm, soft, stranded, braided, purpled, ivy-covered headband: I used five different shades of Dale Garn Alpakka.  You’ll want about 40g out of a 50g ball of the main, background color – Purple 4845, in this case – since … Continue reading

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The Christmas Eve Collection

The Christmas Eve Collection – Three new Christmas ball ornament designs, making new Christmas memories for little ones; bringing back sweet, sugarplum memories of our own: The $6 PDF, which includes instructions for all of the designs pictured, is available … Continue reading

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Free Knitting Pattern – Sports Fan Hat

Son #3 loves to run.  No, make that LIVES to run!  He’s easy to spot in his favorite accoutrement for running: his funky, old, red-white-and-blue sweatband.  Kids from other schools come up to him, saying “Hey, you’re the dude with … Continue reading

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Sagebrush Chullo

That’s my new Sagebrush Chullo, knit in seven shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift fingering / jumper weight wool.  As I did with my old Polar Chullo design, I knit Sagebrush  at an extra warm and highly detailed gauge of 9 … Continue reading

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New Dale Baby Ull colors for Fall 2015

Dale Garn has added eight lovely new colors to their beloved Baby Ull line for Fall 2015.  Wow, this brings our count of different Baby Ull colors in stock at the moment to more than fifty – nice!  And, they’re … Continue reading

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Dale Knitting Book Clearance Sale

Stop by my Kidsknits.com knitting book page and you’ll see new clearance prices on a great selection of older Dale gems.  Here’s just a glimpse:

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Littlest hat, biggest honor

OMG!  Sometimes I get the sweetest reports back from my customers! I think today’s might top ’em all: Isn’t it wonderful, what we can do with sticks and string?! The pattern was originally written for sport weight Terne (newborn size) … Continue reading

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Peace Sweater Motifs – old mistakes or loveable quirks?

Yesterday, I posted about two types of observations I’ve made regarding the Dale Peace sweater knitting pattern – Dale’s little glitches, which you’ll definitely want to correct, and my opinionated preferences, which you might want to consider. Today, I want … Continue reading

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My notes for Dale’s Peace sweater knitting pattern

Last week, as soon as I saw it, I shared the Ravelry link to the new, free knitting pattern for Dale Garn’s lovely “Peace” sweater.  When they issued it, they said it was for a “limited time”, so time was … Continue reading

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New Dale Garn yarns and colors for Fall 2015

Hot off the presses!  Dale Garn just released this new PDF, showing new colors, and even a couple of new yarns, for 2015: DG-Fargekart-150826.  (Yep, it’s in Norwegian.  As you may have noticed from any Dale yarn ball band, “farge” … Continue reading

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Free knitting pattern – Dale “Peace” sweater!!

FINALLY!!! Dale of Norway’s beloved “Peace” sweater is now available for hand knitting using Dale Garn’s equally-lovable Dale Baby Ull yarn.  Not only that, this pattern is available in English and…are you ready for this?  It’s FREE!  Yep, apparently, for … Continue reading

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TBT – OOP Dale Book #44 Norwegian hats, mittens, gloves & socks

Here’s a gem from waaaaaay back in my Dale files – all the way back to Book #44 – a lovely collection of beloved Nordic hats, mittens, gloves and socks, for everyone from age 6 to 96. Our friends at … Continue reading

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Après Ski Wine Cozy

So, now I take requests.  Well, at least I took this one.  A particularly nice person who just so happens to be an absolutely wonderful knitter (funny how those two pop up together so often) asked me to design a … Continue reading

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TBT – What’s old is new again! Dale 13801 ladies’ cardigan

Turns out plenty of us traditional knitters are quite the forward thinkers!  The topic of the week around here: “What can I knit this summer that I’ll just love to wear this fall and winter… and every fall and winter … Continue reading

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NY Nordic Hat

It’s not easy for an old knitter to capture the interest of a frenetic teenage boy. But, when a few bags of Dale Garn Freestyle came through my door, sporting unmistakably neon colors, my youngest son, Mikey, practically pounced on … Continue reading

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Ladies’ “Spice Route Gloves” knitting kits

My ladies’ Spice Route Gloves Fair Isle knitting design, already available in PDF format through Ravelry, is now available as a knitting kit, too, through my online yarn shop, Kidsknits.com. And yes, as always, feel free to request custom colors. … Continue reading

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The Littlest Fisherman’s Hat

The inspiration for this hat is eighteen years old.  Back in March ’97, my now-hulking son Alex was a newborn.  Waaaaay too much of that spring was spent in a frustrating search for a sunhat for my bald-as-a-cueball little fellow.  … Continue reading

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Alpakka “Lilac” #4435 is back…for now

Dale Garn’s lovely “Lilac 4435” Alpakka 100% alpaca yarn is back in stock at Kidsknits…for now. It’s been a tremendously popular color, and it’s a key shade in a recent design of mine.  It took me quite a while to … Continue reading

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Woolly Lilies, a free knitting pattern

Now that so many of you have wrapped up your winter sweater knitting, I’ve had lots of requests for a small, portable knitting project that uses up a rainbow of leftovers.  Time to do some knitter’s composting! After the long, … Continue reading

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I Spy a Crocus

After the brutal winter we’ve endured, I got up out of bed this past Saturday morning – our last weekend in March – hoping that maybe, finally, we’d have a decent, spring-like weekend.  I had this silly notion that, “Oh, … Continue reading

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Val’s Tiger Lily Jacket

Yesterday, I received a delightful email from another one of my immensely talented customers, Val.  It’s always a big thrill for me, to see the face behind the emails and phone calls.  Turns out, not only is Val bright, funny … Continue reading

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Our new clearance sale page

You’ll want to bookmark this page.  It’s my new yarn and book clearance page on eBay.  Everything you’ll find there is fresh, untouched, pristine stock, directly from Kidsknits.com.  Items I continue to specialize in will stay on Kidsknits.com; items that … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Kids’ Book NR 309

Dale Garn’s new Kids’ Book #309 brings us six great designs for children aged 2 to 12 years old, including the traditional and ever-popular Norwegian “Fana” design, done with a modern twist: either round or raglan yokes, NO steeks.  (Of … Continue reading

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Bag Sale at Kidsknits.com

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Nordic Easter Egg, a free PDF with yarn purchase

It sure has been one long, hard winter!  But, if you can believe it, we’re just two weeks away from spring. While Mother Nature is apparently still enthralled with winter, someone else has been busily focusing on the colorful, lively … Continue reading

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Searching for Spring

The thermometer outside my kitchen window reported a bone-chilling two, count ’em,  two sorry degrees this morning.  So, I checked the weekend forecast, hoping for a sunny reprieve.  Snow and ice starting on Saturday afternoon, lasting into Sunday.  Not exactly … Continue reading

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Chevron Fingerless Mittens – knitting kits, colorway ideas

We’ve just added a new kit page for my Chevron Fingerless Mittens.  You can select your three favorite Dale Alpakka colors from the three little pull-downs, right there on the kit page.  But, how do you choose three favorites shades?  … Continue reading

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Free Knitting Pattern – North Shore Hat – UPDATE

February 9th, 2015 – Today, I’ve updated my old North Shore Hat free knitting pattern PDF with a new version which includes a bunch of explanatory notes which will hopefully clarify the earflap joining process.  Since most of my work … Continue reading

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Interview on “How to become a Professional Knitter”

Robin Hunter recently interviewed me for her blog, “How to become a Professional Knitter”.  It’s up there now, right…over…HERE!

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Fair Isle “Gentle Hat” kits now online

  Ladies’ Fair Isle “Gentle Hat” kits are now available through my Kidsknits.com store site.  The kits come with my pattern (printed or emailed PDF, your choice) and seven different shades of delightful Dale Garn “Alpakka” (aka “Royal Alpakka”) 100% … Continue reading

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Andrea’s Spice Route Gloves

I thought you’d like to see the lovely result, above, that my customer, Andrea, shared on Ravelry.  She knit my “Spice Route Gloves” design to a “T”, but in her own choice of colors.  As a designer, I think it’s … Continue reading

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Knitted Hem Fine Points

Happy 2015!  I hope you all had a wonderful 2014 and are ready for an even-better 2015.  Now, it’s time to get to work on those resolutions! One promise that I made myself for 2015 was that I’d stop letting … Continue reading

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Polar Chullo Shetland Spindrift Back in Stock

It’s baaaa-aaaack! Yippee, we just received yet another big shipment of wonderful Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.  In addition to several colors for some new designs that are “in the works” (stay tuned) I ordered a large amount of the five popular-but-elusive … Continue reading

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Gentle Hat

At 85 years old, most every day for almost three years now, my mother has driven nearly an hour each way over rough, winding, often-icy, upstate roads.  Her mission?  To spend as much precious time as possible trying to eek … Continue reading

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Christmas Balls – A Brilliant Blocking Idea

I’m so lucky – I have the coolest, most talented customers!  Here’s a nifty blocking idea that one of my brilliant customers shared recently on Ravelry: She’s been using my free Christmas Balls patterns. Before she stuffs and closes up … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Book 306 – Easy, Modern Sweaters for Adults

Dale’s new Book 306 is here.  It offers twenty designs for fashionable sweaters for adults – mostly ladies, but there are a few handsome choices for men, too.  The vast majority of Book 306 patterns are suitable for beginner to … Continue reading

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Retro Book 289

Dale Garn’s new Retro Book 289 (English language edition) is now available on Kidsknits.com. I’ve always loved their original “Retro” book, #207, which they came out with a few years ago.  So, I was delighted to see that they’ve come … Continue reading

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Christmas Book NR 305

Dale Garn’s new Christmas knitting (“Julestrikk”) Book #305 is up now on Kidsknits.com.  (We have the English-language edition.) You could keep yourself busy knitting from this book all year long! Naturally, you’ll find the requisite ornaments and tree skirts: But … Continue reading

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On Flat Charts for Round Shapes

It’s gratifying to see so many knitters stopping by to check out my patterns. Many of you are new to charted knitting and, as you’ve gotten your feet wet with some of my Christmas Ball patterns, a few of you … Continue reading

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Dale Garn Book 294 – Kids

Dale Garn Book 294, with knitting patterns for children’s wear in sizes 2 to 12 years, is now up on the Kidsknits.com Dale Book page. I’m happy to report that Book 294 has quite a few designs for us stranded … Continue reading

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Ethereal Diamonds – a free lace scarf pattern, introducing “Erle”

I had lost count of all the projects on my needles.  Sanity warned “Don’t you dare cast on one more stitch until 2015!” But, if you could just hold one soft, little cloud of Dale Garn’s new “Erle” in your … Continue reading

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Supernova Hat

Thirty, count ’em, thirty quick rounds of short repeat, short float bliss, then *poof*, you’re done.  Should fit most of the adults on your holiday list.  It seems a shame to knit just one, no? Knit yours in any two … Continue reading

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Ode to Heilo

Going through some of my files this morning, it dawned on me that, oh my gosh, my Wintergarden Pullover is ten years old!  It’s been a hectic decade of adventures for Wintergarden – skiing, hiking, knitting, scrambling, chasing, knitting, lounging, … Continue reading

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Shepherdess Cloche

My “Shepherdess Cloche” hat design, sized for adult females, knit in Dale Garn Monjita, Hegre and Heilo or Falk, now available as a knitting pattern, PDF or kit:   Dale Garn’s new, wonderfully soft, Persian-lamb-lookalike, Monjita, is held together with … Continue reading

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Camissonia Mittens

My new “Camissonia Mittens“, sized to fit the average adult female hand.  Knit in standard Fair Isle knitting technique, then (optionally) embroidered, using Dale Garn Alpakka throughout: The knitting kit is available through my on-line yarn shop, Kidsknits.com.  It includes … Continue reading

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Fair Isle Cowl in 60 Quick Luxury Knits

“60 Quick Luxury Knits” has just been released and it includes my reversible fair isle cowl, below: The publishers had me use Cascade’s “Venezia Sport” 70% merino wool, 30% mulberry silk sport weight yarn.  (In fact, all of the designs … Continue reading

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Chevron Fingerless Mittens

My “Chevron Fingerless Mittens”, sized for the average adult female hand, with fitted cuffs and gusseted thumbs. Knit in luxurious Dale of Norway Royal Alpakka.  Use any three shades your heart desires.  I used 19g of Slate 0007, 32g of … Continue reading

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Dale Book 286

Dale Garn’s Book #286, which features stylish sweaters for ladies and men, is now available in the English translation through Kidsknits. Click the link, below, to see Dale’s photo preview of the designs within Book 286. Book 286 photos

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Free Knitting Pattern – North Shore Hat

Here’s a free pattern for a super-quick, adult-sized earflap hat I made for my winter beach hikes.  I used wonderfully soft and warm Dale Hubro 100% pure new wool.  It’s “bulky” weight, so it knits up in a blink.  (I … Continue reading

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Blendoku – a great game for Fair Isle fanatics

What’s Blendoku?  It’s an intriguing free app that sharpens your color management skills.  Should disaster strike and you find yourself without your knitting (gasp!) it’s a fun way to sharpen your skills for setting up smooth color gradients for your … Continue reading

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Knitting’s Cerebral Side

CNN’s very interesting article on knitting’s cerebral benefits: http://www.cnn.com/2014/03/25/health/brain-crafting-benefits/ (But from the tips of our fingers, to our hearts, to our minds…we knew that! 😉 )

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Steek stitches – how many???

Someone just posted an interesting question in my Two Strands group on Ravelry.  It’s one I’m often asked regarding Norwegian steeks, so I’ll share it with you folks here, too. She’s thinking about knitting the Dale Sirdal design from their … Continue reading

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Free 2014 Chart

Whether you work “2014” into some wonderful chart work you have planned for this year, or embroider it in with duplicate stitch, once you’re done, may it someday spark sweet, sweet memories of the many fine times you had “way … Continue reading

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Free Knitting Pattern – Twist and Sprout Hat

The middle of January…yuck!  Here in the Northeast, you wouldn’t want to face January without a cozy hat nearby.  Not a dreary hat, mind you – there’s more than enough of that dreariness in the skies these days. So, here’s … Continue reading

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Shetland Spindrift Naturals are back in stock!

Yippee!  I just received a big box of long-awaited Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift in the natural shades I use in my Polar Chullo design (among others.)  Normally, they’re a mainstay of my selection – foundation shades that I can’t bear to … Continue reading

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Free Knitting Pattern – Lace Scrunchie

Need a last-minute, low-budget gift idea for a long-haired lovely on your list?  If you have a stray elastic band somewhere, plus a few extra ounces of Lerke yarn lying around, you’re in luck!  (And if you don’t, well, you’re … Continue reading

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Dale Baby Book 277

Here’s yet another new English translation from Dale Garn: Baby Book 277 – a sweet collection of 13 different knitting designs for baby outfits featuring lace, textures and simple, solid basics.  Now available at Kidsknits.com.  

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Sochi Book 284

Dale’s Sochi Book 284 just came into stock at Kidsknits.com last night.  It’s the knitting pattern booklet for Dale’s Official Norwegian Olympic Ski Team Sweater for the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.  (Instructions are in English.  It also includes instructions for … Continue reading

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New knitting books from Dale: Book 267 and Book 280

Two great new books from Dale are now in stock: Book 280 (left, above) features Olympic ski sweater designs for sizes 6-yrs old through Adult XXL and covers old favorites from prior Olympics, 1956 through 2010. Book 267 (right, above) … Continue reading

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Free Knitting Pattern – Two Strands Christmas Ball

An early Christmas present, to say “Thank You!” to all of my dear Kidsknits.com customers.  I hope it brings cheer to your home, year after year. This “Two Strands Christmas Ball” was knit using worsted weight Dale of Norway Freestyle … Continue reading

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White, Off-White or Natural?

Here’s the #1 hemming and hawing point for knitters picking out yarns for a Norwegian knitting project: “Which ‘White’ will it be?” Today, we had a nice (?) overcast morning – good for photography, anyway.  So, I set up some … Continue reading

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Circular knitting intro for use with Christmas Balls PDF

When I wrote my “Christmas Balls” free knitting patterns last year (and my free “Star of Bethlehem” pattern this year) I had my “typical” knitting customer in mind.  Not that any of you are typical – you’re all special and … Continue reading

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Spice Route Gloves

…or, “What I Did Over My Summer Vacation”: My “Spice Route Gloves” design, knit in 4 shades of Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.  Finished palm circumference of 8″, so they’re sized to fit average adult female hand. Five 25g balls of Jamieson’s … Continue reading

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Free knitting pattern: Christmas Ball – “Star of Bethlehem”

I love knitting Christmas things during heatwaves – at least my thoughts are cool!  Last year’s heatwave inspired three Nordic Christmas balls.  This year, most of my heatwave knitting time was spent on some gloves I’ll be showing you shortly.  … Continue reading

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Tiger Lily, in the pink

Reason #352 why I love knitting:  Merely by changing the shades of yarn we’re using, we can give an entirely new look to beloved, old designs. It’s true, I do lament when an “old favorite” shade is discontinued by the … Continue reading

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Stranded Knitting Presentation at LI Knitting Guild

I’d like to send out a big, warm “Thank You!” to everyone at the Long Island Knitting Guild.  This past Friday, I presented my talk to them, “Stranded on Long Island – Tips and Tricks for Developing Your Very Own … Continue reading

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Same Old Yarn, Brand New Gauge???

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“More monkeys, please!”

A common request around here lately: “More monkeys, please!” Today’s answer: “Coming right up!” You’re just one click away from one dozen new colorway ideas for my Monkey Hat using Dale of Norway Baby Ull yarn, our hands-down favorite for … Continue reading

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Shamrock Mittens

My new Shamrock Mittens, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift.  Sized to fit an 8″ adult female palm circumference.  The  PDF is available for purchase and download through Ravelry.  The Spindrift yarn (in natural white and…you guessed it…”leprechaun”) is available through … Continue reading

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More Riverside Cowl Colorways

Some alternate colorway ideas for my Riverside Cowl design:     Got a favorite?  Get the customizable kit here.    

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Free Knitting Chart – Numerals

Here’s a happy way to make your 2013 knitting special:

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Tiger Lily Jacket Color Substitutions

I think putting together new colorways can be a lot of fun. But, it takes a lot of time, too – something I’m finding in short supply these days.  In an effort to stop wasting time on duplicated effort (okay, … Continue reading

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Catching long floats on the Polar Chullo

I know quite a few of you are working on your Polar Chullos, hoping to get them done in time for the holidays. I’m reposting a response I just sent to a knitter in Ravelry who is working on her … Continue reading

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Riverside Cowl

My “Riverside Cowl” – knit in Dale of Norway Royal Alpakka yarn.  Fair Isle and garter stitch on the outside, solid stockinette stitch on the lining, luxurious warmth all over.  The kit is available through my on-line store, Kidsknits.com.  It … Continue reading

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Mittens in a Blink

“And now, for something completely different…” I’ll always love fussing over fine-gauge, stranded designs. But, I gotta tell you, being able to make these cushy, comfy, colorful babies in a blink definitely has its own rewards.  Knit a complete pair … Continue reading

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Sirdal

I’m very fortunate to have some tremendously talented customers.  This past week, a charming coincidence arose: two of my wonderful customers showed me their very special renditions of Dale of Norway’s beloved “Sirdal” design, a traditional Norwegian knitting classic (which, … Continue reading

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Allamanda Hat

My new Allamanda Hat design.  It’s easier than it looks. It’s first knit in typical Fair Isle style (no more than two colors at once.)  When the knitting is done, you have the option to get carried away with some … Continue reading

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Gullfasan, a metallic yarn

This week, quite a few knitters have asked me “So what’s this Gullfasan?” It’s a new DK- weight 90% viscose / 10% polyamid metallic yarn from Dale of Norway. It’s also what I used, along with Falk, a sport-weight wool, … Continue reading

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Christmas Balls – a free knitting pattern PDF

It’s Christmas at Kidsknits!  Oh, okay…it’s still August.  But, I’ve been busy making Christmas presents, and the first one is for…YOU! Around this time last year, the red and white Heilo was flying off the shelves, as fast as we … Continue reading

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Monkey Hat

My new Monkey Hat design.  Knit in Dale of Norway Baby Ull yarn for newborn and infant sizes. Knit in Dale of Norway Falk yarn for youth and teen / adult sizes. Kits with printed patterns available through Kidsknits.com.  Personal-use … Continue reading

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Two new hat designs in Hegre

Recently, a knitter wrote to me, saying “Mary Ann, I’m thrilled with my Two Strands Headband- thanks! You’ve turned me into a real stranded knitting nut! What can I knit next that won’t be too challenging, but will help to … Continue reading

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Old and new, from Dale Baby

We’ve recently added Dale of Norway’s sweet new book of baby designs, Book NR 247.  The real Dale aficionados among you might notice a few reprises of classics from many years ago; plus, there are several new, delightful designs to … Continue reading

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Return of the Vikings

Waaaaay back in ’06, I made these Viking Hats for my dear son #2, Alex. Back then, to the casual observer, Alex was a mild-mannered, studious sort; hence the relatively tame, blue version.  But even in those early years, those … Continue reading

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Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens

My Hedgerow Fingerless Mittens require only two 50-g balls – 1 light, 1 dark – in your favorite shades of either Heilo or Falk. The instructions offer sizing for average adult & extra large adult. The PDF is available for … Continue reading

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Fishy Booty

…Or, how to get maximum cuteness from one tiny pile of sock yarn scraps… The Fishy Booty design is knit circularly and seamlessly, using mainly garter stitch, with a few priceless little rounds of stranded garter stitch (which is explained … Continue reading

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The Nomad Earflap Hat

Knit in Dale of Norway Hubro yarn at a super speedy, yet oh-so-cozy  3 sts/inch.  Choose any 3 contrasting shades of Hubro; you’ll need 1 ball of each.  (If you have some Hubro on hand, you’ll want an entire 100g … Continue reading

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