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Christmas Ball FAQs

Here’s a compendium of info and links for all of the Christmas balls I’ve designed over the years: These are my five, free Christmas Ball knitting patterns, below… …and here is my Christmas Eve Collection, which is available for purchase … 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Nordic Easter Egg – reminder

UPDATE, March 2017 My “Nordic Easter Egg” pattern is still available through Ravelry. Here’s the link to the $5 PDF. Happy Easter and Happy Knitting!

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Dale of Norway / Dalegarn Baby Book #270

Dale of Norway’s latest English-text Baby Book #270 is live on the Kidsknits.com site now.  (Actually, it comes with both English and Norwegian instructions!) It has a nice selection of sweet, little projects, and many of them look as though … 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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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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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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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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Hubro Mittens – free knitting pattern with yarn purchase

I’m happy to report that my “Mittens in a Blink” ladies’ super bulky mitten pattern, introduced to you a few weeks ago in Malabrigo Rasta 100% merino, works beautifully with Dale of Norway Hubro 100% wool, too. (See above, in … 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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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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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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Perfect Mitten Blockers, on the Cheap

Right about now, I’d guess quite a few of you are finishing up Mitten #2, and you’re looking forward to that sparkling moment when you present your beautiful work to a (hopefully deserving and endlessly appreciative) special someone.  Before you … Continue reading

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Zinnia Mittens, Twist Collective Winter 2011

Yippee, the new Twist Collective is out!  There are so many beautiful designs in this issue! I’m honored to have my Zinnia mittens among them: The links: Zinnia on Twist Collective, main pattern page Zinnia on Twist Collective, detail page … Continue reading

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Snowbird Hat

My Snowbird Hat, knit in Dale of Norway’s Hubro, a tremendously soft, chunky 100% wool yarn which knits up in a blink.  The PDF for this design is sold through Ravelry.

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Creating Knitting Pattern PDFs

I’m often asked “What special software packages do you use to create your knitting pattern PDFs?” and the apparently surprising answer is “Nothing special, really!”  Ninety-nine percent of my work is done in Microsoft Excel (for charts) and Word (for … Continue reading

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Snow Day Hat…

…or “How I Survived A Sweltering September With One Easy Project”: And all it took was 2 balls of Dale of Norway Freestyle yarn (plus a lot of wishful thinking.) Are you starting to “Think Snow”, too?  Here’s the PDF, … Continue reading

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Dale Book NR 235: “Julevott Adventkalender”

That’s Dale of Norway’s Book NR 235 and it’s in stock (for now) at Kidsknits.com.  It includes instructions for several winter and Christmastime gifts to knit, such as hats, mittens, scarves, afghans, ornaments, etc., including the “Julevott Adventkalender” (mini-Christmas mitten … Continue reading

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How to make a tassel

A few folks have asked me how I made the tassel on my Fair Isle Hat that’s in the Fall 2011 edition of Vogue Knitting.  Not too surprisingly, to save space and to fit more designs into their biggest issue … Continue reading

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Ruth’s Tiger Lily

I want to share with you a wonderful photo I recently received from a very talented customer: That’s Ruth modeling her green version of my old Tiger Lily Jacket design.  Isn’t her knitting just beautiful?!  And I love those Falk … Continue reading

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Fair Isle Hat, Vogue Knitting Fall 2011

ETA: Link to PDF available through Vogue Knitting. That’s my “#08 Fair Isle Hat” that just came out in Vogue Knitting Fall 2011.  While I was waiting for the black and white Cascade 220 Sport to arrive from Vogue Knitting … Continue reading

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Dale’s Ladybug design in my Girlybug colorway

Dale of Norway has an extraordinary number of beloved designs for children, but I guess the most beloved of all would have to be their “Marihone”, or “Ladybug”, sweater. I have more than a few customers whose first reaction, upon … Continue reading

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Booties for a Special Day

OMG, these were so much fun to make!  I’ve done so many adult-sized things lately that I had nearly forgotten the thrill that comes from the quick turnaround of knitting little babies’ things.  Of course, I wasn’t looking for lightening … Continue reading

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Wintergarden now available as PDF through Ravelry

I have two quick bits of news for you.  First, I’ve finally gotten around to formatting my ladies’ Wintergarden Pullover as a PDF and it’s now available through Ravelry. Secondly, it turns out Gracie is a knitter!  (I guess that … Continue reading

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Yarn on Sale

I’ve just made a bunch of updates to the “Yarn on Sale” page.  (See also top right of menu.) Definitely check it out – there are some beautiful deals here!  Since they’re predominantly discontinued yarns, email me at mas “AT” … Continue reading

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Rosalia Encore: the longer version

I used Dale of Norway Falk for my original Rosalia, mainly because of the great range of colors available in that line.  But there are plenty of other sport weight yarn options you could use, like Dale of Norway Heilo … Continue reading

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Rosalia: a Fair Isle / Norwegian / Asian design

My “Rosalia” is now out in the Winter 2010 edition of Twist Collective. For those of you asking “What was she thinking?!?!?!?!”, I offer the following excuses: When I was a child, unless it was Christmas or Easter, we simply … Continue reading

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Amaryllis Hat knitting pattern PDF added to Ravelry

Okay, okay, I give up! I’ve just added the PDF for my ladies’ Amaryllis Hat to my Ravelry store. It just kills me to say “No!” to knitters! When the Amaryllis Hat debuted on my Kidsknits.com site a few months … Continue reading

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Amaryllis Hat, a Fair Isle / Norwegian knitting design for a ladies’ hat

My new ladies’ Amaryllis Hat coordinates with my old Amaryllis Mittens.  Kits for the hat and/or mittens are now available through my Kidsknits site.

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Vancouver – Back at it!

I had a little time this weekend to finally get back to my Vancouver v-neck.  The solid portions make for great spectator knitting but, boy, am I ever happy to be back into colorwork!

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Polar Chullo on Winter ’09 Twist Collective – a Fair Isle earflap hat design

Polar Chullo, sized for adults, knit in Jamieson’s Shetland Spindrift That’s my Polar Chullo design which you can now find in the Winter 2009 Edition of Twist Collective.  The pattern, either printed or as an emailed PDF,  yarn packs and kits (pattern … Continue reading

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Vancouver Progress Report #2

I’m just past the base of the neckline now.  I think it really helps to put a marker on either side of those steek stitches so that you know exactly where to make your decreases:

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Sleepy Monkey Blanket, a reversible stranded baby blanket knitting design

Monkster has something he’d like to show you: That’s my Sleepy Monkey Blanket which I designed for the Spring 2009 edition of Twist Collective. No, that’s not a second blanket – it’s reversible! Nifty, huh? My 3 boys aren’t babies … Continue reading

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How to knit a hem

A few knitters have asked me lately how I finish a knitted hem. I just came across the above old photo and thought it might be useful in answering that question. This photo shows how I slipstitch the hem inside … Continue reading

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