Friday, September 11, 2020

Episode 227 - Knitting and Wool in the News

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page. 

What are we wearing?
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Confetti by Veera Valimaki
Gayle's Confetti

What are we stalking?
Brookgreen Cardi by Laura Aylor
Collecting Breeze by Shinobu Sasaki
emPower Lace by Rosemary Hill
Little Miss Rainbow by Solenn Croix-Loarer
Ingens by Inga Semmingsen
Sahra Sweater by Leeni How

What are we knitting?
Julie's Wrap by Joji Locatelli
Mira's Cowl by Baah Yarn
Susurrus by Joji Locatelli

What have we finished?
Le Scarabée Bleu by La Maison Rililie



Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!













Wool in the news!
Stephanie Pearl McFee, the Yarn Harlot
sheepcentral.com Warning! This site includes images and stories about meat farming and wool farming.



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Friday, August 28, 2020

Episode 226 - Comfort knitting

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page. 

What are we wearing?

Look, Squirrel by Casapinka

Sharlene's Look, Squirrel

What are we stalking?

Mood Cardigan by Jeanette Sloan

Summer Fairy by Ririko

Spin Me Around by Catherine Bligh

Gracious by Espace Tricot

What are we knitting?

Julie's Wrap by Joji Locatelli

Mira's Cowl by Baah Yarn

Le Scarabée Bleu by La Maison Rililie


Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!













We share a little bit about what things were like locally this past week with the CZU Lightning Complex fires and mass evacuations.

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Friday, August 14, 2020

Episode 225 - Knitting Hornets and Unicorns of the Sea

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page.

What are we wearing?
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Sharlene's Maypop
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Gayle's BlueSand

What are we stalking?
Nether Garments - Adult (September) by Elizabeth Zimmermann
Fake Hornets Nest by L.a.p. crochet creations
Leafbird by Bernice Lim
Love Grows Here by Cally Monster
Quiet Starts by Joji Locatelli

What are we knitting?
Julie's Wrap by Joji Locatelli
Le Scarabée Bleu by La Maison Rililie
Susurrus by Joji Locatelli


Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!














What have we finished?
Look, Squirrel by Casapinka
Spruce & Lichen by Tif Neilan
Assookinakii by Candice English
Gayle's Assookinakii

Before we sign off, we discuss a few listener tips for using stitch markers and wearing shawls and discuss the Colors of Fall 2020 Knit-a-long.

Some resources for wearing shawls include:

How to wear Viajante by Martina Behm
4 scarves worn 16 ways from Nordstrom
How to wear a pashmina by Very Pashmina


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Friday, July 31, 2020

Episode 224 - Knitting with our wardrobe of stitch markers

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page. 

What are we wearing?
Farallon by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Farallon
Elizabeth Doherty's website
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Gayle's BlueSand

What are we stalking?
"Ombre All Day" Pants by Lauren Riker
"Ombre All Day" Shorts by Laren Riker
emPower People Bracelets by Diane L. Augustin
Small Sausage Dog by Amanda Berry
Amanda Berry's website
Lee Blanket by Kate Oates
Shik'is Hat by Jennifer Berg



Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!














What are we knitting?
Look, Squirrel! by Casapinka
Susurrus by Joji Locatelli
Spruce & Lichen by Tif Nielan
Assookinakii by Candice English

What have we finished?
Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji Locatelli

We discuss the humble stitch marker, and ways we use them to enhance and aid our knitting, and add a bit of bling too! :) 

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Friday, July 17, 2020

Episode 223 - Shawl knitting: Where are they now?

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page. 

What are we wearing?
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Donner
Fading Point by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Fading Point

What are we stalking?
emPower People by Casapinka
emPower People by Laverne Benton
emPower People sewing pattern available here
Collier by Marias Garn 
0-1494 Radiant Scribbies by DROPS design
Sakura Face Scrubbies by K.A.M.E. Crochet 
Cowgirl by Emilie Luis
Enchantée by Emilie Luis
Fog by Alina Schneider
Syrinx by Stephanie Earp

What are we knitting?
Look, Squirrel by Casapinka
Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji Locatelli
Super Simple Summer Sweater (Joji Locatelli website link)
Villa Wrap by Helen Stewart
Le Scarabée Bleu by La Maison Rililie



Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!














What have we finished?
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Sharlene ripped hers
Sharlene's emPower cowl #1
Sharlene's emPower cowl #2
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Sharlene's Breathe and Hope
Solasta by Amalia

Where are they now?
Ishbel by Ysolda Teague
Jujuy by Joji Locatelli
Outing Shawl by Irene Lin




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Friday, July 3, 2020

Episode 222 - School of Knit: Picking Up Stitches

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page. 

What are we wearing?
Donner by Elizabeth Doherty
Sharlene's Donner
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Like a Cloud
Gayle's Like a Cloud

What are we stalking?
Java by Julie Knits in Paris
Sundial by Janina Kallio
Parallelolamb by Stephen West
Trescao Jumper by Anna Dervout
Ivy Line by Yoko Johnston
Instagram: Maressa Made

What are we knitting?
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Look, Squirrel by Casapinka
Solasta by Kindred Red
Susurrus by Joji Locatelli



Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!















What have we finished?
Kitten hats
March Hat by Meghan Babin
Gayle's hats
Rafa's Hat by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Rafa's Hat

School of Knit!
We talk about picking up stitches, and some online resources to help you get over this hurdle!
Picking up stitches videos from Purl Soho
How to Pick Up Stitches Correctly and Evenly from Plymouth Yarn Magazine






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Saturday, June 20, 2020

Episode 221 - Colors of Fall knit-a-long kick off!

The following pattern and project links direct you to the pattern's or project's Ravelry page. 

What are we wearing?
Ranunculus by Mirodi Hirose
Sharlene's Ranunculus
Gayle's Ranunculus
Gayle's Throwover

What are we stalking?
Dambisa Socks by Noma Ndlovu
Ruched Shawl - Light by Noma Ndlovu
Kiboushi by Ririko
Fogeater Hat by Kelly McClure
Spruce & Lichen by Tif Neilan
Grey Space by Tif Neilan
Wanderlight by Tif Neilan
Nimbus Sweater by Yiğitcan Vatansever



Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!















What are we knitting?
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Scrappy Smarled Hat by Tif Neilan
Solasta by Kindred Red

What have we finished? 
Annabelle Blouse by Hobbii Designs
Copy.Cat C.C. beanie by Emily Ingrid
Gayle's C.C. beanie
Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose



Friday, June 5, 2020

Episode 220 - Knitting our hearts on our sleeves

How are we feeling?
We encourage you to take advantage of the many online resources available to educate and inspire you to be actively anti-racist.  For knitters and crafters, you may like this resource:
BIPOC in Fiber

What are we stalking?
Yorlin by Kate Davies
Turn a Tunip Profit by Tatyana Grigoryan
Ennez Balloran by Anne Regourd
Susurrus by Joji Locatelli
Solasta by Kindred Red

What are we knitting?
Annabelle Blouse by Hobbii Design
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
March Hat by Megan Babin
Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose


Thank-you to this month's sponsor LoLo Body Care!














What have we finished?
Asagi by Bristol Ivy
Scrappy Smarled by Tif Neilan
Moto by Mara Catherine Bryner

We talk about sleeves. Top-down sleeves, bottom-up sleeves, and a few other knit sleeves as well. There is probably a lot we still need to say, but for now, this will get the conversation going. If you want to talk more sleeves, visit our Ravelry group here.







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Friday, May 22, 2020

Episode 219 - Introducing the Colors of Fall 2020

What are we wearing?
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
Obsidian by Lisa Mutch
Gayle's Obsidian

What are we stalking?
Annabelle Blouse by Hobbii Design
Look, Squirrel! by Casapinka
Nuala by Libby Jonson
Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Scrappy Smarled by Tif Neilan
Omgwtf2020 by Mary Annarella
Loch by Tincanknits

What are we knitting?
Asagi by Bristol Ivy
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart
Sharlene's Habitation Throw
Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirosi
Memory Blanket by Georgie Nicolson
Gayle's Deep Breath Sweater
Moto by Mara Catherine Bryner


Thank-you to our sponsor Candy Skein!














What have we finished?
The Throwover by Andrea Mowry
Gayle's Throwover

We introduce our annual Colors of Fall Knit-a-long for 2020! The planning thread for chat for the KAL can be found on Ravelry here. Have fun with it! Remember that part of the fun is to photograph your finished clothing or accessory with a fall outfit. :)





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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Episode 218 - Knitting to keep it together during SIP

Coming to you with another episode recorded each from our own homes. :( Recording separately is definitely not as much fun, and comes with its own challenges. Especially when my old computer decided to give up the ghost this week. Sigh. Computer troubles aside, I know all of us collectively are having a hard time right now. The future is unknown and sheltering in place is hard. Be strong, knit on, support each other, stay safe and wash your hands! Remember, we are keeping our loved ones safe.
- Sharlene

What are we wearing?
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Sharlene doesn't have photos up yet, please look at Gayle's instead!
Like a Cloud by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Like a Cloud

What are we stalking?
Crème Caramel by Knitting For Breakfast
Stitches - Animal Crossing by Hi Sheep
Golden Hour Sweater by Maria G Knits
Cormo Sport from Sincere Sheep
Hard Cider by Thea Coleman
Soft Flow by Hanna Maciejewska
From Grandma with Love by Melanie Berg

What are we knitting?
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Sharlene's Breathe and Hope
Asagi by Bristol Ivy
Lindy Chain from Knit Picks
The Throwover by Andrea Mowry
Moto by Mara Catherine Bryner



Thank-you to our sponsor Candy Skein!














What have we finished?
Blueprint by Joan Forgione
Felix Pullover by Amy Christoffers
March Hat by Meghan Babin
June Hat by Meghan Kelly

Where are they now?
#241 Neck Down V Neck Shaped Cardigan by Diane Soucy
Sharlene's version of #241
Let it fall by Matilda Kruse
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Gayle's Maypop Hoodie
Soldotna Crop by Caitlin Hunter
Gayle's Soldotna
Peer Pressure by Celia McAdam Cahill
Gayle's Peer Pressure
Annulaire by Hilary Smith Callis
Gayle's Annulaire
So Faded by Andrea Mowry






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Friday, April 24, 2020

Episode 217 - Sheltering in place–keeping it real!

What are we wearing?
Divvy by JumperCables
Sharlene's Divvy
Gayle made Divvy too

What are we stalking?
Mooncat Shawl by Kelly McClure
Breathe and Hope by Casapinka
Kawoon by Elena Fedotova
Gayle is stalking blankets
Le Scarabée Bleu by La Maison Rililie
Dutch Rabbits by Rachel Borello Carroll
Botanisk Hage by Inga Semmingsen

What are we knitting?
Blueprint by Joan Forgione
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Felix Pullover by Amy Christoffers
The Throwover by Andrea Mowry
Sock Yarn Memory Blanket

Thank-you to our sponsor Infinite Twist!










What have we finished?
Dawe by Amy Miller
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones
Sharlene's Bits and Bobs
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Copy.Cat C.C. beanie by Emily Ingrid

We discuss a little bit about sheltering in place and a reminder to keep it real! Not everyone and every family is dealing with stresses the same way, and many of us are dealing with loss of income and jobs; essential jobs that take us in harms way; dealing with trying to work at home while homeschooling; sick family members or self; lack of focus or direction; and overall grief and fear of an unknown future.


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Friday, April 10, 2020

Episode 216 - School of knit: increases

This is our second episode recorded remotely while we shelter in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Be well everyone!

What are we wearing?
Confetti by Veera Välimäki
Sharlene's Confetti
Boxy by Joji Locatelli
Gayle's Boxy

What are we stalking?
Georgie Baby Blanket by Helen Stewart
Habitation Throw by Helen Stewart
Yooko Cardigan by Rosa P.
Felix Pullover by Amy Christoffers
Felix Cardigan by Amy Christoffers
Zephyr by Celia McAdam Cahill

What are we knitting?
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Blueprint by Joan Forgionne
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Gayle's Sock Yarn Memory Blanket
The Throwover by Andrea Mowry


Thank-you to our sponsor Infinite Twist!










What have we finished?
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Fairy Dust by Dani Sunshine
Gayle's Fairy Dust
Copy.Cat C.C beanie by Emily Ingrid
Gayle's Beanie

School of Knit!
Increase resources
Technique videos by Very Pink

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Friday, March 27, 2020

Episode 215 - Knitting while sheltering in place

Gayle and I are sheltering in place right now, spending lots of time on Ravelry chatting in the forums, stalking, and giving those little hearts. We're both working from home when possible, and exploring online resources for cooking, books, museums, and movies. I hope everyone is finding ways to reach out to others, stay healthy, and support those essential workers who are allowing many to shelter at home. Stay safe everyone and go wash your hands! Happy knitting!
- Sharlene


What are we wearing?
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
Sharlene's Ranunculus
No. 10 from Önling
Gayle's Ranunculus
Zweig by Caitlin Hunter
Gayle's Zweig
Sharlene's Zweig

What are we stalking?
Purple Coke Sweater by Katrin Schneider
Purple Coke by Katrin Schneider
Spring is in the Air by Hinterm Stein
Enkel ribbelue by Wenche Roald
The Throwover by Andrea Mowry
Carlina Pullover by Whitney Hayward
Pappus Pullover by Midori Hirose


Thank-you to our sponsor Fix-A-Stitch!






What are we knitting?
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
Dawe by Amy Miller
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Fairy Dust by Dani Sunshine

What have we finished?
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Dad
Tamarugo by Anna Hintikka
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones

The SIKAL has been extended to May 1 at least!
The Science of Well Being Yale course on Coursera

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Friday, March 13, 2020

Episode 214 - Choosing a Cast-on

What are we wearing?
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
The Throwback by Andrea Mowry

What are we stalking?
Borb the Crow by Verdandi Skov
Eezra by Rosa P
Swinside by Becky Baker
Wool & Berries by Joji Locatelli
Hazeldene by Xiaowei Design
Long Love by Ankestrick




Thank-you to our sponsor Fix-A-Stitch!







What are we knitting?
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Bits and Bobs by Kay Jones
Blue Sand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Dad

What have we finished?
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
No. 10 from Önling
No. 11 from Önling
Sorrel by Wool & Pine
Magical Mermaid Hat by Kristy Griffard

There are lots of different cast-ons that knitters can use. Like Gayle and I, perhaps you have a few that are your "go to" cast-ons. But there are a few situations where you might benefit from learning and using a different or new-to-you method of casting on. In this segment, we discuss some of the options out there, and why you might choose to use a different cast-on from your usual method.







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Friday, February 28, 2020

Episode 213 - Stitches West 2020

Gayle and I have just returned from spending the weekend at the Stitches West event in Santa Clara. Stitches West is a large retail needle arts event with a large market place and classes. We also worked at the Western Sky Knits booth, helping with set-up, sales, and tear-down. One of the best things about any large fiber event is the people watching. Or in this case, the sweater watching. Trends we noticed included combining two or more strands of yarn together to create fabric; colorwork sweaters are still popular; new textures, such as the slubby yarn we saw at Western Sky Knits; and we noticed that many dyers are bringing back non-superwash bases. There is so much to see at a show like this and even though we try to at least walk the whole show floor, we still miss things! But we had a fabulous time and enjoyed spending time with friends and listeners. We hope you enjoy our brief recap!
- Sharlene

Slubby fingering from Western Sky Knits
The wedding dress we saw in the Forbidden Fibers booth

Super Simple Summer Sweater by Joji Locatelli
stitchinsenorita's Super Simple Summer Sweater
Old School by Veera Valimaki
Magnolia Chunky Cardigan by Camilla Vad

Sorrel by Wool & Pine
Sharlene's Sorrel
Magnolia Sock from Western Sky Knits
Ranunculus by Midori Hirose
Gayle's Ranunculus

Love Note by tincanknits
Sharlene's Love Note
Clio by Elizabeth Doherty
Gayle's Clio
Sheer V sweater by Jessie Mae Martinson
Paper Daisies by Lisa K. Ross
Calan Mai by Voolenvine



Thank-you to our sponsor Western Sky Knits!














Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Puntilla
Maypop Hoodie by Susanna Winter
Gayle's Maypop

Handspun Hope - handspun yarn from Rwanda
These felted animals are just adorable!
Grace by Jane Richmond

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Friday, February 14, 2020

Episode 212 - Sweater Elements

What are we wearing?
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
A Cropped Sweater for Winter by Andi Satterlund

What are we stalking?
Dar by Bristol Ivy
Japan Sleeves by Joji Locatelli
January Hat by Courtney Kelley
February Hat by Kate Gagnon Osborn
Big Sister by Hinterm Stein

What are we knitting?
Dawe by Amy
Goldfish Memory by Casapinka
Sorrel by Wool and Pine
Bits and Bobs by Kay F. Jones
Twistmas by Espace Tricot

Thank-you to our sponsor Western Sky Knits!













What have we finished?
Sorrel by Wool and Pine

Our discussion about picking patterns continues, specifically looking at different elements of sweaters and the reminder to knit something that you will really be able to incorporate into your wardrobe!




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Friday, January 31, 2020

Episode 211 - Llamacorns, cats, and birds, oh my!

What are we wearing?
Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Sharlene's Puntilla
BlueSand Cardigan by La Maison Rililie
Gayle's BlueSand Cardigan

What are we stalking?
Run the World by Afifa
Tune by Ankestrick
Cozy Pullover by Ewelina Murach
Kids' Coastal Hoodie by Tori Gurbisz
Twistmas by EspaceTricot
Doocot by Kate Davies


Thank-you to our sponsor LoLoBodyCare!













What are we knitting?
Sorrel by Wool and Pine
Dawe by Amy Miller
Land of Sweets by Helen Stewart
Bit and Bobs by Kay Jones
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Leni by Isabel Kraemer
Elorie by Elizabeth Doherty
Copy.Cat C.C beanie by Emily Ingrid
Wee Melia by Ysolda Teague

We talk a bit more about picking a pattern, and share some tips and comments from the discussion in our Ravelry group.

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Friday, January 17, 2020

Episode 210 - Happy 8th Anniversary to us!

Happy anniversary to us! It has crept up slowly, and suddenly we are celebrating our 8th anniversary. Wow! Thanks so much to all of you who have listened through the highs and the lows; who have knit along with us through the good and the not-so-good projects; and who stick with us despite it all. We ❤️ you!

Joji Locatelli, in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Puntilla
Cedar Pullover
Storm Shawl
Super Simple Summer Sweater
Like A Cloud
Slow Curves
Recoleta

Ririko, in Japan
Evening Dew Cardigan

Stephanie Jessica Lau, in Canada
Dotty Cardigan

Tincanknits, in Vancouver BC
Love Note
Gather

Ambah O'Brien in Castlemaine, Victoria, Australia
Sunshower Shawl

Sminé in Auckland, New Zealand
Jessica Jones

Thank-you to our sponsor LoLoBodyCare!













Noma Ndlovu, in South Africa
Ruched Shawl - Light
Khanyisa
Lesley Tee

Dye and wool souks in Morocco

Ysolda Teague, in Scotland
Wee Melia
Ishbel
Wimsical Little Knits
Elijah

Shetland Islands, in Scotland
Alice Starmore

Holst Garn, from Denmark
Coast, sourced from New Zealand and Argentina
Supersoft, sourced from Australia and New Zealand
Tides, sourced from Australia and New Zealand
Noble, sourced from South Africa

Rohrspatz & Wollmeise, from Germany

Malabrigo, from Uruguay

Sincere Sheep, from Napa, California, USA
Cormo Fingering
Cormo Sport

Elizabeth Doherty, in Truckee, California, USA
Marklee
Donner

Ancient Egyptian striped toe-sock




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Friday, January 3, 2020

Episode 209 - Tips to pick a pattern

Welcome to 2020, and the first episode of the new year and decade!

What are we wearing?
Evening Dew Cardigan by Ririko
Minthe by Anne Ginger
Gayle's Minthe

What are we stalking?
The Baby Y*da controversy!
Alho by Anna Johanna
Domes around the World by Hinterm Stein
Brightfeather by Jennifer Steingass
Copy.Cat C.C beanie by Emily Ingrid

Thank-you to LoLo Body Care for sponsoring us this month!
















What are we knitting?
Perfect Reversible Watch Cap by Nancy Elizabeth Munroe
Dawe by Amy Miller
Wee Melia by Ysolda Teague
Marklee by Elizabeth Doherty

What have we finished?
Puntilla by Joji Locatelli
Storm Shawl by Joji Locatelli
My Cup of Tea Mitts by Fluffy Fibers
Elephant Park by Gabrielle Danskknit
Dotty Cardigan by Stephanie Jessica Lau

School of Knit
What do you look for when picking a pattern? Sizing, yarn used, and design are all important. But what other factors can help you successfully pick a pattern that you will love to make and love to wear? In this segment we share a little bit of our process and what helps us to determine if a pattern is something we want to make.

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