It’s summer, so naturally I have gotten in the mood to supplement my handmade wardrobe. There was once a time when I loved sewing and I did quite a bit of it, but now I see it more as a means to an end. I love having a handmade wardrobe, and the most efficient way to add to it is to spend a few nights sewing. So, once or twice a year I do that.Read More: Two Dresses. And Then Two More.
I recently decided that it would be fun to make myself a scarf or a cowl that was reminiscent of the granny square sweater my great-grandmother crocheted for my mother in the 1960’s. Here’s how that went.Read More: Vintage-Inspired Granny Square Neckwarmer
There’s a reason why I named this pattern the Everyday Cardigan. It’s the perfect, non-fussy design to wear to work over a blouse, to put on over a t-shirt while hanging out at home, or to pair with a swingy knit dress for a weekend party. I’ve knit several, but this is only the second one I’m keeping for myself. It’s tweedy, and exactly what I was looking for!Read More: It’s a Cardigan you can wear Everyday
Taryn is a textured worsted weight shawl, knit in four colors, each with its own stitch pattern (Garter, Alternating Welted Leaf, Irish Moss, and Stockinette). It works up in an asymmetrical triangle shapeRead More: Introducing Taryn
I needed some new tops to wear to work, so I went back to my old, easy standby: Built by Wendy, Simplicity 3835. I’ve been sewing this pattern for 11 years! It’s the first shirt I learned to sew, and it’s still the easiest. It’s got nothing in the way of shaping, so no fussy darts to mess with. And the simple pattern shapes are easy to modify.Read More: She sews!
There’s a new knitting pattern at Polka Dot Cottage: a quick, easy, beginner-friendly baby sweater! The Cogwheel Cardigan features simple stripes with little protruding “cogs” that are simple enough for a colorwork novice to achieve.Read More: The Cogwheel Cardigan for Baby
I’ve returned from Galloway, New Jersey, the site of the South Jersey Clayathon, and as usual, I had a fabulous time. Read all about my experience this year, get a peek inside our spacious workshop, and see the reason why I am teased for being crazy productive every year!Read More: Penstravaganza at the Clayathon!
This is the only time I have ever thrown a wool sweater in the dryer and had it be a good thing… Knitting this sweater provided me with all kinds of challenges, most of them of my own making.Read More: Vintersol
Introducing the Weekend Sweater: easy to knit, easy to wear.Read More: The Weekend Sweater Knitting Pattern
Completely substituting one patterned yoke for another in a top-down round-yoke pullover results in a fresh-looking sweater with a familiar fit. Here’s how.Read More: Sweater Yoke Tutorial: How to Replace one with Another