knitting patterns

Some exciting knitting patterns that are hot right now :: Loving …

Olive Basket by Amy Miller — swingy, draped A-line cardigan

Featherweight Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (from Quince & Co) — Cute 3/4 cardigan

Centrifugue by Linda Wilgus (from Woolly mammoth knits) — Very wide asymmetrical stripy shawl

Low Tide Cardigan by tincanknits (from Tincan knits) — Cute little cap sleeve buttoned vest

Vitamin D by Heidi Kirrmaier — Swingy cardigan knitted top down in one peice

Aranami Shawl by Olga Buraya-Kefelian (OlgaJazzzy) — Scalloped knitted shawl in shades of grey

Boxy by Joji Locatelli — Simple modern sweater, with a very wide body and skinny sleeves

paulie by Isabell Kraemer (Owl sisters) – Sweet cardigan with stripes and a small grandpa collar – it is worked seamless from top down (free pattern)

Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier — Seamless raglan, A-line top, with just a touch of lace and very slightly puffed sleeves (free pattern)

Still Light Tunic by Veera Välimäki — Tunic dress (with pockets) knitted all in one piece, from top down.


{note – pattern links all go to Ravelry, free patterns are noted in brackets and the image shown above is the Aranami Shawl}


Late starting your mother’s day gift making? – here are 9 quick knits perfect for mother’s day giving.

  1. Marian Cowl
  2. Dolores Cowl
  3. Teeny tiny crochet flowers
  4. Wrist warmers
  5. Coffee cosy
  6. French press coffee cosy
  7. Knit hearts
  8. Chunky knit hat
  9. Crochet flower brooch


Knitting it Old School: 43 Vintage-Inspired Patterns Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan. 2010, Wiley Publishing Inc.

Are you old enough to remember when pants were crocheted? And those pants were hot pants. And hot pants were cool. If so, then it might be the time to bust out the hooks for a granny square dress and a pineapple beach tote, or dust off the plastic turtleshell needles to knit a stylish men’s zippered cardigan or a sweet tennis dress with a peter pan collar. What? You weren’t there first time around? Well, youngin, it’s time that you learned about the ancestry of your new fangled patterns, and what better way to learn than to do? Hmmm?

Stitchy McYarnpants and Caro Sheridan have been long time admirers and exposers of the best and worst of wearable yarn creations of the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, and have shared these with the world in both blog and book form. This book, Knitting It Old School, goes a step further and brings the knitting world a fantastic collection of patterns that are inspired by the fashions of the ‘40s to the ‘70s, but you won’t see much acrylic yarn in this volume. There is very little mission brown or lime green, so don’t worry that you will open the covers and have flashbacks. You are perfectly safe with these knits and crochets, there are many crochets in here, and even a couple of sewing projects for good measure. These projects are all designed with old school features, such as working with smaller diameter yarns, needles and hooks to create magical drape and fit, but designed for modern yarns and a range of fibres including wool, silk, mohair, cotton, bamboo and cashmere. There are collections of garments and accessories for the beach babes, for the snow bunnies, for motoring in your automobile, for shaking your groove thing on the dance floor, and for geeking it up with some retro sci-fi.

These patterns have incredible attention to detail, each including an introduction, a schematic diagram (which makes me a very happy lady indeed), a range of sizes, special techniques required for each project, and very detailed instructions that are well set out on the page for ease of reading. Each pattern is well photographed, which is handy not only to see exactly what the finished item looks like in detail before you invest time and effort and yarn to make one for yourself, but it makes for a really attractive book that would be equally at home on your coffee table for flicking through, as it would by your side as you knit or crochet yourself some history.

I can’t wait to make the Clara tank top, which looks like a 1920s swimsuit, an Après Ski Skirt (not that I am planning on skiing in a skirt!), and especially Swing Time, a shapely 1940s inspired pullover. I will pass on the Go-Go Granny, a granny square go-go dress, but you know, one of these days, I might even make me a pair of those hot pants.

About the reviewer: Kate is a busy mother of four with many craft projects on the go, including, but not limited to, crochet, knitting, sewing, dyeing, paper making, spinning, felting and bookbinding. Kate has challenges in the areas of finishing things, saying no and craft supplies storage. She also has a very very patient and tolerant husband. She did wear a green crocheted bikini in the ‘70s, but let it be noted that she was only 3 years old at the time.


Maybe its a little early to be thinking of the knitted t-shirt otherwise known at the t-shirt sweater. But if you are deep in winter, then you might want to start thinking about spring, or if like me you are experiencing a strangely cool summer, then a t-shirt sweater is really a practical solution. So here goes a few of my faves – I am dreaming of which one to make. What do you think?

  1. I quite like Wren by Helen G – more of a recipe than a line by line what to knit [Image pictured no.1].
  2. Emmaline by Jennifer Wood is in the Knitty, Spring+Summer 2010. It has really pretty shape and neckline [Image pictured no2.].
  3. Plain and Simple Pullover by Veera Välimäki is a free Ravelry download. I love the neck on this – and the layering options are enormous. [Image pictured no.3]
  4. Silverlode by Kristen Orme has a lovely long line – $5.50 at ravelry. [Image pictured no.4]
  5. Raindance by Heidi Kirrmaier – love the sleeves on this one – $6 at Ravelry. [Image pictured no.5]
  6. Global Warming by Suvi Simola. So cute – love the front pockets. Ravelry download. [Image pictured no.6]
  7. Buttercup by Heidi Kirrmaier is lovely and drapey – could be an overdress. Ravelry download.
  8. Lazy Weekend Sweater by Nikol Lohr was published on craftzine. It has half length sleeves and a hood. Perfect for that seasonal change. Nikol Lohr’s That Girl! Summer Jacket is also on my list.
  9. This 1930s vintage pattern is called 3-Hour Sweater, There are some great updated pics on ravelry from those that have made this sweater – its totally cute.
  10. Classic Silk Short-Sleeve Top by Cecily Glowik MacDonald is a button up cardi – but what I love about this – apart from the cute shape – is that you can wear it with the buttons down the front or the back. Published in CEY.
  11. Mud Season by Elizabeth F. Smith – is my kind of earthy weekend wardrobe.


September/October brings change of season, and fresh starts and frivolity and seriousness too. So for a break from whipup realtime I am introducing a few weeks of guest bloggers to liven up your crafty experience. To bring you something fresh, and hopefully invigorate you to make and do and be and think! Its going to be a fun few weeks so come along for the ride.

Today I want to welcome one of my favourite independent knitwear designers Lee Meredith, Lee is also a craft writer, photographer, general maker of things, and doer of stuff! She lives in Portland, Oregon, and is widely known around the internet world as leethal. Find her do stuff! blog, designs, etc, over at

I’m hard at work designing a set of knit hats which are custom-fitting, any-gauge, with multiple options for style types and top decrease patterns. I absolutely love designing these types of patterns, and then seeing knitters’ versions, which of course all look different from each other, and often with variations I never even thought of myself! I’ve been seeing more knitters drawn to these kinds of pattern recently – I think as more people have been knitting for more years, the idea of customized patterns, having more of a say in what you’re creating, is appealing to lots of creative types.

So, I decided to do some searching around for custom-sized and any-gauge/any-yarn patterns. It’s not an easy thing to search for, and I mostly found many very basic hats, mitts, socks, and scarves, but a few very cool designs in the mix. Here are some of them:

  • First, above is my Skoodlet design – a one size fits all, any-gauge pattern.
  • Kirsten Kapur designed a Beret Recipe for through the loops.
  • Spindle And Wheel offers a Build a Beret formula pattern, by Diane Mulholland.
  • Lara Neel wrote about her Any Gauge, Any Size Hat, with a PDF download for her Simple Hat Recipe.
  • Virginia Tullock designed a seed-stitch Bubble Hat pattern for any yarn.
  • Zayantemom designed an “Almost Pattern” for an Earflap hat, also good for any yarn.
  • Another any-gauge Ear Flap Hat recipe can be found on ravelry, designed by Ruth Stewart.
  • Gardiner Yarn Works has a pattern for an Any-Gauge Reversible Pinecone Scarf, designed by Chrissy Gardiner.
  • Kate Gilbert offers a download for a Generic Sock Pattern – make a top-down sock in any yarn for any foot.
  • Lucia created a kind of sock-making calculator for knitting custom socks, called the Hour Glass Knee Sockulator.
  • Rineke Brouwer designed these custom fitting felted Maryjane Slippers for any weight yarn.
  • Bex Hopkins offers a ravelry download for her Any Size Any Yarn Mittens pattern.
  • On knitty, you can find a customizable, custom fitting skirt pattern – Hey Mickey! by Jacquelyn Landry.
  • Pamela Costello wrote up a very detailed instruction sheet on creating a Custom-fit Raglan Sweater in any yarn.
  • The Complete Fabrication blog offers a pattern for Nameraka – Any Size, Any Yarn Seamless Kimono Jumper.
  • And a couple more of my patterns – I designed the Buttonhead hat, which is any-gauge and custom fitting, with 3 different style/shape options (above). My Waving Chevron Scarf is for any yarn/needles, and can be as wide and as long as you like (below).

    And my Shapeshifter design is not only for any yarn, but it’s also extremely versatile in terms of wearability:

    This is another knitting pattern trend I’ve been spotting lately, which is also awesome! Designs like Infinite Loop by Olga Buraya-Kefelian, Eternity Scarf by Michele Wang, and Bertrand Louis by Katushika (all ravelry links) are just a few of the patterns I’ve recently come across with different wearability options – fun!

    Be sure to comment with any fabulous patterns that I missed, with custom-fitting, any-gauge, versatility elements, since I’m sure there are tons more out there! Happy knitting!