Redland Rose on Ravelry

Redland Rose - Front

Redland Rose is the third cardigan in the Rose Collection using NZ Touch Yarn’s 100% merino yarn. Like Charcoal Rose and Skyline Rose, this new cardigan is knitted flat from the bottom up working the back, two fronts and sleeves separately. The two front bands are then knitted and joined to each front using mattress stitch. The neck band is …

Size Inclusiveness

Sizing Table

Size inclusiveness has become a contentious issue in the fibre community. This was brought home to me last week through an email I received from a fellow designer. In her email, she acknowledged her sizing of knitting patterns was not inclusive and that after listening to conversations on the topic, she felt very disappointed in herself for not including larger …

Redland Rose

Redland Rose - Rear

It is winter here in Queensland, Australia. Not that you would think so on some days. Glorious no-cloud, full warm sun and me wearing jeans, tee-shirt and bare feet. I love our winter. I pretend it is summer and enjoy being able to get outside and do things without collapsing with heatstroke, copious drips of sweat dribbling down my face …

Charcoal Rose on Ravelry

Charcoal Rose

Charcoal Rose cardigan pattern is now available on Ravelry – Linda Cooper @Mainlycardigans’ Ravelry Store A combination of a simple 8 stitch cable pattern bordered by a k1,p1 rib stitch and stocking stitch defines this elegant cardigan. The cardigan is knitted flat from the bottom up working the back, two fronts and sleeves separately. It also features set-in sleeves. The …

Facebook groups, Ravelry store, published patterns, test knitters, errata and a huge thanks

Women Knitting

I belong to a few Facebook knitting groups. I love scrolling through what other knitters have made, reading their thoughts about their knitting, the patterns and yarn they are using and even the odd photo of their pet ‘helping’ them with their knitting. Indeed, I often click a ‘like’ or a ‘love’ and sometimes even a ‘wow’ and, I also …

Texture

Texture

When I moved to Australia, much of my collection of print knitting patterns did not come with me. They were either consigned to the rubbish tip or given to knitting friends. One that I have kept is a 1980s Panda collection of four textured patterns. Two of these patterns feature textured knitting. My all-time favourite is this one. It is …

Skyline Rose on Ravelry

Skyline Rose

Skyline Rose cardigan pattern is now available on Ravelry – Linda Cooper @Mainlycardigans’ Ravelry Store A combination of a simple v-shaped pattern bordered by a 5-stitch lace pattern and a stocking stitch bodice defines this elegant cardigan. The cardigan is knitted flat from the bottom up working the back, two fronts and sleeves separately. It also features set-in sleeves. The …

Clarity

Clarity

I belong to several Facebook knitting groups. One thing that stands out for me as a designer is the number of times knitters vent their frustration about the patterns they are trying to knit. The common thread is twofold: They don’t understand the pattern instructions or the pattern does not make sense to them. Too often, when I look at …