Little Flirt Skirt

A very simple and easy-to-modify pattern was released as a free pattern from my first book Casual Elegant Knits (Martingale & Co, 2008). The pdf for this pattern can be downloaded from Cascade yarns. Made in Cascade 220. Check numerous projects on for ideas of how to modify this pattern.  

Knitter’s Pride: dreamz and KARBONZ

Recently I’ve received two sets of Knitter’s Pride needles from Stefanie Goodwin-Ritter from for review. Most of the time I work with circular needles. I like them to be metal and smooth so I can knit quickly and the yarn does not catch between the cord and the needle. For that reason I never really looked at Knitter’s […]

Knitting Fresh Brioche, Creating Two-Color Twists & Turns

A new book by Nancy Marchant is out and we are in for a treat with many incredible brioche patterns that Nancy developed for us to use. In this book there is a stitch dictionary with more than 70 original two-color patterns. All patterns are charted with symbols developed by Nancy. Nancy said while finishing her first […]

The Art of Seamless Knitting

Go beyond the basics! Learn how to convert flat patterns to circular techniques with 12 classic, beautiful projects suitable for all ages. With The Art of Seamless Knitting, take your knowledge of top-down, bottom-up, and seamless knitting to a higher level by adapting lace, cable, and color patterns to circular knitting and shaping techniques. The book delves […]

Cathy Caron

Every time I open Interweave Knits or Vogue Knitting magazines or look at the Twist Collective website I hope to see another design by Cathy Caron. There is something about her designing style that makes me knit her patterns right away. Maybe because she is from a European background or because she is a New-Yorker, […]

Gwen Bortner

Gwen Bortner is a Craft Yarn Council certified teacher, designer, and now is an author. In her biography, Gwen writes that she gave up her executive career as a head of an information technology group in Kansas City to devote her time to her lifelong passion for knitting and teaching. In 2002 she began her […]

Every Great sweater begins with the Great swatch

I know that some people think that to knit a swatch is a chore, or a nuisance, or even some ancient thing that nobody needs since the pattern tells you how many stitches you need to cast on. Well, how about if I give you some scenarios what happened to “Martha” and you decide if […]

Olga Buraya-Kefelian

When I first saw very fresh, stylish, innovative and elegant designs of Olga Buraya-Kefelian I immediately became a big fan. Later I learned that she was born in Belarus. My both parents were from that place and I visited there a few times. That made me also proud and happy for Olga. I love to […]

Casual, Elegant Knits

Stitch yourself some classic chic, choosing from two wardrobe ensembles plus a collection of must- have accessories. These timeless projects will be in style years after you’ve knit the last row. Create wardrobe essentials that combine classic lines with comfortable styling. Find 24 projects that cover a variety of techniques and stitch patterns in three stylish collections: […]