Category Archives: shrug





Is it going to be warm? Is it going to be cold? I can’t tell anymore! I’ve been wearing shawls around the store lately, but I feel like I’d like something with a *touch* more structure, a little more style. After an exhaustive search, I’ve settled on Maeve, a shrug with a modern cable detail and little sleevettes.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight yarn, but after looking at the tension, needle size and finished projects I’d say it’s more like a DK weight like Mineville Merino DK or Cascade 220 Superwash Sport. If you want to go up to a light worsted weight yarn like Cascade 220Cascade 220 Superwash, or Malabrigo Rios, go up a needle size to a 4mm/US6 or 4.5mm/US7 needle (test your tension and see how you like the fabric). I think I just want something simple and heathered, I’ll probably just use

I like heathers and tweeds, and since my Maeve will be worn a lot I need it to wear well. I think I’ll use a basic staple yarn like Cascade 220 Heathers – sometimes it’s best to keep things simple and not overthink it. I’ll probably make a smaller size, it;s a very unstructured garment and the dimensions of this type of style are generous.

Mini Knit Hack

Sometimes I like the feel of a yarn once the project has been blocked, but not so much in the skein when it’s straight off the shelf.  If you don’t love the feel of your yarn in the skein, you can soften it up by washing it before you start knitting.

  • If your yarn is not already in a skein wind it up around the backs of a couple of chairs,  or on a  swift (if you have one).
  • With scrap yarn, secure the skeins in at least 4 sections (to keep the yarn from getting tangled while being washed).
  • Wash skeined yarn in Eucalan no-rinse delicate wash (it is very easy, see instructions on the bottle/youtube/their website). Add a quarter cup of white vinegar to the water to stabilize the colour.
  • Hang yarn to dry.
  • Wind yarn into balls or cakes.

Yarn Options

Other Materials

  • Pattern
  • 3.75mm/US5 – 29″ circular needles (or longer)
  • 3.75mm/US5 double pointed needles
  • tapestry/darning needle

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Knit Envelope Wrap

I saw this and thought of you! seriously, I thought it was cool little vesty-cardie what can be whipped up fairly quickly, and without a huge commitment. I think of them as casual projects – something not too serious or that you have to invest too much time or energy into. It’s just enough, and you get a nice garment out of it at the end! It would knit up smashingly with Cascade 220, the depth of colour and the subtle texture of Cascade 220 Heathers would lend it some extra interest (like in the picture above)


  • XS/S/M (L/XL/2XL, 3/4/5XL)
  • 28-38(40-48, 54-62) inches


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Mothersday Giftspiration

Photos: Sally Melville

I’ve been thinking about this design, L’Enveloppe, for a little while, it’s been in the back of my mind since I came across it in a search on Ravelry. Since I discovered it I’ve been seeing it in the flesh (or fibre, to be accurate). It looks good on everyone, and everyone who makes it is happy with it! That’s what I like to hear! It’s written with several features:

  • 5 sizes: S = 32-34”, M = 36-38”, L = 40-42”, 1X = 44-46”, 2X = 48-50”.
  • 4 different stitch gauges available (13, 14, 15, and 16 stitches to 4” /10cm)
  • 2 stitch patterns available (seed stitch or easier garter stitch)

The designer, Sally Melville, is extremely experienced, and her directions are always great (she’s a wonderful instructor, I love her books). The pattern isn’t free, but I think it is very worthwhile, and once people see your Enveloppe you’ll be receiving requests for more (a good holiday gift?). I think I will make one for my mom with Noro Tokonatsu  or  Noro Silk Garden Solo, but there are lots of options.

Yarn Ideas

Easy Lace Shrug Kit

We just finished this lace shrug and it turned out so beautifully we thought it would make a perfect Cottage Kit! The kit includes 2 skeins of Dream in Color Classy, the easy pattern, and a zipper bag to stash it all in. The yarn is hand painted, machine washable merino wool. The whole thing knits up on 5mm needles, and that’s about all there is to it! The lace is a 12 row pattern repeat and is very easy – you can definitely do it on the dock.