Sweater for KnitXperience Lite

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Goodale sweater

Cathy knitted the Goodale pattern (available on Ravelry) for us in Elsebeth Lavold’s Silky Wool to use at KnitXperience Lite to illustrate several uses of the subject of our workshops – I-cord. Can you find it on the sweater? It’s used as the front edging, knitted at the end to finish neck edge and look closely and you can find it as a frog type closure for the buttons. We’ll be showing how to do all of these at the upcoming workshops at KnitXperience Lite in March.

Past Project

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Found & completed!

Have you ever had a project that, for some reason, you stick in a corner far away even though you only had to sew it together? Incredible! It wasn’t because I didn’t like it or think it was pretty, but it got put away. Well, I was delighted to not only  find it but finish it. I knitted it out of Grace Wool & Silk yarn by Louisa Harding, Grace boleroone of the nicest yarns you’ll find. I did change the pattern a little. It called for a tie closure and I opted for just a smooth finish using a shawl pin. And I believe I shortened it a bit.

That’s what happens when you set it aside for a while.

Here’s the original pattern from the Queensland Collection Book 2 by Jane Ellison.Original design

I didn’t like the big tie for me but a younger person would look great.

Felted Hearts

Posted by Caroline Hershey

A free pattern from Knitting Daily

for felted hearts.

Finished Size: About 2 inches (5 cm) high
and 2 inches (5 sm) wide Yarn: Sportweight (#2 Fine). Shown here: Brown Sheep Nature Spun Sportweight (100% wool, 184 yd/[168 m] 50 g).
Each heart uses less than 10 yards (9.1 m).
Size U.S. 6, straight or circular
Tapestry needle, small amount of
polyester or bamboo fiberfill
About 21 stitches and 30 rows = 40 inches (10 cm) in stockinette stitch, before felting. Exact gauge is not crucial for this project.


Loosely cast on 12 sts. Work short-rows as follows:

Short-row 1: (RS) K8, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 2, 4, and 6:
Purl to last st, p1f&b—1 st increased.
Short-row 3:
(RS) K7, wrap next st, turn—13 stitches.
Short-row 5:
(RS) K6, wrap next st, turn—14 stitches.
Short-row 7:
(RS) K5, wrap next st, turn—15 stitches.
Short-rows 8 and 10:
Short-row 9: K4, wrap next st, turn.
Short-row 11:
K3, wrap next st, turn.
Short-rows 12, 14, and 16: Purl to last 2 sts, p2tog.
Short-row 13:
K5, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—14 sts rem.
Short-row 15:
K6, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them, wrap next st, turn—13 sts rem.
Short-row 17:
Knit to end, working wraps together with wrapped sts when you come to them—12 sts.
Short-row 18:

Repeat short-rows 1-18 three more times—piece measures about 9½ (24 cm) from, cast-on at widest point. Loosely bind off all stitches.


With yarn threaded on a tapestry needle, sew the cast-on and bind-off edges together. Stitch top of heart closed, leaving 1 inch (2.5 cm) open for stuffing. Stuff with fiberfill until lightly firm but not bursting. Stitch closed. Felt and enjoy!
—From Gifted, by Mags Kandis


True Brit

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Yes it’s Jackie with a beautiful cowl featured in CowlGirls book and it truly is called True Brit. Their description is a “shoulder-hugging ponchette with a snug fitting gaiter collar.” Whatever you want to call it, it is positively elegant. Jackie used two colors of Debbie Bliss Andes yarn, an incredibly soft alpaca yarn.

Because of the thickness/softness of the alpaca yarn, she changed the moss stitch to a double moss stitch and you can see that it really gave it the texture it needed.


The gaiter part almost looks like a cable but isn’t. It’s a combo of yarn overs and slip sts.

You will agree I’m sure that this is a beautiful cowl.


The yarn I ordered over the net has arrived safely today. I am delighted with the colours & can hardly wait to get knitting. Last year when I was in Germany I purchased some of the Regia brand & was wondering how I would get some more until I found your website.Thank you again for your efficient service.


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