review: More Modern Top-Down Knitting

More Modern Top-Down Knitting

More Modern Top-Down Knitting: 24 garments based on Barbara G. Walker’s 12 top-down templates by Kristina McGowan

Barbara G. Walker’s Knitting from the Top is one of the classics. Many knitters may not even realize how many patterns they use have been influenced by Walker’s work, but her legacy is far-reaching. Many of the patterns I’ve designed myself were influenced by her work without me even being aware of it, as I developed my skills knitting from top-down patterns that could not have existed without Walker. This book celebrates that legacy and offers 24 patterns, two for each of Walker’s templates. Most are sweaters and two are hats. All of the patterns are written and include a schematic with measurements, and charts are included where needed for intarsia or detail sections. A few special techniques are outlined but for the most part, you’ll want to know how to knit before you start one of these projects.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Capital Area District Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system

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review: The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge

The Knitter's Book of Knowledge

The Knitter’s Book of Knowledge: A complete guide to essential knitting techniques by Debbie Bliss

Looking for a one-stop reference book for knitting? This is it. Bliss brings her legendary expertise and covers pretty much all the things you could think of in an informational knitting book. She includes yarn, needles, the basics of how to knit, understanding the terminology and techniques used in knitting, variations of knitting texture, finishing techniques, knitting design, and entire chapters devoted to color, embellishments, shaping, and knitting in the round. Illustrated throughout with color photographs and hand-drawn diagrams (some of the clearest/easiest-to-parse I’ve seen), this book is beautiful and useful, and is definitely one I’ll be adding to my own personal library.

full disclosure: I borrowed this book from the Baldwin Public Library through the MeLCat interlibrary loan system

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B is for Blythe!

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Everyone loves a Weasley sweater.

B is for Blythe Sweater

If you don’t have your very own Molly Weasley to send you one at xmas, use this pattern to make one for Blythe! Blythe’s initial B is front and center and you can make it in your own Hogwarts House Colors or whatever colors you like!

Gift this one to yourself or a friend on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy

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Big Love for Blythe

Big Love Sweater for Blythe

As much as I love not spending time dealing with snow during the warmer months in Michigan, sometimes I do love thinking about cold snowy days when it’s 80F+ and it’s too humid to feel cozy. That inspired this Big Love Sweater for Blythe, which has a cozy ribbed turtleneck and is slightly oversized for getting that snug as a bug in a rug feeling.

Cuddle up to this pattern at Ravelry, Craftsy, LoveKnitting, and Etsy.

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how many star points do you have?

Back when, Twitter had stars to indicate favorites/likes/what-have-you, and folks used to refer to them as star points. Gotta get them star points!

Star Points Sweater for Blythe

This is another super quick to make sweater for Blythe. I just can’t get over how quickly it goes with fingering weight yarn!

Shoot over to Ravelry, Craftsy, Etsy, and LoveKnitting to grab this pattern.

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Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

The latest Blythe swap theme was Blythe is a Bookworm. What a perfect theme for me! I had a lot in common with my partner, also a librarian, and also a fan of Harry Potter and lots of other reading things. Here’s a peek at what I sent:

I made some dresses and a sweater for Kate’s Blythes:

dress for Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

dress for Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

dress for Blythe is a Bookworm Swap

Doesn’t this sweater seem like something Molly Weasley would wear? #goals

Gryffindor Long Cable Cardigan for Blythe

And I made the tiniest cross stitch ever, on 28 count fabric.

Tiny cross stitch pillow

Amiibo figure for scale (figure is 2″ high).

Tiny cross stitch pillow

I’m still shaking my head at my hubris taking on a project on this tiny scale. I now own a magnifier, though, so that should be useful for future miniature crafts. And I’m so pleased with how it turned out, so it was super worth it.

AND, here’s what I received!

Blythe is a Bookworm Swap - goodies recieved from Kate

Thanks so much, Kate! This was such a fun swap!

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Venus was her name

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or maybe

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Badass women will always be my fave, and I designed a sweater to give Blythe the ability to advertise her own eff yeah feminism (I would SO wear this if I was patient enough to make it in my size!).

Get this for your own Blythe on Ravelry, Etsy, LoveKnitting, and Craftsy.

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