Granville Shirtdress

Indie Pattern Month is in full swing around the globe. For The Monthly Stitch’s IMP Hack It contest, we were challenged to transform indie patterns and actually encouraged to frankenpattern! Though I’m not much for frankenpatterning, I do love to … Continue reading


Boy’s Striped Sweater

Since I can’t knit or sew much for myself right now I’ve been expanding my son’s wardrobe. For some reason I decided he needed a bunch of new sweaters. Here’s the first of many to come: It’s a simple top-down … Continue reading


Boy’s Cardigan

My son had a serious lack of lightweight outerwear that he could fit over his giant head as most of the hand-me-downs we received were over-the-head jackets with half zippers. I decided to knit him up a thick and quick cardigan to solve the problem.


I used Lion Brand Hometown USA in Santa Fe Tweed, a super bulky weight yarn that works up at 2.25 stitches per inch, making it really fast to work with. which is a good thing as I ended up winging the design as I went, resulting in lots of ripping and retries. I should have just sat down with a pencil, measuring tape, and calculator to figure everything out but of course that would have made too much sense.

I started this project way back before the summer hit, but lost motivation as the temperatures started into the 90’s. I set it aside and picked it up again as the weather cooled off this fall and we tried to cram his head through necklines that just wouldn’t fit.

After countless restarts, I finally finished it up and he wore it a few times. Sadly, I made the fronts too big because I stupidly added the button bands in addition to the stitch count that equaled the finished width. That made for too wide of a neckline and it’s a little breezy.

I added shaped pockets to the front, which my son LOOOVES to jam his hands deep down into and straighten out his arms.



I had some leftover yarn so I worked up a little beanie hat for him to match. It was so fast I was done with it in less than an hour, I believe. Bonus: I made the hat just the right size for his noggin.

He loves both pieces- enough to wear them out to play and roll in the leaves & moss. The final result is a way stretched out sweater that’s full of embedded moss and leaves (even after several washes) which is nearly useless and a lovely little hat that matches.


P.S. – Sorry for the cruddy cell phone pics with my cracked camera lens! He wouldn’t cooperate in modeling when I had my good camera, yet when all I had was my cracked cell in my pocket, he said, “Take my picture, Mama!”


Lagon Sweater

For starters, let’s get this straight. The pattern is called “Lagon” but it uses the yarn colorway “Lagoon” in the sample knit. It may be the hormonal rage talking here, but really, it seriously bugs me when a published piece … Continue reading


It’s a tank top. No, it’s a skirt!

Believe it or not, this skirt began life as the Lovestory tank top by Anne B. Hanssen.   I swatched (checked gauge) for it when I first arrived at the beach for a 4 day Independence Day vacation. I must … Continue reading


Mirabell Top

I have a backlog of knitting projects that I never got around to photographing before my belly outgrew them so you’ll have to settle for my dressform as a model for a little while. This is the Mirabell top pattern … Continue reading


TMS Monosewn Double

It’s Amnesty Month at The Monthly Stitch and I’m making amends for missing out on a few challenges lately. After my Sew Stretchy May submission a few days ago, I’ve somehow found the energy (with major motivation since I have … Continue reading


Chemo Cap for Avery

A friend of mine has a little girl named Avery who was recently diagnosed with AT/RT brain cancer. On her second birthday, Avery underwent an marathon brain surgery to remove most of the tumor. Now the sweet baby is battling … Continue reading


BIG NEWS & TMS Sept Challenge

It’s been deathly quiet around here because I’ve been too tired to write a post. In fact I’ve been too tired to do much of anything for the past 14 weeks because I’m expecting! Baby is due to make an … Continue reading


Doll Clothes

My niece turned two last week and wanted more clothes to dress up her baby that I made her for Christmas. The one on the right is her’s. She loves Baby so much that she drags her along to the park and sends … Continue reading