Urban Aran Mitts – Available Now!

Urban Aran Mitts
Urban Aran Mitts

It’s been a very long time since I posted – I’ve been busy designing for my friends over at Estelle Yarns, and working my way through job changes.

I’ve had a lot of requests in the past year to obtain my original design, the Urban Aran Mitts – these were originally published in RIB Magazine Issue 1, and turned out to be the most popular design!

I’m happy to announce that as of today, with the full blessings of the RIB magazine team, I am offering them as an individual pattern through Ravelry.
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On Swatching For Fit…

Swatching is a huge part of knitting for me, and in fact when you make a decision to write patterns, you end up doing a lot more of it than if you just follow patterns. It’s a way for you as the knitter to get to know your yarn, before starting a big project. You can use it to practice a new stitch pattern, or see if you like that fuzzy new yarn. And, as I’ve learnt most importantly, to see what will happen when the item gets wet. It’s super important if you want to make something that ultimately fits…

But how do you practice this successfully, and in a predictable way? Easy! Let’s take my current project, the Cannon Street Cardigan, by Glenna C as an example. My target gauge according to the pattern should be 18sts/26 rows over 4″.

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On collaboration, and presenting Median!

Happy World Wide Knit in Public Day! I’ve always enjoyed this day, because it’s a chance for us Knitter’s to show community, and engage with each other in a larger way. I’ll be spending it at my favourite place, the Purple Purl! For those of you who haven’t heard yet, we are Knitting Knockers to send of for women who have had mastectomies. There will be free kits supplied by Estelle Yarns!

I also have an exciting announcement today – I’m releasing the pattern for the first of a collection of collaborations between Rhichard Devrieze and myself.

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On Designing for Others…

It’s been a really long time since I posted. It’s not that I had nothing to say, but rather that much of it has been a secret.

I’ve been teaching lots of classes, and redecorating my home over the past few months, and what little time I had left has been spent preparing lots of different designs. The designs are going several different places, between now and the fall, which is very exciting for me.

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On Toronto’s Knitting Community

Today was my day off. I made a conscious decision to get up, get out, and explore the rest of Toronto’s knitting community, which is something I haven’t done in a few months. It’s very easy to stick to what’s close by, especially when you work there.

Today’s trip was prompted by the need to see different things, and a search for different knitting needles.

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Happy Holiday Promotion!

Just a heads up, I’ve decided to thank all of the people who have supported me this year by offering a very limited promotion!

On December 24th, from 12:01am until 11:59pm, you can choose one free pattern on me! There’s no minimum purchase, and you don’t have to use a coupon! Simply add the pattern of your choosing to your cart on Ravelry, and checkout!

Happy Holidays!

Robbie