Archive for July, 2011

Baby Patchwork Blanket

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

When it comes to these teeny, tiny bundles of joy, we want everything that touches their skin to be just as cuddly soft as they are.  If a new arrival is on the horizon, then this baby blanket takes the cake.  

Its surprisingly simple to knit in moss stitch, using Patchwork, a silky soft machine washable yarn available in eleven rainbow hues.  

Erica at 6 weeks old


Finished Size:  26 in/66 cm x 38 in/97 cm

Yarn:  3 balls Patchwork Col #103 by Universal Yarn

Needles:  5.50 mm

Crochet Hook:  5.00 mm

Tension:  20 sts and 24 rows = 4 in/10 cm

Cast on 119 sts.  Work in Moss St (*K1, P1*, rep *to*, end, K1) across every row.  When work meas 38 in/97 cm, cast off all sts.

Picot Edging:  Work 1 round sc around entire edge, with 3 sc in each corner st, slip st to join at end.  Next Round- *ch3, sc into 1st ch, skip 1 sc, sc into next sc*, rep *to* around entire edge, slip st to join at end.  Fasten off.

Try one of these three yummy colourways-  


Col #104


Col #202


Col #103


   Knit, Relax, Smile, Repeat!



Festival Fever

Saturday, July 9th, 2011

We are in full summer mode (at long last) with a steady stream of sunshine and balmy breezes.  This week, its a salute to outdoor festivals, a warm weather tradition and literally popping up like fireworks each and every weekend.  Coming soon to a big open grassy park near you- live music, fresh air, family fun, exotic foods, arts and crafts….  

Mardi Gras by Jenny Watson

In this just released collection- MARDI GRAS, UK designer, Jenny Watson illuminates the festival spirit with a cavalcade of colour in twenty fresh styles all featuring Noro’s summery blends.  

Tanabata Short Sleeve Cardi

Keeping it light and frothy in Tanabata, a new bubbly yarn in a refreshing cotton and silk combo with seven stripey shades.       

Nobori Cardigan

Boldly go for Nobori, a real stunner with tropical punch.  Noro’s innovative twist of cotton, wool, and silk quietly interlaces with a translucent ribbon to create a shadow effect.  Six bright and sassy kaleidoscope choices are ready to pour onto your knitting needles and join in the party atmosphere.   

Silk Garden Lite Shawl and Cap

Relaxing by the lake and enjoying the good tunes or strolling through the artisan market, make it a weekend to show off your latest knitting project, with this floaty shawl and openwork cap.  Knit in Silk Garden Lite– a luxurious mix of silk, mohair and lambswool available in eleven rainbow hues.

Nobori Tank Top

Popsicle-inspired colouring from Nobori in this knockout tank design.  Not only is it a quick knit, it does double duty from one season into the next.

Halter in Taiyo Sock

Cool summer style in a lightweight halter to show off that spray on tan.  Knit in Taiyo Sock with fifty percent cotton fibre and plenty of yardage, its a yarn that’s for more than just socks.   

Taiyo Jacket

When the stars come out and the music keeps on playing, slip into a lace panel cardigan knit in Taiyo.  The big sister version sings its own praises with two dozen eclectic colourways.

A Sneak Peek At Riva

Saturday, July 2nd, 2011

Knitters seldom pass up an opportunity to catch a glimpse and drool over the next wave of yarns and patterns, even if the mere thought of knitting with chunky wool is (thankfully) still a month or two away.  Its simply an appetizer, a little something to spur us on to finish our current projects.   

RIVA is one of the exciting new yarns in the DEBBIE BLISS Fall/Winter 2011 Collection and its a surefire winner with twelve earthy colourways that rivet our attention towards the brisk days of Autumn.  A chunky wool and acrylic blend thats looks just as scrumptious in moss stitch as it does in stocking stitch. 

Cowl Neck Pullover

Alluring in cherry, this cowl neck pullover features simplicity at its best.  Knit in double moss stitch, one of Debbie’s all-time favorite combination of knits and purls.   

Cropped Sweater

Think of mist rising on the moors and this quiet shade of viola in Debbie’s newest cropped sweater design may just inspire a trip to the land of  lads and lassies.

Neat Jacket

A lovely windowpane effect in a textured stitch creates a stylish jacket for cool days to come.  Edges are trimmed in black to sharpen the intensity of the red hues.   

Countryside Jacket

Knit in bark, one of the twelve new shades in Riva by Debbie Bliss.  The Countryside Jacket fits the bill for practicality in weekend wear.  

Grandad Cardigan

Whether its walking the dog, or exploring a new trail, reach for a favorite comfy cardigan with deep pockets just like this one. 

Lace Edged Dress

Wear this lovely lace edged dress over tights or shorten it just a tad to a fashionable tunic length. 

Big Shrug

Oversized and easy to slip on to ward off those nasty chills, this Big Shrug is knit in one piece with a quick pick up ribbing that sits cosily around the neck.  Just one of nine tempting designs in Debbie’s latest RIVA booklet.   

Debbie Bliss is coming to Halifax and Muskoka this September.  See all of her latest designs in person and take part in the interactive fashion show.