This Little Piggy

Attention all knitters. I have an important announcement to make. 
I have just now finished the most adorable baby knit that ever was.

This hat.

 "This Little Piggy" hat by Kate Oates is complete with a snout, ears, and of course...

... a curly tail in the back!

I knit this hat up in only one day with only one skein of Debbie Bliss Cashmerino Aran. This yarn is a perfect choice for a baby knit because it is so soft.. and just the perfect piggy color too, don't you think?

I am so glad that my friend just recently had a baby girl because it gave me an excuse to knit this hat!
And it's hard to believe.. but it's actually cuter on a tiny baby. If that is even possible.

Congratulations to my friend Kyla and her new sweet little Piggy, Tessa.

Pattern available HERE.


The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 89 : The Sentimental Knitter

Episode 89


Enter to win this beautiful  "Big Woods Shawl Kit" from Little Skein in the Big Wool by leaving a comment below with your contact information by April 15th. Only one comment per person please. The winner will be announced in Episode 90!

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Knitting in the Northwest

Just a few days ago, I returned home from one of the most memorable and luxurious trips I have ever had the pleasure of going on.

I am so honored to have been an instructor at the Lantern Moon Retreat this year in Sisters, Oregon.
We all stayed in adorable cabins in the Five Pine Lodge and it was beyond amazing. There is nothing like knitting in cozy, peaceful surroundings!

The best part however was getting to meet all of these fabulous knitters! 

If you are ever looking for a knitting retreat to attend in the future, I highly suggest Lantern Moon retreats. Cathy and Sharon really put on a nice event. I have never eaten so much good food and had such great company in my whole entire life!

By the way, if you find yourself in Sisters in the future, be sure to stop by The Stitchin' Post, a fabulous yarn and fabric store with a selection to die for! 

The next stop on our trip was Wildfibers yarn shop in Mount Vernon, Washington...

... where I was greeted by this welcoming yarn shop owner, Sarah, wearing her beautiful Sprig pullover!

 I was so happy to see so many Botanical Knits samples displayed beautifully around the store and classroom. Sarah really did think of every detail to make my time there special.

I was happy to spend a full day at this beautiful store teaching classes, making new friends and of course...shopping! Of course.

My visit to Wildfibers coincided with the Spincycle Yarns trunk show. It is always a pleasure to get to visit with the ladies of Spincycle and check out their gorgeous colorways.

 On our way back from the shop, we passed by the most beautiful site I may have ever seen. 
A gigantic field of daffodils. As far as the eye could see. Amazing.

My husband and I greatly enjoyed our time on the Pacific Northwest. I am so grateful to Cathy, Sharon and Joel from Lantern Moon for inviting me to be part of such a lovely retreat, to Sarah for hosting me at Wildfibers and for all of the knitters who made me feel so welcome.

I hope to visit again.


Botanical Knits Patterns Now Available Individually

I am so excited to share that the patterns from my book Botanical Knits, published in 2013, are now available for purchase as individual pdfs!

Please visit ravelry.com HERE to purchase your favorite patterns from the book.

Of course, the complete collection is still available in ebook form at botanicalknits.com or in print at your local yarn shop.



The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 88 : Interview With Kitterly

Episode 88


Enter to win a free kit of your choice from Kitterly.com! Please leave a comment below with your contact information by March 15th to enter. Only one comment per person please. 
The winner will be announced in Episode 89! 

Special promotion: Use coupon code "STITCHES2015" to receive 15% off of your next kit purchase on kitterly.com! 

Thank you for listening!


Exclusive New Pattern! The Cabled Leaf Pullover

Introducing my brand new sweater design which is for now exclusively available through kitterly.com!

Kitterly is a brand new site with a personalized and easy approach to shopping for your next knitting project! They provide an easy way for you to search according to project type and skill level and get all of the materials you will need for the project of your choice in just a few simple clicks! They take all of the guesswork out of the process for those who like to shop for materials online.

I am pleased to have many of my patterns available to purchase on the Kitterly site as well as my latest pattern as an "exclusive Kitterly project".

This particular sweater was just debuted at Stitches West this past weekend, so I have a special Stitches discount code to share with you. 

Use code "STITCHES2015" in the checkout process to save 15% 
on your next project purchase on kitterly.com!

Please click HERE to learn more about my new Cabled Leaf Pullover modeled by the lovely 
Julie Crawford from knittedbliss.com.


Headed to Stitches West!

I am spending my day today tying up loose ends getting all packed up for Stitches West 2015! I'm so excited! For those of you attending the show this year, please visit Lisa (Becoming Art Yarns) and myself at booths 1039 and 1041. Come check out Lisa's amazing hand-dyed yarns and all of my new leafy designs! :)

I knit up a few more of my Little Leaves from my book Botanical Knits to decorate our booth this year. Find the pattern in the back of your Botanical Knits book or for free HERE on Ravelry.

I look forward to seeing everyone again this year at Stitches West! :)



I just finished this most handsome Arlo cardigan for my son and I love it soooo much!
The cables on this sweater are to die for.

This pattern is from BT Kids. I came across it months ago and immediately fell in love. I am happy to have finally gotten the chance to knit it up for my sweet boy. It is a little on the big side, but I like the idea that he will be able to wear it next year as well. 

The yarn I used was Quince and Co. Lark in the Frost colorway which was a perfect match for this pattern.

Pattern available for purchase HERE.
Yarn available HERE.


The Never Not Knitting Podcast : Episode 87 : All The Colors

Episode 87


Enter to win a copy of 150 Scandinavian Motifs by Mary Jane Mucklestone (provided by Interweave Press)  as well as four skeins of Limited Edition Blacker Yarns Westcountry Tweed (provided by Blacker Yarns) by leaving a comment with your contact information under this post by February 15th. Only one comment per person please. There are two identical prize sets to give away... so two winners will be announced in Episode 88!

Thank you for listening!



When spring arrives, a perennial plant once dormant, will grow and bloom once again. 
I am so pleased to share with you my newest pattern design, Perennial, which
 captures the beauty of new spring growth with a sprouting plant motif growing up one side.

The great thing about this little hat is that it only requires 125 yards of worsted weight yarn making it a great one-skein, stash-busting project! 

As with most of my patterns, both written and charted instructions are included to accommodate different knitting styles.

Modeling and photography provided by the beautiful Julie Crawford of knittedbliss.com.

Here is the pattern information for those of you interested in knitting up a Perennial hat of your very own:

Women’s Medium-Large 
(fits 19–23” / 48–58cm head circumference)

Brim Circumference approx 17” / 43 cm unstretched. 

Dream in Color Calm [100% US Wool; 240 yd / 219 m per 3 1/2 oz / 100 grams; color: Fern Slipper; 1 skein or approx 125 yd / 115 m of a worsted weight wool or wool blend. 

Alternate Yarn: Malabrigo Merino Worsted, Manos Del Uruguay Maxima

1 16” / 40cm US7 / 4.5 mm circular needle 
1 16” / 40cm US8 / 5 mm circular needle 
1 set of US8 / 5mm double pointed needles
Stitch markers in 3 different colors (1 color each to mark beginning of round, motif stitches, and decreases)
Cable needle
Tapestry needle

18 sts /  24 rows = 4” / 10 cm worked in the round in Stockinette stitch on US8 / 5 mm needles or size needed for accurate gauge.

In other exciting news, we added a new feature to all NNK printed patterns in order to support all of our local yarn shops that we appreciate so much!

If you would like to purchase the Perennial hat pattern in print from a yarn shop near you, it will include a scratch off code on the back for you to receive a complimentary download version of your new pattern. And the best news is that the accompanying download with be stored in your Ravelry library!

Now you will be able to enjoy your beautiful printed copy as well as the pdf download to print out and mark up as you please. 2 formats for the price of 1!

I hope that all of you will enjoy knitting up Perennial as well as our new download feature on the printed patterns!

Purchase the pdf only version of Perennial below or purchase in print at a yarn shop near you!