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2018 Knitwear Trends

According to Vogue, “Cardigans, jumpers, turtlenecks and poncho styles: fashion embraces soft materials like wool, mohair or cashmere. Knits for everyone and for all tastes. For winter 2018, we are giving you a selection of innovative  knitwear brands whose soft and warms pieces will keep you warm and trendy.”



vintage poncho

How spectacular is that?

“V” is for Vintage.

For us knitters or crocheters, playing with wool/fiber thickness, different hues, asymmetrical shapes, fringe detail, are what we’re going for as a designer or even as a consumer. The 70’s vibe is back, baby!

Knitwear has been with us for decades, drifting in and out of fashion. Knitting is one of the oldest forms of clothes -making. Hand-knitting has transformed from a necessity into a hobby, and some into a business.

I know for me, when I’m out shopping, even the everyday styles are looking more 70s/80s. It’s hard to wrap my head around it, though…I was a product of the 80s.

I’d love to hear your opinion on what you think of these styles.

Let’s get on board with these styles and see what we can create!







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Favorite Newest Podcast


I truly love when I run up against a podcast that I had no idea was out there.

Knitting, while nestled in my space, looking for the perfect podcast, I landed on Mandarine’s Podcast; Melody Hoffman, designs inspired by nature, folklore, and minimalism. A delightful voice to listen to, engaging, and charismatic. Pure joy.

Take a minute to listen to her. You won’t be sorry. I promise! Oh…don’t forget to grab some knitting and something to sip on.

Melody has a beautiful website too. Her photographs are stunning.

Oh my! I’m fan-girl’ing all over the place here. *smiling*

Get the Pattern Moonlight Garden Shawl

I feel it might be fun to interview her. Shhh, don’t mention this just yet, I will need to talk with her.

For now, lovely knitters, stay awesome and remember to take time for yourself.



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How I make my "Plain Jane" Dishcloth Pattern

It’s no secret, this is an easy pattern.

Other words that might describe it are: nothing to it, plain, piece of cake, easily done, no sweat, straight-forward, among others.

I’ve had this listed in my Ravelry shop for quite some time. It gets a lot of attention, but I thought this would be a fun way to hear Plain Jane’s story…

As a new beginner, well, to designing anyway, the only two stitches I knew were knit and purl. Pretty simple. I found that when you purled on the wrong side, it had that smooth finish on the right side. So, I added a border to the bottom and sides, and there began my introduction into designing.

I’ve created this pattern to have a finished measurement of 9″ x 9″. However, this pattern can easily be made smaller or larger depending on your project, your needs. The only thing to keep in mind when doing this is, on the WS row, just make sure to knit the first 3 stitches, and the last 3 stitches, then purl everything else in the middle. That’s it! So cast on as many stitches as you want.

I hope you enjoy this simple pattern. There are so many things that can be created from it. I’ll name a few, but I do hope you’ll have your own ideas and share them with me.

Fun Ideas for your single square dishcloth

~ make 16 of these beautiful squares in a soft merino, or superwash wool. Sew them all together for a blanket. How about making your very own checker board. Fun, huh?

~ Fingerless gloves – make the square, fold it in half leaving just enough space for your thumb to go through and seam the two sides together.

~ Pot Holder – Knit the square using a thick wool, maybe even using 2 strands held together, then FELT.

Plain Jane Dishcloth Pattern
by Deb Buckingham/Dishcloth Diva

BO-bind off
CO-cast on

1 skein of your favorite cotton yarn-I used Sugar and Cream
US #7 straight needle
Yarn needle
Tape measure for measuring finished item

4 stitches = 1 inch

Pattern Instructions
CO 36 stitches

Knit 4 rows

Row 1 (WS): K3, P30, K3
Row 2: Knit all stitches

Repeat this 2-row pattern for a total of 24 times.

Knit 3 rows

Bind off all stitches and weave in all ends.


Have fun, be creative, and most of all,