Knittng Goals – Pants!

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In the past couple of years I’ve really focused on learning to make garments and getting better at finishing techniques. For a long while I’ve been wanting to make a pair of pants – there’s a couple of great patterns that have caught my eye. The Bubbly Pant (pictured above) is currently on my needles and it’s going to be quite the challenge. I’ve never made pockets before and I’m still wrapping my head around the pattern but I’m up for it.

Going down a Ravelry spiral of searching ‘pants’ yields some equally exciting results. Andrea Rangel  has a few different trouser and short patterns. My favourite being Kalaloch:

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I love how high-waisted these are and they would look really cute as a pair of short-shorts

These shorts by Heather Dixon would be great for summer or winter and the cable detail is pretty slick:

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Have you ever knit a pair of pants? How did it go?

 

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Breslin sweater by Brooklyn Tweed

New Brooklyn Tweed patterns out today!

Brooklyn Tweed released their new lookbook today and as usual, it’s some nice yarn porn.

Caspian sweater by Brooklyn Tweed
Caspian sweater (image via Brooklyn Tweed)

The Brooklyn Tweed Ganseys collection contains five sweaters and three hats, inspired by traditional knit seamen’s sweaters.

Breslin sweater by Brooklyn Tweed
Breslin sweater (image via Brooklyn Tweed)

I’m loving the Caspian and Breslin patterns with their textured yokes, and I can definitely see myself wearing the Forge cabled hat.

Forge hat by Brooklyn Tweed
Forge hat (image via Brooklyn Tweed)

What’s your favourite pattern from the new collection? Have you knit Brooklyn Tweed patterns before?

-Emma

Stitching Starlets

It shouldn’t be surprising that there are some famous folks out there who knit. I follow Lupita Nyong’o on instagram and was quite excited to see that on top of being an incredible actor and all around bad ass, she’s learning to knit:

#BroadwayBinding with the New York Times. My progress thus far… #SundayTimes

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Outside of your boyfriend, Ryan Gosling, I couldn’t think of other celebs who knit so this inspired a google-spiral that gave some pretty interesting results. While there are surely more exhaustive lists out there, here are a few of my favourite finds:

Christina Hendricks:

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It’s really wonderful to know that the inspiration for the dress I have in progress is also an avid knitter. Above, she’s wearing one of Tamara Mello’s many designs. There’s also a delightful interview here where she knits the whole time.

Ewan McGregor:

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Ewan McGregor was my high school movie star crush (this was back when an accent and taking it all off in films went a long way with me). No only does he know how to knit, but he also knows how to gift to knitters – Hello Big Loopy Merino!

Christopher Walken:

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While I haven’t found concrete confirmation on this one, he holds his wool continental style like a boss so he’s gotta know what he’s doing.

Marylin Monroe:

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There’s plenty of actors from the Golden age of Hollywood that were also skilled with the needles – Audrey Hepburn, Katherine Hepburn, Clark Gable, Angela Lansbury, Jayne Mansfield and Joan Crawford to name a few – and they all make it look super glamourous!

Who is your favourite celebrity knitter?