I’m hitting the road!

March 28, 2016

Over the next few months VERSACIKNITS will be in Florida, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York. I’ll will have tons of samples to try on, VERSACIKNITS booklets and patterns to buy (and if you ask I will sign them) and classes to teach. And, of course, my hosts will have lots of yarn! Come join me on the road!

Here’s my schedule:

April 7th – 10th      A GOOD YARN (Sarasota, Florida)

     Meet the Designer: Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm

     Classes: Knit your own HERRING, Friday 10:00am – 1:00pm

                    Knitting your own Op-Art Cowl, Friday 2:00 – 5:00pm,

                    Knitting a Successful Sweater, Saturday 10:00am – 1:00pm

                    Brioche in-the-round, Sunday 10:00am – 1:00pm


April 23rd – 25th  THE YARN CUPBOARD RETREAT (Syracuse, New York)

     Classes: Knitting a Successful Sweater, Saturday 9:00am – noon

                    Knitting your own Op-Art Cowl, Saturday 1:30 – 4:30pm

                    Textured Knitting, Sunday 9:00am – noon


May 2nd              THE KNITTER’S EDGE (Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

     Classes: Brioche in the round, Monday 9:30am – noon

                    Knitting a Successful Sweater, Monday 1:00 – 4:00pm


May 13th – 15th   THE NEEDLE LADY RETREAT   (Cashiers, North Carolina)

      Schedule TBD, contact the store for details


I’m excited to hit the road and to meet all of you! I hope to see you there!

Happy knitting,


You can see all of VERSACIKNITS designs on ravelry.


As you already know, I am not a traditional lace shawl knitter, but I fell in love with the look of this simple lace pattern, while swatching for a new sweater idea. Most of the time, I find lace knitting to be tedious, but with this pattern I found that I could get into the rhythm of knitting on one side and simple [k2tog, yo] sequences on the other. And I loved the resulting fabric, which reminds me of the knotted bait bags lobsterman use on my beloved island in Maine.

When The Plucky Knitter sent me 3 skeins of her new Cashmere Aran, I jumped on the chance to try designing an easy-to-knit, modern wrap using a worsted weight yarn and the herring lace pattern as the base. The wrap had to be easy-to-knit with simple, modern architectural lines and have a shape that I could wear around my neck every day. And so, herring was born!

Just to give you an idea of how much I love herring, as soon as I finished my first, I immediately knit one in Madelinetosh Vintage and another in woolfolk FÅR! Now I am working on one in Miss Babs YOWZA.

IMG_4963Worked flat from end-to-end in worsted weight yarn, herring begins with an increasing ribbed border that is then split in 2 with the insertion of the Herring Pattern in the center. The pattern stitch between the borders continues to grow to its total width, is worked even, and then decreases back until it’s eliminated. The ribbed border continues to decrease down to its original stitch count. Knitting is made as easy as possible, with the stitch pattern worked on one side and the inc/decs worked on the other.

Herring is designed to be an ample 82″/208cm end-to-end and 14″/35cm at its widest point. The size of the wrap can be easily modified by varying the number of incs/decs worked or number of rows worked in the Maintain Pattern section.

So, get yourself the pattern, pick out a luxe yarn and start knitting! I guarantee you will want to wear your herring all the time! So, please take a moment to go view all of the projects and heart and queue herring! You can also see all of VERSACIKNITS designs on ravelry.

Happy knitting,



Come see us at Vogue Knitting Live NYC!

January 13, 2016

This weekend is Vogue Knitting Live NYC at the Marriott Marquis Hotel and VERSACIKNITS will be on the 5th floor in Booths 417, 419 and 421 with Cornwall Yarn Shop! We will have lots of samples to try on, books and patterns to buy (if you ask, I will be happy to sign them) and plenty of yarn. […]

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Time to start knitting for yourself again; introducing OPEN STAR!

December 18, 2015

Let’s face it, we have been knitting for others for months and it is just about time to knit for ourselves again. And I have the perfect cardigan for you. Introducing OPEN STAR! Simple, elegant lines. Classic shape. Interesting texture. Comfortable fit. This is the type of sweater you can wear every day! Shown in The Plucky […]

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Celebrating 25 years of marriage with 25% off all VERSACIKNITS patterns!

November 19, 2015

There are not many milestones that mean as much as 25 years of marriage. Let’s face it, it is hard to be married to someone for 25 years, no matter how much you love and enjoy each other. But here I am at 25 years and happy as a clam! So, I’m sharing my happiness […]

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Meet “paper cranes”!

October 15, 2015

Let’s face it, I am not a shawl designer. But when my daughter announced that she was getting married, I knew I needed to knit her a wedding shawl. It took months to find the right inspiration. It began when I discovered Seven Sisters Arts at VKL NYC last January. We have summered in Maine […]

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VERSACIKNITS Upcoming Events!

October 5, 2015

Beginning this Wednesday evening and continuing through the winter, I am going to be at a number of events. You will be sure to see all of the latest design samples, get patterns and booklets signed and maybe even score a VERSACIKNITS project bag!  I hope to see you there… Pins and Needles (Princeton, NJ) on Wednesday, October 7th at […]

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The final in the Building Blocks series: BENT CARDI!

September 25, 2015

After swatching Shibui’s new yarn, Dune, it was clear to me that this was the perfect yarn for my bent cardi. With 25% baby camel and 25% silk, Dune’s hand is amazing and it knit up beautifully: just enough drape, just enough sturdiness for a cardigan that you want to wear every day! Bent cardi […]

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Today’s Building Blocks pattern is BENT!

September 24, 2015

With a subtle curve from back-to-front and a plunging v-neck collar, bent has been my go-to sweater for cocktail parties all summer. The fluid drape and silky luxuriousness of Shibui Staccato dresses up any skinny jeans and a tank top. All I added was one of my daughter, Amalia’s, chunky necklaces and I was ready to go! For summer, I knit […]

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The next in the ‘Building Blocks” series: NO TAILS!

September 23, 2015

Over the next few days, we will be introducing the remaining 3 sweaters in what I call the “building blocks” series. All 4 sweaters are based on a modern, simple silhouette that has been adapted to accommodate different necklines, hemlines and sleeve lengths, each knit in 1 of 8 different Shibui yarn combinations, each of […]

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