Introducing basic kid!

July 29, 2014

As the new knitting season fast approaches, I want to take a moment to share my latest work with you!

Basic kid is exactly what it sounds like, a basic cardigan/ pullover pattern written for 2 – 14 year olds (for smaller sizes see basic baby) with a simple edge detail for a touch of elegance. Knit on size 6 needles and shown in Madelinetosh Tosh DK, basic kid is perfect for everyone from the beginner knitter, as a first time sweater, to the most experienced knitter, as a base to embellish with texture or color. Timeless, this is a pattern that every knitter should own.

To see more of Gale Zucker‘s wonderful photos and to favorite, queue or buy basic kid visit the pattern page on ravelry.


A quick post to let everyone know that a KAL for VERSACIKNITS flora will be starting in the VERSACIKNITS knitters group on ravelry on May 10th (no worries if you are late, we will still be there). You might feel a bit intimidated by the look of this scarf/ shawl, but it is really not difficult. You work in 5 stitch increments to make what is called “deconstructed stockinette stitch”. And we will all have a lot of fun working on it together!

For those of you who are a bit more adventurous, some of us, including me, are going to try to learn how to knit forward and backward (it is called tinking which is “knit” backward)! That way you won’t have to turn your work!

Our KALs are very relaxed, lots of fun chatter and there will be prizes! So come to the VERSACIKNITS knitters group and join the flora KAL thread…

You may also want to check with your local yarn store — there are a few that will be joining us from their shops.



Introducing rubus!

April 29, 2014

As many of you know, the last few months have been complicated, so I am thrilled to finally launch rubus. Named after the genus of flowering plants that produce berries, the pattern stitch of rubus reminds me of cool summer days picking blueberries in Maine. Knit in one of my favorite yarns, The Fibre Company’s […]

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Another first (and I hope to see you there)!

March 12, 2014

Yarn Cupboard Retreat – April 25th – 27th, 2014 Very few of you know this, but when I was in college I trained to be an elementary school teacher! I have often said that this was the most useful experience of my career. I did not, however, expect to be standing in front of a […]

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Back in the Saddle

March 5, 2014

It has been many months since I wrote a post. Life, or more specifically the health of my mother, took me off track and whatever time I did have to work was, by necessity, devoted to design and production. Happily my mother has made a full recovery and I am back to as normal a […]

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My Rhinebeck sweater (or Weekender and Yowza! Whatta skein!)

October 8, 2013

At heart I am a New England girl! Although I have lived most of my life in Princeton, NJ (which I must say is as close to a New England feel as you can get in NJ), my early roots were in Rhode Island. I couldn’t help being influenced by guernsey and cable knit sweaters, […]

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Anatomy of a photo shoot

September 30, 2013

A crisp September day, a beautiful model, a fantastic photographer, a sherpa, an assistant, a dressing room, a wardrobe, and a cool location!

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Interview with Knit Purl: Designing the SHIBUI Form Collection

September 24, 2013

One  year ago this week I received a note from the Director of SHIBUI, Kristin Ford, asking me to design their Winter 2013/14 Collection. In preparation for its launch, Knit Purl asked me to talk about my experiences as a knitwear design and the creation of the FORM Collection. Here is the link to the […]

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FORM — 6 designs for SHIBUI

September 5, 2013

There was a time when you pretty much knew where you would be when you received news about big events… … College acceptances arrived via snail mail, so you would be home in the comfort of your own home when you got the news… … Job offers were made over the phone at your home […]

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A modern take on a Japanese tradition

August 3, 2013

I met Yuki on my first day of work on Wall Street back in 1979. By just looking at her, you knew she was unusual. Born of a Japanese mother and African American father and raised in the Quaker tradition, Yuki was, on the one hand, steeped in diverse heritages and, on the other, embarking […]

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