Kate, from Kelbourne Woolens, and I had a chance to chat about the SISTERHOOD collection and other things! So, head on over to the Kelbourne Woolens Blog and read all about it…

And don’t forget, there are only a few days left to buy the VERSACIKNITS SISTERHOOD ebook and have all of the proceeds donated to Planned Parenthood!



Happy knitting,



If you have been watching any of my social media feeds this summer, you know that I have been smitten with Cecelia Campochiaro and her stellar book, Sequence Knitting: Simple Methods for Creating Complex Fabrics (learn more about the book and how to buy your own copy here).  While I have knit many pieces over the last few months, today I am actually publishing my first design using this concept: sequences!


But my journey did not begin here; I actually had months of working on other ideas first!
As soon as Sequence Knitting arrived in the mail, I was immediately taken with 2-color sequence knits. So, I began with knitting a scarf/cowl that used up the left over The Plucky Knitter Cashmere yarn from my Op-Art Cowls knit last year. Using  simple [k2, p2, k2] sequence and using a fingering weight yarn (well almost sport weight) using US #4 needles, I cast on 78 sts and worked 2 rows in each of 2 colors, then changed each color as I ran out of yarn. When I ran out of yarn, I grafted the ends together to create a simple, Sequence Knitting cowl!











I know that I keep saying that I don’t design shawls. I guess when you publish your fifth design, you might have to stop saying that, but I don’t think of myself as a shawl designer. But I do love playing with shape and texture, so when I fell in love with 2-color sequence knitting, it wasn’t a big leap to start thinking about how you might use “sequences” as a way of shaping a shawl.

Initially I worked with increasing one set of sequences while decreasing another, but this seemed to violate the idea of using simple patterns to create complex patterns. But this did lead me to the idea that varying the sequence with a simple increase might create an interesting design. So I began with a simple [k2, p2] sequence and moved to a [k3, p3] sequence and then a [k4, p4] sequence; thus, the idea of a sequenced yoke was born. The resulting baby sweater pattern is forthcoming!


And that lead me to think about how to accomplish something similar with a flat design. Clearly increasing on both the knit and purl “columns” at the same time was quite dramatic, so I tried alternating the increases… and then changing the location and timing of the increases in the knit column and later in the purl column and sequences is the result!


I must admit that this is one of the most enjoyable pieces I have knit. So far I have knit 2 in Shibui’s Drift (above) and 2 in DK weight yarns (one in Clara Yarn Shetland 1.0) and one in Jill Draper Makes Stuff Mohonk. img_0352img_0506img_1103

And I love them all!!

Happy knitting,




Named for my alma mater, BARNARD!

September 8, 2016

So many years ago now, I graduated from Barnard College. Going to an all women’s college and to Barnard, specifically, was one of the best decision I made in my life! The curriculum was formidable, the faculty were demanding, the students were engaging, and the city was mesmerizing. As scared as I was to go […]

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First up, Wellesley — come join the KAL!

August 31, 2016

My mother went to Wellesley, so there was no shortage of stories about the college when we were growing up. There are old photos of her during those years with pigtails and wearing bobby socks and saddle shoes, blue jeans and her father’s old shirts. And my father told of meeting her for their first […]

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Preview VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood

August 20, 2016

Here is a preview of the VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood collection. Take a peak and then head over to ravelry and buy a copy of the e-book. In celebration, 100% of ebook sales through September will be donated to Planned Parenthood! And you will be saving 40% off of the price of the individual patterns. BUY NOW […]

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Introducing VERSACIKNITS Sisterhood!

August 18, 2016

We are so excited to introduce Sisterhood, a collection of six wearable knits celebrating women of all ages, shapes and sizes!   Click on the cover to view the designs in more detail!   A tribute to those who forged our path — from women’s suffrage to the 2016 election — these designs celebrate all that […]

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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! […]

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Introducing HERRING: an easy-to-knit, modern wrap

March 10, 2016

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 […]

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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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