Thanks for dropping by!  TessKnits.com is currently undergoing a long-overdue reboot, but you can still access the previous incarnation under “BLOG” on the top menu.

NEW!  If you need to contact me regarding classes, you can now click here to email me and your message should not be bounced by spam filters.  If that link doesn’t work for you, my new spam-free email solely for classes is classes(at)tessknits(dot)com.

You can also call or text me at 503.347.8678.

Happy Knitting!

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One of my knitters has been fostering a mama dog from Indigo Rescue.  And I got to go see the PUPPIES!

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They are up on Petfinder right now!

You know you want one!  The pleading little eyes, the round, soft tummies. They were also very warm. Just sayin’.

They are listed as Husky & German Shorthaired Pointer Mix, but we see a lot of Rottie and even some little speckled feet that look like Australian Cattle Dog or Blue Heeler.

The Rock Star puppies are: Shakira, Seal, Rihanna, Moby, Coco, Bono, Beyoncé, Adèle, and Beck.  Pretty sure this little baby is Adèle.  Mom is also on there, a little further down the page — her name is Loki.

Aw, go on, take a look. Just a look can’t hurt…  😉

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Gift Baby Sweater – class dates correction

It has come to my attention that the dates for the Gift Baby Sweater were mixed up, both on the shop website and in my last post (where I copied and pasted the dates from the shop website).

The correct dates are TUESDAYS 8/4, 8/11, and 8/18.

If you are interested in the class, please email me directly, as the shop is closed today, and the class listing has been taken off the website.

Sorry for the confusion!  I expect to offer the class again in the fall, if you miss it this time.

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Gift Baby Sweater

IMG_20150721_122148_kindlephoto-249361707I just finished this cute baby sweater as an example for an upcoming class at Nitro Knitters.

The pattern is free on Ravelry, called "My Gift to You" because it is the designer's 300th pattern.  300 patterns!  Holy cow!

And it is a pretty fun knit!  The only real flaw is that when knit as written, the last repeat of the textured pattern wants to flip up around the bottom edge (not so much on the sleeves).  So if I were to do this again using this stitch pattern, I’d finish with either an inch of the 1 x 1 rib, or garter stitch, like this knitter did.


Other than that minor issue, I really like it.  The asymmetrical opening adds a super-cute touch.  I used some colorful worsted weight yarn I already had, but you could really knit it in anything washable and worsted weight.  If I didn't already have a yarn shop in my house, I'd have knit it in this cute "crayon" washable wool by Plymouth (available at Nitro).

Ravelry shows some nice customizing that others have done, including color blocking and changing the textured stitch pattern.  I have to confess that I didn't 100% love knitting the stitch that is in the pattern:  not that it was difficult in any way, but it wasn't all that easy to "read" and keep track of.  I am a lazy knitter at heart and I like to keep things simple for myself!

So, in class, we will discuss how to change the pattern up to use other stitch patterns, including the MMMATH you need to do it.  Don't worry, it will be pretty painless, and you don't have to do it if you don't want to.  But hey, you might learn something anyway if you join us!  Class dates are Tuesdays, 8/6, 8/13, and 8/20 8/4, 8/11, and 8/18.  See you there!

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New Pattern Release: Two-Tone Mobius Cowl

I just published my newest pattern, Two-Tone Mobius Cowl, over on Ravelry.com!

If TK001_MobiusCowl_2TK001_MobiusCowl_1you're thinking, "yeah, but that mobius cast-on is SO confusing and difficult" — guess what?  I've fixed that problem.  If you’ve been frustrated by the “popular” version of the mobius cast-on, try mine instead. Knit two rows, perform three simple steps (shown with photos), and you’re off and knitting!

I also have an upcoming class at Nitro Knitters on Tuesday, 7/21/2015, if you want to learn this straight from the source.

You'll need something called "ravel cord" (which I will provide in class), but any strong, smooth string that can be pulled through your stitches will do.  Slippery nylon or rayon is best, but knitters have successfully used crochet cotton, fishing line, and even dental floss as substitutes!

This pattern is so flexible, you could knit it a dozen times between now and the holidays, and never get bored.  Use any pairing of light-to-medium weight yarns that contrast in color, texture, gauge, or all three.  Since a mobius is knit from the center outwards, using a gradient yarn, or several yarn changes, creates beautiful symmetry with very little effort.

What are you waiting for?  Go get your twist on!


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Three Holiday Dec Ideas

As l022_Baublesong as we're on the subject of knitting for the holidays — if you have some spare time and spare yarn, here's some cuties for you.  All these are my original designs, and newly available on Ravelry.

First up, felted Holiday Baubles, made with short rows in garter stitch and embellished in any number of ways:  I used needle felting and stripey color changes on these, but you could do just about anything with them!

No ideas?  Look no further than the interwebs for inspiration.  I might not advocate trying to do an entire wreath of yarn balls before the 25th, but you could embellish an existing wreath with just a few.  Or make a sequin-y garland.  More ideas for ornaments here, and here.

You can copy just about anyone's favorite anything onto a baIl shape.  How about super-hero logos for the super-heroes on your list?  Sports team colors work perfectly with these.  Animals and cartoon characters work too (OK, maybe not a SpongeBob SQUAREpants, but you know there's always one exception to every rule).  I have made a Hello Kitty one, and always meant to make a Chococat one for myself, and I definitely NEED a Grumpy Cat this year!


In related news, th023_MrSnowere is Mr. Snowman, who is knit and felted on the same lines as the baubles but in three different sizes, of course.  Again you have an opportunity for a little creativity in how you dress him (or her) up.  He is hot-glued to a juice can lid to keep him upright, even after a few egg-nogs.


And finally, who doesn't have le016_PBX_Bftover sock yarn lying around?  These Mitered Square full_db_016_PBX_Eornaments have a rustic, "Olde Worlde" look to them and no wonder – they are made with a traditional knitting technique that is lots of fun to try on a small scale like this.  But change up the colors, and add a touch of glittery, sparkly yarn and they can look quite modern!


Enjoy the holiday season, keep warm, and Happy Knitting!

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