Short Row Knits by Carol Feller

Welcome everyone to the first stop on the Short Row Knits blog tour, kindly hosted by Anzula! Short Row Knits was published on the 15th of September and it can be purchased in both print and electronic formats, see here for purchase options.

I’m very excited to have this book published; I’m completely in love with short rows and use them in almost all my designs. This book really has been a labor of love; I started it nearly 2 years ago and I wanted to create a book that explored short rows in more depth than I’ve seen before. It moves from several different short row techniques right through to tutorials on different ways of actually using those techniques in your knitting. After all there’s not much use have the information if you don’t know where to use it!

I learn best by practicing rather than reading, so in addition to the technique sections, this book also has 20 patterns. Each pattern uses short rows in a different way. The type of short row used is detailed in each pattern and I’ve given little tips and suggestions along the way for anything that made knitting easier for me.

Lets take a look at the hat I designed for Anzula’s yarn; Limon. This hat uses Anzula’s Cricket yarn in color Avocado. This yarn has got a nice tight twist which is great for knitting hats as it can be knit nice and firmly. To keep the fabric firm the hat is also knit using a tight gauge on size 4 (3.5mm) needles. This gives you the structure you need for a hat and will help reduce stretching on the brim so it’ll keep fitting your head. 

Limon is a side-to-side hat that uses Japanese short rows to create the generous beret shaping. When knitting a hat from side-to-side you are working a wedge shape that tapers at the crown and repeating it over and over again. If the stitch pattern at the brim doesn’t pull in then you will create a beanie shape but if you have a vertically compressed pattern at the brim you create a beret shape. That is what happens with Limon, the brim uses a slipstitch pattern that is very dense vertically which means that for the same number of rows the brim is much smaller than the body of the hat. I love the full beret shape this creates, its very flattering to wear. 

I opted to use Japanese short rows for the brim. You are working many short rows one after the other and by using a series of Japanese short rows with the yarn loop held on a single strip of waste yarn it becomes very fast and intuitive to work. The hat begins with a provisional cast-on and when all of the wedges for your size are finished you end by grafting the live stitches at the end of your work with the provisional cast-on stitches at the very beginning.

Have you seen the great Cricket colors that you can knit your Limon in?

Anzula is offering a giveaway of Cricket yarn and a copy of the book. Leave a comment on the blog and let us know what color Cricket yarn you’ll knit your Limon in! Anzula will use a random number generator and announce the winner on September 25th  below and on Facebook. Shipping to US and Canada only.

If you want to keep following along on our blog tour, the next stop is on September 21st with Knitspot.

And the winner is....

Well, we picked two winners. We just couldn't help ourselves. We had 32 participants, duplicate comments were not counted and used the random number generator at

Congratulations to Bonnie and Susan!

Winner #1, Bonnie, drawn at 11:39 am, wins 2 skeins of Cricket in a colorway of her choice and a copy of Short Row Knits. 

Winner #2, Susan, drawn at 11:42, wins 2 skeins of Cricket in a colorway of her choice. 

Winners, please send us a message with your colorway choice by using our Contact Us form. 

Review: The Sexy Knitter's Tool Tin

We were thrilled when Sarah Wilson, The Sexy Knitter, invited us to have our yarns and spinning fibers featured on her tool tins.  She generously sent us sample tins so we could try them out for ourselves. 

I promptly chose my favorite and tossed it into my knitting bag. I've been carrying it around for just over a week and am pleased to say that the image is still securely adhered to the top and doesn't show any scratches. I also appreciated that the lid stays closed while in my bag and is still easy to open. 

Here's what's inside:

Tape Measure
5 Stitch Markers
Cable Needle
Double-Ended Crochet Hook (2 sizes)
3 Sewing Needles
Stitch Holder

Everything fits easily and there is even a magnet at the top of the lid to hold the needles in place, which I love. The whole thing is the size of an Altoids tin, so it even fits well in my sock sized project bags. 

The tape measure is 60 in/150 cm, which is plenty for my size 18 body, but just barely long enough to measure my husband's chest. It definitely suffices for travel use. 

Tiny scissors are tiny. They should make it through just about any security check. They handled all my trimming needs for the week and even though they are pretty tiny, I didn't have any trouble with them. 

Can I tell you how much I adore these stitch markers? They are seriously cute, light weight, and more durable than you would expect. I tried to squish one. I probably could have, but it was much more difficult than I expected. I usually prefer the loopy style stitch markers, but I was pretty happy with these.

My favorite thing was the double-ended crochet hook. I crochet as well, so at home I always have hooks around, but not when I'm on the go.  My project right now is garter stitch, so having this little beauty in my bag made a couple of dropped stitches much less of a headache. 

Sarah has a special offer just for Anzula readers to make them an even better deal. Through September 1st, the code FriendsofAnzula is good for 20% off a purchase of $25.00 or more (wholesale listings and monthly collection excluded). Click here to visit The Sexy Knitter Etsy Shop.  The tins are also available for wholesale, resale license not required, more information is available here

Overall, I think The Sexy Knitter Tool Tins are a great buy.  Everything you need in a tiny little box. So grab a project, your tool tin, and hit the road!

Pattern Spotlight: Afternoon Tea by Curious Handmade

Revisiting one of her most popular patterns, designer Helen Stewart from Curious Handmade has just released a special edition of her Afternoon Tea shawlette. Originally published in Knitty in 2012, the vintage-inspired pattern has garnered almost 1000 projects on Ravelry, introduced many new knitters to the wonders of lace, and hit a special chord with brides who wanted it to be a part of their special day. When Helen decided to revisit Afternoon Tea, she added a new, full-sized shawl version to the pattern and rewrote the instructions in the special percentage checklist style that has become so popular with her knitters and fans. We’re excited that she chose Anzula Luxury Yarns Squishy for her new samples. They turned out absolutely beautiful.

“I completely fell in love with Squishy, and I’m going to be looking for every opportunity to use this yarn in the near future. It’s an absolute pleasure on the needles. The softness, sheen, and most of all the wonderful colours have really stolen my heart. I knit the new small sample myself, in Teal, which may be my favourite colour, ever (if I had to pick one!) It used one full skein pretty exactly, which was wonderful.”

“The new larger sample, in the Candied Apple colourway, was knit by my mum. I was so grateful for her help, as she’s an absolutely beautiful knitter and I was a bit overloaded with work at the time, but I have to say it was hard to hand over those two skeins! I really wanted to just keep knitting with Squishy for as long as I could!”


“I just got the shade card in the mail the other day with all of the colors, and it absolutely made my heart sing. I just can’t say enough about it. It’s my new love affair!”

The special edition of the pattern, with the new size and checklist instructions, is available to buy now on Ravelry. For anyone who would like to try the free version of the pattern, it’s still available on Knitty and always will be!

If you’d like to learn more about Helen and her work, she’s HellsBells on Ravelry, and the host of the Curious Handmade podcast and blog.