We’re so pleased to share our newest collection: Basics! We designed these simple patterns with knitters in mind – all the knitters. Whether you’re knitting your very first hat, or your 100th sweater, you’ll love these wardrobe classics. They’re destined to become some of your favourite pieces.
The collection includes the Basic Beanie, Simple Sweater, Classic Cardigan, and Everyday Socks. The patterns are written in our clear style and sized inclusively from baby-to-big, plus we’ve included multiple yarn weights. And we didn’t stop there…each design will get the stitch-by-stitch support of a full tutorial. Get ready to cast on!
Lately we’ve been thinking about the value of simple. While we absolutely love a boldly cabled pullover, a lacy shawl, and ALL the colourwork, we tend to return (again and again) to things that are simple. If you’re just starting out in the world of knitting (welcome!), simple things can take the anxiety out a first hat, sweater, or pair of socks. And for those who have been knitting a little longer, simple projects give our busy minds a chance to rest and to focus on other things, while our hands repeat familiar and comforting motions. Sometimes simple is exactly what you need.
Each Basics pattern will have a full tutorial to accompany it, so you can cast on your very first garment, turn your first heel, or rib your first toque with a helping hand. We explain each technique in detail, so you can learn step-by-step and go forth with confidence. Get your patterns now and sign up for our email updates, so we can let you know when the in-depth tutorials launch. Mark your calendars now for these release dates:
- Basics Beanie tutorial – April 6
- Simple Sweater tutorial – April 13
- Everyday Socks tutorial – April 20
- Classic Cardigan tutorial – April 27
Choose your yarn
Each pattern includes options for multiple yarn weights, so you can grab your favourite skeins and cast on! The simplicity of each design makes them ideal for any yarn preference. Woolly wools? Hand dyes? Speckles? Handspun? Self-striping? Gradients? A hodgepodge of leftovers? All great!
We’ve sized the Basics patterns in our usual inclusive size range, from baby to big. The garments are designed for a unisex fit and with a little ease in mind. The Simple Sweater and Classic Cardigan are sized from newborn to a 70” chest, and the accessories are sized for the whole family, too!
Make it your own
These patterns are just begging to be customized. Add stripes, marling, colourwork, ¾ length sleeves, fold over cuffs, a cropped hemline, pockets, i-cord edging – you name it! We envisioned this collection as a set of basics, but of course the first thing Emily did was knit up the Simple Sweater in her beautiful handspun (four times, I’m not kidding you!), and Alexa had to copy her rainbow stripes. We’ve been around long enough to know knitters love to make a project their own, so we built the Basics collection for maximum flexibility!
We can’t wait to see your Basics projects, so be sure to share them with us on Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #BasicsCollection.
Alexa and Emily
April 3, 2023 @ 2:54 am
I just bought the collection and am so happy to see directions for using different yarn weights 🙂 Looking forward to casting on another new sweater.
March 31, 2023 @ 8:06 am
I can’t wait to participate in some of the basics. Thank you for providing different yarn weights!
Can you say a few words, or point me in a direction regarding knitting sweaters out of superwash wool? I’ve had some unfortunate experiences and am loaded up with skeins of those gorgeous colors.
Maybe I should have gone down a needle size? Not soak-block?
One way or another, I trust your point of view very much.
Belmar, NJ usa
March 31, 2023 @ 9:30 pm
Hi Linda – I work in superwash pretty regularly and I don’t do anything different. It does sound like you want to be careful not to block it out of shape. Have your measuring tape on hand as you lay it to dry!
March 30, 2023 @ 2:13 pm
I LOVE this Simple collection!! I’m an experienced knitter and although I love some complicated patterns, the ones I turn to the most are the classic patterns, the ones I know my great nieces will be able to wear in 20 years. I guess what I’m trying to say is that I love heirlooms the most in both my store bought as well as my hand- made items. I can personalize them as much as I’d like and truly make them my own. Many thanks for these!
March 30, 2023 @ 6:33 am
Oh my goodness! This is the most exciting post! I’ve taken a quick glance at this simple collection & they look absolutely yummy! I see at least four patterns I can’t wait to try! I’m also looking forward to the upcoming tutorials in April. I’ve been knitting for many years; but I can certainly learn from these tutorials. Thank you so much!❤️