25 November

The mystery continues

Posted in color theory

No one has cracked the mystery of how the Green/Blue study was made yet. Here is a clue and a photo of the Green/Yellow part.

Think outside – and over – the square.. we first go up and then down again.


24 November

Guess how this was made and win 5 mini merino skeins

Posted in color theory


I am running my first competition today. The first person to guess how my Blue/Green study above was made will win 5 mini merino skeins from the Marta’s Yarns collection of Merino lace weight mini skeins. You get to pick your own colours too!

Email your answer to pat@patriciacantosdesign.com

9 November

Pre-xmas yarn sale – 4 days only

Posted in crochet, knitting

Don’t miss out on 40% off the entire Marta’s Yarns Collection for the next 4 days.

Sale includes the glorious new Marta’s Yarns lace merino mini hanks. Perfect for intarsia, fair isle, graduated work, needlepoint and embroidery.

Simply enter this coupon code before checking out XMAS2014.
NB: We refund you the difference between the flat shipping rate and the actual shipping costs based on weight prior to finalising your order.

Sale ends midnight Thursday 13th November.

Merino Wool Lace weight mini skeins

Merino Wool Lace weight mini skeins

3 November

Learn to knit Latin American style

Posted in knitting, video

I have just finished production of a new video that demonstrates the method of knitting my Chilean born mother taught me – known as the continental combined method. I taught classes in this method when we had our Melbourne yarn shop open.

There has been an ongoing debate about whether the continental or english method is the fastest way to knit. I recall one customer coming into the shop a few years back determined to demonstrate that the English method was faster than continental. There was no denying that she was a fast knitter. However, when it comes to rib and seed stitch, I think continental wins hands down.

Apart from speed, there are also ergonomic considerations when it comes to which method to use. Some people have found that using both methods eases the strain on your hands as they use different muscle groups.

Give Latin American style knitting a go and let me know your verdict.

28 October

Jumbo sized i-cord

Posted in crochet, knitting, video

I had some fun over the weekend making this super-sized i-cord using a new technique I came up with last week. It involves a mix of finger knitting and finger crochet.

knitted rope

It can be used with up to about 6 stitches, depending on the yarn used. It is also a fun way to teach children how to knit. Here is the video demonstrating the technique.

The green rope used 8 strands of the Marta’s Yarns Retro (Bulky weight) wool blend yarn and I used the Marta’s Yarns hand-painted Slubby in the video demonstration.


23 October

The mini rainbow merino collection


The Marta’s Yarns rainbow collection has inspired so many projects over the years. Gradient work, fairisle and intarsia projects have all used this lovely palette.

I have just added our new mini skeins of the Marta’s Yarns rainbow in a lace weight merino yarn (2ply). It is super soft and super durable and perfect for needlepoint and embroidery as well as knitting and crochet projects.


There is also the complete rainbow collection of 24 skeins, which includes 2 FREE skeins. Please note that we will refund the difference between out flat rate postage and the actual postage costs for your order.


17 October

Chincherinchee flowers meet Marta’s Merino

Posted in embroidery

The stunning Chincherinchee flowers are in season at the moment and have inspired me to wind up some mini-hanks of the Marta’s Yarns 2ply merino yarn.

I have been doing a bit of embroidery with this lovely soft merino and will be sharing some designs soon.

In the meantime, I will be loading up some of these mini-hanks to the Yarn section of this website over the weekend in the 24 Rainbow color range and some very special hand-dyed 2-ply merino.

Have a great weekend.