Saturday, February 20, 2010


There are many reasons to watch Pedro Almodovar's Volver. But beyond Penelope Cruz's acting chops, you will no doubt notice the gorgeous cardigans she wears throughout the film.
If you like this look, check out the pattern options I selected for you:

How pretty is this? LOVE the color!!
Myrtle Cardigan by Snowden Becker: ravelry link here.

Lace Cardigan by Sarah Dallas (from the book "Vintage Knits"): ravelry link here.

Lace pattern cardigan by DROPS design (FREE!): ravelry link here.

Friday, February 19, 2010

The Holiday

Oh dear, has it really been this long?? A thousand apologies and many thanks for your comments and for the Blog Award, Honore! (I feel completely undeserving after having deserted this blog for so long!!!)

I will kick things off with one of the most gorgeous movie knits ever: the cabled cardigan (or is it a sweater?) that Cameron Diaz wears in The Holiday (a thoroughly enjoyable "chick flick" by the way):

(Both pics via amazonjb on Flickr)

FYI, this sweater retails for close to $1000! I kid you not. Ok, it's cashmere but still!

But thanks to the magic that is Ravelry, I present to you the Fireside Sweater by Amber Allison (pattern available for purchase on Ravelry here):

Check out PoshKnit's version here. And YarnIt's version here. And KissMyFrog's version here... Beautiful.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

The Edge of Love

In The Edge of Love, a movie starring Keira Knightley and Sienna Miller that takes place during World War II, the costume design is absolutely phenomenal.
There are so many gorgeous knits throughout the film, but one in particular stands out:

This mustard-colored leaf cardigan is very unique-looking, and it seems that a lot of knitters noticed it and are wondering where to find a pattern for it. I did find an etsy shop that sells a very similar-looking vintage pattern:

The shop is babydee, and here is the link to purchase a copy of this pattern:

Oh, and it's not quite as obviously gorgeous, but this little tea cozy caught my eye too:

Isn't it adorable? It could be straight out of Anthropologie ;)

There are many tea cozy patterns on Ravelry that are just so sweet. This one in particular is cute. And I love this one too.

And if you're really into tea cozies, you could just buy this book! (click here for the Amazon listing)

Tuesday, November 10, 2009


It's getting chilly out here, and now is the perfect time to knit up these gorgeous and warm mittens:

Photo courtesy of Subliminal Rabbit.

Many of you will remember that Kristen Stewart wore these in the film Twilight:

Thanks to Subliminal Rabbit, you can now have your very own pair of Bella's mittens! The pattern is available on her blog here (caution: clicking on this link will open the pdf), and on Ravelry here.

And for my fellow Frenchies out there: le patron des moufles de Bella est maintenant disponible en Français ici, grâce à KnitSpirit!

Oh and while we're at it, here are a few hats to go with the mittens:

* The one by Holly Easley is in the same style as the mittens, and can be found on her blog here, or on Ravelry here.

Or, you can make the hat that Bella wears in the film, which is originally crocheted.

* There's a nice version by Jennyhats. Pattern available on her blog here, (Ravelry link here).

* Aprildraven also has a version on her blog here, (Ravelry link here).

* For those who, like me, can't crochet, there is a knit version by Nancy Fry. (Ravelry link here.)

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

The Cider House Rules

I'm a huge John Irving fan, and I thought this film adaptation of one of his best novels was pretty successful. Charlize Theron is, as usual, unbelievably gorgeous, and I really liked two of her sweaters in the film, both designed by knitwear designer Linda Daniels.

This warm cabled pullover - perfect for those blustery New England fall days :

Here's a screenshot so you can see the color:

Here's juliegentes's version via Flickr:

I also really liked this simple, feminine boatneck sweater:

Here's Sewl Sista's version via Flickr:

Linda Daniels published the Cider House boatneck pullover in her book, The Northampton Wools Knitting Book.
The cabled pullover was published in Interweave Knits Fall 2000.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

The Big Lebowski

Remember The Dude? And his infamous sweater?
You can get the pattern from Etsy, over here, or from Ravelry, over here.

The Dude abides.

Bonnie and Clyde

In this 1967 classic with Faye Dunway and Warren Beatty, Faye is particularly stunning when she is wearing this gorgeous, intricate short-sleeved sweater featuring super-flattering waist-shaping:

Eunny Chang made a fabulous Bonnie-inspired sweater back in the day, but sadly there is no pattern available for it, as far as I know. KnitLit's version is even closer to the original. Love the three-quarter length sleeves. It looks like she adapted a Tahki Stacy Charles pattern but I wasn't able to locate it. Any ideas?
In the meantime, Stella's Blouse, an Interweave Knits pattern published in Spring 2004, is awfully close.