Category Archives: behind the scenes

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Spring Break- 2017 Crafty Resolutions Check In

Wondering how the Knit Picks staff is faring with their New Year's Resolutions now that a quarter of the year has passed? I was too, since, statistically speaking those with remaining New Years Resolutions, like myself, have less than a 50% percent chance of completing them. ACK! But I'm a glass-half-full type, so I'm confident there is still time. Let's see how the others have progressed since our last check in.

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Designer Interview Luise O'Neill - Absent Friends Shawl
Designer Interview – Luise O’Neill

Luise O'Neill is one of the more prolific and successful designers that we at Knit Picks have the pleasure of working with. She is not only active in the Independent Designer Partnership program, but a regular contributor to our exclusive collections.

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Brair Rose: A Home Collection by Knit Picks - KnitPicks.com
Briar Rose: A Home Collection

With spring right around the corner, our new Briar Rose collection brings a cozy pastel palette to chase away the last of those winter blues!  Today we'll show you some more behind-the-scenes photos of these dreamy knits, just in case you needed that last little nudge to cast on one (or two!) of these sweet little projects.

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Meet Daniel!

We have recently had some staff changes here at the Knit Picks office. It took a few months to find just the right person, but we are happy to introduce. . .me! I’m Daniel, and I am the new Administrative Assistant for Knit Picks. I’ll be around to do the fiddly, little things that no one else has the time (or inclination) for. In addition, I am the new Coordinator for our Independent Designer Partnership Program, so if you are one of our Independent Designers (or would like to be!) you’ll be working with me.

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Garter Ridge – from start to finish

I've worked behind the scenes on every one of our collections and I thought I'd give you a peek behind the curtain of what goes in to putting them together. Our newest collection, Garter Ridge is my all time favorite collection that we have produced so I'll start with that!

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Behind the Scenes – Under 200 Pattern Collection

We are so ready for gift knitting season! Our newest collection, Under 200 features a range of stellar accessories that can be worked up quickly with under 200 grams of yarn. I thought I would showcase a few of my favorite projects from this essential collection as well as share some of the behind-the-scenes photos from our morning spent photographing in North Portland!

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WIP Intarsia Knitting Baby Blanket
All About the Blankets – Intarsia Style

Hello Stash Readers! Hold onto to your hats, not only for the impending fall winds, but because I am making an intarsia baby blanket. You may remember me from my intro podcast or the post about my knitting the Learn to Knit Kit Scarf, if not I will give you a brief introduction. I am the merchandise planner for Knit Picks and new to completed project knitting. I'm great at starting things, but I was always merely dabbling. It wasn't until I started working here that the bug truly took hold, maybe a little slower than others, but I've caught it and have gone a touch off the rails. Once I mastered the knit stitch, completing my garter stitch scarf, I started another scarf in Tuff Puff practicing stockinette, and that is coming along swimmingly.

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

Perhaps you've picked out your favorite fair isle knitting pattern now (perhaps it's from our new collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection ) but you're not in love with the exact colors the pattern uses. How can you go about substituting colors effectively, in fair isle knitting? Andrea Lum talks us through yarn progression and substitution, so you can knit the fair isle garment of your dreams.

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Staff Projects: Neck Adornments

Knit Picks staffers are keeping busy this summer by making adornments for their necks. From beginner projects to advanced, our team is working with color and texture to produce some gorgeous accessories that sure will come in handy when the cooler months come around. Check them out, and maybe you'll cast on for a scarf, cowl, or shawl very soon!

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Knitting in Public

Did you craft in public this past weekend? We held a lovely get together in Colonel Summers Park in Portland, OR. There was free yarn and books, prize baskets, lots of chatting and crafting, and unfortunately, a good amount of rain. Nevermind! We headed under the park's picnic shelter and carried on. No, those aren't our wet socks on the line, but samples from Toasty Toes, all in a row!

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