Category Archives: Books

Book Sale: Great Craft Books for Winter

The Knit Picks Winter Book Sale is the perfect opportunity to celebrate surviving the holidays. All of our holiday gift and decor crafting is done, but we're still deep in Winter, settling in for hibernation after the hustle and bustle. In other words, we're at great time to dive deep into some serious crafting. Whether your New Year's resolutions involve learning new skills, finishing old projects, or just dedicating more time to the crafts you love, we have a book for you. And with the Winter Book Sale, you can treat yourself to a special gift at 40% off! Here's just a sampling of some of the wonderful books we adore that you'll find on sale.

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Instant Outfit: Knit Accessories

From work to play to nights out on the town, our Under 200 pattern collection has something for every style. Here just in time for the holidays, this fabulous new pattern collection is packed with 28 stash-busting projects, each made with under 200 grams of yarn. It's full of so many great knit accessories, including hats, scarves, shawls, and accessories. Today let's talk about how to incorporate some of these stunning accessories into your wardrobe. 3 Ways to Wear the Under 200 Collection

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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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Podcast 256: Something for Everybody!

Podcast 256 has something for everybody! We hear from Knit Picks' own Alison Backus about our new collection, "Knits for Everybody", with basic patterns you'll go back to again and again. The sweater pattern from this book is designed by Katy Banks, who talks on this podcast about her design process, and left handed knitting a whole different way. We'll also talk to Vera Brosgol, author and illustrator of the new children's picture book, "Leave Me Alone", (pictured above) about drawing, knitting, and being left alone to do it all. 3 easy ways to listen...

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Book Sale: Great Knitting Books for Fall

There is no denying it - fall is in the air! For me, that means my attention is turned from outdoor activities such as boating and gardening, and towards indoor activities such as cooking and crafting. If you're looking for a bit of inspiration for your own crafting projects, I have great news: it's book sale time! Every in-stock book on our site is on sale for 40% off during our Fall Knitting Book Sale! (Of course, it's not just knitting books, all crochet books are included as well) Here are a few titles that have my attention for fall crafting sessions:

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My Favorite Crochet Book of All Time

Book Sale is on! Do you love new knitting and crochet books? I love them. I find so much inspiration in books, whether they be collections of sweaters and accessories, books on new (or old) techniques, or books about...nonsense. I love making nonsense! By that, I mean mostly impractical items to keep or give away but that are pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of people who see them. When I found in Twinkie Chan's newest book, "Crochet Abode a la Mode", I started making just that. It might be my favorite craft book ever, and so far, I've made four projects from it. Check them out!

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No Place Like Home

Dorothy was definitely imagining a room full of cozy blankets, plush pillows, and sweet knit home decor when she clicked her ruby shoes together and whispered "There's no place like home!" Decorate your abode with our new No Place Like Home collection, the patterns divided into three distinct styles: Farmhouse Flair, Southwest Style and Lodge Living. There's something for every aesthetic and skill level in this sure-to-be-classic collection.

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New! Complete Yarn Guide 2016

You may have noticed that our catalog got little makeover a few months ago. As soon as we started planning the new look, we realized that having a complementary book of all of our current yarns would be a great idea, since they're no longer included in the catalog. So as our graphic designer, I was in charge of putting it together. With hundreds of items, it was a lot of information to wrangle into a beautiful, cohesive package. I wanted to be sure that it was easy to use and that all of the photos were color-corrected so they'd be as accurate as possible for those consulting the yarn guide for color reference. I know how important that is for any knitter or crocheter, especially for projects with multiple colors, like Fair Isle. In fact, Knit Picks staff has used the yarn guide ourselves in several collection planning meetings for that very reason.

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Toasty Toes – Socks for All Seasons

Socks are my addiction. Throughout the year, I always have a pair on my needles, no matter the weather. They are perfect to travel with, usually only take one skein of yarn, and can be worked on even in the heat of the summer when having a sweater or blanket on your lap would be miserable. Our Hawthorne yarn lines are my favorite; in fact, I can't remember the last pair I knit that wasn't in Hawthorne and now we highlight this beautiful yarn in our new collection Toasty Toes!

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