Category Archives: favorite patterns

Knitting Geekery – Knitted Lace Traditions

You might have noticed that we have lace on the brain a bit here at Knit Picks, what with our customizing, beginner-friendly Shawls for All and the drool-worthy Luxurious Lace. Lace knitting in particular has a certain mystique, with fabled,almost esoteric traditions with origins shrouded in mystic legendry. Flipping or clicking through Luxurious Lace in particular, you might have seen references to various traditions. Though adapted to modern tools and methods, when you work these and other patterns you are participating in a tradition. Let's take a bit of time to explore a few of these traditions, and look at what exactly makes Estonian lace Estonian lace.

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Hue Shift Afghan Kits – Now Back In Stock!

Oh happy day - our beloved Hue Shift Afghan Kits are back in stock! Hue Shift has been our most popular pattern for almost 5 years now. And it's easy to see why! The pattern is simple to memorize (love those mitered squares) and the blend of colors is to die for. Not to mention the price for the materials. When you buy the pattern bundled with our favorite colorways, the total cost for the pattern and yarn is only $25.98!

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Designer Interview - Rebekah Berkompas, Baby Moc-a-Soc
Designer Interview – Rebekah Berkompas

Rebekah Berkompas is one of the most versatile designers involved in Knit Picks' Independent Designer Partnership program, with a wide-ranging collection of knits, from practical kitchen patterns to booties of all sizes and lovely shawls.

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tilework afghan pattern at knitpicks.com
Playing with Color

Many knitters become frustrated when it comes to color selection. There are many reasons for this, but often the sheer volume of colors to choose from is the culprit. Add in the important task of choosing which yarn to use, and many knitters can become frozen in fear. It's not hard to become quickly overwhelmed! Of course, we try to make it easy by pairing well-designed patterns with the most appropriate yarn - in a beautiful (at least in our opinion) color combination. But what if you don't fall in love at first site? What if you like the pattern but don't know how to choose new colors... How do you take the designer's pick as inspiration for your own color choices? Let us give you some inspiration for playing with color.

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Cat on Sweater
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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Celtic chill zone: triangle cabled pullover at www.knitpicks.com
Celtic Chill Zone 2017

In honor of the upcoming St. Patrick's day holiday, we've come up with a weekend's worth of projects to knit - and yummy food and drinks to prepare. It's everything you need for your own “Celtic Chill Zone” – a place to knit fancy cables, sip a tasty beverage, and munch on some delicious food. There's a little something Celtic for everyone! For a cozy weekend at home

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Cygnus Shawl Knitting Pattern from KnitPicks.com
Favorite Crafty Pairs

Who is dating whom in the celebrity world ... who really cares? What we crafters want to know is: what yarn will make that delicious shawl pattern look the best? What's the cutest project bag to pair with my on-the-go projects? In the world of crafting, it's not just socks that are better in pairs. Like peanut butter and jelly, some things are just meant to be together. Here are a few of our favorite crafty pairs, as spotted out on the town: The Absent Friends Shawl knit pattern Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn in Mink Heather

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