Category Archives: Kits

Playing with Color… and Math!

Ever since we introduced Chroma, I've been enjoying its versatility for patterns. The subtle color changes turn simple stranded knitting into complicated-looking colorwork, and even plain stockinette into works of art. So how about some stripes? One of my favorite things in Astronomy class in college was examining emission and absorption spectra of various elements and then looking for them in stars. Not only was the science fascinating, but it was beautiful as well. When we were tossing around ideas for a new sweater in Chroma, my thoughts turned immediately to those lovely spectra. Obviously there would be quite a problem working a full spectrum line-by-line into a sweater. There's just too many rows, and the colors wouldn't line up with their correct nanometer values! Not to mention it would need to look nice in colors other than just the bright spectral rainbow. So, I decided that the Fibbonacci sequence would deliver the perfect result. And the Chromatic Pullover is the end product!

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Give your holiday knitting a Finishing Touch

Now that winter is nipping at our heels and the holiday knitting season is in full swing, it's about time to think about quick, warm knits. What better than fingerless mitts? They're versatile, quick to knit, and make great gifts. If that sounds like a good idea to you, why not try the Finishing Touches Fingerless Mitts Kit? This set comes with the patterns and enough yarn for five pair of coordinating fingerless mitts. Each of the five pair is a little different...

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Keep those ears warm!

With the falling leaves and chilly autumn winds on their way, it's time to start knitting a new hat! This Fall, how about an Andean Chullo hat? This perennial favorite is back in two new colorways: Red and Grey. The Red kit has rich autumnal shades of russet and orange, while the Grey kit has a gradient of black to white shot through with bright wintry blues. Both kits put a new twist on the Peruvian-inspired patterns...

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Designer Interviews for October Kits!

With cooler weather fast approaching, it only seems appropriate that the new catalog is jam packed with all kinds of knitting goodness! And with so many kits to choose from, there is really something for everyone. You will find everything from blankets and throws to hats, bags, mittens, toys and holiday decorations. One of my favorites is the Winter Wonderful Kit, I just love the idea of getting a kit of yarn to make my very own set of holiday decorations! I am a total sucker for the holidays and always get excited when I can fill my house with cozy and festive home decor. There are so many options for knitted toys, little gifts, and decorations - and even though it would be time consuming, the knitted string of lights would be completely worth it. Watch Kerin's designer interview for the Winter Wonderful Kit to see all of the adorable things you could make!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like….

Holiday knitting season! Yes, yes, I know, it's still September. But, if you're planning on knitting some holiday gifts, now is a pretty good time to start! Now, I don't know about you, but I think I've knit just about every type of thing I can think of as gifts, and I'm sure my mom only needs so many scarves. So, what to do? How about giving some lovely ornaments and decorations from the Winter Wonderful kit? This kit includes 15 patterns for everything from a Mitten and Sled (that also function as gift card holder!) to a life-sized Poinsettia and adorable stuffed Chickadee and Polar Bear. Or, make a cute yarn basket for your favorite knitting friend...

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Designer Interviews for New Summer Shawl Kits

Summer seems to have gotten a late start this year, but it looks like the sunshine has come just in time for all of the wonderful new shawl kits! And of course, Kerin kindly shared her inspiration for the colors and designs behind these shawls - some of which come from the most unlikely of places! But it just goes to show that inspiration is around us everywhere.

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New Designer Interviews!

As you may have noticed already, it has been a busy week here at Knit Picks! Not only have we added lots of new yarny goodness, but there are also many new kits as well! And if you are like me and love to hear about the inspriation behind a design or simply how an idea transformed into a finished project, these designer interview with Kerin are a real treat! And to pass along the inside scoop on these amazing new kits, Kerin and I worked together to bring you another round of designer interviews! You can now see videos for the Shift Totes, the Dimensions Wrap, the Tiddlywinks Baby Set and the Fancy Feet kit simply by clicking on the "video" tab when viewing the kit. Besides finding out the spark of creativity for these patterns, Kerin also mentions specific construction design and techniques as well as tips and tricks. Another thing that I really like about these videos is how it adds another way to see the actual designs knit up, how large they are as well as how they move and drape.

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Show off your sock skills…

...With the Show Off Socks Kit! These socks are written with shoes in mind - the foot portion is entirely in stockinette to fit comfortably in your shoes, while showcasing the fun, textured cuffs. There are 12 different stitch patterns to choose from:

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Road Trip!

What better way is there to experience the countryside than a good old road trip? Well, if gas prices are prohibitive, you can bring the countryside home with you with our Road Trip Tote kits! These three kits capture the spirit of place with brilliant intarsia panels. So pack up the car and let's go!

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Designer Interview Videos

In addition to the great tutorials and videos we have available at Knit Picks, we have also been working hard on expanding our videos to include a behind the scenes look at new kits! If you have ever wondered about the inspiration behind the projects or simply want to hear more about the design process that goes into the kits, you really have to check out the Designer Interview videos! After all of the designing, editing, sample knitting and re-editing is done and the kits are ready to make their debut, I ask our talented designer Kerin to give everyone an inside look into each kit. These designer videos are really great for finding out which specific techniques, construction and design elements are used as well as learning about any tips or tricks Kerin might have to make your project a success. I find it endlessly fascinating to hear about the point of inspiration that started each project alongside the final piece.

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