Category Archives: Knit Picks Designers

Kitchen Collections – Swirly Potholder

Last year we were discussing what sort of collections we would like to see and it was unanimous - we were all about crafting for the kitchen!  And since most of us both knit & crochet, we decided we needed two collections, so we came up with Classic Kitchen Crochet and Retro Kitchen Knits. I'm particularly excited - all the patterns are by the Knit Picks staff, including me!

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Podcast Episode 232: Inside the Making of Knit Picks Pattern Collections

It has been officially three years since the launch of the first Knit Picks pattern collection, a program that has grown into over 30 collections to date and has expanded to include printed books in addition addition to digital ebook downloads. This week, Kelley chats with Alison to talk about our book program, which includes collections that feature both our in-house design team as well as independent designers. Alison shares a behind-the-scenes look into our pattern collection process including the long planning stages, collection design, photography, styling and the development of larger, curated collections as well as printed books as an option. Be sure to check out our three newest collections, in addition to our past collections! Under 100 Knit Collection Under 100 Crochet Collection Gloss 2014 Collection You can also find more KP collections here: eBook pattern collections printed pattern collection books   3 easy ways to listen...

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Podcast Episode 227: Glacier Bay Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest collection of patterns - Glacier Bay. Hear more about this 6-pattern collection as Kerin shares her initial inspiration behind the collection and how those ideas transformed into a wonderfully versatile mix of accessories including everything from a hat and scarf set to mitts, legwarmers and a cowl. As we talk through each of the 6 designs, Kerin goes into more detail behind each piece and highlights various techniques that were used along with a few helpful hints. You can find the Glacier Bay collection here: Glacier Bay printed book Glacier Bay eBook 3 easy ways to listen...

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Bringing Nature Home

I'm a huge fan of nature, as I'm sure those of you who have read my other blogs will know! Walking through a sunny field or a lush forest is an experience that I treasure. But during the colder months, it's hard to really enjoy too much of the outdoors before getting chilly. That's why in my latest collection, Hearth and Home, I bring the beauty of nature indoors!

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Beautiful Baltic Lace is back!

If you're looking for a lovely, Estonian-inspired project, try the Baltic Lace Shawl kit! This shawl is influenced by the incredible lace knitting of Estonia. Complete with the traditional 'Greta Garbo' border pattern and plenty of nupps, the Karukell Shawl is worked as one rectangular piece, with an edging knit on.

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Podcast Episode 218: Light Basics Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny talks with Knit Picks designer Kerin about her latest pattern collection, Light Basics. Hear all about the inspiration for this collection which focuses on using fingering weight yarns for all of its designs. In addition to talking about the collection as a whole, Kerin shares some insight into her design process and talks about the design details that go into creating larger sizes while maintaining a comfortable and flattering fit. Next, Kerin and Jenny talk through each of the 6 designs while highlighting specific design and construction details. And if you're interested in learning about how to customize any of the designs, Kerin has a few tips and ideas on how to use the included knitter's graph paper! And be sure to check out the link below to find the eBook, printed version and individual pattern downloads for this collection: Light Basics collection 3 easy ways to listen...

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Simply stylish knits in the new Light Basics collection

There is a lot to be said for simplicity: crisp hem and small gauge goes a long way in basic knitwear. The Light Basics collection features six sophisticated, classic designs that you can wear as staple, go-to garments, or modify with your favorite stitch or color patterns using the included knitting graph paper. Each of the garments is designed to be used with any fingering weight yarn, and can be worn separately or together.

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Announcing Windswept!

Living in Oregon is a constant source of inspiration to me. But for my latest collection, Windswept, I went back to my New Jersey shore roots.

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Podcast Episode 214: Windswept Pattern Collection Interview with Kerin

On this week's episode, Jenny gets a chance to talk with Kerin about her latest pattern collection, Windswept. Inspired by the scenic mid-Atlantic beaches, this collection shows off a versatile set of patterns that are easy-to-wear and take you from warm sunny days to cool evening walks along the boardwalk. Learn more about Kerin's inspiration and design process, in addition to getting a behind-the-scenes look into this stunning 6-pattern collection. The Windswept pattern collection is available as an eBook and as a printed book here: Windswept eBook Windswept printed book And don't forget - you can also purchase single pattern downloads from this stunning pattern collection! 3 easy ways to listen...

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Imagining the Future: A little chunk of the creative process

When you consider the time involved in writing a pattern, knitting the item, photographing it and getting a pattern ready for publication, it’s no wonder we work months and months ahead. It tends to create a strange creative dissonance for me; right now I’m finishing up some patterns for November, yet it’s 75 degrees out today and I’m wearing a tank top. It’s really hard to get in the right frame of mind for what would be cozy in winter when ...

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