Category Archives: KP Staff Projects

The husband learns to knit
My Dude Learns to Knit

Question every crafter secretly longs to ask their significant other. All our future evenings and weekends for the rest of eternity hinged upon his answer. "Can I teach you to knit?" I rather hopelessly asked. "Hmmmm .. no." Heartbreak. Then, joy of all joys, a month later he enthusiastically exclaimed, "Can you please teach me to knit? I really want to learn!" (Lesson learned: give him time to mull). We took our needles and Dishie yarn to a local tea shop, and over a steaming mug of Brain Power tea, we dove into the wonderful world of cast-ons, knits and purls, as tickled strangers smiled at the cute couple crafting dishcloths together.

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Staff Projects – Kid Things!

In the heat of summer, the staff here at Knit Picks have been busy knitting things for babies and kids. Whether it's older patterns in new yarn colorways, or favorite yarns knit up in creative ways, this crop of baby knits made me want to upscale each one, for myself. See what you think!

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Staff Projects – We Heart Mighty Stitch

Do you have certain "yarn categories"? It never used to get that specific for me but recently it's changed. I used to have a few favorite yarns and use them for everything under the sun. Lately, I've noticed that I like to make specific things with certain yarns: wool is for sweaters, superwash wool is for kids, and acrylic (even in blends) is for toys, pillows, and blankets. Apparently, my colleagues have a similar ethos, because when Mighty Stitch Bulky and Super Bulky hit the office, we wasted no time in making things for around the house that really bring a smile to our faces. Check them out, and see if they bring a smile to yours, as well!

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Last Chance for May Monthly Yarn Sale – Swish – 20% Off

Oh how I love Swish! Super soft, in a great array of colors, it's my go-to yarn for sweaters. I knit a lot of things for my kids, but I also use Swish just as much for adult size garments. Today is the last day to save 20% on both weights of Swish in our May Monthly Yarn Sale. To celebrate such a great yarn, here's a round-up of things I've made, in Swish!

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Learn to Knit a Benefaction Knit Hat

Have you ever wanted to learn to knit in the round, or on double pointed needles, but are unsure how? A simple hat, with handsome stripes and the perfect fit is an excellent way to get started on these techniques, and our new tutorial featuring the Benefaction Knit Hat will take you through every step! Stacey, who designed the hat, uses circular needles from our shorties set, and then changes to double pointed needles when the decreases result in too few stitches to continue with a circular needle. KP Staffer Jennifer, relatively new to knitting, tried out knitting in the round for the very first time. She watched the tutorial, and tentatively cast on.

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Staff Projects – Bunny Knits!

Spring is almost over - can you believe it? Only about a month to go until summer, and I don't know if I'm ready quite yet. The weather in the Northwest has been everything from 50 to 90 degrees already, giving us a sample of what looks to be the hot summer ahead. So to keep spring around for just a bit longer (at least in my mind, and on my needles) I made some sweater for my daughters. Want to see?

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A Beginner’s Knitting Journey

aka: Learning to knit something besides scarves. As the newest member of the Knit Picks team, I have a lot to learn! I am fairly new to knitting... although I've known how to knit for years, until I came to work at Knit Picks I hadn't made anything more complicated than a garter-stitch scarf. In less than a week of employment I was drooling over yarn and planning out what to create next. It was obvious I was going to need to learn to knit on a more sophisticated level. Fortunately I am surrounded by talented knitters who have been so very patiently helping me! Let me share a bit of my beginning knitter's journey, aka: learning to knit something besides scarves.

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Staff Project Roundup!

It's spring, and our knitting needles are busily working through piles of yarn and mountains of unfinished objects! Now is the time to clear your queue and get ready to change up what's on your needles, just as the weather is shifting from the chill of winter to the first warm promises of spring. Curious about what we've been up to outside of the office? Here's a roundup of our  most recent staff projects, including a project in our newest yarn, Paragon!

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We Heart Preciosa Fingering + Staff Projects!

Though I have loved many Knit Picks yarns over the course of my recent project making, Preciosa Fingering Tonal Yarn might perhaps be my all-time favorite. The colors are spectacular, the softness is unmatched, and projects made in this yarn come out looking so very dreamy. For a while, I swore off fingering weight projects. I just wasn't getting through them efficiently, and they would often be left in my knitting basket, as works in progress, for months and months. Preciosa Tonal Fingering Yarn is bringing me back to this yarn weight single handedly (or single ply-edly? haha). Here are some staff projects we've recently completed, if you'd like to see.

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Mighty Stitch is Back!

When we released Mighty Stitch earlier this year, it proved to be so popular that we sold out of many of colors of this fabulous acrylic/wool yarn! But now, all colors are back in stock, just in time for holiday gift knitting and crocheting.

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