Category Archives: video

Casting On Video Series

It is becoming that time of the year when a lot of seasonal knitters are starting to pick up needles once again and new knitters are tempted to drive right into projects. Which is exactly why we have three new video tutorials to make sure that your projects get started without any problems! This video series is all about different ways of casting on. Casting on stitches is the very first step in any project - and nothing takes away the excitement for a new project faster than running into somethign new or unfamiliar at the first step of your pattern. Generally, I use the long tail cast on for most of my projects. This is a quick and easy cast on that I find works for a lot of things. However, there are many different cast ons and one of these just might suit your project better than others. Sometimes you need a stretchy cast on, while other times you might need something firmer. Either way, knowing the many different ways of casting on gives you the option of choosing a cast on that best fits your project and its needs.

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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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My Grandmother’s Knitting Book Signing Recap

Last week, we posted about the book signing event for My Grandmother's Knitting that was being put on by Andersen Fiber Works in Gresham, Oregon. A bunch of us from Knit Picks were able to attend the event and it was such a wonderful evening! Not only did I get to visit a new yarn store, but I also got a chance to hang out with other knitters and see Jen who does the Hanks in the Hood batts for Knit Picks. For me, the evening started off by wondering around and admiring all of the yarn and fiber. Then, we moved upstairs to see Larissa Brown, Chrissy Gardiner, Leigh Radford, Joan McGowan Micheal, and Stevanie Pico for the book signing of My Grandmother's Knitting. Kelley (and Xena), Alison, Hannah and myself found a cozy spot to settle in and work on a bit of knitting as the karaoke was getting started.

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Hello Everyone!

I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself because I have a feeling we’ll be hearing a lot from each other on this blog. I’m the new (very excited) Graphic Designer at Knit Picks. I just sent my very first catalog to the printers so I’ll have more time to post about all the crazy knit things I’m working on. I’m a self-taught crafter. There’s nothing I like more than starting a brand new project, just to experiment with ...

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Meet Sugarbunny!

This morning, the Knit Picks office has been buzzing with excitement over all of the new yarns, colors, and kits that just launched on the website this morning! And I have to say - one of the most delightful new yarns is Sugarbunny, our very first yarn in the Special Reserve line! This 80/20 blend of merino and angora is the perfect little yarn treat, I can assure you that this makes for the ultimate knitting indulgance. Super soft with a beautiful halo, I think something like a cowl, or anything worn next to your skin, would be best for this special yarn. Just remember, Special Reserve means that the yarn is a one time deal and once it's gone, it won't be back. Check out our video yarn review to hear all about what Kelley loves most about Sugarbunny!

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New Stroll Glimmer!

I have to admit that I am a sucker for anything that shimmers and shines - everything from nailpolish to shoes, and yes, yarn too! This is exactly why I could not wait to see our newest yarn, Stroll Glimmer, which shimmers and shines and looks simply stunning. When the box of samples finally arrived at the office, everyone rushed over to look through the colors and to see the pretty sparkles in person.

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Sock Summit Recap

It was just over a week ago that sock knitters took over Portland, Oregon for the second ever Sock Summit! I was lucky enough to have gone to the first Sock Summit, and was just as excited about being able to attend this year as well. First of all, I have to point out the obvious - knitters are pretty awesome people! No matter where I found myself or which table I sat down at, I was quickly immersed in conversation with other knitters. It sure is a wonderful feeling to have an instant point of connection to everyone around you, all connected by our simple love of all things fiber.

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Picking Up Stitches Video Lesson (now in High Definition!)

Have you ever gotton to a part in your pattern where you see the phrase, "pick up and knit?" Sometimes patterns simply write just pick up x amount of stitches. If this is a new technique to you, it can be somewhat confusing deciphering just what exactly to pick up and what to knit. In our latest video lesson, we focus on just that - how to pick up stitches! Kerin covers everything you need to know about picking up stitches to make your project a success. Learn how to pick up stitches along the sides of your knitting (row-wise) as well as along the cast on or bind off edges. Kerin starts with a stockinette stitch swatch for both the sides and top/bottom edges. Next up, Kerin shows you to do the same thing but with a garter stitch swatch. Combining these two techniques in both stockinette and garter stitch fabric allows you to create a nice, finished look to any project. You can also use these techniques to create added strength and even to create fun shapes.

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