Category Archives: Yarn

KnitPicks.com Hawthorne yarn color development
Behind the Scenes: Creating Hawthorne

If you're anything like me, you've been drooling over our new Hawthorne yarn colors. I cannot wait to spend many happy evenings knitting colorful scarves and baby sweaters with the delicious new Multi colors and Tonal line.

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Choosing the Right Project For Handpainted Yarn

I adore Hawthorne. I've worked with all of the lines (Multi, Kettle, Speckle, and our new Tonal) and I just love all of the finished projects. Since I've been using it  in so many projects, I thought I'd reshare some of tips & tricks for working with what can be a challenging yarn to some people - Hawthorne Multi. While Tonal, Kettle, and Speckle will look great in most patterns, the colorful Multi can be an adventure to find the perfect project.

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Introducing Hawthorne Tonal (plus colors in Multi!)

IT'S HERE!!! The newest addition to our popular Hawthorne yarn family is Hawthorne Tonal, featuring beguiling, shifting depths of rich color. These 12 hand painted lovelies provide a subtle and sophisticated counterpoint to the wild chromo-diversity of Hawthorne Multi.  And least you think it's a repeat of our Hawthorne Kettle Dye, take a closer look. While Kettle Dye features several shades of the same color, Tonal brings in touches of analogous colors, with undertones and highlights of tones from similar color families. Can you just imagine the brilliant shawls, sweaters, socks and hats these would make? Drool!  

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Podcast 259: Fantastic Felici

You might think you know our stupendous, self-striping sock yarn, Felici, with it's sensously soft 75% Merino Wool, 25% Nylon blend and ever-changing selection of brilliant colors, in classic fingering or new worsted weights. Whether you're a devoted follower or a burgeoning novitiate, you might be surprised at what you learn with this glimpse behind the scenes for one of our favorite yarns to develop.

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Monthly Yarn Sale – Wonderfluff!

Softer than a kitten, fluffier than a cloud, Wonderfluff is a technological marvel! Silky baby alpaca and fleecy merino fibers are blown into and caught in a lightweight tube of nylon mesh. The result is a yarn that's beautifully bulky yet lightweight and warm, with surprising resiliency. Wonderfluff works with a wide range of needle sizes and with 142 yards per 50g, the generous yardage allows for large, luxurious projects that won't break the bank. Normally $6.99 a ball, it’s now just $5.59 through the end of July!

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Summer Yarn Sale

Break open those stash piggy banks and thank you cards for the mail carrier, because its Knit Picks Annual Summer Yarn Sale!

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Free Yarn Week at www.knitpicks.com
It’s Free Yarn Week!

That's right, I said FREE YARN! Here's your chance for you to try a new yarn - for free - during free yarn week. We've selected four of our favorite yarns that you may not have had the chance to fall in love with, and we're giving you a skein for free with any purchase over $50.

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Make Your Own Value Pack Sale

Our value packs have been so popular since we started them - a great way to get a color curated pack of your favorite yarns at a discount. We have a lot of fun putting them together but now we want you to pick your own personal value pack - choose 5 or more skeins of the same yarn and you'll save 20%!

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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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