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Well Made Home Redux!

I’m in a swoon over the new Well Made-Home: Crochet pattern collection! There are so many great projects from throws to accent pillows and even a set of small storage baskets, ideal for gift-giving or housewarming presents for everyone you know. Who doesn’t need something homemade and cozy to decorate their abode? I wanted to take a moment and offer some ideas for alternate colorways for the projects I’ve come to love and covet.

Busy Bee Throw alternate colorway - KnitPicks.com

First up is the lovely Busy Bee Throw by Shaina Scott in Wool of the Andes Superwash. You can go SUPER bee/honey/hive/comb colored with a range of autumnal yellows and oranges with white accents! From left to right is Brass Heather, Semolina, Orange, Persimmon Heather and White.

Crochet Cable Baskets alternate colorway - KnitPicks.com

Crochet Cable Baskets alternate colorway - KnitPicks.com

Next up is the super cute and infinitely useful set of three Crochet Cable Baskets by Karen Pendergraft in Wool of the Andes. I love the idea of using these to store yarn ends in my craft room or even cotton balls in my bathroom! Whether working up a set in a natural palette (top, left to right: White, Mink Heather, Camel Heather) or a moody monochromatic  range of greys (bottom, left to right: Dove Heather, Cobblestone Heather, Onyx Heather) these baskets will fit into any decor.


Polished Pebbles Cushion alternate colorway - KnitPicks.com

Polished Pebbles Cushion alternate colorway - KnitPicks.com

Lastly is the huge, super comfy Polished Peblles Cushion by Beth Graham in Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky. I love the Dove Heather and Cobblestone Heather colors chosen for the photograph above and I would absolutely whip one of these up for my own house! However, my friend just moved in to a new apartment and the color palette she’s chosen for her decor includes soft whites, light grey and warm browns and I’ve been debating among a pop! of blue (top, left to right: Celestial and Clarity), some warm natural colors (middle, left to right: Camel Heather and Chocolate) or an icy blue (bottom, left to right: White and Fjord Heather).

There are so many ways you can customize your projects to suit your personal taste and the decor of your home. Even the smallest color shift can make a difference in how each project feels, let alone a dramatic shift to a completely different set of colors. What colors would YOU choose for each of these projects? Let me know in the comments!

Sneaky Peeky!

Painted in Waterlogue

We’re such teasers, aren’t we? Get ready for lovely, spring-inspired knits, luscious plants and, of course, some handsome cats!

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Are you excited?  Check back tomorrow to see the full collection!

Note:  We used the app Waterlouge for these images.

Worsted Basics


I’m so glad that I finally get to talk about one of my favorite collections to date – Worsted Basics! I love working with worsted yarn and it’s a delight to be able to find a whole collection of projects in the same weight in one place. The projects are fantastic which made it easy to take some gorgeous photos of them on location at a house in the lovely Forest Park area. I love those deep, dark woods and we were able to take advantage of lovely scenery between rain showers by ducking into the cute house for a few projects.

The Worsted Boyfriend Cardi is hands down my favorite piece. I keep calling (Wool of the Andes) Opal Heather my “Martha Color” because it reminds me of the lovely blues Martha Stewart is always throwing around. This cardigan sends me into day dreams filled with tea, books and lazy mornings.


This shot of the Basic Raglan Jacket is one of my favorites from the session. We had been chatting all morning and this moment just happened when the model was completely at ease and at home in this sweater, I’m always thrilled when we’re able to capture these little moments during a shoot.


The Ribbed Watchcap is the first piece I knit myself from this collection. It’s so basic and wearable that I wound up knitting a half-dozen of them over the holidays and gifted them out to family all over the country. It really is the perfect ribbed hat pattern and seems to suite everyone who puts one on. Unfortunately I was deep in a haze of last minute gift knitting so I didn’t get many photos of the finished hats, I guess that means that I’ll have to hunker down and make a few more!


Yet another adorable photo. She’s so cute, isn’t she? I loved how this hood is shaped, I’m so picky about the size and fit for hoods that I tend to notice one I like right away. This hooded sweater is actually a variation within the Basic Raglan Jacket pattern from earlier. I love it when a single pattern results in two totally distinct looks.


Like Goldilocks, I’ve wandered the pattern world looking for the mitten pattern that will fit juuuuussttt right. The shaping has to be moderate at the finger tips (not a huge fan of the pointy tip) and the thumb has to feel comfortable and natural. It’s surprisingly hard to find all in one place, but the Basic Mittens are just what I’ve been looking for. I can totally envision doing some cute duplicate stitching or stripes to jazz them up a bit, they make a great blank canvas for all sorts of embellishments.


This scarf is so cozy, the model loved it. The ribbing in the Reversible Cabled Scarf gives the fabric a wonderfully springy texture and makes the cabled sections a subtle accent instead of making them the main feature of the piece.


I’m also extremely picky about vests. I like the idea that I could wear one to keep warm and toasty out hiking or to work the next day. Versatility with a touch of elegance is the name of the game these days and the Basic Button Vest hits the mark.

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The Worsted Socks are an absolute must-have in my wardrobe. I LOVE WORSTED WEIGHT SOCKS. They’re so cozy, fit in my boots and they double as house slippers in my chilly 100 year-old house each morning. Now that we have Wool of the Andes Superwash I’ll be churning these socks out over the next few months between projects. Hats and socks FOREVER!

What has caught your eye in this collection? Are you as excited/thrilled as I am that we have an entire collection of worsted garments?! Tell me all about it in the comments!

The Light Basics Collection is Truly Timeless

Oh how I LOVE Kerin’s new Light Basics collection. I can very clearly remember the minute we unpacked all of the knit samples in the office. As each garment came out we all reached out to touch the beautiful, springy fabric of each garment. I definitely gave the Light Basics Pullover an extra squeeze and even a little hug to with a big grin on my face because that Capretta (as I’ve said before) just knits up into SUCH A GORGEOUS fabric!

Each piece in this collection is designed to be a simple, easy to knit and timeless addition to your wardrobe.


The Light Basics Tee is knit in the so soft, machine washable Comfy. This piece is definitely meant to be in regular rotation as an everyday garment. I could see myself sitting in a meeting at work, going for a morning stroll or spending time with a passel of children all day in this tee. I love the longer length of the torso (no skin peeping to be had!) and the gentle v-neck.


I think this shot shows what a wonderful transition piece shawlettes can be. The Light Basics Garter Shawlette is knit in a fingering weight yarn so it’s a little bit heartier than the traditional lace shawl but light enough that it can easily be tucked inside of a jacket or on top of a cardigan without adding unnecessary bulk. I think of shawlettes as the perfect companion to sleeveless tops on cold mornings that promise to warm up into balmy afternoons. They keep those shoulders toasty in the morning and fold away perfectly into a purse as the sun comes out.


Like the Tee, the Light Basics Shell is one of those everyday pieces that really shine. It’s deceptively simple with some wonderful little finishing touches that make it a garment that will continue to wear well through many trips through the washing machine. Applied i-cord and a folded hem means that all the edges are nice and crisp and will stay that way over time. Plus, the subtle Stellina shimmer in Glimmer gives this sleevless top a little extra sweetness.75107_19

The Light Basics Pullover is the garment that I’m totally drawn to right away. The luscious Capretta fabric and the beautiful Cream color makes this the perfect neutral garment. The shaping is so lovely and the finishing so smooth that it almost looks store-bought. It would be easy to add any sort of embellishing colorwork, swap out the yarn or choose to swap out the high turtleneck for the alternate crew neck instead. 51089D_6

And, really, I can’t think of a single day when I couldn’t wear a nice little beanie. I love the length of the Light Basics Garter Ridge Hat which leaves room to fold the band up and instantly makes this a very versatile hat, perfect for just about any shaped noggin.



The proverbial “icing on the cake” in this collection is the Light Basics Cardigan. The elegant shaping, simplicity and fitted nature of this pattern means that it’s the perfect layering piece. Pop it over a light tank top for the spring or tuck it under a cozy jacket in the fall and you’re good to go on any adventure. Just check out the finished edges on this one! I love the crisp lines and the tidy bottom band. Gorgeous.

Sigh, there are so many pieces that I would LOVE to start but they’ll all have to wait until after the holidays pass and I have some more time to work on my own projects. Which one would you cast on for RIGHT NOW if you could? I think I would have to grab my needles and find the buttons for that Cardigan first, but I bet I couldn’t finish it before I just had to cast on for the pullover too!