Crafting Confessions

If you’ve gotten a Knit Picks order in the last couple of months, you might have noticed a card hiding out with your yarn – tempting you to reveal your deepest, darkest crafty secrets with the world!

We’ve loved reading through your submissions on Instagram (#CraftingConfessions) and there have been many LOL-worthy moments…mainly because we can relate! And now, we decided it was time to turn the tables and reveal our own confessions with you!

Here are some of our favorite crafting confessions from the staff at Knit Picks, ENJOY!

 

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“Classic” Craft Books: A Book Sale Round-up

If you’re a crafter, you probably have a favorite book – one you’ve made things from over and over again, or turned to for inspiration time after time. Today, I’m going to highlight three books we here at Knit Picks just can’t seem to put down. They’re books that produce garments and accessories that illicit the age-old question, “What pattern is that?” Over and over they are patterns that come out of these books. To us, they’re modern classics, ones we believe you’ll love, too. With 40% off all books currently, perhaps you’ll consider putting picking one up. They never seem to disappoint!

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Save 25% on Yarn Samplers

We love color in all shapes and forms – especially when it comes to yarn! So naturally, we just couldn’t help ourselves when creating all new yarn samplers. Inspired by different themes and scenes, each yarn sampler brings together a set of carefully curated colors that look beautiful and take the guess work out of color planning!

The best part? Each sampler comes with full size balls of our favorite yarns and you get to save 25% off!

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Staff Projects: Comfy Babies!

Baby and children’s garments are popular staff knits here at Knit Picks. They offer a quick knit, not much shaping, and are so very satisfying to give to a new mom, or your own kiddo. When Comfy Worsted Heathers came into the office, Alison and Hannah took no time at all casting on for some great cotton garments that are sure to look great on some sweet small people they know.

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Hannah went down to a size 2 needle and used 1 skein each of Comfy Worsted Heathers in Ripple Heather and Finnley Heather to make her Puerperium Cardigan (free pattern HERE). I love how subtle and beautiful the stripes look in heathered colors, and the side buttons will make this one easy to get on and off a newborn!

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6 Ways to Wear the Golden Morning Collection

Spring is well underway and that means lots of layers are in order! Our Golden Morning 2015 Spring Collection is filled with delightfully colorful garments that will become essentials for in the transition to warmer weather.

Want a quick dose of spring style inspiration? We’ve put together 6 outfits featuring a cardigan, a pullover and a vest from the new spring garment collection. Let’s get thinks started with the Daisies Cardigan!

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THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: When in doubt – pair black and white with a bright, bold color to make a dramatic (and chic!) style statement.

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Garment and Accessory Books We Love

Sometimes I marvel at the craft world – about how many people are knitting, how many more people want to learn, and about how many amazing collections of knitwear  and crochet designs there are in the world. Will my queue ever get manageable? Will I ever think to myself, “I haven’t seen anything lately I really want to make”? Probably not.

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So many books cross my desk here at Knit Picks, and so many of them are so striking, offering crafters a chance to make something truly breathtaking. With all books currently at 40% off in our book sale, I thought I’d highlight 3 books that I thought are really something special.

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Free Patterns: Diadem Edition

Have you had the pleasure of knitting or crocheting with Diadem yet? This dreamy yarn is a delectable blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk – and if that wasn’t enough to get your attention, the lusciously saturated colors will most definitely have you dreaming of silky soft accessories. No wonder a skein of two of this splurge-worthy yarn has found its way into my yarn stash!

If you’re in a similar situation and have 1-2 skeins of Diadem just waiting to be transformed into something incredible, we’ve got 4 stunning and delightfully FREE patterns for you! First up is the Simple Shells Crocheted Cowl from designer Beth Major.

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Crackerjacks and Baseball Stripes

It’s my favorite time of the year – the start of baseball season!  It’s that magical time when, no matter how badly your team did last year, it’s a fresh start for everyone – new faces, new plays, new records to break – and for my fellow baseball knitters, a new Crackerjack to start!

Last year I wrote about my Mariners Crackerjack scarf – a very fun pattern that follows a baseball team through the year, adding a different stripe after every game, depending on whether they won or loss.  While the pattern is infinity scarf, I chose to do mine as a regular scarf, since I wear those more.  And I kept with it throughout the ups & downs of the season and finished on the very last day of the regular season (heartbreaking, since the boys were thisclose to making it to the post season).

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Bicolor Tweed: Free Knit Dishcloth Pattern

Marjorie Dussaud has created this week’s handsome free dishcloth pattern: the Bicolor Tweed Dishcloth. I’m smitten with this combination of stripes and textured slip stitches, perfect for rugged session of dish-duty! Dussaud notes that this pattern is great for beginners because it’s an easy stitch repeat for a big effect. I have this particular pattern ear-marked as a quick stash busting project, ideal for featuring striped sections of yarn from previous projects!

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