Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl – Color Ideas

To accompany our new and expanded selection of Alpaca Cloud lace yarns, we’ve update of our all-time favorite lace designs – the Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl! This colorful shawl is knit with 2 strands of yarn held double throughout, in different combinations, to produce graduated color changes.


Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl Pattern

And with over 60 colors of Alpaca Cloud to choose from, you can get as bright and bold or soft and subtle as you want. And to kick start your creativity, we’ve put together 6 color palettes that would be stunning for this dreamy shawl.

Nothing says summer quite like the gradient of a tropical sunset – get transported to island time whenever you please with this glowing color combo.


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Summer Yarn Sale: Hawthorne Staff Projects

Have you checked out our Summer Yarn Sale? You’ll save up to 40% on over 600 yarns! Isn’t that amazing? It’s a great chance to stock up on your favorite yarns, and one of our favorite staff yarns here at Knit Picks is Hawthorne. There’s multicolored Hawthorne Fingering Yarn, also available in sport weight as Hawthorne Sport Mult Yarn , as well as Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye Yarn – there’s a colorway you’re sure to fall in love with! We love Hawthorne for its amazing stitch definition, sturdiness, ease of care, and softness. Here’s a round up of three staff projects we’ve made recently, in Hawthorne!

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Free Knit Dishcloth Pattern – Simple Lines

Cute, easy and fast – those are magic words for me when working up dishcloths – I’ll often wait until my current ones are in tatters before knitting or crocheting some replacements! So when I need a new dishcloth quickly, simple knits and purls are the way to go. And our newest free dishcloth pattern is a perfect example of that – Chelsea BerkompasSimple Lines Dishcloth.

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A Guide to Mix & Match Socks for Top-Down & Toe-Up

Knit Picks Socktacular Sock Knitting Book

Whether you’re new to sock knitting or have knit countless pairs for yourself and loved ones, you’ll be delighted at the endless options and combinations that you’ll be able to create with our new book, Socktacular! Mix & Match Socks for Fancy Feet.

Here’s how it works:

  • choose to work the socks top-down or toe-up
  • pick one of three styles each for the toe, heel and cuff
  • add in one of twelve stitch patterns

And that’s how easy it is to create hundreds of unique and customized hand-knit socks.

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Charity Spotlight: Knots of Love

We’re focusing on charity crafting this month, with the release of our new book Helping Hands: Made With Love, Given With Heart. You can buy the book (on sale for just $5.99!), or download the ebook for free! It contains six patterns in both knit and crochet, that are perfect for donating to a charity who could really use your help. In the book, we highlight some worthy campaigns, one of them being Knots of Love. We wanted to learn a bit more about them, so we asked Christine, from the organization, to answer some questions. Click through to read all about it!


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Stripes Galore! Felici is Back!

Our favorite self-striping sock yarn is back! Felici is the perfect blend of squishy-soft Superwash Merino Wool and Nylon complete with colorful stripes and cute colorways. We put together a roundup of mitten and sock patterns, perfect for the new Felici colors (and the perfect size for your next portable project). Feast your eyes and keep busy during your summer vacations!

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Podcast Call for Entries: Crafting for Charity

To celebrate our new book Helping Hands: Made With Love, Given With Heart we’ll be doing a podcast about crafting for charity! Have you ever made anything for a campaign? What made you do it, and how did it impact others? If you’ve got a good story, and would like to be part of an upcoming Knit Picks podcast, email podcast@knitpicks.com. If your story is chosen, you’ll receive a “charm pack” of our favorite Knit Picks yarn. We’d love to hear from you!


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Favorite Projects for Swish!

Oh Swish, I could write poems about how wonderful this yarn feels and knits up. Perfect for sweaters where you need extra next-to-skin softness without compromising on durability and (don’t forget) it’s machine washable which scores this yarn major points in my book. Bonus, both Swish Worsted AND Swish DK have select colors on sale during our big Summer Yarn Sale! Make sure to stop by to see the full range (and peruse the other goodies too!). For a dash of inspiration, here is a round up of some of our very favorite patterns in Swish to get both your hooks and needles busy.

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9 Things We’re Loving For June

With the days getting warmer and longer, we’re dreaming of cool ocean waters and weekend beach trips – and it’s a sensibility that is spilling over into our crafting life, too!

What made our must-have list for June? Dreamy shades of blues and greens, touches of lace and portable projects. Check out our June Guide to discover a new summer treat for yourself or for a fellow fiber enthusiast!

1. Neptune Aloft Yarn Sampler>> 2. Meandre Cowl Free Pattern>> 3. 10″ Caspian Straight Needle Set>> 4. Efflorescence Throw Pattern>> 5. CotLin Yarn (shown in Surf)>> 6. Under 100 Knit Collection Book>> 7. Hawthorne Kettle Dye Yarn (shown in Poseidon)>> 8. Elva Cardigan Pattern>> 9. Caspian Cable Needles>>

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