Knit Picks’ Holiday Craft Party Recap

West Elm holiday crafting party

It was, quite literally, a dark and stormy night when crafters, friends, and Knit Picks employees met up at the West Elm in downtown Portland for Knit Picks’ 2014 Holiday Craft Party.  Though a wind storm with gusts up to 74 mph was blowing through the area and quite a few lost power, West Elm glowed bright and warm. It was really an excellent night to stay in and make craft-tastic things with old and new friends.

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Golden Lattice Free Dishcloth Pattern

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We’re nearing the end of our installment of free dishcloths and I’m pleased to present the Golden Lattice Dishcloth, guaranteed to perk up your kitchen in the super bright Canary yellow CotLin! This is a quick project with tidy rows of triangle-shaped eyelets. Written instructions accompany a chart to make this pattern super accessible and the border consists of simple half double crochets for extra sturdiness. See the rest of the dishcloths in our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths here!

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Ugly Sweaters have come to Knit Picks!

The Ugly Sweater seems to be the rage these days and Knit Picks was up for the challenge! Let me introduce you to The Best of the Worst Ugly Sweaters 2014, a free eBook pattern download, now available just in time to be the hit at your next holiday party!  All the sweater patterns use Wool of the Andes Worsted. (some of the optional items use Wool of the Andes Sport and Palette.)

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Efflorescence Throw

When we came up with an idea of doing a crochet afghan book, my thoughts immediately went to my late grandmother, who made so many snuggly blankets over the years. Nearly every year, I received one – each one different but beautifully done. So when I thought about what I wanted to do for my pattern, I remembered how she loved doing all types of granny squares and piecing them together. I grabbed some Wool of the Andes Superwash and played around with my hook – in the end, I came up with my Efflorescence Throw.

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The Perfect Layering Sweater

Wool of the Andes Tweed Brick Sweater - Knit Picks Stash Blog

The weather has definitely taken a SHARP turn towards dark and windy winter this past week and I’ve pulled out all of my favorite worsted weight short sleeve sweaters as armor during my mad dashes from house to car. I love the medium weight fabric of worsted wool but I hate smothering in all of those cozy layers whenever I duck into a steamy coffee house so I usually opt for short sleeves in my heavier sweaters. So practical and so much faster to knit! My newest sweater is a shortened version of Clare Lee’s free Brick sweater sweater from Ravelry in Wool of the Andes Tweed Down Heather. This pattern is a great basic sweater shape with raglan sleeves that’s easy to customize with little duplicate stitch motifs and changing the length of the sleeves and body to suit your mood (and the weather).

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December Wallpaper Calendar

Can you believe that 2014 is just one month away from coming to a close? It’s also the time to kick your gift knitting and crocheting into high gear. And to help count down the days until the holidays, we’ve got a brand new downloadable calendar featuring Diadem, a luxe alpaca and silk blend yarn.

To get the free calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!

December Wallpaper Calendar Desktop

 

December wallpaper calendar for mobile 2014
December wallpaper calendar for tablet 2014
December wallpaper calendar for desktop 2014

 

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