Category Archives: behind the scenes

Knit Picks and the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

You've seen it all over your Facebook freinds, Twttier feeds and the news. Celebrities, sports figures and everyday people are taking part. It's the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge - where you are are challenged to make a donation to ALSA.org and post a video dumping a bucket of ice water over your head. It seemed so silly at first, but has gained in momentum and the last total I saw was 90+ million dollars raised to fight ALS (also known as Lou Gehrig disease). This week, Knit Picks and the rest of the Crafts Americana team at Vancouver WA office were happy to take part, as ALS has affected members of our families. We made a donation for everyone who took part (22 staff members), along with personal donations.

Read more »

Capture5
Behind the Scenes of Heartwood

The Princess Pullover in the Heartwood pattern collection is hands down the most eye-catching garment in this collection of almost equally gorgeous knits. Once you've finished feasting your crafty eyes on each pattern, I want to draw your attention to the setting we've chosen for one of my favorite collections this year - the Leach Botanical Gardens here in Portland, OR.

Read more »

hilary
From the desk of…Hilary Smith Callis

This week's Burnished interview series features the lovely and very talented Hilary Smith Callis! Hilary is part of the IDP program, but her designs have also been a part of past Knit Picks exclusive collections. So naturally, we were thrilled when we first saw her Burnished design - the Poua Pullover knitting pattern. Take a peek at Hilary's workspace and learn more about her inspiration, must-have tools and more!

Read more »

Burnished
How the Pattern Book Sausage Gets Made

I am really proud of our newest seasonal collection, Burnished. Not only are there some gorgeous garments in there, it was the biggest collection I've worked on since joining Knit Picks. I thought I'd use this blog post as a way to give you a peek behind the scenes into what goes into the designing of a pattern book!

Read more »

designer_megan
From the desk of…Megan Goodacre

For our new fall knitting pattern collection Burnished, designer Megan Goodacre contributed not just one but two stunning patterns - the lovely Cartier Cowl Neck Sweater and the stunning Chalet Scarf! Let's see what sparks Megan's creativity as we get a small glimpse into her world of knitting pattern design and learn more about the process and technique.

Read more »

Space_15
From the desk of…Tabetha Hedrick

Welcome to our new "From the desk of..." series - this month, we will be featuring a handful of designers from our new fall pattern collection, Burnished. We'll get a tiny glimpse into their world of knitting pattern design, learn about their process and techniques.First up is the talented Tabetha Hedrick!

Read more »

Holly_blog_headshot-blog
Greetings and Salutations!

Hi! My name is Holly and I'm the new Multimedia Manager here at Knit Picks. Since Jenny is now in charge of marketing, I'll be bringing you exciting new content in the forms of podcasts, web videos, and online tutorials! I hope you'll stay tuned to see it all.

Read more »

Emily_2014_small
Lovely to meet you!

Hi! I'm Emily, and I'm the new graphic designer here at Knit Picks. I'm so excited to be able to combine my passion for knitting and the handmade with my love for design. It's incredibly inspiring to spend my days surrounded by yarn, needles, new patterns, and the creativity of my co-workers. It's so inspiring, in fact, that in the short time since I've joined the team, I've already cast on for two new projects, and my to-knit list has gotten substantially longer!

Read more »