Spring looks like it’s here, but the weather still isn’t convinced. T-shirts are still relegated to storage and my sweater collection is in full rotation, I’ve even been double layering sweaters outside to do yard work. Cold days also means a cold house where hand washed things take a whole week to air dry (if I’m lucky) so I found myself contemplating a range of cheap polar fleece jackets to wear while I dig up bushes and mix compost into my soon-to-be dye garden in the back yard. I didn’t see anything I liked, but I did see a bag of Brava Worsted in Peacock that looked pretty enticing so I gave in to my knitting needles and decided to cast on the Worsted Crewneck from Worsted Basics pattern collection.
A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of attending the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat in Tacoma, WA. Hundreds of fiber enthusiasts attended classes in knitting, spinning, weaving, as well as other great subjects. There also was a great market place that was hard to resist! My focus that weekend was Intarsia and Fair Isle knitting.
My first class was a 3-hour class, “Learning to Love Intarsia” with Sally Melville. I have been so intimidated with Intarsia. This class definitely changed my mind! Here’s the swatch I created.
This week, Jenny and Stacey talk about all of the new collections coming out for the March catalog! Hear more about the designs included in two brand new collection: Worsted Basics and the Chroma collection. And new collections aren’t the only exciting news for March, there is also a sock yarn sale and a DVD sale. Whether you get inspired to try a new technique or just stock up on your favorite sock yarns, Jenny and Stacey go over their favorite yarns and DVDs for a bit of inspiration. Finally, learn more about our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths campaign!
The Chroma Collection
Chroma Collection ebook
Chroma Collection printed book
Worsted Basics ebook
Worsted Basics printed book
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I’m so glad that the Under 100 Knit Collection is finally out! Now that it’s done (and I don’t have to keep track of tiny tags and missing pairs of things) I can take a breath and really appreciate a few of the projects in this collection!
Endlessly versatile and supremely satisfying, the Under 100 Knit Collection was designed to make the most of your stash while accessorizing your day-to-day wear with style. And to help spark a bit of inspiration, we are here to kick things off with another edition of Style It! This time, we are highlighting three accessories styled two ways – all from the Under 100 collection.
Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers by Amanda Schwabe
The Scrunchy Ombre Arm Warmers combine two of any knitter’s favorite things: using those up tiny ball balls of leftover sock yarn and stripes. These simple-yet-addictive arm warmers keep your hands warm and your fingers available for knitting.
It has been officially three years since the launch of the first Knit Picks pattern collection, a program that has grown into over 30 collections to date and has expanded to include printed books in addition addition to digital ebook downloads. This week, Kelley chats with Alison to talk about our book program, which includes collections that feature both our in-house design team as well as independent designers. Alison shares a behind-the-scenes look into our pattern collection process including the long planning stages, collection design, photography, styling and the development of larger, curated collections as well as printed books as an option.
Be sure to check out our three newest collections, in addition to our past collections!
Under 100 Knit Collection
Under 100 Crochet Collection
Gloss 2014 Collection
You can also find more KP collections here:
eBook pattern collections
printed pattern collection books
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This year, my wish list is full of fibery goodies. But what I would really love (and I think just about any spinner would agree!), is the Fleece and Fiber Sourcebook!
This book is so much more than just a spinning how-to. Beautiful imagery and an incredible wealth of information await inside. With this book as your guide, you’ll learn not only how to spin, but why, and what to spin for what purpose.
I’ve always wanted knitwear that looks stellar in an ancient fort and a modern urban setting.
And now we have it. Let me introduce our Swish 2013 Collection, which combines functional designs with classic cables and fine textures. What I love most about this 6-pattern collection is the soft- washable wool yarn, paired with monochromatic, simple designs that bring visual interest through beautiful detailing.
This week, Kelley got a chance to chat with designer and author Stephannie Tallent. First, Kelley and Stephannie talk about the newest book, Hitch, which is a pattern collection inspired by the classic films of Alfred Hitchcock. Next, Kelley and Stephannie talk about her designs in the Wool of the Andes collection (a Knit Picks exclusive) as well as her book California Revival Knits. Hear more about Stephannie’s design process and her fascinating approach to interpreting architectural inspirations into knitwear.
You can find Stephannie’s books and patterns here:
Hitch printed book
California Revival Knits printed book
California Revival Knits eBook
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I’m pretty sure that you could hear my exclamations from SPACE when we got our first copy of Anna Hrachovec’s new book “Huge & Huggable Mochimochi“. A giant stuffed tooth brush and tooth paste tube? YES PLEASE. An enormous pink squid driving a car?? You had me at Squidpocalypse. Page after page of incredibly cute knits had me clapping my hands and giggling with delight until we reached the page with Roland the rolly bug lounging in his folding chair. At this point, my brain exploded and I had to restrain myself from ripping the book out of Stacey’s hands and making a copy of the pattern to take home over the weekend so that I could have my very own Roland ASAP.