Category Archives: crochet

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New Chroma Colors!

Chroma, our multicolor yarn, available in both fingering and worsted weights, is a perennial customer and staff favorite. We love the old favorites like Groovy, Sugar Cookie, and Sandpiper. Now, we have eight more colorways for you to try! Whether you love the teal blues in "Surf's Up" or the the oranges and yellows in "Get Your Neon", Chroma yarn is sure to keep your knitting interesting. Here at Knit Picks HQ, the colorway "Manzanita" has been a big hit. Check out two staff projects in this gorgeous blue, gray, and gold colorway!

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Meet Your Teacher: Heidi

Meet Heidi: Newlywed, Art Director, and Avid Crocheter. Heidi loves color, and she loves using colorful yarns to crochet blankets for her friends and family. Heidi teaches our online course on our Crochet Beginner Blanket (pattern available for free, here). We thought you'd might like to know a bit more about her, so I asked her some questions, below!

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3 Excellent New Crochet Books

There's been some outstanding crochet books stacking up here at Knit Picks. With our book sale now on, you can stock up on titles you might not indulge in otherwise. Every single book is 40% off! Here are 3 books I think are pretty extraordinary. They all have projects I can't wait to make.

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Keeping Home – January!

One of the most popular things on our site has been our free dishcloth patterns.  For two years, each week, we featured a new dishcloth that so many people used to practice new stitches, develop their skills, and of course, wash their dishes! These free patterns will always be on our site, but for 2016, we're changing it up a bit. Every first Thursday of the month, we're releasing a home set ebook - patterns for your kitchen or your bathroom, or anywhere else you'd like display or use these lovely items! We're calling the series "Keeping Home", and January's set, called "Not Your Granny's Kitchen" is just so sweet!

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My Handmade Holiday

I've noticed on some of the message boards that a few of you have completed your handmade gifts for this holiday season. Me too! I made 3 things. I mean, I made a lot more, but in 3 different categories. Check it out!

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5 Favorite Books: Lace Knitting and Crochet

Do you knit lace? Personally, it terrifies me. I've tried it a few times, but between the intricate charts and constant yarn-overs, I get very confused, make mistakes, and often end of ripping my whole project back to the beginning, where I sit baffled at how anyone actually does this. I like lace in small doses: a panel here and there to complement the rest of a (simple) knitted project. I'm working my way up to Estonian shawls in very small increments, and when I look at books about lace, I dare myself to go forward, "lifelines" in hand. Here are five books from the Knit Picks shelves I love to page through. You might enjoy them, too! At 40% off in our current book sale, why not pick one up and cast-on (or dream, like me, of casting on). Our book sale is on, for only a bit longer! "Lace Yarn Studio" is a fun book with a collection of patterns from varied designers. From smaller projects to larger sweaters, you can work your way up to complicated projects and learn a bit more about lace yarn, in the process!

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Well Made Home Redux!

I'm in a swoon over the new Well Made-Home: Crochet pattern collection! There are so many great projects from throws to accent pillows and even a set of small storage baskets, ideal for gift-giving or housewarming presents for everyone you know. Who doesn't need something homemade and cozy to decorate their abode? I wanted to take a moment and offer some ideas for alternate colorways for the projects I've come to love and covet.

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Free Crochet Dishcloth Pattern: Cabled Spa Cloth

I've been knitting much longer than I have been crocheting and when I started out, I was facinated by crochet cables - I never knew you could cable in crochet. Cables are one of my favorite looks to any project so I am pretty excited that I now have small project to test my crochet skills - Beth Major's Cabled Spa Cloth!

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Free Patterns: Andean Treasure Edition!

"It's like knitting a kitten!" - these are just one of the many comments you'll find from crafters on Ravelry professing their love for Andean Treasure. And it is true! Andean Treasure is easily one of the softest yarns with a plush, squish-ability that you just can't get enough of. Andean Treasure is 100% baby alpaca, which means it's the softest and finest classification of alpaca fiber. If you haven't tried Andean Treasure yet, we've put together a handful of free patterns (including knit and crochet!) that just might tempt you to add a ball...or two...or three. 1. The Hyde Park Hat - free crochet pattern

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