Category Archives: Independent Designer Partnership

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Free Patterns Galore!

You may have noticed, in addition to our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths series, we've been releasing a lot of free patterns from outside designers lately! So many cute patterns too - we themed the recent ones around good gifts for children and babies.  We're constantly searching for great free kids patterns, in both knit and crochet, so we're so excited to have so many lovely patterns on the site now.

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From the desk of…Simone Kereit

Say "Hello!" to Simone Kereit - a designer from our fall pattern collection Burnished and this week's contributor to our "From the desk of..." series. Let's get to know what inspires Simone and learn more about her design process!  

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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!

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Win Our Newest Knit Collections!

During the hottest months of the year, I tend to gravitate to projects that use lightweight yarns or projects that use plant fibers rather my beloved wool. Luckily, our three newest collections covers those type of projects!

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Introducing Lindy Chain!

So have you seen our purty new yarn Lindy Chain? I love this yarn!  Before we got it, I'd never used chainette yarn so I was little dubious, but we all had a lot of fun playing with it.

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Crafting for the football fan

We're coming to the end of the NFL season, and while I am definitely more of a baseball fan, I do enjoy a lazy Sunday watching some football. And, as of this moment, my two favorite teams are still battling to make it to the SuperBowl (that would be the Seahawks & the Patriots, mainly due to my Seattle & Boston connections). If you're reading this after January 19th, and neither team is in the SuperBowl, just picture me being very sad. Since I have a lot of friends who are also sport fans, I've gotten requests for some knitted/crochet items in team colors so I thought I'd share some of my favorites patterns

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Under 100 Collections

I decided this is year to get my yarn stash under control. I have been pretty good the last year or so with using my stash for projects but then suddenly, several new skeins of yarn will find their way into my yarn closet and my bins will be overflowing again. A lot of my stash ends up being single skeins - yarn leftover from projects or a skein I just really needed to buy because it was so pretty. So when we came up with the idea of our Under 100 Collections, I was so excited - 40 patterns that all use under 100 grams of yarn!

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Everyday is Halloween!

It's October 1st, which means it's my favorite month of the year!  Every since I was young, I've loved October - cooler days, falling leaves, pumpkin everything, and especially all sorts of spooky things to celebrate Halloween!  Whether it's listening to an old favorite song, watching a favorite movie or visiting our local haunted houses, every October I'm ready to celebrate. And a lot of our IDP designers have gotten into the spirit - check out some of these great patterns to get started on before the 31st shows up. First off, the marvelous Joanna Rankin has several patterns that are perfect this time of year.

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