Category Archives: Independent Designer Partnership

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Sparking Your Curio-sity

The wonderful Kalurah Hudson has been a long time IDP designer as well as a contributor to our First Light collection and was a huge help in getting KP Crochet started. She visited us for a couple of days and filmed so many crochet tutorials and was an early tester of our new yarn Curio. We asked her if she would be interested in sharing a crochet story for the blog and what we received was such a personal, beautiful story. Enjoy. In celebration of the release of Knit Picks FIRST Crochet thread "Curio", I wanted to share with you my own journey into the discovery of Crochet.

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Holla Knits – Crochet!

Since we've been on a crochet kick here (especially with our new yarn and new collection), it's only fitting that the newest Holla Knits release is all about crochet as well! This collection, like the Holla Knits' previous ones, contains 6 fun and fashionable patterns featuring up & coming indie designers.  Each pattern is knit in two different yarns and we are delighted that there are 4 patterns in Knit Picks yarns!

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Ballerinas in Pink

Michelle Miller has been part of the IDP program from the very beginning - her Knitting Project Bag has been one of our most popular patterns! I've known Michelle for several years now and last summer we discussed doing a collection of her beautiful lace work. She came up with a gorgeous proposal and the result is the stunning Ballerinas in Pink collection! Michelle was inspired by the artist Degas's series of impressionistic paintings from the turn of the century. (see some of the artwork here). Using a similar color palette, all of Michelle's designers are stunningly beautiful and a wonderful addition to any lace lover's pattern collection.

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Crochet Week: Serenity

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects. I, like my fellow coworkers, love to crochet. So I'm so excited to present Serenity, our first very first crochet collection! This gorgeous book has 8 patterns by 8 different independent designers and I can't tell you how wonderful it was to work on. We wanted a variety of types of patterns included and we especially wanted to include garments, which is somewhat difficult to find for crocheters. We also wanted to highlight lighter weight yarns - everything from lace to worsted.

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2 Free Natty Knits patterns!

This week we have two adorable free patterns from the wonderful Natty Knits! First up is Baby's First Football. Surrounded all my life by football fans, I think this is adorable and wish I had it when I was making a few baby gifts a while back for some football families.  Even if you're not a football fan, the size of the football is a great size for babies & small children to grasp and play with.

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An Interview with the Splendiferous Angela!

Have you checked out our newest kits yet? The 2 versions of the Splendiferous Stripes Shawl kit were rather fun for us - the pattern is by our former coworker Angela Modzelewski (who we all miss very much!). But even as she's gone on to her new projects, she keeps in touch since she has such fun patterns in the IDP program!

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What’s a knitter to do. . .

. . .when a good friend asks you to knit a baby garment for her good friend? Well, when I think about how much Rachael has made my transition to living in Mexico so easy, the answer is simply, “Of, course.”

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Raiding Sock Summit Stash For Travel Knitting

Image from Timpani Ravelry pattern page. Hah! You thought it was going to be a pair of socks!! I recently spoke with Jen Lucas about her new book Sock-Yarn Shawls for an upcoming podcast. I loved the book and Jen’s enthusiasm got me excited to decide on one of her shawls for our trip to the east coast this weekend.

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Freebie…Monday?

It's Monday, the weekend is gone and we all need something to cheer us up. So how about a couple of new free patterns to get you through the day? First up, we have Kalurah Hudson's Corylus, an lovely iPad cover in Swish Bulky.

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In Tune

You may have heard me on a recent podcast talking about our IDP collections - we have 2 new ones! One is Tabetha Hedrick's Urban Texture, who I was delighted to talk to on the podcast. The other is Luise O'Neill's beautiful collection In Tune:

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