Category Archives: Inspiration

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Baby Knits!

Our new Knits for Everybody collection couldn't have come at a better time! My sister is about to have a baby in November which means that I immediately threw out my old queue of knitting projects and cast on for every baby project I could think of. Now, it's been a long time since I've been around a baby and it's hard to remember how absolutely teeny tiny they are when they're brand new. Instead of winging it and just guesstimating the size of a newborn baby, I turned to Knits for Everybody to help me find just the right size!

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Podcast 256: Something for Everybody!

Podcast 256 has something for everybody! We hear from Knit Picks' own Alison Backus about our new collection, "Knits for Everybody", with basic patterns you'll go back to again and again. The sweater pattern from this book is designed by Katy Banks, who talks on this podcast about her design process, and left handed knitting a whole different way. We'll also talk to Vera Brosgol, author and illustrator of the new children's picture book, "Leave Me Alone", (pictured above) about drawing, knitting, and being left alone to do it all. 3 easy ways to listen...

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Book Sale: Great Knitting Books for Fall

There is no denying it - fall is in the air! For me, that means my attention is turned from outdoor activities such as boating and gardening, and towards indoor activities such as cooking and crafting. If you're looking for a bit of inspiration for your own crafting projects, I have great news: it's book sale time! Every in-stock book on our site is on sale for 40% off during our Fall Knitting Book Sale! (Of course, it's not just knitting books, all crochet books are included as well) Here are a few titles that have my attention for fall crafting sessions:

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Knits for Everybody – Emily’s Striped Mittens!

Over the next few weeks, we'll be celebrating the release of our new collection "Knits for Everybody" by seeing how members of the Knit Picks staff have used these basic patterns to create something truly unique. This week, we're highlighting Knit Picks Graphic Designer Emily, who made adult mittens in a unique striped colorway! Here are the details, from Emily: I'll happily admit it: I'm a stripe addict. I own at least nine striped shirts, a pair of striped shoes, tank tops, shorts, dresses, you name it. I'm currently knitting a striped sweater AND cowl with stripes. I can't get enough! To me, stripes are the perfect design, with their endless possibilities and classic good looks.

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Free Pattern Friday: Lace 1, 2, 3

Have you wanted to dip your needles in lace knitting but are too intimated to start with a intricate lace project? Or are you looking for a nice soothing project to work on during your next tv binge watching weekend? We have the perfect free pattern for you - Lace 1, 2, 3!

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My Dude Learns to Knit

Question every crafter secretly longs to ask their significant other. All our future evenings and weekends for the rest of eternity hinged upon his answer. "Can I teach you to knit?" I rather hopelessly asked. "Hmmmm .. no." Heartbreak. Then, joy of all joys, a month later he enthusiastically exclaimed, "Can you please teach me to knit? I really want to learn!" (Lesson learned: give him time to mull). We took our needles and Dishie yarn to a local tea shop, and over a steaming mug of Brain Power tea, we dove into the wonderful world of cast-ons, knits and purls, as tickled strangers smiled at the cute couple crafting dishcloths together.

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Learn to Crochet a Marguerite Dishcloth

If you love learning new crochet stitches like I do, you will love making a Marguerite Dishcloth. Its clam shell spike stitch is alternated with rows of single crochet and waves of color throughout. In our new tutorial, Heidi takes you through all the key steps to making your very own version. Use the colors suggested or substitute your own, for a great pop of color in your kitchen. Handy links: Free Marguerite Dishcloth Pattern Comfy Worsted Yarn KP Crochet Hooks

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

In our last installment of Fair Isle Tip of the Week, Andrea Lum talks about the specifics: yarn dominance, holding your yarn, and managing floats. If you're new to fair isle knitting, these might be completely new topics to you but don't worry! Andrea is here with some useful tips that are sure to get your fair isle knitting off to a great start. For great fair isle patterns, check out our newest collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection, also available as an ebook!

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Get a Free Skein of Preciosa Fingering Yarn!

For one week only, we're offering you a free skein of one of our favorite yarns, Preciosa Fingering, with any purchase of $75 USD or more! Once your cart has $75 or more in it, enter the code PRECIOSA16 at checkout, and one skein of Preciosa is yours, absolutely free! Here are some of our favorite staff projects in Preciosa Tonal Fingering Yarn, for some inspiration:

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Season Shifting Knits Pie Crust Shawlette
Season Shifting Knit Projects

Independent Designer Project Round Up Summer is definitely winding down... the days are shorter, the evenings a bit cooler, and the kids are back in school. Whether this makes you happy or sad, autumn is just around the corner. In preparation for the leaves turning colors and pumpkin-spice flavored everything, I thought I'd do a little round up of season shifting knit projects from Independent Designers to help us transition from lazy summer days to crisp fall nights.

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