Category Archives: Inspiration

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KP Staff Projects: Sweater Edition!

Emily, Hannah, and Alison have been working hard on some new sweaters for themselves, and their handmade garments have turned out so, so well! Made in fingering weight, worsted, and bulky yarns, these garments are perfect for every occasion - from a day at the lake in the hottest weather, to cool nights camping in the forest. Check out some recent projects made by Knit Picks staff, and if you're inspired to make a new garment, now is the time to buy the yarn! With 40% off over 600 yarns in our Summer Yarn Sale, you're sure to find a fiber that will make knitting your next sweater an absolute joy. Now, let's begin!

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Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl – Color Ideas

To accompany our new and expanded selection of Alpaca Cloud lace yarns, we've update of our all-time favorite lace designs - the Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl! This colorful shawl is knit with 2 strands of yarn held double throughout, in different combinations, to produce graduated color changes. Spring and Summer Seasons Shawl Pattern And with over 60 colors of Alpaca Cloud to choose from, you can get as bright and bold or soft and subtle as you want. And to kick start your creativity, we've put together 6 color palettes that would be stunning for this dreamy shawl. Nothing says summer quite like the gradient of a tropical sunset - get transported to island time whenever you please with this glowing color combo.

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Summer Yarn Sale: Hawthorne Staff Projects

Have you checked out our Summer Yarn Sale? You'll save up to 40% on over 600 yarns! Isn't that amazing? It's a great chance to stock up on your favorite yarns, and one of our favorite staff yarns here at Knit Picks is Hawthorne. There's multicolored Hawthorne Fingering Yarn, also available in sport weight as Hawthorne Sport Mult Yarn , as well as Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye Yarn - there's a colorway you're sure to fall in love with! We love Hawthorne for its amazing stitch definition, sturdiness, ease of care, and softness. Here's a round up of three staff projects we've made recently, in Hawthorne!  

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Charity Spotlight: Knots of Love

We're focusing on charity crafting this month, with the release of our new book Helping Hands: Made With Love, Given With Heart. You can buy the book (on sale for just $5.99!), or download the ebook for free! It contains six patterns in both knit and crochet, that are perfect for donating to a charity who could really use your help. In the book, we highlight some worthy campaigns, one of them being Knots of Love. We wanted to learn a bit more about them, so we asked Christine, from the organization, to answer some questions. Click through to read all about it!

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9 Things We’re Loving For June

With the days getting warmer and longer, we're dreaming of cool ocean waters and weekend beach trips - and it's a sensibility that is spilling over into our crafting life, too! What made our must-have list for June? Dreamy shades of blues and greens, touches of lace and portable projects. Check out our June Guide to discover a new summer treat for yourself or for a fellow fiber enthusiast! 1. Neptune Aloft Yarn Sampler>> 2. Meandre Cowl Free Pattern>> 3. 10" Caspian Straight Needle Set>> 4. Efflorescence Throw Pattern>> 5. CotLin Yarn (shown in Surf)>> 6. Under 100 Knit Collection Book>> 7. Hawthorne Kettle Dye Yarn (shown in Poseidon)>> 8. Elva Cardigan Pattern>> 9. Caspian Cable Needles>>

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Crafting in Public: A Gorgeous Day in Sellwood

Did you craft in public this past Saturday? As we mentioned last week on the blog and on social media, we hosted a Knit Pick-nic for Craft in Public Day. The weather in Portland's Sellwood Park could not have been more gorgeous - neither could the crafts!

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3 Favorite Knit Picks Books

I have a great affinity for the books we publish ourselves here at Knit Picks. I've attended the photo shoots for them, been witness to the proof reading of them in the office, and have received copies of the gorgeous finished books, themselves. It's definitely one of the things that I want to show customers the most - the gorgeous quality of these books, and the great patterns contained within them. So, I was excited when I heard we were having a promo where, if you spend $25, you can pick out a Knit Picks book, for free! Since there's only a couple more days left of the promo, I thought I'd highlight my favorite 3 books. There's so many good ones, it's really hard to choose!

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Podcast 251: The Cutest Thing I Ever Made: LISTEN NOW!

Have you ever made something so cute, you can still hear the "oohs" and "ahhhs" from everyone who saw it? This episode is devoted to cute knit and crochet - things you wear, decorations, and handmade stuffed friends to keep or give away. We hear from Anna Hrachovec, popular designer of knitted toys, about her career in knitting, pattern writing, and fine art, and her new book, "Adventures in Mochimochi Land" (pictured above). We'll also hear from podcast listeners about the cutest thing they've ever knit, and the relationships these things have fostered in their own lives. Knit Picks Director Alison Backus also gives us her top 3 tips when crafting stuffies.   See below, for more cuteness! 3 easy ways to listen...

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Toy Extras: Cold Weather Giraffe

Welcome to our last installment of Toy Extras, where we've taken free knit and crochet patterns from our site and added them to the adorable toys in our new books "Cute, Cuter, Cutest: Toys to Love in 3 Sizes". Today we're highlighting some cold weather accessories for the cutest crochet giraffe ever!

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Get a free ball of Chroma!

Give your yarn stash some love with a free ball of Chroma*, our favorite shade-shifting yarn! Available in both fingering and worsted weight yarn, you can create stunning colorful projects with minimal effort - the yarn does the hard part for you! The colors move gently through a single ply, creating subtly blended and shaded sections. Wanna know how to get in on this colorful deal? First -do a bit of shopping ($25+), then add your favorite color of Chroma to the shopping cart and then enter CHROMA at checkout! It's that easy and the one ball of Chroma is yours, for free!

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