Category Archives: Inspiration

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Preciosa Staff Projects: From Sweaters to Sea Creatures!

Oh, Preciosa! I have not seen my coworkers squeal in such unison as they did when this yarn arrived in the office. Its single ply softness makes it an absolute JOY to craft with, and its gorgeous colors make your imagination (as well as your project queue) go wild. The greatest thing that happened when our staff grabbed some skeins: they cast on for such a diverse range of projects. From sweaters to stuffed animals, check out what we made!

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Beyond Socks: Pattern inspiration for your sock yarn stash

With our sock yarn sale coming to an end in a few days (March 25th to be exact, mark your calendars!), we wanted to share a few of our favorite patterns that go beyond the handknit sock. Think small accessories like mitts, shawls, scarves but also garments! Sock yarns are simply wonderful for larger projects like cardigans and pullovers. Ready for a dose of sock yarn inspiration? Vernazza by Cristina Ghirlanda Knit in Gloss Fingering, these simple mitts can be knit in an endless combination of ways by mixing up the stripes with bold colors. Vernazza by Cristina Ghirlanda

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Dishcloth Remix: Bear & Pig Shoulder Bag

We've had such fun in our blog series "Dishcloth Remix", where we've re-purposed our popular 2014 dishcloths, available in our book 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular. We've made a coaster and trivet set, a rug, a pencil or accessories bag, and a bread cloth. In our final installment in the series, we turned Emily's Some Pig  and Bear With Me dishcloths into an adorable shoulder bag perfect for your wallet and keys, or your crafting projects! To make the bag, we knit up the Pig Dishcloth

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Ends Tonight: 30% off Green Yarns!

This is our last call for the green yarn sale, don't miss this chance to save up to 30% off your favorite green yarns*! And in case you need some pattern inspiration for your newly stashed green yarns, we'll be sharing our a few of our favorite designs. The Circlet Cardigan by Kerin Dimeler-Laurence A true classic, this cardigan is a must have for any knitters that love cables. And the swing-style of this cardigan is extremely flatting on everyone.

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Dishcloth Remix: Dishcloth to Bread Cloth

Have you seen our new book 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular? It's also available in an ebook, and contains our ever-popular dishcloth patterns from each week of 2014. In our blog series, "Dishcloth Remix", we're featuring new ways to use these dishcloths, to make fun and functional items you'll treasure. In our last "Dishcloth Remix", Hannah's Chance of Rain dishcloth became an adorable Cloud Case pencil or needle case. This week, Kim's Lacey Spa Cloth becomes a bread cloth, for housing your warm loaf or other baked goods, and the pattern is so simple!

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Springtime Surprise: 15% off sitewide!

Although it may not seem like it, Spring is just around the corner and we are celebrating with a 15% off sitewide sale*! And when we say sitewide....we mean everything: yarn, books, knitting needles, hooks, tools and more! Wanna know how to get in on this amazing offer?

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Celtic “Chill Zone”

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we've come up with a bunch of links for you to create your very own "Celtic Chill Zone" - a place to knit fancy cables, sip a delicious beverage, and listen to the sounds of waves upon a rocky shore (or U2, whichever you prefer). In your Celtic Chill Zone, perhaps you could:

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DIY All Purpose Cleaner

Move over, bleach and ammonia - a new cleaning superhero is in town! May I introduce essential oils, nature's affordable, eco-friendly, and just as effective (if not more) alternative to store bought cleaners. For the last year, we've been featuring a free dishcloth pattern every week, so I thought it would be fun to explore natural cleaners to use with your dishcloths. Not only are conventional cleaners expensive, they can also be hazardous to your health and the environment. Using essential oils to create your own cleaning spray is safe for your family's health and phenomenal at eradicating salmonella, e.coli, MRSA, pneumonia and a slew of other insidious little nasties (source). This spray is perfect for cleaning hard surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, etc. Let's get started!

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Dishcloth Remix: Cloud Case

Welcome, once again, to"Dishcloth Remix", where we've been looking at ways to re-purpose our popular 2014 dishcloth patterns in new ways just by changing up a few things to the original patterns. The dishcloth patterns will always be free on our site, but you can also buy a compilation of them in our new book, 52 Weeks of Dishcloths: A Knit Picks Kitchen Spectacular. It's also available as an e-book! Sometimes it's nice to have everything in one place, you know? Last week we used my Emerald City Dishcloth pattern to make a Yellow Brick Road Rug, and the week previous, we made a trivet and coaster set with Stacey's Orbital Dishcloth pattern. This week, we've taken Hannah's A Chance of Rain Crochet dishcloth and made it into a fun and functional pencil case. The pattern is no harder than the one for the dishcloth, and you can download it HERE, for free! In case you're nervous about installing a zipper into the pencil case, we've taken some how-to photos to help you professionally finish off your project.

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Podcast 250: The Fit Show – Listen NOW!

Have you knit a garment you thought was unflattering or just didn't fit correctly? Did you know what went wrong, or were you stumped? This episode aims to help you target key elements of fit. Alison Backus, Director of Knit Picks, explains ease and what it means in knitting. Amy Herzog talks about all elements of fit, from how to assess which shapes might flatter your body, to what pattern elements can be altered and which should remain untouched. Podcast listeners also describe their stories of knitting things that fit. 3 easy ways to listen...

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