Category Archives: Inspiration

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Basic Doesn’t Mean Boring

You know what's really exciting to me, in knitwear? Not so much texture, or lace, or fancy techniques. No, what really makes me want to cast on is a good, solid basic with lots of stockinette. Maybe it's the minimalist in me that just wants a lovely blank canvas in whatever color I desire, or maybe I'm too fond of mindless knitting while watching TV or hanging out with friends, but give me a classic silhouette and next to no frills and I'm happier than a pig in mud (if pigs knit).

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Summer Yarn Sale is here!

It's heeeerreeee! Our Summer Yarn Sale has officially kicked into high gear and this year, we have over 700 yarns up to 50% off! Whether you are looking to (finally!) knit something for yourself, looking to replenish a bit of your stash, or you just want to get an early start on gift knitting - our summer yarn sale is the perfect excuse to indulge in a few of your favorite fibers and shades. And to help spark your inspiration - I've put together a few palettes in some of my favorite yarns using colors that are part of our HUGE summer yarn sale.   Stroll Fingering (up to 35% off) I just love this bright and cheerful color palette! It reminds me of my childhood, which was filled with Jem and the Holograms, My Little Ponies and hours spent making drawings with my Spirograph - only this time, there's a touch of grey added in to represent my adulthood staple shade: grey.

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Handmade Kitchen Contest

What is the vibe of your dream handmade kitchen? Cheerful retro with pops of red? Peaceful classic with soothing touches of vintage charm? Share with us and enter for a chance to win one of our kitchen pattern collection books and $50 worth of cotton yarns!

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Summer Knitting Happened So Fast

With Memorial Day this past weekend heralding the unofficial start of summer, my favorite season, I thought I'd take a look at my to-knit list and start planning my warm-weather pieces! I knit year round, although I usually knit smaller items with more plant-based fibers in warmer months, since they're cooler to hold and take up less space when toting them around on trips.

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Kitchen Collections – Chevron Mason Jar Cozy

When we first started the planning stages of our two new kitchen collections, my mind was swimming with ideas! I am admittedly am a Pinerest addict, so it's no surprise that I kept stumbling across mason jar cozies. Once I had decided on the idea for a set of jar cozies, I did many many swatches of different patterns in Curio but ultimately settled on a cute lace chevron motif.

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Kitchen Collections – Crocheted Bread Warmer

A while back the Knit Picks team was given a challenge to create a pattern for the crocheted kitchen collection.  And so the Classic Kitchen Crochet Collection was born. I chose to create the Crocheted Bread Warmer. Since I'm crazy about bread and there's nothing better than warm bread or rolls, it seemed like the perfect choice for me! There are two shape options, round or square, in Cotlin yarn.

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Teal Swirl Dishcloth

Blankets are my favorite thing to crochet, and I rarely deviate from this chosen, sacred path. That is, until I realized that dishcloths are like mini blankets, with quicker turnaround!

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Podcast 238: Handmade is Love

The Knitpicks Podcast has changed a bit! With Kelley's retirement, we're taking on a new format. In this episode, we explore the question "Who taught you to knit?". Hear from the Knitpicks staff and members of the general public, as they share stories of love transferred through knitting and crochet lessons, gifts made, and time spent together. Hear about Hannah's first boucle scarf:

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