Category Archives: kids

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My Handmade Holiday

I've noticed on some of the message boards that a few of you have completed your handmade gifts for this holiday season. Me too! I made 3 things. I mean, I made a lot more, but in 3 different categories. Check it out!

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Staff Projects: Winging It, For Our Kids

So much of parenting is just figuring it out as you go along, right? In keeping with that idea, Alison and I have recently been crafting without patterns - just "winging it", as we do in some form with our young kids each and every day. I hesitated about posting these projects, only because we get a lot of questions about our staff projects: what patterns we used, if/where we altered the pattern, how much yarn we used, and if that yarn still available. These three projects are an amalgamation of elements that came together without a specific plan, but I wanted to show you them anyway. Sometimes it's the spontaneous things we create that turn out to be the most unique, don't you think? First up, is this watermelon slice that Alison made from our newest yarn, Tuff Puff. She used under 5 skeins of Pucker, 2 skein of Macaw, and 1 skein each of White and Black. Alison would like to report that she has aspirations for writing up this pattern, but would like to change how she did the decreases. In the meantime, she says her 1 year-old daughter will enjoy belly flopping on it, immensely. Job done!

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Back to school with the Knit Picks Team

In celebration of our new (free!) downloadable e-booklet "Back to School Knits", I asked the team here at Knit Picks to bring me their favorite school photos. I love school photos - they're moments that last forever, and don't the clothes you wear in them just bring you right back to that age? Here we are, in all our glory: From the top: Jenny, our Marketing Director in her first school photo living in this country!, Alison, our fearless leader, in her favorite apple dress, Kim, our Design Director, whose freckles are killing me, Holly (that's me!) - Can you tell it was the 80s? I loved Dorothy Hamill and Annie, passionately, Hannah, our Catalog Director - school photos in the Northwest involved flower baskets! and Emily, our Graphic Designer. Those sleeves! Truly, a classic. We all agreed on 2 things: We all look the same now as we did back in the day. There's just something in your features that just never changes. It makes me so intrigued as to what my children will look like when they grow up! Also, whether you grew up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, the bowl haircut is always in fashion. Always. Do you have any great stories of school photo day? Do tell in comments!

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Back to School Knits – Free Patterns Available Now!

Great news! There's a new collection of patterns available for children ages 4-12, and they're free! It's no secret that I love knitting for kids. It's been a passion of mine before I even had kids. I used to knit for every kid I knew. I was browsing patterns one day, and I saw a photo of a child on school picture day, in his favorite handknit sweater. Suddenly, I had an idea to design a few patterns inspired by school motifs: penmanship paper, composition books, and the humble yellow pencil.

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Staff Projects: Comfy Babies!

Baby and children's garments are popular staff knits here at Knit Picks. They offer a quick knit, not much shaping, and are so very satisfying to give to a new mom, or your own kiddo. When Comfy Worsted Heathers came into the office, Alison and Hannah took no time at all casting on for some great cotton garments that are sure to look great on some sweet small people they know. Hannah went down to a size 2 needle and used 1 skein each of Comfy Worsted Heathers in Ripple Heather and Finnley Heather to make her Puerperium Cardigan (free pattern HERE). I love how subtle and beautiful the stripes look in heathered colors, and the side buttons will make this one easy to get on and off a newborn!

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Leave No Stroll Bright Behind

I know I've mentioned this before, but I love Stroll Brights. I think in the last office meeting here at Knit Picks I might have been referred to as "Our Lady of Stroll Brights". I'll take it! Now that my favorite yarn is back for as long as it lasts (and I know that won't be long), I thought I might do a round-up of some great projects done in Stroll Brights. Perhaps you'll find some neon inspiration, too.

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Turmeric Days

As you may know, I'm a fingering weight yarn fanatic trying to branch out, so I chose to make a cardigan for my baby out of DK weight yarn, and am happy with the results! It's in Capra, in the color Turmeric, and isn't it the perfect shade for Fall?

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Junior, The Cloud Pillow

During the book sale, I reviewed the book Amigurumi at Home by Ana Paula Rimoli. I toiled over which pattern I would crochet - the teacup rug, the tooth pillow, the dog or cat footwarmers? In the end, the pattern I chose wasn't any of the projects I highlighted in that post. I made a cloud pillow, and I named him Junior. Made in all single crochet, he was the fastest and most fun project I've made in quite some time.

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Model Behavior

You may have seen that we have some new free patterns that just hit the site. I have to say, the models have me smitten. I would say that, though, they're my babies! This is Lulu.

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How To Dress Your Classic Baby

I used to buy new clothing for myself intermittently. Then I had kids, and the wardrobe budget went straight to them. It's so much more satisfying to buy things that look adorable on your favorite little people, even if they wear them for about two weeks before they outgrow them. I love pairing my favorite store-bought items with the children's clothes I make. Here's a few ways you can do the same, using items from our newest kid's collection "Classic Knits for Kids".

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