Spring is finally starting to hint at its arrival here in the
northwest. There are buds on all of the trees, and it’s actually almost
light out when I’m driving to work! This means that cold-weather
knitting is winding down, and it’s time to satisfy the need for
something a bit lighter. Since I was also eager to try out the amazing
new yarn Billow, I figured that a nice open-front cardigan would be just the thing for Spring!
Ever since we got the first samples of Billow, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.
With Spring just around the corner, what could be more inspiring than a
collection of delicate, drapey knits? With our minds full of the first
buds of spring, fresh dew on grass and the first warm breezes of the
year, we put together our 2013 Spring Collection: First Light.
The anticipation of spring can only mean one thing – new yarn and new pattern collections! It’s been a bundle of excitement here at Knit Picks, and Stacey chats with Jenny about all of the wonderful new things that are …
Did you see? We now carry beads for you to add to your knitting!
Beads add a wonderful element to knitted items. They add sparkle and
drape to lace shawls, fancy highlights to handbags, and they stand out
against plainer items to create something special. With this in mind, I
wrote the Starry Stole pattern!
This free pattern features a pattern of beads in a starry field on a background of simple stockinette stitch.
A moraine is a deposit of rocks and debris left by glaciers as they
advance and recede. Moraines often add some really interesting terrain
to the existing land, resulting in crazy looking hills and land that
looks folded or striated. Glaciers make for some pretty spectacular geologic
features – moving bits of the Earth from place to place, bit by bit,
blurring the line between ‘here’ and ‘there’.
Musing on those glacial effects resulted in the Moraine Pullover!
might be hard to see where to draw a comparison, but in the stitch
patterning of Moraine, each ‘point’ recedes and advances through colors,
leaving its mark in the next ripple.
Have you seen the five new additions to the Imagination family?
I designed the colors so long ago that I almost
forgot what they were! It was like I was seeing them new for the first
time when I saw they were now available. I am really happy that they are
here now because I think they really help round out the entire yarn
line. I wanted to create more opportunities for combining Imagination
colors, so I created three new tone-on-tone colorways: Ruby Slippers,
Arabian Nights, and Enchanted Forest…Ruby Slippers because it felt
like there wasn’t enough red represented in the line before, and it
could go well with Pirate King, Munchkin, or Gingerbread House…Arabian
Nights because I know we have a lot of purple lovers out there (myself
included)…Enchanted Forest because, well, I just love dark green, and I
wanted a green a bit cooler than Frog Prince.
If you’re looking to take the chill out of a November morning, the Lampwork Hat & Mitts set is a colorful way to do just that!
The pattern includes instructions for the beanie-style cap and
fingerless mittens. Each piece is also multi-sized and customizeable for
a perfect fit. Though the patterning itself is simple, a spicy touch is
The leaves aren’t changing colors yet, but I can share some of the fall yarn colors with you!
I’m particularly excited about our fall yarn colors, I got to help pick them at my first color selection meeting! This seems crazy, but it takes a really long time to plan a yarn line. When we pick new colors, we love customer suggestions and feedback, we look at upcoming trends, and we try to round out colors that are missing in yarn lines. The Knit Picks staff loves a really diverse range of colors. When we opened the box, everyone clamored for their favorite colors!
Now that it’s cuddle-up-on-the-couch season, it’s just the right time
for a new afghan. Add a little splash of color to your decor with the Hue Shift Aghan!
This afghan is knit in Garter stitch mitered squares. The squares are
picked up and knit off of each other in four large segments, so that
the only seam required is to stitch the four segments together. Because
of this, it makes an easy travel project, because no one section is very
The 10 colors in the patterning of the afghan are arranged in such a
way that they create a wash of 100 slightly different, shifting shades.
This pattern is available in two colorways as a ready-to-knit kit: Rainbow and Decor. But, if you want to create your own colorful masterpiece, get the downloadable version and choose your own palette. With a little imagination, the color possibilities are much greater!
For instance, if you wanted a rich, jewel-toned blanket, try these colors…
With chilly weather quickly approaching, it’s time to start thinking
about gloves. But one big problem with most gloves is that you have to
take them off (or make do with chilly fingertips in fingerless gloves)
to use your touch screen devices. What’s worse than missing an important
call because you can’t get your gloves off in time? Naturally the fiber
industry has stepped in with a fantastic material – Conductive Thread! We now carry the thread, and a great pattern that makes use of it. The In Touch gloves feature a circuitry-inspired motif and small pads of Conductive Thread on the fingertips.
The way the thread works is by completing the circuit between your
finger and the capacative touch screen of your phone, tablet or other
device. As long as the thread touches both your finger and the screen,
you can use the device just as you would with no gloves on at all! It
doesn’t take much, either…