Last year we were discussing what sort of collections we would like to see and it was unanimous – we were all about crafting for the kitchen! And since most of us both knit & crochet, we decided we needed two collections, so we came up with Classic Kitchen Crochet and Retro Kitchen Knits.
I’m particularly excited – all the patterns are by the Knit Picks staff, including me!
There are very few things cuter than children’s knitwear. Well, kittens might possibly be cuter, but once you have a sweet, sleepy knit cat to cuddle the whole argument goes out the window because THAT is the cutest thing I can think of. The new Classic Knits for Kids pattern collection has everything you need for new babies all the way through the toddler years (including the timeless Sleepy Kitty pictured above).
Dandelion Shine Sport never looked so good! Shine’s soft cotton blend combined with the bumpy texture of this stitch results in the perfect washcloth. There are no decreases or increases involved either! Each “bump” is formed by creating a small chain of knits in a single stitch and then the chain is popped to the front of the project on the next row. It’s such a fun stitch to work with! Plus there’s a simple four row repeat that’s easy to memorize and quick to knit.
Hawthorne is my newest yarn crush with the lovely color palette, local yarn names (so much fun to pick!) and the wonderfully durable fiber blend it’s perfect for so many different projects. Alison has been making baby sweaters, I’ve seen a few lovely shawls and I’ve personally made almost four pairs of socks since we got the samples in the office. We also reknit the Gradual Rib Hat from the Geometric Pattern Collection in Rose City and Irvington, I like the new colors even BETTER than the original Stroll colorway!
For my new dishcloth, I thought I’d go with a combination of my favorite crochet techniques. I was flipping through a crochet stitch dictionary & happened across a wave and chevron stitch and thought “perfect!” A few variations of my own and I have a colorful new dishcloth to share!
Eight new colors are here to spice up your knits! Stroll Brights Special Reserve is the same wonderful sock yarn base in set of super bright colorways. Remember, Special Reserve means they’ll only be around while we have stock so grab some while you can! I snatched one ball of Pucker as soon as we opened the box of samples because it’s just SO BRIGHT and wonderful, there’s no way I could pass it up. I knew right away that I wanted to do a Color Affection shawl with a bright pop of color and the screaming pink was perfect for it.
Spring is HERE! Finally! The change in weather means I’ve been reaching for bright, cheery yarns. I’ve had a skein each of Cotlin Flamingo and Conch on my desk since we started this series of dishcloth patterns and I succumbed to their siren call for Peach Margot Dishcloth pattern. I LOVE how chipper they are together, especially in the Catherine Wheel stitch (one of my all time traditional favorites). This dishcloth reminds me of photos I’ve seen of flamingos in flight, all wings and necks.
In Bloom is our newest (gorgeous) spring collection, and I’m so thrilled that I get to talk a little more about it! There are fifteen light-weight projects ranging from the pretty little Flora Headscarf in Palette Bluebell to the super detailed lace weight Juliet Cardigan. There’s something for everyone in this collection and it will definitely be my go-to as I prep for warmer weather and clearer skies.
I’m so glad that I finally get to talk about one of my favorite collections to date - Worsted Basics! I love working with worsted yarn and it’s a delight to be able to find a whole collection of projects in the same weight in one place. The projects are fantastic which made it easy to take some gorgeous photos of them on location at a house in the lovely Forest Park area. I love those deep, dark woods and we were able to take advantage of lovely scenery between rain showers by ducking into the cute house for a few projects.
Spring looks like it’s here, but the weather still isn’t convinced. T-shirts are still relegated to storage and my sweater collection is in full rotation, I’ve even been double layering sweaters outside to do yard work. Cold days also means a cold house where hand washed things take a whole week to air dry (if I’m lucky) so I found myself contemplating a range of cheap polar fleece jackets to wear while I dig up bushes and mix compost into my soon-to-be dye garden in the back yard. I didn’t see anything I liked, but I did see a bag of Brava Worsted in Peacock that looked pretty enticing so I gave in to my knitting needles and decided to cast on the Worsted Crewneck from Worsted Basics pattern collection.