Category Archives: Patterns

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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 – Crocheted Kitchen Rug

There was a rough list of projects we wanted to make when we first started brainstorming for the Classic Kitchen Crochet Pattern Collection and I knew right away that I wanted to try my hand at writing a pattern for the Crocheted Kitchen Rug. I had my own list of what I wanted to see in a kitchen rug including stripes, blocks of color and a super chunky yarn that would hold up to some heavy wear and a large number of trips through the washing machine.

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Kitchen Collections – Swirly Potholder

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!

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Classic Knits for Kids

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).

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Citrine Washcloth

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.

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Hawthorne

  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!

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Mismatched Dishcloth

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!

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Say “Hello” to Stroll Brights!

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.

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Peach Margot

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.

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In Bloom

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.

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