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The Perfect Layering Sweater

The weather has definitely taken a SHARP turn towards dark and windy winter this past week and I've pulled out all of my favorite worsted weight short sleeve sweaters as armor during my mad dashes from house to car. I love the medium weight fabric of worsted wool but I hate smothering in all of those cozy layers whenever I duck into a steamy coffee house so I usually opt for short sleeves in my heavier sweaters. So practical and so much faster to knit! My newest sweater is a shortened version of Clare Lee's free Brick sweater sweater from Ravelry in Wool of the Andes Tweed Down Heather. This pattern is a great basic sweater shape with raglan sleeves that's easy to customize with little duplicate stitch motifs and changing the length of the sleeves and body to suit your mood (and the weather).

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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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The return of Main Line

Way back, before I started working at Knit Picks, I fell in love with a yarn called Main Line - a worsted weight cotton/wool blend.  Unfortunately, it was discontinued awhile ago, but we've brought it back in sweet cheery colors, just in time for our Big Sale!

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New Yarn: Waves of glorious color with Palette Tonal!

Here at Knit Picks, our love for yarn is followed closely by our love for color. So it is with much delight that we announce that our much beloved 100% wool Palette is now available in 8 glorious tonals! The tones of each color dance gently from dark to medium to light, creating a stunning, yet subtle effect.

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Felici is BACK!

Say "hello" to the lovely new Felici Fingering colors! There are four brand new colors (Sorbet, Rustic Cabin, Mountain Stream + Blackberry Jam) and two old favorites (Time Traveler + Rainbow) in limited quantities so once they're gone, they're gone.

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The Big Sale has arrived!

It's here! It's here!! As you may have noticed - our annual cyber week sale has started and this year, it's better than ever! In addition to the 800+ yarns and colors that are on sale, we also have a selection of special limited-edition yarns including the return of a few old favorites. And as for exploring the BIG SALE - I've compiled a handy guide to navigating all of the stellar deals with my top 10 must-have yarns!

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Northwoods Pattern Collection

One of the things I love about our new pattern collection, Northwoods (and there are so many things), is how sophisticated and polished all the project are, while still being down-to-earth. They're all just so wearable, you know? And the cable stitches add a lot of interest without being overwhelming to knit. Today, I'm highlighting a couple of my favorite patterns from the collection, with some exclusive images from the photo shoot that I couldn't fit into the book.

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Stroll Hand Painted Sock Yarn | Knit Picks
Another Treat for Your Feet

I finally just started wearing socks again last week. Having a clinically-diagnosed, severe case of OCD (Obsessive Christmas Disorder: Any adult that is overly excited about Christmas and has a more than normal preoccupation with Christmas decorations and clothing or has more than two Christmas trees), my subconscious is constantly on the look out for Christmas cues - those magical markers that point the way to that sacred time of year. Socks are one of them.

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New Colors for Your Feet!

One really fun task I did this year was creating new yarn colorways. We started with Stroll Tonal, a super soft, washable treat for the feet. As a team, we decided on a set of new colorways, and then I mocked up our visions in my design program to send to our manufacturer. Lest you ...

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Welcome, Worsted!

I'm working on a mutimedia project with Swish yarn in rainbow colors, to be completed in coming weeks. I had a few scraps left, so I thought I'd add a neutral and cast on for a sweater for my daughter.    There was one catch: Swish is worsted weight, and I use fingering weight yarn, almost exclusively.

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