Category Archives: Yarn

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New Yarn Samplers – 25% off!

Have you seen all of the lovely, new yarn samplers that we've recently added? You'll find a fun mix of colors and yarns - all of which are perfect for small accessories or combine them into one larger project. McGregor Comfy Sport Sampler

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Choosing the Perfect Project for Fingering Weight Yarns

This time of year, with summer just around the corner, many knitter and crocheters put away their bulky wool yarns and pick up lighter weight yarns for projects. Socks, shawls, light scarves, tees - all much nicer to have on the lap than a bulky weight afghan! With the release of our new Stroll Tonal and Stroll Handpainted Yarn colors, we thought this would be a good time to go over our different types of fingering weight yarns and the perfect projects for each yarn.

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Save With Bare Yarn 20 packs!

Indie dyers rejoice! Your favorite dyeable yarns are available with a bulk discount! You can save 15% off the regular Bare yarn prices when you buy a package of 20 dyeable skeins. Most of our popular yarn lines are also available in a Bare version, from Billow to Swish Worsted so there's a yarn for every project and preference.

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Choosing the Perfect Project for Cotton Yarns

It's spring, the weather is warming up and it's time to put away those woolly sweaters and switch them out with some lighter weight garments! A question we often get at this time of the year is which of our cotton yarns work best for certain projects. I've put together some information and a list of what we recommend for some of our warm weather cotton and cotton-blend yarns. First, a brief overview of cotton yarn. Cotton is strong, durable and machine-washable fiber. It's a great choice to use for people with wool sensitivities and for vegans plus it's wonderful for next to skin wear during warmer months. Cotton can be harder on the on the hands to work with for some people, since it is an inelastic fiber; cotton blends tend to be easier to knit or crochet with. Because of the inelastic nature, it can be harder for cables or colorwork projects, however textured stitches will show up beautifully. And now the yarns!  

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Single-ply Yarn Fun

I can say with all honesty that Preciosa is a huge staff favorite - when we received our early office shipment, the squeals of delight were deafening as we pulled bag after bag out of the box, each skein getting more and more love.  While the bright candy colored tonal colors were the first thing that we crushed on, the soft cushy yarn itself was what made us fall head over heels in love. We describe Preciosa as a luxurious single-ply Merino yarn - but what does that mean for you when deciding on the perfect project for this yarn?

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Preciosa Staff Projects: From Sweaters to Sea Creatures!

Oh, Preciosa! I have not seen my coworkers squeal in such unison as they did when this yarn arrived in the office. Its single ply softness makes it an absolute JOY to craft with, and its gorgeous colors make your imagination (as well as your project queue) go wild. The greatest thing that happened when our staff grabbed some skeins: they cast on for such a diverse range of projects. From sweaters to stuffed animals, check out what we made!

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Ending Soon: two sales too good to miss!

WARNING! It's the last day to save 15% sitewide* - so now is your chance to treat yourself to some new Hawthorne and Swish Brights, or maybe you've had your eye on adding to your craft room with a new swift and ball winder! To get in on the 15% sitewide sale, simply use the code SAVE15 the promotion code box on the cart page when you are checking out. It’s that easy! You also have one last chance to double your savings - our Sock Yarn Sale** is coming to an end tonight as well!

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The Monthly Yarn Sale: March

Welcome to the beginning of our monthly yarn sale! Each month, we will be featuring a different yarn line at a delightful discount - and for the entire month of March, you save 20% off all Wool of the Andes Superwash yarns. And yep, that includes every single color in both the worsted and bulky weights plus the Wool of the Andes Superwash Bare yarns! This washable woolly wonder is one of our favorite go-to yarns for everything from sweaters to accessories and even home decor projects like large, cozy blankets. Need some project inspiration? We've got plenty of ideas to share with you! Wool of the Andes Superwash - Worsted Weight Patterns Evergreen Cap

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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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