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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The Beginner Blanket Two Ways: Knit + Crochet

Say hello to your favorite new blanket – easy enough for even the most timid beginners while more experienced crafters will enjoy the meditative repetition (perfect for netflix marathons)!

This super easy pattern uses simple stitches to make a bold impact with large, modern stripes. And taking cues from all of the knitters and crocheters here at Knit Picks, we decided to make two versions – knit and crochet - that each shine with undeniable beauty while highlighting the essence of each craft.

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Crafting Confessions

If you’ve gotten a Knit Picks order in the last couple of months, you might have noticed a card hiding out with your yarn – tempting you to reveal your deepest, darkest crafty secrets with the world!

We’ve loved reading through your submissions on Instagram (#CraftingConfessions) and there have been many LOL-worthy moments…mainly because we can relate! And now, we decided it was time to turn the tables and reveal our own confessions with you!

Here are some of our favorite crafting confessions from the staff at Knit Picks, ENJOY!

 

Knit Picks crafting confession

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“Classic” Craft Books: A Book Sale Round-up

If you’re a crafter, you probably have a favorite book – one you’ve made things from over and over again, or turned to for inspiration time after time. Today, I’m going to highlight three books we here at Knit Picks just can’t seem to put down. They’re books that produce garments and accessories that illicit the age-old question, “What pattern is that?” Over and over they are patterns that come out of these books. To us, they’re modern classics, ones we believe you’ll love, too. With 40% off all books currently, perhaps you’ll consider putting picking one up. They never seem to disappoint!

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Save 25% on Yarn Samplers

We love color in all shapes and forms – especially when it comes to yarn! So naturally, we just couldn’t help ourselves when creating all new yarn samplers. Inspired by different themes and scenes, each yarn sampler brings together a set of carefully curated colors that look beautiful and take the guess work out of color planning!

The best part? Each sampler comes with full size balls of our favorite yarns and you get to save 25% off!

42189Confetti Comfy Sport Sampler

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Staff Projects: Comfy Babies!

Baby and children’s garments are popular staff knits here at Knit Picks. They offer a quick knit, not much shaping, and are so very satisfying to give to a new mom, or your own kiddo. When Comfy Worsted Heathers came into the office, Alison and Hannah took no time at all casting on for some great cotton garments that are sure to look great on some sweet small people they know.

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Hannah went down to a size 2 needle and used 1 skein each of Comfy Worsted Heathers in Ripple Heather and Finnley Heather to make her Puerperium Cardigan (free pattern HERE). I love how subtle and beautiful the stripes look in heathered colors, and the side buttons will make this one easy to get on and off a newborn!

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6 Ways to Wear the Golden Morning Collection

Spring is well underway and that means lots of layers are in order! Our Golden Morning 2015 Spring Collection is filled with delightfully colorful garments that will become essentials for in the transition to warmer weather.

Want a quick dose of spring style inspiration? We’ve put together 6 outfits featuring a cardigan, a pullover and a vest from the new spring garment collection. Let’s get thinks started with the Daisies Cardigan!

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THREE IS THE MAGIC NUMBER: When in doubt – pair black and white with a bright, bold color to make a dramatic (and chic!) style statement.

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Garment and Accessory Books We Love

Sometimes I marvel at the craft world – about how many people are knitting, how many more people want to learn, and about how many amazing collections of knitwear  and crochet designs there are in the world. Will my queue ever get manageable? Will I ever think to myself, “I haven’t seen anything lately I really want to make”? Probably not.

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So many books cross my desk here at Knit Picks, and so many of them are so striking, offering crafters a chance to make something truly breathtaking. With all books currently at 40% off in our book sale, I thought I’d highlight 3 books that I thought are really something special.

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