Staff Projects: Cacti, Sweaters, and Afghans – Oh My!

The great thing about featuring staff projects is seeing the diversity of things that the Knit Picks’ employees make with our yarns. I love seeing things in the office that are so unique and different. I also love seeing the different ways we all use KP yarns for garments, and the ways the different blends lend themselves to different kinds of sweaters. Here are some recent staff projects. See what you think!


Alison made this epic cactus from 3 skeins of Tuff Puff in Macaw, with 1 skein of Tuff Puff in Pucker for the pompom. She had no pattern, so she knit a rectangle and gathered it at the top. The pompom was made using the Jumbo Clover Pompom Maker. Made for her daughter Audrey, this cactus is sure to put a smile on anyone’s face! If you’re looking for a good cactus pattern, I would recommend Cute & Easy Cacti (Ravelry link).  It’s free, and you can customize it as you’d like!

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Meet Your Teacher: Jenny!

Have you seen our newest tutorials? If you’re new to knitting or crochet, we’ve got five great new classes to teach you the basics, featuring projects you’ll love to make. One of our favorite projects is our Knit Beginner Blanket. Using our free pattern (available HERE), Jenny takes you through all the steps to making this amazing blanket in her favorite yarn, Preciosa. We thought you might like to learn a bit more about Jenny, so I asked her some pertinent questions, below!


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Twelve Weeks of Gifting: Andean Chullo Hat

andean chullo

We’re officially over halfway through our 12 Weeks of Gifting and for the seventh week, we’re offering you the Andean Chullo Hat pattern – available as a free download, but for one week only! After Tuesday 11/25, this pattern will revert back to it’s normal price ($4.99) once the clock strikes midnight.

My favorite part about this pattern is that it includes charts for 4 different versions – there’s really something for everyone! Since the hat is knit in Palette, the color combinations are truly endless and these 4 versions are just the beginning!

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Speaking of Podcasts


I live and breath podcasts these days. At any given moment you can find me listening to one while I work (as I type this!), in the car, as I cook, clean, sew, weave, knit, crochet… basically my entire day is filled with surprising episodes from amazing podcasters. ‘Tis the season for some heavy-duty crafting so I thought I would put together a short list of my favorite podcasts to listen to! So sit back, grab your WIP and a mug of favorite tea, and explore these absolutely delightful shows.

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Podcast Episode 253: Getting Published – LISTEN NOW!


Have you seen independently run knitting magazines in the stores and wondered how they got their start? Have you designed patterns and wondered how to get them published? This episode gives you an inside look into publishing. Meghan Fernandes of Pompom magazine tells us about the history and future of the quarterly magazine. Emily Guise of Knit Picks tells us about her new collection, Big Art Knits. If you’re a new or seasoned designer, or a connoisseur of great patterns, this episode is for you!

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Twelve Weeks of Gifting: Woodland Winter Mittens

Welcome to the sixth week in our Twelve Weeks of Gifting series of free patterns! This week we’re featuring the beloved Woodland Winter Mittens pattern. Knit your way through the seasons with nature scenes that span both mittens in each pair. Falling leaves, grazing elk, Northern lights, snowflakes, snow birds, and a sprouting seed to signify the beginning of spring will keep your needles busy!

This pattern has a whopping 44 pages and includes three colorways – Original, Bright and our newest: Stormy (shown above), all for free, for one week only! Hurry over to the Woodland Winter Mittens to see the other colorways and download your very own copy before we’re on to our next installment, next Wednesday.

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