A Guide to Mix & Match Socks for Top-Down & Toe-Up

Knit Picks Socktacular Sock Knitting Book

Whether you’re new to sock knitting or have knit countless pairs for yourself and loved ones, you’ll be delighted at the endless options and combinations that you’ll be able to create with our new book, Socktacular! Mix & Match Socks for Fancy Feet.

Here’s how it works:

  • choose to work the socks top-down or toe-up
  • pick one of three styles each for the toe, heel and cuff
  • add in one of twelve stitch patterns

And that’s how easy it is to create hundreds of unique and customized hand-knit socks.

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Charity Spotlight: Knots of Love

We’re focusing on charity crafting this month, with the release of our new book Helping Hands: Made With Love, Given With Heart. You can buy the book (on sale for just $5.99!), or download the ebook for free! It contains six patterns in both knit and crochet, that are perfect for donating to a charity who could really use your help. In the book, we highlight some worthy campaigns, one of them being Knots of Love. We wanted to learn a bit more about them, so we asked Christine, from the organization, to answer some questions. Click through to read all about it!

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Stripes Galore! Felici is Back!

Our favorite self-striping sock yarn is back! Felici is the perfect blend of squishy-soft Superwash Merino Wool and Nylon complete with colorful stripes and cute colorways. We put together a roundup of mitten and sock patterns, perfect for the new Felici colors (and the perfect size for your next portable project). Feast your eyes and keep busy during your summer vacations!

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Podcast Call for Entries: Crafting for Charity

To celebrate our new book Helping Hands: Made With Love, Given With Heart we’ll be doing a podcast about crafting for charity! Have you ever made anything for a campaign? What made you do it, and how did it impact others? If you’ve got a good story, and would like to be part of an upcoming Knit Picks podcast, email podcast@knitpicks.com. If your story is chosen, you’ll receive a “charm pack” of our favorite Knit Picks yarn. We’d love to hear from you!

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Favorite Projects for Swish!

Oh Swish, I could write poems about how wonderful this yarn feels and knits up. Perfect for sweaters where you need extra next-to-skin softness without compromising on durability and (don’t forget) it’s machine washable which scores this yarn major points in my book. Bonus, both Swish Worsted AND Swish DK have select colors on sale during our big Summer Yarn Sale! Make sure to stop by to see the full range (and peruse the other goodies too!). For a dash of inspiration, here is a round up of some of our very favorite patterns in Swish to get both your hooks and needles busy.

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9 Things We’re Loving For June

With the days getting warmer and longer, we’re dreaming of cool ocean waters and weekend beach trips – and it’s a sensibility that is spilling over into our crafting life, too!

What made our must-have list for June? Dreamy shades of blues and greens, touches of lace and portable projects. Check out our June Guide to discover a new summer treat for yourself or for a fellow fiber enthusiast!
June-Guide

1. Neptune Aloft Yarn Sampler>> 2. Meandre Cowl Free Pattern>> 3. 10″ Caspian Straight Needle Set>> 4. Efflorescence Throw Pattern>> 5. CotLin Yarn (shown in Surf)>> 6. Under 100 Knit Collection Book>> 7. Hawthorne Kettle Dye Yarn (shown in Poseidon)>> 8. Elva Cardigan Pattern>> 9. Caspian Cable Needles>>

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Stuff We Love: Aromatic Cedar Gift Set

Whether you have a wee problem with wool moths or you just want your knits to smell like wonderful sun-warmed woods, the Aromatic Cedar Gift Set is all you need to spruce up your woolens. I store my finished sweaters in a cedar chest at home and am instantly transported back to the first day of every winter when my mother would unpack her sweaters from storage and give me a big, scratchy hug that smelled like cedar sachets – so I make sure that all of my sweaters continue that tradition. I’m also in the middle of a long-term war against wool moths and packing my knits away swaddled in cedar helps to protect them against those fluttering sneaks.

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