This week’s design for our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths is the Sloped Lines Dishcloth! When I started digging through stitch patterns for my design, I knew that I wanted to stick to crochet for this week. I just love the texture and unique lines that crochet stitches are able to bring to life. And I just couldn’t resist the meandering lines that hug the small clusters of double crochets.
I’m so glad that I finally get to talk about one of my favorite collections to date - Worsted Basics! I love working with worsted yarn and it’s a delight to be able to find a whole collection of projects in the same weight in one place. The projects are fantastic which made it easy to take some gorgeous photos of them on location at a house in the lovely Forest Park area. I love those deep, dark woods and we were able to take advantage of lovely scenery between rain showers by ducking into the cute house for a few projects.
The podcast is on a mini-vacation this week but fear not, we’ve collected a few of our favorite past episodes for your listening pleasure. Enjoy!
Episode 1: The very beginning of the Knit Picks Podcast
Episode 50: Kelley talks about her favorite knitting patterns to be handed down to future knitters in her family.
Episode 126: The start of the Knit Picks Independent Designer Partnership program, which today is home to over 2,500 patterns from independent designers!
Episode 152: Kelley shares her story about how she first learned how to spin in college.
Episode 200: In honor of the 200th episode, Kelley revisits her ideal deserted island knitting.
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When I make myself dishcloths, I tend to go towards ones that I can finish quickly (so I can use them right away – I always seem to make them when I need them the most). I also prefer ones I can work on when doing other things like reading or watching TV so they need to be easy enough I don’t have to keep referring to the pattern. So for my dishcloth this week, I came up with the Slant Dishcloth:
Here at Knit Picks we’ve been challenged to design dishcloths for the 52 weeks of dishcloths - fun free patterns in a wonderful collection. This week it was my turn. I’ve always leaned toward texture, and this time was no different! It’s a combination of simple stitches that creates wonderful texture and delicious color.
Spring looks like it’s here, but the weather still isn’t convinced. T-shirts are still relegated to storage and my sweater collection is in full rotation, I’ve even been double layering sweaters outside to do yard work. Cold days also means a cold house where hand washed things take a whole week to air dry (if I’m lucky) so I found myself contemplating a range of cheap polar fleece jackets to wear while I dig up bushes and mix compost into my soon-to-be dye garden in the back yard. I didn’t see anything I liked, but I did see a bag of Brava Worsted in Peacock that looked pretty enticing so I gave in to my knitting needles and decided to cast on the Worsted Crewneck from Worsted Basics pattern collection.
To help chase away those last few weeks of winter (and to fill your techy gadgets with beautiful yarny goodness!), we’re offering a free calender background available in mobile, tablet and desktop sizes. To get the wallpaper size of your choosing, simply click the applicable device icon below.
We’ll be adding a new downloadable calender background at the beginning of every month, so check back to see what’s in store for April. In the meantime, enjoy this lovely pairing of cool cottons and succulents!
In honor of the Sock Yarn Sale that is currently going on, Kelley focuses on the humble sock for this week’s episode – a project that most knitter’s are hardly ever seen without in their current work-in-progress line up. Although it may seem simple, the beauty of a knitted sock lies within it’s practicality (both to make and to wear) as well as in it’s ability to be a blank canvas. Kelley walks you through all of the steps of working a top-down sock, along with a plethora of handy tips and tricks along the way. As Kelley pauses to reflect on the clever construction of socks, both new and experienced knitters are sure to be inspired to cast on a pair of socks right away.
Finally, Kelley catches you up with what she has on her needles at the moment. This week, the goal is all about simplicity and portability as Kelley reports from a Spanish language immersion retreat in La Paz, Mexico!
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