Podcast 256: Something for Everybody!


Podcast 256 has something for everybody! We hear from Knit Picks’ own Alison Backus about our new collection, “Knits for Everybody“, with basic patterns you’ll go back to again and again. The sweater pattern from this book is designed by Katy Banks, who talks on this podcast about her design process, and left handed knitting a whole different way. We’ll also talk to Vera Brosgol, author and illustrator of the new children’s picture book, “Leave Me Alone“, (pictured above) about drawing, knitting, and being left alone to do it all.

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Book Sale: Great Knitting Books for Fall


There is no denying it – fall is in the air! For me, that means my attention is turned from outdoor activities such as boating and gardening, and towards indoor activities such as cooking and crafting. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for your own crafting projects, I have great news: it’s book sale time! Every in-stock book on our site is on sale for 40% off during our Fall Knitting Book Sale! (Of course, it’s not just knitting books, all crochet books are included as well) Here are a few titles that have my attention for fall crafting sessions:

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Knits for Everybody – Emily’s Striped Mittens!
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be celebrating the release of our new collection “Knits for Everybody” by seeing how members of the Knit Picks staff have used these basic patterns to create something truly unique. This week, we’re highlighting Knit Picks Graphic Designer Emily, who made adult mittens in a unique striped colorway! Here are the details, from Emily:
I’ll happily admit it: I’m a stripe addict. I own at least nine striped shirts, a pair of striped shoes, tank tops, shorts, dresses, you name it. I’m currently knitting a striped sweater AND cowl with stripes. I can’t get enough! To me, stripes are the perfect design, with their endless possibilities and classic good looks.
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Learn to Knit a Worsted Weight Sweater!

We are pretty excited about our new collection, Knits for Everybody. Whether you pick up a copy of the printed book (now 40% off) or buy it as an ebook so you can get started right away, you’ll have the patterns you need to get your Christmas gift list off to a great start. Interested in making a winter sweater for you or someone on your list? No problem! We’ve got a video classl that is sure to help you out.

In our tutorial, Katy Banks, designer of the worsted weight sweater pattern (available in sizes newborn to men’s XXLand women’s 5X) takes you through all the key steps to knitting your very own sweater. From increases and decreases, to putting the sleeve stitches on hold and starting a neckline, this class will guide you every step of the way. So grab your yarn and needles, and cast for your very own worsted weight sweater, today!

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New Go! Fight! Win! Kits

Embrace the glories of sport season with these fun basic knits! Stacey has written Go! Fight! Win!, which includes instructions for a lap blanket, hat with a pompom and a big cozy scarf. With wide stripes that are easily customizeable with your favorite team’s colors, you can root and cheer in style with Mighty Stitch Worsted! Read on for some of our favorite colorways…

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My Dude Learns to Knit

Question every crafter secretly longs to ask their significant other. All our future evenings and weekends for the rest of eternity hinged upon his answer.

“Can I teach you to knit?” I rather hopelessly asked.

“Hmmmm .. no.”


Then, joy of all joys, a month later he enthusiastically exclaimed, “Can you please teach me to knit? I really want to learn!” (Lesson learned: give him time to mull). We took our needles and Dishie yarn to a local tea shop, and over a steaming mug of Brain Power tea, we dove into the wonderful world of cast-ons, knits and purls, as tickled strangers smiled at the cute couple crafting dishcloths together.

The husband learns to knit

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My Favorite Crochet Book of All Time

Book Sale is on! Do you love new knitting and crochet books? I love them. I find so much inspiration in books, whether they be collections of sweaters and accessories, books on new (or old) techniques, or books about…nonsense. I love making nonsense! By that, I mean mostly impractical items to keep or give away but that are pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of people who see them. When I found in Twinkie Chan’s newest book, “Crochet Abode a la Mode”, I started making just that. It might be my favorite craft book ever, and so far, I’ve made four projects from it. Check them out!


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Learn to Crochet a Marguerite Dishcloth

If you love learning new crochet stitches like I do, you will love making a Marguerite Dishcloth. Its clam shell spike stitch is alternated with rows of single crochet and waves of color throughout. In our new tutorial, Heidi takes you through all the key steps to making your very own version. Use the colors suggested or substitute your own, for a great pop of color in your kitchen.

Handy links:

Free Marguerite Dishcloth Pattern

Comfy Worsted Yarn

KP Crochet Hooks

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