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!

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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Free patterns for Capra!

Hello, free patterns! We’ve got 4 brand new (and fabulously FREE) patterns available for download. This month, each pattern highlights our favorite Merino and cashmere blend yarn – Capra DK. We hope you enjoy these patterns as much as we do!

1. Psh-Shawl by Joyce Fassbender

Have you been wanting to knit a lovely lace shawl, but find the technique intimidating? Joyce’s lace pattern is designed with you in mind and is the perfect project for knitters new to lace (and it’s knit in DK weight yarn)!

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Last week – Two sales too good to miss!

Knit Picks Sale

Have you seen that our entire selection of beloved knitting needles is on sale? Whether you’re looking into adding to your collection or want to invest in a set of interchangeable needles – now is the time, because our needle sale* is coming to an end! There’s just one more week left to save 10% on all knitting needles – and yep, that includes all sets, needle tips, DPNs and even our limited-edition Rosewood needles!

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World Wide Crafting In Public

This Saturday, June 13th, is World Wide Knit in Public Day! How much do you knit in public? Whether it’s in a coffee or bookshop, on public transportation or in the park, I always have my knitting with me, ready to be pulled out whenever I have a slow moment. I find that it’s those couple of rows that I can get done here and there, that seem to make all the difference in keeping my projects on track. Suddenly, I’m done with them, and I’ve been less grumpy with train schedules and other annoyances in the process. Double win!

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We tend to open up the holiday a bit more than it’s name suggests and refer it as World Wide Craft in Public Day! Whether you knit, crochet, or do anther craft, it’s great to do it among others in a public place. You never know who you’ll meet!

This year, Knit Picks is holding what we’re calling a “Knit Pick-nic” for Craft in Public Day. If you’re in the Portland, Oregon area and want to join us for some outdoor crafting, we’ll be in Sellwood Park (picnic area H). We’ll have prize packs for the first 100 or so friends that join us, a meet and greet with local designers, and so much fun in general! You can find all of the details on the Knit Picks Facebook page HERE.

If you’re not in our area, we hope you’ll craft in public where ever you might reside. Handmade items among members of your community – who can resist?

(photo is from the Knit Picks Holiday Craft Party at West Elm, this past Winter)

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