Back to school with the Knit Picks Team

In celebration of our new (free!) downloadable e-booklet “Back to School Knits”, I asked the team here at Knit Picks to bring me their favorite school photos. I love school photos – they’re moments that last forever, and don’t the clothes you wear in them just bring you right back to that age? Here we are, in all our glory:


From the top: Jenny, our Marketing Director in her first school photo living in this country!, Alison, our fearless leader, in her favorite apple dress, Kim, our Design Director, whose freckles are killing me, Holly (that’s me!) – Can you tell it was the 80s? I loved Dorothy Hamill and Annie, passionately, Hannah, our Catalog Director – school photos in the Northwest involved flower baskets! and Emily, our Graphic Designer. Those sleeves! Truly, a classic.

We all agreed on 2 things: We all look the same now as we did back in the day. There’s just something in your features that just never changes. It makes me so intrigued as to what my children will look like when they grow up! Also, whether you grew up in the 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s, the bowl haircut is always in fashion. Always.

Do you have any great stories of school photo day? Do tell in comments!

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Back to School Knits – Free Patterns Available Now!

Great news! There’s a new collection of patterns available for children ages 4-12, and they’re free!

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It’s no secret that I love knitting for kids. It’s been a passion of mine before I even had kids. I used to knit for every kid I knew. I was browsing patterns one day, and I saw a photo of a child on school picture day, in his favorite handknit sweater. Suddenly, I had an idea to design a few patterns inspired by school motifs: penmanship paper, composition books, and the humble yellow pencil.

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Try These Patterns in Mighty Stitch!

A new yarn comes out and my mind immediately starts running through existing patterns that would look great in the new blend! Yarn weight, finished fabric feel and fiber blend are all things you should take into consideration when substituting yarns. Here are some of my favorite existing patterns that would be great in our new oh-so-soft worsted weight Mighty Stitch!

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Sample the Mighty Stitch!

Have you ever browsed our Samplers page? It’s such a great way to save on your favorite yarns. Buy some colors you use a lot, paired with colors that complement them perfectly, and save lots of money! Who wouldn’t love that? Our favorite new yarn is Mighty Stitch, and the samplers we’re offering in this yarn are nothing short of spectacular. Check out a few great pairings:

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9 Things We’re Loving for August

Things are really heating up this summer, especially here in the Pacific Northwest where temperatures are soaring close to 100 degrees! So it seemed only fitting that for August guide, we embrace the “red hot” theme for our top picks in yarn, patterns and accessories. Stay cool, and craft on!

1. Pendleton Zippered Needle Case>> 2. CotLin Yarn in Moroccan Red>> 3. Italia Shopper Bag in Red Ikat>> 4. Diadem Fingering in Ruby Solid>> 5. This Took Forever Woven Label>> 6. Save Our Sweaters Brush>> 7. Simple Shells Beanie – free pattern download>> 8. Diplodocus knitting pattern>> 9. 6/0 Seed Beads>>

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It’s time for a Knitting Needle Sale!

If you’ve been looking for an excuse to indulge in a Rosewood needle set, or maybe you just want to add a few sizes to your collection – now is the time to stock up on knitting needles! We have a needle sale* going on where you save 10% on everything from fixed circular needles, to straight needles and even all sets are included.
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Want to explore …

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