Garment and Accessory Books We Love

Sometimes I marvel at the craft world – about how many people are knitting, how many more people want to learn, and about how many amazing collections of knitwear  and crochet designs there are in the world. Will my queue ever get manageable? Will I ever think to myself, “I haven’t seen anything lately I really want to make”? Probably not.


So many books cross my desk here at Knit Picks, and so many of them are so striking, offering crafters a chance to make something truly breathtaking. With all books currently at 40% off in our book sale, I thought I’d highlight 3 books that I thought are really something special.

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Free Patterns: Diadem Edition

Have you had the pleasure of knitting or crocheting with Diadem yet? This dreamy yarn is a delectable blend of baby alpaca and mulberry silk – and if that wasn’t enough to get your attention, the lusciously saturated colors will most definitely have you dreaming of silky soft accessories. No wonder a skein of two of this splurge-worthy yarn has found its way into my yarn stash!

If you’re in a similar situation and have 1-2 skeins of Diadem just waiting to be transformed into something incredible, we’ve got 4 stunning and delightfully FREE patterns for you! First up is the Simple Shells Crocheted Cowl from designer Beth Major.

Simple shells cowl free crochet patternSimple Shells Crocheted Cowl

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Crackerjacks and Baseball Stripes

It’s my favorite time of the year – the start of baseball season!  It’s that magical time when, no matter how badly your team did last year, it’s a fresh start for everyone – new faces, new plays, new records to break – and for my fellow baseball knitters, a new Crackerjack to start!

Last year I wrote about my Mariners Crackerjack scarf – a very fun pattern that follows a baseball team through the year, adding a different stripe after every game, depending on whether they won or loss.  While the pattern is infinity scarf, I chose to do mine as a regular scarf, since I wear those more.  And I kept with it throughout the ups & downs of the season and finished on the very last day of the regular season (heartbreaking, since the boys were thisclose to making it to the post season).


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Bicolor Tweed: Free Knit Dishcloth Pattern

Marjorie Dussaud has created this week’s handsome free dishcloth pattern: the Bicolor Tweed Dishcloth. I’m smitten with this combination of stripes and textured slip stitches, perfect for rugged session of dish-duty! Dussaud notes that this pattern is great for beginners because it’s an easy stitch repeat for a big effect. I have this particular pattern ear-marked as a quick stash busting project, ideal for featuring striped sections of yarn from previous projects!

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Single-ply Yarn Fun


I can say with all honesty that Preciosa is a huge staff favorite – when we received our early office shipment, the squeals of delight were deafening as we pulled bag after bag out of the box, each skein getting more and more love.  While the bright candy colored tonal colors were the first thing that we crushed on, the soft cushy yarn itself was what made us fall head over heels in love. We describe Preciosa as a luxurious single-ply Merino yarn – but what does that mean for you when deciding on the perfect project for this yarn?

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Easter Craft: Felted Wool Eggs in 3 Easy Steps!

Do you feel the need to get crafty around Easter? I sure do! Maybe it’s the memories of egg dying, or maybe it’s the pastel color range that I never choose any other time of year, but something about Easter makes me want to make things. This year, I’ve been exceptionally short on time, so I made some wool felted eggs. It took about an hour, and most of the crafting was done by my washer and dryer. It was loads (get it? loads!) of fun, and the result was these felted eggs that I’ve found many uses for, around my house. Want to see how I made them?


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April 2015 Wallpaper Calendar

Spring is officially underway and we are celebrating April with the vibrant and playful colors of one of our favorite new yarns: Preciosa! The colors are so cheerful and remind us of clear blue skies, brightly colored flowers and warm weather.

To get the free calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!

April 2015 wallpaper calendar


Desktop wallpaper calendar for mobile 2015
Desktop wallpaper calendar for tablet 2015
Desktop wallpaper calendar for desktop 2015


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Making Friends: A Book Sale Round-up!

Our book sale is here again! With 40% all titles, it’s really hard to pass up the opportunity to browse new titles, or add a book you’ve been eyeing for while, to your shopping cart. Alison’s sea creatures have been eliciting such a great reaction both online and in the office, that I thought I’d present some of our favorite books for knitted and crocheted toys and dolls. Have a look! You might just see something (someone?) you just have to make.


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Free Pattern: Granny’s Rainbow Dishcloth

We are officially a quarter of the way through our 52 Weeks of Dishcloths program! Have you been following along this year for 2015? We are so excited to have some of our favorite independent designers create these fun freebie patterns for us.

This week’s free pattern, Granny’s Rainbow Dishcloth, comes from designer Beth Major – she designed a classic granny square with a colorful rainbow twist that works up quickly and is great for using up those yarn odds and ends. It’s also a great pattern if you are new crochet and want some instant gratification.

free crochet pattern

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