12
May

Classic Knits for Kids

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There are very few things cuter than children’s knitwear. Well, kittens might possibly be cuter, but once you have a sweet, sleepy knit cat to cuddle the whole argument goes out the window because THAT is the cutest thing I can think of. The new Classic Knits for Kids pattern collection has everything you need for new babies all the way through the toddler years (including the timeless Sleepy Kitty pictured above).

9
May

Podcast 238: Handmade is Love

The Knitpicks Podcast has changed a bit! With Kelley’s retirement, we’re taking on a new format. In this episode, we explore the question “Who taught you to knit?”. Hear from the Knitpicks staff and members of the general public, as they share stories of love transferred through knitting and crochet lessons, gifts made, and time spent together.

Hear about Hannah’s first boucle scarf:

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5
May

Marching In

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I have no less than 5 friends having babies by the end of 2014: my pediatrician, my daughter’s best friend’s mom, my sister…one friend is even having twins! I have to knit every new baby I know something, too. I consider it a good luck charm. With two babes of my own, time is short so I’m always in need of a go-to baby knit.

1
May

Citrine Washcloth

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Dandelion Shine Sport never looked so good! Shine’s soft cotton blend combined with the bumpy texture of this stitch results in the perfect washcloth. There are no decreases or increases involved either! Each “bump” is formed by creating a small chain of knits in a single stitch and then the chain is popped to the front of the project on the next row. It’s such a fun stitch to work with! Plus there’s a simple four row repeat that’s easy to memorize and quick to knit.

1
May

May Calendar

May is has officially arrived, which means it’s time for our May Calendar wallpapers! This month highlights a cheery selection of cream and blue hues – a perfect match for the clear blue summer skies of May.

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

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30
Apr

Yep, it’s another Billow Blanket

Have I mentioned lately how much I love Billow for blankets of any shape and size? I am officially hooked! This is my second blanket that I’ve made with this bulky cotton and there are just so many reasons why I will inevitably continue to make more.

Aside from Billow’s supreme softness, I adore how the slight thick-and-thin nature of Billow translates in crocheted stitches. Plus, it’s an excuse to whip out my hefty 6.5mm crochet hook! And that means lots of progress in short amounts of time, which is insanely satisfying when it comes to making blankets.

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