Well Made Home Redux!

I’m in a swoon over the new Well Made-Home: Crochet pattern collection! There are so many great projects from throws to accent pillows and even a set of small storage baskets, ideal for gift-giving or housewarming presents for everyone you know. Who doesn’t need something homemade and cozy to decorate their abode? I wanted to take a moment and offer some ideas for alternate colorways for the projects I’ve come to love and covet.

Busy Bee Throw alternate colorway - KnitPicks.com

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Stuff We Love: Soak Wash Flatter Spray

Did you see that select tools are up to 40% off for a limited time? It’s a great way to stock up on some important items that can help take your projects to the finish line. I’m always amazed at how a little tool (like a row counter, for $1.99!) can make a knitting project go so much faster. There’s so many items that you never think you need until you have them, and can’t wait to use them again and again. One item I use constantly is the Soak Flatter Spray.


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Free Patterns: Andean Treasure Edition!

“It’s like knitting a kitten!” – these are just one of the many comments you’ll find from crafters on Ravelry professing their love for Andean Treasure. And it is true! Andean Treasure is easily one of the softest yarns with a plush, squish-ability that you just can’t get enough of. Andean Treasure is 100% baby alpaca, which means it’s the softest and finest classification of alpaca fiber.

If you haven’t tried Andean Treasure yet, we’ve put together a handful of free patterns (including knit and crochet!) that just might tempt you to add a ball…or two…or three.

1. The Hyde Park Hat – free crochet pattern


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Toy Extras: Snacks for Hungry Sloths

We are so excited about our new toy collections!! Cute, Cuter, Cutest: Toys to Love in 3 Sizes feature either knit or crochet toys in different weight yarns,  so that you can craft little (or not so little) toys for young (or not so young) toy lovers in your life. For the next 4 weeks on the blog, we’re going to feature some cute add-on patterns that might be adorable when made with (or rather, for, ahem) these toys. What stuffed knit toy doesn’t need a toy to play with, right?

knit toys

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Podcast Call for Entries: The Cutest Thing I Ever Made

Do you like to knit and crochet cute things? Do you love stuffed animals with lots of personality or hats that illicit an, “Awwww…” from everyone who sees them? We’re looking for interesting stories of cute things, handmade. What did you make, and what did you do with it? Did you ever make anything you thought was cute, only to have others think it was not so charming? Email your stories to …

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Choosing the Perfect Project for Fingering Weight Yarns

Stroll Tonal and Handpainted Colors

This time of year, with summer just around the corner, many knitter and crocheters put away their bulky wool yarns and pick up lighter weight yarns for projects. Socks, shawls, light scarves, tees – all much nicer to have on the lap than a bulky weight afghan! With the release of our new Stroll Tonal and Stroll Handpainted Yarn colors, we thought this would be a good time to go over our different types of fingering weight yarns and the perfect projects for each yarn.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Ever Practical

Bouquets are beautiful, but they wilt and wither away after a few days. Chocolate lasts minutes before the box is empty and cards are everywhere during the holidays. My favorite gifts to give/receive are ones that last a little longer and create new experiences with their use. Yarn for a new project, a set of brand new needles or a collection of patterns to browse and work on over the next year will be lasting memories just as the act of making a present for someone brings them to mind constantly. My first pick is one of our Beginner Blanket Kits! Six different Preciosa color palettes (plus a cute tote) go with our beginner friendly, swoon-worthy knit and crochet blanket patterns.

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