Our new Knits for Everybody collection couldn’t have come at a better time! My sister is about to have a baby in November which means that I immediately threw out my old queue of knitting projects and cast on for every baby project I could think of. Now, it’s been a long time since I’ve been around a baby and it’s hard to remember how absolutely teeny tiny they are when they’re brand new. Instead of winging it and just guesstimating the size of a newborn baby, I turned to Knits for Everybody to help me find just the right size!
It’s that time of year again, where many crafters start making their list of handmade gifts to make for the people we love. (Unless you are much more organized than us and started months ago!) To give you some ideas, we are offering one of our exclusive patterns for free for one week only for the next 12 weeks!
Podcast 256 has something for everybody! We hear from Knit Picks’ own Alison Backus about our new collection, “Knits for Everybody“, with basic patterns you’ll go back to again and again. The sweater pattern from this book is designed by Katy Banks, who talks on this podcast about her design process, and left handed knitting a whole different way. We’ll also talk to Vera Brosgol, author and illustrator of the new children’s picture book, “Leave Me Alone“, (pictured above) about drawing, knitting, and being left alone to do it all.
There is no denying it – fall is in the air! For me, that means my attention is turned from outdoor activities such as boating and gardening, and towards indoor activities such as cooking and crafting. If you’re looking for a bit of inspiration for your own crafting projects, I have great news: it’s book sale time! Every in-stock book on our site is on sale for 40% off during our Fall Knitting Book Sale! (Of course, it’s not just knitting books, all crochet books are included as well) Here are a few titles that have my attention for fall crafting sessions:
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be celebrating the release of our new collection “Knits for Everybody” by seeing how members of the Knit Picks staff have used these basic patterns to create something truly unique. This week, we’re highlighting Knit Picks Graphic Designer Emily, who made adult mittens in a unique striped colorway! Here are the details, from Emily:
I’ll happily admit it: I’m a stripe addict. I own at least nine striped shirts, a pair of striped shoes, tank tops, shorts, dresses, you name it. I’m currently knitting a striped sweater AND cowl with stripes. I can’t get enough! To me, stripes are the perfect design, with their endless possibilities and classic good looks.
We are pretty excited about our new collection, Knits for Everybody. Whether you pick up a copy of the printed book (now 40% off) or buy it as an ebook so you can get started right away, you’ll have the patterns you need to get your Christmas gift list off to a great start. Interested in making a winter sweater for you or someone on your list? No problem! We’ve got a video classl that is sure to help you out.
In our tutorial, Katy Banks, designer of the worsted weight sweater pattern (available in sizes newborn to men’s XXLand women’s 5X) takes you through all the key steps to knitting your very own sweater. From increases and decreases, to putting the sleeve stitches on hold and starting a neckline, this class will guide you every step of the way. So grab your yarn and needles, and cast for your very own worsted weight sweater, today!
Have you wanted to dip your needles in lace knitting but are too intimated to start with a intricate lace project? Or are you looking for a nice soothing project to work on during your next tv binge watching weekend? We have the perfect free pattern for you – Lace 1, 2, 3!
Embrace the glories of sport season with these fun basic knits! Stacey has written Go! Fight! Win!, which includes instructions for a lap blanket, hat with a pompom and a big cozy scarf. With wide stripes that are easily customizeable with your favorite team’s colors, you can root and cheer in style with Mighty Stitch Worsted! Read on for some of our favorite colorways…
Question every crafter secretly longs to ask their significant other. All our future evenings and weekends for the rest of eternity hinged upon his answer.
“Can I teach you to knit?” I rather hopelessly asked.
“Hmmmm .. no.”
Then, joy of all joys, a month later he enthusiastically exclaimed, “Can you please teach me to knit? I really want to learn!” (Lesson learned: give him time to mull). We took our needles and Dishie yarn to a local tea shop, and over a steaming mug of Brain Power tea, we dove into the wonderful world of cast-ons, knits and purls, as tickled strangers smiled at the cute couple crafting dishcloths together.