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12 Weeks of Gifting – Free Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set

It’s week 4 in our 12 Weeks of Gifting and 1 week closer to the gift giving season! If you’re looking for a quick and unique gift, this week’s free pattern is the ever popular Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set!

Free Kitchen Pattern - Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set - free until Oct 24 2016

Perfect for new homeowners or as a hostess gift, the Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set includes 3 different pieces that you can easily match to any kitchen decor. But I think the fun part for the knitter is practicing some new techniques!

Free Kitchen Pattern - Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set - free until Oct 24 2016

The sweet kitchen towels have a linen stitch stripe and strap that elevates them above and beyond a plain old towel. With all the colors in CotLin, you can easily mix & match them to get the perfect version. Since CotLin is so sturdy, these towels will last a long time with heavy wear – in fact, my mother made me one of these towels several years back that I still use all the time!

The stripey dishscrubber is one of the more fun pieces I’ve seen! Using short rows to get its unique shape, you create three colorful layers in a stripey pattern, and then finish the whole thing off with a icord hanging loop. Perfect to use on those grubby pots and pans this holiday season!

Finally, we have the super useful pot grabbers. These are great for using on super hot handles and dishes straight out of the oven. With some Insul-Bright insulation between two knitted layers and an applied icord to finish, you’ll never burn your hands again!

Don’t miss out, the Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set is free for only one week! Make sure you download your copy before the next pattern goes up on Tuesday October 25th.

Handy Links!
Squeaky Clean Kitchen Set
CotLin Yarn



12 Weeks of Gifting – Free Gurumi Family Pattern!

Week 3 of our 12 Weeks of Gifting is here and we have a super adorable pattern for you – meet Amy, Tammy, Sammy, and Hammy, The Gurumi Family!

Free Amigurumi Pattern until October 18 2016 - the Gurumi Family from knitpicks.com

Amigurumi is a portmanteau of the Japanese words ami, meaning crocheted or knitted, and nuigurumi, meaning stuffed doll. While most amigurumi I’ve seen are crocheted, the sweet Gurumi Family here are knitted. These little guys are easily customizable – you can add your own embellishments, faces, and accessories – that’s part of the fun of amigurumi! All of the bodies have the same basic shape, which means if can do one, you can knit them all.

We knit our little family in our soft and washable Shine Sport. With its bright fun colors, Shine is a perfect yarn for toys for everyone, young and old.  Brava Sport and Comfy Sport would also be great choice to use for these toys, especially if you are wanting to do a little stashbusting while you’re at it! These toys knit up pretty quick so they’re a great project to add to your holiday gift list.

We’ve included helpful hints and step by step instructions on how to add hair, eyes and noses to your toys – including different variations on faces!

Free Amigurumi Pattern until October 18 2016 - the Gurumi Family from knitpicks.com

Please note, while we used a mix of embroidery and sew-on eyes for our toys, if you are making these for babies, you’ll certainly only want to use embroidery for the faces and hair so there’s no danger of swallowing little pieces!

Don’t forget, the Gurumi Family is only free for 1 week only so make sure you download your copy today! Next week, we’ll have a brand new freebie ready for you – any guesses?

Helpful links!
Gurumi Family – free until October 18!
Shine Sport
More toy patterns


12 Weeks of Gifting – Free Oakwood Poncho Pattern!

It’s already week 2 in our 12 Weeks of Gifting and we have a special free pattern for you today – the gorgeous Oakwood Poncho pattern by Nikki Wagner!

Free Knitted Poncho Pattern - Oakwood Poncho free until 10/11 from knitpicks.com

Using a mix of stockinette, brioche stitch and intarsia, this beautiful poncho is as fun to make as it is to wear! We chose to knit it up in Wool of the Andes Tweed in the colors Down Heather, North Pole Heather, Flagstone Heather and Wellies Heather to give it a wonderfully warm fall look… but this pattern will look great in so many different colors of our Wool of the Andes or Swish lines. In fact, here are some of our dream colorways we put together!

Oakwood Poncho colorways - Bird Watcher kit from knitpicks.com

Purple and grey are one of our favorite combinations so we couldn’t resist pairing Wool of the Andes Dove Heather with Current, Indigo Heather and Amethyst Heather in our Bird Watcher colorway! This poncho will keep you cozy, whether you’re tromping around looking for birdies or simply curled on your couch reading a book.

Oakwood Poncho colorway - Star Gazer from knitpicks.com

If you want an eye catching project to wear to a holiday party, try our Stargazer colorway. Using Wool of the Andes White, Coal, Marina and Columbine, the jewel tones with shine against the classic black & white background!

Oakwood Poncho colorway - Synthesizer from knitpicks.com

Finally, if you want to go with a little 80’s inspired look, check our our Synthesizer colorway! We paired our 3 favorite Swish Brights (Pucker, Electric Blue and Highlighter Yellow) with Swish White for a, like, totally radical look. Plus, since it’s in Swish, you can toss it in the washing machine if your excellent adventure gets a little messy.

None of these quite your style? Check out the rest of our suggestions! We have something for just about every taste and style.

Don’t forget, the Oakwood Poncho is only free for one week only! Be sure to download this one quick, and be sure to check back here next Tuesday for the next free pattern in our 12 Weeks of Gifting!

Handy Links!
Oakwood Poncho – free until October 11 2016
12 Weeks of Gifting
Oakwood Poncho kits
Wool of the Andes Tweed
Wool of the Andes Worsted
Swish Yarns

Twelve Weeks of Gifting: Woodland Winter Mittens

Welcome to the sixth week in our Twelve Weeks of Gifting series of free patterns! This week we’re featuring the beloved Woodland Winter Mittens pattern. Knit your way through the seasons with nature scenes that span both mittens in each pair. Falling leaves, grazing elk, Northern lights, snowflakes, snow birds, and a sprouting seed to signify the beginning of spring will keep your needles busy!

This pattern has a whopping 44 pages and includes three colorways – Original, Bright and our newest: Stormy (shown above), all for free, for one week only! Hurry over to the Woodland Winter Mittens to see the other colorways and download your very own copy before we’re on to our next installment, next Wednesday.

Toy Extras: Cold Weather Giraffe

Welcome to our last installment of Toy Extras, where we’ve taken free knit and crochet patterns from our site and added them to the adorable toys in our new books “Cute, Cuter, Cutest: Toys to Love in 3 Sizes“. Today we’re highlighting some cold weather accessories for the cutest crochet giraffe ever!


First, we crocheted the largest size giraffe. For his feet, we used the Mini Stocking Ornament pattern, and knit this cozy pair in Hawthorne Fingering Kettle Dye Yarn in the color Delphinium, with the color Serpent used for the heals and toes. We used size 3 needles to fit the giraffe’s feet, which are about 4.5 inches around. We continued with the Serpent colorway and size 3 needles to complete a pair of mittens from the pattern, “Smitten: A Holiday Garland“.


A cold weather accessory set just wasn’t complete without a scarf, so we used the same colors to complete a tiny one from our Tidings of Joy Holiday Ornaments pattern. This pattern contains so many cute ornaments, but since it’s not free, we extracted the scarf pattern for your giraffe and are offering it to you as a freeby right HERE.  We hope you’ve enjoyed this blog series, and that you might make some great toys from the “Cute, Cuter, Cutest” collection, whether you like to knit or crochet. Start now, and you could make a stuffed friend + accessories for a birthday or holiday gift in future months. There’s someone on your list who would absolutely love them, isn’t there?

Check out our other Toy Extras:

Blankets for Baby Animals 

A Sweater for Dolly

Snacks for Hungry Sloths

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!

Clove & Spice Knit and Crochet Pumpkin Free Pattern


Link to the Clove & Spice Knit and Crochet Pumpkin Pattern

The rains are here and I know it’s time to start thinking about pumpkins, golden leaves and early frosts. My favorite pumpkin patch has started sneaking tempting images of ripe pumpkins into my Facebook feed and my Pinterest is filling up with October crafts (beeswax-dipped leaves, anyone?) so it’s definitely time to get my fall crafting started! To celebrate the cooler weather and changing seasons I whipped up a quick little pattern with instructions for both knit and crochet pumpkins.

Both versions of the Clove & Spice Pumpkins are great beginner patterns with written pattern instructions and photos illustrating how to create those chubby little ridges. These little fellas are the perfect size to perch on a book shelf or to add into a little tabletop tableau (the knit Spice pumpkin has a 10.5″ circumference and the crochet Clove pumpkin has a 13.5″ circumference) and there’s enough yarn in one ball of Wool of the Andes Sport to make two pumpkins.

I can’t think of a cuter way to welcome in the fall season! What are your favorite cold-weather crafts? Are you gearing up for a trip to the pumpkin patch too? I can’t wait

Say “HI!” to the New Stroll Tweed


Check out our new Stroll Tweed yarn! Once, a few years ago we had a yarn with the same name, however we’ve gone back to the drawing board when it came to the tweed nepps since then and I’m delighted to show you what we’ve come up with! I love the rich color palette we’ve chosen and the new natural-colored flecks. I love using the Stroll family for washable fingering weight projects (especially baby sweaters!) and Stroll Tweed. The minute we opened the box of our photography samples I grabbed a bag of the Indigo Heather (the prettiest purple-blue I’ve EVER seen!) and got to work picking out a pattern.

I didn’t care what I made, I just had to have a whole bag of that pretty yarn! I went through my Ravelry queue over and over again but I wasn’t finding anything that really spoke to me. I could do another shawl, but I thought all those pretty nepps really needed to be featured in a sweater of some sort.


I was still wracking my brains, trying to think of a project I liked enough to spend so much time working with fingering weight yarn when I spotted my copy of First Light on the shelf above my computer. When we first shot all the pieces in that collection I remember mentally bookmarking a few of them so I decided to flip through it to jog my memory.

I opened right to Jill Wright’s Kelso hoodie. I loved how this light weight sweater looked when we put it on Erin (our fantastic model for that half of the collection) and I loved it even more now that I was picturing it knit up with the yarn I’d picked. I envisioned it as the perfect “chilly office top” solution that would also be comfortable in the car on the ride home and endlessly washable which (in my mind) makes it the perfect “work horse piece” to add to my wardrobe.


I admit that most of the things I knit wind up tucked away for special occasions (usually really short ones too) because they’re so precious or itchy. This one is definitely going to get hung up in my closet with the rest of my store-bought cardigans because it is just so comfy! The tweed flecks give this garment a timeless, traditional feel while the subtle heathers in the yarn itself give the fabric and unexpected depth.


Stroll Tweed is definitely going to be my new go-to sock yarn and fingering weight yarn for projects I know will need to be washed often. I can’t wait to work up a little baby sweater in Farmhouse Heather (I think all babies look like little old fellas and I’m definitely not above making them sweaters that remind me of something a scholarly gentleman would don) and I’m definitely eyeballing Flagstone Heather and Down Heather to knit SOME sort of stripes! I think that would look so nice.


Last but not least, I tried my hand at crocheting with Stroll Tweed in Thirst Heather for a last minute free pattern. The Swiss Tweed Cowl takes just one ball of Stroll Tweed, works up in a weekend and is a nice, light accessory that works even when it’s more than a little toasty outside.


I’m still fairly new to crochet and find myself getting irritated when I try to thread a hook through some yarn with out splitting the strand. Figuring out what yarn works best for crochet and what is, quite simply, an absolute nightmare has been a process of trying everything and seeing what I like and what doesn’t work for me.

Stroll Tweed was a clear winner! It was easy to work with and the tweedy bits managed to shine even with the thicker fabric produced with crochet. I think it’s safe to say that I’m thoroughly enamored with the new yarn, and I hope it charms you too! What patterns leap to mind now that you’ve seen this lovely new yarn? I can’t wait to see what beautiful projects start appearing now that you can get your hands on it.

Feather and Fan Crochet

So, as I’ve mentioned before that I have an incredible amount of lace weight yarn just lurking around in the shadows of my yarn stash. Everyone else in the office seems to have learned their lesson (aka that they just won’t ever get around to knitting with lace weight yarn) so they steer well clear of it whenever a stray skein winds up in the office. I, on the other hand am more than happy to snap each and every one of them up and take them home with me. Well… almost anything, and by anything I mean just the blues!

This means that I’m always prowling Ravelry, our own pattern section and all the available books in the office for lace weight patterns. ANYTHING to put this lovely, light yarn to good use. Eventually I found A. Westbrook’s free crochet Lacy Feather and Fan pattern on Ravelry. I loved how open the pattern was, the simple two-row repeat and that I could really easily turn this into a cowl. SOLD!

I grabbed the nearest skein which wound up being an older Shadow Lace color (Jazz) and my size 4 (G) hook. A month of pretty sporadic work later I had one of the prettiest, breeziest cowls I’ve ever seen! I LOVE the pattern and how quickly I was able to use up an entire skein! Plus, the slightly denser fabric inherent to crochet means that the project actually winds up feeling like it’s done in a fingering weight yarn. I also mistakenly worked the entire project in DC where I should have done TC which means that the fabric didn’t wind up being as open as it was meant to be, but I really love how it turned out, perhaps even more than I would have if I’d caught my mistake earlier.

I have a few more skeins of lace in my stash and I was thinking about trying this pattern out with alternating colors every two rows. I can’t wait to wear it this summer once the sun goes down.

Crochet Week: Curio Luminarie Cozy and Hanging Planter Pattern

I’m pretty sure that I just took my crochet skills to a whole new level this past launch when I released my very first pattern (the Luminarie Cozy and Hanging Planter Pattern) as part of Knit Picks, for free! I can’t tell you how excited I am to share what I’ve been tinkering with since we got our first samples of our new Curio crochet thread in the office.

I’ve been oggling jar covers on Pinterest since I created my account but never wanted to make a set out of something as heavy and wooly as Palette, and none of our lace yarns seemed quite sturdy enough for the job of bearing the weight of a plant. In stepped Curio just about the same time summer truly got started here in Portland and I seriously starting to pine for something cute to work on. Curio has the perfect combination of sturdiness, stitch definition, extraordinarily lovely palette and dainty thread weight for this sort of project.

I chose the ever-classic Natural color and picked up my 1.5 mm steel crochet hook and started playing around with different stitches.

Some of the very first images that really caught my eye were jar cozies with candles inside. I LOVED how the light shines through the fabric and casts beautiful lacy shadows on the table top. A simple sleeve that fits snugly over a jar seemed like the perfect place to start. I found a fairly solid stitch pattern that I thought would hold it’s shape, stay situated on the jar right where I wanted it while still allow enough of that romantic candlelight to shine through.

Isn’t that lovely? And it’s so easy. I decided to crochet it flat, working back and forth until I had just the right length to wrap around the jar. That way I wouldn’t have to worry about twisted foundation chains and I could just stitch the ends together for a quick finish.

The second pattern was a bit of a challenge because I needed to find some way of making a base to support a jar with a plant inside so that I could hang it in a window. It couldn’t be too open, or the whole shebang would sag, but it still needed to have a touch of delicacy about it.

I settled on a simple round motif for the bottom that transitions into a simple two-row repeat in the round for the sides. My favorite part about both projects is that if you’re familiar and comfortable basic crochet techniques, you can whip both of these up in a day and have PLENTY of thread left over to make many more.

I would love to crochet a few of these in gradated colors to line up down a table for a dinner party. Maybe Natural, Bluebell, Ciel and Navy? Oh, how those blues get me every time!