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Crochet Week: Serenity

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects.

I, like my fellow coworkers, love to crochet.  So I’m so excited to present Serenity, our very first crochet collection!

This gorgeous book has 8 patterns by 8 different independent designers and I can’t tell you how wonderful it was to work on. We wanted a variety of types of patterns included and we especially wanted to include garments, which is somewhat difficult to find for crocheters. We also wanted to highlight lighter weight yarns – everything from lace to worsted.

My favorite sweater, the Lynwood Pullover by Jill Wright (who was also featured in First Light), is just beautiful, with a wonderful panel of textured stitches down the front.

Also beautiful is the short sleeved Inkling Sweater by Aparna Rolfe, with a lovely beaded neckline and cuffs.

With the Witchlace Sweater by Jennifer Crowley, you get a great fitting sweater with a bit of broomstick lace across the neckline.

And the Romantic Interlude Pullover by Kristen Stolzfus is a cute little empire waist top with fun picot edging and a ribbon woven through the waistline.

Since I do crochet lots of afghans (my couch is filled with them – I’m certainly warm in the winter), I was particularly excited about the 2 afghans/throws we included.  Squared Away by Beth Major is perfect for those wanting to expand their crochet skills to include Tunisian crochet with some entrelac thrown in.

Salt Water Taffy Afghan by Donna Barranti uses an allover star stitch – and best of all, it’s reversible!

Finally we included 2 accessories – the open, airy Hanging Garden Scarf by Kalurah Hudson is just lovely spring/summer accessory, especially when made up in Shimmer.

Finally, last but not least, our gorgeous cover piece, the Scallops and Shells Shawl by Michele DuNaier.  I happen to know one of my coworkers is already working on this – when we got the sample into the office, it took our breath away.

I hope you all love this collection as much as we do!  I can’t wait to do more crochet collections (stay tuned!)

You can get the Serenity collection as an eBook or as a physical book – or click on any of the patterns in the blog post to get the single pattern download!


Crochet Week: New Tutorials!

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects.

The introduction of KP Crochet just wouldn’t be complete without a whole set of brand new video tutorials! We were lucky enough to work with knit and crochet designer Kalurah Hudson from While They Play designs, who kindly shared her wealth of crochet knowledge with us to create our series of crochet tutorials.

Spanning a wide range of topics, complete beginners can learn about the anatomy of a hook or check out different ways to hold a crochet hook and yarn while those more acquainted with crochet can learn new techniques like broomstick lace!

Anatomy of a Crochet Hook

In addition to covering the main stitches found in crochet – single, half double, double, triple, double treble – we have several video tutorials where you can follow along with Kalurah to learn a few new stitches textures like bobbles, the popcorn stitch and the puff stitch.

For working in the round, be sure to check out Kalurah’s video tutorials on working in continuous rounds (spirals), joined rounds and of course, the very handy magic circle technique. And if you’re looking for ways to add shaping to your work, we have increases and decreases covered too.

Personally, I really appreciated Kalurah’s tips in the video that shows how to work a foundation chain. In addition to showing you how to make the foundation chain, Kalurah also demonstrates several different methods for working into your foundation chain. And for a beginning crocheter like myself, a foundation chain seems like a simple enough task but these tips were a huge game changer!

How to Make a Slip Knot & Foundation Chain

If you’re more comfortable with written instructions but want to try out charts, Kalurah’s video tutorial on crochet charts and symbols is sure to get you on track to trying out a charted pattern or two.

How to Read Crochet Charts & Symbols

And again, huge thanks to Kalurah! In addition to being our very awesome crochet expert, Kalurah has over 50 crochet and knit designs to her name! You can also find her beautiful design work in both our First Light pattern collection and our newest crochet pattern collection, Serenity.

You can find all of the tutorials mentioned in addition to so much more here:
Crochet Tutorials

So go ahead: get out a crochet hook and a ball of yarn while you peruse our brand new section of crochet tutorials! And be sure to keep checking back throughout the coming weeks and months, we have many more crochet tutorials in store that we will be adding throughout the summer.

What are some crochet techniques that you’d like to learn?

 


Crochet Week: Curio Pillow Cover

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects.

Having fallen deep into the crochet rabbit hole, it only seemed natural that I was completely intrigued and enamored with Curio from the moment our samples arrived at the office. And although it was a big departure from my usual size H or I hook, I decided to dedicated myself to Curio and a 1.5mm crochet hook for an entire weekend.

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Curio in the color, Lichen

I worked my way through a few vintage doily patterns that I found perusing Ravelry to familiarize myself with crochet thread. And to my surprise – I couldn’t stop making these! And that was when I realized that I needed a plan for my little, yet growing collection of doilies.

I finally settled on the idea of sewing my crocheted doilies onto a pillow cover – not only would I be able to use up my little motifs but I’d also get to dress up my living room with an embellished pillow!

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After I finished up a few more motifs, I went out and got a plain 20×20″ pillow cover. Next, I made sure to block the doilies. I pinned each motif down, making sure to stretch it quite a bit to show off all of the intricate stitches. Finally, I sprayed them with a bit of wool wash and water until they were fairly wet. The next day, they were dry and kept their shape beautifully after I removed all of the blocking pins!

I laid out the doilies on the pillow case and played with the arrangement for a bit before stitching them to the pillow. I sewed down the smaller motifs by working my way around the outer edges. For the larger motif, I also made sure to sew down the center to stabilize it a bit more.

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As you can see, I’ve still got quite a lot of space to fill up but I’m looking forward to adding onto the design as I go. In the beginning of this project, I was originally using several colors of Curio for my doilies but I eventually settled on using only the Lichen colorway. I might use the other doilies I finished to embellish fabric and display them in my living room with an embroidery hoop.

My favorite part has been experimenting with different motif sizes and shapes, plus Curio is so lovely and smooth which makes it easy to work with.

Being new to the world of crochet thread, I’d love to hear your project ideas for Curio!

Looking for doilies to crochet?  Check out the vast collection on Ravelry! 


Crochet Week: Introducing KP Crochet (and a call for suggestions!)

In honor of KP Crochet’s launch, the Knit Picks staff is taking this week to focus on all our favorite, hook-tastic products and projects.

When I began working at Knit Picks, I was fascinated by the way people would knit during office meetings; their focus so smoothly divided, yet free! Now, nearly two years later, there’s something a little different about our meetings:  At any given time, about half the staff whips out crochet projects (yours truly included). Granny stripe blankets, cotton thread lacework, crochet toys, cowls, slippers and shawls—it’s basically a bonanza.

 

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This month, we’re proud to introduce KP Crochet—a response to your thoughtful suggestions, as well as a very natural conclusion to the ever-growing crochet love amongst our staff. From our brand new #10 cotton thread to a gorgeous crochet collection from independent designers, there’s a lot to explore (and more on the way!).

So crocheters, we’re all ears:  What else would you like to see in KP Crochet? Leave all your lovely thoughts in the comments section; notes will be taken!