This time of year, cotton and cotton blends are often the go-to yarn of choice for many knitters – knitting or crocheting a lap full of wool in warm weather is not pleasant! However, swapping out a cotton yarn for wool isn’t as simple as it sounds. Cotton yarns have unique characteristics and properties that make it perfect for some, but not all, projects. I’ve put together some info and a list of of what kind of projects we recommend for our plant-based rockstars.Read more »
This is a very easy technique I’ve used oh-so-many times over the years, being a lover of heavier yarn weights. It’s perfect for using lace weight yarn to make anything that isn’t lace, or using sock yarn in place of an aran or bulky weight. I’ve even used this technique with worsted and aran weight yarn to get super-bulky weights!Read more »
This episode is all about the mysteries and intricacies of sweater knitting! First, we’ve launched a brand new, wonderfully tweedy sweater pattern collection, Everyday Rustic. Stacey and Lee share their favorite patterns as well as a little behind the scenes peek into making this collection.
To go along with our sweater theme, Stacey and Hannah pop into the studio to answer some of YOUR questions …Read more »
What are knitters and crocheters to do during the hot summer days, when a heavy wool project is just way too much to handle? Easy breezy cotton dishcloths! These small projects are perfect for a quick satisfying knit without weighing you down, and whether you’re fan of lace, cables, colorwork or all the above, we have over 250 free patterns to choose from.
Wool—one of nature’s most versatile fibers. Naturally sourced from mammals such as sheep or goats, wool is a protein fiber known for its uncanny ability to withstand a great deal of use. Among its laundry list of beneficial attributes, wool boasts antibacterial and antimicrobial properties, while remaining breathable, insulating, cooling, and also water resistant. It’s no wonder we love wool fibers for both garment …Read more »
After eight years of making our very own pattern collections, we’ve finally created a Best of Knit Picks pattern collection! Our very favorite garment patterns from our archive are now together in one amazing (and enormous) book. Colorwork, cables, tweed and a few luxury yarns shine in these newly standardized …Read more »
We know this post is called “July News,” but it’s almost August, which means it’s basically September … and gosh, that means it’s pretty much time for the holidays, isn’t it?! (So many handcrafted gifts to plan. So. Many. Gifts.)
But before we get TOO far ahead of ourselves, let’s back it up to the end of July: we have so much great news for you!Read more »
With mid-summer temps soaring, it’s been the perfect time to stay inside (read: air conditioning) and tackle those project queues. Everyone in the office is so jazzed about new Twill yarn that it’s no surprise we have collectively made at LEAST 10 projects with it thus far this summer. Hats, sweaters, cowls, with many more projects in the works for fall. Here is a roundup of our latest, greatest FOs, with a heavy dose of Twill knits in the mix. Enjoy!Read more »
I like making dishcloths. They are such a fun and quick way to learn a new skill, and they are incredibly low pressure. You messed up? It’s just a dishcloth! You made it perfectly? What a fantastic dishcloth! It’s a win-win, and I am a big fan. I might have mentioned that around the office, and then been asked to write a poem about it. So I did. Without further ado …Read more »