Monthly Archives: April 2015

Mother’s Day Gift Guide: Life of Luxury

My mom and I have very different tastes, but we both really like to knit. When I knit, almost always seamlessly, I can hear her say, “What’s wrong with seaming?”. When I use only circular needles, I can hear her say, “What’s wrong with straights? That’s how we’ve always knitted!” She likes books with bold designs, and fibers with lots of flare, and that’s what makes this craft great: we can all be so different and come together over the beauty of the craft. My mother does not knit for practical purposes. She knits to make herself luxury items, and she wears them in bold combinations. For Mother’s Day, I think my mom would love:


1. Nicky Epstein’s “Knitting on Top of the World”. I recall her saying at one point, “Even if you don’t make any of the things in these books, they are just so gorgeous to look at”. Like a fashion magazine with patterns, this book is right up her alley.

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Dishcloth Edition!

Mother’s Day is coming up and I love to put together packages for my mom.  She’s a knitter and a crocheter, so that makes my life a lot easier! Lately, she’s been into knitting and crocheting dishcloths; I’ve sent a few patterns from our 52 Weeks of Dishcloth series over the past year, but since she prefers books to printouts, our printed collection is the perfect start.

52 weeks small cover

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Perfect Patterns for Lindy Chain!

linen cotton blend yarn

It’s official! The weather is gorgeous, flowers are blooming and I’m ready for something a little lighter weight on my needles. Lindy Chain to the rescue! I still can’t get over how delightful finished projects feel in this yarn. In the ball the strands feel a little crisp because of the linen content and chain ply of the yarn, however once each project is blocked the fabric acquires such a lovely drape and surprising softness that’s simply irresistible. In honor of our latest offer for a free ball of Lindy Chain with a $25 order, here’s a pattern round-up of my favorite projects!

Brandilyn Top -

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Ending soon: 20% off Palette Yarn

palette yarn sale

The Monthly Yarn Sale for April includes our entire 150-color line up of our beloved Palette yarn, but the clock is ticking and the last days of April are slowing dwindling away – which means there are only a few days left to save 20% off our favorite fingering weight wool yarn!

Now, just in case you’ve stashed away some Palette and need a bit of pattern inspiration – we’ve gathered together a few of our favorite patterns ranging from small, weekend projects to stash-busting designs and stunning colorwork masterpieces!

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Get a free ball of Lindy Chain!

knit picks promo code

Yep, you read that correctly – for one week only, you can get a free ball of Lindy Chain with your next $25+ order*! It’s the perfect yarn to get ready and ease into your summer knitting, not only is it a linen and cotton blend yarn but it’s also a chain plied yarn which makes it lightweight and breathable.

Wanna know how to get your free ball of Lindy Chain? Here’s how!

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Choosing the Perfect Project for Cotton Yarns

It’s spring, the weather is warming up and it’s time to put away those woolly sweaters and switch them out with some lighter weight garments! A question we often get at this time of the year is which of our cotton yarns work best for certain projects. I’ve put together some information and a list of what we recommend for some of our warm weather cotton and cotton-blend yarns.

First, a brief overview of cotton yarn. Cotton is strong, durable and machine-washable fiber. It’s a great choice to use for people with wool sensitivities and for vegans plus it’s wonderful for next to skin wear during warmer months. Cotton can be harder on the on the hands to work with for some people, since it is an inelastic fiber; cotton blends tend to be easier to knit or crochet with. Because of the inelastic nature, it can be harder for cables or colorwork projects, however textured stitches will show up beautifully.

And now the yarns!



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The Beginner Blanket Two Ways: Knit + Crochet

Say hello to your favorite new blanket – easy enough for even the most timid beginners while more experienced crafters will enjoy the meditative repetition (perfect for netflix marathons)!

This super easy pattern uses simple stitches to make a bold impact with large, modern stripes. And taking cues from all of the knitters and crocheters here at Knit Picks, we decided to make two versions – knit and crochet – that each shine with undeniable beauty while highlighting the essence of each craft.

free beginner knit blanket patterns

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