Monthly Archives: September 2016

My Dude Learns to Knit

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.

The husband learns to knit

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My Favorite Crochet Book of All Time

Book Sale is on! Do you love new knitting and crochet books? I love them. I find so much inspiration in books, whether they be collections of sweaters and accessories, books on new (or old) techniques, or books about…nonsense. I love making nonsense! By that, I mean mostly impractical items to keep or give away but that are pretty much guaranteed to bring a smile to the faces of people who see them. When I found in Twinkie Chan’s newest book, “Crochet Abode a la Mode”, I started making just that. It might be my favorite craft book ever, and so far, I’ve made four projects from it. Check them out!


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Learn to Crochet a Marguerite Dishcloth

If you love learning new crochet stitches like I do, you will love making a Marguerite Dishcloth. Its clam shell spike stitch is alternated with rows of single crochet and waves of color throughout. In our new tutorial, Heidi takes you through all the key steps to making your very own version. Use the colors suggested or substitute your own, for a great pop of color in your kitchen.

Handy links:

Free Marguerite Dishcloth Pattern

Comfy Worsted Yarn

KP Crochet Hooks

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A closer look at Knits for Everybody!

Our new Knits for Everybody pattern collection is our answer to any knitter’s age-old quest for basic patterns that fit virtually everyone on their knitting list. No more scouring the internet or your library of books, this pattern collection has everything you need to knit simple hats, mittens, socks, slipper and pullover sweaters in both fingering and worsted weight yarns from newborn to men’s XXL sizes. Pretty stellar, huh? Read on for more pictures and descriptions of each pattern!

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One-Week Cotton Yarn Sale

Summer may be coming to an end in a few short weeks, but that’s not stopping us from treating ourselves to our favorite cotton yarns – at up to 30% off*!

knit picks cotton yarn sale

With a selection of cotton yarns from lace weight all the way up to bulky for quick crafting, you’ll be sure to find something to add to your yarn stash. But hurry, this one-week sale ends soon – get your favorite cotton yarns at a delightful discount through September 7th!

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September 2016 CALENDAR

A month of transition, September offers up the last few weeks of summer followed by the first day of fall. And you know what that means? It’s time to break out our woolens and cast on for cozy sweaters and accessories. To soak up those last moments of summer, we’ve put together a lovely sunset-inspired background for this month’s calendar.

To get the free September 2016 calendar background of your choosing (for smart phones, tablets and desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!

knit picks August 2016 Calendar

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