Monthly Archives: September 2020

12 Weeks of Gifting – Santa Pillow

Santa Pillow knit pattern: part of Knit Picks' 12 Weeks of Gifting free knitting patterns.

Surprise! It’s the end of September. Well, technically that’s not the surprise, although I will say that time has almost no meaning at this point (2020, amiright?) so, YES. The fact that fall is officially here is a bit of brain bender. No, the surprise is this—our annual 12 Weeks of Gifting series has begun!

We’ve added a little twist to our lineup this year. Ya know, just to keep things interesting. Each week from now until the middle of December, we’ll be offering one of our greatest hit patterns to you as a FREE download! But it will only be available for one week, so be sure to download it right away!

To kick things off …

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Podcast Episode 328: Our Knitting Mistakes

Recently, during a meeting at the office the Knit Picks team realized that each and every one of us at, one moment or another has had an “AH HAH!” moment when we realized we were “doing something wrong!” A defining moment in every knitter’s craft, there comes a time when you embrace a craft quirk that’s special to you, or learn another way of doing something. 

Stay tuned to hear about Twisted stitches, struggling to join in the round or swapping garter stitch for stockinette in a project. Also, we talk about whether we change how we’re doing something or just roll with it and call it a “design feature” rather than a flaw! There really isn’t a wrong way to knit if …

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September News: What a Wonderfluff World

Fall is in the air…cozy pullovers, gift knitting, and endless cups of warm spiced cider are on the horizon. If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to summer and need a little nudge, our latest batch of fiber creations and exclusive patterns are just the ticket to get you in the fall mood.

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Nifty Knitting with The Sims!

A Sims 4 Nifty Knitting graphic featuring a family wearing knitted items they've made.

During this really stressful year, I’ve rediscovered my love of The Sims, a game I played a lot several years back but hadn’t been keeping up with. I downloaded it on a rainy day in April and fell in love with it all over again—if I can’t go out, at least my little Sims can. In a funny bit of timing, a brand new game pack was released in July that was right up my alley—Nifty Knitting!

For those unfamiliar with the game, The Sims is a life simulation video game, first created 20 years ago. You can create little people (Sims) to direct around, giving them jobs and hobbies …

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Block Party: Modular Blankets

Block Party: Modular Blankets by Knit Picks book cover: An image of a knitted blanket draped on the foot of a bed.

Have you seen our newest book yet? Block Party (available as a print book or eBook) is a collection of modular blankets, meaning they are all constructed of modules, or blocks, or pieces, which are either knit together as you go, or seamed together at the end, or some of each. There are a wide range of blanket styles, from modern to traditional, colorful to neutral, something for everyone!

Left: Rainflake (a rainbow colored hexagon blanket); Right: Pinwheels for Billy (a knitted blanket with a pinwheel-esque motif.) Read more »

Podcast Episode 327: Modular Knits and Easy-Care Yarns

We’re back from our short hiatus in August with some fresh crafting conversations for you! With the warm weather winding down and holiday season quickly approaching, we’re shifting gears at Knit Picks. This week, we’re covering modular projects like blankets and afghans and the easy care yarns that are our go-to choices for long lasting machine washable projects. 

Perfect for cool weather, modular blankets are our favorite things to knit for ourselves or gift during the holidays. These projects will grow and change with every row you knit and they’re one of the most mesmerizing knits that we come back to time and time again. Stacey and Lee talk about our new Modular Blanket collection and Stacey shares her favorite way to …

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