Monthly Archives: December 2023

Best New Free Knitting Patterns

When it comes to our most popular new free knitting patterns, texture is the name of the game! From simple garter stitch to a more complex labyrinth of knits and purls, from socks to throw blankets, playing with stitch definition on classic shapes is where many knitters found joy.

Easy Brava Blanket by Allison Griffith

This blanket certainly lives up to its name! Not only is it easy to make, it’s also easy to love. This classic blanket features miles of squishy garter stitch, plenty of great stripes, and a simple, streamlined design that will make it a perfect throw for …

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Best New Yarns

We had more than a dozen new yarn lines become available this year, with everything from lace weight to super bulky, and the list of the bestselling new yarns is just as varied! There is one trend we see that we’ll be sure to keep in mind, and that’s variations on beloved yarns, with new weights and dye styles of old favorites.

Animation Amigurumi Sets

Move aside mini candy bars! There’s a new tiny star in town. Animation mini skein packs are the perfect yarn for toys, amigurumi, and other adorable little creations. The color-coordinated mini skeins are so …

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Best New Knit Picks Exclusive Patterns

It’s hard to choose our favorite exclusive Knit Picks knitting patterns, so we let you do it for us! These are our most bestselling patterns from our collections, and it was fun to see trends pop out. Soft colors and projects using multiple colors were king, and bandana cowls stood out in the neckwear category. Did your own favorite make the list?

Glennis Bandana Cowl by Angeline Webb

Radiating color with bold and bright perpendicular stripes, this triangular cowl is quick to knit and perfect for layering. Self-striping yarn becomes the star of the show using the mosaic knitting method. …

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Best IDP Knitting Patterns

Our Independent Designer Partnership (IDP) program started in 2009 as a way to introduce our customers to independently produced patterns as well as to give independent designers a way to reach new audiences through our website, and we can not understate how great the knitting patterns that were added through the IDP program were this year! From viral colorwork socks inspired by a beloved computer game to approachable, textured fingerless mitts, our most popular IDP patterns from this year span across all skill levels and styles!

Stardew Valley Bundle by Kim Ramirez

Knit all 4 Stardew Valley seasons: Spring (The Valley Comes Alive), Summer (The Sun …

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Best New Knitting Tools

Having the best tools helps to make for the best knitting experience, and this year we worked to expand our selection of storage, knitting needles, and more! Whether it’s creating the perfect bag for colorwork, expanding our square needle selection, adding new limited edition sets with matching clutches, or perfecting stainless steel knitting needles, we’re always adding new options to make knitting even more fun.

Foursquare Sunstruck Options IC Needle Set

Sunstruck is one of our most popular styles of laminated birch needles, thanks to its light wood stain making it easy to clearly see stitches, and we made …

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Best New Pattern Collections

This year’s most popular knitting pattern collections were full of bright pops of color and a mix of modern and nature-inspired details. Colorful knits were the unifying factor, with a bit of everything for every color-lover, including socks, lace, and cables. Each collection includes a mixture of skill levels from a variety of designers, with challenging projects to engage your brain as well as sweet and simple knits for relaxation.

Lounge Act: Knits For Kicking Back

Feel laid back and fancy-free in loose, light garments for spring. Lounge Act: Knits for Kicking Back includes five garment patterns with lacy …

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Our Axiom Sweaters

A group of 5 women and one man wearing coordinating cabled sweaters

Our Axiom KAL has come to its end! Almost everyone in the office completed their sweater, and each one is unique. Everyone modified the wonderful Axiom Sweater pattern by Claire Slade to suite their personal knitting preferences and wardrobes. Each sweater highlights the versatility of the pattern in creative hands.

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Episode 375: A Gift-knitting Roundtable

‘Tis the season to knit gifts! Lee and Stacey were joined by our coworkers Jen, Regan, and Alena to discuss gift knitting in a roundtable moderated by Andi. The group discusses their go-to gifts to knit, their best and worst gifts, and more! They provide tons of inspiration for last minute gifts in addition to discussing more elaborate projects.

Vertical background image of podcast recording studio with two chairs, copy space

Plus, Lee and Stacey discuss their current WIPs and future plans for what they’ll knit during the podcast’s holiday break that’s starting now. We’ll be back mid-January with new episodes!

Mentioned in this Episode

Shine yarn

Andean Treasure yarn

Lee’s Andean Treasure cardigan project (Ravelry link)

Swish Pops yarn

Lee’s …

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Free Downloadable December 2023 Calendar

Happy December! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these December 2023 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring a variety of green yarns with Woodland Tweed Bunchberry Heather, City Tweed DK Toad and Grove, Wool of the Andes Superwash Bulky Bamboo Heather and Aurora Heather, Hawthorne Cattail Kettle, High Desert Worsted Ponderosa, Wonderfluff Mountain Fern Heather, Provincial Tweed Salsa Verde, and Capra DK Forage and Lost Lake Heather.

How to get the Wallpaper:

To get the free downloadable calendar background of your choice (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click on the image of your choice to go to the full-size photo. For desktop, right click the image and “Save As”; for smart phones and tablets, tap and hold to “Save Image”.

If you try to save the calendar without opening the full image you will get a WebP file. Please be sure to click on the …

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