Announcing our “Yarn with a View” Instagram Contest



The most important thing I’ve learned from our recent foray into Instagram is that you folks are taking your knitted and crocheted works-in-progress EVERYWHERE:  parks, gyms, schools, buses, planes, beaches, literal mountain tops, you-name-it.

That’s why I’m pleased to announce “Yarn with a View”, our first-ever Instagram contest! It’s a chance for you to share the gorgeousness of your projects, your versatility as an on-the-go crafter—and maybe win a delightful $50 Knit Picks gift card in the process.

Here are the rules:

1.)    Follow @knit_picks on Instagram.

*Don’t have an account yet? Instagram is a fun photo sharing network for smartphone users (that’s easy to join)—and for those who don’t have smart phones, fear not; we have plenty more fun contests planned for 2013 on our blog and other social media channels! 

2.)    Take a photo of your work-in-progress (and the personal view from behind your needles or hook); our only requirement here is that it be in any Knit Picks yarn.

*A tip for success: The more personalized your photo is, the better—because we want to see your very unique view!

3.)    Tag your photo with both #knitpicks and #yarnwithaview; essentially, this will help us find your entry.

* Bonus points for specifying the Knit Picks yarn type and color in the description.

Each week, until Oct. 10th 2013, we’ll pick a winner to receive a $50 KP gift card and a spotlight of glory in our weekly broadcast emails—that’s four winners total, by the way! Photos will be judged on adherence to contest rules, as well as beauty, humor and other such ineffable qualities.

An important note:  While you’re free to enter a new photo each week, please do limit yourself to one photo entry per week. The deadline for each week’s contest is Wednesday at 5pm PST, so anything past that rolls into the next week’s contest period.

Still not totally sure what we mean? Take a gander at these Instagramed “Yarn with a View”-style photos from the KP staff. Good luck, all!





Details: Contest ends October 9th 2013 at 5pm PST. Entries must follow the above-listed requirements to be eligible to win; photos posted on the blog or social media channels other than Instagram are not considered acceptable entries. Winning entries may be shared by Knit Picks on social media sites (Instagram, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest) as well as in weekly emails.


  1. Terri Carroll / October 3, 2013

    Is this for the USA only or your canadian customers too?

  2. Dianne / October 3, 2013

    UGH!!! I don’t have a cell phone….but I do have a picture of me knitting a washcloth with Dishie by a Colorado waterfall!

  3. Ann / October 3, 2013

    I love the second, third and 4th project. I would love to have those three patterns. Any suggestions on how I might get those.

  4. Mary Woods / September 20, 2013

    How do I enter without using Instagram. Not all of us out here have smart phones. I live in the boonies where cell phones don’t work most of the time. I only have a basic pay as you go cell phone that gets used for emergencies when I am in town, which isn’t very often. Is there another way for me to enter.

  5. Monica / September 17, 2013

    Would I still be able to enter if the project is no longer a WIP? I have the *perfect* picture to enter, but it’s from July.

    It might sound silly, but I don’t want to bend any rules or anything. I’m a worrywort.


  6. Elyse / September 13, 2013

    Ahh, pity, neither do I have a smart phone nor a project with Knit Picks yarn… So, that means I can just have the $50 gift card without doing anything, right? XD JK.

    Good luck to the rest of you. (:

  7. Terese / September 13, 2013

    So sad. I love KnitPicks yarn and would love to participate but I haven’t got a smartphone yet……

  8. Rhonda / September 12, 2013

    Does the photo have to be outside or literally “on the go?” What if you machine knit does that count? Could it be the veiw from your machine/craft area?

  9. Teresa K / September 12, 2013

    Sounds fun!

  10. Marinella1978 / September 12, 2013

    I try to “tag” yarnwithaview but the user is unknowned…

    • Jenny C / September 12, 2013

      Hi there, Marinella! Do you suppose you’re trying to tag it as a photo of “yarnwithaview”? We’re actually only requiring people to use the hashtag “#yarnwithaview” in the description of the photo 🙂

      • Marinella1978 / September 12, 2013

        Thanks! I figured it out after some research!

  11. Damaris / September 12, 2013

    what if you’re instagram is private?

    • Sarah / September 12, 2013

      If you use a hashtag on your photo, that one photo is publicly accessible via the hashtag, even though your profile remains private.

  12. Cee / September 12, 2013

    I love the first crochet pattern with the “Let’s Be Adventurous” note and the book. What pattern is that? Is it available on your site?