Category Archives: Knit Picks Designers

Knit Picks Podcast Episode 345 – A Celebration of UFOs and Summertime Knits with Designer Felecia O’Connell

UFOs have been in the news recently. How many UFOs have you encountered? In knitting, UFO stands for “UnFinished Object!” In honor World UFO Day and in celebration of summer, today we are talking about our knitting-related UFOs and summertime knitting. First, on behalf of World UFO Day (celebrated around the end of June), Lee and Stacey talk about their definitions of UFOs vs. WIPs. There are a good deal of insider terms that get thrown around in the crafting community. A quick look: UFO – UnFinished ObjectWIP – Works in ProgressPHD – Project Half Done (not mentioned in this episode but good to know) Lee and Stacey also confess to the projects they haven’t picked up in a long time. Is it time to ...

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Knit Picks Podcast Episode 337 – Knitting and Crochet with Briana K.

Every knitter has their own path to take and follow. On today’s episode of the Knit Picks Podcast, we’re sharing a special interview. Heather Mann from the WeCrochet Podcast interviews Briana Kepner of Briana K Designs. Briana is a knit and crochet designer and one of the founders of Crochet Foundry, a quarterly publication of modern crochet designs. Briana (and the Crochet Foundry team) was recently featured on the WeCrochet Podcast but she stuck around our virtual recording studio for an extra chat to talk all about her knit designing journey. From making knits for newborn babies to having published over 300 of her designs, Briana shares some of her favorite yarns she’s found along the way. So grab your needles and yarn ...

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Knit Picks Podcast Episode 335 – Meet Tian Connaughton

Tian Connaughton wearing the 32 Market Street Tee We’re back. Winter is here and our Knit Picks Team is very busy working to bring you exciting new things in 2021. If you missed it in last episode, we said goodbye to our Knit Picks Host Hannah Maier as she embarks on new adventures. Behind the scenes we’re working on our new podcast voice and style so stay tuned.  Last year Knit Picks and our sister brand WeCrochet ventured into the world of live streams. Today we’re sharing with you an interview that WeCrochet did in the fall of 2020 with knit and crochet designer Tian Connaughton. Tian is a joy and we are very excited to share some of this interview with you. Sara, ...

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Podcast Episode 317: Designing Knits

The first step in every knitter’s journey is conquering the basics: knitting, purling, casting on and binding off. The next step, of course, is finding ways to make your knits do exactly what you want! That feeling when everything comes together in a project that fits perfectly, and looks just as you’d imagined is every knitter’s dream.  In this episode Lee and Hannah answer the Knit Picks Podcast’s very first message from the new podcast voicemail. Our caller wanted to know how to customize a hat to fit her perfectly and we were so excited to answer her question. Listen in as we dig deep into what makes knitted hats the best place to learn and refine your skills as well ...

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Anatomy of a Sweater

Does looking for your next sweater pattern leave you confused by all the terms casually thrown around? Raglan, saddle shoulder, empire waist ... all of these design elements have their pros & cons, but if you are new to sweater construction, it can be a little overwhelming. We're here to break down several of the most popular terms to help you find that perfect project!

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Knit Designer Interview: Jenny Williams

We’ve been working with knitwear designer Jenny Williams for almost ten years, and what we appreciate most about her is her versatility. Jenny is an excellent designer in many different styles. She designs across all categories, from dishcloths and scarves to socks and lace. Jenny Williams’ Harley Pullover was featured on Best of Knit Picks: Pullovers & Cardigans. We’ve worked with Jenny a lot this year. Her Harley Pullover pattern was recently featured on the cover of our Best of Knit Picks: Pullovers & Cardigans book, and she had TWO lovely lace wraps patterns in Sojourn: A Knit ...

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Designer Showcase: Claire Slade

We’ve just released a couple of new pattern collections—Sojourn: A Knit Lace Collection and Best of Knit Picks: Pullovers & Cardigans—and the wonderful Claire Slade has patterns in both! In the Best of collection is a re-release of her adorable Professor Meow, a fan favorite for sure, and her beautiful new shawl Crystallize is in Sojourn:

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Radiance: Knit Accessories

As the weather starts to change from winter to spring, thoughts turn from bulky scarves and hats to lighter weight knits. Layering pieces are the perfect compliment to warmer weather outfits; with that in mind, our new collection Radiance will have you reaching for your needles.

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Introducing: Adventure Awaits!

Our newest pattern collection, Adventure Awaits, is made for the adventurer. Inspired by outdoor enthusiasts everywhere, this collection features sixteen beautiful yet robust knit projects that offer a perfect mix of both form and function. If you want warm and durable socks for hiking or the perfect pullover for late nights by the campfire, you’ll find it here. Both novice and expert knitters will discover new and challenging knits for their next crafting excursions–the wilderness never felt so cozy!

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Designer Interview: Violet LeBeaux

It seems like we've been working with Violet LeBeaux for much longer than the year and a half since publishing her first pattern with Knit Picks. In that short time, she has quickly become one of our favorite designers for collections, with her meticulous pattern writing and signature design style. She might already be one of your favorites too, and we're delighted to keep bringing her designs to you.

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