Category Archives: Knit Picks Designers

It takes two

Up here in the Northwest, we seem to be straddling two seasons. It makes for rather interesting weather, and a difficult time finding something to wear! It's for those occasions - the not quite spring but not yet summer, warm sun but cool breeze, the-AC-is-on-a-little-too-high type of days that inspired the new Gemini Vest. This tunic-length vest is knit in Stroll and Stroll Glimmer, making it soft, shimmery and machine washable. The lower bodice and back are knit in a subtle stranded pattern of diamonds that is echoed in the lace upper bodice.

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Good things come in threes

That old addage has been used to describe so many things, but it's certainly true for the Ternion Knee Socks kit! The Ternion (fancy word for a group of three) Knee Socks kit features three patterns for three different pair of knee-high socks that use three totally different techniques. There are the stately Cabled pair, which feature intricate front cable panels and twist-stitch ribbing...  

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Your go-to sweater

I really think I'm on a sweater kick this year, and it's got me thinking an awful lot about favorites. You see, now that I'm knitting a little cardigan for myself, and I'll be starting one soon in Tropical colors (thanks for your votes, everybody!), what I find most interesting is that in both cases I pretty much want to make the same sweater. A V-neck, lightly shaped cardigan. That's pretty much The Cardigan I Want all the time. I must admit that being a designer has its advantages. I can knit the same sweater several times but it doesn't really look the same. Different weights, different colors, different sizes, and maybe a different finishing touch, but I can essentially just plug those things into a formula and get my same, favorite, familiar sweater. My 'go-to' cardigan is based on a simple, light grey alpaca cardigan that I picked up at a thrift store for $5. But I love it so much that I want to re-create it over and over again. So, I just plug a new gauge into the same shape, and out pops a 'new' sweater.

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Success!

After two and a half months, nearly a mile and a half of yarn, and about 100,000 stitches, the hubby's sweater of doom is DONE! I can hardly believe it. This was quite the monster undertaking.

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Have you any wool?

Why, three bags full in fact! Actually, I have so much more than that! But I did get those at the Columbia Gorge Fiber Festival last weekend! I can't really pass up a deal like that - it's scraps and seconds, but $6 for 8 oz of fiber is just too good. Unfortunately I must come across deals like that too often, because I have so, so, so much spinning fiber that I'm quickly running out of places to put it. So, obviously knitting is not my only pastime. Spinning is certainly one of them, and although I wouldn't consider myself to be a great spinner, I love the process of watching a big ball of fluff turn into something wonderful and useable.

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So close!

Sleeves... check. Body.... check. Front to shoulders... check. Back? working on it! (Sorry about the grey-on-grey - I didn't pick the color of the blocking board, unfortunately!) All I have left to knit on hubby's sweater is the upper back! I'm already about two inches into it. But, because of the sheer beastly size of this sweater, progress has been slowed. It's just so hard to carry the darn thing around at this point that I've actually been working on a couple of other, smaller projects as well.

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Swirling Leaves Baby Blanket

Spring is in the air!  We're (not) enjoying a very wet cold spring here in Pacific Northwest but there is hopeful sunshine just around the bend.  And as much as we complain about the rain, we do love our green landscape.  And that's the inspiration behind this week's Freebie Friday pattern! This cute baby blanket is the Swirling Leaves Baby Blanket by our own Kerin and her clever creativity is all over it.

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It’s raining Cats & Dogs!

Cats & Dogs Satchels, that is! Knit in Wool of the Andes Sport, this satchel is messenger-bag style and is big enough for a laptop, schoolbooks, a knitting project, and of course a bag of treats for your favorite furry friend. The body of the bag knits up quickly in stockinette, and there are options to knit the strap and the inside front pocket plain or in an adorable paw-print pattern. But the real draw of this bag is the tesselated pattern of adorable Westie dogs and lounging black kitties!

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The Coast with the Most…

..patterns! It's not rare to love the Oregon coastline. It's an amazing place. Rarely, though, does a collection of knitting patterns inspired by that coastline get released. But, I'm pleased to announce that that's exactly what I just did! Introducing the Rocky Shores eBook.

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Podcast Episode 182: Rocky Shores eBook Interview with Kerin

This week, Jenny gets a chance to catch up with Knit Picks designer Kerin to talk about the newest eBook, Rocky Shores! Each pattern of this stunning collection reinterprets the ideals of Aran patterns with modern updates, all while influenced by the coastlines of the Northwest. The eBook includes patterns for three women’s garments, a men’s vest, a wrap and a purse. Hear all about Kerin’s design process, inspiration, and challenges that ...

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