Category Archives: KP Staff Projects

Travel Knitting: My UK/Ireland Trip Sweater!

Several years ago, I got to take an amazing trip around the UK and Ireland with my husband and his parents. It was such an incredible, once in a lifetime opportunity, I decided I wanted an equally special, one of a kind souvenir to remember it by, so I came up with a plan to knit a trip sweater! And then I did it! The idea was to buy yarn in every city I visited (or as many as possible, at least), and then knit a sweater with stripes of all the yarns I bought. Also, to have the project as my travel knitting throughout the trip–on planes, trains, and backs of cars. So I started my planning by choosing a pattern. I ...

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Meet Erica, New Marketing Coordinator

Hi, I’m Erica, and I’m the new marketing coordinator at Knit Picks! I started out here as the book designer working on our pattern collections, and I quickly became a huge fan girl for all things Knit Picks. I am so excited to be moving into this new role and sharing all that’s good about this company with you! (That’s me on the left.) You might be asking yourself: What kind of a knitter is this Erica person anyway?  Well, the first thing I should tell you is that I taught myself to knit back in college. I’m ashamed (and a little proud?) to admit that my first big project was … drum roll … the Queen of Hearts Bikini from Stitch ‘n Bitch: The Knitter’s Handbook.

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Wool of the Andes Worsted Love (& 10-Packs Limited Release)!

I’ve long been a big fan of Wool of the Andes worsted weight yarn! It’s a fantastic basic wool, and you can now grab a 10-pack for a limited time only, either in one of our curated multi-color choices, or in all the same color, perfect for a sweater! I’ve only been working at Knit Picks for a few months, but I was designing knits for many years before I started here, and I’ve used this fantastic basic wool with its enormous variety of color options in multiple design projects over the years. The first time I used it was for my original stripy Haka hat, way back in 2010, held triple stranded for a super-bulky weight; ...

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Fall Staff Projects

It’s been a bit since our last staff project post. Most of us have been up to our ears in traveling to shows, developing new exciting products, and in general just resisting the temptation to stay inside all day and make ALL the things. Regardless of how busy we are, you know we spend an inordinate amount of time with our pattern queue and massive yarn stash. Here’s a look at what has been coming off of our needles around the office this fall!   Kate’s Shifty Shawl

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Staff Project: Simply Wool Docklight Sweater

I loved knitting with the springy, wooly goodness of Simply Wool for the first time! I'm so used to Wool of the Andes Superwash as my go-to worsted weight yarn but I'm truely a convert to our new line. I always reach for natural, undyed wools before other colors and I love all the browns and greys in these happy hanks. Simply Wool has all the squish of my favorite wools without the scratchiness! Each stitch felt so good that I actually regret how quickly this project worked up! In case you weren't sure, I want to re-emphasize that I knit a worsted wool sweater in Portland during one of our hottest summers and loved every minute. Seriously. Get thee to some Simply Wool, you won't regret it.

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Staff Projects: The Mini Kitty Pouf

You might say we have kitties on the brain here at Knit Picks. All. The. Time. That being said, it’s no surprise there has been an influx of Mini Kitty Poufs floating around the office as of late. Both our Merchandising Manager Alexis and myself recently made this project with Mighty Stitch Super Bulky yarns. It’s a super quick & EASY project that can be completed in an hour or so, depending on how fast your needles move. I did not have any polyester fill to stuff my pouf with, but I realized that scrap yarn (which I had way too much of) makes an excellent substitute and gives the kitty some extra heft, much ...

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Summer Yarn Sale: Super Tuff Puff

One of the reasons I love knitting over crochet is the amazing texture that knit stitches have. When using a super chunky yarn, the texture is amplified! That is why I love our Super Tuff Puff yarn. At an astonishing one and a half stitches per inch, project knit up in no time at all. The 100% wool in a single ply with a slight twist, this yarn is perfect for making amazingly chunky home decor and accessories. My favorite chunky yarn “hack” is knitting smaller patterns in chunky yarn for ...

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Knit Picks Staff Dream Projects
Our Knit Picks Staff Dream Projects!

Our staff is passionate about knitting, but there is always some project waiting in our queues that we’d love to have the time or skills to make. You’re invited to post a comment below and share your own dream projects with us, too. We’d love to see what you aspire to accomplish! Here are some of the knitting dream projects that we’d like to pursue.   Kate, Administrative Assistant Gradience Shawl in Stroll Gradient My goal is to knit my first shawl before the beginning of summer. What I love about the Gradience Shawl is the opportunity to use a brilliant pop of color to accentuate the geometric lines of the piece. The basic lace technique required to make this shawl will ...

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Yarn Sale of the Month – CotLin

Once again it’s time for our monthly yarn sale, and this month it’s CotLin!  The blend of 70% Tangius Cotton and 30% Linen gives this yarn a wonderful lushness that endures even through the demands of daily use.  Each wash makes these fibers softer, which makes CotLin an excellent yarn for a wide range of finished pieces.  From marvelously breathable garments to luxurious, yet durable kitchen and bath accessories, it’s absolutely perfect for anyone who’s looking to knit or crochet projects that will stay with you day in and day out. The satisfaction ...

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Crafty Round Up!

While all of us here mainly do yarny crafts (how could we not, while being surrounded by all this gorgeous yarn?), we thought it would be fun to give a peak at other crafts we play with during our off hours! For instance, Hannah sews up a storm - every week she comes in with a new project. This dress is one of her favorites:

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