Category Archives: Tutorials

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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Tutorial: Long Tail Tubular Cast On

This is an excellent way to cast on for any 1x1 ribbed project, making a beautiful rounded edge that looks like the stitches travel smoothly around the edge. Use it on necks, cuffs, bottom edges, brims, anything that begins with K1, P1 ribbing!

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Getting Started With Lace Knitting

Have you found yourself looking at a gorgeous lace shawl and thinking: “Oh, I could never do that!” Well, we think that anyone can knit lace – even the most intricate of shawls is simply a series of knit, purls, increases, and decreases. The real key to expert lace knitting is the right materials – and patience. While lace can be incorporated into ...

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Dye Bare Yarn with Kool-Aid!

Did you know you can experiment with dyeing yarn in your kitchen, using food-safe & low-cost products, and get some really cool results?! What a great way to play with our Bare Yarns!

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New Video Tutorials – KP Quicks

Here at Knit Picks, we’re starting a series of helpful new video knitting tutorials specifically intended to provide immediate gratification of your knitting instructional needs with direct, no frills tutorials called KP Quicks. [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PFY7VuAYK2s[/embed]

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Yarn Weights
Knitting Terms – Yarn Weights

For experienced knitters, we get so used to knitting terms that we don’t even think about them anymore, but for the beginner it can seem bewildering. A little understanding can go a long way, and I’ve always found a singular pleasure in “useless" knowledge, so let’s explore a little about yarn weights.

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For the love of cables

Have you seen our newest collection? This gorgeous collection is for all the cable lovers out there. I am certainly one of them! When it comes to techniques, cables have always been my favorite - I find them very fun to knit and love watching each twist and turns as they climb up my project. So Woodsmoke is a dream come true - 16 patterns easy to challenging cable projects!

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Learn to Knit a Worsted Weight Sweater!

We are pretty excited about our new collection, Knits for Everybody. Whether you pick up a copy of the printed book (now 40% off) or buy it as an ebook so you can get started right away, you'll have the patterns you need to get your Christmas gift list off to a great start. Interested in making a winter sweater for you or someone on your list? No problem! We've got a video classl that is sure to help you out. In our tutorial, Katy Banks, designer of the worsted weight sweater pattern (available in sizes newborn to men's XXLand women's 5X) takes you through all the key steps to knitting your very own sweater. From increases and decreases, to putting the sleeve stitches on hold and starting a neckline, this class will guide you every step of the way. So grab your yarn and needles, and cast for your very own worsted weight sweater, today!

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Fair Isle Tip of the Week with Andrea Lum

In our last installment of Fair Isle Tip of the Week, Andrea Lum talks about the specifics: yarn dominance, holding your yarn, and managing floats. If you're new to fair isle knitting, these might be completely new topics to you but don't worry! Andrea is here with some useful tips that are sure to get your fair isle knitting off to a great start. For great fair isle patterns, check out our newest collection, Creative Color: 2016 Fair Isle Collection, also available as an ebook!

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