Episode 353 – Say Hello to Alexis Again!

Changes have been happening at Knit Picks this summer, and we’re excited to reintroduce Alexis Wilson-Castaldi, who is now the Knit Picks Brand Director! You may remember her from when she previously was on the podcast while working in various positions, including in photography and purchasing. She shares a few of her favorite patterns to knit, as well as her favorite yarns. Alexis also tells us about bringing back features like our Yarn of the Month promotions and pulling some yarns marked as discontinued back into the regular selection!

Alexis with her stack of Seed Stitch Cowls

Lee, Stacey, and Andi also discuss knitting their Game Day Cardigans with the KAL coming to its end. The extra warm summer in the Pacific Northwest has added an extra challenge to getting the projects done on schedule, but they’re still knitting away on them!

Mentioned in this Episode

Game Day Cardigan KAL

Generations book

Generations ebook

Interchangeable Needle Sets

Stitch Holders

Hue Shift Afghan pattern

Stitch Markers

Short Row Shaping

Magic Loop method

Meet Alexis! (in 2016!)

Superior Threads

15th Street Wrap

Wool of the Andes yarns

Wonderfluff yarn

Hawthorne yarns

Simply Alpaca yarn

Muse yarns

Alpaca Cloud yarns

Andean Treasure alpaca yarn

Seed Stitch Cowl and Hood pattern

Animation of Alexis covered in seed stitch cowls


Static yarn

Provincial Tweed yarn

Twill Fingering yarn

Complete Yarn Guide 2022

Stroll yarns

Swish yarns


  • 00:07 Welcome to the Knit Picks Podcast!
  • 00:29 Knitting Game Day during summer heat
  • 07:23 More tips for knitting stitch pattern panels
  • 13:40 German short rows or substituting another method
  • 15:04 Sleeve and button band order
  • 18:48 Alexis joins the podcasters to talk about her new role as Brand Director
  • 23:05 Alexis’s favorite yarns and patterns
  • 29:32 Changes Alexis has planned for Knit Picks, including reviving some yarns previously marked discontinued and adding new colors to classic yarns
  • 37:12 Everyone gets a little emotional about having Alexis back
  • 38:04 Credits

1 comment

  1. Nichole S. / August 19, 2022

    Please bring back Comfy Sport!
    It is the perfect yarn for baby items! Blankets, hats, booties!
    Great for parents who don’t want to use wool!