Last week we launched 3 exciting new projects that we’ve been working on for months now, our Learn to Knit Kits! There’s a kit for beginners of every level. Level 1 teaches you how to make a dishcloth (with enough yarn to make a few of them, in 3 different colors). Level 2 teaches you how to make a beautiful (and washable!) four color scarf, and Level 3 teaches you how to make a hat on two needles. These kits have all the supplies you need, plus a handy full color booklet teaching you everything you need to know, and a pin to wear once you’ve completed your project! Best of all, should you be a visual learner, we’re offering tutorial classes for each kit. In the tutorials, a member of the Knit Picks staff takes you, step by step, through every technique you’ll need to know to complete your project. Best of all, the classes are free on our site!
We thought it might be fun for you to meet the teachers of these classes. So this week, we’re featuring Hannah! Hannah is our Catalog Director here at Knit Picks. She wrote the pattern for the Learn to Knit Club Hat, and she teaches the tutorial class on making the hat. From casting on to ribbing, decreasing, and seaming, Hannah’s got it covered! I asked her a few questions related to her own personal love of craft. You can find her answers, below!
What’s your favorite item to knit/crochet?
I love knitting toys! They’re so quick and have so much personality in such a small packages. I also love gifting them. No matter the age, everyone’s faces just light up when they see a little knitted toy!
Who are your 2 favorite knitting/crochet designers?
I follow a few designers with such devotion, you’d think they’re rock stars! Annie Watts has stolen my heart with her nerdy knits. I’ve knit two pairs of her Fightin’ Words mittens and I dream about having the time to make myself a pair of her Robot vs. Downtown mittens (Ravelry link). I just realized that my knitting queue contains every single Jane Richmond pattern too! I love her ISLAND book and wear my Grace cardigan (see it in THIS blog post) at least twice a week. She has consistently appealing silhouettes, beautiful photography and a wonderful writing style.
Are you currently working on a project right now? What is it?
I’m currently trying to work my way through my stash of yarn. That means I have a project warped up on my floor loom in Hawthorne, a second Grace cardigan in Capretta on my needles and I’m amassing a small pile of ornaments for the holidays from Anna Hrachovec’s Teeny-Tiny Mochimochi book.
Do you do any other crafts, besides knitting/crochet?
Oh yes! I weave, spin, sew, quilt, dye, cross-stitch and embroider!
What is your favorite Knit Picks yarn and why?
My favorite yarn, hands-down is Capretta. It has such a lovely spring to it and makes such even, lovely stitches. I have a pair of socks that I made in Platinum and they are the coziest, softest pair of socks in my entire wardrobe.
See Hannah’s full tutorial class, and purchase the Learn to Knit Club Hat Kit, by following the links below. Thanks, Hannah!