Keeping Track of Stitch Patterns

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Once the body of your Game Day Cardigan reaches a certain length, it’s time to mark the sides and establish the textured stitch patterns. The first row after the stockinette creates the reverse stockinette ridge that frames the textured stitch patterns, and it’s the point to mark our left and right fronts and the back. 

The pattern calls for a lot of markers to be used, so you may find it helpful to color code them for yourself! If you’re using our locking stitch markers like KP Staff Member Andi is using on hers, pick one color for the sides and another color for the stitch patterns to be added in the next row. …

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Episode 350 – Why are you spitting on your yarn? 

Summer knitting has arrived in the Pacific Northwest! In this episode, Stacey and Lee discuss their summer crafting, contemplate cotton knits, and talk about wearing knits on the Oregon coast. 

Stacey and Lee also share their Game Day KAL progress, and Lee tells the story of an unfortunate set-back involving her cat, Karl. Next, Producer Andi joins in the conversation to talk about methods of joining new balls of yarn as everyone progresses on their cardigans.

Later, Stacey and Lee answer your questions! Topics include, cable lengths for magic loop, how to undo knitting, weaving in ends, and more. You can send questions to be answered on future episodes to podcast@knitpicks.com, or leave one in the comments here!

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Game Day Cardigan KAL

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Free Downloadable July 2022 Calendar

Happy July! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these July 2022 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring an assortment of blues including Stroll Tweed Prussian Heather, Gloss Fingering Captain, Dusk Swish Worsted, Muse Hand Painted Savvy Tonal and Devotion Hand Painted, and Wool of the Andes Celestial and Depths.

How to get the Wallpaper:

To get the free downloadable calendar background of your choice (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click on the image of your choice to go to the full-size photo and then save it!

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Game Day’s Body

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In our last email we talked about the Game Day Cardigan’s ribbing, and after the ribbing is a row with a large number of decreases. The ribbing was worked on a smaller needle to create a dense, stretchy rib, but to achieve that density without having it pull in at the hips, it needed more stitches than the stockinette body on larger needles. That means a lot of decreases need to be knit, all at once! If you’ve never used this trick before, it likely sounds strange, but trust the process, and it’ll look great.

Once you’ve knit that row, welcome to stockinette land! Because this is a gender-neutral pattern without chest or hip …

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Episode 349 – New Faces and Knit Alongs

Jen Burt wears a burgundy cardigan with yellow and tan mosaic knit colorwork. Jen’s Sailaway Cardigan sample that was knit in 4 days!

The Knit Picks team has grown a lot during our long podcast hiatus, and in this episode, we’re excited to introduce you to two new staff members: Alena Ruman, the IDP Program Administrator, and Jen Burt, our Content and Outreach Coordinator.

Lee interviews Alena about her experiences starting at the Knit Picks warehouse in Ohio and then moving to the Pacific Northwest to work as the IDP Program Administrator. Alena is an experienced yarn dyer and shares with Lee some of her tips for dyeing using acid dyes.

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Casting on Game Day

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Have you cast on your Game Day cardigan yet? The pattern recommends a Tubular Cast On using waste or scrap yarn, and it provides written instructions, but if you need a little more help figuring it out, we’ve got you covered! You can find both video and photo tutorials in our Learning Center for the waste yarn method. 

Using the suggested method is easiest, but if you’re in the mood to be adventurous, you can substitute the original cast on with the Long Tail Tubular Cast On! Podcast host Lee chose to use this method instead of getting out some waste yarn, and she also wrote our photo tutorial for it, which can be …

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Episode 348 – We’re back from break!

Stacey holds up a gray and a blue hank of High Desert Worsted next to Lee who is holding a yellow and a speckled cream hank.

The podcast is back! After a long break, we’re excited to have a regular recording schedule again. In this episode, you’ll hear about Lee and Stacey’s personal projects that they’ve worked on during our long recording break. They’ll also share with you collections, patterns, and new yarns that have been released over the period.Next, we’re excited to share with you our summer knit along, featuring the Game Day Cardigans by Donna Estin from Generations: Knits for All Ages. The whole podcast team is substituting the suggested yarn for High Desert Worsted, and they share their color choices …

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Free Downloadable June 2022 Calendar

Happy June! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these June 2022 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring an assortment of blues and yellows including Swish Worsted Serene, City Tweed DK Cobalt, Barley Heather Stroll Tweed, Gloss DK Navy, Wool of the Andes Persimmon, Snuggle Puff Fawn, and Alpaca Cloud DK Victor.

How to get the Wallpaper:

To get the free downloadable calendar background of your choice (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click on the image of your choice to go to the full-size photo and then save it!

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Getting ready to knit Game Day

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Game Day Cardigan | Summer Knit Along

Tomorrow is the first day of our Game Day Knit Along, where we’ll be making the Game Day Cardigans by Donna Estin from the new Knit Picks book Generations: Knits for All Ages! The goal is to knit our cardigans steadily throughout the Summer to have a completed cardigan by August 31st in preparation for the Fall. 

The Game Day Cardigan by Donna Estin

Every other week throughout this summer, we’ll send you links to resources and tips to help you succeed in …

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Free Downloadable May 2022 Calendar

Happy May! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these May 2022 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring an assortment of greens and pinks including Swish Worsted Blossom Heather, Comfy Fingering Flamingo, Blossom Heather Palette, Stroll Tweed Forest Heather, and Wool of the Andes Lost Lake Heather.

How to get the Wallpaper:

To get the free downloadable calendar background of your choice (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click on the image of your choice to go to the full-size photo and then save it!

Free May 2022 Wallpaper for Desktop:

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