Meet Andi, Our New Marketing Manager

Andi Satterlund sit on the kitchen counter in a blue kitchen. She is wearing a bright yellow cardigan and has bright red lipstick, dark hair, and 1950s-style short bangs.

Hello! I’m Andi Satterlund, and I’m delighted to be joining the Knit Picks team. I’ll be working hard to put together the newsletters you know and love, and I will also be diving in on expanding content here on this blog and beyond!

I’ve been knitting since 2003, and for a decade I was an independent knitting pattern designer and knitting blogger. If you thought my name looked familiar, that might be because you’ve seen my patterns before or maybe even knit one yourself. I’m primarily a sweater knitter and use …

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Free Downloadable November 2021 Calendar

Happy November! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these November 2021 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring assorted orange and brown yarns.

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 November 2021 Wallpaper for Desktop:

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Meet Alena Ruman, our new IDP Program Administrator

Hello everyone! My name is Alena Ruman and I am so excited to introduce myself as the IDP Program Administrator!

In case you do not know, the Independent Designer Partnership is a platform where Knit Picks and We Crochet host patterns from independent designers that showcase the gorgeous yarns under our brands. Designers retain all rights to their patterns as well as receive all revenue from pattern sales. I have been a designer in the IDP program for many years and I’m excited to now work on the other end to make it even better for our designers and customers.

I grew up as a crafty kid in northeast Ohio and knitting was one of the many things …

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Autumn News: Fall comes to the High Desert

Happy Fall’idays, fiber friends!

We’ve reached peak gift-knitting season and things don’t appear to be slowing down for us anytime soon. Oversized cowls, colorwork mitts, and cuddly toys are on our loved ones’ wish lists this year, so we better put the kettle on and get to it. But first, here’s the latest in knit-related news!

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Free Downloadable October 2021 Calendar

Happy October! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these fun October 2021 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring assorted orange, violet, and black yarns.

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 October 2021 Wallpaper for Desktop:

Free October 2021 Wallpaper for Tablet:

Free October 2021 Wallpaper for Mobile:

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Holiday Season Inspiration starts now

Surprise! It’s the end of September. Well, technically that’s not the surprise. No, the surprise is this—our annual 12 Weeks of Gifting series has begun!

Each week from now until the middle of December, we’ll be offering a brand new designer pattern to you as a FREE download! Be sure to grab it quickly and get started on new gifts.

If you are feeling the cozy weather, be sure to check out this week’s special pattern we’re “gifting” to you.

The Rainchain Blanket by Kalurah Hudson, available as a free download.

Kalurah is a prolific designer, whose wimsy and sense of humor, in her pattern names and beyond, will make you smile. She spearheads While …

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Next-to-Skin Considerations

For those considering a new project for someone with wool allergies, knitters considering plant-based yarns or those looking for wool-yarn alternatives, there are so many great options. Here’s our round-up of recommendations.

NON-WOOL FIBER OPTIONS

If your project is a warm weather garment or an accessory for someone with sensitive skin, knitters will love our selection of alpaca, mohair, silk, and blend yarns.

KindredAlpaca CloudSimply AlpacaAndean TreasureAloftLuminance

PLANT-BASED YARNS

Our delightful selection of plant-based yarns are made from smooth cotton and cool linen. We also have a few yarns made from renewable materials, Shine made from …

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Free Downloadable September 2021 Calendar

Happy September! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these September 2021 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring assorted orange and red yarns.

A taupe background with various orange yarns sticking out at the top of the frame. In the bottom left, a cup of coffee and some knitting needles. A September 2021 calendar.

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 September 2021 Wallpaper for Desktop:

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Oh Baby!

Inspiration for beautiful baby projects knit in some of our favorite baby yarns.

Cotlin is a cool and lightweight Tanguis cotton and summer linen blend perfect for summer knit for children and adults. Tanguis (tan-gwiss) cotton has a very soft hand, excellent absorption and, because it is a naturally white fiber, a high affinity for dyes. The knit fabric will get softer with each wash too.

Romper pattern by Debbie Bliss

(Knit in Cotlin Flamingo)

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Designer Spotlight: Margaret Holzmann

Margaret Holzmann likes to design and knit the BIG things: blankets, throws and sweaters.

She uses these larger items as a canvas for colorwork, shapes, and texture. She excels at construction techniques, the geometry of knitting, and color theory. Following a career as an engineer at Bell Labs and Jet Propulsion Laboratory, she is now a full-time knit designer living in Monrovia, California, and her patterns have appeared in multiple knitting publications.

Read more about Margaret Holzmann on her website theknitwit.org. If you’re an aspiring designer you’ll want to check out her advice on asking for yarn support, how tos on writing an arts & crafts book, and her thoughts on self-publishing verses big publishers, all available on her blog.

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