Square Knitting Needle FAQ

Foursquare Majestics are some of our most popular needles, and we’re very excited to now offer one of our most popular styles in one of our most popular colors with Foursquare Sunstrucks! A bunch of the Knit Picks team has been using the Foursquare Sunstrucks since we got the factory samples, and even skeptics who had never used square needles before fell in love. We know the idea of square needles sounds strange, but they’re so much better than you might imagine if you’ve never tried them! Here are the most frequently asked questions we get about square needles.


Are they comfortable?Comfort is the key feature of square needles! The flat surfaces of square needles give your fingers ideal places to …

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Episode 366 – Knitting in Public with Michele

Michele Bernstein, an Asian-American woman, wearing glasses and a brioche shawl

Knit in Public Day is this weekend, and we thought it was fitting to invite Michele Bernstein to join us for this episode of the podcast, because she will once again be joining the Knit Picks team for our own Knit in Public Day event! We talk with her about her current design passions, past small knitting events like Knit in Public Day, and bigger events with classes like Vogue Knitting Live. If you’re local to the Portland, Oregon area, we hope you’ll join us this weekend in Vancouver, Washington for our event. You can find more details on here on the Knit Picks blog.

Plus, Lee, Stacey, and Andi share their …

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Our KIP Day Event is This Saturday!

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Knit in Public Day is this weekend, and we’re so excited to see knitters at our local event in Vancouver, WA!

When: June 10th, 12-3pmWhere: Hidden House Event Space in beautiful downtown Vancouver, WA.100 W 13th St, Vancouver, WA 98660Why: To knit together! 

We shared that we’ll have both indoor and outdoor seating and light refreshments, and now we can share more of the fun details! We will be joined by designers Michele Bernstein and Emily Kintigh with their trunk shows, and we’ll also have pattern samples from some of our latest collections for you to check out. 

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The Ice Fire KAL Starts Today

Today is the day to cast on your Ice Fire Wrap! With the KAL running June 1st to July 31st, there are 8 weeks to knit your wrap, and it’s no coincidence that the large repeat is worked 8 times! To get your wrap finished by July 31st, all you need to do is work a full repeat of rows 5-76 once every week until you bind off. 

If you ever get stuck, be sure to check out the resources in our Learning Center for help, or leave a comment here or on social media! Use the hashtag #IceFireKAL to share your own progress.

Resources for the Ice Fire Wrap KAL 

How to CO using the Long Tail CO

How to BO using the Basic …

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Free Downloadable June 2023 Calendar

Happy June! To celebrate, we have your free monthly calendar wallpapers. Enjoy these June 2023 wallpaper images (free download for you!) — featuring a few pops of color in Chroma Fingering, Curio #10, Palette, and Brava Worsted!

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 June 2023 Wallpaper for Desktop:

Free June 2023 Wallpaper for Tablet:

Free Blank Wallpaper for Zoom:

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What Does Positive Ease Look Like?

Ease is the difference between the wearer’s measurement and the garment’s measurement, but knowing that doesn’t always help when it comes to choosing a size to knit if you struggle with visualizing that difference! There are three types of ease you’ll hear discussed with regard to knitting patterns, and they’re all based on a simple math equation: garment’s chest circumference – wearer’s chest circumference = ease.

Text graphic reads, "garment’s chest circumference - wearer’s chest circumference = ease. (40" garment minus 34" wearer equals 6" ease)

Negative ease is created when the garment is smaller than the person wearing it, which makes a tight fit thanks to knitting’s natural stretch. Zero ease is created when the garment and wearer have the same chest …

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The Olive Knits 4-day KAL

Banner reads "Lemon Spritz - Olive Knits 4 Day KAL 2023 - What life give you lemons, knit Lemon Spritz!"

Have you ever knit a garment in just 4 days? That’s what the Olive Knits annual 4-day KAL aims to do over the 4th of July weekend! Hosted by Marie Greene of Olive Knits and featuring a new design by her each year, this is the 7th year of knitters working on the same pattern to knit themselves a garment in just 4 days. The 4-day KAL begins June 30th, and you can learn more about the KAL on OliveKnits.com.

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Yarn Substitutions for Wraps & Scarves

From bottom to top, Ice Fire Wraps knit with bulky, the original worsted, and DK weight yarns. Note the size differences!

Most guides for yarn substitution are aimed at projects that need to fit very specific measurements, like sweaters or socks. So how much of that applies when substituting yarn for something where final dimensions aren’t terribly important, like with the Ice Fire Wrap? Wraps and scarves have some flexibility to their final measurements because they can have a range of sizes that are several inches different and still be perfectly functional. When choosing your yarn for a project like that, here’s what you need to keep in mind!

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Ice Fire Wrap Knit Along

A Black woman with an afro wears a multicolor wrap in a 1970s home.

A closer shot of a Black woman with an afro wearing a multicolor wrap in a 1970s home.

When we saw the Ice Fire Wrap by Donielle Showvay from Good Vibes & Groovy Lines, so many Knit Picks staff members wanted to knit it that we knew we had to plan a KAL around it! We’d like to invite you to join us in knitting this gorgeous, striped wrap starting June 1st and finishing July 31st.

You’ll have two weeks to …

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Episode 365 – Creating Pattern Collections from Start to Finish

A photo of a smiling white woman with glasses.Knit Picks’ Creative Director Hillary Elliot

We’ve got a stunning new collection out today called Good Vibes & Groovy Lines, and with such a clear concept carried from moodboards to final layout, we thought this would be the perfect collection to use to share more information about how our collections are created! Our Creative Director Hillary joins hosts Lee and Stacey to discuss how the creative vision of a pattern collection is maintained from start to finish with so many contributors and collaborators as part of the process. They even share some tips for designers who’d like to contribute to future collections! 

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