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Archive for January, 2013

Yarn Alive

What would you do if you lost your house and all of your possessions?  What if your business was swept away?  Could you go on, knowing friends and maybe even family members were missing?  It’s so hard to imagine even one of these devastating losses, but for thousands of people in Japan all three have been a reality.

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Ask Amanda: How do I join my knitting in the round?

When you’re preparing to knit in the round, joining is a critical step. Your pattern will tell you how many stitches to cast on, and then it will ask you to join in the round, being careful not to twist the stitches.

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Norah’s Knitting: Cavalcade of Cowls

Now that the really cold weather has arrived, I’m remembering how much I like cowls– and I’m so happy that these wonderful rings of knitted or crocheted warmth have become a long-term trend in winter knit accessories. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Cardamom by Whatthehay

We had a few sweaters this season that seemed to catch everyone’s eye.  Cardamom was definitely one of them.  Knit in the super bulky Berroco Peruvia Quick, it goes without saying that this cardigan doesn’t take long to make.  It’s also cozy and has great texture, combining stockinette stitches, ribbing and a clever cabled button band.

Raveler Whatthehay knew she wanted to get it on her needles even before most people had seen a picture of the design. Lucky for Read more

KnitBits Preview: A Fine Italian Yarn

Berroco yarn is manufactured in mills all over the world, but we do most of our buying twice a year at a huge trade show in Florence, Italy.  That’s where our beautiful Berroco Cirrus comes from.  There’s an interesting story about this fine Italian yarn, and the family that makes it, in tomorrow’s KnitBits.

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A Short Story About Designer Cathy Carron

Cathy Carron’s grandmother taught her continental knitting when she was just 10 years old.  More than four decades later, she’s still at it.  Her popular designs have been featured in top knitting magazines and, of course, her four books.  Her newest collection, Short Story, features 35 cool crops for layering…including four patterns that are knit in Berroco yarn!

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Ask Amanda: Are my stitches twisted?

Before I delve in, it may help to clarify the difference between intentional twist stitches and unintentionally twisting your stitches. It can be a little confusing with such similar names, but they are two separate techniques.

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Norah’s Knits: Variations on a Theme, Cable Knit Cardigans

I love designing with cables and designing new stitches. Sometimes the “invention” of a new knit cable is little more than a simple recombination of long loved stitches. Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Hooks & Needles Rap

Have you ever gone to YouTube to learn about a new knitting technique, only to find yourself listening to a song about how much someone loves yarn?  I love these accidental discoveries, so I thought I’d share one of my favorites.

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KnitBits Preview: Winter Giveaway

Would a new knitting book and some free Berroco yarn help make your new year happier?  We thought so!  Make sure you read tomorrow’s KnitBits, to find out how to enter our winter giveaway.

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