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Ask Amanda: What does “bind off in pattern” mean?

A few years ago, I was working in a yarn shop when one of our most frequent customers came in with a pattern question. She was an excellent knitter and had tackled lots of challenging projects, but her question that day was a very simple one.

She pulled out an almost-completed sweater worked from the top-down, along with her knitting pattern. “I’m all ready to start binding off, but I’ve never encountered this particular phrase before,” she said, pointing to the last line. I took a closer look at the pattern and saw the words, “bind off in pattern.” Read more

Norah’s Knits: Pattern Search Tips

I love change, it’s exciting and stimulating – energizing, even….BUT sometimes when you are used to doing something a particular way, especially when it comes to computers, something new can slow you down. I’m thinking about the pattern search on our new (well, 6 month old) website.

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Knitter’s Spotlight: Strawberry Shorts Set by Melody Rogers

If there’s one thing cuter than a new baby, it’s a new baby wearing something made of yarn! Just ask Melody Rogers. Over the past few years, she’s cornered the market in knits for babies. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she’s a newborn photographer with an endless supply of adorable models! Read more

What Inspires: Runway Fashions

While we are not slaves to fashion, the Berroco Design team likes to be in touch with what’s happening on the runway – to see new silhouettes, proportions and details, like necklines. I’ve taken some screen shots on two of my favorite fashion sites to illustrate what kinds of ideas we are looking at and the ideas we might be gleaning from them.

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Ask Amanda: How can I control stockinette curling?

Stockinette is probably the most instantly recognizeable knitted fabric. I remember when I finally learned to work stockinette after knitting lots of garter stitch. I looked down at those orderly little rows of Vs, and for the first time I thought “Hey, this is actually looking GOOD!” Read more

Norah’s Knits: Knitting Patterns for Beginners

A friend of mine recently asked me to teach her how to knit. This got me thinking about when I was a beginner knitter. What seemed difficult? Which techniques were confusing?   Read more

Knitter’s Spotlight: Cabana Blanket by Dori Kershner

Dori Kershner knits, crochets, designs and runs the Wooly Monmouth yarn shop in New Jersey. Spending all that time with yarn has proven to be very inspirational for Dori. She designed the Cabana Blanket with Berroco Weekend in mind! “I wanted a simple design to showcase its summery colors.” Read more

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