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Designer Spotlight: Gilraen’s Cowl by Mindy Dykman

After realizing that she was the only female in her family without a craft, Mindy Dykman asked her high school boyfriend’s mother to teach her how to knit. That was 30 years ago. The relationship ended, but the knitting stuck. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Zihua Cardigan by Joann Rogers


Joann Rogers knows what she likes – contemporary clothing with “non-fussy” stitch patterns – and that’s what she knits. She’s been designing her own patterns for three years and shows no sign of slowing down. In fact, she says she never has enough time to keep up with her “idea file.” Read more

Designer Spotlight: My Friend Virginia by Rose Williams

Rose Williams has been knitting and crocheting for most of her life, but this year her projects have added meaning. She set a personal challenge to design patterns in honor of friends – picking one friend for each letter of the alphabet. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Spice Cake by Michelle Blohm

A New Jersey native living in Florida, Michelle Blohm jumps at any chance to wear her finished objects, whether it’s shopping in an air-conditioned mall or traveling to a colder climate. On those occasions, Michelle struggles to choose just one or two pieces from her collection (a self-imposed rule she follows to avoid “looking like a yarn shop vomited on me”). But the mild temps haven’t cooled her passion for crochet and design. Read more

Guest Blogger: Teresa Gregorio Talks About the Great Northern Collection

Hi! I’m Teresa Gregorio – knitwear designer of bold, feminine, unique pieces. I’m collaborating with fellow designer Leah Coccari-Swift to create Great Northern, a collection of sweaters, accessories and housewares all inspired by the cult tv show, Twin Peaks.

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Designer Spotlight: Twigs by Novel Reed

Novel Reed had a knack for knitwear design even before she had mastered all of the basics. Her first project as an 8-year-old novice was a knitted tube dress for a Barbie doll. She couldn’t figure out how to bind off, so she slipped the tail of her yarn through the live stitches and turned it into a halter. Read more

Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: October Sweater Challenge

This is the first time I’m writing about a knitting adventure that has yet to happen. The October Sweater Challenge is the next knit-along that I’ll be hosting in the Berroco Lovers group on Ravelry and it’s pretty much what it sounds like – one month to make one sweater. Read more


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