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Emily Explains: Letting Go… A Lesson of Decreasing in Pattern

I’ve demonstrated a few instances of decreasing in pattern and I thought I was finally starting to get it. But as I approached the armhole decrease in Fleta (the latest project on my needles) I realized I was totally in over my head. Decreasing into a cable can be confusing. Lucky for me, we have a sample of the sweater in the office and my desk is conveniently located right next to the designer! Read more

Emily Explains: Provisional Cast On

Have you been wanting to learn a provisional cast on? Today, I’m going to explain my preferred method. Truthfully, it’s the only method I know, but I still think it’s pretty great!

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What Inspires: Sonia Delaunay

In college, I had a wonderful art history teacher who believed that the best way to study great artists was to research their sketchbooks. We spent all our time looking for as many sketches and scribbles as we could find leading up to their great paintings. We rarely even bothered with the final pieces! It really opened my eyes to new artists I had never heard of before – artists I never thought I would appreciate as much as I do now. Sonia Delaunay is one of those artists that continues to inspire me. Read more

Emily Explains: Sliding Loop in Crochet

Recently, we got a question about one of our crochet patterns that begins in the round with a sliding loop. I crocheted a lot for a previous job, but I had never heard of a sliding loop for crochet. After a quick Google search, I realized this technique is also known as a magic ring or a disappearing ring. It’s a great skill to have because it helps you start crocheting in the round without getting that pesky hole in the top center of your piece.

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Emily Explains: Dropped-Stitch Lace Pattern from Enso

Our entire Spring/Summer ’14 collection is special for me because it was my first season with Berroco, but Booklet#344 Berroco Folio was especially fun to design. When you’re working with a yarn like Folio, it’s easy to get excited to knit! Read more

Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)

Sometimes I come across symbols in my knitting, read them – thinking I know exactly what they mean – and knit on. Soon I come to realize that I did not look closely enough at the symbol in my pattern. Talk about frustrating! Read more

Emily Explains: Cabled Arm-Knitting!

The design team and I have been racking our brains these past two weeks, thinking of a fun new arm-knitting video to make. A lot of crazy ideas came to mind…Martha, Norah, Ashley and me using our arms and knitting in a giant circle? Didn’t pan out. Finally, we turned to a fun and easy technique to give arm knitting a creative twist.  Read more

Emily Explains: Lace Increases in our Harbour Pattern

In last week’s KnitBits, we introduced booklet #342 Berroco Linus, and it was a hit! The response was especially good for our short-sleeve lace cardigan, Harbour. Since this pattern includes a few tricky spots, I thought it would be the perfect topic for this week’s blog.

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Emily Explains: Getting Creative with Iwo

I’m excited to say that Iwo is one of our most popular designs for Spring/Summer 2014. This two-tone shawl is knit in Berroco Folio which is a great trans-seasonal yarn made from alpaca and viscose. It’s so soft and light, it can work as an accessory in the spring and summer, but it’s also warm enough to keep cozy in the winter. Read more

What Inspires: Good Music

With the deadline looming for our Fall/Winter 2014 photo shoot, we are all sneaking in knitting whenever we can. To keep up my physical and creative energy – and to keep from going crazy – I’ve been consuming copious amounts of coffee, tea, chocolate and good music. Read more

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