Yarn substitution is always a gamble. There is a reason that the yarn was paired to the pattern by the designer and the pattern reflects the characteristics of that yarn. Choosing an different yarn is entering at your own risk – if it doesn’t work out you’re sort of sunk. Nothing’s worse than a mismatched project and yarn. But if you can find the right alternative yarn, you’ll have a fabulous FO that you’ll love and cherish. Read more
Posts from the ‘advice’ Category
When we updated our website last year, we added a really awesome new pattern page with lots of improved search features. So many, in fact, that we realize it might be a bit overwhelming for some of you!
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.
If you haven’t heard, our latest knit-along started this week featuring our new free pattern, Udina. This beautiful sweater – designed by the one and only Norah Gaughan – features an interesting new cable pattern that requires two cable needles for one of the stitches. Luckily, it only sounds hard! Read more
For the past few days, I have been furiously knitting a garter stitch scarf for our upcoming photo shoot (I’d tell you more about it, but then I’d have to kill you). What I can say, is that garter stitch makes a beautiful fabric and is a wonderful stitch to practice when you’re learning to knit. Unfortunately, my harried pace has led to some painful complications…dropped stitches. Read more
It’s one of those things that makes our booklets look so nice, yet it has nothing to do with yarn. I’m talking, of course, about the fabulous hairstyles created by our go-to hair and makeup artist, Jennie Kay Plumb. Read more