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Emily Explains: Color Combinations

I have to be honest, sometimes I find working with color to be extremely difficult. Seriously, I mean how can one possibly narrow down just a few colors of beautifully spun yarn to work with! And to make that decision quickly?! No way. Read more

Emily Explains: Stranded Knitting in the Round

One of my best friends from high school is from Iceland. She used to go home to visit and come back with photos that looked as if they came from a stunning fashion magazine. The sweaters on her friends and family members were  gorgeous! Many were made by hand, gifts from someone special. I’ll never forget the pictures of those sweaters. Read more

Emily Explains: Assembly for Gazost

Last Thanksgiving, long before my time at Berroco, I was sitting on the couch with my dad watching an old movie, when all of a sudden, he paused it and had an idea. Read more

Emily Explains: Duplicate Stitch

We all love Fair Isle and intarsia, but sometimes those techniques can be a little intimidating. And what if you only want to add color in a small section of your knitted piece? Read more

Emily Explains: Knitting Swatches for Inspiration

I have to be honest…sometimes I get so overhwelmed by choosing a project that it keeps me from starting anything. I end up knitting many swatches instead. Read more

Emily Explains: Creative Embroidery

Fall is creeping on in, which means it’s time for me to start pulling out my beloved woolens. I love basic hats to keep me warm throughout the fall and winter, but I’ve been thinking it might be fun to embellishing them with a bit of embroidery. Read more

Emily Explains: Some Fun Knitting Facts

I adore the fall…the cool air settling in…freshly sharpened pencils…mornings with tea and a good book… and,  most importantly, the big fat fall fashion issues that are delivered to me! Read more

Emily Explains: How to Make a Color Blocked Pom Pom

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of playful embellishments. I’m tempted to add fringe to everything! Needless to say, I loved the colorful pom pom that’s sewn to the top of last week’s free pattern, Rist. I have been curious about making a color blocked pom pom and this design gave me the motivation to try. Read more

Emily Explains: How to Read a Lace Chart

I don’t know about you, but I was a totally intimidated the first time I looked at charted patterns. All of those little boxes, foreign symbols and lines going every which way — it’s enough to give a girl knitting nightmares! But once I faced my fears, I realized that it wasn’t so bad. Read more

Emily Explains: Knitting a Flat Pattern in the Round

On my last trip to Maine, I was sitting on the porch with my mom and flipping through Barbara Walker’s Second Treasury of Knitting Patterns. She’d given me this book as a gift, at a time when I believed I would never become a good knitter. It has been an endless source of inspiration and knowledge ever since and I have a habit of lugging it around with me wherever I go… just in case! Read more

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