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Knitter’s Spotlight: Robyn Chachula

Robyn Chachula claims that her transition from structural engineer to crochet designer was relatively smooth. She simply changed her medium from concrete to yarn! Read more

KnitBits Preview: New for Spring/Summer 2013

When it comes to unveiling a new collection, I’m honestly not sure who is more excited.  We know a lot of you have been eagerly awaiting our new yarns and spring & summer knitting patterns.  But everyone in the Berroco design office is thrilled to finally share the secrets we’ve kept for months!

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KnitBits Preview: Enduring Favorites

Did you know the Berroco Design Team creates nearly 200 new patterns every year?  While we’re constantly thinking up new designs, we still love to see that people are continuing to knit some of our enduring favorites.  You know the ones I mean.  They’re the designs you make in multiple colors or for every family member.  The sweater you knit when it’s new and again, when you’ve worn out the first one.

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KnitBits Preview: A Fine Italian Yarn

Berroco yarn is manufactured in mills all over the world, but we do most of our buying twice a year at a huge trade show in Florence, Italy.  That’s where our beautiful Berroco Cirrus comes from.  There’s an interesting story about this fine Italian yarn, and the family that makes it, in tomorrow’s KnitBits.

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KnitBits Preview: Winter Giveaway

Would a new knitting book and some free Berroco yarn help make your new year happier?  We thought so!  Make sure you read tomorrow’s KnitBits, to find out how to enter our winter giveaway.

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KnitBits Preview: Favorite Designs of 2012

It’s hard to believe another year is almost over.  For Berroco, one of the highlights of 2012 was launching our newly redesigned website!

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KnitBits Preview: Season’s Greetings

Are you dreaming of a white Christmas?  With only five days to go, it might be time to take snowmaking matters into your own hands.  Berroco is happy to help.

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KnitBits Preview: How-To (and why to) Visit Berroco’s Video Library

As you may have read in a previous post, I’ve been trying to brush up on my knitting techniques. I love when I can use a video to learn new stitches because I can start and stop it as I need.

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Donna and Sawtelle

This fall, Donna’s become entangled in an unexpected love triangle. The players? Donna, Remix, and  the Sawtelle Adult cardigan pattern. Read more

New England Knits!

Read on to hear some behind the scenes scoop from the authors of New England Knits, Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre.

CR: Hey ladies! Why don’t we start by explaining how you know each other?

We first met many years ago through mutual friends, but because we lived in different places, we lost touch. When Ravelry came into the picture we found each other again and discovered that we had both become a bit knitting-obsessed. The rest is history because we’ve been hanging out ever since!

CR: I know firsthand how much a garment can change from sketch to final piece. Were there any garments in New England Knits that morphed or surprised you?

Melissa: The Montague vest actually started as a belted sweater, but when I was about to sew in the sleeves I realized that I really loved it without them. After trying it on, it was officially a vest!
Cecily: We actually had included a couple designs for men’s sweaters in the original proposal, but then decided it was more cohesive as a collection of women’s garments only. The Augusta Cardigan is a revised version of one of the men’s designs.
CR: Time to play favorites! Which garment in the book is at the top of your daydream queue?

Melissa: Oh boy, this changes almost daily for me. I think I need to knit myself a Hampton Cardigan. I love the construction, and I keep trying it on and dreaming about not giving it back to C.
Cecily: I agree, I keep finding a new favorite! From the sweaters though, I always seem to come back to the Salem Hooded Jacket, a hood, ribbon detail, and pockets!
CR: Melissa, you just used Peruvia Quick and Vintage for your Acorns hat. Any other Berroco favorites?

Melissa: Peruvia Quick is my absolute favorite right now. I’ve been daydreaming about a starting a new design in it. I am wool girl to the core.
CR: Cecily, I just knit myself a Goodale because I needed a break from constant designing! Do either of you have any “cheat” knits that you sneak in between designing? If you weren’t a professional designer, what would you be working on right now?

Cecily: Can I put a big disclaimer on this? I am not saying this to be nice, it is absolutely true- I bought the pattern for Kiloran [Ed: Kiloran is a dress I designed for Twist Collective in Ultra Alpaca], just so I can just have it at the ready for when my workload slows down. I have been dreaming about it since the new issue of Twist came out!
CR: Summer in New England is coming to an end. What is your favorite part of New England summers? What are you looking forward to in autumn?

Melissa: I really enjoy knitting on the beach, and just being near the ocean, but I can’t wait for SWEATER WEATHER!
Cecily: Definitely being able to spend time by the ocean is my favorite part of New England summers. However, after this particularly hot summer, I am really looking forward to the cool, crisp fall air.

From left: Gudrun/Shetland Trader, Melissa/Knitting School Dropout and Cirilia/Skrilla Knits


CR: What’s next for Cecily and Melissa?

We plan on working together again. That’s all we’re saying! :)

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