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Style Your Knits: Halyard

We like to joke that there’s a dividing line of color preferences in the design office. Amy and Emily are metaphorically (and physically, with our desk arrangement) on one side with their love of neutrals and classic earth tones, while Alison and I prefer jewel tones (Alison even has a pink streak in her hair) and follow a the-brighter-the-better philosophy.

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Emily Explains: Embroidery Ideas for Minutia ’14

In this year’s adorable free Minutia patterns, I designed Blitzen, the quirky little mitten. I was inspired by embroidered and knitted Scandinavian and Norwegian mittens. The embroidery on these mittens is exquisite! Read more

Amy’s Thread: Alternative Yarns for Grace

Christmas is less than two months away…have you started knitting? Read more

Designer Spotlight: The Harvest Pumpkin by Bonnie Burton

An experienced knitter with a professional background in marketing, Bonnie Burton has found her niche in lifelike knitted displays. She started several years ago with a knitted picnic scene aimed to catch shoppers’ eyes as they passed the large front window of Colorful Stitches – a LYS that Bonnie co-owns in Lennox, MA. Thanks to consumer shows and the Internet, it gained attention in the greater knitting community and beyond. Her work is so realistic, several people mistook the knitted sculptures for an actual buffet! Read more

Emily Explains: Casting on with Two Circular Needles for Corker

My apartment was chilly this morning and as I rummaged through my sock drawer I was disappointed with the number of bulky socks I found. I don’t have nearly enough to wear with my favorite fall and winter boots! Obviously, the answer to my problem is to knit myself a pair. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Celtic Cables Hood by Lynn Venghaus

When it comes to pattern writing, Lynn Venghaus is particular about what should be included – end of row stitch counts, yardage for a long-tail cast on, predetermined decreases – the more information, the better. Poorly written patterns are her pet peeve! If you decide to knit one of her designs, you won’t have to worry about it being unclear.

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Emily Explains: Casting on for Grace

Grace, a lovely mitten pattern in our new fall yarn, Berroco Mojo, is oh so simple to knit…with one small quirk. You cast on from the top of the mitten and work down! I don’t know about you, but I have never done such a thing. It’s called a Turkish cast on and Amy just taught me how to do this morning, so I promise you can pick it up quickly!  Read more

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