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Designer Spotlight: Effloresce Shawl by Amy Antler

Amy Antler loves to flip through her many knitting magazines for design inspiration. She can look at the same issue again and again, and each time, something different catches her eye. Her love of mixing and matching stitch patterns is especially evident in her newest design. Read more

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

Amy’s Thread: Which comes first the yarn or the pattern?

Whether I’m designing or knitting for fun, my knitting choices tend to start with the yarn. I fall in love with the yarn first and the pattern follows. I find tweedy yarns irresistible and, this week, I’ve been hunting for the perfect pattern for a sweater’s worth of Berroco Remix in the shade “Night Fall”   Read more

Designer Spotlight: Dogwood Beanie by Kendall Nahorniak

Kendall Nahorniak learned the basics of crochet when she was 8 years old, but she didn’t do much with her skills until a couple of years ago. And it wasn’t long before she was designing popular patterns of her own.

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What Inspires: Norah

I first “met” Norah Gaughan in the book Knitting in America: Patterns, Profiles, & Stories of America’s Leading Artisans by Melanie Falick. That book came out in 1996, but it was probably around 2001-2002, when the Tweedy Aran Cardigan came out in Interweave Knits, that she inspired me to take my knitting beyond rectangles and into garments. By the time Norah came out with Knitting Nature in 2006, I was in total “design crush.”

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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

Norah’s Knits: Orange!

Today, I am thinking about orange. Read more

Designer Spotlight: Noe Valley Sweater by Katherine Lee

Whenever she would run errands or drive her kids around town, Katherine Lee wished she had something warm to throw on in the car – especially on those chilly mornings. In particular, she wanted something that would work over a variety of outfits and could keep her neck nice and cozy. She came up with a general design and started knitting. 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

Norah’s Knits: 9 Free Hat Patterns

One taste of 40 degree weather and I think it’s spring. I should have worn a little more to keep warm this morning! The truth is, it is still cold out there in a lot of the U.S. and – even if it is beginning to get warmer – sometimes a hat is just what you need.  Here is a round up of my favorite free hat patterns from Berroco.   Read more

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