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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

Designer Spotlight: Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

By day, Kam Baker is the artistan behind Everyday Peacocks, a brand of fancy stitch markers and shawls pins that she refers to as “yarn jewelry.” By night, Kam is a multitasking mom of three, often cooking, cleaning and wrangling kids while knitting. She doesn’t have as much time as she’d like to design, but she does a pretty good job with what she’s got!

Make that a really good job! Kam published Evening Whispers, a beautiful shawl pattern this summer. Delicate but warm, the shawl features a section of stockinette knit in Berroco Folio, a section of seed stitch knit in Boboli Lace and a section of lace the uses both yarns with stranded colorwork. The design is available in two versions – a crescent shape as well as a rounded triangle.

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Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

How did you come up with this design?

My friend Lucinda handed me a freshly started shawl one day and said, “Here, finish this.”

Any interesting stories about your process?

My process is a little scattered. Sometimes I see a design in my mind and then feverishly knit and reknit until I get it right. But other times—as for this pattern—I start with the chart. I will map out a design that I think will get me close to what I am seeing in my mind, and then I will swatch it. I block it out and evaluate it, then change anything that’s not quite right. I think I edited and swatched the lace panel for this shawl about three times before it was what I wanted it to be!

How did you decide on the yarn?

When this project was first put into my hands, the choice was obviously already made for me! When I started working on the crescent version of this design, I wanted to repeat this tactile fascination, but also add some delicious color! Lucinda suggested I take a look at the Folio. I fell in love with the sweet softness of it — what a gorgeous mix with the smooth texture and vibrant colors of Boboli Lace! It was perfect!

What’s your favorite thing about knitting?

I think it is the mental stimulation mixed with a creative spirit! I love knitting lace because it is constantly changing most of the time — I feel a bit like I am solving a puzzle as I go along. It keeps my brain active and allows me some brief moments of quiet pride when I get to marvel at the beautiful things I have created. Oh, and yummy yarn…did I mention how much I love yummy yarn?

Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

Evening Whispers by Kam Baker

Do you have a cool design you want to share? Or did you recently finish a project with Berroco yarn? You can email Ashley: apalumbo@berroco.com or post it to the Berroco Lovers forum in Ravelry.

 

Designer Spotlight: Blue Diamond by Jennifer Cirka

Pets can’t knit or crochet, but as Jennifer Cirka and other owners know, they tend to be very “supportive” of any activity involving yarn. Jennifer will sit on the couch with a crochet project in hand and her “big, goofy Greyhound,” by her side – at least that’s how they start. More often than not, they end up in a photo-worthy position! Read more

Designer Spotlight: Avoca Fingerless Gloves & Mittens by Patricia Hart

Patricia Hart grew up watching her mom make beautiful things without any patterns. Patricia says that this creativity she witnessed as a child inspired her own design career with knitting and crochet.

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Designer Spotlight: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

After more than a decade working as a college history professor, Elizabeth Green Musselman was ready for a change. She traded in the textbooks for knitting needles, focusing on a future in knitwear design and editing. Read more

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