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Amy’s Thread: Elizabeth Smith, Designer to Watch

Elizabeth Smith designs under her line, The Brown Stitch. Recently, she has recently come out with a series of beautifully simple patterns in Berroco yarns that are not only photographed beautifully, her styling is spot on.

The first time Elizabeth’s work caught my eye was in 2009 with the pattern Mud Season (which was knit in Berroco’s discontinued yarn Cuzco – you could substitute Ultra Alpaca Chunky to make this now). She has done a lot of beautiful work since then. Elizabeth has several other pieces designed for Berroco yarns. Here are a few of my recent favorites:

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Designer Spotlight: Toothless Dragon Graphgan by Sarita Kumar

Sarita Kumar spent a lot of time on bed rest during her two pregnancies, but she made the best of it by learning to knit and later, crochet. She mostly crochets now, using her skills to make creative toys and gifts for family and friends. Read more

Portfolio Party Recap

We had a great time at our Berroco Portfolio/Ultra Alpaca Party last weekend. With 10 years of this great yarn and a fabulous new pattern collection, there was a lot to celebrate! We want to thank everyone who joined us for the fun and also share a few pictures for those of you who couldn’t make it.

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Emily Explains: How do I make an afterthought thumb?

One of our latest free patterns, Hanne, is a seriously beautiful pair of mittens designed by Amy. They sit on her desk across from me in the office and I want to steal them! They are a pair of stranded colorwork, Scandinavian mittens with an afterthought thumb. I just learned the afterthought thumb technique and it is blowing my mind how great it is! Read more

Designer Spotlight: Capilano by Susannah Hill

If Susannah Hill didn’t knit all the time, she says she’d be baking because sugar makes her happy. Lucky for us, she is knitting – and designing – beautiful things. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Slater Mill/Portfolio Vol.1 Salon

Berroco Portfolio vol. 1 is near and dear to my heart – something I dreamed about doing – and getting to finally see the book come to life was the highlight of my first year at Berroco. This coming Sunday (October 25th) we will be hosting a designer salon to celebrate this collection. If you are local to New England, we hope you’ll join us in Pawtucket at the Slater Mill museum for an afternoon of knitting, demonstrations and fun.

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Designer Spotlight: Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit by Elizabeth Cala

Elizabeth Cala stays up at night visualizing how the pieces of her future designs will come together. The loss of sleep takes nothing away from the thrill she gets in creating something from nothing. Read more


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