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Designer Spotlight: Grain of Sand Sweater by Gabrielle Vézina

When Gabrielle Vézina quit smoking several years ago, she picked up knitting to keep her hands busy. She describes it as replacing one addiction with another that is far more rewarding – for her and for everyone who now gets to knit her patterns!

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Emily Explains: How do I choose the right needles for my yarn?

When I first learned how to knit I was given a set of pink size 11 metal needles and a skein of hot pink yarn – a bulky wool and mohair blend. The needles felt long and a little awkward in my hands but I eventually got the hang of it and began knitting away. For the longest time, I didn’t understand that when I changed my yarn I should probably switch the size and type of my needles.

Here is what I have come to find…  Read more

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

Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge.

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