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Amy’s Thread: The Season of Cabled Pullovers

My favorite trend that I’m seeing this fall is big, cozy, cabled pullovers. The kind that knit up double quick in chunky gauges with bold cable patterns, that transition from fall jacket to winter weekend staple.

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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! Read more

Emily Explains: Seaming Garter Stitch

With the recent fall weather, I long for squishy and cozy garter stitch knits. Why garter stitch? It’s simple, so you can enjoy a nice conversation with a friend or a good movie while knitting. And it’s almost like going back your roots. Ultimately, it looks and feels great, too!

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Amy’s Thread: All About Ease

What is ease and how much do you need?

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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

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