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Norah’s Knits: Icelandic Influences

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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

Giveaway: Crocheting Clothes Kids Love

When I’m making a gift for one the many adorable kids in my life, I tend to prefer crochet over knitting. There are few reasons for this, but mainly, it’s because crochet is quick (and they grow so fast) and a great way to get creative!

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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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