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Emily Explains: Provisional Cast Ons for Spring Knits

As I hunker down to write this post, there are 10 days, 8 hours and 56 minutes until spring. It has been a long winter but I think we have made it! The sun is beginning to shine brighter each day and the birds are singing. It’s perfect timing for quick spring knits like Carrot and Rabbit. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Mai Tai Giveaway

Something refreshing just in the nick of time! The BabyCocktails Tiki Collection by Thea Colman is an ebook of tropical knits (paper umbrellas not included) featuring Mai Tai, a cowl knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca.

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Designer Spotlight: Reduce, Reuse Market Bag by Kirstin Webb

When it comes to knitting, crocheting and designing, Kirstin Webb tends to “wing it.” She learned the basics from a grandmother when she was young and got a refresher from her husband’s family as an adult. From there, she did a lot of reading and experimentation. Read more

Emily Explains: Writing Out Charts

My first stitch dictionary I ever had was Barbara Walker’s Volume II. The endless pages of patterns were eye-opening to me, and the book was perfect because each row was written out stitch by stitch. When I started my job at Berroco, I was introduced to Lesley Stanfield’s The New Knitting Stitch Library of charted knitting stitch patterns. Read more

Amy’s Thread: Thinking About Cotton

Last night we got another blanket of snow here in New England, but it’s now March, ‘in like a lion, out like a lamb‘ right? Time to start dreaming and scheming about spring and summer knits.

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Designer Spotlight: Boho Banded Jacket by Kathy Perry

Kathy Perry has been knitting most of her life, but she’s still picking up new techniques through her design work. Her recently published pattern, Boho Banded Jacket, came about when an editor asked Kathy to create something using reverse Fair Isle. At the time she didn’t know what that meant, but she’s a quick learner!

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Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Changing Charts & Colorwork Challenges

I cannot wait to cast on for our Agave KAL! So many gorgeous colors and textures combined in a fun and flattering sweater – I honestly don’t think Alison could have designed it any better. And that’s my problem…

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