It seems like every week I uncover a new favorite design from the Berroco archives. Right now, I'm madly in love with Wakame - a cropped, asymmetrical sweater that drapes just perfectly. Wakame was first published in booklet #262 Yin and Yang, but it was such a hit that we reintroduced it as one of our free patterns!… Continue reading Emily Explains: Exposed Seams
The rush of the gift-giving season has subsided and the cold of winter is setting in. This is about the time I dream of knitting for myself. I'm hoping to have more free time to snuggle up on the couch with a cat or two, get an old movie playing and knit. I love that… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Knit for Yourself!
Stephanie Mason describes herself as an “all around crafty lady.” She knits, crochets, embroiders and whips up beautiful new designs at an impressive pace. Recently, she set a lofty creative goal – to design and publish 100 baby sweater patterns in one year! She’s even set up a website to share her progress. #16 on… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Snowflake by Stephanie Mason
I was wandering about on our web site, looking for an older free pattern, when I realized how many great patterns I had forgotten about. I get the feeling that if I have forgotten about them, chances are everyone else has too. I've assembled a collection of my favorites - things I'd like to wear.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: (Almost) Forgotten Free Patterns
When it comes to designing crochet patterns, Shelby Allaho tends to go with the flow. She works mainly in free-form crochet, which gives her the flexibility change paths mid-project. As she’s found, sometimes the kerchief you planned to design really just wants to be a purse. Lucky for us, Shelby has used her creativity to… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Bella Necklace Trio by Shelby Allaho
Every once in a while, I see a post on Pinterest or another of my favorite inspirtation sites, about a technique famously known as arm kniting. I look at it, admire the bulky scarf made, and move on. I love knitting with bulky yarn and bulky needles. Why would I need to knit with my… Continue reading Emily Explains: Arm Knitting!
I hear a lot of talk about knitting stars (celebrities), but it's geometric stars that I'm talking about today. A few years ago, when I just couldn't stop knitting hexagons and pentagons, I expanded my explorations to include 3-D shapes. Celestine is made of 10 pentagons all knit on to each other forming a dodecahedron.… Continue reading Norah’s Knits: Knitting Stars
After years of experimenting other designers' knitting patterns, Whitney Meagher took the next step - entering her own design in a recent knitting and crochet contest at the DC State Fair. The only requirement was to incorporate the District of Columbia flag. Whitney came up with a pair of fingerless gloves, which ended up taking the… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: DC State Fair Fingerless Mitts by Whitney Meagher
Barrison loves being home for the holidays but before settling down for a cozy New England winter, she squeezed in one more adventure to Ireland. Our sales rep Betsy, who's also a flight attendant, got a her a great deal on airfare and offered to be Barrison's personal tour guide! From the beautiful countryside along… Continue reading Barrison’s Travels: Ireland
I love the holidays. Growing up, our dining room and kitchen would be overflowing with garland, twinkle lights, wrapping paper and handmade gifts from my mom. It was a whole month of crafting, baking and singing along with Bing Crosby.No matter how big or small, a gift that you make is always special. And the… Continue reading Emily Explains: Creative Gift Wrapping Ideas