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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!… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Boho Banded Jacket by Kathy Perry

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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... I have a bit of a contrarian streak when it comes to picking project colors. I… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Changing Charts & Colorwork Challenges

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Agave: Inspiration & Color Play

I'm delighted that our next Berroco knit-along is Agave, the yoke pullover I designed for booklet #360 Folk Art. For this collection, the design team was inspired by the bold colors and style of artist Frida Kahlo. Amy gave me this photo to interpret into a yoke sweater.     You can see that I translated the… Continue reading Agave: Inspiration & Color Play

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Emily Explains: Knit From the Red Carpet

When I was a little girl I absolutely loved the Oscars. At the time, I was too young to really know what movies or actors were being honored. I only cared about one thing - the red carpet and the designers. Valentino, Oscar de la Renta, Givenchy and Armani, are the names that stuck with… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knit From the Red Carpet

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Amy’s Thread: Knit-worthy Red Carpet Inspiration

Red carpet events are a fun place to look for style and color ideas. This year I saw a lot of red, white and black classic looks - overall a fairly conservative red carpet - but there were some standout actors and actresses whose Oscar looks we loved. The obvious match: Emma Stone wearing Elie… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knit-worthy Red Carpet Inspiration

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Designer Spotlight: American Blue by Gus Baxter

Gus Baxter picked up knitting pretty quickly. It was only a year ago that he signed up for his first lesson at Close Knit. Two months later, the owners called to offer him a job. Now he’s working to become a full-time designer. American Blue is a new shawl that Gus designed using two shades… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: American Blue by Gus Baxter

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Emily Explains: Garter Tab Cast On

I designing a shawl a few months ago, when the girls in the office taught me how to do a garter tab cast on. Since then, I've used it in almost every shawl I make. You'll  have to wait a few months to see these shawls, but you can practice the technique with Laelia from booklet #360… Continue reading Emily Explains: Garter Tab Cast On

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Amy’s Thread: Trend Spotting

Knitted dresses and skirts are back! Handknitted dresses and skirts aren't really a new trend. Skirts and dresses were popular knitting project in the 1930s-1950s. Women knitted themselves spectacular suits in silk or wool bouclé on fine gauge needles. In the 1960s  and 70s the trend went with chunkier, quicker knits in the form of shift dress… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Trend Spotting

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Designer Spotlight: Extreme Hedonism by Geanie Helfrich

There are lots of different reasons to start knitting. Geanie Helfrich was motivated to learn after she saw a beautiful handknit sweater featured in a catalogue. She couldn’t afford to buy it, but decided if someone else’s hands could make it so could hers…eventually. A trip to the local library led to a trip to… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Extreme Hedonism by Geanie Helfrich

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Style Your Knits: Emmeline

Emmeline might just be the dress version of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants. Take four women of various ages, heights and sizes, add this knitted dress, and, if I do say so myself, the results are pretty fabulous! In addition to its magical fit, Emmeline makes a great trans-seasonal garment. It's knit in our new… Continue reading Style Your Knits: Emmeline