The final post with the reveal of the layout for our Ultra Alpaca MKAL will be out this week. As thrilled as I am with how this piece turned out, I couldn't resist the temptation to come up with some fun alternate options. Option one uses the pattern as written - 5 squares each of the… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Building Your Ultra Alpaca MKAL Blanket
Nat Raedwulf says her designs typically arise from a specific need – often one identified in the midst of an adventure. Whether she’s at home or on vacation, she’ll drop everything else and follow that inspiration. It almost always leads her to a local yarn shop! Nat’s Wildlings Toddler Leg Warmers are the perfect example… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Wildlings Toddler Leg Warmers by Nat Raedwulf
I it find equally awesome and intimidating that knitting has seemingly endless techniques to be learned. When I cast on for Willard in our Berroco Home Crochet & Knit-Along at the end of June, I decided it was the right time to try sewing in a zipper. It helped that I had more than a month to mentally… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: My First Zipper
In this week's Amy's Thread, Amy shared a project she'd recently finished. It's a super cute hat designed by Misa Erder called Bubble Star. She used a clever technique, also used in Mary Jane Mucklestone's Fishbones pattern from Portfolio vol. 1, to attach a removable pom-pom to the hat. Want to learn how it's done? It is… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I create a removable pom-pom?
Around the time that the Artisan yarn samples were arriving in the Berroco offices, Misa Erder's pattern Bubble Star came out on Ravelry, and I knew I'd found a perfect match of yarn and pattern. Bubble Star is a perfect first colorwork project for an adventurous beginning knitter. The easy to read chart is only 14 rounds of… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Bubble Star!
April Garwood began designing in 2010 when she was expecting her fourth daughter. Her first pattern was a crochet baby dress that she made for a special church ceremony. She’s published more than 50 patterns since and has even begun expanding into knit design. April’s Punch Pillow, is a new pattern featured in the special… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Punch Pillow by April Garwood
I was on vacation last week on an island in Maine. It has been a harsh reality coming back to Providence and the work week, after lazy, beach days and cool, star-filled evenings. Each night I bundled up in a big blue wool blanket to keep me warm, but I wished I had brought wool… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I seam crochet slippers?
Do you knit (and/or crochet) in the summer? If you are knitting, do your pattern and yarn choices change for the season? Since the Fall 2015 collection launched at the end of June, it has been thrilling to see what pieces knitters are excited about. Mrs. Watson, by the incredibly talented Martina Behm, has an impressive… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: What’s on Your Needles?
Jessica Rose has gone through phases of scrapbooking, quilting, soap making and more. Her husband even once called her “compulsively crafty.” But knitting is one thing she hasn’t phased out. Earlier this year, the Seattle Knitters Guild asked Jessica to design a pattern in honor of their 30th Anniversary – hence her Seattle Knitters Guild… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Seattle Knitters Guild 30th Anniversary Hat by Jessica Rose
As much as I love knitting now, the pain and frustration of learning to knit (3 or 4 separate times, mind you) is still fresh in my mind. I've been wanting to try Continental knitting for a while, but dreaded the learning curve. I made it my New Year's resolution for 2015, and just a… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: My (Inter)Continental Hopedale Scarf