Sarita Kumar spent a lot of time on bed rest during her two pregnancies, but she made the best of it by learning to knit and later, crochet. She mostly crochets now, using her skills to make creative toys and gifts for family and friends. Sarita’s Toothless Dragon Graphgan is an adorable colorwork baby blanket crocheted… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Toothless Dragon Graphgan by Sarita Kumar
We had a great time at our Berroco Portfolio/Ultra Alpaca Party last weekend. With 10 years of this great yarn and a fabulous new pattern collection, there was a lot to celebrate! We want to thank everyone who joined us for the fun and also share a few pictures for those of you who couldn't… Continue reading Portfolio Party Recap
One of our latest free patterns, Hanne, is a seriously beautiful pair of mittens designed by Amy. They sit on her desk across from me in the office and I want to steal them! They are a pair of stranded colorwork, Scandinavian mittens with an afterthought thumb. I just learned the afterthought thumb technique and it is blowing my… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I make an afterthought thumb?
Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge. Last week my free pattern, Hanne, was released in Knitbits. Hanne is a pair of Scandi style colorwork mittens. I used two colors of Berroco's new Ultra Alpaca Tonal yarn. This is the same worsted yarn as Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but it's kettle dyed… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters
If Susannah Hill didn’t knit all the time, she says she’d be baking because sugar makes her happy. Lucky for us, she is knitting – and designing – beautiful things. Capilano is a large poncho that Susannah designed in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The fabric is bursting with texture, including multiple cable patterns, bobbles and moss… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Capilano by Susannah Hill
I'm still working on my Calleta today and loving the project so much! The girls in the office are cruising ahead on their knitting, but I am working slow and steady, a little bit each day. Today I have finished the sleeve, used the cable cast on to add stitches for the front and back, and… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I keep track of multiple instructions?
Berroco Portfolio vol. 1 is near and dear to my heart - something I dreamed about doing - and getting to finally see the book come to life was the highlight of my first year at Berroco. This coming Sunday (October 25th) we will be hosting a designer salon to celebrate this collection. If you are… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Slater Mill/Portfolio Vol.1 Salon
Elizabeth Cala stays up at night visualizing how the pieces of her future designs will come together. The loss of sleep takes nothing away from the thrill she gets in creating something from nothing. Elizabeth’s Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit was actually inspired by her Pinterest feed. With many expecting friends sharing pictures of babies in… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Photoshoot-Worthy Mermaid Tail Outfit by Elizabeth Cala
For this month's Sweater Challenge (I like to call it the sweater smackdown), everyone in the office is knitting Calleta. I'm not sure that I am going to finish my Calleta by the end of the month, but I do hope to finish the project because I love the sweater so much! I am a bit… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do you keep track of your knitting?
After realizing that she was the only female in her family without a craft, Mindy Dykman asked her high school boyfriend’s mother to teach her how to knit. That was 30 years ago. The relationship ended, but the knitting stuck. Gilraen’s Cowl started - like many of Mindy’s other design ideas - with the question,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Gilraen’s Cowl by Mindy Dykman