For this winter's KAL I am excited to knit Helen, a Bohus inspired top down color work pullover designed by Amy Christoffers. I adore the colors that Amy chose for the piece photographed in Portfolio Vol. 1. They are definitely "my" colors, but if I were to be honest with myself, my winter wardrobe consists… Continue reading Emily Explains: Swatching for Helen/Ellen KAL
The North Eastern US is shoveling out from under the first significant snow storm of 2016 but at Berroco we're thinking spring. We have the "Spring" photography in September when things are starting to turn from bright greens toward rusty golds. To escape the turning leaves we shot in Southern Rhode Island where we get… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Spring?
The styling, design, and photography for book #372 Fiora + Folio was very much influenced by Alfred Stieglitz photographs of Georgia O'Keefe, and by her spirit, paintings, sculpture, and their surrounding desert landscape. This work acted as a sort of muse, just as the landscape was a muse for O'Keefe and O'Keefe was a muse for Stieglitz. After lots… Continue reading Emily Explains: An artist’s muse
The style of Bohus knitting (pronounced "Bo-Huss") was the inspiration behind the Helen Cardigan designed for Portfolio Vol.1. Really it's the inspiration behind a lot of what I design so this week I want to share a little glimpse of what makes this style so special. Bohus Stickning was produced from 1939-1969. Development of the Bohus Style… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Bohus Inspiration
Yesterday Berroco released a new free pattern, Mira, a color work hat designed in Berroco Abode by Amy Christoffers, our fabulous design director. Mira is a beautiful hat that I was so excited to swatch for because knitting with Abode is simply scrumptious. It is a 100% merino wool, loosely spun, single ply yarn that goes from… Continue reading Emily Explains: A Color Option for Mira
I am in love with the Fishbones pattern by Mary Jane Muckelstone for Portfolio Vol. 1, and I'm not the only one. Some of you have been knitting this pattern in multiples. A new hat is a great way to liven up the a winter wardrobe. Fishbones is a whimsical hat worked in the round with a traditional… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Fishbones!
In a family where “hardly anyone is crafty,” Sara Kay Hartmann is the exception. She taught herself to knit and crochet in 2008 by watching videos online. Just last year, she released her first book, Poetic Crochet: 20 Shawls inspired by Classic Poems. Sea Song is a colorful and cozy Möbius loop crocheted in four… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Sea Song by Sara Kay Hartmann
It might not feel like it, but spring is right around the corner... at least in the knitting world! We'll be launching Berroco's new collection for Spring/Summer '16 in less than two weeks. What you can expect? In addition to three gorgeous new yarns, there seven inspiring new pattern booklets. You can get a taste of… Continue reading Sneak Peek: Spring/Summer ’16 Atmosphere
Update: Please make sure you have the most recent file of the pattern—version 7. First designed as a block of the month club, Norah's Vintage Afghan is made up of 20 unique cabled blocks worked in 5 colors to measure 48" x 60". Due to the blanket's huge success and popularity, we decided to release… Continue reading Emily Explains: Modifying Norah’s Vintage Afghan
Do you make New Years Resolutions? Do you keep them? I'm not really one to make a lot of resolutions for January 1, but I'd really like to commit 2016 to knitting more of the things I want to wear instead of always only knitting the things I want to design. I have a short… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Knitters Resolutions