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Weekend Wraps North Star Cardigan

We’re so happy to include knitwear designers Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre in Berroco Portfolio Vol 2! These two are no strangers to working together—they’ve previously published New England Knits and Weekend Hats, both with Interweave/F+W Media. Their third book, Weekend Wraps, is scheduled to hit shelves on August 2. Weekend Wraps is a collection of 18 knitting patterns for cowls, scarves, shawls, shrugs, and even a super cute poncho in Berroco Peruvia Quick. This collection features work by 15 designers, including the North Star Cardigan, designed by yours truly.

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Banner Weekend

I was recently the recipient of an incredible gift: a hand knit sweater made by my dear friend Ellen Mason, a version of her Banner Pullover from Portfolio Vol. 1.  I don’t think anyone appreciates a hand knit as much as another knitter, and this gift brought tears to my eyes. Fortunately we had a break from all the beautiful summer weather we’ve been having over the weekend and I got to wear my new sweater!

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Own your Knitting: Decreasing

In knitting there is truly no “wrong way” to do anything. But it often happens that what made sense to one does not suit another. Today we are looking at the neck and arm shaping on Astilbe and making our knitting what we want it to be.

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Converting a seamed sweater to seamless

In last week’s blog post I shared our Unofficial Summer Remix KAL—everyone on the Berroco Design Team is knitting the same sweater, but being designers, we can’t help changing things just a little. Donna and I have opted to work our Astilbe without side seams. The set-up row takes a little extra time, but for me it’s worth it.

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Unofficial Summer Remix Knit-Along

The Design Team has just wrapped up (some might still be wrapping up) the Berroco Spring KAL, the Odora Shawl but we’ve already started an unofficial office KAL for the pattern Astilbe from the booklet #374. It all started with Remix.

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Made by Me May

I set a goal for myself that this year I would participate in the Made by Me Challenge for 31 days. I would wear at least one article of clothing I made myself everyday of the month of May—so far, so good! Yesterday was cool and in the 60s; perfect for Japonica, an easy kimono style cardigan knit in Berroco Artisan.

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Weaving in ends with Mykonos

One of our new yarns, Berroco Mykonos™, is a little different from the rest. Mykonos is a core-spun yarn, which means it’s really two yarns, one wrapped around the other. The core of Mykonos is a super strong linen, which give this yarn its beautiful drape. The linen is covered in a wrapper of rayon which gives it the shimmery, slippery surface. Lovely to work with and to wear but how to weave in the ends?

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