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Emily Explains: Turning a Pullover into a Cardigan

I have decided that as much as I love Helen just the way it is, I think I will wear it more if it is a cardigan. So, with this in mind, I am going to cast on for my Helen just a bit differently than the pattern calls for and give steeking a try for the first time. (AHHH!!!) Read more

Emily Explains: Quick #BerrocoKAL Tips

          1. Swatch in your colors! 

Sometimes the dye can ever so slightly effect the weight of the yarn. Make a color work swatch and a stockinette swatch in the color you plan to knit the body of your sweater with. Read more

Emily Explains: Swatching for Helen/Ellen KAL

 

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 of mostly dark neutrals, so I wanted to swatch with this palette in mind. I gave Ultra Alpaca and Blackstone Tweed a try. Read more

Emily Explains: An artist’s muse

 

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. Read more

Emily Explains: A Color Option for Mira

 

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 thick to thin. The colors are painted on the white wool yarn so when knitted, the color work looks a bit like a water color painting. Read more

Emily Explains: Modifying Norah’s Vintage Afghan

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 the pattern as a free PDF!  Now everyone can knit the blanket and there are a variety of ways to make it your own. Read more

Emily Explains: Knitting for the first time

 

You have one day left to pick a New Year’s Resolution. Is anyone’s resolution to learn how to knit? Knitting is a great new craft to learn as we enter the quiet winter season and Berroco.com has some great how-to, beginner videos in the archives to learn from! Read more

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