The back lace panel for our free patterns Marsh and Mallow is a dramatic, all-over lace panel. It can look somewhat intimidating, but in reality, it's pretty much 90% one single stitch combination. That's right. Most of the lace panel for these patterns are made up of two parts—yarnovers, and a centered-double decrease, abbreviated CDD.… Continue reading How to Work a Centered-Double Decrease
Hopefully you all have your yarn in hand for the Odora KAL cast-on today? The Design Team and I have cast-on and we're flying through chart 1. I love how satisfying the early progress is when knitting top-down shawls. Odora is written for a garter-tab cast on, a very traditional method of constructing this style of shawl.… Continue reading Odora KAL Cast-On
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
Congratulations, Sarah T! You won our Short Row Knits Giveaway. For more information about short rows and other useful techniques, be sure to check out the Berroco Learning Center where you can find lots of helpful how-to videos.
Last week, I got to seam the the squares from our Ultra Alpaca MKAL and finally see our finished blanket. It was so exciting! But before I joined any of the squares we had to agree on a layout. Looking at all the pieces spread out on the ground, there were so many possibilities. When Amy and… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I seam the Ultra Alpaca MKAL blanket?
Alison's new pattern, Sangria, is a fabulous new sweater knit in Berroco Artisan. It is a lace pullover that is cozy and warm for fall and winter. The lace is formed by knitting several stitches together as a cluster. Watch my demonstration below: Now give the pattern a try! Happy Making, Emily
This week my mind has turned to jello, flooded with ideas and designs for spring 2016. One technique I keep coming back for shawls is the sewn bind-off. I am in love with the result of a sewn bind off finishing. It is so simple and easy! It creates a finish that is not too loose and… Continue reading Emily Explains: Patterns With a Sewn Bind Off
For our Ultra Alpaca MKAL, we each designed colorful, modular garter stitch squares inspired by Housetop quilts. Knitting this kind of block is really simple and fun! For my block, you begin knitting in the center, alternating between lavender and white. Then, leaving those stitches on holder, you pick up and knit with the white yarn along… Continue reading Emily Explains: Picking Up Stitches Along a Garter Stitch Edge
Kelly Komejan is living the dream… or at least working it. As an employee at her LYS, Country Needleworks, Kelly not only spends her days surrounded by yarn, she also gets to teach classes on knitting, crochet and beading. It’s a great way to fund her habit! Kelly’s Modern Stripes Baby Blanket is a reversible,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Modern Stripes Baby Blanket by Kelly Komejan
What's in store for Fall/Winter 2015? To start, we'll be introducing 6 new yarns, 7 new pattern booklets from the Berroco Design Team and the first volume of an exciting collaborative project with some of your favorite independent designers! Are you excited? There's so much more I want to tell you about, but that will… Continue reading Sneak Peek: Fall/Winter 2015 Atmosphere