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Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Purl

There are some things in knitting that will always confuse me. When I am following charts, I tend to make myself a little cheat sheet on a Post-it as a constant reminder of what my symbols mean. This is especially important for me when I am working on a fabric back and forth, decreasing or increasing… Continue reading Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Purl

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Emily Explains: Emily Ocker’s Cast On

I got a great question on Ravelry this week. A knitter asked how to start Cecelia, the big circular blanket from booklet #357 Berroco Comfort for Baby. As written, the pattern calls for you to cast on 10 sts and divide them onto 3 needles to begin working in the round. This cast on will leave a hole… Continue reading Emily Explains: Emily Ocker’s Cast On

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Emily Explains: Knit and Purl Through the Back Loop

Only three more days until the release of this seasons new Spring/Summer collection! In preparation, I thought I'd demonstrate a commonly used abbreviation that you will find in many Berroco patterns: knit through the back loop (k tbl) and purl through the back loop (p tbl). By working a stitch through the back loop you… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knit and Purl Through the Back Loop

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Sneak Peek: Spring/Summer ’15

It's hard to believe there are only a few hours left in 2014. It was a great year for Berroco (I hope for you, too) and we're all excited to see what 2015 will bring. One thing you can count on is a fabulous new collection for Spring/Summer '15. Are you excited? On January 9th, we'll be… Continue reading Sneak Peek: Spring/Summer ’15

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Emily Explains: Make 1 Right and Left

With a new season coming out soon, I've been brushing up on some of our commonly used techniques. Make 1 left (M1L) and Make 1 right (M1R) are my go-to increases when I am designing. Almost invisible, the increase is created by picking up the strand of yarn that runs between the stitch you just… Continue reading Emily Explains: Make 1 Right and Left

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Style Your Knits: Paget

What's better than a cozy knit? A cozy knit that can be worn multiple ways! Paget from booklet #350 Clouds is one such versatile knit. The design team planned it as a kind of retro pullover with a button-down back and textured sleeves. But it looks just as great as a cardigan, too! Watch our new Style… Continue reading Style Your Knits: Paget

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Style Your Knits: Flaherty

I've already mentioned in a previous blog post how much I love Flaherty from Norah Gaughan vol. 15. So when we started choosing designs for these videos, it got my vote. It's just a classic cable cardi that looks good on anyone in pretty much any outfit. Don't believe me? See for yourself!   Watch more… Continue reading Style Your Knits: Flaherty

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Emily Explains: Fringe

Fringe is so easy and so fabulous. Grab all the yarn that your pattern calls for and knit your piece. Assemble it and get ready for the best part of the pattern...cutting and knotting your fringe! I had a lot of fun adding fringe to the designs in booklet #352 Nomad. Here's a how-to video… Continue reading Emily Explains: Fringe

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Emily Explains: Knitting with Beads (as you go)

For this week's how-to video, I'm showing you a new way to knit with beads. I was motivated to learn this technique when I was putting together next week's KnitBits. It features a soon-to-be-released free pattern in Cirrus that I've been eyeing in the design office for months now! I can't wait for all of you to see it,… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knitting with Beads (as you go)

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Style Your Knits: Clearwater

With its oversized ease and long, fringe hem, there's no denying that Clearwater (from booklet #352 Nomad) is fabulous. But even we were surprised by its runaway success this season. It's easily one of our most popular patterns for Fall/Winter '14.    Want to see why? Watch our new Style Your Knits video!