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How to Choose Colors for Fair Isle or Stranded Colorwork Knitting

We're celebrating colorwork knitting this week at Berroco! Yesterday's KnitBits had tips on how to get started, including a handy video to show you how to twist your stitches along each row or round, and today I'm going to be talking about how to choose colors for stranded colorwork. This week's free pattern, the Fox… Continue reading How to Choose Colors for Fair Isle or Stranded Colorwork Knitting

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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… Continue reading Emily Explains: A Color Option for Mira

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Designer Spotlight: Odeseed by Chris Rieffer

As the owner of Linden Yarn & Textiles, Inc., Chris Rieffer sees customers ranging in age from 5 to 95 – all excited about the possibility of making something new. She also spends her days surrounded by beautiful yarns and colors. What more could a knitter and designer ask for? Odeseed is a colorful, seed… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Odeseed by Chris Rieffer

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Designer Spotlight: Flower Fairy by Nicky Epstein

A talented knitter, innovative designer and best-selling author, Nicky Epstein is also the only person licensed to knit for Barbie! Her work covers everything from high fashion to whimsy, but she is particularly well known for her love of dolls. Flower Fairy is a beautiful new pattern from Nicky’s 29th (!) book, Enchanted Knits for… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Flower Fairy by Nicky Epstein

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Designer Spotlight: Toothless Dragon Graphgan by Sarita Kumar

Sarita Kumar spent a lot of time on bed rest during her two pregnancies, but she made the best of it by learning to knit and later, crochet. She mostly crochets now, using her skills to make creative toys and gifts for family and friends. Sarita’s Toothless Dragon Graphgan is an adorable colorwork baby blanket crocheted… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Toothless Dragon Graphgan by Sarita Kumar

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Emily Explains: How do I make an afterthought thumb?

One of our latest free patterns, Hanne, is a seriously beautiful pair of mittens designed by Amy. They sit on her desk across from me in the office and I want to steal them! They are a pair of stranded colorwork, Scandinavian mittens with an afterthought thumb. I just learned the afterthought thumb technique and it is blowing my… Continue reading Emily Explains: How do I make an afterthought thumb?

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Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

Today I have a cautionary tale to share. This is a story about checking gauge. Last week my free pattern, Hanne, was released in Knitbits. Hanne is a pair of Scandi style colorwork mittens. I used two colors of Berroco's new Ultra Alpaca Tonal yarn. This is the same worsted yarn as Berroco Ultra Alpaca, but it's kettle dyed… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Gauge Matters

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Designer Spotlight: Capilano by Susannah Hill

If Susannah Hill didn’t knit all the time, she says she’d be baking because sugar makes her happy. Lucky for us, she is knitting – and designing – beautiful things. Capilano is a large poncho that Susannah designed in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. The fabric is bursting with texture, including multiple cable patterns, bobbles and moss… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Capilano by Susannah Hill