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Designer Spotlight: Punch Pillow by April Garwood

April Garwood began designing in 2010 when she was expecting her fourth daughter. Her first pattern was a crochet baby dress that she made for a special church ceremony. She’s published more than 50 patterns since and has even begun expanding into knit design. April’s Punch Pillow, is a new pattern featured in the special… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Punch Pillow by April Garwood

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Ashley’s Adventures in Crochet: Building on a Blank Slate

While I'm not the most (or even third most) creative person in our design office (there are four of us, in case you're wondering), I do enjoy a pattern that allows for a bit of customization. Sutton, a simple, single-crochet bolster pillow from our new collection is the perfect example. When I first saw the… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Crochet: Building on a Blank Slate

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Amy’s Thread: Ultra Alpaca MKAL Color Inspiration

Growing up, I spent a lot of happy summer days sitting in my paternal grandmother's sewing room. She was a talented quilter with an eye for juxtapositions of colors and patterns. I've never felt like I've achieved her level of boldness or brilliance at this but I love the adventure of creating colorways. If I… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Ultra Alpaca MKAL Color Inspiration

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Emily Explains: Picking Up Stitches Along a Garter Stitch Edge

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

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Ultra Alpaca MKAL: Yarn Quantities

If your interest is piqued to participate in our Ultra Alpaca MKAL, you're probably wondering how much yarn you need for the project! Here is some information to help you. Please note: all of these are only rough estimates. Your mileage (yardage) may vary! To make the whole blanket - comprised of 5 of each… Continue reading Ultra Alpaca MKAL: Yarn Quantities

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Designer Spotlight: Modern Stripes Baby Blanket by Kelly Komejan

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

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Designer Spotlight: Alphabet Headband by Kelly McClure

For Kelly McClure, knitting is more than a means to an end. It’s a social tie to people she otherwise would not have met – people from her local yarn shop and halfway around the world. In addition to her Bohoknits label, Kelly designs for Ambler Hats, a company that employs and empowers women in… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Alphabet Headband by Kelly McClure

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Designer Spotlight: Oh, The Places You’ll Go Baby Blanket By Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas has always loved Dr. Seuss’s book “Oh, The Places You’ll Go.” When she discovered the baby version, “Oh Baby, Go Baby,” she was inspired to crochet a blanket to match the book’s colorful cover. Linda’s Oh, The Places You’ll Go Baby Blanket is currently available as a free pattern on Raverly (through May… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Oh, The Places You’ll Go Baby Blanket By Linda Thomas

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Designer Spotlight: Boho Banded Jacket by Kathy Perry

Kathy Perry has been knitting most of her life, but she’s still picking up new techniques through her design work. Her recently published pattern, Boho Banded Jacket, came about when an editor asked Kathy to create something using reverse Fair Isle. At the time she didn’t know what that meant, but she’s a quick learner!… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Boho Banded Jacket by Kathy Perry

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Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Changing Charts & Colorwork Challenges

I cannot wait to cast on for our Agave KAL! So many gorgeous colors and textures combined in a fun and flattering sweater - I honestly don't think Alison could have designed it any better. And that's my problem... I have a bit of a contrarian streak when it comes to picking project colors. I… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Changing Charts & Colorwork Challenges