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Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

For those of you who have not seen it already, booklet #360 Folk Art is full of beautiful garments and accessories using colorwork. I'm dying to knit Dahlia and Agave for this spring. I do not have a lot of experience with colorwork, so to refresh my memory I've been swatching with some yarns used… Continue reading Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

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Designer Spotlight: Ella by Irina Eberhardt  

Irina Eberhardt’s grandmother used to say, “if your mittens and socks are made out natural fiber, arthritis will not bother you.” Those words stuck in Irina’s mind and still influence her yarn selections when designing. Irina chose Berroco Ultra Alpaca Fine for her new shawl pattern, Ella. Knit from the bottom up, the piece features… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Ella by Irina Eberhardt  

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Colorful Hats Giveaway

It's hard to believe that Knit and Crochet Now! is already starting its sixth season! That means 13 new episodes featuring more than 40 patterns - not to mention, new techniques and tips from host Brett Bara, designers Ellen Gormley, Robyn Chachula and Kristin Nicholas, as well as a few special guests.      … Continue reading Colorful Hats Giveaway

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Designer Spotlight: Aila by J.L. Fleckenstein

J.L. Fleckenstein comes from a family of artists and problem solvers. She sees creating things as a way of communicating something worthwhile, and one of her preferred mediums is yarn. Last fall, J.L. created Aila, a cozy cowl knit in Berroco Ultra Alpaca. She says inspiration started with the yarn – one hank each of… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Aila by J.L. Fleckenstein

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Designer Spotlight: Zig Zag Mittens by Joleen Kraft

Joleen Kraft is a freelance copy editor and pattern designer who moonlights at her LYS, The Beehive Wool Shop. It’s a great job for connecting with other makers and expanding her fiber knowledge. Joleen’s designs are often inspired by different places she’s visited around the world. But her Zig Zag Mittens came from something a little… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Zig Zag Mittens by Joleen Kraft

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Designer Spotlight: Evergreen Basket by Darla Fanton

After nearly half a century knitting and crocheting, it’s fair to say Darla Fanton is something of an expert. She has produced more than 100 designs over the years and is known for reintroducing and popularizing old techniques. Darla’s Evergreen Basket is featured in the new special issue of Interweave Crochet Home. The cute container… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Evergreen Basket by Darla Fanton

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Designer Spotlight: Burren Pullover by Alexis Winslow

A self-taught knitwear designer, Alexis Winslow loves garments with stripes, modern colorwork motifs and interesting construction techniques. You can see this bold style in the 20 patterns from her new book, Graphics Knits. Alexis’s Burren Pullover is an eye-catching piece knit in four shades of Berroco Kodiak. Both seamless and reversible, this cozy, cropped sweater… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Burren Pullover by Alexis Winslow

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Designer Spotlight: Little Man Waistcoat by Lissa Snyder

Lissa Snyder knows that designing is a process – sometimes, a very frustrating process. From mismatched pinstripes to a run-in with a hungry kitten, her latest design truly tested her patience. Despite those and other problems, she kept knitting until she got it right. She says it’s now one of her favorites! Lissa’s Little Man… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Little Man Waistcoat by Lissa Snyder

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Cape Vertigo Giveaway!

Have you seen the new collection from Holla Knits? From the modern silhouettes to the bold colorwork and innovative textures, any of these designs could be the statement piece for your Fall '14 wardrobe! View the Collection: Holla Knits Fall '14 My needles (and my closet) are just itching for me to cast on Leah Coccari-Swift's Cape Vertigo.… Continue reading Cape Vertigo Giveaway!

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Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine

A former preschool teacher, Amy Ramnarine is now a full-time mom and crafter. When she isn't running after her daughter, she runs a blog and Etsy shop called The Stitchin’ Mommy where she shares recipes and sells her patterns. Amy’s most recent design, Jeweled Lattice Afghan, was crocheted as a gift for a good friend’s… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine