On our previous steek blog post, we received a great question about where to pick up for the button band after cutting your piece. After cutting the steek, how do you pick up stitches for your button band? Do you pick them up in the crocheted stitches? To answer this question, pick up the number… Continue reading Emily Explains: Buttons and button bands
Yesterdays's free pattern, Tove by Amy Christoffers, is a beautiful, easy lace top with welt details knit in one of our new spring yarns, Corsica. A simple-to-knit eyelet rib forms the body of this sleeveless tee, which is knit flat in two pieces and seamed. The welts are easy to work and create a sophisticated design element.… Continue reading Emily Explains: How to make the welt in Tove
With the holidays fast approaching, time is of the essence. One trick for saving time while working anything with cables is to work the project without a cable needle. This works on narrow cables wonderfully. You'll rarely use a cable needle again! For right leaning cables (where you would normally slip the first sts onto a cable needle and… Continue reading Emily Explains: Cabling Without A Cable Needle
The other day I noticed a small hole in my handknit sweater. Alas, my yarn had worn down to almost nothing and snapped! I was lucky because I had an extra skein of the yarn that I made the sweater with. Using the duplicate stitch I wove a new piece of yarn into the row where the yarn… Continue reading Emily Explains: My yarn broke and there is a hole in my knitting… help!
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?
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?
I it find equally awesome and intimidating that knitting has seemingly endless techniques to be learned. When I cast on for Willard in our Berroco Home Crochet & Knit-Along at the end of June, I decided it was the right time to try sewing in a zipper. It helped that I had more than a month to mentally… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: My First Zipper
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