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Emily Explains: Pattern Stitch for Holman Hunt

I have to begin this blog post by saying that Andean Mist is my new favorite yarn. It is so soft and fluffy without shedding all over you! When working on booklet #347, I designed Holman-Hunt - a large, rectangular shawl with an easy-to-memorize pattern stitch repeat. For those of you who are intimidated by charts, it is lace… Continue reading Emily Explains: Pattern Stitch for Holman Hunt

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Emily Explains: Donnely’s Fisherman’ s Rib

This weekend I traveled up to Maine and explored Monhegan Island for the day. As always, it was beautiful with a foggy morning that turned into a bright and sunny day. I love seeing all the different people on the island - the working boats, pulling up traps and the artists tucked in the gardens or along the cliffs… Continue reading Emily Explains: Donnely’s Fisherman’ s Rib

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Emily Explains: Reaching the End of Your Shawl, Chock

For those of you who are participating in the Chock knit-along, you are doing great! I hope you are enjoying your knitting. I know being in the middle of a project can be both exhilarating and exhausting. Don't give up my strong knitters! The end is near. Some of you who have reached the point where… Continue reading Emily Explains: Reaching the End of Your Shawl, Chock

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Emily Explains: Fixing a Cable

I am very lucky to be surrounded by talented makers here in the design studio. Whenever I am at a loss for a how-to video idea they jump to my help. ( Thank you, guys! ) Alison suggested a technique to help fix a mistake you find a few rows after you twist a cable the… Continue reading Emily Explains: Fixing a Cable

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Emily Explains: Dyssodia Pattern Stitch

Dyssodia, an oversized pullover from booklet booklet #340 Maya Vol. 2,  is a great first time lace garment. The pattern stitch is super easy, using yarn-overs to form eyelets and dropped wraps to create elongated stitches. I love garments like this because they are big, baggy and sheer. You can throw them over just about… Continue reading Emily Explains: Dyssodia Pattern Stitch

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Emily Explains: Wrap and Turn

I've always gravitated toward things that are a bit quirky and clothes are no exception. When sketching, I like to imagine asymmetrical lines and shapes on the body. To make these forms come to life, I needed to learn how to use short rows in my knitting. Short rows literally mean knitting for some of… Continue reading Emily Explains: Wrap and Turn

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Emily Explains: Provisional Cast On

Have you been wanting to learn a provisional cast on? Today, I'm going to explain my preferred method. Truthfully, it's the only method I know, but I still think it's pretty great! A provisional cast on uses waste yarn - slippery and brightly colored is best - that is later removed to reveal live stitches. These… Continue reading Emily Explains: Provisional Cast On

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Emily Explains: Sliding Loop in Crochet

Recently, we got a question about one of our crochet patterns that begins in the round with a sliding loop. I crocheted a lot for a previous job, but I had never heard of a sliding loop for crochet. After a quick Google search, I realized this technique is also known as a magic ring or… Continue reading Emily Explains: Sliding Loop in Crochet

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Emily Explains: Dropped-Stitch Lace Pattern from Enso

Our entire Spring/Summer '14 collection is special for me because it was my first season with Berroco, but Booklet#344 Berroco Folio was especially fun to design. When you're working with a yarn like Folio, it's easy to get excited to knit! Light, soft and fluffy, Folio makes beautiful swatches on a wide range of needle sizes. I… Continue reading Emily Explains: Dropped-Stitch Lace Pattern from Enso

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Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)

Sometimes I come across symbols in my knitting, read them - thinking I know exactly what they mean - and knit on. Soon I come to realize that I did not look closely enough at the symbol in my pattern. Talk about frustrating!I know a few of you have run into this problem with the sssk… Continue reading Emily Explains: Slip, Slip, Slip, Knit (sssk)