Let's face it, we all love pockets! And I think that long cardigans are especially well-suited to having them, so I decided that my Beachrock definitely wanted pockets. It's relatively easy to insert a pocket into a cardigan like this one that uses a simple stitch pattern. Step one: Make your pocket inserts For the… Continue reading Adding pockets to Beachrock Cardigan
Fibers and materials I like to wear change as the seasons change, but all year round I like to wear loose swingy tops and dresses. In booklet #354 Berroco Mixer, our "disco" collection, I designed an a-line tank top, that fits this flowing description. Nina is a simple top worked from the bottom up in… Continue reading Emily Explains: Working the Lace Pattern for Nina
For the past few days, I have been furiously knitting a garter stitch scarf for our upcoming photo shoot (I'd tell you more about it, but then I'd have to kill you). What I can say, is that garter stitch makes a beautiful fabric and is a wonderful stitch to practice when you're learning to… Continue reading Emily Explains: How-To Pick Up a Dropped Garter Stitch
Every once in a while, I see a post on Pinterest or another of my favorite inspirtation sites, about a technique famously known as arm kniting. I look at it, admire the bulky scarf made, and move on. I love knitting with bulky yarn and bulky needles. Why would I need to knit with my… Continue reading Emily Explains: Arm Knitting!
Last Thanksgiving, long before my time at Berroco, I was sitting on the couch with my dad watching an old movie, when all of a sudden, he paused it and had an idea. My businessman, sports-loving, grill-aficionado father had a design idea for me. Usually, these idea are silly and revolve around golf or sailing,… Continue reading Emily Explains: Assembly for Gazost
Finally getting to a point where you feel confident enough to knit sweaters is so exciting! I recommend all beginning knitters have no fear about knitting sweaters - it is so much fun! At some point in our sweater knitting, we all come across a pattern where we need to bind off in the middle… Continue reading Emily Explains: Binding Off in the Middle of a Row
One summer when I was in high school, I knitted a little cotton vest to use in a yarn shop display. To complete it, I had to pick up stitches and work the edging in a contrasting color. I wasn’t very familiar with picking up stitches, but I understood the basic concept. I sat at… Continue reading Ask Amanda: How do I pick up stitches?
The humble slip knot is the foundation upon which countless yarn projects have been built. It’s typically the first loop that you’ll put on your crafting tool of choice, since a slip knot for knitting is the same as a slip knot for crochet. This knot’s special quality is its flexibility: the loop can easily… Continue reading Ask Amanda: How do I make a slip knot?