Berroco Tuscan Tweed™ is my favorite of our new fall yarns, and I especially love it in cables, which is why I used cables on all three of the designs I created in this yarn, Adelaide (a free cardigan pattern from Berroco), Ravenna (a tam I designed for Creative Knitting magazine), and Wickford (a cardigan… Continue reading Cabling without a cable needle
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
My housemates have a nickname for me. They call me a "yarnie." It's true... I want to knit all of the time. It takes a lot of strength to try and not knit. I can't relax without some yarn and needles in hand. I’ll admit it, I am a yarn addict. I have a new… Continue reading Emily Explains: Knitting Two Pieces at the Same Time
Recently, I had the pleasure of visiting Spinning Yarns in New Hampshire for a day. I got to know Margot (the owner), Kerri, and Dianna (Margot’s mom!). It was so wonderful! I joined in on their morning class where everyone brought the project they were working on. All of the knitters were helping each other and sharing ideas. It… Continue reading Emily Explains: Torrey’s Rib Pattern
A few years ago, I was working in a yarn shop when one of our most frequent customers came in with a pattern question. She was an excellent knitter and had tackled lots of challenging projects, but her question that day was a very simple one. She pulled out an almost-completed sweater worked from the… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What does “bind off in pattern” mean?
Stockinette is probably the most instantly recognizeable knitted fabric. I remember when I finally learned to work stockinette after knitting lots of garter stitch. I looked down at those orderly little rows of Vs, and for the first time I thought “Hey, this is actually looking GOOD!” Though it’s an extremely popular stitch pattern, stockinette… Continue reading Ask Amanda: How can I control stockinette curling?
When you’re starting out with color knitting, it can be kind of tricky to understand the difference between Fair Isle and intarsia. At its most basic, the difference lies in where the colors are in your pattern. If the colors run across the width of your knitting, you’ll be working stranded, or Fair Isle knitting.… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What’s the difference between Fair Isle and intarsia?
You know, learning to fix dropped stitches is kind of like learning to ride a bike. At first everything seems wobbly and out of control, but once you start to get the hang of it, it begins to feel like second nature - and before long, you’ll wonder why it seemed so intimidating in the… Continue reading Ask Amanda: How do I fix a dropped stitch?
When I first learned to knit, I always asked my mom to do the casting on for me. I was still trying to master the difference between knits and purls, and the cast on somehow felt too complicated to even consider doing myself. Whenever I wanted to start a new project, I’d grab my yarn… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What cast on should I use?
Increasing, at its most basic, is simply adding another stitch to the total number on your needle. The potential problem is that there are many different techniques for knitting increases, which can make it seem very confusing! In Berroco patterns, we tend to leave the choice of increase up to the knitter in most cases… Continue reading Ask Amanda: What type of increase should I use?