Hello Happy Harvest knitters! We're a little over halfway through the Happy Harvest knit-along and pretty soon you should be getting ready to pick up stitches to knit the neckband. Elizabeth wrote a blog post to help you do just that! One of the last steps in Happy Harvest is picking up stitches along the… Continue reading Happy Harvest Knit-along: Picking Up Neckline Stitches
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
I love simple edges to garments and am always curious about ribbing or garter stitch alternatives. In the Spring/Summer '15 collection, we designed Lobelias, Mojave Aster and North Shore to begin with an i-cord for a perfectly simple aesthetic. Want some help getting started? First, cast on the required number of stitches and knit an i-cord:… Continue reading Emily Explains: Beginning a Project with an I-cord
Sibilla is a beautiful pattern from booklet #356, which was designed by Amy. I love that it has great drape and a simplicity attractive to beginner and advanced knitters alike. The knitting and construction are easy and the style is flattering on everyone! It's a perfect first sweater that will introduce a knitter to many new skills.… Continue reading Emily Explains: Construction of Sibilla
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!
I have always liked garments with seams. I understand seamed garments. My mind visualizes in flat patterns, that can be put together to create a new form. However, I'm slowly learning seamless knitting techniques, which means little to no finishing! In my opinion that is pretty awesome, except for one small detail...picking up the stitches. I'm sort… Continue reading Emily Explains: A Little Trick For Picking Up Stitches
Carissa Browning wouldn’t design just any old hat. She prefers to “fiddle around with unusual construction methods.” That's how she came up with her latest design, Skullcracker. This seemingly simple, stockinette cap starts with a magic cast on and is knit in alternating rectangles that are created by picking up stitches from the previous edges.… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Skullcracker by Carissa Browning
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?