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Purga Sweater: Alternate Colorways

One of my most favorite designs from the Berroco Fall collection was the Purga Pullover from the Pixel PDF collection. The combination of Berroco Pixel and Ultra Wool DK is *just perfect*. The original sample uses Pixel in shade  #2203 Coconut (MC)  and Ultra® Wool DK in shade #83113 Black Pepper (CC). When I find time… Continue reading Purga Sweater: Alternate Colorways

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CLOSED The Glaswegian Cardigan Free pattern and contest!

Congrats to Anne G who was randomly chosen as the winner of the giveaway! The Glaswegian sweater was designed for the Deep Fall 2017 issue of Knitty. The cardi is named for an unexpected detour taken with my friend Thea Colman (designer of the Clover Club, the Rye Cardigan, and the Baby Cocktails Patterns) on the road to… Continue reading CLOSED The Glaswegian Cardigan Free pattern and contest!

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Swatching for Colorwork Projects

Usually I like to use Friday blog posts to swatch and talk about a particular yarn, but this week I'm talking about swatching for a particular project. We've been talking about colorwork knitting on our Facebook, Instagram, and here on the blog as well. Just as with any knitting or crochet project, swatching is super important for… Continue reading Swatching for Colorwork Projects

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Amy’s Thread: Bubble Star!

Around the time that the Artisan yarn samples were arriving in the Berroco offices, Misa Erder's pattern Bubble Star came out on Ravelry, and I knew I'd found a perfect match of yarn and pattern. Bubble Star is a perfect first colorwork project for an adventurous beginning knitter. The easy to read chart is only 14 rounds of… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: Bubble Star!

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Designer Spotlight: Hushfall by Joan Forgione

Some knitters like to follow a pattern line for line. Joan Forgione is not one of those knitters. She much prefers designing her own patterns – something she attributes to being “bossy.” Hushfall is a bold, colorwork cap that Joan designed for her daughter’s boyfriend. The slouchy style hat is knit in three shades of… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Hushfall by Joan Forgione

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Designer Spotlight: American Blue by Gus Baxter

Gus Baxter picked up knitting pretty quickly. It was only a year ago that he signed up for his first lesson at Close Knit. Two months later, the owners called to offer him a job. Now he’s working to become a full-time designer. American Blue is a new shawl that Gus designed using two shades… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: American Blue by Gus Baxter

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Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

For those of you who have not seen it already, booklet #360 Folk Art is full of beautiful garments and accessories using colorwork. I'm dying to knit Dahlia and Agave for this spring. I do not have a lot of experience with colorwork, so to refresh my memory I've been swatching with some yarns used… Continue reading Emily Explains: Colorwork With Two Hands

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Designer Spotlight: Colour Me Surprised Cowl by Emily Manasc

A full-time student and part-time yarn shop employee, Emily Manasc doesn’t have much free time for knitwear design – at least when she’s awake. The idea for Emily’s Colour Me Surprised Cowl actual came to her in a dream. She had purchased a new shade of Boboli Lace that day and left the rest to her… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Colour Me Surprised Cowl by Emily Manasc

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Designer Spotlight: Ho Ho Ho Slipper Socks by Lesley Richards

Most knitters have a disaster story or two from their beginner projects. Lesley Richards refers to hers as the “Mega Sock.” She only knit the one, which was big enough to fit both of her feet, and kept it as a reminder to always check gauge. These days, Lesley not only knits socks that fit,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Ho Ho Ho Slipper Socks by Lesley Richards