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Designer Spotlight: Evergreen Basket by Darla Fanton

After nearly half a century knitting and crocheting, it’s fair to say Darla Fanton is something of an expert. She has produced more than 100 designs over the years and is known for reintroducing and popularizing old techniques. Darla’s Evergreen Basket is featured in the new special issue of Interweave Crochet Home. The cute container… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Evergreen Basket by Darla Fanton

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Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Discom-bobble-ated

I came across Lorraine Pistorio's Knit Colors "Count"-erpillar pattern last December and I knew I had to make it for my niece's first birthday. She was only a month old, so I had plenty of time.   Of course, I didn't cast on for my counterpillar until October 28 of this year. That gave me exactly… Continue reading Ashley’s Adventures in Knitting: Discom-bobble-ated

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Amy’s Thread: For the Boys

Guys get a reputation of being hard to knit for. It has been my experience that they are rather selective about what they will actually wear, but that makes it that much more satisfying when you knit a hat and he actually wears it. Gift knitting season is sneaking up on us all so I… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: For the Boys

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Designer Spotlight: Mister Whistle by Brenda K. B. Anderson

By day, Brenda K. B. Anderson makes mascots - their costumes, at least - and yes, it’s as cool as it sounds. Her work has been used by professional sports teams and touring shows like Sesame Street Live. By night, she designs knit and crochet patterns. Occasionally, her creative outlets overlap. That was the case… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Mister Whistle by Brenda K. B. Anderson

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Amy’s Thread: The Season of Cabled Pullovers

My favorite trend that I'm seeing this fall is big, cozy, cabled pullovers. The kind that knit up double quick in chunky gauges with bold cable patterns, that transition from fall jacket to winter weekend staple. My personal favorite from our current collection is Wicklow from booklet #346 Inca Tweed (from left to right: Diggory, Analogia and a detail from Wicklow)… Continue reading Amy’s Thread: The Season of Cabled Pullovers

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Designer Spotlight: Blue Diamond by Jennifer Cirka

Pets can’t knit or crochet, but as Jennifer Cirka and other owners know, they tend to be very “supportive” of any activity involving yarn. Jennifer will sit on the couch with a crochet project in hand and her “big, goofy Greyhound,” by her side – at least that’s how they start. More often than not,… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Blue Diamond by Jennifer Cirka

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Designer Spotlight: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

After more than a decade working as a college history professor, Elizabeth Green Musselman was ready for a change. She traded in the textbooks for knitting needles, focusing on a future in knitwear design and editing. Kung-Fu Knits is a combination knitting pattern and comic book that Elizabeth designed with active little boys in mind.… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Kung Fu Knits by Elizabeth Green Musselman

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Designer Spotlight: Hearts & Flowers Shawl by Jean Chung

When Jean Chung needed something to break up the reading and studying in law school, she got serious about knitting. So serious that, within two years, she was designing her patterns of her own. Since then, she’s had designs appear in Knitscene, Twist Collective and Knitty, among others. This year, Jean decided to focus on… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Hearts & Flowers Shawl by Jean Chung

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Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine

A former preschool teacher, Amy Ramnarine is now a full-time mom and crafter. When she isn't running after her daughter, she runs a blog and Etsy shop called The Stitchin’ Mommy where she shares recipes and sells her patterns. Amy’s most recent design, Jeweled Lattice Afghan, was crocheted as a gift for a good friend’s… Continue reading Designer Spotlight: Jeweled Lattice Afghan by Amy Ramnarine

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Emily Explains: Color Options for Splice

What is soft, cuddly and furry all over? Marmot! This yarn's soft fur-like texture lends itself to many fun accessory patterns, but Norah believed it would make a lovely garment, too! Splice is a simple pullover that combines both Vintage DK for the sleeves and Marmot for the body. Some of you have written in… Continue reading Emily Explains: Color Options for Splice