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Get ready to show your fiber flair this summer with all of our cute new merch! Whether you are carrying your everyday goods or your precious W.I.P., these bags and pouches will keep your cargo secured.

Foxy Fables

Adorned with a crafty fox hard at work on knitting their newest scarf, these sturdy bags will keep you looking foxy.

Looking Sharp

Is knitting your tran-QUILL-ity? Then these hedgehog bags are meant to be yours! Tote around your farmer’s market purchase or keep your berry colored scarf safe while you work on it in these high quality and stylish bags.

Have a Mice Day

This teeny-tiny field mouse is working hard on it’s poppy orange scarf. This bright and sunny set is bound to put a smile on your face every time you pull out your current project.

Love like no Otter

This hard working otter is knitting a scarf for someone special. This project bag is almost too cute to stow away!

We hope you love all our new merch! As always, these items are available for purchase on our website!

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We’re dedicating this episode to our love for the timeless and oh-so-wearable SHAWL! The ultimate knit accessory, shawls are fun to make and easy to style in any season. That being said, summer is our favorite time of year to break out our lace weight yarn and cast on our most epic shawl projects. The perfect roadtrip companion or portable poolside project, a single skein of yarn goes incredibly far when it’s used for open, lacey motifs. Stacey joins Hannah in the podcast studio to chat about Sojourn, our new knit lace collection. Designed to inspire with 14 patterns, including a few fingering weight gems, there’s something for everyone, from die-hard
dedicated enthusiast to newbie.

We’re also THRILLED to introduce Twill, our new superwash merino wool yarn! Perfect for sweaters, hats, accessories and everything in between, we hope you love it as much as we do!

As always, happy listening and happy crafting!

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Are you over the hot Summer weather and craving some snuggly knitting weather? Now is the perfect time to start prepping your knitting queue for holiday gift-giving!

Holiday Inspiration

Our Knit Picks Exclusive Holiday books have plenty of projects to jumpstart your inspiration. Some of my favorite Holiday themed projects are ornaments! Mostly everyone in my family has Christmas trees and ornaments are quick and personable projects that are appreciated year after year. Adorn is a series of 4 mini-collections of holiday ornaments from mini hats, wintry creatures, mittens, to nerd-centric designs. These knits will thrill any recipient and make them gleefully happy this holiday season, and beyond. For more traditional ornaments, Handmade Holiday is the pattern book for you. Brimming with nostalgia and holiday traditions, these 30 ornament patterns are sure to become special heirlooms for everyone on your gift list.

With patterns for a variety of ornaments, stockings, and home decor, Merry Knitmas has everything you need to celebrate the jolliest time of year. The traditional stockings are my favorite! I can’t wait to make them for my nephews this year. Twice as Nice gives you twice the choice, with options for every pattern, modern or traditional, naughty or nice, easy or hard. This pattern book is sure to have something for everyone!

Handmade Gifts

This fun Santa Pillow is worked in the round with the same repeated motif on back and front. Add a bit of whimsy and the flair of Scandinavian style to your home for the holidays! For an extra special deal, our Merry Knitmas Santa Pillow Kit is available with everything you need to make this fun pattern!

Traditional meets trendy with these cheerful stockings! Stick with the classic color palette or customize it to your recipient’s taste. Using duplicate stitch and the charts provided, you can personalize the stocking if you wish! Make this project extra easy with our pattern kit that comes with everything you need to make both of these stockings.

Treat yourself with Yarn Value Packs

Give your handmade holiday a rustic feel with this sampler of Wool of the Andes Tweed.

Perfect for super-fast holiday crafting needs, this selection of our super bulky Tuff Puff will keep you on your holiday crafting schedule!

Let your holiday crafts shine bright with these superbly soft Pima Cotton and natural beech wood fiber blend value pack, Shine Worsted Holiday Value Pack.

With deals as great as this, you can easily stock up and be busy knitting from here until December!

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Have you seen our cute little Brava Mini Packs yet?

These adorable little skeins come in 2 sizes – 25 gram (54 yard) skeins and itty bitty 10 gram (21 yard) skeins. There are 24 different colors in each pack, color curated to create gorgeous projects!

But you may be thinking to yourself – what would I make? Well we have some ideas for you!

A great way to use these is for projects that use a small amount of a lot of different colors – you’ll save some serious money by only buying what you need rather than a full skein of each color. A great example is our newest free pattern – the Color Code Blanket by Tetiana Otruta.

This pretty blanket uses our 25g Reds pack along with 1 skein of Mini’s big big big brother, Brava 500. It’s fantastic way to explore color with a fun stitch pattern. The best part is the cute fringe that’s created by unraveling stitches at the end (no attaching each piece of yarn one by one!).

Another way to play with your Minis is knitting or crocheting a bunch of small single color projects – amigarumi, cup cozies, headbands, coasters, …or even doggie bow ties!

The Fancy Puppers Tie (designed by me!) uses a small amount of yarn – the largest, shown here, uses only 40 yards. With that amount, you can be sure your canine buddy will have a rainbow of colorful bow ties, no matter the occasion.

Finally, when all else fails, we always suggest making a bunch of pom-poms!

Best news of all – the Brava Mini Packs are all on currently on sale as part of our Summer Yarn Sale. Now is the perfect time to pick up one of these packs and start playing!

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Sojourn: A Knit Lace Collection is a book (or eBook) of fourteen delicate lacy shawls, stoles, and wraps with lots of variation, making it great for experienced lace knitters as well as knitters looking to up their lace game!

In Sojourn, you’ll find pi and half-pi shawls (these are Lunulata by Joyce Fassbender & Fenestra by Ruth Nguyen):

You’ll see big, wide rectangles (these are Shetland Flowers by Fiona Munro & Eden Lace by Jenny Williams):

There are crescents and curved triangles (these are Larix Decidua & Crystallize by Claire Slade)…

…medium-sized triangles (these are Jardin Des Fleurs by Jenny Williams & English Ivy by Kalurah Hudson)…

…and giant triangles! So many triangles!

The projects in Sojourn are knit in a variety of lace-weight and fingering-weight yarns. The above two—Shetland Mosaic by Magda Stryk Therrien & Finella by Allison LoCicero—are both made in fingering weight (Gloss & Palette), for chunkier, cozier, squishier lace. The below two—Doretta by Irina Lyubaeva & Dilaridae by M K Nance—are both made in shiny, lace-weight Luminance, for much more delicate and luxurious vibes.

And there’s even one project with optional beaded edging! This is Lumme by Susanna IC:

The book is available printed and as an eBook download, or you can grab patterns individually (head to the print book or ebook page to get to all the individual pattern pages) if there are only one or two that catch your eye.

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It’s SUMMER, folks! We made it! I hope you’re spending plenty of time enjoying the long days and soaking up the warm weather – maybe with an ice cream cone or two (or three? It’s summer! No rules!).

To help celebrate, we’ve got new wallpapers! We hope they bring a little bit of summer fun to your screens.

To get the July 2019 calendar background of your choosing (smart phones, tablets, or desktop computers), simply click the applicable device icon below. Enjoy!

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Not to toot our own horn, buuuutttt, we are kinda in love with our exclusively made, in-house designed tools. We are constantly striving to create things that not only look cool, but that make our knitting/crocheting/crafting pursuits easier, and thus WAY more enjoyable. Have you ever cried over a tangled hank of yarn, or spent hours searching for a particular set of needle tips? We have, too. Do you prefer your storage and notions to be adorned with cute critters? We do, too. If you’re curious to know what our favorite KP tools are, then by all means, read on!

Hannah – Brand Director I have always struggled to properly organize my HUGE needle stash and was absolutely delighted when we designed the new Options Needle Binder. The removable pages mean I can store cables, Interchangeable tips, DPNs and all my small notions in one place. I love that I can also order more pages so that every single needle and notion can be corralled neatly into one handy case!

Hillary – Catalog Director I love our Large Metallic Stitch Markers. I knit mostly bulky weight yarn and I haven’t found a convenient set of stitch markers for larger needles. I usually would resort to using a hair tie or keychain instead. But not anymore! I love that the large stitch markers can be stored in the tin and thrown in my project bag to be ready whenever I need them.

Erica –Marketing Coordinator I love our project bags. My favorite is the the Kitty Pile Project Bag, because it combines two of my loves: yarn and cats! I have several project bags at this point, and I use them to keep all my WIPs organized. Having each of my WIPs separated and organized also makes it easy to grab a particular project that I want to work on and go!

Morgan –Graphic Designer/Digital I was so excited when I finally got my hands on a swift and ballwinder. This dream team not only makes winding yarn quick, but also way more fun. I was winding by hand before, and always ended up frustrated and battling with tangles by the end of it. Now I’m winding up yarn in record time, and less time winding means more time knitting!

Stacey –Outreach Director I adore our Sheep Stitch Markers! They are so adorable and just make me smile every time I look at my needles. Plus, the little black sheep is perfect marking my start of rounds, while the white sheep frolic around, marking my pattern repeats. I’ll never lose my place again.

And there you have it! All these tools (and many more!) are on sale through 7/1. Which one will be your new favorite crafty tool?

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Today is a celebration of everything that makes Knit Picks unique.
One of our core missions is to surprise and delight our super fans with new tools, yarn and patterns. We’re always working on new biz for you and rarely take a moment to think back and appreciate all that has come before.

In this episode, Hillary and Hannah share their favorite Knit Picks exclusive tools. Listen in as they chat about our tried and true ball winders as well as our new Needle binders, a labor of love over a year in the making. The best part? You can shop our sale on all Knit Picks exclusive tools on the site right now! Until July 1st, save 25% on your favorite tools or try something new!

Next, our Sock Lab dye experiment program is a year old! Every month we release a new dye effect on one of our popular sock yarn bases. An ongoing dye experiment and celebration of sock yarn, we’ve been delighted by the overwhelmingly enthusiastic response each month. Alexis and Hannah describe some of our (and your!) favorites from the past year. Stay tuned for more colors through the rest of 2019…

Lastly, Reflections is our indigo dye inspired cotton linen yarn! Perfect for summer tops and accessories.

Enjoy!

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We’re positively over the moon (or should we say rainbow?) with our new sock lab colors! Our latest sock lab creations, 5 unique rainbow colorways, are here to brighten your day, whether you prefer your rainbows on the light and bright side or dark and stark. Handpainted on our best-selling Hawthorne sock yarn base, these yarns are perfect for a whole closet full of brilliant rainbow-inspired socks and accessories!

Allow me, if you will, to make a few pattern suggestions for these wild skeins, in the spirit of getting one’s creative juices flowing.

For Black Rainbow, I envision a riotous pair of the Rock and Roll Socks from Outrageous Insteps.

For Speckle Rainbow, perhaps a sweet Graphic Baby Cardigan from the Playdate collection?

For Full Rainbow, a wild and vivacious Purl Thief from our Radiance: Knit Accessories collection.

For White Rainbow, the Brindle and Blend shawl (psst…free pattern!) Note: This pattern calls for 2 colors. Perhaps make the second a semi-solid color found in the rainbow?

For Full Rainbow 5yds, the Alcea Cowl (psst…also a free pattern!) Because this cowl is knit flat and then seamed, the striping effect should occur in line with the progression of the pattern. Add to that the dropped stitches, and I think the end result would be so fun and playful.

Planning on indulging in the value pack? For what it’s worth, I think you totally should. Not only will you save 20% off the total price of these 5 hanks, BUT, you’ll be able to start creating some mind-blowingly cool versions of multi-colored shawl projects, like the Helianthus Shawl, Ilana Wrap, or the Find Your Fade.

While these limited edition colors may have just arrived, I encourage you to not wait too long. Like the elusive rainbow itself, these colors won’t last forever!

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We’ve just released a couple of new pattern collections—Sojourn: A Knit Lace Collection and Best of Knit Picks: Pullovers & Cardigans—and the wonderful Claire Slade has patterns in both! In the Best of collection is a re-release of her adorable Professor Meow, a fan favorite for sure, and her beautiful new shawl Crystallize is in Sojourn:

A fun fact: Claire has had designs on the covers of Knit Picks books more times than any other independent designer! We reached out to Claire to ask her some questions so all of you could get to know her better. You can browse all of Claire’s Knit Picks designs here … there are so many great ones!

Tell us about yourself! I’m Claire; I’m from Colchester in the UK (I live just down the road from a castle). I learned to knit as a child and was terrible at it, I’m left handed and never really mastered how to hold the needles properly. I decided to try knitting again about 10 years ago, and I finally found my own way of holding my needles. I started slowly, designing hats for myself and my children not long after.

Do you have a favorite design you’ve done for Knit Picks? (Or tell us about a few if it’s too hard to choose just one!) I have two favourite designs that I did for Knit Picks—the first has to be Professor Meow, it was my first ever design for KP, and it’s fun which I love. The second is Cymopoleia because I loved the whole design process from inspiration to creating stitch patterns that would represent different aspects of the sea.

What’s your favorite type of stitch pattern to design with? Has to be colourwork. I love being able to work with multiple colours, and stranded colourwork has that addictive ‘just one more row’ quality to it.

What’s your favorite kind of item to design? Probably shawls, because there are just so many different shapes and styles, the possibilities are endless. Though saying that, I have recently been a little bit obsessed with sweaters; they also are a wonderful blank canvas with which to work.

What’s your current favorite Knit Picks yarn to design with? My favourite Knit Picks yarn is Palette; whatever idea I come up with I know that there will be a Palette shade (or usually multiple shades) that will be just perfect. It is also an absolutely great yarn for colourwork—I’ve recently finished two sweaters in Palette, and I was so pleased with the results.

Talk to us about your stash. My stash is probably 50% fingering weight yarn. I love bright colours, so there are plenty of those, but I also really like to work with natural undyed wool, so there are lots of browns and beige and cream too.

What’s on your needles right now? One cardigan, one sweater, and a hat. I try not to have too many WIPs but have to be quite strict with myself to stop me constantly casting on new things.

Do you have a yarn/knitting-related pet peeve? I think my only pet peeve about knitting is how this craft is still so regularly portrayed in the press as being done only by grannies. I love the diversity of people in the knitting community, and I think that needs to be celebrated more.

Any exciting design project(s) you’re working on right now? I am currently working on a cabled cardigan (for Knit Picks) that I love; it has got an interesting collar which I am rather pleased with. I’m also working on another cat-inspired project but that’s still just at swatching stage.

Thank you for answering our questions, Claire! I think I speak for the whole team here at Knit Picks when I say we can’t wait to see your next cat-inspired project!!

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