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Four Trends for 2016 + Winner

The start of a new year is always exciting! It's hard to imagine what surprises 2016 has in store for us, but today we'd like to make some predictions of our own as we share some of our favorite trends to inspired you to knit & crochet in the new year.

Trend #1: Softer Colors
If the 2016 Pantone Colors are any indication, softer and more soothing color palettes will take center stage. In the world of yarn, the trend appears to point more towards neutrals - but that's not to say that brights and neons will go away entirely! However, we have noticed recently that there are plenty of patterns trending on Ravelry which would fit the "soft color" trend, such as: 
Briochealicious by Andrea Mowry
Snoqualmie by Michele Wang
Leading Bird by Leah B. Thibault

Trend #2: Colorwork Hats
It started with the Baable Hat, and now everywhere we look, we're seeing creative color work hats! Star Wars fans are knitting the Force Awakens hat in droves, and there are tons of new color work hat designs popping up on Ravelry; the 3 featured patterns below are all available as free downloads:
Trend #3 Blankets, Blankets Everywhere
From scrap yarn blanket mania to beautiful colorbocks, blanket projects are all the rage right now! There are a number of interesting techniques being used, too: arm knitting, Tunisian crochet, join-as-you-go mitered squares, you name it! Here are just a few pattern ideas to inspire you:
Modern Tunisian Quilt by Staci Perry
Arm Knit Cabled Blanket by flax & twine
Lydia & Sarah's Oh! Memories by Lydia Brown

Trend #4 Chunky Yarn
Big yarn, big needles (or hook), big trend! Fast projects using chunky weight yarns are not only instant-gratification, they're also a great way to stay warm during the chilly winter months without having to sacrifice style. Here are some great new patterns to try this month:
Annelise Cowl by Jennifer Romphf Designs
The Boyfriend Toque by Bree Zorel
Eveline by Grace Melville
Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to fishgirl182,  who is the winner of our Knit Blocker giveaway this month! We have contacted you via Ravelry to arrange for the delivery of your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered this month's giveaway! 

VK Live Winner, Very Pink Knits Tutorial + Knit Blockers Giveaway!

Happy New Year! There's no better way to start things off than with a little inspiration. Deborah B. will be getting quite a bit of inspiration as our winner for the 3-Day Marketplace Pass for this month's Vogue Knitting Live Event in New York City - we'll contact you via Ravelry to arrange for the delivery of your prize!

For those of you who can't make it to the event, please enjoy the latest tutorial videos from VeryPink.com! This first one features our Marblz needles, and host Staci Perry covers everything you ever wanted to know about twisted stitches: when they're good, when they're bad, and how to correct a twisted stitch.



Earlier this week, Staci shared a brand-new video demonstrating how to make a provisional cast-on using our Dreamz crochet hooks and needles.


If you missed the first videos from this series which we've sponsored, click here for a free shadow stitch tutorial and here for a free Modern Tunisian Quilt pattern that's great for beginners.

Giveaway!

This month, one of our lucky blog readers will win their own set of our popular Knit Blockers! To be eligible, simply leave a comment on this blog post telling us what your crafty resolution is for 2016 - be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win.

We'll randomly select one winning comment to announce on our next blog post on Friday, January 22. Good luck! 

Holiday Giveaway Winners, VK Live New York & Last-Minute Inspiration!

Thanks to everyone who entered our Holiday Giveaways this month - we are pleased to announce our lucky winners!
  • Day 1 - Marblz Deluxe Interchangeable Set: splendorfalls
  • Day 2 - Shawl Pin: hoyagirl
  • Day 3 - Nova Platina Interchangeable Starter Set: expknitter
  • Day 4 - Waves Crochet Set: zookyla
  • Day 5 - Marblz DPN Set: Linda N.
  • Day 6 - Knit Blockers: socrafty1
  • Day 7 - Wool Winder: vernalequinox
  • Day 8 - Nova Platina Special Interchangeable Set: esa
  • Day 9 - Nova Platina Cubics Deluxe Interchangeable Set: cratfinbunny
  • Day 10 - Nirvana Pom Pom Maker Set: i-hook
The holiday countdown continues, but it's not too late to knit or crochet gifts for that special someone. We've collected plenty of quick projects for last-minute gifting emergencies here on Pinterest; below are a few of our recent favorites!

Knit Last-Minute Hat - Free Pattern at Yarn.com.
Knit Gap-Tastic Cowl by Jen Geigley - Free pattern on Ravelry.
Knit Garter Stitch Chunky Mittens by Flax and Twine - Free pattern on Ravelry.
Crochet Chunky Beanie - Free Pattern at ColourandCotton.com.
Crochet Cupcake Keychain - Free pattern at RepeatCrafterMe.com.

Special Bonus Giveaway!

Last but certainly not least, we are pleased to offer a special bonus giveaway for our blog readers this month: a FREE 3-day Marketplace ticket to the next Vogue Knitting Live event, happening this January 15-17, 2016 in New York City! We are proud to sponsor this fun-filled event which includes classes, fashion shows, innovative fiber artists, and two floors of shopping!
To enter, leave a comment on this blog post telling us what classes or events you would like to attend at VK Live New York (click here to check out their website for all the details!). Be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win.

One comment will be randomly selected as the winner and announced on our next blog post on Friday, January 8, 2016. Good luck!

Two Weeks of Holiday Giveaways!

As our way of saying "thank you" for being such wonderful fans, Knitter's Pride is pleased to announce our gift to you this holiday season: two weeks of giveaways!

Over the next two weeks we’ll be giving away fabulous prizes to our fans on social media - on each day listed below, visit the specified channel to find out how you can win that day's prize.

  • Day 1 - December 4: Marblz Deluxe Interchangeable Set - enter NOW by commenting on this blog post! We'd love to hear about your holiday traditions; be sure to also mention your email address or Ravelry ID so that we can contact you if you win.
  • Day 2 - December 7: Shawl Pin on Facebook
  • Day 3 - December 8: Nova Platina Interchangeable Starter Set on Ravelry
  • Day 4 - December 9: Waves Crochet Set on Instagram
  • Day 5 - December 10: Marblz DPN Set for Newsletter Subscribers
  • Day 6 - December 11: Knit Blockers on Facebook
  • Day 7 - December 14: Wool Winder on Ravelry
  • Day 8 - December 15: Nova Platina Special Interchangeable Set on Twitter
  • Day 9 - December 16: Nova Platina Cubics Deluxe Interchangeable Set on Instagram
  • Day 10 - December 17: Nirvana Pom Pom Maker Set on Facebook
Look for our announcements each day on the Knitter's Pride social media channels linked above for your chance to enter each giveaway; we will be announcing the winners for ALL prizes on our next blog post on Friday, December 18. Good luck!

Winner + Holiday Gift Guide

Congratulations to Barbula, who has won our Marblz DPN giveaway this month! We will get in touch to arrange for the delivery of your prize. Thanks to everyone who entered this month's blog giveaway!

What's at the top of your wish list this holiday season? Today, we'd like to share some of our top picks for knitters and crocheters; you may want to send this link to your friends and family to give them a hint or two - we've conveniently arranged this year's list by craft to help folks find the perfect gift for everyone on their list!

Gifts for Knitters
An interchangeable needle set is perfect for prolific knitters, and we have a quite a few to choose from (click here to see them all). Our limited edition 2015 Holiday Gift Set, Royale, is the ultimate set to gift this year: we've paired our color-coded wood needles with sharp brass tips to provide an unparalleled knitting experience.

Marblz needles are another crowd-pleaser, and we offer both Interchangeable and Double-Pointed Needle sets in this line. Each needle features a unique marbled pattern in a range of eye-catching colors which are color-coded for easy size identification.

Gifts for Crocheters
Waves Crochet Sets continue to be a favorite among crocheters; each set includes 9 crochet hooks with ergonomic soft grips which are color-coded by size. Choose from a fluorescent green or pink faux leather zip case they can take on the go!

Gifts for Everyone!
Our Knit Blockers are the blocking tool everyone needs - don't let the name fool you, they are great for finished crocheted projects as well as knitted ones! Click here for our Knit Blocker tutorial from the Knitter's Pride blog archive.
A roomy tote bag makes crafting on the go a breeze! Each bag includes a matching notions case and yarn bag, and other clever features include a spot for storing a mobile device, a key fob, and two inner zipper pockets secure other valuables. Choose from 3 styles (shown below, from L-R: Danube, Rhine, and Volga), we also offer coordinating needle and hook storage cases in each line!
If you're looking for stocking stuffers, guild gifts, or something for everyone in your knitting group, we've got plenty of affordable ideas! Zooni Bead Stitch Markers come in 17 colorful styles to suit a variety of tastes.

We also offer many different styles and colors of in our range of shawl pins - below are just a few of the many options!



If you're planning to knit or crochet gifts for your loved ones this holiday season, we're collecting lots of great pattern ideas here on Pinterest, many of which are available for free! Shown below is the Gingerbread Boy by Sara Elizabeth Kellner.
Wishing all of our fans a merry and festive holiday season!

Giveaway + Designer Spotlight: Angela Tong

This month, we have another designer spotlight to share with our readers! Angela Tong recently used a variety of Knitter's Pride double-pointed needles while filming her newest Craftsy Class, My First Mittens and Gloves. This beginner-friendly class is a great introduction to knitting on double-pointed needles (DPNs), and Angela does a great job of explaining how to choose the right type of DPNs for your project! In addition to teaching, Angela is a knitwear designer, weaver and hand spinner. We hope enjoy getting to know her better on today's post - enjoy!


Angela on the set at Craftsy with a selection of Knitter's Pride DPNs.

How long have you been knitting? Weaving?
I have been knitting for 14 years, since 2001. I learned to weave on the rigid heddle loom in 2009.
Curvilinear Hat by Angela Tong
 
Where do you find inspiration for your knitting designs?
I have an eye for details. Even ordinary things that I encounter during my day can spark an idea. I use to live in Brooklyn and I found myself being bombarded with inspiration everywhere I walked. It could be what someone was wearing, a window pane on a building, or even a doorway. I use the inspirations to add details to my knitting designs.

For weaving, do you use specific patterns or make up your own?
I definitely make up my own. It's fun to experiment on the loom to see what kind of fabric can be made with what I have on hand. I tend to use mostly knitting yarns for weaving because that is what I have a lot of.

What do you love most about knitting? Weaving?
What I love most about knitting is that I can take 2 sticks and yarn to create something that can be worn, used or be decorative. It's so basic yet there is so much you can do with it. I love weaving because I find it meditative. Once you set up the loom, you can go on auto pilot and just repeat over and over again to create fabric.

Tell us a little bit about your new Craftsy class, and why you chose to focus on DPN needles.
My newest Craftsy Class is called My First Mittens and Gloves. It's focus is to teach knitters how to knit their first pair of mittens and gloves. I chose to teach the class using double pointed needles because I believe we all should learn how to use double pointed needles. It's a knitting skill that can be applied to other different types of patterns. Plus, it's really much easier to knit fingers and thumbs using double pointed needles.

What is your best knitting tip for beginners?
Making mistakes is good. That is how you learn to be a better knitter. I have learned so much by tinkering back my knitting mistakes.

Angela Tong is a fiber arts designer based in New York and New Jersey. Her designs have been published in magazines, books and yarn company pattern collections such as Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit Simple, Scarf Style 2, Free-Spirit Shawls: 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day, and more. She is a certified knitting teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America’s Certified Instructors Program. You can view her designs here on Ravelry and follow her blog here.



November Blog Giveaway
This month, we're giving our blog readers a chance to win a Marblz DPN set! If you're excited to try knitting in the round with DPNs, leave a comment on this post telling us which pattern you would most like to make using our Marblz DPNs. Remember to also tell us your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win. We will randomly select one lucky winner to announce here on the blog on Friday, November 27. Good luck! 

Winner + Designer Interview: Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochi Land

Congratulations to globalite, who is this month's blog winner! We'll get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prize, a copy of Adventures in MochiMochi Land and a Nova Platina Cubics DPN Set!


Today, we have an extra-special interview with a designer whose work has been exhibited internationally: Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochi Land! You may recall Project Gnome Diplomacy from earlier this year, which culminated in an art installation in South Korea. Anna's work was also recently on display at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago, an event we were proud to sponsor. We hope you'll get to know Anna just a little bit better in today's interview. Enjoy! 

Some of the first-ever Mochis
How long have you been knitting, and how did you get started designing toys?
I started knitting when I was 18, so it’s been a good 15 years now. I began designing toys on a whim, when I wanted to make something fun as gifts for my friends—I was a little bored of knitting things to wear and washcloths and so forth, and wanted to create something more unique. My first designs were simple toys that I knitted flat and stitched together, and they were actually in the shape of the logo of the gallery that I worked at at the time. I was so in love with these creatures that right away I knew I wanted to design lots more toys. This was in 2007, and basically I just haven’t stopped knitting toys since. Early on I started a blog, and maybe because there weren’t a lot of patterns for knitted toys at that time, people took notice pretty quickly, and after a while I figured out that I could make a job for myself out of designing. 

Where do you get inspiration? 
My inspirations have come from all kinds of sources, but more and more I like to think of my designs as existing in their own world together, so I’m often thinking about landscapes and environments and also relationships between things, conflicts and cooperation. So I get a lot of ideas from our own world, and also from things like Japanese design and classic cartoons. 



How did you get involved with Nickelodeon?
The creative director for their on-air promotions had seen some of my creatures at gallery hanahou (the NYC gallery that I had worked at and that inspired my first toys), and after expressing interest in working together for several years, he finally made that happen via my agent in 2013. I had actually just moved to Chicago when that happened, so one of the first things I did when I got to Chicago was go back to NYC to work on those animations, which made the whole thing extra surreal. 

Gnome Genome project at the Everyday Moonday gallery in Seoul

We loved Project Gnome Diplomacy earlier this year. How did the exhibit go? Can you share any photos or stories? 
Thank you! It was such a fun project to just ask people to send me gnomes that they’d made and get all kinds of surprises in the mail. (I got 333 gnomes in the end!) The show at Everyday Moonday gallery in Seoul went really well—it was a big task to set it all up (we basically spent a whole week in the gallery), but the response from the people who came to see it was really warm, and I heard that lots of people brought kids to see it during the month that it was on display. 


The gnome diplomats are currently being distributed to people in Seoul via the gallery’s cafe (shown above)—each one has a little note with it saying something like “take me to your favorite place!” or “give me to the first person you meet!” I love to think about the care that the knitters and crocheters put into making these little guys and the way that they’re being given to strangers on the other side of the world just for the sake of spreading fun and little surprises.

Gnome Genome project at the Everyday Moonday gallery in Seoul

Where else has your work been exhibited outside of the knitting world (or inside it, if you prefer!)?
I was lucky enough to be invited to show my work twice in Berlin for the wonderful character art festival that Pictoplasma holds annually. Like with "The Gnome Genome Project" in Seoul, I took those opportunities to do something really different with Mochimochi Land, and challenge myself to explore new forms that my world can take. I’ve also shown my work in NYC quite a few times, and also in Ann Arbor, thanks to the cool people at the district library there. And I’ve had a blast showing my work at many Vogue Knitting LIVEs around the country. 
Mochimochi Land display at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago 2015

What does MochiMochi Land have in store for us this holiday season? 
I have a fun holiday pattern planned for release that I'm quite fond of! And if all goes well, there will be a little animation starring the new characters coming this December too. 


Anna Hrachovec is a Chicago-based designer and artist who combines her passions for knitting and characters to create cute and weird toys that all ages can get excited about. When she's not designing patterns to share with her fellow knitters, she is working on character-based art pieces and animations. In 2013 and 2014, her creations were featured in animated holiday network IDs on Nickelodeon. 

Anna has written five books of patterns for knitted toys, the newest of which is Adventures in Mochimochi Land, a combination storybook and pattern book. Her patterns and blog can be found at mochimochiland.com.