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2019 Limited Edition Holiday Gift Set Featuring SmartStix Needles!

Introducing the 2019 Limited Edition Gift Set from Knitter's Pride, featuring our new SmartStix Needles!


We're pleased to present this clever needle set in a modern carrying case that's multi-purpose: it can be used as clutch, a cross-body bag, a project bag or tool kit - the possibilities are endless! We've used vegan leather, ethically sourced beech wood and nickel-free metal hardware to construct this sturdy bag that's bound to be your new favorite.


But the real treat, of course, is what's inside! Each case contains a plush velvet roll-on and a vegan leather pouch to keep the accessories safe in style.

All 9 pairs of SmartStix Interchangeable Needle Tips and the color-coded cords are marked at every 1" interval for quick measuring on the go.

Each set includes SmartStix tips in sizes US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5 & 11 and 4 color coded cords (included in lengths of 1-24"/60cm, 1-32"/80cm & 2- 40"/100cm) & a set of cord connectors.


Treat yourself or your smart knitting friends to this extra-special gift set - it's sure to be at the top of everyone's wish list this year! Sets are available for a limited time at your preferred Knitter's Pride retailer.

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Free Knitting Pattern: Undaunted Hat

In the last year we have been inspired to knit for charity and one of the causes that has come to our attention is Hat Not Hate, an anti-bullying campaign launched by Lion Brand Yarns in 2018. Lion Brand asks knitters to donate blue knit (and crochet) hats and teams up with schools around the country to distribute hats to students in October of each year for National Bullying Prevention Month.

Though the deadline for 2019 donations has passed, designer Laura Cameron was inspired to create a simple hat pattern in honor of Hat Not Hate. Today we’re sharing this pattern with you so you can knit one for yourself or donate one to a charitable cause near you.


Undaunted
By Laura Cameron

Finished measurements: To fit head circumference of 20” (22”)

Gauge: 20 sts & 32 rows = 4 inches St St

Supplies:
  • US 6/4 mm and 8/5 mm - 16”/40 cm circular SMARTSTIX needles
  • 1 skein TreasureGoddess Treasured Warmth Worsted Weight (100% superwash merino, 218 yards/100 grams), color: Swimming with the Fishes
  • Darning needle
  • Stitch Marker (to indicate Beginning of Round)


To make hat:
With US 6/4 mm needle, CO 84 (90) sts. Join to work in the round being careful not to twist and place stitch marker to indicate beginning of round.

Brim
Work in (P2, K1) rib until your work measure approximately 1.5”/4 cm from cast on (you can use your SMARTSTIX needles to measure!).

Hat:
Switch to US 8/5 mm needle.

Begin Pattern Stitch:
Rounds 1 & 2: Knit all stitches. 
Round 3: (P2, K1) to end of round.

Repeat Rounds 1-3 until your hat reaches 7 (8)”/18 (20) cm or desired length before working crown.

Crown

Round 1: (K2tog, K4) to end of round. 70 (75) sts.
Round 2: Knit all stitches.
Round 3: (P1, K1, P2, K1) to end of round.
Round 4: (K2, K2tog, K1) to end of round. 56 (60) sts.
Round 5: (P1, K1) to end of round.
Round 6: (K2tog) to end of round. 28 (30) sts.
Round 7: Knit all stitches.
Round 8: (K2tog) to end of round. 14 (15) sts.
Round 9: (K2tog) to last 0 (1) stitch, K0 (1). 7 (8) sts.

Break yarn, leaving a long tail. Using a tapestry needle, run tail through remaining stitches twice and fasten off.

Pom Pom (optional)


Weave in ends and wash with your favorite fiber wash. We recommend using Knitter’s Pride Blocking Mats to block your hat for the perfect finish.


Allow to dry, then enjoy your new hat or donate to the charitable cause of your choice!

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Fall Crafting Inspiration

Fall is around the corner and we’re feeling the call of our needles and hooks! Today we’ve rounded up some new free patterns to jump start your fall crafting. We hope you’ll find something inspiring and cast on with abandon!

Sweaters

If you’re looking to cuddle up in a sweater we’ve got a ton of options for you! If you’re into colorwork knitting check out the bands on Maj by Rachel S√łgaard. If you’d like to add a touch of lace to your fall knitting, try the Beechnut Pullover by Amy Gundersen. If you’d like an oversized fall cardigan that will become a wardrobe staple, we love Maria by Quail Studio. And if you’re still loving those fades, check out the Metamorphic Tee by Andrea Yetman. For our crocheters, check out the Everyday Cotton Cardigan by Ashleigh Kiser (which could be done in wool for a warmer, cozier sweater) or the Elevation Sweater by Grace forthefrills!




Accessories

If you’re looking for the perfect small project to use up those special skeins, but still keep you warm, we’ve got inspiration aplenty (we ran out of room!) Just one skein of DK and some linen stitch and you’ve got the Oddly Satisfying Cowl by Christine Long Derks. A soft skein of luscious fingering weight will make these pretty Alder Fingerless Mitts by Agnes Zombory. If you want to keep your toes toasty warm, check out the Sea Oats Socks by The Blue Mouse. If it’s a hat you’re after try the Gentle Waves Hat by Beatrice Alexander-Howden or step up your game with a bit of colorwork with the August Hat by Sara Solomon (and check out all the free patterns Year of Hats from Kelbourne Woolens has to offer - a new free hat pattern each month!) If you want a quick bulky knit with just a touch of lace try the Icy Waters Shawl by EweKnit Toronto. And if you want the perfect fall shawl, we love Siki Shawl by Dawn Henderson. For our crocheters we’ve got cowls and hats for you too! Check out Anemone by the Berroco Design Team and the Kyrie Slouch by Phanessa Fong!


Other

If you’re looking for a little something seasonal, we love the Little Rustic Pumpkin by Rebecca Langford. And if you want to try a bigger knit, how about a cozy blanket? You’re not too late to join the CAL (Crochet Along) for the Cactus Garden Blanket by Susan E. Kennedy. Or if you want to knit up a cozy blanket for game night check out Dance on the Breeze by Fifty Four Ten Studio (or any of their other free blanket patterns!)



Whatever you choose to craft this fall, we hope we’ve given you some inspiration to get started!

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4 Super Stretchy Bind Offs for Knitters

You’ve come to the end of your knitting project and it's time to bind off. When you’re making items like hats, shawls, socks and sweaters, a slightly stretchy finished edge may be desired - but you also want to avoid having a bind off that’s too loose and floppy. Today we’ll explore 4 super stretchy bind offs that will give you the perfect edging to finish your next project!

Note: In all of the below examples we use our brand-new SmartStix needles and two contrasting colors of yarn so that you can see the technique more clearly.

Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off

Jeny’s Surprisingly Stretchy Bind Off is a technique named for Jeny Staiman and immortalized (with great visuals!) in this Knitty article. This bind off combines the standard bind off with an extra yarn over which adds a bit of extra elasticity. The steps are simple.

For knit stitches:

Step 1: Yarnover in reverse (wind your yarn over the needle in the opposite direction that you usually do).

Step 2: Knit 1 stitch.

Step 3: Insert left needle into yarnover stitch and pull it over the stitch you just knit.

Step 4: Yarnover in reverse.

Step 5: Knit 1 stitch.



Step 6: Insert left needle into yarnover stitch AND previous stitch and pull both over the stitch you just knit.



Repeat Steps 4-6 until you have completed binding off all stitches.


For purl stitches:
Repeat the processes above EXCEPT yarnover in the regular direction and purl the working stitches as appropriate.

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Icelandic Bind Off

The Icelandic Bind Off is a super stretchy bind off that is particularly suited for garter stitch. Not only is it fast, easy and stretchy, but it mimics the bumps in the garter stitch so it matches the garter stitch. Beware that this will make your edges roll if you’re knitting in stockinette, so you may want to pick another one of the other stretchy bindoffs we’ve discuss here if that’s what you’re knitting.

To complete the Icelandic Bind Off:

Step 1: Knit 1 stitch.


Step 2: Transfer stitch from right needle back to left needle.

Step 3: Reach right needle through the first stitch as if to purl, and knit the next stitch, pulling the loop through both stitches.



Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have completed binding off all stitches.


For additional visuals on the Icelandic Bind Off, Very Pink Knits has a wonderful tutorial video here.

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Elastic Bind Off

The Elastic Bind Off is a gorgeously stretchy bind off for lacy shawls, sock cuffs, necklines and sleeve cuffs. In this bind off you’ll be working a stitch, and then knitting it together with the previous stitch to create an extra elastic edge.

To work the Elastic Bindoff:

Step 1: Knit the first 2 stitches as normal.



Step 2: Knit the 2 stitches together through the back loop. (Insert left hand needle through the front of the two stitches, wrap yarn around and pull through.)



Step 3: Knit the next stitch as normal.

Step 4: Repeat Step 2.

Repeat Steps 3 and 4 until you have completed binding off all stitches.



For additional visuals, check out this Simple Stretchy Bind Off tutorial from Very Pink Knits, which also includes how to work the Elastic Bindoff in ribbing!

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Elizabeth Zimmerman’s Sewn Bind Off

The sewn bind off was immortalized by Elizabeth Zimmerman, who was looking for a stretchier alternative to the traditional bind off. The advantage of the sewn bind off is that it makes a nicely matched edge to the edge created by the long tail cast on, so your project will look neatly matched. Unlike the other bind offs, this one is worked with a tapestry needle and more sewn than cast off with needles. This bind off is also worked from left to right, the opposite of your knitting.

To work the Sewn Bind Off:

Step 1: First cut a long tail, 3-4 times the length of the section you’re binding off. Thread your tapestry needle with this end.

Step 2: Insert the needle into the first 2 stitches on the knitting needle as if to purl and draw the yarn through.



Step 3: Reinsert the needle into the first stitch on the knitting needle as if to knit, draw the yarn through and slip the stitch off.



Repeat Steps 2 and 3 until you have completed binding off all stitches.



For additional visuals, check out the Sewn Bind Off Tutorial from Very Pink Knits.

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We hope you've learned a few new techniques to add super stretchy edges to your projects!

August Blog Winners

Congratulations to our winners for this month's #KPwinyourwish contest: @lemiller26 on Instagram, Miki E. on Facebook and @curious_cusp on Instagram. We will be in touch with you shortly to arrange for the delivery of your prizes!

2019-20 Collection Reveal + Win Your Wish Contest

The wait is over: our 2019-20 collection will be arriving soon at a yarn store near you! We are pleased to introduce our latest innovations to the Knitter's Pride family of products. Ask for them by name at your local yarn store (LYS), or search our list of authorized retailers by clicking here.


SmartStix Knitting Needles


Hi-tech SmartStix are knitting needles and tape measure in one! Marked at 1" intervals on both the needles and the cords, SmartStix helps knitters measure their creations on the go, check their gauge and even test the yarn weight.

Available in Fixed Circular, Double Pointed and Interchangeable needle styles, SmartStix are are the perfect tool for the smart knitter.

Our Deluxe SmartStix Interchangeable Needle Set (shown above) comes in a stylish white and silver vegan leather case.

Smart Cords are also available individually in 6 length options.


Rainbow Row Counter Rings

With over 18,000 black row counter rings sold in just ten months, we're adding a unique Rainbow color to the Row Counter Rings range! The mesmerizing colors are brought to life using special coating technology, and each ring is made from surgical grade stainless steel for a hypo-allergenic accessory.

Expanded Sizes in Row Counter Rings

You asked, we listened! We've added additional size options to our Row Counter Ring line in both Black and Rainbow styles. Our row counter rings are designed to be worn on the index finger or thumb; if you are unsure of your ring size, click here for a tutorial on measuring ring size for any finger.


Win Your Wish Contest

Would you like to win a Deluxe SmartStix Interchangeable Set or a Rainbow Row Counter Ring from our new collection? We'll be randomly choosing 3 lucky people to win their wish this month. Here's how to enter:

Right-click or tap to save the photo of the prize you'd like to win:


Post photo on your choice of social media channels (Facebook, Pinterest, or Instagram) using the #KnittersPride and #KPwinyourwish hashtags.

One entry per social media channel per person, please.

We will randomly select our 3 lucky winners to announce on our next blog post on Friday, August 30. Good luck!

Shawl Styling Photo Contest Winners + New Free Shawl Patterns to Knit & Crochet

The Summer of Shawls is going strong, and we've enjoyed seeing everyone's beautiful shawl projects shared during our photo contest. Today we're announcing the winners and sharing some new free patterns we've spotted recently to inspire your next knitting or crochet project!

Summer of Shawls Photo Contest Winners

We used the Random Number generator to select our winners:

Deluxe Ginger Interchangeable Set - Post #21 by Archey (and also shared with us on Instagram)

View project details here.

Ginger Tunisian Crochet Set - Post #11 by CarolMcq
View project details here.

Royale Special Interchangeable Set Post #17 by sokker
View project details here.

Rainbow Knit Blockers - Post #25 by hjordisperkins
View project details here.


Shawl Inspiration: New Free Knitting & Crochet Patterns

There are plenty more inspiring projects to check out in our contest thread, and we also want to spotlight some of the latest FREE patterns to inspire your next project.


The Melon Ball Shawl by Erica Fedor is great for using up stash or showing off a gradient yarn. This quick-to-crochet pattern uses simple decreases and two basic stitches, making it ideal for newer crocheters!

For a more challenging crochet project, try Ozomene by Silke Terhorst. This triangle shawl uses fingering weight yarn to create an airy, lightweight shawl that's perfect for summer days.


Bethany Byman's Coachella Wrap adds a funky touch to any outfit and knits up quick in bulky yarn. This beginner-friendly pattern features an open stitch pattern and on-trend fringe to complete the look.

Fans of hand-dyed yarns will love the Linden Shawl by Lisa R. Myers. Play around with different color combinations with this easy-knitting shawl featuring a slipped-stitch motif and simple garter border.

Make sure to share your summer shawl projects with us using the #knitterspride and #kpshawlstyle hashtags. Happy knitting & crocheting!

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How to Block Your Knit & Crochet Shawls Like a Pro

Since we’ve declared this the Summer of Shawls, today we'll share some tips to help you master the ultimate step in finishing those shawl projects: blocking. Blocking is the simple step of washing your finished shawl (or any finished project) and then allowing it to dry. The benefit of blocking is that it evens out any tensioning issues in your stitches, opens up lace and other patterning, removes oils from your hands transferred during the knitting process, and makes your finished project look ten times better overall!

Today we'll cover two of the most popular methods, steam blocking and wet blocking.

Steam Blocking

This method sets the stitches just as well as wet blocking, without the worry of stretching out your finished piece due to the weight of a waterlogged item. For hand-dyed yarns, steam blocking increases the longevity of both the color and the fibers. You can use an iron or purchase a dedicated hand-held steamer for this process; simply lay your piece on a prepared surface such as an ironing board or a clean table. Pin in place, then hold your iron or steamer directly above the piece so that the steam can penetrate the fibres. Allow your piece to dry completely before you remove the pins.

IMPORTANT: Do not let the iron touch your fabric - this will damage the fibers!

Wet Blocking

This method is useful for removing anything that may have gotten on your projects as you worked on it, and is particularly ideal for reshaping a finished piece. Note that yarn is not unlike clothing in that the more it gets washed with soap the more it will fade, so please wash sparingly and only when needed.

Materials:


Step 1: Washing

Some yarns say "machine wash," which you can do if you prefer but please bear in mind that hand washing always increases the longevity of your project!


Fill a clean sink, bucket, or basin with lukewarm water. We like to add just a smidge of heat to the water to loosen any oils or dirt that might be lurking in a finished item, but prefer not to go too much beyond lukewarm. Next, add some of your favorite wool wash.

Gently add your project to the water. We like to press the project into the water softly and make sure it is entirely submerged. Don’t add too much agitation - just enough to get your project good and wet. Let your project soak for 5 minutes or less.

Remove your project from the water and squeeze gently to remove excess water. The key here is being gentle; don’t wring or twist your knit. If you have a clean towel nearby, you can roll your project into the towel and squeeze gently again to remove more excess water.

Lay flat to air dry using the instruction in Step 2: Blocking below.

Step 2: Blocking

Now that your project or garment is clean, let’s talk about blocking it! Essentially, all you are going to do here is determine how best to arrange your knitted or crocheted item so that it will dry in the shape you wish. Different projects will require different methods; we’ll do our best to cover all of them below.

First, find a good place where you can block your project. You will want an open, flat surface that curious pets and/or children are unlikely to discover. We find that the floor in a non-trafficked area is usually a good place to block; if you don’t have a good floor space to block, you can also use counter or table tops, or any flat surface (the bed in the guest bedroom, the dining room table, etc.).

If you are using pins to block your project (and in most cases you will want to use pins to hold the project in place!), you will need a porous surface underneath your project that you don’t mind sticking pins into such as our Blocking Mats.

Once you have decided where you would like to block your project, lay it out gently in the shape you wish to block it into. At this point you’ll need to decide how aggressively you want to block your project: some patterns will provide a schematic with finished dimensions which you can refer back to as you lay out your piece, using a tape measure to ensure correct dimensions have been achieved. You may have some personal preferences that inform your blocking approach as well.

For projects with lots of lace, blocking wires are a good investment. These thin, flexible wires can be threaded through the edges of your knitting and then pinned taut. This will open up your lace and enable you to create straight (or curved) edges in your finished garment. If your project doesn’t have a large amount of lace, or you don’t wish for super defined edges, you can use rust-resistant T-pins or our Rainbow Knit Blockers to secure edges as you arrange your project to dry. Generally, we lay the project out in the shape we want it to be, and then pin every 4-6 inches to achieve the desired shape. If your project has a lace edging, or ends with a picot or crocheted bind off, you may wish to accentuate the edges by pinning them into place. For instance, in the picot edging of this shawl, we might want to pin out each picot to create a pretty, open border.


We hope that these tips and tricks above have helped you navigate blocking your projects. We can’t wait to see what you create, and don't forget to enter our Summer of Shawls Photo contest, happening in our Ravelry group and social media channels! Simply share a photo of how you are styling your knitted and crocheted shawls this summer in this Ravelry thread OR on social media using the #knitterspride and #kpshawlstyle hashtags. You may post as many photos as you like, and while photos do not necessarily have to include Knitter's Pride shawl pins, we would love to see how you are using them to style your shawls!

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