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🧶Caitlin’s tip + your perfect spring sweater

Have you ever knit a whole sweater in a weekend? Our new Knit Stars project manager, Sunnie, just finished this Brookline Blouse – in two days! And, while we don’t recommend the circumstances that led to her speed-knitting this sweater, we do highly recommend the project. In fact, it’s leapfrogged straight to the front of my…

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🧶 GG’s tip: Bring an extra bag!

Click for a special message from GG. Longtime readers know, I opened our very first yarn shop 16 years ago with this idea I called the “Hot Loops Wall.” After years of being frustrated, leaving yarn shops empty-handed because I couldn’t find cute project ideas to go with the yarns… I thought, why not build…

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🧶 It was 3 years in the making…

It was 3 years ago, at Vogue Knitting Live 2019. That’s the last time that Gaye “GG” Glasspie and Adella Colvin (@lolabeanyarnco) were together in the same room. For the past 3 years, nearly every day, they’ve talked, texted or gone live together on Instagram. But the pandemic – and life – have kept them…

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🧶 Spring’s “it” top with Tamara’s Tip

Don’t you just feel like dancing after that record-smashing Hot Loops Wall Reveal? 💃 This community came forward in a BIG way to show love for the Iconic Orange Lady (and still is showing up!). GG admitted she was a little nervous that you wouldn’t embrace her “orange-forward” project wall – and you showed up and showed out!!!…

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🧶 Your Season 7 Stars 📣

It’s Knit Stars teacher announcement day! 🤩 We are ecstatic to finally be able to announce the names of our Season 7 Knit Stars. The theme for Season 7 is “Texture + Wonder,” and we can’t wait for these innovative, inspiring Stars to share their personal “yarnstories” and workshops that will truly transform your knitting life.…

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🧶 Colorful Summer Knits ☀️

Building color palettes can be a learned skill, especially with colors you don’t typically wear. But have no fear; Beata Jezek from Season 2 of Knit Stars will help you gain confidence in your color pairing skills and give you the tools to create a stunning color palette for your next project! Photo by @chrisstrickt on Ravelry.…

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🧶 A beautiful beach day!

Do you ever wish someone would throw you a knitting lifeline? Then you’re going to love this week’s tip from Andrea Mowry’s Season 2 Knit Stars workshop. If you ever find yourself getting a bit nervous with a new stitch or a long pattern repeat, worrying that you might have to frog it back, do yourself…

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🧶 Foolproof fair isle with Alexa

Trusting your gut can be hard. Especially when a Fair Isle project is on the line… This week, Season 2 Star Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits brings you a foolproof tip for making sure your colors have enough contrast to pop! Photo credit: Caitlin Hunter The best way to get good at Fair Isle…

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🧶 Go jogless with Veera!

If you’re like me, this time of year you find yourself putting aside those grey knits of winter, and reaching for all the color! Whether you’re an experienced colorwork enthusiast, or you’re just looking to dip your toe into multi-color projects for the first time, stripes are a great way to go… And no one knows…

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🧶Andrea M’s burrito trick

So, funny story.  A few months back, I was scrolling the ‘gram when a photo of yarn stopped me in my tracks. It was a colorway inspired by the movie “Coco.” And I’m not sure if it was my memories from the movie or the absolutely breathtaking depth and balance of that color… But I…

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🧶 Hannah’s organization tips

If you’re like me, just looking at cool storage solutions makes me feel calmer… So whether today’s message inspires you to organize your needles and notions, or it just provides some eye candy for your Sunday, our mission will be accomplished. 🤗 Let’s get it rolling with this 3-minute video clip with Hannah Thiessen from Knit Stars Season 4.…

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🧶The “missing link” color

Do you ever find yourself in a color rut? Wishing you could push your own color envelope…but afraid to invest in the yarn without knowing for sure how it will turn out? It happens to all of us. There’s comfort in the familiar. And when we’re drawn to a project, it’s often because of the color. So…

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🧶Andrea’s colorwork tips

This is the “do what the Knit Star says, not what I do” edition. 🙃 In Season 3, Knit Star Andrea Rangel shared some simple, but critical stranded colorwork tips. Watch this 2-minute clip for her “stop and spread,” “block before you judge” and most importantly, “colorwork gauge” tips. In my defense, I did swatch before starting “The Owen…

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🧶Bulky yarn goes glam

As beginners, we’re often drawn to bulky yarn. We love the look. Even more, we love the idea of speed. “I’ve got a shot at actually finishing this project!” we think. But I’ve noticed, as we progress in our journeys, we can tend to leave bulkies behind. Thinking they look too beginner or even too…

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🧶 Easy fix for those underarm holes

I finished a thing! Well, almost finished.🥴 I still need to close up those little underarm holes on my new Sipila sweater. But the timing is perfect! Because this week’s Knit Stars video tip comes from Masterclass Season #2 Star Alexa Ludeman of Tin Can Knits. It’s a one-minute fix for neatly sewing up those pesky holes…

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🧶 5 complimentary patterns in our bespoke chunky yarn

Through the years, our Knit Stars have survived some pretty intense filming conditions. But so far, I think Martha Wissing takes the cake! We filmed Martha’s Knit Stars workshop at 15,000 feet, at the Pacomarca sustainable alpaca network HQ. If you own Season 4 of our Masterclass series, watch Martha’s segment closely. You’ll hear the…

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Zooming out. The one about perspective

You may have heard that, when we created the first Knit Stars Masterclass 7 years ago, I was afraid to fly. Especially over the ocean. But ever since that first trip to Amsterdam to film Nancy Marchant, making her tuck stitch brilliance accessible to our Masterclass students around the world…I haven’t been able to stop.…

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🤸🏻‍♀️ The joy of alone.

Last week, I spent four days at the beach. Alone. When my mother heard this was happening, she freaked out. “Oh no! What’s wrong?!” she asked my son when he mentioned it. “In her whole life, I’ve never known Shelley to want to be alone.” At first, I laughed. Of course I like some quiet…

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No cable needle? No problem!

Have you ever found yourself in the middle of a cable project, on the go, and without a cable needle? Sure, in a pinch you can use a paper clip, double-pointed needle or even a pencil. But what if you could work your cables with just your fingers? It’s the knitter’s equivalent of a flying…

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🧣Ambah’s shawl, 9 ways.

Ambah O’Brien from Knit Stars Season 6 shows you 9 ways to wear a shawl. This year I’m resolving… to Wear The Damn Knits. 👊🏽 Tell me if this sounds familiar… I’ve got a closet-full of handmakes. Sweaters, cardis, shawls, scarves, hats out the wazoo… And still I go around most days in leggings and…

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