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Newsletter 1/9: Learn to Knit a Vest This Winter!

Woodcutter Vest Class – Register Now!

With the holidays behind us and a long stretch of winter ahead, it’s a great time to focus on learning new knitting skills!  Wendy’s a big fan of the designer Amy Herzog and her emphasis on fit, and is excited to help knitters use Amy’s newest book, You Can Knit That, to create this easy to wear vest – a perfect project for those who’ve been wanting to try their hand at knitting a first garment.
During 3 class sessions, students will learn shaping for waist, bust, armholes and necklines, along with basic finishing techniques and the most important part – using their measurements and a gauge swatch to select the right size before the knitting even begins! 
Check out You Can Knit That here!
 
When: 

Saturday, January 21: 11AM – 1:30PM
Saturday, February 18: 11AM – 12:30PM
Saturday, March 18: 11AM – 1PM
 
Cost: $75 plus materials (yarn, stitch markers, and pattern book)
 
REGISTER for this class here!

January KAL & CAL

Kirwin by Julie Hoover

Laura will be leading this sweater knit along on Wednesday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th). You will need approximately 930-1495 yards of a worsted weight yarn for this stylish short-sleeved sweater. You can see more information about this pattern here.
Dowager Shawl by the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Ruth will be leading this crochet along on Thursday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th). You will need 760 yards of a sport weight yarn for this project. You can find more information about this pattern here.

Featured customer projects…

Pictured below are Dottie & Maria with their Building Color blankets from last year’s class! If you love these blankets, please consider joining us for the next class starting in September 2017! Beautiful job, ladies!
Below we have these beautiful mittens made by Libby Rupp! The pattern is Turion by Linda Dubec from the Pom Pom Quarterly Autumn 2016, and she used Berroco Artisan!

What we’re working on…

Flicker Hat – finished!!! (Kylen)
I have been knitting chunky hats lately because they’re quick & easy! I recently finished this hat, and loved the pattern so much I decided to write it up and publish it on ravelry! This one is made out of Sublime Lola, which is a super bulky weight merino wool from the shop! The sample is on display! You can get the pattern here.

Newsletter 1/2: New Beautiful Yarns & Pop-Up Shop Tomorrow!

Pop-Up Shop @ Tupelo Honey Teas

Tomorrow evening from 6:30-9pm is our fifth monthly Pop-Up Shop at Tupelo Honey Teas Tea Shop in Millvale (211 Grant Avenue)! The Stitch & B*tch group that meets every Tuesday will be there, and I will be bringing Knit One yarns & accessories! Please be sure to bring any sort of stitching you’re working on! We hope to see you there!

NEW at the shop…

 

1st & 2nd rows: Ella Rae Lace Merino (aran weight)
3rd row: Manos del Uruguay Alegria (fingering weight)
4th row: Manos del Uruguay Marina (lace weight)

January KAL & CAL

Kirwin by Julie Hoover

Laura will be leading this sweater knit along on Wednesday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th). You will need approximately 930-1495 yards of a worsted weight yarn for this stylish short-sleeved sweater. You can see more information about this pattern here.
Dowager Shawl by the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Ruth will be leading this crochet along on Thursday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th). You will need 760 yards of a sport weight yarn for this project. You can find more information about this pattern here.

Featured customer projects…

Pictured below is Libby Rupp wearing her beautiful Om Shawl made out of Tahki Stacy Charles Vermont! We love the neutrals!
Below we have Rachel Landsman’s gorgeous Della Mitts out of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Worthy Fingering yarn. Great job, Rachel!

What we’re working on…

Socks – finished!!! (Kylen)
Someone remind me to never knit these laborious socks again! Just kidding, they were a fun knit, but took forever! These were for my boyfriend for Christmas and he absolutely loved them! I’m definitely proud of these ones. I got to cable on the wrong side of the heel flap, and do a lot of purling through the back loop – what a thrill! I used Mountain Colors Crazyfoot yarn. You can find the pattern here.

Newsletter 12/26: New Debbie Bliss Accessories!

Happy Holidays!

We will have regular store hours this week, but will be closed on New Year’s day (Sunday, January 1st).

NEW – Debbie Bliss Home Accessories

January KAL & CAL

Kirwin by Julie Hoover

Laura will be leading this sweater knit along on Wednesday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th). You will need approximately 930-1495 yards of a worsted weight yarn for this stylish short-sleeved sweater. You can see more information about this pattern here.
Dowager Shawl by the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Ruth will be leading this crochet along on Thursday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th). You will need 760 yards of a sport weight yarn for this project. You can find more information about this pattern here.

Knitting for Charity – last chance to donate!

Cold temperatures means that everyone gets the knitting bug! This year we’ll be donating hats, scarves, and mittens to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry! You may use any yarn that is washable, and make any size for children and adults. We will be donating the rest of the knitted items at the end of this week (December 30th), so please drop them off asap. Thanks so much for your participation!

Featured customer projects…

Pictured below is Robert Deveraux wearing his newly finished sweater made of Rowan Softyak DK! He adapted a pattern to include this interesting colorwork design!

Newsletter 12/19: Happy Holidays from Knit One!

Happy Holidays!

We will have regular store hours this week, except for Sunday on which we will be closed. We hope you all have a safe and Happy Holiday!

January KAL & CAL

Kirwin by Julie Hoover

Laura will be leading this sweater knit along on Wednesday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 4th, 11th, 18th, & 25th). You will need approximately 930-1495 yards of a worsted weight yarn for this stylish short-sleeved sweater. You can see more information about this pattern here.
Dowager Shawl by the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection Design Team

Ruth will be leading this crochet along on Thursday evenings in January from 6-8pm (January 5th, 12th, 19th, & 26th). You will need 760 yards of a sport weight yarn for this project. You can find more information about this pattern here.

December KALs

You know what the best thing is about KALs? The fact that anyone can start anytime! Join us throughout the month of December for fun knits that are great gifts!
 
Wanderers: Modern Mukluks by Andrea Mowry
 

 
This KAL will be led by Laura on Wednesday evenings in December (December 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th)! This project requires 350-500 yards total of a worsted weight yarn in two different colors. This is a great fair-isle project, and a great gift! You can find the pattern here.
 
 
Mendia Hat by Ambah O’Brien
 

 

This KAL will be led by Kylen on Thursday evenings in December (Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th)! It’s getting chilly out, and everyone needs some great winter accessories! You’ll need approximately 120-220 yards of a DK weight yarn. You can see more information about this pattern

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**We offer these knit-alongs to bring the knitting community together and help knitters to expand their skill set. We highly encourage participatory individuals to purchase materials at Knit One so that we can support our instructors and keep these events free of charge.**

Knitting for Charity!

Cold temperatures means that everyone gets the knitting bug! This year we’ll be donating hats, scarves, and mittens to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry! You may use any yarn that is washable, and make any size for children and adults. You can drop off your knitted items at the shop any time up until the end of December, and we’ll donate them for you! If you need simple patterns or any help, please contact the shop at 412-421-6666 and we’ll be happy to assist you!

 

Featured customer projects…

Pictured below is Linda Du showing off her newly finished Christmas stocking! She used Cascade Longwood (100% merino wool) for this project. How beautiful!

What we’re working on…

Knotted Chain Poncho – finished! (Laura)
 
Laura was spotted wearing her beautiful Knotted Chain Poncho in the shop last week! She used Juniper Moon Farm Findley DK for this project.

 
Mendia Hat (Kylen)
I have made great progress on my Mendia Hat, which I’ll be giving as a gift this weekend! I’m using Zara DK which is 100% merino wool. I’m still trying to figure out what color pom pom to add to the top!
 

 

Newsletter 12/12: My Interview With a Knitwear Designer!

My interview with Melanie Berg!

If you don’t already know, our staff and many of our customers are in love with Melanie Berg’s knitwear designs. We have used her patterns to lead our KALs, and consistently recommend her patterns to customers looking for intricate shawl patterns. I had the honor of interviewing her (I’ll admit, I was a little starstruck even though it wasn’t in person – she lives in Germany). To find more information about her and her patterns, check here for her ravelry page and here for her website. Below are customers wearing their Melanie Berg designs!

 

Kylen: How did you become interested in knitwear design? 
Melanie Berg: It all really started when our first daughter was born! I knew how to knit before that time already, but never really got into it. But when we had our first baby, I wanted to create something with my own hands, something that would protect her and keep her warm. I quickly discovered Ravelry and started knitting other designers’ patterns, but right from the start I tweaked little things here and there. I remember knitting a kicking bag for my daughter, but I added two straps to it so that it would stay in place – things like that. And from there on, I grew more and more confident until I finally came up with my own patterns. It was a very organic transition, and back then I never would’ve thought that this would become my job one day!
K: What is your favorite knitting technique? Cables, lace, colorwork (fair-isle, mosaic, intarsia), etc? 
MB: There is really no favorite technique – I’m open for everything. I do, however, prefer easy patterns over complicated ones. I think that’s because when I first dipped my nose into knitting other designers’ patterns, that was when our first daughter was still very young. I didn’t get a lot of sleep in these times, and also my days were filled with everything that makes the life of a first mother so exhausting. That’s why I needed time to relax, and that’s why I wanted my knitting to be easy.
K: Where do you get inspiration from? For example, your most recent design in knit.wear seemed architecturally influenced. 
MB: Honestly, I take most of the inspiration from the yarn itself. I love having yarn here in the house, and no matter what drawer you open, there’ll be a skein in it! I also often place yarn in bowls in the living room so that I can always see it, touch it if I like to. That way, I’m giving myself a lot of time to think about what pattern would make this yarn shine most. Is it fuzzy? Colorful? Shiny? Soft? Will it look good with a textured pattern or should I rather go for color-work here? Maybe a combination of both? I’m always trying to find one of the best possible choices, and from there I begin the actual design process.
K: When designing a new pattern, what is your first step? 
MB: Once I’ve decided on the yarn and have an idea about the actual pattern I want to be using, I start swatching. Swatching is so important – it reveals a lot of secrets that a certain yarn hides between its fibers. I don’t only swatch for needle size, but also for color combination, stitch pattern, softness, drape, stitch definition or other reasons. If I don’t like the way the swatch turns out, I’ll discard this idea, or look for a yarn or pattern substitute instead.
K: Do you usually design your own stitch patterns completely or do you often use stitch dictionaries, or perhaps a combination of the two? 
MB: Knitting is such an old tradition – it’s hard to come up with something entirely new! That’s why I use existing stitch patterns most of the time, but I always try to combine them in new ways.
K: Who are your three favorite designers right now? 
MB: I love Bristol Ivy, Justyna Lorkowska and Joji Locatelli. I know them in person, too, and they’re just as lovely as they are ingenious.
K: If you had to choose a favorite piece you’ve designed, which one would it be? 
MB: Oh, this is like asking about your favorite child – it’s impossible to say! But there are a few patterns I’m particularly proud of because they were hard to figure out. Rheinlust is definitely one of them – it took me a couple of days to find out how to place the increases in a way that the pattern has a natural flow to it and that would still result in a very wearable and modern shape.
K: What advice do you have for aspiring knitwear designers? 
MB: I think this advice is great no matter what job you’re talking about: Work hard! Knitting is a hobby for most of us, but if you want to make it your job, that’s a whole different story.

December KALs

You know what the best thing is about KALs? The fact that anyone can start anytime! Join us throughout the month of December for fun knits that are great gifts!
 
Wanderers: Modern Mukluks by Andrea Mowry
 

 
This KAL will be led by Laura on Wednesday evenings in December (December 7th, 14th, 21st, & 28th)! This project requires 350-500 yards total of a worsted weight yarn in two different colors. This is a great fair-isle project, and a great gift! You can find the pattern here.
 
 
Mendia Hat by Ambah O’Brien
 

 

This KAL will be led by Kylen on Thursday evenings in December (Dec. 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, & 29th)! It’s getting chilly out, and everyone needs some great winter accessories! You’ll need approximately 120-220 yards of a DK weight yarn. You can see more information about this pattern

.
**We offer these knit-alongs to bring the knitting community together and help knitters to expand their skill set. We highly encourage participatory individuals to purchase materials at Knit One so that we can support our instructors and keep these events free of charge.**

Knitting for Charity!

Cold temperatures means that everyone gets the knitting bug! This year we’ll be donating hats, scarves, and mittens to the Wilkinsburg Community Ministry! You may use any yarn that is washable, and make any size for children and adults. You can drop off your knitted items at the shop any time up until the end of December, and we’ll donate them for you! If you need simple patterns or any help, please contact the shop at 412-421-6666 and we’ll be happy to assist you!

 

Featured customer projects…

Pictured below is Natalia wearing her Om Shawl! She used Diamond Tradition yarn and altered the pattern a bit to create this masterpiece! Great job, Natalia!
Sam showed up to our movie night on Friday wearing her Om Shawl! She used a lambswool and cotton blend. We LOVE the colors!