Need a Breath of Fresh Air?
Now that spring is in the air, you’ll consider “Cubist” a colorful way to welcome in the new season. This free neckerchief pattern is available exclusively on the Creative Knitting editor’s blog for or a limited time only.
Go get your free pattern HERE!
I’m so excited to share a short tutorial for how to make this design which involves one of my favorite things – minimal sewing! In this post, I’ll show you to pick up and knit stitches so you can create this gorgeous free neckerchief pattern, made with Boboli Lace from Berroco.
As a bonus, I’ll also share a behind-the-scenes look at my recent trip to the Berroco design studio and production facility, so you can get a glimpse at what it takes to design a yarn collection.
See what it takes to design a yarn collection!
The Colors of Spring
The colors of Boboli Lace are simply brilliant this spring. If you have trouble picking your favorite, don’t worry because Cubist is made with three beautiful colors. However, if you fall in love with just one, it can be made with just two balls of one colorway if you prefer.
Me, playing around with Boboli Lace on set during the Creative Knitting magazine Summer video taping. I love experimenting… I can’t get enough!
Playing with Shapes
Let’s first take a look at the construction of Cubist. Watch this short video snippet of me showing you how this design is made:
Let’s Make Cubist
Step #1: Get to know your pattern
I don’t think I say this enough, but this really is a necessary set. I mean, would you really set out on an unknown road trip without consulting a map? Of course not. The same holds true with knitting, so get to know your pattern!
Go get it HERE!
Step #2: Create the Center Panel
Work Center Panel according to the pattern instructions.
Tip: If you prefer not to count your pattern repeats, just count the number of purl ridges. After you have 37, work Row 2 once more, bind off. (110 rows total)
Step #3: Pick up and Knit
Get ready to pick up and knit: With the right side facing, position the Center Panel as shown above: one yarn tail at bottom-right, and the other, top-left.
Check out this post, then watch this quick video, showing you how to pick up and knit using a knitting needle. If you’re not a fan of seaming, you’ll love this technique!
As an alternative, you can also try a crochet hook…
Now start picking up your stitches. If you find that using a knitting needle is difficult, you can also pick them up with crochet hook! (My favorite method!)
After your pick up your stitches, transfer them to a knitting needle.
The little pink “Vs” are the picked up stitches along the Center Panel edges.
If you mastered how to pick up and knit stitches, the rest is a breeze, and if you have any questions, you know I’m always here to help!
Now, here’s my little extra-special treat for you– a few months ago, the Annie’s editorial and catalog team visited the Berroco design studio and production facility, where we received an inside look at what it takes to create a collection.
Our day was filled with choosing yarns and patterns for the coming season, and creatively brainstorming about special promotions such as tutorial videos and knitalongs.
Getting a behind-the-scenes look was so inspiring!
It was a great opportunity to meet the whole team face-to-face and get a taste for how designs are conceived and chosen. There’s nothing like being in one room together, generating ideas and new concepts. This is a special kind of creative energy that you just can’t get through email.
Inspiration board displaying the season’s latest collection.
After a full day of working together planning the Annie’s collection of Berroco yarns for the coming season, the catalog team and I were given a special tour through the warehouse. We were escorted up and down aisles and aisles of fiber eye candy!
In closing, I’d like to send out a BIG thank you to the entire Berroco team for a productive time filled with creative collaboration. I can’t wait for our next visit!