Free Pattern from Berroco + Tutorial– Learn How to Pick Up & Knit

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!

Free Knitting Pattern: Cubist Neckerchief, courtesy of Berroco.

Free Knitting Pattern: Cubist Neckerchief, courtesy of Berroco.

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!

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...I seriously can't get enough!

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.

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 #3Pick 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.

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…

You can also pick up stitches easily with 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 your knitting needle.

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.

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.

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.

Inspiration board displaying the season’s latest collection.

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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!

11 Responses to Free Pattern from Berroco + Tutorial– Learn How to Pick Up & Knit

  1. Thelma says:

    Would it be easier to pick up stitches by slipping the first stitch on each row???????

    • Kara says:

      You could give slipping the first stitch a try to see how different your edge is from the wrong side. It might be a little more uniform.

      For anyone wondering why slipping the first stitch was suggested, here’s why: slipping the first stitch can make your edge a little neater and more uniform, especially if you’re edge is not going to be finished in any way. For this pattern, I don’t think it’s necessary, but by all means, feel free to experiment and let us know what you discover.

  2. Vyncent says:

    Suggestion: Along with the pattern instructions, it would be nice to include a brief stitch guide. It is awfully inconvenient to have to stop, search for the desired info, and then continue. SSK is a good example…as a seasoned and well versed knitter, I know the term, however, others might not, or might have forgotten. Video was nice, but really was only a brief look at the shawl, not truly a tutorial showing how anything was actually done. Colours on this shawl are exquisite, and I look forward to diving in and making one up. I already see several possibilities for this style with a few changes, too! Thank you for the pattern, and for the info. It was a bit too brief, but welcome nonetheless!

  3. Cheril Ewasiuk says:

    Wonderful article. I love working with this yarn and can’t wait to get in the stores to see these spring colours.

  4. Helena Swords says:

    Really love the Cubist design. I am going to try it out in crochet also.

  5. rose richards says:

    Thank you very much – I love the colours!

  6. Jean Kuster says:

    Thank you for an outstanding look at Berroco Design studio and the Pick Up and Knit tutorial, I really enjoyed the former and am grateful for the latter. It opens a whole new world of possibilities. On top of that, I discovered Annie’s Stitch Guide and tutorials, which is one reason I joined Creative Knitting (that hunk, the Knitting Dude’s Knobby Scrubby is the first season’s reason), but somehow it eluded me. So I am happy (even if a little slow…)to the third power!

    Many thanks for many years of Creative Knitting! Jean

  7. Grace says:

    I sure am going to try this pattern
    Thank you for sharing

  8. Ana says:

    Excellent way of avoiding sewing! I love it! Thank you very much, Kara.

  9. Dorothy May Bell says:

    I LOVE THE LOOK OF THIS .SO I AM GOING TO TRY THIS PATTERN AS I NEED A SHAWL FOR CHURCH .THANK YOU .

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