Handmade Home – five blankets we LOVE!

October 23rd, 2014

There is nothing more intoxicating for a knitter than to see you handiwork serve an everyday purpose. Sure, getting pictures of brand new babies swaddled in sweaters makes us giddy. But it’s the handmade potholders, dish cloths, and blankets that emanate comfort and care throughout your home. Today we’ve rounded up five glorious blankets that are perfect for the handmade home!

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Wearable Woodland Friends from Tiny Owl Knits

October 2nd, 2014

A warm, relaxed pullover is essential for the chill of autumn. Something you can just throw on to gather windfall apples, or cozy up in with a mug of tea and a book. Even better when you made it yourself! If you’re looking around for cozy inspiration, check out these these intarsia pullovers from Tiny Owl Knits – they’re warm, wearable and full of character!
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The Man Cowl

September 5th, 2014

With August behind us, it’s time to hunker down with a mug of hot tea and a knitting project.  It’s also that time of year when friends confess that they have always wanted to learn how to knit* . . . especially now that it’s chilly in the morning, and a plush project like the “Man Cowl” looks warm and inviting.  The “Man Cowl” is super quick knit, that uses an easy knit and purl sequence to make simple texture. Even better – it’s FREE! Read the rest of this entry »

Extra Slouch by Jane Richmond

August 28th, 2014

A warm hat is a staple for most students. But, between signing up for classes, finding a reasonably priced mini-fridge and Twin XL sheets, knitting one is probably the last thing on your mind. Before you know it you’re at the bookstore thinking “It’s chilly, they need a hat. Am I about to BUY one of these crappy mass-produced hats?!” Enter the “Extra Slouch” hat from Blue Sky Alpacas Traveler’s Series. The pattern works up quickly in those long orientation sessions, and before you know it you have a perfect hat for your student.

This delightfully smooshy hat is knit in Blue Sky Alpacas Extra. Blue Sky Alpacas Extra is a plump, two-ply alpaca yarn. The tight twist of the plies makes the alpaca fiber springy, almost like a wool yarn. It also has a nice roundness in the strand that makes perky, lofty stitches.  Alpaca fiber is perfect for cozy accessories since it’s a natural insulator.

The “Extra Slouch” would make excellent in-the-round project for a beginning knitter who is ready to learn some shaping. With its neutral, unfussy texture that everyone can wear, the “Extra Slouch” is great for gift knitting. Combined with a luscious yarn like Extra, the otherwise plain patterning stands out beautifully.

For a limited time we’re giving away the “Extra Slouch” pattern for free when you purchase one skein of Blue Sky Alpacas Extra!

Happy knitting!
Emma G.

P.S. – Elise is a goof!!!

Ferns by Alana Dakos

August 15th, 2014

Most of my knitting projects are getting too big to lug around, and I can’t be without at least a little bit of knitting, so I cast-on “Ferns” hat from Botanical Knits 2. It’s a cablely hat with clever crown shaping that looks terrific in a worsted alpaca, or alpaca blend like the Cascade Eco Cloud I used.

When it comes to choosing yarn for a pattern, I usually pick something other than what’s prescribed. This can get me into a lot of sizing trouble if I’m not careful (I’m looking at you, diminutive pi shawl) but as long as I’m familiar with the loft and texture of the yarn used it’s fun to experiment.

The pattern calls for a worsted weight alpaca with a lot of fuzziness. I wanted to find an alpaca yarn with a slight fuzziness that wouldn’t hide the fern motif. Cascade Eco Cloud was the perfect fit for the gauge listed, and I knew from experience that the yarn has a unique effect on stitches. Because the individual plies in Eco Cloud are braided rather than twisted together, the yarn has a texture all its own.

This pattern was a lot of fun, and includes both written and charted instructions. With most the hats I’ve knit, the patterning (whether it’s colorwork, cables or lace) ended when the decreases began. Not with this hat! As I dutifully followed the chart thinking “where the heck is this going?” I was totally surprised to find a lovely floret pattern forming from the decreases – so pretty!

Want to test out Cascade Eco Cloud? This weekend Cascade Eco Cloud is 25% off both online and in-store! Send us your yarn swapping experiments and we’ll share them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!

Happy knitting!

Useful links:
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Choosing Yarns for Botanical Knits 2

July 31st, 2014

Alana Dako’s new book, Botanical Knits 2,  is so lovely it almost breaks your heart.  Each pattern with its own distinct textures, and the setting is incredible: sunbeams breaking through a deciduous canopy and lighting on young saplings springing up from the forest floor. As I ‘leaf’ through the patterns I feel so inspired I can completely forget that I’m actually holed up in a dim, AC-blasted refuge. Luckily, I’m a knitter so even though I’m withering in this heat, I’m thinking crisp autumn thoughts and happily casting-on my fall projects.

Alana Dako’s chose an earthy array of yarns for Botanical Knits 2, in colors that are right at home in the woods. For fun we started making piles of our favorite yarns for the patterns in her book, and came up with some really beautiful options! Read the rest of this entry »

Botanical Knits 2 Trunk Show

July 30th, 2014

Get ready! A very special stack of hand knit samples will be on display at our shop!  The Botanical Knits 2 trunk show is coming this Saturday to Knit Culture Studio!

Now’s your chance to see these lovely garments and accessories in person, and get help picking yarn before casting-on! We’ll have copies of the book in stocked and ready for your pre-fall project planning. ;) This trunk show is free and open to all during normal store hours.

Knit Culture Studio
8118 West 3rd Street
Los Angeles 90048

Saturday, August 2nd – Friday, August 22nd

Question? Contact Us!
(323) 655-6487

Sale extended!

July 25th, 2014

We’ve extended our big sale (the biggest yarn sale of the year!!!) thru Sunday, July 27th!  Shop in-store from now until Sunday, and get 35 – 50% off select yarns, and be entered to win THE MAGICIAN’S TOP HAT!

Or, shop the Magic Sale online and save up to 35% off select yarns! And yes, you will still receive free shipping in the US on orders over $65! ;)

Happy shopping!
Emma G.

Let the magic begin!

July 18th, 2014

Watch in amazement  as your favorite yarns fly off the shelves!
Our Magic Yarn Sale is going on now!
Shop in-store and save up to 50% off yarn for knitting and crochet!

AND, one lucky customer will be chosen to receive  . . .

Sale Hours:
Saturday, July 19th: 11 am – 6pm
Sunday, July 20th: 12 – 4pm
Monday, July 21st: closed
Tuesday, July 22nd: 11 am – 5:30 pm
Wednesday, July 23rd: 11am – 5:30 pm
Thursday, July 24th: 11am – 8 pm
Friday, July 25th: 11am – 5:30 pm

Out of the area? You can shop our sale online and score up to 35% off, PLUS free shipping on orders over $65!
Click here to shop the sale online!

See you at the sale!
Emma G.

Prepare to be amazed . . .

July 15th, 2014

Top Hat of Yarn

It’s that magical time of year! Get ready for a sale so stupendous it will knock your toe-up socks off!

Plus, come in during the week of our sale, and be entered to win
the titillating,
thaumaturgic . . .


Inside our charming chapeau you’ll find not one, not two, but THREE complete knitting projects!

Zig-Zag Baby Blanket – six skeins of soft  Blue Sky Alpacas Organic Worsted Cotton, pattern postcard and US size 8 knitting needles.

Ziggy Cowl – two skeins of  plush Plymouth Baby Alpaca Grande, pattern postcard and US size 13 knitting needles.

Adele Scarf - skein of sparkly S. Charles Adele, pattern postcard and US size 10.5 knitting needles.

No purchase is necessary to win this miraculous millinery! All you have to do is come in during our sale and fill out a raffle ticket! We will notify the winner the first week of August.

Speaking of sale: starting Saturday, July 19th, we’re taking 35 – 50% off yarns in store, and up to 35% off select yarns online!  Keep an eye on our blog, sign up for our newsletter, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get the details.

See you at the sale!
-Emma G.