But first, see how our hobby is gaining traction as the new stay-at-home activity. Oh, and a big “hi” to all the new knitters!

Knitting Pattern Challenge

To help boost pattern and yarn sales during these unique stay-at-home days, Amirisu magazine has created a knitting pattern challenge. To participate, post a picture of your favorite knitting pattern and another pic of the pattern you’ll knit next, tagging both with the pattern name, designer, and yarn used. Also, tag some knitting friends and #knittingpatternchallenge to share the love and boost some sales.

Grow Your Instagram Account

Join Craft Indie Alliance for free panel discussion about how to grow your Instagram following. Starting at 1:00 pm EST on May 14th, learn from Knit Collage’s Amy Small, textile designer Arounna Khounnoraj, and sewist Tilly Walnes about build relationships, be more time conscious, software resources, and IGTV tips. Register now to receive the Zoom login information.

Making No. 9 Is Here

Now available from Making magazine, issue No. 9, themed simple, delivers 12 knitting patterns that are easily constructed, uncomplicated in their design, and effortlessly worn. Find sweaters, cardigans, hats, shawls, and birds (yes, birds!) from some extremely talented designers who are anything but simple, including Pam Allen, Brandi Harper, and Jacqueline Cieslak. Purchase a printed copy online or from a local stockist. Plus, keep an eye out for an issue No. 9 KAL kicking off at the end of May.

CAST ON: Let’s Stay Home by Becky Sorensen

Now that most days are Casual Friday around the “office,” you deserve some cozy house slippers to round out the outfit. Cast on these sweet slippers that have a unique one-piece construction working both in-the-round and flat. Simple texture keeps toes pretty, while the low profile silhouette keeps feet from overheating. Just grab 109-175 yards of DK weight yarn to knit either the small or large size.