But first, let’s give Michelle Obama a warm, knitting industry welcome. Because she’s a knitter now.

Crochet the Birds of Christmas

Halloween might be around the corner, but Kerry Lord is already thinking of Christmas. This year, take a journey with the crochet designer to make 12 festive birds from her new book A Partridge In A Pear Tree. Make a hen, partridge, blackbird, and more while you read along with their stories. The book contains step-by-step illustrations and basic stitches to appeal to all levels of knitters. As an extra bonus, when you purchase the book directly from the designer, you’ll receive 13 mini bonus patters, an exclusive patch, and the first 1,000 books will be signed.

Customize a Drop Shoulder Sweater

Bellish, the free pattern generator app, has released its newest sweater base: the Drop Shoulder. The sweater is knit seamlessly from the bottom up, in your yarn weight of choice, and has two ease options – regular and relaxed. While ease might be your only customizable element now, you can expect to see additional elements like neckline and sleeve length as options in the not so distant future.

Get Your 2021 Knitter’s Planner

If you’re tired of forgetting what day it is (seriously, how is it already October?), get your hands on the Knitter’s Planner, a paper planner filled with customizable monthly and weekly calendars, projects planning pages, stitch guides, and even patterns. The 2021 Knitter’s Planner is now available for pre-order and available in nine different color options. Planners are custom made and ship soon after purchase.

CAST ON: Bambino Ripple Blanket

Cast on this stunning crochet blanket that layers eyelets in a repeating pattern to mimic ripples. The pattern’s two row repeat is easily memorized and can become almost mediative as you hook your way through this 38×42” blanket. Use 1199 yards of worsted weight yarn crochet this blanket end to end.