Giveaway + Designer Spotlight: Angela Tong

This month, we have another designer spotlight to share with our readers! Angela Tong recently used a variety of Knitter's Pride double-pointed needles while filming her newest Craftsy Class, My First Mittens and Gloves. This beginner-friendly class is a great introduction to knitting on double-pointed needles (DPNs), and Angela does a great job of explaining how to choose the right type of DPNs for your project! In addition to teaching, Angela is a knitwear designer, weaver and hand spinner. We hope enjoy getting to know her better on today's post - enjoy!

Angela on the set at Craftsy with a selection of Knitter's Pride DPNs.

How long have you been knitting? Weaving?
I have been knitting for 14 years, since 2001. I learned to weave on the rigid heddle loom in 2009.
Curvilinear Hat by Angela Tong
Where do you find inspiration for your knitting designs?
I have an eye for details. Even ordinary things that I encounter during my day can spark an idea. I use to live in Brooklyn and I found myself being bombarded with inspiration everywhere I walked. It could be what someone was wearing, a window pane on a building, or even a doorway. I use the inspirations to add details to my knitting designs.

For weaving, do you use specific patterns or make up your own?
I definitely make up my own. It's fun to experiment on the loom to see what kind of fabric can be made with what I have on hand. I tend to use mostly knitting yarns for weaving because that is what I have a lot of.

What do you love most about knitting? Weaving?
What I love most about knitting is that I can take 2 sticks and yarn to create something that can be worn, used or be decorative. It's so basic yet there is so much you can do with it. I love weaving because I find it meditative. Once you set up the loom, you can go on auto pilot and just repeat over and over again to create fabric.

Tell us a little bit about your new Craftsy class, and why you chose to focus on DPN needles.
My newest Craftsy Class is called My First Mittens and Gloves. It's focus is to teach knitters how to knit their first pair of mittens and gloves. I chose to teach the class using double pointed needles because I believe we all should learn how to use double pointed needles. It's a knitting skill that can be applied to other different types of patterns. Plus, it's really much easier to knit fingers and thumbs using double pointed needles.

What is your best knitting tip for beginners?
Making mistakes is good. That is how you learn to be a better knitter. I have learned so much by tinkering back my knitting mistakes.

Angela Tong is a fiber arts designer based in New York and New Jersey. Her designs have been published in magazines, books and yarn company pattern collections such as Interweave Knits, Knitscene, Knit Simple, Scarf Style 2, Free-Spirit Shawls: 20 Eclectic Knits for Every Day, and more. She is a certified knitting teacher through the Craft Yarn Council of America’s Certified Instructors Program. You can view her designs here on Ravelry and follow her blog here.

November Blog Giveaway
This month, we're giving our blog readers a chance to win a Marblz DPN set! If you're excited to try knitting in the round with DPNs, leave a comment on this post telling us which pattern you would most like to make using our Marblz DPNs. Remember to also tell us your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win. We will randomly select one lucky winner to announce here on the blog on Friday, November 27. Good luck! 

Winner + Designer Interview: Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochi Land

Congratulations to globalite, who is this month's blog winner! We'll get in touch with you to arrange for the delivery of your prize, a copy of Adventures in MochiMochi Land and a Nova Platina Cubics DPN Set!

Today, we have an extra-special interview with a designer whose work has been exhibited internationally: Anna Hrachovec of MochiMochi Land! You may recall Project Gnome Diplomacy from earlier this year, which culminated in an art installation in South Korea. Anna's work was also recently on display at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago, an event we were proud to sponsor. We hope you'll get to know Anna just a little bit better in today's interview. Enjoy! 

Some of the first-ever Mochis
How long have you been knitting, and how did you get started designing toys?
I started knitting when I was 18, so it’s been a good 15 years now. I began designing toys on a whim, when I wanted to make something fun as gifts for my friends—I was a little bored of knitting things to wear and washcloths and so forth, and wanted to create something more unique. My first designs were simple toys that I knitted flat and stitched together, and they were actually in the shape of the logo of the gallery that I worked at at the time. I was so in love with these creatures that right away I knew I wanted to design lots more toys. This was in 2007, and basically I just haven’t stopped knitting toys since. Early on I started a blog, and maybe because there weren’t a lot of patterns for knitted toys at that time, people took notice pretty quickly, and after a while I figured out that I could make a job for myself out of designing. 

Where do you get inspiration? 
My inspirations have come from all kinds of sources, but more and more I like to think of my designs as existing in their own world together, so I’m often thinking about landscapes and environments and also relationships between things, conflicts and cooperation. So I get a lot of ideas from our own world, and also from things like Japanese design and classic cartoons. 

How did you get involved with Nickelodeon?
The creative director for their on-air promotions had seen some of my creatures at gallery hanahou (the NYC gallery that I had worked at and that inspired my first toys), and after expressing interest in working together for several years, he finally made that happen via my agent in 2013. I had actually just moved to Chicago when that happened, so one of the first things I did when I got to Chicago was go back to NYC to work on those animations, which made the whole thing extra surreal. 

Gnome Genome project at the Everyday Moonday gallery in Seoul

We loved Project Gnome Diplomacy earlier this year. How did the exhibit go? Can you share any photos or stories? 
Thank you! It was such a fun project to just ask people to send me gnomes that they’d made and get all kinds of surprises in the mail. (I got 333 gnomes in the end!) The show at Everyday Moonday gallery in Seoul went really well—it was a big task to set it all up (we basically spent a whole week in the gallery), but the response from the people who came to see it was really warm, and I heard that lots of people brought kids to see it during the month that it was on display. 

The gnome diplomats are currently being distributed to people in Seoul via the gallery’s cafe (shown above)—each one has a little note with it saying something like “take me to your favorite place!” or “give me to the first person you meet!” I love to think about the care that the knitters and crocheters put into making these little guys and the way that they’re being given to strangers on the other side of the world just for the sake of spreading fun and little surprises.

Gnome Genome project at the Everyday Moonday gallery in Seoul

Where else has your work been exhibited outside of the knitting world (or inside it, if you prefer!)?
I was lucky enough to be invited to show my work twice in Berlin for the wonderful character art festival that Pictoplasma holds annually. Like with "The Gnome Genome Project" in Seoul, I took those opportunities to do something really different with Mochimochi Land, and challenge myself to explore new forms that my world can take. I’ve also shown my work in NYC quite a few times, and also in Ann Arbor, thanks to the cool people at the district library there. And I’ve had a blast showing my work at many Vogue Knitting LIVEs around the country. 
Mochimochi Land display at Vogue Knitting Live Chicago 2015

What does MochiMochi Land have in store for us this holiday season? 
I have a fun holiday pattern planned for release that I'm quite fond of! And if all goes well, there will be a little animation starring the new characters coming this December too. 

Anna Hrachovec is a Chicago-based designer and artist who combines her passions for knitting and characters to create cute and weird toys that all ages can get excited about. When she's not designing patterns to share with her fellow knitters, she is working on character-based art pieces and animations. In 2013 and 2014, her creations were featured in animated holiday network IDs on Nickelodeon. 

Anna has written five books of patterns for knitted toys, the newest of which is Adventures in Mochimochi Land, a combination storybook and pattern book. Her patterns and blog can be found at 

2015 Gift Set Reveal + A Giveaway!

We’re pleased to introduce the 2015 Gift Set from Knitter's Pride: Royale - The Luxury Collection! This interchangeable needle set is a wonderful gift to give and get this holiday season.

This specially-packaged set includes 9 interchangeable tips made from color-coded wood in a striking new striped pattern; we’ve added shiny brass tips to the ends of each needles and lazer-printed sizes on each metal connector. The unique combination of wood and metal not only gives a refined look to the needles, but also provides an incomparable knitting experience. Sizes include: US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 10.5, and 11.
This set also includes color-coded cords and a set of connectors:

  • One 24” (green)
  • Two 32” (orange)
  • and One 40” (red)

All of the accessories are carefully packaged in a stylish Paris-themed silk fabric pouch that can be used for multiple purposes, and the set itself is presented in a specially designed box with pearly effect.

As always, the 2015 gift set is available in limited quantities for the holiday season. They will begin to arrive at an LYS near you soon! Be sure to ask your preferred Knitter's Pride retailer to order these sets while supplies last!

We'll be having a special guest for our Designer Spotlight on our next blog post - can you guess who? Share your best guess in the comments to be entered in our prize drawing to win a copy of Adventures in MochiMochi Land and a Nova Platina Cubics DPN set!

Be sure to also mention your Ravelry ID or email address so that we can contact you if you win. We'll randomly select a winner to announce on Friday, October 23. Good luck!

#KPrainbow Photo Contest Winners

We've seen so many wonderful photos throughout the last few weeks as part of the #KPrainbow photo contest. Thanks so much to everyone who has participated! You can see many of the wonderful entries we received here on Ravelry or by searching the #KPrainbow hashtag on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

Today we're announcing our lucky winners. If your photo is featured below, please PM us on Ravelry with your shipping address to claim your prize!

Congrats to Aemelia Sweeney, who won a  Marblz Interchangeable Set!
Congrats to dinasmiles2, who won a  selection of our new Color-Coded Cords and a set of Zooni Bead Stitch Markers!
Congrats to @Dancing_Lawn, who won a Set of Knit Blockers!

Congrats to joannethreadhead, who won a Marblz DPN Set!
Thanks again to everyone who participated, we hope you enjoyed the photo contest and would love to continue to see how you use your Knitter's Pride tools! Be sure to share your photos on your social media channel of choice by using the #knitterspride and #kprainbow hashtags!

Knitter's Pride Rainbow: Photo Contest

With so many brightly colored needles and hooks in our lineup, we'd love to see how your Knitter's Pride tools match your yarn, clothes, accessories, and anything else! Today we're launching a photo contest: Knitter's Pride Rainbow!

How to participate:
  • Pair your Knitter's Pride Dreamz, Marblz, Trendz needles or Waves crochet hooks with anything that matches. 
  • Post your photo on your choice of these eligible social media channels using the instructions below: 
These fabulous prizes are up for grabs:
Enter as many times as you like! We'll announce the four lucky prize winners from the pool of entries here on the Knitter's Pride blog on Friday, September 25. Good luck!

Summer Neckwear KAL & Winner

We've seen some beautiful projects come out of the Summer Neckwear KAL with Laura Chau, you can see all the photos in the Knitter's Pride Ravelry group and on Instagram by searching #KPchauKAL.

Laura has also been posting a series of educational tutorials related to knitting her new pattern, Just Enough Ruffles Light. If you've missed any of these great blog posts, here's a recap:

Infinite Long Tail Cast-On Tutorial

Here are some finished projects from the KAL:
Just Enough Ruffles knit by Ravelry user Balinan.

Turbulence Cowl knit by Ravelry user Shirlyn.

Leonarda Shawl knit by Ravelry user Stefaniegrrr.

Giveaway Winner
Congratulations to Stephanie, who said "These are all drool worthy, but if I had to choose, I'd pick the Karbonz Single Pointed Needles. These are all beautiful sets, I'm probably adding them all to my wish list!".You've won a Nova Platina Cubics Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set
We'll be in touch to arrange delivery of your prize. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Coming Soon: New Product Sneak Peeks

We have a ton of great new product coming out this fall, and here are some sneak peeks to new Knitter's Pride tools and accessories that will be arriving at your local yarn shop!

New Marblz Sets
Due to customer demand we're excited to announce we'll be releasing our popular Marblz needles as new Interchangeable Circular Needle sets, Special 16" Circular Needle Sets, and Double Pointed Needle Set. Our Marblz needles habveb been developed by a artisans so that each needle is unique. Gradually tapered sharp points are ideal for all knitting projects. These needles are lightweight, smooth, and have the perfect amount of flexibility and durability!
Marblz Interchangeable Circular Needles
Marblz Double Pointed Needle Set

New Cords & Connectors
This fall we're introducing Colored Cords for interchangeable needles! You can now easily find the perfect length cord for your project without needing to measure: 8" yellow, 11" blue, 14" green, 22" orange, and 30" red.

Knitter's Pride Colored Cords 

New Zooni Stitch Markers
We've added new styles to our popular and stylish Zooni Stitch Markers! Each set of 7 markers contains one unique marker perfect for marking the beginning of your round.
Zooni Stitch Markers

Karbonz Single Pointed Needle Sets
Our popular carbon fiber Karbonz needles have shiny, smooth brass tips and a lightweight warm to the touch carbon fiber body. Our new single pointed needle set includes US 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10.

Karbonz Single Pointed Needle Set

Trendz Tunisian Crochet Hooks
Our new Trendz Tunisian Crochet hooks are designed by crocheters and crafted by skilled artisans. Trendz acrylic crochet hooks allow for easy handling got slippery yarns and picking up stitches in a fast and easy manner.
Trendz Tunisian Crochet Hooks
Tell us which of these products you're looking forward to most for a chance to win a Nova Platina Cubics Deluxe Interchangeable Needle Set! Don't forget to leave your Ravelry ID so we can contact you if you're the lucky winner! We'll announce the winner on the blog on August 28th!