Knit and Crochet Now! (and a giveaway)


When I'm out and about, I love to knit with friends. And when I'm at home, I knit and watch TV. (Don't we all?) A few years ago, I stumbled upon a show called 'Knit and Crochet Now' on PBS, and quickly realized it was a pretty fantastic knitting companion. Knitting friends on my TV/laptop! Because the only thing better than knitting is knitting while you watch a TV show about knitting.

I started watching a new episode each evening while working on whatever I was knitting at the time, and became totally hooked. I felt like such a multitasker. I learned so many new skills – both knitting and crochet – and looked forward to seeing what projects and guests would be featured each week. New episodes (Season 6!) of Knit and Crochet Now have begun airing on PBS this month.




You know how it's easier to learn a new skill (like, say ... duplicate stitch or entrelac) when someone is sitting there with you, showing you the way? That's exactly what happens when you watch 'Knit and Crochet Now' – you get step-by-step knitting and crochet instruction plus really helpful tips from the pros. I've watched episodes featuring all sorts of techniques: Tunisian crochet, amigarumi, wall art, incorporating fabric, colorwork, seaming, weaving, crochet short rows, knitted short rows, brioche rib, entrelac, felting, loom knitting, life lines, side-to-side dropped stitches, cast-ons, linings, crocheted cables and more. So many things! Here a few of the experts you will see on the show this season.


Brett Bara is the host with the most. She's warm and down-to-earth and I secretly wish she was my real-life crafty friend. When Brett is not in front of the camera on Knit and Crochet Now, she is a designer, author, blogger, and consultant in the craft and DIY community. She is the founder of Brooklyn Craft Company & Brooklyn Craft Camp and is the former Editor in Chief of Crochet Today magazine.


Special guest Drew Emborsky (aka The Crochet Dude) is a designer, teacher, author and most recently launched his own line of hand-dyed yarns. Drew will be hosting special segments featuring party accessories, kiddie toys, fingerless gloves, headbands and shawls. He is awesome.


Robyn Chachula, the author of six books, including Blueprint Crochet, Baby Blueprint Crochet, Blueprint Crochet Sweaters, and Simply Crochet, creates architecturally inspired pieces and has her own crochet design company, Crochet by Faye. Her patterns have been featured in numerous magazines, including Crochet! and Inside Crochet.


Crochet expert Ellen Gormley is the Editor of Crochet! Magazine and is the instructor for two Annie’s online classes, Learn to Crochet and Crocheting with Beads. Ellen is the author of Go Crochet! Afghan Design Workbook, is particularly well-known for her stylish bead crochet and join-as-you-go crochet and motif designs.


Special guest Jenny King is the talented Australian crochet designer behind Jenny King Designs and has written several books that include Annie’s Bavarian Crochet On-the-Go.


Color expert Kristin Nicholas is the author of eight books, including Color by Kristin, Kristin Knits, Colorful Stitchery, Kids Embroidery, Knitting for Baby and more.


Lena Skvagerson is the designer of many of the gorgeous projects for Knit and Crochet Now! She is the in-house exclusive designer for the Annie’s Signature Collection, as well as Creative Knitting Magazine, Crochet! Magazine and Crochet World. Until recently, Lena was a Designer for Drops/Garnstudio. She has been designing knit and crochet patterns for the past 25 years.


Projects featured on 'Knit and Crochet Now' include garments, accessories, toys and jewelry, but the main focus is on education and learning new techniques. I cast on this chunky lace scarf and worked right along with the show, finishing one repeat of the lace pattern as I watched! How fun is that? 




Each episode features knit and crochet projects, exciting new yarns, interesting stitch patterns and a popular segment called 'Knit and Crochet Now Scarf of the Week.' Full instructions for each of the featured projects are available on KnitAndCrochetNow.com.


Have you watched this gem of a show? You can check here to see if it is airing on your local PBS channel.  Or, if you can't catch the show on live TV, you can sign up for a Knit and Crochet Now! All Access Membership to get on-demand videos and free patterns. Sounds pretty awesome, huh? For $24.95 a year, members will have access to all of the episodes from Season 1-6  (65 episodes) and 225 patterns – every episode and every pattern is at your fingertips on your computer, tablet or smartphone. Your All Access Membership also gets you 10% off everything at AnniesCraftStore.com. Yarn, needles, hooks, and even more patterns and videos!

GIVEAWAY TIME!


THE PRIZE


One lucky reader will win a Knit and Crochet Now! All Access Membership for 1 year!


THE ALL-ACCESS MEMBERSHIP INCLUDES:

  • All 78 episodes ON DEMAND
  • Free downloads for all 210 projects
  • Save 10% on everything at Annie's Craft Store



HOW TO ENTER


  • Comment below telling me if you are a knitter or crocheter (or both!)
  • 'Like' Knit and Crochet Now! on Facebook 

 


THE RULES


  • Giveaway is open until February 1st, 2015 at 11:30 PM CST.
  • Comments must include a valid email address or Ravelry ID so I can contact you if you are the winner. :)
  • Winner will be chosen via random number generator and will be contacted within 48 hours after giveaway ends. 

A huge thank you to 'Knit and Crochet Today' for the awesome giveaway. Best of luck and thanks so much for reading!


P.S. Want a shot at another giveaway? Visit Berroco's blog from January 21-28 to enter to win enough yarn to make the two hats featured in Episode 2. The winner will be selected on January 29th.

47 comments:

  1. I love this show! My PBS is currently showing old episodes of Knitting Daily and I don't enjoy (nor do I learn) them nearly as much. I hope they will pick up season 6 of K&C Now soon!!

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    1. I love it too! I read somewhere that if you write your local PBS station and request it, it might help. Otherwise, this online option is super awesome!

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  2. Be still my knitting heart! I have never heard of this show....I need to check it out STAT!

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    1. It's such a fun show to watch while you knit – yay!

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  3. I knit and crochet. I lived on the west coast for a little and could watch this bit since moving back to the east coast they don't air it in my area. This would be a great prize! Thanks for the chance to win! (Kateyhbf@Gmail.com)

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  4. I would love to watch this show!

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  5. I am a knitter and want to learn to crochet!

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  6. Can't wait to watch this show! The only way I get away with watching so much tv is to knit while I do it :) Then I can be lazy and productive at the same time. (Rav id: Simbaswing)

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    1. Lazy and productive – YES! Me too. :)

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  7. I'm mostly a knitter but crochet once in awhile, like for baby afghans. I need to check when K&CN is on. I've only caught it randomly a few times.
    wahoomerryf on Ravelry

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  8. Yes! I do both. And yes, I love catching this show on PBS now and then, and I love it. Thanks for sharing Jen!

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  9. I caught an episode recently and decided i need to learn the schedule!
    I'm a knitter but I am slooowly learning crochet too!

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  10. It would be awesome to have access to this show at my convenience! Thanks for the chance to win. gerscott at yahoo dot com

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  12. I am a beginner @ both knitting and crotchet. I had no idea this show even existed and can't wait to watch it!

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    1. It's so fun, Taylor - you'd love it!

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  13. I'm a knitter and I cannot WAIT to check out this series!!

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    1. YAY - it's such a great show. We'll have to have a knit night and watch it. :)

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  14. My husband knits ...he has showed me basic skills but I got bored and some visual inspiration would definitely help. Love seeing all your creations jen,... you've made some beautiful pieces and opened the eyes of some non knitters to the craft. Thanks for the opportunity for an awesome giveaway!

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    1. Robin! Thank you for the kind words! You should definitely give knitting another shot (and this show really does help!) It's so cool that your husband knits, too. Thanks for saying hi! :)

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  15. I'm a knitter and beginner at crochet. I'd love to win this!

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  16. I have been crocheting since I was 11...my grandmother taught me! And I started knitting about 10-12 years ago. :) I will be checking out this show, always enjoy learning new stitches. (llloehrke@gmail.com)

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  17. I am a knitter and I also crochet. I prefer knitting though but I am still learning.

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  18. My local PBS plays old shows - Seasons 2 & 3 - and it's frustrating to know the new ones are out there, butt SS won't stretch far enough to cover subscribing! (Rav ID: nastij)

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  19. Love this show! I mostly knit but am teaching myself crochet.

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  20. I am a knitter. I can crochet, but prefer to knit. I would love to win this as my local PBS doesn't carry the show at all!!!! Rav id: purplepenguin

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  21. I both knit and crochet. I use to video tape every episode on PBS. I missed the show. Glad to see you are back. Raverly ID: Mykelndc

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  22. I crochet, but also am a very beginner knitter. I love the show and Brett Bara is a terrific host!

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  23. I'm a knitter!! My brain can't seem to understand crochet! haha!

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  24. I crochet! I would love to conquer knitting, but my tension gets so off... Love the show; they have some beautiful projects!

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  25. Love to knit and crochet.

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  26. I have been kniiting and crocheting 3 yrs. Ravelry id chelle9699

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  27. What a nice post about an awesome show! I watch it on WMHT. SibeStride (ravelry)

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  28. I started out knitting on and off, but I really took off with crochet! Rav id jnmac102

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  29. My grandma taught me how to crochet when I was seven and I taught myself how to knit in my early twenties. I prefer crochet for sentimental reasons if have the choice. :)
    I'm looking forward to watching this show! :)
    ravelry id 1CraftiMama

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  30. I love to knit and crochet. Can't wait to watch this program.
    Ravelry I'd is kkn2766

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  31. Hey! Thanks for the great post! Don't enter me in the giveaway ;)

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    1. Hi Ellen – you are so welcome! I'm loving Season 6! :)

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  32. I love this show!! I used to watch it every time it came on. But now it doesn't come with our cable and it's not on our free tv either. I am an avid crocheter, but I love to learn new technics. And I would love to learn to knit as well. And I know with this program, anyone can learn!! Thanks so much for being willing to teach people new things!!

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    1. Sorry, I forgot to add my e-mail. It is whiteconnie85@yahoo.com

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  33. I learned to crochet when I was quite young, and then to knit when I was in my late 20's. I love them both, depending on the project, although I have to admit I tend to knit more now. Can't wait to see the show!
    Rav: pigeonmama

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  34. I don't know if my previous comment was sent, so I'm just sending another one. I knit and crochet. Usually knit garments and crochet blankets or afghans. My email is viraheta@gmail.com.
    Thank you!

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  35. I learned to knit and crochet when I was in 3rd grade in Germany. I love to knit and usually only use crcohet for embelishments. My Rav id: dcknitwit

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  36. I knit and crochet. Would love to see the show! Ravelry id: tinysea

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  37. I just started knitting! just finished my first pair of socks! I came here via Elise to look at your Glam Lamb cardigan :)
    email: jkinkade3@gmail.com

    thanks!!

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