Thursday, March 6, 2014

Join me in Manchester, New Hampshire

I am thrilled and honored to share this news:  I will be teaching at The Knitting Guild Association's national conference  in Manchester, New Hampshire in July!

On Thursday, July 24th, I will hold a full-day workshop on The BABE Sweater, a one-piece, cabled baby sweater.  My design for the sweater is inspired by my knit swimsuit that was featured in the 2013 issue of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit magazine. The suit was worn by the world's hottest supermodel Kate Upton, hence the name for the baby sweater - the BABE sweater.  The BABE Sweater knitting pattern will be available for purchase after the workshop.  If you'd like to receive notification when it's available, please email me today, and I'll gladly add you to the list.

On Friday, July 25, I will hold a lecture titled How to Market your Knitting or Crochet Business.

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Perfect Pom Pom Baby Hat

The Perfect Pom Pom Baby Hat knitting pattern
for sizes Newborn, 3-6 months and 6-12 months.

This PDF knitting pattern is available here in my Etsy shop or search KatePrestonHandknits (no spaces) on   Includes my pom pom making tutorial.

Use coupon code HELLO for a discount!
(Made with love for my little boy Charlie. Here he is wearing the 6-12 months size.  xo)

POM POM-obsessed

I'm so in love with the Clover Pom Pom Maker, and lately, I find myself sticking a pom pom on everything I can.  Enjoy making your own!  And remember, the more you wrap your yarn, the fluffier your pom will be.

The PDF knitting pattern is available here in my shop.  Use coupon code HELLO for a discount!  

Sizes Newborn, 3-6 months, and 6-12 months.  

(Made with love for my little boy Charlie. Here he is wearing the 6-12 months size.  xo)

This post was featured by CRAFTgawker on January 22, 2014.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Kate's Seed and Braided Cable Cowl

The Braided Cable Cowl pattern was a great success in 2012.  So, I developed a similar pattern for 2013, but this one incorporates a band of beloved seed stitch.  The cowl sold before it had ever made it to my Etsy shop, but I'll be selling the pattern.  Be sure to use the coupon code HELLO for a discount.

The original Kate's Braided Cable Cowl is posted here.

Made the baby and the sweater

My baby Charlie at 10 months old, modeling his Owlet Sweater.  More about the pattern here.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

The Kate Swimsuit!

I am thrilled to announce that I designed and knitted a swimsuit that is modeled by KATE UPTON in SPORTS ILLUSTRATED SWIMSUIT magazine! 

Kate Upton - Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013 - Photo by Derek Kettela

It is Swimsuit‘s charge to feature gorgeous models in the latest swimwear and accessories, in the most picturesque settings around the globe.  For this year’s 50th anniversary issue, editor MJ Day lead supermodel Kate Upton, photographer Derek Kettela* and the crew on an expedition to Antarctica. Yes, ANTARCTICA – that massive, frozen land at the bottom of our planet.
The team made history – holding the first-ever fashion photo shoot on the continent, while completing the magazine’s mission of shooting on all seven continents in seven months.
It is really unbelievable when you think about it.  Right?
My design for the swimsuit was inspired by traditional Irish fishermen’s sweaters – those cream-colored, wool jumpers (as the Irish call them) with busy patterns you see Irish-Americans donning here in the U.S. on Saint Patrick’s Day.
Hand-knit swimsuit by Kate Preston for Kate Upton, Sports Illustrated Swimsuit 2013
Composed of cable motifs and various other stitches, the busy patterns have great significance, and traditionally, the sweaters were hand-knitted by women for the fishermen in their families.  The lofty cables add warmth, and each style signifies a different meaning, ranging from safety, good luck, and hard work to wealth and a successful catch.  The motifs and the placement of those motifs were distinct to each clan – each having its own individual design for its sweater.  And to be quite frank, the explicit design provided a way to identify the family of a man lost at sea!
For my swimsuit design, I chose the cable motifs for “fashion over function,” as we did not expect for supermodel Kate to go overboard.  I do hope that it kept her a tiny bit warmer while shooting in the sub-zero temps among penguins and Antarctic glaciers.
The Kate Swimsuit was designed and hand-knitted by Kate Preston in October-November 2012.  The garment took forty hours to complete.
Materials and supplies included:
Malabrigo Twist yarn composed of 100% baby merino wool in colorway #63-Natural
ChiaoGoo Red Lace circular knitting needles
Brittany double pointed knitting needles
Clover stitch markers

Many have asked, “How exactly do you knit a swimsuit?”
My reply, “From the crotch-up.  And that’s the truth!”

* See the beauty of Kettela’s photographs for yourself - in the magazine, available on newsstands and in the app store.

Kate Upton knit swimsuit by
Kate Preston

Featured here in Newsday  on Feb 18, 2013.

Featured here in Rockville Centre Herald on March 6, 2013.

Featured here in Rockville Centre Patch  on Feb 28, 2013. 

Featured here in Long Island Exchange on March 15, 2013.

For more about Kate Preston Handknits | Custom, luxury knits, visit my sister site here.

Monday, January 28, 2013

"I HEART U" Mini-sweaters

I Heart Valentine's Day.

It's a nice, warm spark mid-way through New York's cold, gray month of February.  

In celebration of the day, I knitted these mini-sweaters for my mom.  She decorates her and my dad's home for pretty much every holiday, so I knew she would love them.  And I will always remember just how excited I was to give her this gift!

I followed the Sweater and Stocking Minis pattern in Last-Minute Knitted Gifts by Joelle Hoverson.  (The sweaters are truly miniature; each fits in my palm.)   You can see them here on Ravelry.  If you can't get your hands on a copy of the book -  but I hope you can - have a look at this collection of *free* mini-sweater patterns by Berroco.  You will find them here on Berroco's website.

Enjoy, and Happy Valentine's Day!
xo - k.

Featured here on CRAFTgawker on January 29, 2013.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Introducing baby Charlie!

Introducing our new baby boy!

Charles William Preston
Born on Thanksgiving Day - November 22, 2012

We love him to pieces.  Expect to see more of him, because as you know, I love to work up baby knits.

Here he is at three weeks old, modeling his Puerperium Sweater which was knitted with love by his Gram.
Go here for the *free* pattern.

My new labels from  They have a huge selection.  These were woven (vs. printed) in France and delivered in about 4 weeks.

Saturday, October 6, 2012

FO: The Owlet

The Owlet is finished, and I am completely in love with this sweet little sweater.  See my progress photos here.

Having fun with KNITCOL

On a recent trip out of town and a visit to the local yarn shop, my aunt discovered KNITCOL by Adriafil.  Yay!   She picked up a skein for my mom, who used it to work up this sweet little baby hat.  It's self-striping, almost giving the look of fair isle, and is 100% merino in DK weight.  It's available in about a dozen colorways.  See them here.

Care to Knit

Here's the latest donation our group made to Care to Knit.  A few scarves and dozens of hats for adults, children, and babies in need.  To learn more about Care to Knit or to donate hand-knit items, visit

Many thanks to Shelley, Judy, Lori, Mary, Joann, and Ginny for knitting these beautiful gifts!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

On my needles: Owlet Baby Sweater

I'm thrilled to begin the Owlet Baby Sweater by Kate Davies.  As you can see from Kate's photo below, it's pretty sweet.  I put it on my Knit List for 2012, and here we are in August.  It will be perfect for a little one to wear this Fall. Can't imagine whooooo. ;-)

It's my first time knitting with Madeline Tosh. This superwash hand-dyed 100% merino wool is gorgeous. Worth every penny to make this handknit sweater extra special. 

Friday, August 10, 2012

FO: Puerperium Baby Cardigan

The Puerperium sweater is finished-off, and here is my adorable niece Charlotte modeling it.
Go here for more about the project and a link to the *free* pattern.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Motif 10

I spent the weekend with two great girlfriends on Palm Beach in Florida and had time to sneak in a few repeats for Motif 10.  It's named Smooth Sailing - how appropriate!

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Blocking Motif 9

The motif turned out beautifully.  We addressed cables again and how to work cables without a cable needle.  Once your brain clicks, the technique becomes second-nature, and it is actually quite freeing to work cables without the fuss of a third needle.  I never touched a cable needle for this entire piece.

When it came time to block my work, the reverse stockinette required lots of pins to get a nice flat border.  Don't be shy when you block yours; I promise it won't feel the pricks.

Friday, July 20, 2012

On my needles: The Puerperium Baby Cardigan

I can't help myself.  I love to knit baby sweaters and have a long list of patterns I want to work.  This one by Kelly Brooker of Knit So Quaint has been on my mind for a while.  It's designed for the newest of newborns - hence the name puerperium.  (The six weeks post birth)

It's a tiny little thing, so it may not be worn a ton.  I view it as more of an heirloom - and something made with love that can be worn home from the hospital!

Free pattern available here.

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Update: Monthly Motifs

It's now July, and our Monthly Motif knitting is well underway.  

This week, the ladies will join me for lesson #9.   We will knit more cables and learn the technique to work cables without a cable needle.  

Are the patterns getting harder?  Yes.  Are the knitters becoming more proficient?  Yes!

After all, the goal is to become a GREAT knitter.

Read more about the Monthly Motif project here.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Introducing the Freedom Blanket

I am thrilled to share my new patriotic pattern for the Freedom Blanket.

Knit one up and donate it to a WOUNDED WARRIOR or a VETERAN in need.

See below for the pattern, or email me if you would like a printable (and pretty) PDF.

Thanks, and please share it with your knitting group!

Copyright: Katie Preston 2012

Size US 17 circular needle in 24" length or longer
3* skeins of Lion Brand Thick n Quick in color Denim, or similar
(*Please note, I used almost every bit of the three skeins.  If your gauge is off, you may require a fourth skein.)
4 extra-large stitch makers
Tapestry needle

8 sts and 12 rows = 4 inches in stockinette stitch
Please check your gauge, and adjust your needle size if necessary.

Finished Size
24 x 42 inches

PM = Place marker

CO 50 sts
Work 5 rows in garter stitch. (knit every stitch)

Setup row:  K4, PM, k12, PM, k18, PM, k12, PM, k4.

Row 1:  (RS) K entire row, slipping markers as you reach them.
Row 2: (WS) K4, p42, k4.

Rep Rows 1 and 2 for 7 inches, ending with a WS row.  (Tip: you just completed a WS row, a row 2.)

Refer to USA chart below, and note instructions for working RS versus WS rows.

Chart Row 1: (RS) K to second maker, work Chart Row 1 over the next 18 sts, k to end.
(Tip: the chart is worked on the 18 sts between the markers in the center.  To work Chart Row 1, you will k15, p3, reading from right to left.)

Chart Row 2: (WS) K4, p12, work Chart Row 2 over the next 18 sts, p12, k4.
(Tip: To work Chart Row 2, you will k3, p15, reading from left to the right.)

Continue in this manner, working Chart Rows 3 through 70 over the 18 sts between the center markers, ending with a WS row.

Work Rows 1 and 2 and rep until this section of the piece measures approximately 7 inches.  (Tip: you are working Rows 1 and 2,  not Chart Rows 1 and 2.)  End with a RS row.  (Tip: you just completed a RS row, a row 1.)

Work 6 rows in garter stitch, removing the markers as you reach them.

BO loosely knitwise.  Weave in ends.  Give yourself a pat on the back, and ship to Care to Knit!

Copyright: Katie Preston 2012

For a printable (and pretty) PDF
version of the pattern, please send a request by email to

Donations are gladly accepted by:
Care to Knit, Inc.
1940 Deer Park Avenue,  Suite 155
Deer Park, NY  11729

Your Freedom Blanket will be donated to a veteran in need.  THANK YOU for your effort!

Care to Knit, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in New York.  Its mission is to provide hand-knitted and crocheted items to those in need in hospices, shelters, nursing homes and hospitals.

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Care to Knit

Knitting for loved ones is so gratifying, but I am thrilled to announce that I have founded a Care to Knit chapter for those of us who enjoy knitting for other good causes as well.  We meet one evening per month and have been busy knitting scarves, teddy bears, and caps for chemo patients and premature babies.  We are also working on blankets for wounded warriors and veterans in need.  More about that here.

Many thanks to Shelley, Lori, Anita, Barbara, Joann, Judy, Kathy and Mary for all their efforts!

Care to Knit, Inc. is a non-profit organization based in New York.  Its mission is to provide hand-knitted and crocheted items to those in need in hospices, shelters, nursing homes and hospitals.  

Donations can be sent to:
Care to Knit, Inc.
1940 Deer Park Avenue, Suite 155
Deer Park, NY  11729