Bernat is a manufacturer of yarns and knitting supplies based in Ontario, Canada. Although they have a number of retail stores, much of their business comes from online sales, with their products distributed through several online sellers. Besides yarns and needles, they are well known for their wide range of patterns, which cover everything from hats and scarves to sweaters, bags, and home accessories.
Many of their patterns are free, which is great for beginners who don’t want to invest too much in their craft just yet. It also works well for amateurs who don’t expect to make a business out of knitting, or even professionals looking to cut a few corners. Most of their yarns come with free patterns online, which are rated according to difficulty (beginner, easy, intermediate, and experienced).
Clothing is no doubt the most popular of Bernat patterns. They cater to men and women of all ages and sizes, and can go from casual to formal to funky. Each pattern includes information on the yarns and needles required, so you can get your supplies at the same time. Ponchos and shawls are especially popular because they’re easy to make, but there are also sweaters, vests, skirts, and dresses available.
Beginners often go for smaller pieces, such as children’s clothes. Bernat also offers excellent variety in this department, with fun, age-appropriate colors and designs and products ranging from hats, mittens, and bootees to sweaters and socks for school. The recommended yarns are among the softest, warmest, and most comfortable, so they make excellent wintertime gifts for kids as well.
If you’re looking for something other than clothes, you can look into Bernat’s range of toys, crafts, home decorations, and kitchen accessories. They have patterns for stuffed toys and rattles, placemats and coasters, throws, afghans, and Christmas tree ornaments. For the holidays, you can try one of their stocking patterns—use it as quick gifts for kids or hang one up in your home for a unique, creative touch.
Bernat patterns also go beyond knitting and cover crochet and non-needle crafts, although the range is much smaller and not as up to date. The crochet patterns lend themselves especially well to home décor, with products ranging from small coasters and ornaments to mats, blankets, and table covers. There’s no end to your options—no matter what your style or skill level is, Bernat is sure to have something fun for you to do.