Patterns, Yarn

A seasonal choice – chunky yarns

At this time of year chunky yarns are definitely on our radar. As the weather turns colder, we, of course, love the comfort of a soft snuggly chunky knit. And with Christmas on the horizon, chunky yarn allows us to rustle up a few extra gifts quite quickly. But that doesn’t mean those knits will… Continue reading A seasonal choice – chunky yarns

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Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

Our yarn doctors are at the Knitting and Stitching Show at Alexandra Palace in London this week, along with our fabulous volunteer knitting and crochet teachers, to help all the crafters attending the show. We know that a lot of the problems that knitters mention when they visit the UK Hand Knitting stand - this… Continue reading Our most common piece of advice – do a tension square

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Machine washing your knits

A lot of people will tell you that hand knits should never, ever go near your washing machine and tell you horror stories if stretched or felted garments, but as with many things when it comes to modern yarns (and modern machines) there is more to your washing options. There are reasons why you might… Continue reading Machine washing your knits

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Get your red yarn out this autumn

Pick up any fashion magazine or browse the trend blogs and your will find universal agreement on one thing: Whatever you do this autumn, wear red. There are lots of pictures from the catwalks of head to toe red outfits, dramatic scarlet evening dress and brick red coats. Plus the colour gurus at   have… Continue reading Get your red yarn out this autumn

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Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

From the catwalk to the High Street, feather, fluffy fabrics and fun fur are set to feature heavily in fashion for this autumn and winter – especially when it comes to soft trims, coats and accessories. And it is all about having fun with colour and texture as you can see from these coats by… Continue reading Trendwatch: Fluffy and furry yarns

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Kids knits for back to school

It is not that long until the end of the summer holidays and so our minds have turned to kids’ knits for the autumn. Among the great things about a child’s jumper is that it is relatively quick to make and there is less  to hold while the weather is still at least a little… Continue reading Kids knits for back to school

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New yarns for all the family

August is the time of year where we start to see new yarns for autumn and winter appearing in our yarn shops. There are always interesting new offerings, colours etc so we will probably do several posts with new yarns that catch our attention over the next couple of months. However, we have already noticed… Continue reading New yarns for all the family

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Trendwatch: Superbright knits

This is the summer of colour. Alongside colour block and stripe patterns, the trend of this summer is strong colours. We have mentioned the Fuschia trend already but zingy oranges and yellows, pillar box red, lapis blue, emerald greens and electric purples are all also great choices. To be on trend all you need to… Continue reading Trendwatch: Superbright knits