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New FREE Knitting Pattern
Brighten up your winter wardrobe and bring some colour into your knitting with our new, free 'Greek Tea Beanie' knitting pattern. This stranded colourwork beanie hat is an ideal project for learning how to do stranded knitting.
Don't forget our other free patterns. There's the simple 1 row lace scarf, easy 3 stripe ribbed beanie and a basic ribbed hat pattern.
Our quick and simple free patterns are ideal for the beginner or impatient knitter.
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Take the test, find out if you really are a yarn snob or a yarn yob.
Winter 2015 Knitwear Fashion Trends
All things Scottish seem to be in fashion this season. Tartans, checks, houndstooth and tweeds will dominate the high street this winter.
Easy ways to give a nod to the latest fashions is to go for tweed yarns or houndstooth and herringbone colourwork patterns.
More adventurous knitters can try to recreate tartans and checks. Vogue Knitting magazine Winter 2014/15 has a selection of patterns that pick up on the trend.
Stag motifs are also proving popular.
Dipped hems on sweaters are still popular. Hems with splits at either side are also starting to filter down into high street fashions.
Bad news for impatient knitters: Long line cardigans and coatigans are featuring in the high street fashions for winter.
Stranded Colourwork and Intarsia
Both Fair Isle and Icelandic style round yoke jumpers and cardigans are in vogue, for both men and women.
Motifs such as large love hearts or stars worked in intarsia are also on trend this season. There are also quite a few picture knits in fluffy yarns in the high street fashion chains.
There are plenty of variegated and novelty yarns in evidence in the high street fashion chains, including neon shades. So, if you are a dedicated follower of fashion, or you know a teenager who is, now is the time to dig out all that eyelash and boucle yarn from your stash.
With novelty yarns it's best to keep it simple – any fancy stitch work will just get lost in the colour and texture of the yarn.
Simple knit hats with large pom poms are also proving popular.
Latest Knitting Goodies
20 beautiful slightly tweedy shades.
60% Merino Wool, 20% Silk, 20% Llama. Chunky weight. 97m/50g.
Recommended needle size 6mm. Recommended tension: 16 stitches x 23 rows = 10cm x 10cm.