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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.
Latest Knitting Goodies
Looking for an alternative to Noro yarn? Amitola from Louisa harding is a sumptuous wool/silk blend that is available in 4-ply and Aran weights.
There are plently of shades to choose from ranging from the understated to bright tones. The colours gradually transform from one shade to the next. Fabulous on its own or use in stripes or slip stitch patterns with another shade or even with a solid yarn.
80% Wool 20% Silk. Ball Size: 50g/ 250m
Recommended Needles: 3.75mm-4.00mm Tension: 22 stitches, 30 rows to 10cm x 10cm
80% Wool, 20% Silk. Ball Size: 100g/250m
Recommended Needles 6.00mm (US 10) Tension: 18 stitches, 24 rows to 10cm x 10cm
Winter 2015/2016 Knitwear Fashion Trends
It looks like fashionistas will be wrapping up warm this winter with plenty of knitwear. The high street fashion retailers are stocking lots of big, bold ponchos, poncho style sweaters, wraps and large shawls. The theme continues in the proliferation of oversize sweaters, blanket style cardigans and batwing sweaters.
It's All About the Details
This season is seeing a rise in embellished knits. Embroidered knitwear is a trend that is likely to build over the next few seasons.
Bow collars and separate coordinating thin scarves that can be tied in a bow are proving popular.
Add fringing or tassels to your knits to give them a fresh fashion twist. If you are handy with a sewing needle, a fake fur trim can give your hand knits a quick fashion update.