We Are Knitters

Just came across We Are Knitters, a Spanish website selling yarns and pattern kits. Whilst I’m not a massive fan of kits as I find choosing the colour and texture of my yarn to be one of the most exciting parts of the knitting process, We Are Knitters do have some nice modern patterns made from chunky 100% Peruvian wool yarns. The kits are are reasonably priced, when you consider that you’re not just getting the yarn but everything else you’ll need to make your garment including the patterns and needles and on top of all that they have made their own instructional videos which teach you all the techniques used in their patterns.

The designs look quite simple and are really contemporary so could be a good gift for converting a friend who doesn’t knit already. I’d love to knit that poncho or one of the loopy waistcoats!

The Vintage Aran Dress

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I have been stock-piling vintage knitting patterns, my battered leather binder is filled to the seams with designs from the 1940s through to the early 90s. In amongst the batwing jumpers and lacy twinsets is a selection of cute cable knitted dress patterns from the 60s and 70s. If I ever accumulate enough wool (thirty-six 50g skeins to be precise) I will knit one and risk looking like the Michelin man!

 This version is a from an issue of Mon Tricot magazine from 1973, I love the relaxed fit and matching socks!
This pattern from Emu is not technically a dress but look at that cabled skirt!

Below I have pasted some images of other Aran dresses I have found on the internet, whis is your favourite?

Needle Needs…

Need a needle case? Don’t wanna fork out for some chintzy rag? Make your own! Here is a needle roll I made a while back using this pattern I found on the ‘Made by Loulabelle’ blog. It’s easy to make and professional looking – I used some fabric from the Gambia and some left over scraps I’ve been hanging on to since fashion college. I am yet to design a mini version to hold all my DPNs and Knit Pro interchangeables (which came in a yucky, fiddly plastic case)…

Wool House

Wool House at Somerset House is on until 24th March, the exhibition claims to be the largest showcase of wool in the world. Designers such as Donna Wilson and Ashley Hicks have been tasked with furnishing a suite of rooms with a huge rang of woollen creations. I will be making a visit on Monday to get inspired… maybe some knitting ideas for objects around the home will be the result! Admission is free.

FREE “Old School” Fingerless Mittens Knitting Pattern

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Here is a free knitting pattern of my own design for a pair of very simple fingerless mittens (with thumb gusset). I wanted something that was simple, sturdy and practical for riding my bike in cold weather. After searching high and low for the perfect patten I blew caution to the wind and decided to make my own pattern – my first attempt at designing something with shaping on it. I call them my “Old School” fingerless mittens because, once I had finished making them I noticed they were in the colours of my P.E. kit from primary school :-/ and I suppose they have a retro feel to them.

I knitted them in Drops Lima alapaca blend double knitting yarn on size 3.25 and 3.75mm DPNs. They came perfectly out of just one 50g ball of yarn and for the contrast stripe I used some leftover DK yarn. One thing I will say though, is that because they are knitted in the round the stripe kind of spirals around the mitten – rather then creating a complete “ring” of knitting around the mitten, which is not that desirable but it does not really show too much.

You can download a PDF of the pattern here or if you have a Craftsy account you can get it free over there too >>> “Old School” Fingerless Mittens.

Dream Sweater

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I am a bit obsessed with this image that I found over on the Patternity blog. I was dreaming that it might belong to an old knitting book or magazine that I could track down through a bit of research but alas all I came up with was a photo of Paulina Porizkova on an Erotica forum (?!). I just love the “ballet” styling, the over-sized cable jumper, thrown on and the soft tones – I probably wouldn’t have thought to knit a sweater in blush pink but I might now. One day I will design my own version of this, it looks supersoft…

Double Plaited Cable Turban

You can purchase my knitting pattern to make this wonderful textured cable turban from my craftsy store, it’s also available to buy from etsy too.

A chic turban style headband that is great for beginners who want to explore Aran knitting and discover just how simple it really is. Great for keeping your head and ears warm in the cold, whilst skiing or cycling in the city. So quick and low cost to make, it’s the perfect gift for female friends and relatives.

Cast On: Short Raglan Sweater

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Today I have cast on the Short Raglan Sweater by Amand Griffiths from Rowan Book Eight. I decided to use Drops Alaska in Mustard as it is on special offer at the moment, £1.20 per ball, not bad for a 100% pure wool yarn. Although in hindsight I wish I’d waited and bought a more luxurious “drapey” yarn or a heavy cotton / linen blend to make it more wearable in summer. I might knit two though, as the Mustard shade I’ve picked might not be the easiest to co-ordinate!

Welcome!

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Welcome to my new knitting blog… I will be posting my knitting inspiration, my favourite knitting products and my own designs very soon. Keep your eyes peeled!