Monday, 27 June 2011

First Time Fair Isle

Jess has just started her first ever fair isle project. She's decided to make this gorgeous cardigan as a present for her Dad. The pattern is from a Rowan book called Nordic Knits by Martin Storey.

It is knitted in Rowan Felted Tweed DK, which is a beautiful blend of soft merino wool, alpaca and Viscose.

I'm sure her Dad will love this thoughtful gift. We'll keep you posted with her progress!

Friday, 24 June 2011

Stitch Library - #2 Seed Rib Stitch

This stitch is a great textured stitch that is very simple to do. It is created using only knit and purl stitches so it is perfect for beginners.

K - knit
P - purl

Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: Knit (this will be the wrong side of your work)
Row 2: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end.
Repeat these 2 rows to form the pattern.

Find more How-Tos in our Stitch Library.

Monday, 20 June 2011

Under the Sea

Even though it doesn’t feel much like summer, the Edinburgh shop decided to bring some sunshine to our window display. We created a “seaside theme” with a sandcastle, seaweed, a jellyfish, an octopus and various fishes.

Holli knitted an octopus and Jess knitted a jellyfish and a Black-Devil Anglerfish from a book called Amigurumi Knits by Hansi Singh. The book contains 20 patterns for cute mini knits including our sea creatures, vegetables, backyard critters and mythical beings. It’s a great way to use up those bits of wool that you’ve got lying around.

Friday, 17 June 2011

Stitch Library - #1 Moss Stitch

Also known as seed stitch, this is a very popular design that is also very easy to do.

K - knit
P - purl

Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row
Row 2: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row
Repeat these 2 rows to form the pattern.

Sample knitted by Sarah using Patons Diploma Gold DK shade 6187 White

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Monday, 13 June 2011

New Gedifra / SMC Yarns

The much-awaited new yarns from Gedifra / SMC have arrived in the Edinburgh shop and we're all very keen to give them a go! We'll have to get used to the new brand name though - Gedifra yarns are being rebranded as SMC (Schachenmayr Company). This is the brand that Coats use throughout Europe, and they plan to include all Gedifra yarns under this name.

Lucy loved the Rosas, which is a unique yarn woven from a fibre-filled mesh with bobbles.

After finishing the christening coat, Susan got straight to work on her next project. She chose the Pertinino, a tape-style yarn that contains lurex to make it shimmer. It's a standard DK weight so she decided to knit a top using one of the Sirdar Calico patterns. Susan is such a speedy knitter - how do you like the finished garment?

Monday, 6 June 2011

Little Vintage Christening Coat and Bonnet

This beautiful little christening coat has just been knitted by our very own Susan in the Edinburgh shop. The pattern is from the Sublime Booklet 648 'The exquisite little Sublime baby silk & bamboo dk book'.

Susan enjoyed this project, but has said sewing on the 58 individual wee bells did get a little tedious! But I think you'll agree it was well worth the effort, and it really didn't take long to knit up.

This incredibly pretty outfit is capable of turning even the most determined little monsters into little angels!