Monday, 25 July 2011

Simply Sublime Baby Booties

Inspired by the season’s warmth and luminosity, some of the staff in Stirling took it upon themselves to cater to the tiny toes that were emerging to greet their first summer. Using Sublime Pattern 6006 and Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, Donna and I have already knitted over 8 pairs that are currently on display in the Stirling store’s window. The pattern is also available in the Sublime Booklet 634 where you will also find pretty little cardigans and tempting sweaters to match your booties.

The Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK comes in 29 gorgeously glossy shades. I was particularly enamoured with the juicy “Plum Pie”, “Pinkaboo” and “Honey Bunny” shades, while Donna picked out pastels like the pink “Piglet” and “Cuddle” blue, picking out beautiful wood, brass and mother-of-pearl buttons to finish each pair off.

The easy garter and stocking stitch patterns makes these projects quick and satisfying.

Whether for your own little one or as a special gift, the impossibly soft blend of cashmere, merino and silk is such a treat for little soles/souls. Now if only they made these in a size 6…

Friday, 22 July 2011

Stitch Library - #5 Honeycomb Stitch

A pretty pattern made by purling and slipping stitches.

P – purl
sl 1 pw (slip 1 purlwise) – this is done by inserting the right needle into stitch on the left needle as though you are going to purl it, but instead of purling, just slip the stitch onto the right needle.

Cast on a multiple of 2 stitches plus 1.
Row 1: P1, *sl 1 pw, P1; repeat from * to end of row
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: P2, *sl 1 pw, P1; repeat from * to last stitch, P1
Row 4: Purl
Repeat these 4 rows to form the pattern.

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Monday, 18 July 2011

New from Sublime

I know it's a little soon to be thinking about the colder weather, but we've just had a delivery of the new Sublime for Autumn and Winter and we can't wait to get started!

The booklets contain some great designs inspired by traditional folk knitting patterns and Nordic colourworks. There's something for everyone - classic shapes, dramatic textures, chunky cables and bold fashion colours. We're already squabbling over who gets to knit what!

There are also lots of smallers projects, such as hats, mittens, slippers and snoods, which will make ideal Christmas presents. It's a good job we're starting early - once our friends see these they'll all be wanting Sublime hand knits!

(Images are taken from Booklet 654, Booklet 655 and Booklet 656. Yarns include Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK, Sublime Chunky Merino Tweed, and Sublime Lustrous Extra Fine Merino DK.)

Friday, 15 July 2011

Stitch Library - #4 Diamond Stitch

This easy design uses only the knit and purl stitches, but the pattern it produces is very effective.

K - knit
P - purl

Cast on a multiple of 8 stitches plus 1.
Row 1: P1, *K7, P1; repeat from * to end
Row 2: P1, K1, *P5, K1, P1, K1; rep from * to last 7 sts, P5, K1, P1
Row 3: K2, *P1, K3; rep from * to last 3 sts, P1, K2
Row 4: P3, *K1, P1, K1, P5; rep from * to last 6 sts, K1, P1, K1, P3
Row 5: K4, P1, *K7, P1; rep from * to last 4 sts, K4
Row 6: As row 4
Row 7: As row 3
Row 8: As row 2
Repeat these 8 rows to form the pattern.

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Monday, 11 July 2011

Holiday Knitting

Are you planning a holiday to escape from this awful weather and see some sunshine? If you are, then you’ll need some small knitting project to take on holiday with you. How about knitting some socks? Socks only take a couple of balls of yarn, so they’re not going to take up much space in your luggage and you’ll still have plenty of room to bring back all your gifts and souvenirs.

We always browse through the Regia range when looking for inspiration. They have beautiful yarns that come in exciting shades, and easy-to-follow patterns to fit all sizes.

And there's no need to worry about bringing your knitting on the plane. We find that most airlines will allow wooden needles on board, but not aluminium (though it's best to check with individual service providers before trying to get through security!)

All the staff at McArees agree that you can't beat the Brittany Needles by Artesano. Made from birch, these pins are very smooth to work with. They are a little more expensive than the Bamboo needles, but once you try them you'll understand why.

Have a great holiday!

Friday, 8 July 2011

Stitch Library - #3 Roman Stitch

Add a simple moss stitch stripe to plain stocking stitch.

K - knit
P - purl

Cast on an even number of stitches.
Row 1: Knit
Row 2: Purl
Row 3: Knit
Row 4: Purl
Row 5: *K1, P1; repeat from * to end of row
Row 6: *P1, K1; repeat from * to end of row
Repeat these 6 rows to form the pattern.

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Monday, 4 July 2011

Kim Hargreaves

Right now we are all in love with Kim Hargreaves. She has a fantastic range of books that we just can't stop pouring over! Right now our book of choice is Whisper.

Sarah is currently knitting the aptly named Obsession cardigan. She is knitting it in Rowan Classic Siena Cotton 4 ply, and its already looking very stylish - just like Sarah herself!

Linda is knitting the Bel cropped cardigan in Rowan Fine Milk Cotton. This cute cardigan is knitting up beautifully, and will be perfect for Linda's (hopefully) sunny summer holidays.

With such a fantastic range of patterns, there's enough even to suit our fussy needs!