Over on our Facebook page at the end of last week we asked you to share with us some of the special Remembrance Day makes you’d made and any special Remembrance Day displays you’d seen.
We shared a beautiful display that was made in Kent for the shop window at The Politician's Daughter. It was knitted by the talented Ickham Crafty Ladies, it's a wonderful tribute to see.
We also spotted another touching display over the weekend, in Canterbury, Kent. The display was made up of a cascade of 10,00 knitted and crocheted poppies, made by a number of ladies from the local community.
You shared some wonderful displays with us and we’ve put together a few of them below. Thank you so much again to everyone who shared their pictures with us.
Display at The Politician's Daughter, Kent.
The Remembrance Day display in Canterbury, Kent.
Your beautiful pictures sent in to us.
Lest we forget.
It’s November and Christmas feels like it’s just around the corner! Whether you’re feeling super organised or a bit flustered by the idea, we’re here to help! We’ll have lots of exciting Christmas projects on the lead up to the big day, to help you enjoy the most wonderful time of the year!
We’re starting off with our wonderful Rory the Reindeer kit. The kit comes complete with all the yarn you need, plus the pattern, making it nice and easy for you to make this adorable festive friend. The only things needed are a pair of 3mm (No. 11) knitting needles, washable toy stuffing and a small amount of black DK yarn for embroidery.
The original pattern is a tried and tested Woman’s Weekly pattern. It’s knitted entirely in stocking stitch, with the details embroidered on afterwards, so he's not only lovable, but is quick and easy to make for this busy time of year. He’ll add some great festive cheer to your home and would make the loveliest gift!
The finished reindeer measures about 41cm/16in tall. He’s knitted in Hayfield Bonus DK, which is super soft, so perfect for cuddling up to! The yarn can also be washed in the washing machine so he’ll stay looking lovely Christmas after Christmas.
There's also enough yarn included in the kit to knit another reindeer, so why not make a friend for Rory! Simply use the opposite shades used for the body, so use the Oatmeal shade for the main body and the Walnut shade for the hooves.
He's just too sweet not to make! Buy your Rory Reindeer kit for only £9.99 >>
The exciting range of go-to DK yarn was launched back in August and has been flying out of the door! go-to DK is a brand-new yarn range stocked exclusively here at The Knitting Network. It’s a great value, premium acrylic yarn that’s perfect for all projects. Made in Britain with a recycled paper ball band, and available at the low price of just £1.69 for a 100g ball, it’s set to become a staple for every yarn stash.
To celebrate this lovely new yarn and all the gorgeous shades available, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite crafters and bloggers to create some beautiful new patterns for you!
Eleonora has created the loveliest blanket inspired by the sea and Shah has designed a bright and fun blanket in rainbow pastels. You can buy the colour packs for each here:
You can also read all about the inspiration behind the blankets over on our blog.
The third exciting go-to-inspired project we’re bringing you is the Boho Blanket, designed for us exclusively by Sue Rawlinson, the ever-talented crocheter and designed who brought us the beautiful Sweetpea Blanket, Easter Blanket and Vintage Blanket!
This contemporary new blanket uses a tactile and textured stitch, we love the simplicity of the crochet stitches and the blocks of muted colours. The shades work perfectly together and are a calming and chilled palette, reminding us of relaxed and effortless boho-style. The pom-pom edging adds a pop of fun and extra colour and we love it!
To find out a little bit more about Sue and what inspires her, you can read the little chat we had with her below.
Who taught you to crochet?
I started to crochet when I was young. My mum showed me the basics, she had also been taught by her mother. I didn't progress very far and then neglected crochet during my teenage years. I picked it up again about eight years ago when I became ill and had to give up working, it became my passion. Crochet has been a great companion and inspiration ever since.
Where do you start your creative process and get inspiration from?
I love playing with colour, and the different texture of yarns. I am inspired by the influences of nature and the seasons. During colder months when the nights draw in, I am usually thinking of blankets, snoods and scarves and experimenting with new pattern designs and colourways. I am also inspired by all the wonderful creatives I follow on Instagram, and I can easily lose an hour or more on Pinterest. I also love magazines and often get ideas whilst flicking through them and enjoying some quiet time with a coffee.
What are your favourite things to craft?
My favourite things to make are blankets and I’m always experimenting with different styles and stitches, this is the first time I’ve used griddle stitch and I’m so pleased with the texture it gives. It’s also a very straightforward stitch so great for beginners.
What did you like most about go-to DK yarn?
I was so excited to be able to try the new Go to DK it’s always such a privilege to be able to try different yarns. I love the packaging and the texture of the yarn. It’s lovely to crochet with, has a great yardage and worked perfectly for my new blanket pattern. At the moment the yarn comes in 20 shades I’m sure you will find the perfect one for your project.
We love Sue’s blanket and we look forward to revealing more exciting projects with go-to DK soon!
The Log Cabin Blanket is a new and exciting blanket designed by Eleri Schofield, from her blog and Instagram account ‘My Crochet Place’. She makes lots of wonderful crochet things and we love her use of bright and bold colours.
Eleri has lovingly designed this beautiful blanket using Stylecraft Special DK with autumn and winter in mind. When we think of log cabins, we think of the seasons of autumn and winter, we think of an escape from the hustle and bustle, surrounding woods with the reds, oranges and yellows of the changing colours of leaves, crackling firepits for toasting marshmallows, roaring fires indoors and blues and purples of a crisp and frosty morning seen through the window. The colours of the Log Cabin blanket epitomize this cosy getaway and these chilly months.
The transition of the seasons to cooler days and the winding down of the year make it a good time to unwind ourselves, whether it be time away in a log cabin surrounded by nature and peace, or just a few moments in a quiet corner with a view outside. It’s a time to sit back, cosy up with a blanket and something warm to drink and take in the world as it prepares for the winter.
The textural chevron pattern repeat of this lovely blanket adds to the cosiness and it makes for a great project for beginners. The repeating pattern also means it’s a meditative and relaxing make for more experienced crocheters. The completed blanket measures approximately 86cm x 157cm/34 x 62in, plenty to snuggle up in! The pattern uses Stylecraft Special DK which is 100% acrylic, beautifully soft and washes well and easily in the machine.
To learn a little bit about Eleri and her inspirations we had a little chat, which you can read below:
When did you start to crochet?
I started crocheting after the birth of my youngest son in 2015. I was struggling with PND and found that crocheting helped me to relax and practice some mindfulness.
What are your biggest inspirations?
I’m inspired by geometric patterns and love designing chevron blankets. I like to play about with traditional designs and stitches and giving them a modern twist, I especially like incorporating solid stitches, open/lace work and bobbles into my designs to create texture and interest.
How do you decide on your colour palettes?
The colours I choose for a project is often inspired by the seasons, however I always try and sneak a bit of mustard or gold into a colour scheme if I can! I chose the colour palette for the log cabin blanket when we were driving back home from Turkey at the end of August. It had been a lovely hot summer but I was longing for cooler weather and dreaming of a cosy autumn. I tend to gravitate towards bright earthy toned colours and like to experiment with rainbow colour schemes (which are my favourite to play about with).
What is your favourite thing about Autumn and Winter?
Autumn and Winter for me is about being cosy. There’s nothing I like more than at the end of the day than locking the door, closing the curtains, and cosying up under a blanket that I’m working on.
We hope you love the blanket as much as we do! You can get the Log Cabin Blanket Colour Pack for only £15.99!