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March 2019

Royal Baby Knits

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

Congratulations to the Duke and Duchess of Sussex on the birth of their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. He was born at 05:26 on Monday 6th May weighing 7Ib 3oz and is seventh in line to the throne.

We’ve found some of our most special baby knitting patterns, all fit for a prince or princess!

From royal baby-worthy shawls and matinee coats to knitted blankets and cosy sleeping bags, our collection of traditional knitting patterns can be made and passed down the generations.

This modern take on the traditional matinee coat can be knitted with or without the hood. It’s knitted in Sirdar Snuggly DK, which is perfectly soft and has the added bonus of being able to be washed in the washing machine.

This beautiful jacket, bonnet and mitts pattern by Peter Pan is a classic design, with lace pattern and ribbon detail. Knitted in either 2 ply or 3 ply yarn, they are light and delicate.

Another set of lovely matinee coats knitted using the ever-popular Sirdar Snuggly DK yarn. These designs feature a pretty scalloped edge and you can choose from either a v-neck or round neck design.

We love this yoke design cardigan and bonnet pattern by Peter Pan. It’s an easy knit and beautifully simple.

A cute design, this sleeping bag and travel blanket pattern is knitted using Stylecraft Wondersoft DK and as the name suggests it is wonderfully soft! The sleeping bag is a practical design, with buttons down one edge and features a fun pompom!

These traditional shawls are knitted in 4 Ply and are soft and cuddly. There are 2 pretty shawls to choose from, with either a pretty leaf design or a textured shawl with a lace border. You can choose from a lovely range of shades in the Snuggly range.

Knitted in chunky yarn, these blanket patterns are a quick knit and super cosy. Choose from 4 different designs, including a moss stitch design (pictured), a cable design, a diamond leaf design and a patchwork square design.

We’ve saved the best until last, with these beautiful shawl patterns knitted in Sirdar Snuggly 2 ply. These designs have stood the test of time and are an extra special knit for the precious new arrivals in your life to meet the family.

Make Your Own ​Mother’s Day Flowers

By Amy Last 3 years ago

You can’t beat flowers on Mother’s Day. It’s the perfect way to show the special ladies in your life how loved they are. Even better is a handmade yarn bouquet – aptly named ‘Everlasting Love’, this crochet bouquet will always look perky!

Rose Bouquet

Heather at The Patchwork Heart has been using our Rose Bouquet pattern to make a special arrangement for this Mother’s Day and it is beautiful! Taking inspiration from fellow blogger Eight-by-Six, Heather has used her collection of vintage knitting needles to make stems for this floral decoration. The perfect way to upcycle those treasured pins! Heather has collected hers from charity shops and recommends asking in the shop if you can’t see them as they often have them tucked away.

The Rose Bouquet crochet pattern contains the pattern for a more open flower, and information on how to make a tighter version which isn't quite as open. Make them in an array of colours for a really special gift. Heather has used Sirdar Snuggly 100% Cotton DK for hers and they are working up wonderfully.

From pastels to brights, they work in all colours. We love this brighter bunch, also crocheted using Sirdar Snuggly 100% Cotton DK.

Don’t worry, if crochet isn’t your thing, we also have an equally lovely knitting pattern for a pot of flowers, which could be knitted and arranged in the same way.

We hope you enjoy these patterns and would love to see your displays if you have a go at making them yourself.

Best Knitting and Crochet Patterns for Girls

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

We have so many beautiful patterns for girls to choose from here at The Knitting Network. To make your life easier, we’ve gathered together some of our favorites, from stylish boleros to fun mermaid-tail blankets!

We’ve given you a helpful link to each of the patterns and all our patterns show you the sizes that are included, the amount of yarn needed and a handy link to the yarn. So you can spend less time shopping and more time knitting (or crocheting).

Many of the patterns in our line-up are available as either a PDF, so you can download them and print them at home, or as a pattern leaflet to be sent out in the post.

With it’s lovely delicate lacey design, this bolero by Wendy would be perfectly matched with a beautiful dress for that special occasion.

The lovely vintage, timeless design of this cardigan and jumper pattern would be loved by any little girl and can be knitted for a newborn right through to age 5.

Cosy up in marvelous mermaid style with this Mermaid Tail blanket by Hayfield! We’re sure this would be top of the present list for any aspiring mermaid!

This bright and beautiful cardigan, jumper and scarf pattern is knitted in Stylecraft Batik Swirl DK, which gives this great effect without the effort! The variety of stitches and bold colours adds a fun spin to the staple jumper and cardigan.

Dresses aren’t just for the summer and these sweater dresses make a welcome change to her wardrobe on those days when you need to wrap up a bit warmer.

This pretty, short sleeved cardigan is a simple knit and would brighten up any outfit. Made that little bit more special with the sweet flower motif and button detail.

Who doesn’t love a poncho?! Choose from either the classic tasseled poncho or the poncho with hood. Both are easy knits and are bursting with style!

We hope you feel inspired to give some of our girls knitting and crochet patterns a try. Don't forget, all our parcels are sent out in eco-friendly packaging and we despatch all orders placed by 5pm on the same working day. Happy crafting!

Granny Square Pompom Blanket with Sweet Sharna

By Amy Last 3 years ago

Nothing is more satisfying to crochet than the humble granny square. Throw in a pompom or two (well, maybe a few more...) and you've got our granny square pompom blanket - a must-make for all budding crocheters!

We're delighted to have teamed up with instagram crochet-queen, Sweet Sharna, to bring a touch of her gorgeous style to this popular design. Here, Sharna takes you through the steps to learn how to join your granny squares as well as tackling the pompom edging.

To get started, you can find our granny square pompom blanket pattern here.

You can buy the colour pack for the yarn in Sharna's chosen shades here.

"The colours I’ve chosen for this blanket are my all-time favourites, using them on their own or mixed together," explains Sharna. "Mustard yellow can make a great statement among a more muted colour scheme, and adding some pretty pink tones gives it that clash that I love. I love the surprise that you get with this unusual colour combo."

Once you have your pattern and yarn, follow these easy steps to complete your granny square blanket.

We hope you enjoy having a go at this blanket. We would love to see your projects in progress, so do come and find us on instagram or Facebook and share your photos with us.

Happy hooking!