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April 2019

Prince Louis Jumpers To Knit

By Amy Last 4 months ago

Prince Louis has been pictured wearing two knitted jumpers in official photographs released by Kensington Palace. The puppy sweater is by childrenswear brand, Trotters, and it is not yet known where the burgundy jumper is from but it looks like a hand knit.

The photos were released late on 22 April 2019 by Kensington Palace on Instagram to mark the youngster's first birthday. They were taken by the Duchess of Cambridge at the family's Norfolk home earlier in the month.

‘The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are delighted to share these new photographs of Prince Louis ahead of his first birthday tomorrow’ the caption read.

The puppy sweater sold out within hours. If you haven’t been lucky enough to get your hands on the garments, you'll be thrilled to hear that we've found a selection of similar patterns so you can knit your own versions.

Just like the original burgundy sweater, this Sirdar pattern features neat rib cuffs and waist and is made in a deep cherry red shade of Sirdar Snuggly 4 Ply.

Ignore the soldier intarsia and this sweater is a near perfect replica with three buttons on the shoulder and ribbed edgings. Knit in King Cole Merino Blend 4 Ply in shade Cranberry for best results.

Button-up shoulder detail sets this jumper apart as well as making it easy to dress little ones. We recommend knitting it in Hayfield Bonus Aran with Wool in shade Burgundy to match the jumper worn by Prince Louis.

Knit this Stylecraft sweater in one colour to replicate the neat stitch definition of the young Royal’s jumper. Button-up shoulders finish it off perfectly. We would knit in Stylecraft Bellissima shade Rio Red for a great colour match.

To knit the puppy intarsia jumper worn by Prince Louis, why not add your own motif to this plain jumper from Peter Pan?


Or you can adapt this Robin sweater from Woman’s Weekly to add your four-legged friend and delight little ones.

If dinosaurs are more their thing, this popular pattern by Peter Pan is a must-have.

Fifth-in-line to the throne, Prince Louis was born at 11.01am on St George's Day in 2018. Soon the royal family will grow again as the first baby of the Duke and Duchess of Sussex is expected to arrive any day now. Find our collection of royal baby knitting patterns here.

Mystery knitter leaves Easter themed cosy on Tunbridge Wells postbox

By Amy Last 4 months ago

A secret yarn bomber has left an Easter themed cosy on a postbox in Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

The cosy first appeared on top of a Royal Mail postbox on the junction of Wilmans Road and Newlands Way, in the town overnight yesterday.

The mystery knitter has not been revealed, but we were lucky enough to get an exclusive interview with the maker, who is behind a number of surprise installations in the area, including decorating a road with 100 poppies for the Centenary. They had these words of encouragement for anyone looking to spread a little joy with yarn: "I'm a beginner knitter - never made a garment in my life and had to teach myself crochet to do this project. If I can do it, anyone can!"

The knitted and crocheted postbox cosy features a wonderful collection of Easter themed characters, from bees and bunnies to eggs, chicks and a large hen who sits on top. It's been well received by local residents who have described it as "brilliant!".

One person wrote on Facebook: "Not sure who’s doing these. But THANK YOU for investing our community. The Christmas ones were great, these are even better."

If you've been inspired to make a postbox cosy for your local area, you'll find our collection of Easter patterns here. The designs include this popular hen and chicks pattern that's perfect for spreading Easter joy.




Win £100 to Spend on Yarn!

By Amy Sosbe 4 months ago


Great news! You can now leave product reviews on the items you buy from our website. They’re a great way to help your fellow knitters and crocheters choose the right products for their projects.

To celebrate the arrival of Reviews, we’re giving you the chance to WIN £100 to spend on yarn! All you need to do for a chance to enter is:

✔️ Login to your customer account

✔️ Find the products you wish to review

✔️ Click on the stars below the product name and leave your review. Reviews should be based on your own experience of the product.

✔️ To qualify for entry, reviews must contain a minimum of two sentences. Only approved reviews will be entered.

The giveaway closes on the last day of each calendar month. One winner will be selected at random and contacted on the first working day of the following month. Each review counts as one entry. You can leave as many reviews as you like, provided they are based on your own experience of the product. If you haven’t got a customer account, you can still leave product reviews for the items you have used.

We can’t wait to see what you think of the products and we hope the reviews you read in future are helpful when shopping with us.

Why not take a browse through our other helpful blog posts to find great project ideas and handy product round-ups!



Wedding Gifts and Accessories to Knit and Crochet

By Amy Sosbe 4 months ago

As the days begin to get longer and the weather warms up, we approach one of the loveliest times of the year, the wedding season!

We have some lovely patterns for all things wedding and we’ve separated these into three categories - gifts, decorations and flowers & accessories.

As with all our patterns, we clearly list all the materials you need to complete your project, to make your life easier. We also include a link to the yarn required, for effortless shopping.

Gifts

Choosing a gift for that special day, can be a difficult challenge, but with a handmade gift that can be personalised and treasured, you can’t go far wrong. Plus you get the extra enjoyment of making something beautiful!

This Mr & Mrs Wedding Cushion would make a special present to sit proudly in any newlyweds home.


Every newlywed needs a horseshoe and a garter! This handy knitting pattern contains both of these traditional gifts to make.


Originally to celebrate the royal marriage of Harry and Meghan, this pattern can be adapted by choosing different shades, to create a truly personal gift for those special people in your life. Using King Cole Merino Blend DK yarn, there are lots of shades to choose from.


This sweet Mr and Mrs Teddy Bear set would make a cute gift and can also be personalised by choosing different shades and embellishments, to make it extra special.


With so many pictures taken on the big day, this beautiful crocheted picture frame is an essential gift.


Decorations

Making your wedding day personal is so important and with these simple yet beautiful makes, you can easily add those personal touches. These projects can be picked up when you have a spare few minutes here and there, but will add those special details that your guests will remember for years to come!

Bunting adds a touch of fun to any special occasion. Knitted in 4ply yarn, we have lots of ranges and shades to choose from, to match any colour scheme.


An original idea for a table centrepiece, this heart decoration table number pattern has a touch of elegance with the embellished beads. To co-ordinate with a colour scheme, there are plenty of shades to choose from in our wide range of 4ply yarns.


Potted plants are a popular wedding decoration and with this knitted plant pot cover you can make them even more beautiful and in-keeping with a colour scheme. Another great idea for a table centrepiece or to add extra decoration to a space.


A super simple and quick knit, these floral napkin rings will add an extra splash of colour and handmade style to a table setting.


The wedding rings are of course one of the most important things on your wedding day and it only seems right that they should be presented in style. We have a delightful knitted version of a ring cushion, that can be lovingly made and embellished.


Flowers & Accessories

A wedding is such a special occasion and being able to spend time making every detail is all part of the fun. From an elegant handmade bag if you are a guest, to a pretty floral hair band if you’re lucky enough to be a flower girl!

If you fancy something a bit different, why not crochet your own bouquet! The best thing of all? It will last forever!


If you love the idea of a handmade bouquet, then you will love these crocheted flowers. Display in a pretty vase for a pretty decoration, or why not turn into a buttonhole for added handmade flare!


This beautiful crocheted dress pattern, would make any flower girl feel like a princess on that special day.



No flower girl’s outfit is complete without a floral headband and posy! Make your own with this sweet pattern.


Choose from either a crocheted drawstring bag or a knitted moss stitch bag, both designs use yarns with sequins or a shimmery thread, so they are fit for the occasion.


For more homemade inspiration, have a read through some of our other blog posts, including the Make Your Own Mother’s Day Flowers by the wonderful Heather from the Patchwork Heart, for flowers that will last all year round!