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May 2019

Baby Shawl Patterns

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

With the birth of the newest member of the Royal family, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor, knitted shawl patterns have been flying off the shelves nationwide!

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child at 05:26am on 06 May 2019, weighing 7lb 3oz. Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor is seventh in line to the throne and is the Queen's eighth great-grandchild!

Knitted shawls are one of the most special things to make for a new addition to the family, being treasured and passed down the generations. In our list of our favourites, we’ve included some traditional designs and some more modern takes on the classic shawl.

This Blanket and Shawl in Sirdar Snuggly DK has a simple and beautiful chevron lace design, with the zig-zag edge, it has a touch of modern style.

For something original and a bit different, this pattern knitted in 2ply and 3ply includes 2 designs. Choose from either the heart shawl or the paisley shawl.

This round shawl by Peter Pan is a traditional design, but with the main part of the shawl knitted in garter stitch, it is perfect for a less challenging project.

These 3 shawls by Sirdar are also a slightly less challenging make. Knitted in four sections, they are then sewn together before knitting the edging. This method also creates a really pretty effect.

We love the scallop stitch on this pretty knitted shawl by Peter Pan.

We wanted to include some crochet shawls on our list, and this pattern knitted in Peter Pan 4 ply is simple, but with the delicate lace border is a beautiful shawl. Also included in this pattern are the matching shoes, bonnet and cardigan.

Another crocheted shawl, this crochet square design creates a ‘granny square’ effect, whilst still incorporating the lacey feel of a traditional shawl.

Finishing our selection with a third crochet pattern, that includes 4 modern takes on a shawl. Choose from the wave pattern blanket, dotty blanket, block pattern blanket and diagonal pattern shawl.

If we’ve put you in the mood for making, have a look at our wonderful selection of baby projects on our blog post for ‘Royal Baby Knits’.

Bags for Life

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

There's no excuse for single use shopping bags. With our own pledge to reduce plastic waste by using only eco-friendly, plastic-free and recyclable packaging, we've gathered together some of our favourite re-usable bag patterns to try at home.

Not only do these bags for life make a nice little project, but they are pretty, practical and good for our beautiful planet. What's not to like?!

Who doesn’t love a granny square! They are super easy to crochet, but look so colourful and in this case, can be joined together to make an attractive and handy bag.

Another quick and easy crochet project is this beach bag. Crocheted in Super Chunky yarn, it can be made in a range of colour combinations.

A traditional style crochet bag, this market bag can be handily folded up and kept in your handbag ready at a moments notice.

We love this simple and stylish beach bag by Rico Design. Knitted in a cotton DK it is super durable and practical.

This bright and colourful striped shopper is so pretty! It’s also a great size for a trip into town.

A floral take on the classic string shopping bag, this crocheted style in Stylecraft Batik DK can be worked up in a beautiful selection of subtle shades.

With it’s wide strap and button fastening, this bag is lovely and comfortable for those long shopping days and is easily opened and closed.

For casual on-the-go style, this bag fits the bill! Crocheted in Rico Creative Cotton Aran, there’s a great range of shades to choose from.

For more inspiration that celebrates our lovely planet, have a read of our Chelsea Flower show blog post.

Chelsea Flower Show Inspired Patterns

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

The world-renowned Chelsea Flower Show begins on Tuesday 21st May for 5 wonderful days! In celebration of this quintessentially British event, we’ve found some of our loveliest patterns inspired by nature and all things floral.

The Royal Horticultural Society was founded in 1808 and the very first Chelsea Flower Show held at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, London was in 1913, an amazing 106 years ago!

Did you know that the Great Pavilion at RHS Chelsea is roughly 11,775 square metres, enough room to park 500 London buses?! The show is also attended by 157,000 visitors each year!

Of these visitors, includes members of the British Royal Family and this year, HRH The Duchess of Cambridge, has co-designed The RHS Back to Nature Garden, along with the award-winning landscape architects Andree Davies and Adam White. The garden is based in a woodland setting as a space for families and communities to come together and connect with nature.

The patterns we’ve found encapsulate our beautiful natural world, from floral cushions to knitted vegetables!

This super fun children’s jumper is as fun to knit as it is to wear! Knitted in the lovely King Cole Cottonsoft DK yarn.

Hours of fun can be had with these crocheted garden vegetables.

This sweet little ladybird pattern uses Stylecraft Special DK yarn and would make a lovely gift for any nature-loving child.

These knitted baby birds would make a lovely seasonal decoration, with a length of yarn attached to them in a loop, they can be hung up to add a touch of nature to your home.

Dress your garden up with this pretty summery polka dot and striped knitted bunting.

For a crochet version, this flowery bunting would look beautiful indoors or out.

This beautiful floral cushion is made by attaching the delicate crochet flowers to a plain cushion cover. Try different colour combinations with the Stylecraft Classique Cotton 4 Ply yarn, to suite your style

Add a splash of colour and sunshine to your home with this brilliant crochet sunflower cushion pad. Knitted in cotton DK yarn it’s soft, but durable.

Bring the outdoors in and display your blooms in these pretty crochet vases.

For ever-lasting blooms, why not make these sweet crochet daffodils and daisies. Create your own flowers by experimenting with different shades.

This flower brooch will bring a touch of nature to any outfit. They are also super easy and quick to knit!

We love this pretty floral top. Knitted in cooling cotton yarn and in a lovely shade of pastel yellow, with flower detail, it is the perfect top for those warm summer days.

If we’ve inspired you to get knitting, have a look at our ‘Make Your Own Mother’s Day Flowers’ blog post for more floral inspiration.

What's On Heather's Hook - Mandalas

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

The wonderful Heather from The Patchwork Heart, has been busy crocheting beautiful mandalas. She has used our Mandala Cushion Crochet Pattern; giving it a new twist with bright colours and different uses in the home. We love it!

In common use, 'mandala' is the term used for a chart, diagram or geometric pattern that represents the cosmos metaphysically. But mandalas can be found in Buddhist art from as early as the 14th and 15th centuries. A circular figure representing the universe, they are spiritual and ritual symbols in the Indian religions of Hinduism and Buddhism.

We think that crochet mandalas are also spiritual and good for the soul. With the joy that the different colours bring and the mix of crochet techniques to keep your mind focused, they are a great way of helping you relax and unwind.

Using a delicious mix of shades from the Stylecraft Classique Cotton DK range, including some of the new shades recently added, Heather has created a gorgeous palette.

The shades Heather has used work really well together, but mandalas are a great way of experimenting with colour. Try your own combinations and let your creative juices flow.

This is the first side of the cushion cover. Heather used different yarn to the pattern, but the size came out perfectly to fit an 18 inch cushion pad.

The finished cushion is beautiful! Heather used the same shades for both sides of the cushion, but in different colour orders to give this lovely and effective ‘mis-match’ look.

Heather has also been busy making a large mandala table centerpiece using the same pattern. So the mandala lays flat, she used some blocking magic. Pinning it out and then spraying with cold water, it was then left to dry for 24 hours. Children's foam play mats make great blocking boards. They interlock and can be stacked when out of use for easy storage.

The finished mandala is so pretty! It will look prefect on a summery dining table and will equally brighten up the dullest of days. As the table centerpiece and cushion cover are crocheted in cotton, they are super practical and durable. We love them!

For more inspiring ideas for the home, take a look at our Nautical Style to Knit & Crochet blog post, or check out Heather's Rose Bouquets. Happy hooking!