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June 2019

Wimbledon Tennis Season Makes

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

Wimbledon, as it is commonly known, is one of those signs that let’s us know that summer is here. The prestigious tennis tournament traditionally takes place over the course of two weeks in late June and early July. Usually beginning on the last Monday in June, it culminates with the Ladies' and Gentlemen's Singles Finals. Wimbledon 2019 starts on July 1 and goes through to July 14, so there's plenty of time still to plan your project.

Wimbledon is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and has been held at the All England Club in Wimbledon in London, since 1877. We all know that strawberries and cream are traditionally eaten at the tournament, but did you know that in 2017, fans consumed 34,000 kg of English strawberries and 10,000 litres of cream!

With all the wonderful Wimbledon vibes in mind, we’ve gathered together some of our favourite patterns.

It’s a known fact that you can’t watch Wimbledon without a cup of tea and some delicious strawberries and cream! Put on a delicious spread coupled with this pretty table runner, for a summer feast fit for Wimbledon

Add an extra splash of summer frill to the occasion with this pretty bunting crochet pattern. Hang up around the garden or dining room, to help you celebrate in style

We love this versatile crochet dress pattern from the 60’s. It can be made to whatever length you like. Stop short to make a pretty summer top; add a few more rounds to create a pretty, yet practical dress ready for the court; or keep on going to make an elegant and cool summer dress.

This timeless ladies sport top, with its contrast stripes and collar, is feminine and sporty. Pair with shorts for a practical summer outfit, or why not wear with some cooling culottes for a day on the tennis court.

Dating from the 60’s, this retro men’s sports top is both smart and functional. Knitted in cooling King Cole Cottonsoft DK, with a brilliant range of shades to choose from, it is perfect for the summer and oozies with sporty style.

Another great sporty garment to add to the wardrobe, this simple slipover pattern can be adapted to any colourway. Using Sirdar No.1 yarn, it can be washed easily at 40 degrees. Also included in the pattern is a smart waistcoat, knitted in Sirdar Harrap Tweed, giving this effortless textured effect.

We are all too familiar with the interruption of rain here in Britain! After all, Wimbledon had its retractable roof fitted over the centre court, especially for our traditional British summer. So, when the sun decides to hide away, these lovely vintage children’s jackets are just the ticket. Not only are they sweet, but they are super smart and can be paired with a summer outfit to add some classic style.

Don’t let rain stop play! This beautiful dress and matching cardigan are perfect for our English summers, when you’re never quite sure what weather the day will bring. We love the contrast colours, choose your own colourway from the lovely choice of shades in Peter Pan Merino Baby DK.

Summer and Wimbledon go together like strawberries and cream! This lovely summer dress pattern comes complete with a pretty beret, keeping your little ones protected from the summer sun.

Possibly the cutest babies set we’ve ever seen! And how much

more ‘Wimbledon’ can you get! An irresistible knit for the little loves in your life.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Wimbledon makes. If you enjoyed this, why not have a read of our Camping and Festival Projects to Knit and Crochet, so you’ll be all set for the summer.

Knit Our Beautiful Countryside

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

With the summer in full swing it’s also the season for the great county show. All over the country we celebrate our wonderful countryside, it’s rural traditions, life and crafts and the history of farming, through our county shows, through food, animals and other local produce.

The county show explores what each county has to offer, they are a window into the full and interesting history that makes each part so different from one another. From the folklore, Jurassic Coast and Cornish Pasties of the South West, to the original home of the Bramley apple, Melton Mowbray pork pies and Bakewell tarts of the East Midlands.

Our patterns continue this celebration and exploration of our countryside, from beautiful recreations of the landscapes surrounding us, to the sheep that give us our wool.

This is the first of 4 cushion cover designs by Wendy; knitted in DK, they celebrate the diverse landscapes of the British Isles. This one shows the peaceful rolling hills of the Yorkshire dales.

This picturesque coastal scene reminds us of the white cliffs of the south coast. The design on the reverse of the cushion is a pretty wave effect pattern, carrying on the coastal theme.

The purple heather, lone sheep and exposed rocks on this cushion design, takes us to the moors. This rugged yet enchanting landscape is found in the west of the country in Dartmoor and to the North on the North York Moors.

The last of the Wendy landscape designs, this last one pictures the amazing Limestone Pavement of Malham. This strange looking rock formation, resembling paving blocks, can also be found in other parts of the UK and Ireland. We love the subtle grey shades used to make up the scene.

The pattern and texture this knitted throw and cushion creates, is reminiscent of the traditional Scottish Tweed fabric. The shades encompass the shades of the Scottish landscape, with the purples of heather, the oranges of the lichen covered rocks and yellows of the sweet-smelling gorse.

The beautiful cable designs on these 2 throws, hark back to the traditional cable designs from the Aran Islands, off the coast of Ireland. The brown and beige shades remind us of woodlands and autumnal hues.

These super sweet sheep coasters are easy knits. Knitted in King Cole Merino Blend DK, the shades used reflect the colour variety of fleeces of the different breeds of sheep.

Where would we be without sheep?! We’d certainly struggle as knitters and crocheters! We love the loopy stitches used to create the fluffy fleece on this lovely Blackface sheep.

For those who crochet, here’s a cute crochet sheep, using another fun loopy stitch.

The sheep dog is not only a sheep farmers best friend, but a loyal and hard-working colleague! Knit your very own with this lovely pattern, including a sheep and a lamb.

For more project inspiration, take a look at our Chelsea Flower Show Inspired Patterns.

Crochet Your Own Unicorn Bunting

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

Follow our free pattern to crochet your own unicorn bunting in bright rainbow colours.

Camping and Festival Projects to Knit and Crochet

By Amy Sosbe 3 years ago

Camping and festival season is upon us and we’ve got you covered come rain or shine! We’ve put together a great selection of our patterns, from wellington boot toppers, for the inevitable rain, to floral headbands!

Being British and going camping go together like strawberry’s and cream! Even with our changeable weather, we can’t resist getting back to nature and spending time in the great outdoors, making the most of our beautiful country.

Our patterns will not only brighten up the rainiest of days, but you can dream of your time away as you make them! What could be better!

Who minds a bit of rain when it gives you an excuse to wear these beautiful welly toppers!

You can’t have enough welly toppers! This pattern also includes a handy headband and wrist warmers.

For those windier and cooler days, this knitted plaited headband knitted in Chunky yarn, will keep you cosy.

This simple crochet headband has a wonderful flower detail, made with cute buttons. Choose from our lovely selection of buttons, to add a bit of originality

For a bit of summery flare, this flower headband is just the ticket. It’s also a great stash buster!

For when the sun comes out, dress up your flip flops with these pretty lace flip flop trims.

Another pretty pattern for adding a splash of colour. The variegated yarn gives them a bright and summery look.

Dress up your tent with this sweet little bunting pattern. Super easy and quick to knit, but it’ll add an abundance of festival style!

A great pattern for all your festival and camping needs! Complete with flower garland, blanket and cushion pattern.

We’re ending our selection with this wonderful rainbow bunting. A brilliant project for using up left-over yarn and the tassels make it extra fun!

For more summery style take a look at our Bags for Life blog post. They'll also come in brilliantly useful for times away.