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July 2019

Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 3

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago

Welcome to the third instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). We’ve been blown away by the sheer loveliness of all your blanket WIPs! Your blankets are coming along beautifully, and we hope you’ve been enjoying the KAL so far! You can see some of your fellow knitter’s work from the last week here:

Our third instalment of our KAL is for the oh-so-vintage Window-pane Check Motif, reminding us of lovely old-fashioned tea towels. Knitted in soft vintage blue and cream shades, this clever motif uses a combination of knitting and crochet to create the check design.

This week you will need 2x Cream (1005) and 1x Cornish Blue (1841), as well as 1 pair of 3.75mm (No. 9) knitting needles, a size 3.00 crochet hook and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 3 here>>

To create the check pattern, you knit 2 horizontal stripes of blue by simply changing to the blue shade when the pattern asks. Just like the Polka-dot Motif, you will be cutting the blue at the end of each row, leaving a length of blue at the beginning and end of the row.

The vertical stripes are created in a clever way. Following the pattern, once you’ve finished knitting, you will have made two vertical inverted ribs. This is where the crochet hook comes in! Using your hook and the blue shade, and following the patterns instructions, you then crochet a chain row starting from the bottom and working up, using the inverted rib as a guide.

If you are new to crochet, we've made a simple helpful video to show you how to do the crochet chain, which you can view over on our Facebook group.

Here's a photograph that shows the back of the work:

And this is the finished result!

Please remember not to block your work until the KAL has finished. We will go through the blocking instructions in the final part.

If you’re new to the KAL you can get the handy colour pack for the Afternoon Tea Blanket for only £15.99. You can also read our previous blog posts and download each part of the pattern by following the links below:

Pre-launch >>

Part 1 >>

Part 2 >>

Remember, we have our lovely Facebook group ‘Knit Along with The Knitting Network’, which you can join to share your progress and help each other along with the KAL. Do also remember to use hashtag #afternoonteakal so we can see all your lovely photos!

Happy knitting everyone!

Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 2

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago


Welcome to the second instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). We loved seeing all your photos of the Polka-dot Motif from week 1, thank you all for sharing your progress! You can see a round-up of some of the motifs in progress here:

A quick note on blocking: Before we get started, you'll begin to notice there are variations in the sizes of the motifs for this mystery knit along. Please save your motifs to block in one batch at the end. This is quite normal for a project of this style. Motifs are blocked together to bring them all to the same size ready to lay out and join.

If you’re new to the KAL, get your handy colour pack for only £15.99.

For an introduction to the KAL, which gives you a sneak peek into what’s to come, take a look at our first blog post. You can also read more about the previous part and download part 1 here >>

Remember, we have our lovely Facebook group ‘Knit Along with The Knitting Network’, which you can join to share your progress and help each other along. Don't forget to use hashtag #afternoonteakal so we can see all your lovely photos!

Our second instalment of the knit along is for the scrumptious looking Stripe Motif, knitted in cream, pale pink and pale yellow to look like a delicious slice of the tea-time-classic Angel cake! This is a straight-forward design, simply changing from one colour to the next as the pattern guides you, cutting the yarn when you’ve finished with a shade and then joining on the next shade needed.

This week you will need 1x Cream (1005), 1x Blush (1833) and 1x Lemon (1020), as well as 1 pair of 3.75mm (No. 9) knitting needles and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 2 here>>

Very similar to the colour-work technique of last week, you will be simply joining a new shade where needed and then cutting it when you have finished with it, leaving a length of yarn at the start and end of each block of colour, that can be sewn in at the end. The only difference to last week is you’ll be using 3 colours instead of 2 and the number of rows you will use it shade for is different, but the principles are the same.

We have photographed the finished front and back of our Stripe Motif below (before blocking and sewing in ends) so you can see the finished result!

Please remember not to block your work until the KAL has finished. We will go through the blocking instructions in the final part.

Happy knitting everyone!

Prince George's 6th Birthday

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago

Photo credit: Reader's Digest

On 22nd July Prince George, third in line to the throne, will celebrate his 6th birthday. The birthday celebrations will be held at Kensington Palace and all his closest school friends are invited, as well as his younger sister Princess Charlotte and little brother Prince Louis.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have organised the day to include all of George’s favourite things: a bouncy castle, a magician and lots of pizza, pasta, cake and ice-cream! Sounds brilliant!

We are sure the little prince will look the part too, with his mum, the Duchess of Cambridge, always dressing him smartly and stylishly; often in smart-casual collared polo shirts and simple, classic knitted jumpers, paired with matching shorts, no matter the weather.

We’ve found some great patterns so you can dress your little ones in princely style.

This lovely pattern for matching father and son sweaters, features a smart cowl neck and simple round neck, both with a smart and classic cable design.

We love a bit of tradition in Britain and we love this traditional Guernsey-style jumper pattern. It also includes a hooded design, for a modern twist. Knitted in chunky yarn for keeping cosy.


Another great traditional Guernsey style sweater, this time knitted in lighter DK yarn. Sporting a smart V neck or round neck design.


Prince Louis was photographed in a very similar button-up sweater in photographs taken to celebrate his first birthday. This pattern can be knitted from age 0-6 months through to 6-7 years, so you could make matching sweaters for all your little prince and princesses!


George loves a collar and we love this lovely collared top! Knitted in luxuriously soft Sirdar Snuggly Cashmere Merino DK.


Another collared knit, this time a cardigan with cable arms and a hint of nautical style. A perfect piece for layering up but keeping stylish!


We’re ending with a classic plain round neck jumper, a favourite of George’s. Knit in a plain colour for perfect George style!


If you enjoyed our George special and fancied some more royal inspired makes, head over to our Princess Charlotte inspired patterns.


Knitting and crochet word search... just for fun!

By Steve Hollis 1 years ago

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