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August 2019

New Stylecraft Sunstar CAL

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago

There’s a new and exciting Crochet Along (CAL) being released by Stylecraft next week and we’re delighted to share the details with you!

The CAL will be released in 7 parts over 3 months, starting on the 3rd September. The patterns will be available to download for free from the Stylecraft website, at www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk. The gorgeous Sunstar Blanket pattern has been designed by Jo Smith and is available in three beautiful and distinctive colourways - My Sun and Stars, My Vintage and My Country Garden.

Jo Smith explains how the design ‘‘…started with a sun in the sky, the triangles were added as an experiment and I liked them so then it just needed to be softened by adding circles which looked to me like planets. Therefore it became a sun in the middle with planets around. My imagination saw the sun in the night sky.”

The first and original colourway design by Jo Smith is My Sun and Stars. It includes rich jewel shades of pinks, purples and blues and is knitted using Stylecraft Batik DK and Stylecraft Life DK. This colourway reflects the design quite literally, with the yellows and reds for the sun, surrounded by a light blue sky and then again by a darker and deeper sky, suggesting space. The darker blue is then repeated around the edge of the blanket, with purple, blue, red and yellow ‘planets’ set into it.



The colours for My Vintage were also chosen by Jo Smith and were inspired this time by vintage rugs and tiles reminiscent of Eastern designs, their colours washed and faded over time. The colour palette is a mix of subtle yellows and greens combined with rich tones of red and deep purples. This colourway is knitted in Stylecraft Batik DK, Stylecraft Batik Elements and Stylecraft Life DK.



The My Country Garden colourway has been chosen by blogger Heather from The Patchwork Heart and is a pretty palette of blue and purple tones, using the Stylecraft Special DK range. Heather explains how the palette was inspired by her dream of living in a cottage and growing her own flowers to fill her home with. She explains how “…Picking shades for a colour recipe which evoked this dream, gave me weeks of pleasure, as I hooked these pretty shades together. It is my hope that you too will have a wonderful adventure as you work with the Country Garden colour recipe.”



Get your pack from only £23.49 >>

My Sun and Stars

My Vintage

My Country Garden

To join in with the CAL simply pick up your colour pack in your favourite colourway and download the free patterns from the Stylecraft website www.stylecraft-yarns.co.uk, starting from the 3rd September. You can also share your progress on our Facebook page Crochet Along with The Knitting Network, as well as on the Official Stylecraft Yarns CAL group, where you can also keep up to date with all the news about the CAL.

Happy hooking!

Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 5

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago


Welcome to the final instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). With only 1 more piece left of the Knit Along puzzle, we’re so excited to share the last part with you!

Thank you so much to everyone who’s been sharing their progress with us! It’s been wonderful seeing everyone’s work. Here's a round up of last week's motif:


For the final part of our KAL we’re introducing the ever-so-pretty Rose Motif. The beautiful rose is often the star of the garden, with its delicate petals, stunning hues and unforgettable scent. Our Rose Motif is just as stunning as the real thing and is knitted in pretty pink and green tones on a background of subtle cream.

We definitely think we’ve saved the best until last! Although the rose motif is a slightly more challenging use of colourwork, it is most definitely worth the extra effort and with all your experience from the previous 4 weeks, we think you’re ready for the challenge!

This week you will need Cream (1005), Blush (1833), Pomegranate (1083), Cypress (1824) and Lincoln (1834). You will also need 1 pair of 3¾mm (No. 9) knitting needles and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 5 here>>

To create the beautiful rose you will be working from a colour chart, reading the chart from right to left for the right-side rows (knit rows) and from left to right for the wrong-side rows (purl rows).

You will need to follow the instructions and use the intarsia method, using small balls of colour for each flower. If using the fairisle technique, whereby you strand yarn across the whole square, you would need to complete a tension square and increase the size of needles used.

To make things a little easier to follow, like previous weeks, we've photographed the back and the front of the rose motif.




Making up

As well as the instructions on the pattern, you can also refer to the layout image below for making up your blanket (this is also on the PDF pattern). If you fancy being creative you can have a play around with the layout. Simply print out the image below, cut around the motifs and arrange them in the way you’d like.



Border

To do the border on your blanket you will be using double crochet stitches (this is the UK terminology, in the US double crochet is referred to as single crochet) and working all the way around the edge of the blanket. The full instructions are written in the PDF pattern, but to make things easier we've given you a link below to a really helpful video that shows you how to add a double crochet border to knitted work.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_06gqkDpR0


Blocking

We asked you to save the blocking of all your knitting until now. Once you have decided on your layout, stitched your motifs together and completed the border you can then use the wet block method to block out your finished blanket.

And there you have it, the final part! once your blanket is finished, it's ready to be enjoyed even more!

If you’re new to the KAL it’s not too late! You can still get the handy colour pack for the Afternoon Tea Blanket for only £15.99. You can read the introduction to the KAL and read more about the previous 4 weeks, as well as download the previous 4 parts by clicking the links below:

Pre-launch >>

Part 1 >>

Part 2 >>

Part 3 >>

Part 4 >>

Remember, we still 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 #afternoonteablanketkal so we can see all your lovely photos.

Happy knitting everyone!

The Late Summer Sunsets Blanket

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago


With the exciting launch of Go-To DK, a new yarn range stocked exclusively here at The Knitting Network, we’ve teamed up with some of our favourite crafters and bloggers to create some beautiful new patterns for you!

Celebrating the excellent colour range and quality of Go-To DK, we’ve got some tantalising and super fun projects that we’ll be revealing over the next few months. We’re starting off with the wonderful Eleonora Tully, from the Coastal Crochet blog and designer of the wonderful and ever popular Changing Tides and Seaside Stash Busting blankets. She’s created the loveliest blanket using Go-To DK, inspired by the sea and has called it the ‘Late Summer Sunsets Blanket’. We love the name and love the blanket even more!

To find out a little bit more about Eleonora and the inspiration behind the blanket, we had a little chat with her, which you can read below. Here's a stunning photograph of the finished blanket taken by Eleonora on the beach at her home on the south east coast, with the beautiful setting sun behind.



What inspired the design of the blanket?

Living by the sea on the south coast of England, I am so often inspired by coastal colours and the sunsets are no exception! From early spring and through the summer months the sun sets over the land to the west of where we live. Then from September, through winter and into early spring we enjoy sunsets over the sea. Having those stunning sea sunsets is one of the things which helps ease us into autumn and winter after those summer months! So the name 'Late Summer Sunsets' sprang to mind - to celebrate those evenings in late summer when the sun finally sets over the sea once more! And when I had a wide range of colours to try from the new yarn Go-To DK, I was drawn to those sunsets colours and the stitches in this blanket reflect those sea sun sets!


Where is your favourite place to craft?

One of the things I love most about crochet is that it’s so portable and it’s something I can take with me and do anywhere. And my hooks and yarn really do come everywhere with me! Adding a few rows or rounds to a crochet project when I’m away from home adds something special with memories of places entwined with those stitches.


What is your favourite season?

I’m a lover of all seasons! I love the transition between them and how unique they each are. The cold winters and dark evenings make me really appreciate those long summer evenings but I also love the thought of cold winter walks and then coming home to cosy up with a hot chocolate and snuggle under a crocheted blanket! I’ve really appreciated the colours of autumn in recent years and as I’ve mentioned, we’re treated to those amazing sunsets over the sea. But if I had to choose one, then maybe spring... when nature springs to life and the flowers cling to our local cliff tops. That’s exceptionally beautiful!


What did you like most about Go-To DK?

It was a pleasure to crochet with and the range of colours really helped to inspire the ‘Late Summer Sunsets’ design. I love that it’s so hard wearing and crocheting a blanket with it means it will survive all the usage a crocheted blanket enjoys!


We hope you love the blanket as much as we do, and we look forward to revealing more projects very soon! Eleonora has written a wonderful blog post all about the blanket and shared a few more pictures here.


You can buy the Late Summer Sunsets Blanket Pack for only £15.99 and if you’d like to buy Go-To DK separately, you can find all the different shades here.

Afternoon Tea Blanket KAL Part 4

By Amy Sosbe 1 years ago

Welcome to the fourth instalment of our wonderful Afternoon Tea Blanket Knit Along (KAL). We have been really enjoying seeing all your blankets take shape, and with only 2 more parts to go the final look and feel of the blanket is starting to come together! Very exciting! Every week we’ve been gathering together your photographs of the current weeks square. Here's a round-up of photographs of your fellow knitter’s progress from the last week.

Our fourth instalment of our KAL is for the lovely Gingham Motif, we’ve chosen a pretty soft green, a contrasting darker green along with a cream shade to make the Gingham pattern, reminding us of vintage checked tablecloths. The pattern creates a beautiful thick and textured effect, adding to the lovely design.

This week you will need 1x Lincoln (1834), 1x Cypress (1824) and 1x Cream (1005), as well as 1 pair of 4mm (No. 8) knitting needles and a knitter’s needle for sewing up.

Download the PDF for Part 4 here>>

This pattern introduces slipping stitches, which simply means to pass stitches from your left needle to your right needle without working into them. There are more rows and stitches to this square because the pattern uses these slipped stitches.This technique cleverly replicates gingham fabric and creates a tactile finished square.

You will be using 3 different shades of yarn, but unlike previous weeks, do not cut the yarn when changing to a new shade. Instead leave yarn at side of work ready to use when needed next and twist yarns at end of every row.

Take care not to pull yarn floats too tightly when working the 'slipped stitch' pattern, as this will affect your tension. You will also be slipping all stitches purlwise and casting off purlwise.

We’ve photographed the back of the finished piece so you can see how you will be crossing the shades over. Please don’t worry, it looks much more complicated than it is!


And here is the finished front!

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 >>

Part 3 >>

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 #afternoonteablanketkal so we can see all your lovely photos!

Happy knitting everyone!