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July 2020

Charity of the Month - Hospice UK

By Vanessa 2 months ago

We’re delighted to be supporting Hospice UK as our charity of the month throughout August! During the month, you can round up your orders to the nearest £ at the checkout and all money raised will be donated to Hospice UK, a registered charity in England and Wales No. 1014851 & in Scotland SC041112. We’ll also be matching donations so whatever you donate, we’ll donate the same amount, therefore doubling the total amount raised for the charity.

Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice and palliative care. They work to ensure all adults and children living with a terminal or life-limiting illness receive the care and support they need, when they need it.

Hospices have been on the frontline of the battle with COVID-19, continuing to care for vulnerable people whilst also easing the burden on the NHS.

”The COVID-19 crisis forced Hospice UK to innovate rapidly to help people at the end of their lives to get the care they need at this tough time”, Sarah West, Director of Communications and Campaigns.

This crisis has highlighted the importance of expert hospice and palliative care. Now that we’ve made it through the initial emergency, we must focus on supporting the sustainability of the hospice sector past this crisis.

We need to make sure that we continue this momentum to improve end of life care for people across the UK. With your support, Hospice UK will continue to strive for that. Hospice care transforms lives. It is there for us through life, through death and through grief. Every year in the UK, hospices provide vital care to 225,000 people with terminal or life-limiting illnesses, as well as providing support for many of their loved ones. From managing someone's pain, to looking after their emotional, spiritual and social needs, hospice care supports the whole person, helping them to live their life to the full.

Little Green Hearts for Childline - NSPCC

Throughout July we helped to support the NSPCC and raised an incredible £1,487 thanks to your checkout donations. Thank you so much to everyone who donated!

The NSPCC launched their Still Here for Children appeal in response to COVID-19. This has enabled the charity to continue vital services like Childline so they can be there for young people that desperately need someone to talk to, especially when home isn’t a safe place.

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Knit the ‘Folklore’ Look: Taylor Swift Inspired Cable Aran Knits

By Vanessa 2 months ago

Last week Taylor Swift announced the surprise release of her eighth studio album, Folklore, and it’s not just the music that fans are talking about! The style she chose for her Folklore photoshoot includes a stylish Aran sweater for the album cover and a cream cable knit cardigan for the song ‘Cardigan’ on the album, which has got everyone excited about the next big trend in knits! Why not knit your own Taylor Swift inspired ‘Folklore’ look? We have put together some Taylor-inspired patterns from cable knitted cardigans to Aran sweaters with some accessories to match.

Taylor Swift Folklore Cardigan

Image Credit: StyleCaster

Aran Sweaters:

Our first pattern is an Aran sweater with the option of patterned or plain sleeves knitted in Stylecraft Life Aran. This cosy design has an incredible resemblance to Taylor’s own sweater in ‘Folklore’.

Stylecraft Life Aran Sweater

Perfect for matching sweaters for yourself and a loved one, this pattern has two variations on this unisex sweater knitted in Hayfield Bonus Aran.

Unisex Hayfield Bonus Aran Sweaters

This design features a Round Neck Sweater and Cowl Neck Sweater knitted using Bonus Aran Tweed with colourful shades available.

Ladies Sweater in Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed

Featuring a Sweater, Cardigan and Headband knitted in Fashion Aran, these patterns are perfect to pair with jeans.

Sweater, Cardigan and Headband in King Cole Fashion Aran

This beautiful knitted sweater in Special Aran in the shade graphite is an ideal trendy pattern to compliment any look and is perfect to wear for a long nature walk.

Sweater in Stylecraft Special Aran

These patterns have ‘folklore’ written all over them with their loose-fitting sleeves. The Crew Neck and Bardot Neck Sweaters are knitted using Stylecraft Monet and Jeanie.

Sweater in Stylecraft Monet

Sweater in Stylecraft Jeanie Denim Look

Cardigans:

With the release of the song ‘Cardigan’ on the new album, Taylor has released her own Folklore cardigan. Knit your own inspired cardigan with hat and mittens in Special Aran with Wool, to match!

“And when I felt like I was an old cardigan, under someone’s bed. You put me on and said I was your favourite…” (Cardigan, Taylor Swift).

Cardigan, Hat and Mitts in Stylecraft Special Aran With Wool

Available to knit in bold shades, these V Neck and Collared Cardigans are perfect for wrapping up warm on those chilly days. The patterns use King Cole Chunky Tweed.

Cardigans in King Cole Chunky Tweed

This knitting pattern features two variations on this cabled cardigan knitted in Bonus Aran Tweed, an option with and without a collar.

Cardigans in Hayfield Bonus Aran Tweed

This deep V-neck collar cardigan is a lovely plain stocking stitch knit with rib detailing around the neck and pockets.

Vintage A Line Cardigan Knitting Pattern

Browse our full collection of cardigan patterns here and sweater patterns here.

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Inspired by Janie Crow’s Trips to India: Scheepjes Royal Garden Blankets Are Now in Stock!

By Vanessa 2 months ago

It’s crochet heaven! We’re delighted to introduce you to two BRAND NEW Scheepjes kits for the Royal Garden Blanket designed and created by the well-known Jane Crowfoot, also known by her designer name Janie Crow. There are two kits to choose from which were created in Scheepjes Colour Crafter or Stone Washed & River Washed yarn, so that every crafter can crochet their very own Royal Garden Blanket measuring approx 162x162cm.

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Little Green Hearts for Childline

By Amy 3 months ago

Throughout July, The Knitting Network is raising money for the NSPCC’s Childline service through checkout donations when you purchase anything on the site. Along with Woman’s Weekly magazine, they’re also giving away two free heart patterns so you can knit or crochet your own Little Green Hearts to help raise awareness of the vital work the NSPCC are doing.

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