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December 2021

How To Knit: French Knitting & Pom Poms

By Rebecca 1 month ago

French Knitting YouTube Tutorial

Pom Pom Instructions

To make a pom pom you will need, a pom pom maker, some yarn and a small pair of scissors. The Pony Pom-Pom maker comes apart to allow you to make Pom-Poms in three different sizes.

Large – Using the blue rings

Medium – Using the red rings

Small – Using the yellow rings

When you have decided which size you would like to make, take the pom-pom maker apart and select the rings you need for the size you would like to make. The rings have one side with a ridge around the centre edge and one side with a ridge around the outside edge. Hold the two rings together with the sides with a ridge around the outside edge facing each other.

Take your first small ball of yarn, and holding the end to the pom pom maker with your thumb. Begin passing the ball of yarn through the centre of the pom pom maker and wrapping it around the circle. Continue all the way around your pom pom maker, starting a new small ball of yarn when necessary (you will not need to tie the ends together).The first layer of yarn can be tricky, ask an adult for help if you need to.

Continue adding layers of yarn until it is difficult to pass the small balls of yarn through the centre of the pom pom. The more yarn you add, the more full and fluffy your pom pom will look. Cut a short length of yarn and have this ready for the next step. If you’d like to hang your pom pom up, use a longer strand of yarn here.

Turn your pom pom maker sideways and ask an adult to help you cut through the yarn around the edge of the pom pom maker. Cut all the way around the outside…

Next, move the two circles apart until you can fit the short length of yarn between the two circles and around the centre of the pom pom. Tie a secure knot.

Now you can take the two circles off completely and your pom pom is complete! If your pom pom has any pieces of yarn sticking out, you can snip these off if you would like to. You can now hang your pom poms up as decorations, or string them together to make fun garlands!

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The Twixmas Throw

By Amy S 1 month ago

Twixmas; that lovely time between Christmas and New Year when you’re winding down after the busy Christmas build up, when time feels non-existent and you feel sleepy and content from too many Christmas treats. It’s the perfect time to indulge in a new project and we have something wonderful to fill those sleepy hours… our brilliant Twixmas Throw!

Add a quiet spot, a hot chocolate, and something lovely to listen to, and indulge in Twixmas and wind-down with your needles with this lovely new knitting kit.

Designed by Nicola Valiji in Emu Classic Chunky, this yarn creates beautiful stitch definition and has a lovely finish with a soft and cosy feel. Being a Chunky yarn, it also speeds up the making, so you can see the beautiful pattern grow quickly.

The Twixmas Throw uses a mix of pretty and bright colours, blended beautifully in the chevron design. The completed blanket measures approx. 86 x 115cm, perfect to cosy up in, to brighten up the back of a chair or just to add a bit of colourful happiness to your home.

This lovely knitted throw kit includes the 12 balls of Emu Classic Chunky yarn you need and a printed copy of the pattern. Find it here >> for only £19.99.

Happy Twixmas everyone! From all of us at The Knitting Network.

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Our Christmas Gift Guide

By Amy S 2 months ago

With Christmas fast approaching, crafters across the country will be springing into action to make beautiful handmade gifts for their loved ones, but what do you give the crafters in your life to show how much you love them? Well, we’ve done the hard work for you! We’ve put together some fantastic gift ideas which will be sure to put a smile on the face of every knitter and crocheter this Christmas.

We’ve found something for everyone; for the knitters, the crocheters, the beginners, the young budding crafters, and some great stocking fillers too!

For the knitters in your life...

The Whitstable Bay Blanket Kit is a wonderful knitted sample blanket using a mix of four different knitted stitches in a coastal colour palette. This gorgeous blanket has been Inspired by the seaside town of Whitstable on the north coast of Kent, known for its beautiful beaches, harbour and seafood!

The Whitstable Bay Blanket Colour Pack contains the 10 balls of Emu Classic DK yarn you need to complete the blanket and a printed copy of the pattern. All that’s needed are the 4mm circular knitting needles in either the 80cm or 100cm length.

This pretty knitting bag is made from 100% cotton fabric and features a zip up pocket on the front and double handles. It even has a handy eyelet for feeding through yarn. The bag is perfect for storing knitting projects, yarn and knitting needles up to 40cm long.

The West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4 Ply yarn is made from 75% Wool and 25% Nylon and is an ideal sock yarn! The wool content contains 35% luxurious Bluefaced Leicester making this one of the most sumptuous 4 Ply yarns. It’s available in a range of solid and mixed shades and 1 ball is enough to make a pair of adult socks! It’d make a perfect gift together with one of our lovely sock patterns that you can find here >>

For the crocheters...

The Winter Garden Blanket Kit is a gorgeous autumnal colourway of the original Sweetpea Blanket and has been designed by the wonderful Helen of Emkatcrochet.

The kit contains the printed pattern and all the Stylecraft Special DK yarn needed to make this stunning crochet blanket. It’s suitable for all abilities, as the pattern only requires 2 different crochet stitches. All that’s needed is a 5mm and a 4mm crochet hook. You can find our lovely selection of crochet hooks here >>

The Moroccan Dreams Blanket Kit was designed by the brilliant Tash Bentley for Woman's Weekly, with shades chosen by talented crochet designer Sue Rawlinson. Her colourway sends us straight to Morocco with its blue, beige and peach tones that are reminiscent of palace interiors adorned with intricate tiles.

The kit contains all the yarn needed to make the blanket and a printed copy of the pattern. The blanket is crocheted in squares which are then stitched together, so it makes for an excellent portable project that can be picked up in those spare few moments! All you need is the 4mm crochet hook. You can find our lovely selection of crochet hooks here >>

This lovely set of crochet hooks is perfect for any crocheter. Featuring colourful soft grip handles in sizes 2mm to 6mm they come in a handy zip case, with elasticated loops for each hook to keep them neat and tidy.

For beginners...

Learning to crochet is a rewarding experience that will provide you with a new skill that will stay with you for a lifetime. Each Emu Beginners Crochet Kit includes all of the yarn needed to make a scarf in Emu Classic DK in the pretty Dusky shade, a Pony Classic Crochet Hook in 4.0mm (UK 8 - US G/6) size, a printed copy of the Ladies Lace Striped Scarf Crochet pattern and a How To Knit & Crochet YouTube Tutorials Guide.

Our Emu Beginners Knitting Kit is perfect for anyone wishing to get started with knitting. Each of our kits include all of the yarn required to make a scarf in Emu Classic DK in the pretty Dusky shade, a pair of the Pony Classic Knitting Needles - 30cm in the 4.00mm size, a copy of the Women’s Jumper And Scarf Knitting Pattern (you will have enough yarn to make the scarf and a How To Knit & Crochet YouTube Tutorials Guide.

For the young budding crafter...

French knitting is a traditional way to teach children the basic principles of knitting. This charming wooden knitting doll has a fun design and creates a narrow tube of knitted fabric. You can make the knitting as long as needed and the finished result can be used for lots of crafty projects.

With our easy kits, we’ve provided everything you need for your children to start learning a new skill that will stay with them for a lifetime.

Our children's crochet starter kits include an Easy Grip crochet hook, Sirdar Happy Cotton Book 7 - Seasonal Bunting, all of the Sirdar Happy Cotton yarn required to create their very own celebratory bunting, plus a "I Love Crochet" sticker.

The Pony Children's Knitting Needles are the perfect way to introduce youngsters to the many delights of knitting. They are 18cm long and have been especially designed for small hands. All of the knitting needles have a smiling face on the end for a bit of extra fun.

King Cole Dollymix DK is 100% acrylic and comes in sweet 25g balls, that are ideal for toys and gifts and are perfect for little hands and little projects! It has a great range of shades, is versatile, hard wearing, and is excellent value for money.

Stocking fillers...

These stitch markers are designed to slip easily into stitches and securely marks the stitches without slipping out or snagging your work. There are a selection of sizes and the large markers fit needle sizes up to 10mm.

Making pom poms quick and easy! This set includes 2 pom pom makers, one making a 3.5cm pom pom and the other a 4.5cm pom pom. The finished pom poms are perfect for decorating garments, home accessories scarves, gloves and so much more!

These embroidery scissors have an elegant flower and scroll motif. They’re made from high quality steel and have a sharp and fine tip for precision cutting. They’re really handy for lots of projects and are presented in a paper sleeve making a perfect gift.

We hope we’ve given you some Christmassy inspiration for the crafters in your life and we wish you a very merry Christmas from all of us here at The Knitting Network! For more Christmas inspiration you can visit our wonderful Christmas Shop >>

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The Big Christmas Giveaway

By Amy 2 months ago

WIN £200 OF YARN! Christmas with The Knitting Network is here!

This year, to spread some festive joy, we're giving you the chance to win £200 worth of yarn. Plus, each day until Christmas Eve, you could win your order!

This incredible prize bundle contains some of our favourite new yarns, including Stylecraft Charm, a lace weight wool and mohair blend arrival with an amazing 1,084m on each 200g ball (plus, a free shawl pattern on the ball band!).

You'll also find three bundles of Emu to enjoy! The Original Bundle in Emu Classic DK, the Emu Classic Super Chunky Arctic Bundle and the Original Emu Classic Chunky Bundle.

Enter here for your chance to WIN (closes midnight tonight!) Plus, we're also giving you the chance to win your order every day until Christmas Eve! One order will be selected at random each day and we'll refund it in full - our Customer Care team will be in touch to let you know if you're a winner! Happy Christmas!

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