20% off Debbie Bliss Yarns

We’ve got another fab offer for you!  Get 20% off all full price Debbie Bliss yarns until Tuesday 31st March using the code DB2015 at the checkout.

So what will you use your 20% discount on?  Here are a few of our favourite picks:

Debbie Bliss Delphi

We love the bright, fresh shades of Debbie Bliss Delphi and this ocean blue sweater fits two of the key trends for the season; relaxed shapes and beautiful shades of blue.

Florence Top

Or why not try this top from the Conway Bliss design team in Debbie Bliss Juliet and Eco Baby?

Crochet Baby Blanket

If smaller projects are more your thing, why not try a bit of crochet with this super cute baby blanket, crocheted in Rialto 4ply?

Crocheted Mouse in Rialto 4plyAnd last but not least, this little mouse in Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply is just irresistible!

Don’t forget to enter the code DB2015 at the checkout to receive your discount!

Happy Knitting!

20% off Rowan Yarns!

We like to give our customers a little treat every now and then and this weekend we thought we’d give you 20% off all full price Rowan yarns until Tuesday 31st March!

Just enter the code ROW2015 at the checkout to receive your discount.

Hortensia in Rowan Summerlite 4plySo why not treat yourself to a new knitting project for spring?  There a plenty of gorgeous things to choose from in the new Spring/Summer ranges, such as this pretty tunic from Rowan’s Summerlite 4ply book.

Rowan Crochet Along

Or why not try a bit of crochet?  The Rowan Crochet Along has started this week and the patterns are free to download on the Rowan website (click the picture above to download the first set of patterns).  The project uses Rowan Summerlite 4ply and there are three colour schemes to choose from, which you can read more about in our blog post here.

Misaki in Rowan Cotton Lustre

If you fancy a cardi for summer, we love this design by Sarah Hatton from the Rowan Cotton Lustre book. We have this sample in our shop and it’s proved very popular thanks to it’s gorgeous drape and flattering lines. Cotton Lustre is a tape yarn which knits up into a beautifully smooth fabric with a wonderful drape and subtle sheen. It has lovely stitch definition too!

Nilgiri in Rowan Tetra CottonOur last (but not least) favourite pick is this top from the Rowan Tetra Cotton book.  Knitted sideways, it has an interesting texture thanks to the columns of slipped stitches running horizontally across the garment.  A DK weight cotton yarn with a surprisingly lightweight construction, Tetra Cotton is a lovely yarn for summer, knitting up relatively quickly, but producing garments without too much bulk.

So go on, treat yourself!  Don’t forget to use the code ROW2015 at the checkout to receive your discount.

Happy Knitting!

Interweave Crochet Spring 2015 is here!

Spring has sprung and it brings with it the latest issue of Interweave Crochet magazine!

Interweave Crochet Spring 2015Filled with intriguing techniques and beautiful projects, this latest issue of Interweave Crochet is a real treat.

Sapphire SweaterWe love this pretty summer sweater by Doris Chan, which would look just as good with your favourite jeans or a summer dress.  Why not try it in Sirdar Cotton DK?

Zen SweaterThe striped Zen Sweater by Natasha Robarge has caught our eye too, we love the subtle lace stripes and the pops of colour amongst the grey background!  We think it would crochet up beautifully in Debbie Bliss Rialto 4ply or Fyberspates Scrumptious 4ply.

Dogwood ScarfIf you fancy trying a new technique, why not have a go at the Dogwood Scarf by Suzann Thompson?  This scarf uses a crochet technique based on freeform crochet and Irish crochet, called crochet charm lace.  A fascinating and very detailed tutorial is included, allowing you not only to make the scarf exactly as pictured, but also giving you the knowledge needed to branch out and make a crochet charm lace project of your own design.

Really inspirational!  We can’t wait to try it out.  If you fancy making your own Dogwood scarf, Fyberspates Vivacious DK has some beautiful hand dyed colours similar to those shown, or you could try Debbie Bliss Rialto DK or even Juniper Moon Farm Moonshine.

You can find Interweave Crochet Spring 2015 on our website here.

Happy Crocheting!

New from Debbie Bliss: Eco Baby Prints

The latest fun new yarn from Debbie Bliss for babies and children is the gorgeously soft new Eco Baby Prints!

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Prints

There’s also a lovely new book to accompany the yarn:

Debbie Bliss Eco Baby Prints Book

Filled to the brim with super-cute patterns for babies and children, we’ve had trouble choosing our favourites from this book, but here are just a few:

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We love these tiny buttoned bootees!  They would make a lovely gift for a new and take just one ball.  The perfect opportunity to try out variegated yarn on a small scale.

DebbieBliss_EcoBaby_StripedDress_02_480x720_72_RGBThis little chevron patterned dress using Eco Baby Prints and Eco Baby is great for layering with colourful leggings, pretty but still perfect for running around in!

DebbieBliss_EcoBaby_ThreeColourSweater_03_480x720_72_RGBWe adore the elbow patches on this jumper, a little detail that makes this sweater bang up to date.

DebbieBliss_EcoBaby_PleatNeckTop_04_480x720_72_RGB…And last but certainly not least, this simple dress with pleated neckline is both pretty and practical.

Want to see all the designs in the book?  Check them out here!

Made from the same beautiful fairtrade organic cotton as Debbie’s popular Eco Baby yarn, Eco Baby Prints is available in ten fabulous variegated shades and knits to the same tension as Eco Baby and Baby Cashmerino, so you can also use patterns for those yarns too!

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Happy Knitting!

 

New Yarn: Debbie Bliss Delphi

Fancy a quick knit ready for summer?

Then Delphi, the new yarn from Debbie Bliss could be just the thing for you!

Debbie Bliss Delphi

A quick knit on 8mm needles, Delphi is a beautiful cotton tape yarn available in gently shifting tonal shades.

Debbie Bliss Delphi Book

The accompanying book, Delphi is full of stylish summer knits that will fit easily into your summer wardrobe.

Here are some of our favourites:

Debbie Bliss Delphi

This beautiful sweater uses slipped stitch colour work to great advantage, achieving a stunning effect using only one colour at a time!

Debbie Bliss Delphi

If you prefer knitting lace designs, how about this pretty leaf lace sweater?  We love the way that the leaf pattern creates gentle ripples of colour when knitted in a shaded yarn like Delphi.

Debbie Bliss Delphi

If you fancy something a little more simple, this stylish waterfall jacket is a chic option and would go with anything in your spring/summer wardrobe.

Debbie Bliss Delphi yarn can be found on our website here and the book can be found here. Want a closer look at the designs in the book (including more that we couldn’t feature here)?  Take a look at the pattern index!

Happy Knitting!

Coming soon: Rowan Crochet Along by Lisa Richardson

We’ve got some exciting news!

Following the success of their previous Knit Alongs with Martin Storey and Kaffe Fassett Rowan Yarns are holding their first Crochet Along, designed by Lisa Richardson.

Rowan Crochet Along Spring 2015

You can choose to make either a baby blanket, wrap, hexagonal cushion or scarf, so there is a project to suit all budgets.  The free patterns for the Crochet Along will be released each week from Wednesday 25th March (apart from a short break over Easter).  Full details of the dimensions of the finished projects and release dates for the patterns can be found on the Rowan website here.

To help you stock up for the Crochet Along, we’ve got 20% off all full price yarns at the moment!  Just enter the code ‘summerlite’ at the checkout :)

Rowan Summerlite 4ply

Just like the previous Knit Alongs there are several colour schemes to choose from for the Crochet Along from delicate pastels to vibrant brights and cool blues!

To help you choose, here are the colour schemes:

Pastel colourway:

Shades #418/Washed Linen, #419/Duck Egg, #421/Buttermilk and #420 Blushes.

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Vibrant colourway:

Shades #426/Pinched Pink, #422/Still Grey, #428/High Tide and #432/Aubergine.

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Blues colourway:

Shades #424/Periwinkle, #429/Navy Ink, #431/Pepper Pot and 418/Washed Linen.

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Want to get organised?  You can view the shopping list of requirements here and Rowan Summerlite 4ply is available to buy on our website here.

Happy crocheting!

Filigree by Marie Wallin

Filigree, Marie Wallin’s latest beautiful collection of designs has arrived and this time the collection focuses on light summery crochet pieces.

Filigree by Marie Wallin

Worked in new Rowan Summerlite 4ply, a beautiful matt cotton yarn, in shades of crisp white and elegant pale dove grey; Marie’s third collection as an independent designer is full of delicate designs perfect for summer layering.

Half of the designs are worked in just crochet, but the other half use a clever combination of knit and crochet stitches to create interesting effects.

Peony by Marie Wallin

The patterns feature ethereal lacy crochet stitches and the pale colour palette lets the stitches do the talking.  We love this pretty crocheted cardigan, just the thing to throw on when the Great British Summer (frequently) takes a cooler turn!

Anemone by Marie Wallin

Or how about mixing knitting and crochet?  This cute little top with a knitted body and crocheted sleeves really uses the different properties of knit and crochet fabrics to their best advantage.

Carnation by Marie Wallin

Our final favourite pick from the book is this lovely jacket made from square crochet motifs with knitted rib sleeves and collar, another great summer cover up, this would look just as great with jeans and a camisole or with a light summer dress.

You can find Marie’s latest book on our website here and take a look at the other designs in the collection here.

Happy Knitting and Crocheting!