Pompoms and baubles in Louisa Harding Luzia

Pompoms seem to have been everywhere recently, so although it’s summer, we’ve been thinking about the best way to make some!

We love those faux fur pompoms that are fashionable right now, so we thought we’d have a go at making some in a luxury fur yarn that we have in the shop; Louisa Harding Luzia, which knits up into an amazingly convincing fur effect fabric.

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We had a go at making a traditional pompom (above) using Luzia, but it tends to shed and moult fibres everywhere – not ideal!

So we decided to try a different approach and knit one!  We used a fab free bauble pattern by Veera Välimäki, which you can find on Ravelry here.  To give it structure we used 3mm needles, making a dense fabric that holds its shape.  Because of this, it doesn’t even need any filling!

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Perfect!

A fun little project and a lovely light bobble ideal for hats :)

Happy Knitting!

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Want some inspiration?  Here are some ideas for what you could do with the yarn:

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We love this sideways knitted sweater, it looks like it would be great fun to knit! You can find the pattern here.

This pretty little ballerina wrap cardi is an adorable knit for baby girls!  Best of all the pattern is free, just click the picture to download it :)

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Last but not least, this cardigan pattern for girls would look just as good with a summer dress or jeans. Knitted in wool rather then cotton, it could be worn all year round!  Find the pattern here.

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Happy Knitting!

Colour inspirations no. 4

Our fourth idea for altering colour schemes uses a pattern with a larger range of colours.

This stunning jumper from Rowan’s Summerlite 4ply book features a beautiful combination of lace and stranded colour work and uses five pretty shades of Rowan Summerlite 4ply.

The original colour scheme is on the right, but we’ve come up with a pretty new colour scheme for you using blues and purples!

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The key with choosing different colours for a design like this is to make sure that there is still enough contrast between the shades you choose for the design to show up well. In this case, we’ve kept the lighter shades (Washed Linen and Duck Egg) for the background colours and chosen darker shades (High Tide and Aubergine) for the bands of stranded colour work.

Happy Knitting!

Colour inspirations no. 3

Our next idea for your own personal colour combinations uses another Louisa Harding pattern, Flutterby.

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This striped sweater is ideal for trying out different colour schemes and the Louisa Harding Noema yarn it’s knitted in has a beautifully harmonious palette of shades which similar colours running though each of them, so it’s easy to find colours that will go together. There are so many possibilities! Clockwise from top: #15/Mojito, #11/Streamer, #12/Carnival, #17/Party, #20/Liquorice, #14/Samba.

Happy Knitting!

Colour inspirations no. 2

So here’s our second idea for you!

The super cute little Scallop Dress is from Louisa Harding’s Cassia book, and we think it is the perfect canvas to play with colour combinations!

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There are plenty of pretty shades of soft but practical Louisa Harding Cassia to choose from; why not try pretty pale pink with bright pink and cool blue accents or deep purple with lilac and lime green accents?

You need just 3 balls of the main colour for all sizes from 1 to 4 years and 4 balls for 4-5 years, and a ball of each of two contrast colours. Shades from left to right: #104/Powder, #115/Lipstick, #105 Glacier, #110/Purple, #107 Lilac and #108 Lime.

Happy Knitting!

Colour inspirations no. 1

Sometimes choosing a new colour scheme for a project can be tricky, where do you start?

So, we thought we’d give you a few ideas for alternative colour schemes for some of our patterns :)

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We love this saddle shoulder top in Debbie Bliss Juliet and Eco Baby, why not try (clockwise from bottom left) juicy fruit inspired shades (Juliet #15 with Eco Baby #42 or #41), fun spring colours (Juliet #14 with Eco Baby #12 or #06), or classic denim (Juliet #04 with Eco Baby #40 or #30)?

Happy Knitting!