What is Aran Knitting?

aran knitting

Aran knitting patterns are heavily textured knitting patterns which are named after the Aran Islands, off the west coast of Ireland. The patterns are most commonly used in sweaters, traditionally knitted in an off-white colour, although nowadays are also used in many colours in socks, hats, scarves, mittens, afghans and even pillow covers. The stitches…

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Clearing it all up – Seed, Moss and Double Moss

british moss

I was making videos for the membership club the other day and just realised that the one I made for double moss was actually American moss, and not British double moss. Oops, that will need re-doing! Having had a look through Google and YouTube, there seems to be a lot of confusion about seed, moss…

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Ladies knitted beret, free pattern

knitted beret

Recently a customer asked if we could knit a beret for a friend of his who was joining the United Nations.  I created a pattern from our original beret pattern and adapted it so that you can use any double knitting wool.  It knits up really quickly using a double strand of yarn and large…

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Tips for Knitting Your Own Socks

knitted socks

As a knitter, at some point you might decide that you want to try your hand at knitting a pair of socks.  Because hand knit socks are like no others in their comfort and warmth, it is no wonder that today’s knitters are attempting to make socks in record numbers.  However, you will find knitters…

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Mini Christmas Stocking

mini xmas stocking

It’s that time of year again and I’ve started making some knitted mini christmas stockings to decorate the Christmas tree. I found this lovely pattern from the book below which I can highly recommend. To give the stockings a little more character, I added some chocolates in to the stocking as well as a small…

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Calculating yarn requirements

calculating swatch area

I’m one of those people that love re-creating garments from vintage patterns. Are you?  If you’re like me, one of the most anxiety inducing areas can be not having enough yarn to complete my project. So, before I start anything, I spend a little bit of time researching what modern day yarn I need to…

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Top Ten Tips for Lace Knitting

tree of life lace shawl

I undertook a challenging lace project, this beautiful lacy shawl. It took a long time to make and with the intricate lace patterns, I needed to be focused when working on it. Definitely not TV knitting! Knitting lacy patterns can produce some stunning garments, but it also has a few challenges – so here’s my…

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Colourful iPhone or mobile phone sock

phone sock

I recently got a new mobile phone to replace my trusty HTC which was pretty well worn after 3 years use.  It’s a Samsung smartphone so it has a touchscreen and because it was so new and shiny and smart, I thought I best get myself sorted for a cover to help protect the screen…

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Knit and Crochet for Charity

prem baby

Most knitters I know love helping charities with the skills they have. I know we do.  Mum and I often make items for charity so that everyone can benefit from the skills we have. It makes us feel good too, that other people and animals even, can get some joy from our products. There is…

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Knitted Teddy Bears

Teddy Bears are always a favourite. Recently I was given a copy of Val Pierce’s Book “Twenty to Make Knitted Bears All Dressed up.” These delightful little bears have a number of different outfits ranging from Bride and Groom and Ballerina to Strawbery Bear and Holly Christmas Bear. We have our own teddy bear patterns…

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