Love your yarn shop

Here at Knit with attitude we’re proud to be joining the National ‘Love your yarn shop’ campain, and we can’t wait to welcome you all to Yarn Shop Day May 3rd, a day of celebrating all things woolly!!!

The campaign is initiated by leading UK publication Let’s Knit, editor Sarah Neil says:
“Love Your Yarn Shop is designed to remind consumers of the value of their local wool store. With the growth of the internet we have far more shopping opportunities than ever before, but when it comes to knitting there’s no substitute for seeing and touching the yarn, and for having the advice of experienced knitters on hand. Yarn shops provide all this and more; they are sources of great inspiration and often a community hub. It’s been a tough time for the high street recently so we’re encouraging consumers to support these shops and enjoy all that they have to offer.”

What is ‘Yarn Shop Day’?
Yarn Shop Day is a day for showing your yarn shop some love, but it is also an opportunity for the yarn shops to show how much this love is appreciated. At Knit with attitude we are setting up free drop-in arm knitting workshops throughout the day, we are offering a 10% discount both online and in store, AND our knitting and crochet experts are all ready to tackle any yarn emergency on the day.
Hope to see you all there!

Yarn Shop Day

Spring Flower Crochet Pattern

Spring is definitely in the air, and over at Knit with attitude we’ve been busy crocheting flowers for our Easter window display. I’m not quite sure what it is, but certain universal motifs like flowers, hearts and stars put a smile on most people’s faces. Surrounded by colourful flowers, we’ve sure had a few happy days at work. Those of you who follow my Instagram probably noticed, as I flooded my stream with pictures like these.

Easter Crochet Flowers

Crochet flowers are such versatile motifs, you can practically use them for anything whether you sew them up as a blanket, a scarf, a summer top or just use them as they are on their own as embellishments. Or, you can do what we did, make an egg!

Paper Mache Egg in the making

Egg in the window

By the way, the picture above of the finished egg is by Sanna King, who probably did half of these flowers helping me getting the egg ready for Easter, her Instagram is definitely worth a follow.

For the egg we made flowers in three different sizes using Debbie Bliss Eco Baby. Please note that these patterns use UK English terms, I’ve made a UK/US/Norwegian conversion chart you can use as reference.

Flowers

Small flowers in two colours

Rnd 1: Make magic ring, 8 dc in ring, join with sl st in first dc.
Rnd 2: ch 1, *dc in next stitch, ch 6, dc in same stitch, dc in next dc* repeat from* to * 3 times, omitting last 1 dc into next stitch, join with a sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: *Work 10 htr into first ch loop, dc in next dc* repeat from * to * join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach contrast colour yarn to any dc between two petals. *Work 5 dc up one side of the petal, ch 1, work 5 dc down the other side of the petal, work 1 dc covering previous dcs between petals inserting the hook at bottom of dc from rnd 2* repeat from * to * 3 times. Join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Medium flowers in three colours

In first colour, Ch 6, sl st into 1st ch to form a ring.
Rnd 1: Ch 1, work 12 dc into ring, join with a sl st into 1st dc. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 2: Join a new colour into any dc, ch 1, work 1 dc into the same stitch, *work 1 dc into the next stitch, ch 8, 1 dc into the same stitch, work 1 dc into the next stitch, ch 1, 1 dc into the next stitch* repeat from * to * 3 times, omitting last 1 dc into the next stitch and join with a sl st into the first ch.
Rnd 3: *Work 16 tr into the ch loop, sl st into the 1-ch space of the previous round* repeat from * to * 3 times, join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.
Rnd 4: Attach third colour yarn to any dc between two petals.
*Work 8 dc up one side of the petal, ch 2, work 8 dc down the other side of the petal, work 1 dc into ch 1 space of round two* repeat from * to * 3 times, join with a sl st to end. Cut yarn and fasten off.

Flowers

The large flowers we made are the Hawaiian Flowers by Sarah London. Please visit her lovely blog, and if you fancy some Easter crochet she just released the cutest bunny pattern ever!

Happy Easter!

Window Egg

Win your money back!

Easter Raffle
As a special treat to all my lovely customers I have decided to run an Easter Raffle.
Place your order between Sunday April 4th and Sunday April 20th and you can be the one to win your purchase for FREE! Not only that but a second winner will get 50% of their purchase refunded. I’ll make the draw and announce the winners Wednesday April 23rd.

Inspiring Knits

Entering a yarn shop, approaching those walls covered in woolly loveliness, sometimes it can be hard to visually imagine how a yarn will look like knitted up as a garment. You are just so completely surrounded by colour it can be hard to mentally distinguish between them. I find it particularly difficult to choose multicoloured yarns, although they look pretty neatly rolled up in balls, I hardly ever dare to buy them because I’m just too unsure about how the final result will look like. I believe this is why most of us feel more comfortable approaching those shelves with a particular pattern in mind. However a few, very dedicated, knitters I know enter the yarn shop in a different manner.

One of my regulars, and I have to say a very skilled knitter, comes in to browse the shelves to see what grabs her attention. She will pick up a ball that strikes her and study it closer. It might sound weird but it is like if she lets the yarn ‘speak’ to her, and you can see she is quickly brainstorming alternative uses for the yarn. She will normally leave with that one ball of yarn, and take it home to experiment. A few days later she’ll be back with a certain project in mind.

Red Jumper

This early spring she knitted two jumpers in two completely different yarn qualities, yet they are both so very much ‘her’. She kindly agreed to let me take some pictures to show you all. I think it is pretty amazing how the designs of her garments perfectly compliment the yarns that she originally picked up. To give us some insight into how she approached and created her jumpers, she also generously gave us a brief description of her knitting process. I don’t know about you, but I find these notes incredible fascinating. Now that I’ve seen these beautiful results of her work, I feel inspired to widen my own comfort zone and maybe allow myself to choose yarns for future projects in a more immediate and playful manner. And maybe, so will you.

Black & White Jumper

Jumper 1 in Pure MILK Fiber by Viking of Norway
The black and white first: it is an adapation of Kim Hargreaves’s pattern ‘Paloma’ from her collection of designs ‘Whisper’. For a softer drape I have knitted it in the round and I have cast on the body in a cream-coloured milk yarn that I had left from a past project as I didn’t have the thinner size needle I would have needed for the bottom bit. Originally, I wanted to use the preliminary cast on to be able to knit the bottom bit downwards once I had bought the thinner needles but then I found that the cream line actually accentuates the bottom of the garment very nicely, and so I left it as it was.

Black & White Jumper

Another way in which my top differs from its inspiration is that I shaped the shoulder by short-row-wrapping and then joined the shoulder seams by crocheting the live stitches together, for a very neat and firm seam. Lastly, I picked up stitches for the sleeves at the arm holes – as the top is so wide that the armholes are reaching onto the ‘arm’ and therefore no sleeve cap shaping was needed, but I could just diminish the width of the sleeve as I went downwards, in increasing intervals. Finally, I sewed the lower edge of the sleeves together – and before I did so, I went through the row of picked-up stitches at the armhole edge and tightened them backwards so the first row looks now nice and tight.

Red Jumper

Jumper 2 in Eco-Baby by Debbie Bliss
The red sweater (which turned out a tee): I wanted to use that yarn because the colour hooked me. The pattern is my own idea and I did it because I liked the geometric, open fabric pattern of the black and white sweater, and wanted to continue to experiment with open fabric, but in a geometric way, not going into floral laces. I thought about ways to create an open fabric with vertical stripes. First I thought about going across, so that I would knit horizontal wrap stitches and they would appear vertically in the finished top. But I had seen ladder stitch in a store bought garment recently and I liked the straight lines as opposed to the zig zag lines in the wrap stitch I had just used for the other top.

red1

I again knitted the body in the round, but this time I decided to take the short-row-wrapping a step further and shaped not only the shoulders but also the neckline that way, finishing it off with 3 rows in single rib. To finish off the piece I picked up stitches around the armhole and knitted 6 rows in single rib, as 3 rows looked too narrow