Pattern Launch – Wrap Me Up Cardigan

Wrap Me Up Cardigan

I have to admit that I am very excited to be launching the Wrap Me Up Cardigan pattern, it has been years since I had the time to develop and design a larger garment, not to mention finding the time to write, test and tech edit such a huge project. And let me tell you – the Wrap Me Up Cardigan is humongous!

Wrap Me Up Cardigan

Basically it is the cardigan I always wanted for myself – one to cuddle up in on the sofa on a chilled evening with my knitting at hand, still so stylish you want to be seen about town wearing it. The Wrap Me Up is oversized, still the texture of the super-squishy brioche and the weight of the softest Alpaca gives it a drape that will hug your shapes making it super comfy and flattering to wear, like a big blankety embrace!

Wrap Me Up Cardigan

The yarn used is Hexa by Du Store Alpakka. This is a yarn that lies extra close to my heart, not only because it is absolutely gorgeous and super-soft, but also because by using it you are supporting local communities in Peru through the Mirasol Project. Peru’s heritage and culture of textile artistry is rich and ancient. The Du Store Alpakka yarns are made from the animals tended by these communities for generations in the Peruvian highlands. A portion of every purchase goes directly to the funding of a boarding centre and school in the remote area of Munani in the region of Puno.

Wrap Me Up Cardigan

Hexa is super-soft and thick, still as airy and lightweight as feathers. Almost like witchcraft, hence it’s name, however it is modern technology that has made this combination of thickness and light weight possible. The yarn is constructed from a single strand of twisted fibres that are knit into an I-cord tube. The finished yarn is, in fact, a knitted tube.

Wrap Me Up Cardigan

We are making the Wrap Me Up Cardigan pattern available at some time tomorrow Friday January 19th, as yarn kits – basically when you buy the yarn needed for the cardigan you will receive a printed copy of the pattern for free. The pattern will also be released as a single pattern Thursday February 1st.

What George Knits – Speedy Knits for Speedy Gifts

socks01Now that the madness of Christmas is over, I can reflect on one of my favourite Gift Knits this year. Socks! Not 4ply ones (I wasn’t that well prepared) but wonderfully quick and fun Double Knit ones.

This year me and my boyfriend spent Christmas at our friends house. Being grateful guests and because it was the season of giving, they all got presents. I’m sure I can speak for many knitters that we reach for our needles and cast on when it comes to present giving. Not only do we get the enjoyment out of making the thing, it is nice to give someone something unique and hand crafted.

Socks have become something of a revelation to me, I have only ever knitted one other pair before these. I would highly recommend anyone who hasn’t knitted a sock to give it a go, they aren’t that scary. My recommendations would be to start with a DK/Worsted pattern. Its quick, the needles are larger, everything is done with that little bit more ease. They also make great warm boot socks, or just lounging about at home on the sofa with a cup of tea socks. For these ones I used a great free pattern called Rye by Tin Can Knits. Another pattern I haven’t tried but looks fun is Bob, designed by Rachel Coopy for the release of her DK sock yarn, its also free, so you have no excuse! But do ask us when you are next in store for pattern advice, we can help with pattern support or provide 1 to 1 lessons to help get you started.

Next the yarn! I know some people find it hard choosing yarn to knit for other people, but I like to imagine their personality and go from there. Hence I have here a bright kooky pair and a more sophisticated classy pair to match our friends characters.

In terms of DK weight yarns suitable for socks, we have a bunch at Knit with attitude. A sock needs a bit of strength and also ideally needs to be easy to wash. Two great yarns I used were: CoopKnits Socks Yeah! DK which is a tough Superwash Merino and Nylon blend and comes in 10 shades. These little 50g balls are perfect for adding fun touches to the heel, toe and cuff. Another good yarn is Fyberspates Vivacious DK a super soft 100g Superwash Merino. We have just expanded our colour range of this yarn to include some fun new shades. I must admit I am tempted to knit another pair for myself in one of the new greens.

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This pair was knit with Fyberspates Vivacious DK in Sunshine for the main colour and the counter colour was Coop Knits Socks Yeah! DK in Anemoi.

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This pair was knit all in Coop Knits Socks Yeah! DK, using Dionysus for the main colour and Tartarus for the counter colour.

So what are you waiting for, cast on a sock! They make fun gifts. They are easy to transport and make great travel projects, I knit most of mine on the commute! They have interesting construction and shaping. The main thing is they are a lot easier than you might expect.