Tuesday, 11 February 2020

Cable knits are a big screen hit

In recent weeks we have seen lots of people talking about cable knit men’s sweaters thanks to one having a starring role in recent movie Knives Out.

Chris Evans has been pictured widely wearing this lovely (if ripped) sweater, leading to lots of people discussing how difficult it would be to make something similar.
Then more recently there has been much love for Patrick Stewart’s sweater in TV series Picard.

As result men’s cable jumpers are going on lots of people’s “to make” lists.

Some knitters are a little nervous about starting a cable project for the first time but if you take your time there is no magic to this technique just a matter of paying attention.

What you need to understand for each cable is the following:

  • How many stitches are you sliding on to your cable needle?
  • Should you hold your cable needle to the front or the back? If you hold it to the front, the cable will slope to the left, behind and they slope to the right.
  • How many stitches to work before the stitches on the cable needle?
  • Do you knit or purl the stitches on the cable needle?

If you understand this for any cable instruction, and think it through in that order you should not have any problems. In the picture, three stitches on the cable needle are held to the back, three stitches are knitted and then the three from the cable needle.

We’ve picked out a couple of cable jumper patterns we thought you might enjoy.

This one from Wendy (left) has classic cables but a modern look. If you aren’t ready to do all over cables, a sweater like ToThe Sea from Drops Design with one large feature cable is a good option.
Or you could choose something like Ben by Norah Gaughan which has lots of the same simple cable.
Whatever you choose, we wish you happy cabling.

Wednesday, 22 January 2020

Colour of the Year 2020

Our fabulous blue 4mm zing knitting needles are really on trend this year because the colour experts at Pantone have chosen “Classic Blue” to be the 2020 colour of the year.

The colour of the year is intended to represent the mood of the times as well as predict what we are likely to see in design in the coming year.  

This year's choice is likely to be a popular one for knitters and crocheters because it is an easy shade to find in a range of yarns.

It is also a colour that works with a wide range of other shades, so it is good for colourwork and stripes.

Here are our favourite contrast and complementary colours from the Pantone suggestions.

What is your favourite combination here? 

What would you make in Classic Blue?

We’d love to hear about your ideas.

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

New year knitting resolutions

So are you planning any new year resolutions? 

As well as going vegan for a week a month, signing up for a marathon or committing to a fundraising campaign, why not put a couple of knitting and crochet resolutions on your list.

These could combine achieving a yarnie ambition with the virtue of being a resolution you will enjoy carrying out.

To get you started here are some the KnitPro team have come up with in previous years.

  • Try a new stitch pattern every month
  • Learn a new technique – lace, brioche, socks on double-pointed needles, or C2C crochet for example. 
  •  Go cold sheep and swear off buying yarn for between a month and a year. This needs a second resolution alongside it: to sort out your stash so you can plan to craft without buying more yarn. 
  •  Finish (or rip out) all your unfinished projects. 
  •  Try a new yarn. Chunky lovers could go for 4-ply or one colour knitters could embraced self-striping yarn. Or it could be trying a new fibre such as bamboo.
What’s your yarnie resolution? Tell us in the comments