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New knit kits for the eco-conscious knitter: We have added new patterns for the beautiful certified ecological / organic Marks & Kattens yarn M&K Eco Ull.
For the advanced knitter, we now have a knit kit for a classic vest with traditional cables in M&K Eco Ull. You can also choose to make this vest as a slipover without buttons. Available as men's vest and women's vest in sizes XS through to XL.
M&K Eco Ull is available in nine stunning colour options. The yarn has been produced under the strictest environmental controls, with as little environmental impact as possible. It is scoured with water without any use of textile agents. It is dyed with environment friendly dyestuffs in accordance with the guidelines of the International Association of Nature Textiles IVN. Even the labels are made from 100% recycled paper.
At the same time, M&K Eco Ull is highly affordable - give it a try and let us know what you think!
You use one skein (150g) of Wollmeise Pure or Wollmeise Twin and knit a longish, slightly asymmetrically shaped triangular shawl in garter stitch. It is a great shawl that you can wrap around your neck a couple of times and, if you wish, you can even make a knot with the ends.
The patterns is very cleverly thought out. It is an easy pattern (suitable for a beginner knitter!) with an interesting twist, as one of the sides of the triangle features a zig-zag border that evolves naturally during the knitting and gives the shawl its unusual shape.
The Hitchhiker shawl catapulted Martina Behm to pattern design fame and is one of Ravelry's most popular projects with over 31,000 downloads and over 9000 ratings.
We have many beautiful yarns in stock. I enjoy the look and feel of the different yarn qualities, but to really appreciate the quality of a particular yarn it helps to actually experience working with it. I have been knitting a lace yoke top with ggh Manila, one of our gorgeous summer yarns and I just love it! Manila is a natural yarn blend made from 57% viscose, 33% cotton and 10% linen.
A quick word about viscose: Viscose is derived from natural cellulose materials such as wood pulp or bamboo and is therefore a natural fibre. It has many of the qualities of cotton, such as high breathability and an ability to absorb moisture. It also has a smooth silk-like feel with a subtle sheen.
The process of creating viscose is more involved than spinning cotton or linen, as the cellulose has to be broken down first to create silk-like fibres suitable for spinning. Early attempts to create man-made silk were made in the mid-1800s, and in 1894, the first practical process for 'viscose' was patented. For those who love working with bamboo it is worth noting that bamboo yarn is a classic viscose yarn, and many yarns that are labelled 'viscose' are actually wholly or in part made from bamboo fibres.
The first impression of ggh Manila yarn is that is incredibly soft. The silky viscose fibre is spun loosely around the cotton-linen core.
That means that you should use good quality needles, as cheapish plastic ones will get stuck on the finer fibres.
When knitted, the yarn displays a subtle thick-and thin character, a bit like homespun. This underlines the hand-made character of your work. I really enjoy this and love the way it turned out. However, if you are after something that is perfectly even and regular, you should use a more tightly plied yarn such as Top Cotton, Cotton Soft DK or Linova.
For the lace top, I used a Vogue pattern by Angela Hahn, which I found on Ravelry. The pattern can be purchased directly as a download from the Vogue Knitting website.
You have seen them in the shop. They look like something that's already knitted? What are Wollmeise Rolls???
Wollmeise Rolls were a special one-off dye run by German yarn maker Claudia Höll-Wellmann. Instead of dyeing the yarn the usual way, she had it knitted into a sock blank first and then dyed it. The end result is a gorgeous transition of colours that is quite unusual.
To use, you either unravel the sock blank and wind it into a ball, or you simply knit from the blank, unraveling as you go along - whichever you prefer!
Wollmeise Rolls is a special edition yarn. We only have very few Wollmeise Rolls left - so if you are interested, this is your last chance to get your hands on one.
If you need inspiration, check out this free Ravelry pattern by one of my favourite designers, Nicola Susen! Nicola used one 'ball' of Wollmeise Rolls for this gorgeous shawl, but the pattern is highly adaptable and can be used with a range of yarns.
If you have never used Ravelry before, I strongly recommend you check it out. It is the largest knitting 'library' in the world, with information on yarns, huge numbers of patterns, knitting groups and more. We are a great fan of Ravelry, highly recommended!
Choose from 5 different lengths of cords and different needle tip sizes, ranging from 1.5mm upwards.
The needle tips are made from aluminum which is both lightweight and strong. We have found that wood and bamboo needles in those very small sizes are prone to snapping, and aluminum is a great alternative.
Did you know? Prym has been producing knitting needles and crochet hooks for over 500 years!
The company was founded in 1530, when goldsmith Wilhelm Prym set up the William Prym GmbH & Co. KG in Aachen. In 1642, the company moved to Stolberg, where it remains until today.
Prym produces top quality knitting and crochet tools including the KnitPro needle range. Prym is actually Germany's oldest industrial company - quite an achievement.
The pattern for the socks (first image) is written out for size 38/39 (EU shoe size = 25.5cm foot length), with additional stitch numbers for sizes (EU) 40/41 and 42/43.
In fact, working a heel is much easier to do in crochet than in knitting - once you have worked it out, you will have no problem making crochet socks in any size you need.
Crochet socks in variegated yarn are a lot of fun - just don't expect the pattern to show up in the same was as for knitted socks.
If you are something a bit warmer to wear around the house, give these crochet slippers a go!
These are worked with two strands of yarn. The beautiful structured pattern is achieved through the clever use of relief stitches. You need 2x100g of sock yarn in 4ply to make this pattern. The pattern is for EU size 38/39 = approximately AU size 7-8, but as you start working from the toe, it is very easy to adjust the pattern to fit your feet.
Pascuali Merino Baby Lace is a beautiful soft natural product from 100% Merino wool. Light yet warm - the perfect yarn for a large range of projects, from baby items to light jumpers, shawls and much more!
The recommended needle size ranges from 2.5mm - 4mm, depending on what you are planning to make! The meterage is 600m per 100g. The fibre is grown in Patagonia and Uruguay and spun in Portugal. Yarn weight: 2-3ply.