Friday, 27 December 2019

A year of blankets

Hello dear readers and thanks for sticking with me. I realise that I haven't posted much at all during 2019 and I aim to do better in 2020.

But the good news is that my crochet book has gone to print and will be available next year.

Thanks to the editorial team at Search Press, it looks amazing, and I was so happy with the end result. There are 10 adorable hooded blankets for small children in  two sizes, along with a strip of matching bunting. The fairytale theme is perfect for these projects; you will have fun making them and your little ones can wrap themselves in their favourite character whilst you read them a bedtime story. They did take quite a while to design, mainly due to the additional of all the ears, tails and embellishments that make them cute and appealing, but I hope you agree that it was worth the effort (I'm keeping my fingers and toes crossed).

I was excited to find it available for pre-ordering over an Amazon *here.

It seems to have been a year of blanket making for me as I also designed and knitted a cosy, chunky blanket for West Yorkshire Spinners, using their super soft Re:treat yarn, which is a chunky roving yarn that is really squishy and beautiful to knit with. I tried a slightly different approach to the squares, with each one framed by a border. This made it really easy to sew together, as well as helping each square to stand out. I loved this technique and I will be using it more in the future.

This image, courtesy of West Yorkshire Spinners, really made my heart sing and made me so happy to see my Emmeline blanket in all it's glory. The pattern itself is for all six squares, plus each square has it's own mindful exercise for you to try with the idea being that as you create, your knitting will become more enjoyable and the relaxing cycle will begin. A warm blanket is worth it's weight in gold - not only do you enjoy the process of knitting and crocheting a practical accessory, but you will also reap the benefits of it's warmth, just like a big hug. 

Blankets are slowly becoming more of a household item in the UK as we enjoy 'al fresco' more and more. I don't think you can have too many blankets and instead of turning on the heating, a handmade blanket will help keep the chills at bay on those cooler evenings. There is often a dash for the couple of blankets I've made for our home, so I can definitely see me making more from my stash in 2020 .

The pattern is now available as a download and you can purchase a physical copy from your local yarn shop, or buy a pdf download by clicking *here. It's great value at £2.69 for the full pattern with it's 6 squares, each with it's own mindful exercise.

And if you want to buy the full kit to make this cosy blanket, you can buy it from my Shop *here.

And last but certainly not least is my Knit-along blanket that I designed for Deramores, called Aztec Tile Blanket, in honour of the Diamond pattern that forms a bold frame within the border.

I designed two versions so that the kits are more affordable to a wider range of budgets, and the great news is that you can download the pattern itself for free and use up your oddments of double knitting yarn.

If you'd like to knit your own, you can buy the Studio DK kit or the Rowan Summerlite kit too by *clicking here to go to my Designer Shop.

Or you can download the free pattern by clicking here. Simply add the pattern only to your basket and check out (at no cost). I've seen some beautiful versions made from stash yarn.

For the Rainbow version I used Deramores Studio DK which is their own brand of yarn and is really nice to knit and crochet with. Currently there is 10% off so it's great value. You can see all the colours *here.

For the Pastel version I used Rowan Summerlite DK. It was the first time I had used this beautiful cotton yarn and it's gorgeous. The range of colours has a vintage quality and is really pretty. It doesn't split when you knit with it and there is a lot of meterage with the 50g ball, so it goes a long way. Currently there is also 10% off at Deramores which takes almost 50p off the price of a 50g ball. You can see the shades *here.

I'm really hoping I can find the time to knit one in black and white - although I'm not buying new yarn again next year, so it may need to wait. But I'd love to see yours if you make one in two colours. It really is just a combination of knit and purl stitches, and the borders are worked in a log cabin style, where you knit one edge at a time, then cast off. This version was inspired by the bold artwork of Clarice Cliff, who is a locally renowned ceramic artist.  

I'd love to see what you've been up to in 2019 - don't forget to tag me @the_woolnest in your Instagram posts so that I can share your makes too. 

So what shall we do in 2020? Well I have a few ideas for blogging so that I can stay connected with you and share some free patterns so if you would like to subscribe to my website at  you will received a notification when I've blogged. So you don't need to miss a thing.

I hope you have a wonderfully woolly 2020.
Happy knitting and crocheting,
Lynne xxx

Link Summary:
My Designer Shop at Deramores
Fairytale Blankets to Crochet