With Christmas almost upon us, today sees the release of my final design for 2017.

May I introduce the

K Y O T O  S H A W L

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sadnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sandnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

A triangular shawl inspired by the delicate Cherry Blossom petals of Kyoto in Japan. The shawl is worked from the top down with increases worked every other row at outer edges and centre spine. The use of delicate lace weight yarn, either alone, or held together with a strand of Silk Mohair set the scene for a light, yet warm accessory keeping you warm on cooler days and evenings. It also makes for a perfect travel accessory.

The simple garter stitch body of the shawl is finished with a super striking lace border, showing off the beautiful Kokon Yarn to its full potential and making it the perfect project for any knitter who is looking for a relaxing yet a little challenging knit.

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sandnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

This has been a wonderful collaboration with Michelle of Kokon Yarns and I have enjoyed every minute of this process. From receiving the beautiful yarn, swatching various ideas and then knitting up the final design, it has been a pleasure to work with Michelle. Her beautiful Kokon Yarns are available via a number of Retailers, online and in shops, just visit her website to find the most suitable to you.

The pattern is available now either via my Etsy shop or LoveKnitting and will also be available via some of the Kokon Retailers soon, just click on the link to view more details and how to purchase.

I hope you will enjoy knitting this shawl just as much as I have enjoyed designing it for you.

#kyoto shawl #kokon yarn #sandnes yarn #www.madewithloops.co.uk

Enjoy!

X.

Hello friends, are you getting into the Christmas spirit?

I absolutely love this time of year when there is a chill in the air and  lights sparkle everywhere. Wether we are getting together with friends or being at home with the fire lit and some cosy knitting on the needles, good will and cheer is all around you I hope.

Today I have a little surprise for you – the Icicles Cowl Give-Away!

#made with loops.co.uk #willow and lark #icicles cowl

 

A couple of weeks ago a surprise parcel landed on my doorstep and on opening it I found two beautiful balls of yarn sent to me by the lovely people of Willow and Lark Yarns. The yarn called Ramble is a 100% Super-wash wool and really easy to work with as it doesn’t split and has great stitch definition.

I decided straight away that I wanted to design something small with it and then give the finished item away here on the blog. After some pondering I settled on a cowl as the yarn is so soft and perfect even if you are a little sensitive about what to wear so close to your skin.

The cowl uses a combination of textured, stranded and lace stitches and is the perfect companion for this time of year.

#madewithloops.co.uk #willow and lark #icicles cowl

If you would like to win this cowl, all you have to do is leave a comment either here or on my Instagram feed, telling me what makes Christmas special for you. Simple!

Entries close at 10pm GMT on Wednesday 6th December 2017 and the winner will be announced on Thursday morning. Entries are open to anyone, no matter where in the world you live.

Good luck!

X.

 

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

Hello friends, it’s been a while.

Today I would like to introduce you to my latest design, the Astrid Shawl. This shawl is a  wonderful collaboration with my friends from Nature’s Luxury (www.naturesluxury.com) and I am truly and totally in love with this one.

This is a triangular shawl inspired by the colours and patterns of Scandinavian folklore and culture. The shawl is worked from the top down with increases worked every other row at outer edges and centre spine. The use of striking colours and textured, as well as simple Scandinavian stranded patterns, set the scene for some fun knitting hours for the experienced knitter or knitters wanting to explore new techniques.

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

colours I used from left: le coq rouge, barbar, cote d’ivoire, edelholz

Astrid, meaning divine strength, is showcasing Nature’s Luxury Alpacas Bliss, a chunky hand-dyed 100% Alpaca Yarn, so so soft and snuggly, making it perfect for a total comfort knit. The yarn is available in a stunning array of colours, all hand-dyed by Danica of Nature’s Luxury.

Four 100g hanks is all that’s required to make this shawl and Danica has put together beautiful colour combination kits to choose from. You can mix colours together yourself if you prefer and the kit contains the pattern of course. This makes it a perfect addition to your Christmas wish list or to treat yourself right away.

Take a look at the available colours and kits HERE.

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

If you rather just purchase the pattern and use yarn from your stash you can do so via my Etsy shop here .

#astridshawl #alpacas bliss #natures luxury #madewithloops

Whatever you decide to do I can promise you this, the shawl is 100% comfort knitting, worked up in no time at all and ready to give you a blissful hug whenever you need all winter.

Enjoy! X.

 

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