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!

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#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.

 

Hello friends, it’s been a while!

Today sees the release of my latest pattern and I am proud to tell you about it here too.

#cloud shawl #knitting #madewithloops.co.uk

Meet Cloud my latest shawl design and available for instant download via Loveknitting or my Etsy shop.

Almost weightless, very soft and fluffy just like a cloud, this shawl is the absolute go-to accessory for year round wear. A symmetrical shawl knitted on the bias increasing outwards from one point for a long flat triangle, it is non bulky with many options for an effortless and easy to wear look. A must in every Knitter’s wardrobe.

#cloud shawl #knitting #madewithloops.co.uk

For the sample in the photo I used one ball of Schoppel Edition 6 and one ball of Lang Mohair Luxe. This would make a great first shawl project for the novice knitter or, for the more experienced knitter, this is a perfect project to relax in front of the TV with. The shawl knits up in no time at all and is finished with a crochet corkscrew edging.

The finished size of 32cm x 150cm make Cloud the perfect accessory to keep you snug and warm without being thick and heavy.

I hope you enjoy!

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