So happy to be able to show you my latest design today. I am calling it the Everyday Sweater, because it is just that, a sweater that will become your very best friend, a cosy hug, a go-to item for everyday.

For a long while I wanted to design a jumper in a relaxed style, a super comfy wearable garment to keep hanging over the edge of the sofa, the sort of jumper you want to wear all the time. I had been looking for just the right yarn to knit with and when I saw the new shades Emma (the little grey sheep) had dyed in her signature yarn (Stein Fine Wool 4 Ply), I fell in love and knew this was it.

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As I already had a style in mind, swatching began immediately. I really didn’t want to waste any time and was so eager to start knitting.

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Soon the sweater was well under way and as I was knitting each row I loved it more and more. The feel of the soft wool running through my hands and the gentle rhythm of the stitches, I didn’t want to stop. As the sweater grew I suddenly thought that I wanted to add something special to this pattern. I feel cold very easily, especially around my neck, but I don’t always want to wear a shawl or scarf. I also love Polo neck jumper’s, but sometimes they feel just a little too tight and hot around the neck. Solution…

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…a detachable short cowl style polo neck that can be added as when needed. ūüôā

The sweater features visible seams and deep mistake ribbing and the pattern has detailed notes on how to adjust it to different sizes and change some of the design features. There are many beautiful colours available for Stein Fine Wool 4ply on Emma’s website (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk) and we are currently running a give-away over on our respective Instagram pages to win the yarn and pattern to make your very own #everydaysweater as well as a mini skein kit for a friend.

Why not hop over and try your luck! You find us on Instagram as @madewithloops and @thelittlegreysheep

The pattern is a available as an instant download from all the usual places, just click on any links on the right side of this blog.

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Hope you like it.

Until soon, Heike xo

 

 

 

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It’s here! “Hello Summer Shawl” – My latest pattern has been released and it’s a good day for it!

This has been another fabulous and fun collaboration between myself and Emma from The Little Grey Sheep (www.thelittlegreysheep.co.uk). This time we decided to make something super soft and super lush using British Hand Dyed Stein Fine Wool.

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Like all Emma’s yarns, this wonderfully soft and lofty yarn also comes from her own farm on the Surrey Hampshire borders. There, Emma together with Susie have developed their own range of fine 100% wool yarns. All the yarns come from their pedigree flock of gotland, shetland and merino sheep, raised on conservation meadows, and shorn by Susie at Christmas for the best quality fibre. Washed in Yorkshire and spun in a traditional mill in Devon, then back to the farm to Emma for dyeing. This must be one of the finest lustre fibre now in the UK.

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Hello Summer was inspired by walks on balmy summer evenings through flowery meadows on the farm and surrounding country side. This is a symmetrical triangular shawl knitted on the bias, increasing outwards from one point for a long flat triangle. The finished measurements of 180cm x 95cm is the perfect size for wrapping you into a halo like hug keeping a chill off your shoulders.

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Emma has put together some beautiful colour combination kits for this shawl, or you can make up your own combinations…the sky is the limit as there is a multitude of colours to choose from, all gorgeous. Just visit¬†The little Grey Sheep¬†to view in detail.

All you need is one hank (100g) of the main colour and a set of mini hanks for the colour work lace.

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I really hope you like this labour of love as much as I do, and if you fancy having just the pattern to completely do your own thing, that’s fine too. The pattern is available to download in both my Etsy Shop¬†and via¬†the¬†LoveKniting¬†website.

Have fun and Enjoy!

X.

 

 

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