Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Meet The Designers

We are now in the fourth week of our Designer-Along in aid of the amazing charity, KnitFor Peace.  When we first discussed the idea, several months ago, we had a wish list of some of the world’s top knit and crochet designers.  We were humbled that our top 6 all agreed to take part without any hesitation and we thought we would give you a little more insight in to the designers we have been lucky enough to work with.

Debbie Bliss is a wonderful designer whose quintessential British style shines through both her designs and styling on all her shoots.  Debbie designs is prolific with designs for men, women, children, babies and the home using her extensive range of yarns which are loved by knitters and crocheters all over the world. When choosing a yarn for this project, we knew Rialto DK was the natural choice.  It is great to knit and crochet with and has a fantastic colour palette.

Erika Knight is another British designer who bring elegance and glamour to her work.  She has published a number of books that really should be in every knitter’s and crocheter’s bookcase.  She has worked with brands such as Rowan and John Lewis as well as producing her own range of yarns that are spun in the UK.

Arne and Carlos are our Scandinavian heroes whose inimitable style graced the world of fashion before they turned to knitting.  Their Christmas balls are legendary and we also love their book of toys.  Recently they have worked with Regia to bring us specially crafted sock yarns.  Arne and Carlos have a fantastic YouTube channel with lots of useful hints and tips.

Elena Fedotova is a crochet supremo based in the Ukraine. We were delighted when she focussed her creativity on Tunisian crochet for this project.  Elena submitted so many square designs we found it hard to choose so she generously gave us eight designs in her Sunny Days collection.  Her Ravelry group and blog are great favourites with lots of hints and tips.  You can join Elena’s Ravelry group here.

When you hear the name Jane Crowfoot you instantly think of her beautiful crochet alongs.  She launched her Lily Pond CAL last year with Stylecraft yarns and this year’s offering is called Frida’s Flowers – and colourful homage to the artist Frida Kahlo packed full of Mexican motifs.  Jane’s book, The Ultimate CrochetBible, is THE book we always turn to for help with every crochet project.

Debbie Abrahams will celebrate 10 years of her Mystery Blanket Club in 2017. For 10 months subscribers receive yarn, patterns and beads to create an heirloom blanket but the design is only revealed bit by bit, making the whole experience even more exciting. Debbie is very fond of beads and scours the world for the best beads for knitters and crocheters. There is still time to sign up to next year’s Mystery Blanket Club.

We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and every designer who has generously given their time and creativity to our Designer-Along.

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

KnitPro Launches First Designer Knit and Crochet Along

We are oh so excited to announce our first ever knit and crochet along in aid of global charity Knit For Peace, called the KnitPro Designer-along.

We have been working with a number of high profile designers and magazine editors who have created 12 gorgeous blanket squares.  They include Debbie Bliss, Arne and Carlos, Erika Knight, Jane Crowfoot, Lena Fedotova, Debbie Abrahams, Simply Knitting, Simply Crochet, Crochet Now, Inside Crochet and Let’s Knit.

Knit For Peace is an amazing organisation that works with groups of women in countries all over the world including India, where our factory is based. We wanted to create a flexible knit and crochet along to appeal to as many people as possible and we are delighted that so many well-known names have shared our vision for helping this charity.

Each week for six weeks one crochet and one knit design will be released.  The patterns will be downloadable from the Knit For Peace website in return for a donation of £1 – all of which will go to the charity.  Each launch will feature a giveaway of products from our new collection.

We would love to see how you are getting on with the squares so please post your versions to our Facebook page or to Instagram using #KnitProPicknMix or #KnitProDesignerAlong so we can ooh and aah over them

At the end of the six weeks we will also be releasing all the designs in an e-book with ideas for blanket layouts using the squares and instructions for different borders.

The KnitPro Designer-along will launch on 26th September 2016 and run until the end of October. If you want to make sure you don’t miss out on a single launch, join our newsletter list here.

Tuesday, 13 September 2016

New Product Review – Needles, Hooks and Accessories

We are delighted to unveil the new additions to its collection of knitting needles, crochet hooks and accessories for 2016 and the exciting news is that they are now in a yarn shop near you.

Royale – the colour coded laminated birch wood needles

These laminated birch wood needles complemented with shiny brass tips were introduced last year as a limited edition set but were so popular that we have decided to introduce the complete range in individual sizes.  A major development in this range is the swivel mechanism which allows the cable to rotate - kink-free knitting and no more tangled cables!

Jumbo Birch Wood needles & crochet hooks
A dream come true for those chunky knits and crochet projects, the Jumbo Birch Wood Needles & Hooks are available in sizes 20mm up to 35 mm. The circulars from 20mm upwards come with new tubular cables that make handling chunky yarns so easy.

Basix birch wood - new sizes & ic needles

Basix birch wood needles from KnitPro have proved so popular that we have now increased the range which will now start from size 2.00mm. Sizes ranging from 2.00 to 3.75mm will be available in laminated birch wood due to the inherent strength of the wood and bigger sizes will be available in normal birch wood.
We are always keen to listen to our customers  and following lots of requests  we have also added normal & special Interchangeable Circular Needles to this range.

Bigger sizes in Zing

The ever-lustrous Zing needles are very much in demand by knitters – the feedback  from so many of you has been fantastic. They are now available in sizes up to 12.00mm so more of you can enjoy this gorgeous range.

Symfonie and Nova -25cm fixed circulars
To help make the knitting of small diameters projects such as sleeves, dolls clothes, gloves and socks, we have introduced 25cm fixed circular needles in both Symfonie wood and Nova metal in sizes  2.00 to 5.00mm.

New accessories

We are introducing some essential  accessories to our extensive range, including Colour Coded Cables, a handy Yarn Cutter, Repair Hooks, Wool Needles, Circular Needle Protectors as well as the new improved version of Clicky.
The Colour Coded Cables were originally part of the Royale Gift box we know how much you have loved being able to easily find just the right cable length for your latest project - no more measuring cables!

With so many products on offer, knitters and crocheters you might need to start your Christmas list early!