Tuesday, 21 February 2017

Crochet Trends

We have been doing a bit of crochet trend-spotting.  This is such a vibrant craft at the moment with so many wonderful ideas, patterns and crochet-alongs so we thought we would highlight a few gems for you.

Mandala Madness
Every where you look there are the most beautiful manadalas which are a great way to try out new techniques and make something beautifully decorative.

Arne and Carlos have produced a lovely e-book with 5 patterns.  We are so full of admiration for the way this design duo put colours together.

Tatsiana Kupryianchyk’s LabyrinthMandala Pillow is inspired by vector graphics and is quite a challenging option. 

Many of you will remember the lovely Mandala created by Attic 24 for Yarndale and it’s still one of our favourites. 

Zigging and Zagging
Blankets are always a big draw for crocheters and, while granny squares remain popular, we have seen more and more zig zag designs emerging since Attic 24’s famous ripple blanket.

Shiri Mor has deftly mixed stripes with with zig zags in this fun offering which works up really quickly.

This beautiful textured blanket comes from the Bernat Design Studio 

For a zig zag with a difference try a lovely blanket we found at  Churchmouse Yarns and Teas 

It’s great to be part of a ‘community’ all working on the same project together.  If you join a group on Ravelry or Facebook there is always someone to help you out. It’s early days for CALs this year so keep your eyes peeled.  Our favourite at the moment is the Moogly CAL 2017.  

You can dive in to the project any time throughout the year and create a lovely blanket.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Yarn diet

Yarn diet! These two little words are enough to strike fear into the heart of every knitter and crocheter, but there are times when everyone’s stash becomes unruly or just plain too large.
But can you really go without buying yarn for whole year? We thought we would put together some tips for you if you plan to make 2017 the year you get your stash under control.

Have a long hard look at your yarn. Ask yourself if you love it or can’t quite remember why you bought it? And do you really need all those parts balls that were left over from the project you finished ages ago? You may even rediscover some forgotten gems and fall in love with them all over again. 

If you don’t love a ball of yarn, then why not give it away to friends or charities where it will be enjoyed and turned it into something beautiful. 

Weigh the quantities you have and try to find a project you can make with that amount of yarn.  If you are a crocheter or someone who loves to knit Fair Isle, you’re sure to find a project to suit. Imagine all the happy hours you can spend on Ravelry finding just the right design, then pack it up with the pattern ready to use. 

Sometimes the reason that stash grows and grows is because we have either forgotten what we have or thought we had a particular yarn but can’t find it.  Why not take a small wrap of each yarn and stick it in a book with a note of the amount you have? You could also box similar yarns together so you know exactly where to find them.

Yarn is such a beautiful thing to own and will give you much pleasure when it is being used rather than hiding in a box in your loft.  Even if you decide not buying yarn for a year is too awful to contemplate we hope these tips will help you make better use of what you have.

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Stocking Fillers

What would you like to find wrapped up under the Christmas Tree or in your festive stocking? Are you still looking for gifts for your yarnie friends? At KnitPro we have lots of goodies that make perfect gifts to delight and inspire.

You can never have enough stitch markers and we have a lovely range of beaded markers in delicious colours to decorate your project.

If you are a keen sock knitter our DPN tubes are perfect for making sure you project stays on your needles.

For circular needle fans we have developed a special Protector which makes sure your project stays on your needles.

Our lovely, sparkly yarn cutter is so handy to keep in your project bag or you can even use it as a key ring.

When it comes to blocking you can never have too many pins and our T pins come in a handy container.  We also have super Blocking Mats and Blocking Wires if you need them.

The new Grace project bags are a great way to keep yourself organised and the triangular shape is perfect for smaller projects.

Are you working on a complicated pattern? Then why not take a look at out Clicky, to count your rows, 

or our Magnetic Chart Keeper to tame that chart.

If you know a young person that you want to encourage to try knitting or crochet our Craft Kit is the perfect introduction.

And finally, The KnitPro Melodie gift set is at the very top of our Christmas wish list with it's Zing interchangeable needles, special pouch and wonderful earrings.

Your local yarn shop will be able to help you with all of these products if they are a KnitPro stockist.

Happy holidays to all of you!