Our range of organic knits knows no bounds! To coordinate with our amazing organic Sweatshirt Knits, we’ve added Wristband Knits! These organic 1×1 rib knits are 4% spandex and are perfect for wristbands as well as leggings, tops and more! We have them in India Ink, Rapture Rose, Dusty Lavender and Natural, just like our Sweatshirt Knits so you can match.
We picked a pretty bunch of prints from Color Me Happy, the newest line from Vanessa Christensen of V & Co for Moda. Vanessa has said her favourite colours are featured in this line and there are some great ones. I mainly went for that hard-to-find green when making my choices, but that pink ombre chevron and navy vine print really won me over!
We have a few new stitchy-themed fabrics from Moda in stock! First up is Sewing Box by Gina Martin, which is full of bright and graphic sewing icons inspired by the designer’s love of creating with fabric and all the tools that make it happen. Our two prints from Sewing Box are pictured here with Spring Chevrons in Multi from Bloomin Fresh by Deb Strain.
We also have Handmade with Love, which is made up of sewing labels you can cut out, sew onto your quilt or other project and embroider with your name (or just write on them – no one’s judging)! This is so cute and handy, and even a fat quarter will get you quite a few labels.
It seems Colette Patterns want to get in on the knits fun too and, hey, the more the merrier! We are well-stocked up in the two new knits patterns from Colette – the Moneta Dress and the Mable Skirt. I think our wonderful Interlock Stripes and Interlock Solids will be brilliant for these patterns.
In addition to being Colette’s first patterns for knits, Moneta and Mable are the company’s first patterns available in plus sizes. These patterns range from XS – 3XL. Scroll on for pretty pictures or just pop to the shop!
Moneta is your new go-to dress pattern. Built for both elegance and comfort, this simple knit dress works in every season and for any occasion.
Made with knit fabric, this dress can be created in a matter of hours. With minimal pressing and just a few pattern pieces, you’ll be whipping up an army of these wardrobe workhorses. Moneta is easy to make, and easy to wear. This dress is versatile, layerable, and above all, comfortable. Because Moneta feels as good as it looks, you will get a lot of wear out of these dresses.
All three styles of Moneta dresses have a gently curved, wide neckline, a fitted bodice, and a shirred skirt with in-seam pockets. Version 1 is a sleeveless dress with a lined bodice and narrow round collar that laps at the center back. Version 2 has an unlined bodice and short sleeves, while version 3 has an unlined bodice and 3/4-length sleeves.
Mabel is a quick, easy, and versatile skirt pattern. It is also your perfect introduction to sewing with knits!
Mabel uses heavy knit fabrics so you get all the benefits of sewing with stable wovens along with the speed and comfort of sewing with knits. For the beginner, that translates into sure-fire results – you will successfully sew this skirt in one afternoon. And if you’re more experienced, you’ll take advantage of how fast this garment comes together and whip up several skirts in a day.
Because Mabel can be sewn up in three different styles, it’s a great wardrobe staple. Versions 1 and 2 are mid-thigh length skirts, ideal for warm spring and summer days or worn with a sweater and leggings in the winter. Version 2 is embellished with a faux placket and centre buttons. Version 3 is an above-the-knee length pencil skirt with seam details and a kick pleat. All three versions are pull-on style with a mid-rise, contoured waistband.
This month’s bundle for the Village Stash Society’s Colour of the Month club is dark blue! This bundle includes cobalt to navy to indigo.
Here is our designer bundle:
Clockwise from top right:
Small Chevron - Royal (Riley Blake)
Squared Elements – Navy (Art Gallery)
Pinstripe – Navy (Makower)
Bee My Honey – Honey Dipper in Good Night Soon by Mary Jane Butters (Moda)
Waterfront Park – Domino Dot in Navy by Violet Craft (Michael Miller)
Catnap – Jewel in Amethyst by Lizzy House (Andover)
Sun Print - Bike Path in Prussian by Alison Glass (Andover)
Sphere - Wind Flower in Dark Blue by Zen Chic (Moda)
True Colours – Flower in Blue by Jenean Morrison (FreeSpirit)
Pearl Bracelets - Anchor by Lizzy House (Andover)
And here is our organic bundle:
Clockwise from top right:
Seven Seas – Celestial Navigation in Navy by Michele Brummer Everett (Cloud9)
Silhouettes Organic – Fox in Blue (Copenhagen Print Factory)
Little Things Organic – Raindrops in Night Sky on Cream by Arrin Turnmire (Moda)
Little Things Organic – Raindrop Pin Stripe in Night Sky by Arrin Turnmire (Moda)
Modern Home – Ikat (Monaluna)
Tsuru – And Old Lace in Indigo by Rashida Coleman Hale (Cloud9)
You have until 10 May to join up and receive next month’s pink bundles!
Just in time for Easter, Hoppy Dot from Tula Pink‘s new Fox Field collection for FreeSpirit hopped (ahem) into the shop! In three bright colourways, these charming little bunnies are perfect for seasonal projects, but we can think of all sorts of fun ways to use them year round.
We have been asked about our Easter opening hours because some of our customers from abroad will be visiting our fine city for the long weekend! Good news for you – we will be open all weekend as normal. Mostly it will be Caroline in the shop, but drop us an email (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you’re making the trip and I’ll try to come in with Harvey!
I’ll leave you with a picture of some of our dyed Easter Eggs – one of my favourite traditions this time of year. My mum sends our kits from America, where eggs are usually white, but I’ve come to love the rich colours that egg dye creates on brown eggs. And you can eat these after you dye them, of course. Everyone knows green eggs = yum!
Happy Easter everyone!
Our clever knitting teacher, Camilla Miller, designed this beautiful cushion with beginners in mind! The faux cables are really stitching trickery using a combination of basic knitting stitches! Knitted up in The Chunky Wool from local yarn company Stitch & Story, this cosy cushion is a fast and satisfying project with a gorgeous result.
Don’t want to tackle this project alone? Camilla is teaching a class on this cushion. Even if you haven’t ever picked up a pair of knitting needles, or if you haven’t touched them in years, you’ll be knitting confidently by the end of our three hour class and well on your way to having this pretty cushion. Sign up here.
2 skeins of The Chunky Wool by Stitch & Story
12 inch cushion pad
Needle to sew up the pieces
The stitch pattern is a 4 row repeat.
Row 1: k1, (p2, k6) x 4, p2, k1
Row 2: knit the row
Row 3: k1, (p2, k6) x 4, p2, k1
Row 4: k1, (RT, K6) x4, RT, k1
K1 = knit 1 stitch
P1 = purl 1 stitch
RT= right twist knit 2 stitches together and without taking the stitches off the needle knit the first stitch again and then slip the stitches off the needle.
Sts = stitches
K2tog = knit 2 stitches together
yo = yarn over, bring your yarn to the front of your work, between the needles, and knit the next stitch, (you will now have made a new stitch)
How to knit the RT stitch (the mock cable)
Without slipping the stitches off the needle knit the first stitch again
Using 9mm needles cast on 36 sts
Knit in pattern till piece measures 12 inches
The back of the cushion is knitted in two pieces
Cast on 36 sts
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) till piece measures 7 inches
Cast on 36 sts
Knit in garter stitch (knit every row) till piece measures 3.5 inches
Button hole row: (k8, yo, k2tog) x 3, k6
Knit 1 row
Sew up the pieces, the back pieces are over lapped to form an envelope.
Two of our favourites from Elk Grove Knits are back in stock! Elk Farm in Multi and Elk Farm in Shroom, which you’ve been asking and asking and asking about, are finally here again. It’s also just come to my attention that these are called Elk Family. But we’ve been calling them Elk Farm for ages…so Elk Farm they remain. Ha.
The beautiful new Grey Abbey collection from Cloud9 is here! Inspired by designer Elizabeth Olwen’s grandmother’s antique-filled house in Ireland and her love for all things vintage, this collection puts a modern twist on days gone by. Our Customer Advisory Board gave this lovely collection rave reviews, and we’re thrilled to have it in stock. You can shop our selection here or build a bundle here.
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