A stunning new collection of shawl patterns from designer Melanie Berg arrived at Loop this week which have us reaching for our needles! We are also playing host to many of her samples, so as well as adorning our hooks and hangers we’ve been enjoying trying on these modern and wearable shawls. As her patterns say – ‘Be Inspired. Knit’ and we couldn’t agree more! For those of you who can’t pop in and see them too, we have the next best thing – a chat with the designer herself and the chance to win the pattern of your choice (be sure to read to the end of the post to find out how to enter!)Follow the thread…
Delicate and airy, Monarch Butterfly is a shawl perfect for summer. Light to knit and wear, this new Paulina P design shows off the soft glow of the silky Theseus Lace. Team this with the fantastic new blocking spray Flatter and you have your next holiday acessory (or project) ready to go.
We are welcoming warmer days at Loop and that means some summer projects (and also yarns!) to suit the season. When the new Wildflower from Knit Collage arrived we knew it would be perfect for a quick and light project, so without further ado we introduce our latest free pattern – the Wildflower Headband.
Plus we are giving one lucky winner the chance to win a skein of the beautiful Knit Collage yarn that is used in this pattern! Read to the end of the post to find out how to enter!
(This competition is now closed, Hurrah for Sue Wills who chose the Scarlet Begonia!)
We love holding classes at Loop – from guiding beginners through their first tentative stitches to revealing new skills to improve even the most experienced knitters techniques. We are also proud to have many talented designers visit from all over the world and very soon we are playing host to Kirsten Kapur. Teaching two classes, one on her classic pattern ‘Andrea’s Shawl’ and another on understanding Japanese stitch patterns, we were able to catch her for a quick chat to find out more.
*Edit - We are sorry to announce that Kirsten has had problems with her visa and so sadly
we have had to cancel all her classes on 19th July.
If you had booked a place we will be in touch to refund the full amount.*
Dropped stitches – not the most exciting or satisfying part of knitting, but a somewhat inevitable annoyance we have all had to battle with at some point. Do you find yourself debating with agony whether to frog back and rescue lost stitch, or do you fudge and fiddle with it to hide the mistake? Well, worry no more as we have a fabulous little tool that will solve all these problems – the Fix-a-Stitch!
Plus, we have one of each size to give away!
Read to the end of the post to find out how to enter our competition on Instagram!
Once you have mastered knit and purl a whole world of different combinations are literally at your fingertips. That must be part of the magic of stitch dictionaries, revealing and explaining how knitted fabric can be shaped.
Conventionally, instructions are charted for working back and forth in rows – but what about converting this for the yoke of your top down jumper? Or inserting these instructions to change a pattern knit in the round? Here to solve all your stitch pattern problems is the new, and appropriately named, Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary.
Be sure to read to the end of the post to see how you can win a copy of Up, Down, All-Around!
*This competition is now closed – Congratulations to our winner Julie Chinitz!
Keep reading each week for more exciting giveaways!*
Fancy taking a peek behind the scenes and finding out more about one of people that make up our extensive team of Loopettes? We caught up with technical editor, designer and talented baking friend Rachel Atkinson to find out more about her life in knitwear….
*This competition is now closed – but keep an eye out for more giveaways in the future!*
Plus we have a great pattern giveaway for three lucky readers! Check at the end of the post for how to enter!