Deep winter knitting & an exciting giveaway!

Deep winter knitting & an exciting giveaway!

Welcome back to the Loop blog! We hope you all had a lovely holiday season, and we want to wish you a (slightly belated) happy new year!

January is often very grey and cold for those in the northern hemisphere, so this week we wanted to look at the fabulous book Knits About Winter by Emily Foden, which was published just over a year ago. We are also running a really exciting giveaway this week, so keep reading to find out more!

Knits About Winter is a real staff favourite at Loop, many of us have knitted multiple projects from it. Emily has written really fantastic patterns, guaranteed to keep you warm throughout the winter.

Knits About Winter - Emily Foden
The Persephone Mittens with Interchangeable Mitten Liners

Some of our favourite patterns from the book also happen to be the ones we have started stocking a beautiful kit for! The Persephone Mitts and Interchangeable Mitten Liners are set to become winter essentials, and you can knit both pairs of these mittens with the Double Mitt Kit from Moel View.

The yarns used in this great kit are a 100% Icelandic wool, raised and spun in Wales, for the Persephone Mittens, and then the yarn for the Interchangeable Mitten Liners is the beautiful Drift base from Moel View, which is a blend of baby alpaca, silk and cashmere, and is naturally dyed. It will knit up a hard-wearing outer mitten, and a super soft and silky inner mitten.

The Double Mitt Kit comes in three different colours, all naturally dyed

Knits About Winter is packed with beautiful patterns, but some of our other favourites are…

Skyhill Hat and Skyhill Mitts – this set uses DK weight held double to create a super warm fabric. We would recommend either The Uncommon Thread BFL DK for luxurious knits, or CaMaRose Hverdagsuld for a more cost effective but very hard wearing alternative!

Emily’s Favourite Socks – for the perfect pair of socks! How about knitting these in one of the beautiful shades of La Bien Aimee Tough Sock?

Snowshoe Socks – these socks are fab for using up odds and ends, they use two strands of 4ply held together for a thick boot sock.

Knits About Winter - Emily Foden

Knits About Winter also has patterns for wraps and shawls, and several different styles of garments, all designed to keep you as warm as possible through the winter. A truly special book!

Now for our giveaway news…

Today we are starting a giveaway that will run for two weeks, to win one Double Mitt Kit in the the Madder colour way and one copy of Knits About Winter. This is such a great opportunity to kick start some more cold-weather knitting for you!

To enter please leave a comment on this post, telling us what else you would like to knit from Knits About Winter. One entry per person please.

The giveaway will close on Thursday 23rd January at 12pm (GMT) and the winner will be announced in our post on Friday 24th January.

As always, our giveaways are open to everyone, no matter where you live! Good luck everyone!

Helping Australia…

Loop is working on supporting the animal charities currently working so hard in Australia, during the ongoing wildfire crisis. We have received word from the Animal Rescue Craft Guild (@animalrescuecraftguild) that the hubs in Australia are now AT CAPACITY and need breathing space to assess and take inventory of what they do have currently. They don’t need anything else sending for the moment. Please see THIS Instagram post for reference. We will be keeping you updated on the situation in the coming days, it should be via our Instagram stories, and you can always check in with UK Crafters United (@uk_crafters_united) who are based in the UK for more immediate updates. On their Instagram page, in their highlighted stories, they have a list of both local hubs and patterns for handmade items.

Sample sale for charity at Loop London

Lastly, we wanted to mention the fact that we have recently raised over £600 for Medicins Sans Frontieres over the holidays. We held a sample sale at the shop, and then doubled the amount we raised. Thank you so much to everyone who bought items! And thank you so much to Loopette Emma who organised the sample sale and generously gave up her own time to plan it.

All photos copyright of Emily Foden, apart from Double Mitt Kit and sample sale photos, which are copyright of Susan Cropper and Loop Knitting Ltd.

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440 Comments on “Deep winter knitting & an exciting giveaway!

  1. I’d love to knit the Skyhill Hat or the Double Mitts. Looks like a beautiful book. I have loved all the makes I see appearing from it over the last year or so

    • I love the Soirée sweater and the Snowshoe socks but really I think I’d work through the whole book. It all looks so wearable and cosy.

      • I have lost my daughter to London for the next three years and have been covering here in knits! I think the Skyhill hat would be an excellent addition to her Northern hemisphere kit!

    • Love this publication. I have never knitted mittens before and I would definitely love to knit the bobble and cable tank top – I love tank tops ❤️❤️
      Keeping my fingers crossed

    • The Persephone mitts and liners have been on my wishlist for a while now, so I would love to knit those! The barn sweater also looks like a lovely wardrobe staple I could totally use!

    • I think I’d start with the soirée jumper, it’s been one of my favourites for ages, and then I’d just have to knit the Persephone mitts they’re just gorgeous

    • Well I probably would work through most of Emily’s book as everything is so beautiful, but I’ll start on my top three. First would be the Persephone Mitts and Liners. I have a painful condition that when my hands get cold, the blood leaves my fingers. I believe these will be the best mittens to help ward that off. Second, the Barn pullover is so beautiful and looks incredibly comfortable. Finally, the Full Moon wrap is exquisite!

    • I’d knit the lovely hat on the cover. I had my hair cut pixie style just before Christmas and my ears are freezing!

    • A beautifully presented book with lovely projects. A tough decision to choose one of the many lovely designs, but really would love to knit the Persephone mitts.

  2. Would love to knit the Soirée sweater but would have to brush up on my cable work, so maybe start with the sky fall hat ( or the double mitts, obviously ). It is a seriously beautiful book with stunning photographs.

  3. I would love to knit the soirée sweater. I really love the boxy shape and the cable pattern. Knits about winter is a beautiful book from a talented designer.

  4. Such a beautifully presented book with lovely projects and gorgeous coloured yarns. I love the Persephone mitts with their clever liners and the Soiree’ sweater!!! There are so many projects I’d love to make!

    Thank you to UK crafters for working so hard to making, to support our Australian wildlife victims. Love is in the air!

  5. Like a few others I would love to knit the soirée sweater. I love the shape, the cables and the whole cosiness of it.
    What a wonderful giveaway, thank you.

  6. I would love to knit the snow shoes socks. I have never quite been able to understand how to knit socks but would love to be able to give some to family.

  7. I’d be making the brown sweater with the bobbles on it. It looks so cute and feminine. Thanks for helping our injured wildlife too, every bit counts.

  8. Just got in to sock knitting and am completely hooked! As I’m planning to visit Norway later this year, the snow boot socks would be a perfect knit from the book as would the mitts! What a fantastic book for a bit of winter hygge!

  9. I would love to knit winterberry from Knits about Winter. I love the detailing in it and I think it would make a great item for layering with a big chunky cardigan.

    • I like the Snowshoe socks and Persephone w Interchangeable Mittens (for myself ) and Winterberry to gift!! I think I would knit Skyhill hat and mittens first for a quick gift set!! Thank you!

  10. However tempted I would be to knit the soirée sweater, I’d first have to knit the Snowshoe socks. This year’s Swedish winter could definitely use a pair of very warm and cozy socks.

  11. Hi Susan and Team Loop
    Ever since i bought the book i have been in love with the Soiree sweater. I just havent found the right yarn yet…. second on the list is the Full Moon scarf …..
    But maybe y can advise me what yarn to use for the Soiree???
    Best, Henriette

  12. Argh such a touch decision to pick just one of the patterns I’d like to knit, but I’d probably start with winterberry – look at those textures!

  13. What a beautiful book, I love all of the designs! I particularly like the Persephone mittens and Soirée Sweater.

  14. I would love to knit the Eastwind coat — seems the perfect garment for so many outings, from city to snowy woods meanders.

    • I would like to make the snowshoe socks, using up odds and ends has to be good. A truly beautiful book with amazing projects!

  15. What a truly beautiful book. I would love to knit the tunic – I can’t see what it is called! Thank you for introducing this book to me and for supporting charities.

  16. Knits About Winter looks a great book. So many fabulous patterns. The question is where to start? It will be a toss-up for me between the Double Mitt Kit and the Snowshoe Socks. All very tempting ….

  17. I would love to knit the big baggy jacket to cover me up and keep me snug walking the dog.. ( after I’ve learnt fo do socks)

  18. Such a beautiful looking and inspiring book.
    Lots of tempting projects.
    I am particularly drawn to the mittens and the beautiful shawls.
    Gorgeous looking yarns.

  19. Would love to knit the Persephone mitts complete with liners – for my wintry dog walks with my Golden Retriever Amy

  20. I would knit the snowshoe socks to use all my little balls of sock wool left from other projects, and remember the people I made the socks for.

  21. I would like to make both Snowdrift and Soiree from the book. And also the mittens and socks which look super cozy.

  22. I would love to knit the Persephone mittens, in all my years knitting I have never made a pair of mittens, it would be so reminiscent of my childhood ( but without the elastic threaded through both sleeves so as not to lose them ) The book looks so beautiful even without the snuggly patterns, just conjures up a perfect winter scene ….

    • I love all the patterns in Emily’s Foden’s “Knits about Winter”.
      I would love to knit Soirée and the Persephone Mitts.
      All of them are beautiful!!!!

  23. They’re all beautiful so it’s hard to pick but to start with, I would love to knit Snowdrift and the Snowshoe socks!
    Beautiful book altogether! Thank you..

  24. Soirée is a lovely timeless classic sweater that has been hedging towards my queue since seeing it in Pom Pom Mag. And love the socks! So good!

  25. I could do with some Snowshoe socks right now as my feet are chilly, but I also plan to make the Snowdrift shawl. And the Skyhill hat. And a Soirée sweater is definitely on my wish list!

    • Emily’s Favourite Socks in La Bien Aimee….because I am aiming to have a drawer full of hand knit socks for next fall/winter ❄️

  26. My 2020 knitting challenge is to knit a cozy pair of socks for cold winter feet !
    This yarn and a warm sock pattern would fit perfect for this challenge.

  27. Oh how I would love to be able to knit a pair of Persephone Mittens. The snowshoe socks also sound very appealing. I love the look of this book. The pictures are so evocative and the patterns beautiful.

  28. I think Emily’s favorite socks look so squishy and cosy, and I love the options for customisation. Would love to cast on a pair.

  29. Oh my! I think that after I had knitted the mittens and socks I would like to knit the barn sweater and the full moon scarf/shawl.

  30. Oh, this looks just fab! I would like to knit the double mitts and the snowshoe socks (nothing like a pattern that uses up odds and ends!).

  31. Oh I so so NEED to knit the Snowdrift shawl and the Barn sweater, the Eastwind jacket, the Full Moon wrap and … Oh just absolutely everything! *sighs* it’s all just so so beautiful and the book looks simply magical ! I’d even wish for a heap of snow for the rest of the Winter just to be able to knit & wear those garments! ⛄⛄⛄⛄⛄ good luck everyone !

  32. I would to knit a shawl from the book.Shawls are perfect for the mild winters in Australia as it doesn’t get very cold in winter in this part of the country.Thankyou so much for the support during the awful bush fires

  33. This is such a sweet set and such a generous give away. There are many patterns in the book I would like to knit – particularly the mittens. But as an avid sock knitter I would also like to try Emily’s favourite socks.

  34. Da socks!! Dose socks!!!
    I’ve never knit socks before but I’ve been lurking at patterns for a long while. I have been waiting for a sock pattern that was just the perfect amount of ribbing. Of course those mittens with a madder lining are just de-licious :)

  35. I almost couldn’t pick which thing I like most in that beautiful book. Because really, it’s the look of all the knits together that really is what is so beautiful. So I would just say a whole outfit. And if I had to choose one the shawl.

  36. So much choice about what to knit. But I love the Persephone mitts so I would have to start with those. They are so versatile. You could wear them in so many different ways – 1 layer or 2 – depending on the weather.

  37. All of the patterns look enticing, and would suit my outdoor lifestyle, but I’m especially intrigued by the bobbly-fronted vest. There again, the overjumper looks especially practical and attractive. Hmmm…

  38. What a lovely way to begin a sunny Friday!
    – An email from my favourite yarnshop;
    – A lovely book from a talented designer;
    – An exciting giveaway.

    My last time in London was special because I’ve been in Loop. Of course I had to buy some beautiful skeins and magazines.
    Can’t wait to start Soirée and Winterberry at the same time!
    Bless you for helping wildlife in Australia!

    Love from Porto , Portugal

  39. I would knit a pair of snowshoe socks for my son. He saw me knitting socks and said that his feet get very cold and he needed a pair of warm socks!

  40. I love the fluffy sweater with the triangular side insert but would also like to knit the mitts as they sound very cosy with the liner.

  41. Thank you for all you are doing for Doctors Without Borders and all the other initiatives. You are truly an inspiration. The book is rich and full of beautiful patterns. I would knit Soirée.

  42. Emily’s favorite socks are on my list. I was lucky to snag a Viola yarn sock set at the Loop Pop Up shop this past November in New York

  43. It’s hard to pick just one because I’d like to knit them all. So I choose the one on page 22 because if I had the book, this would be the first to knit.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

  44. I love the look of the socks, a nice traditional rib pattern you don’t often see. I can see myself knitting several pairs of these.

  45. What beautiful patterns & amazing photography. I would start with the mittens & liners (what a great idea!) & then the cosy Barn Sweater.

  46. I would love to knit the boot socks as well as the mittens to keep me warm when I visit my daughter and grandchildren in the far north of Norway.

  47. I would love to knit Full Moon shawl. The pattern looks beautiful and would be really cosy on a cold, crisp winters morning

  48. Hey knitting Folk.
    I would knit the Skyhill Mittens.
    I‘am bicyclist and need Mittens all the Time for warm hands.
    Best wishes
    XxMarie

    • This is a hard one but I think I’d go for the Snowshoe socks first. It’s getting frostier every day and harder to keep the toes comfortably warm.

  49. I’ve been a fingerless mitten cheerleader for some time but the Perephone mittens are fingertip treats! I’m liking the Frost sweater, the name compliments the mohair lace yarn.

  50. Such a delicious opportunity to immerse myself in the uplifting sensory experience of warmth colour, texture and quiet concentration in the deep midwinter!

  51. Emily’s favourite socks are just what I am looking for. Tending to my llamas on a cold winter’s day can be foot numbing and these socks are just perfect, along with the double mitt kit for my frozen fingers.

  52. I would love and to knit the Persephone Mittens for my extremely cold hands. Liners would be perfect with the hardwearing outer mitten. Just reading the blog has made me feel the warmth and comfort of the soft lining. Single mittens are just not warm enough for me now.

    Emily’s favourite socks are very appealing too! Extremities covered, warmth would be amazing as cold hands and feet are something I suffer from winter and summer.

    This blog post brings warmth to 2020

  53. Oh my…definitely the Skyhill mitts. In all the years I have knit I’ve never made a pair of mittens but it is happening this year! That is one of the many things that I love about knitting…the constant opportunity to learn something new.♥️

  54. I follow Emily on instagram, she makes such gorgeous things and her photos are magnificent
    I would love to win her book and the yarn so I could knit the Skyhill hat or her lovely mits!
    I’m keeping my fingers crossed for this fantastic giveaway!

  55. I would love to knit Emily’s favorite socks because my house is cold and drafty and a colorful pair of socks would be ideal to brighten up a dreary winter’s day. I seem to have a year of the sock, year of mitts etc. It’s time for more socks but I could do with some inspiration.

  56. I would knit the Persephone Mittens, with such a soft and cosy inner they would be a godsend for cold fingers. But to be honest there isn’t anything I wouldn’t knit in this book, what a beautiful collection.

  57. All the designs are so beautiful. I just favorited the Snowdrift shawl in Ravelry, and I would also like to knit the Barn sweater. Thank you for the giveaway!

  58. I want to knit whichever pattern is the warmest as it is -50℉ here in interior Alaska and that doesn’t include chill factor. I’m currently knitting mittens so my hands will stay warm handling the wool. I have to admit knitters do get a bit giddy about this weather because it’s usually wrap up, knit and watch dvds kind of weather.

  59. I need to knit the Persephone Mittens and Interchangeable Mitten Liners! As well as the jacket/sweater modeled with the mittens! What a beautiful collection!!

  60. I’d love a hard copy of this book as I have the digital version. I knit a pair of snowshoe sock over Christmas – so sumptuous!. My plan would be to knit the Skyhill hat next as it reminds me of the one Lyra wears in the recent Dark Materials dramatisation.

  61. A beautiful book! Would love to work through every pattern in this book! I would start with the Skyfall Hat, and the mittens!

  62. I am hoping to knit the snowshoe socks and the mitten liners, right after I finish some knits for a new grandchild who is on the way. Just time more time!

  63. I would knit the Snowdrift wrap… I love snuggling into a big warm cloud, and this one looks SO soft. I’m quite taken by the idea of wrapping and tying behind as it is so big.

  64. I would embrace the Soirèe sweater – it caught my eye immediately so simple, cozy and a mild twist of cable – that’s my path thru my knitting journey. Thanks for the giveaway – Beautiful Book.

  65. I love this book! I would knit the snowshoe socks to use up some yarn remnants, but would start with the Persephone mittens because I love the idea of a lined mitten and could learn the techniques to add linings to other mitten (and hat?) patterns.

  66. I’d love to knit the Snowshoe socks from Knits About Winter for my hubby for his photography trip to the Scottish Highlands.

  67. Love this book, viola yarn and moel view yarn, have both in my stash. Have made favourite and snowshoe socks and for my next garment I am using my own handspun for a barn sweater.

  68. I’d love to knit a pair or two of the Snowshoe socks. I’ve recently restarted knitting socks again and am loving trying different patterns and yarns. This book would be a fantastic addition to my knitting library!

  69. I would knit the Eastwind jacket… it’s just the shape I’m looking for, it would be a joy to knit and it would probably become an heirloom to be handed down, I can only imagine the snugliness it would give me. Heaven!

  70. The Persephone mittens caught my attention right away (I love knitting mittens!), but the subtle details and great underbust stitch work in the Barn sweater would have my needles clicking fast!

  71. It would be all about the double mitts for me-living in NYC, our winter days can start ice cold and change to just a bit cold by the afternoon. It would be great to have this layering set to add/take away layers as the temperature changes throughout the day. Thank you fir this generous giveaway!

  72. in my pursuit of knitting down the stash, emily’s favorite socks would be a first knit for me….but then, in the spirit of INCREASING the stash, I would probably need to gather yarn to the soiree sweater. Love it@

  73. The Everyday Socks – I have been knitting since I was a young girl, but have never made socks. I purchased 3 skeins of Life in the Long Grass @ the NY pop up to start learning & have been researching patterns since November.
    Thank you for this fun, timely giveaway.

  74. I would love to knit the Snowdrift shawl for my grandmother. She’s 95 and is going south to Florida for the winter but is always cold, and wears one of my hand knitted shawls daily.

  75. Emily’s socks. I am in the mood for socks. And it’s great to find a new pattern. Looking forward to getting some of your great sock yarn to try out.

  76. I’ve been planning on knitting Soiree for ages! Now that I’ve finished Christmas present socks ( for my lovely dog walking neighbour) I could start now?
    It is such a wonderful book..

  77. I have in my queue the Snowshoe Socks, but knit with some sport-weight locally-made mohair/wool blend, which will hopefully make a warm and indestructible boot sock! I also want to knit the Interchangeable Mitten Liners; I never wear handknit mittens because they don’t keep my hands warm enough, and the liners are a genius idea!

  78. What an lovely give away. I just love the whole book but I love the cardigan, and I’m actively looking for a cardigan to make. The photography in the book is superb. It would be such a treat to have. I’ll cross my fingers till the 2th.

  79. I love the Full Moon wrap and that would be first one. Love everything about it. then its a toss between the Skyhill hat and Emily’s Favourite socks.

  80. I love all the patterns in the book, but this new year I have set myself a task of learning to knit my first pair of socks…..so I would LOVE to knit the socks in this book!!

  81. Soirée sweater is so lovely – and I would like to take up sock knitting again with Snowshoe or the Favourite Sock Variations.

  82. I would love to knit the double layer mittens my fingers get so cold when walking my dog this time of year and they’d be much easier to wear than gloves!

  83. You had me at the Persephone Mitts pattern, but then I started looking at the rest of the patterns and the beauty of the book and I had to jump from my smartphone to a larger screen to appreciate the photography. And the color ways—yum! I’ve played around a bit with natural dyeing using gathered materials and love the soft subtlety of the colors. Winter, indeed!

  84. Snowshoe socks. What my son and family living in Finland have been requesting but I have been uncertain about. Both yarn and pattern look perfect for their winter and me to make.

  85. I would love to have a go at knitting Emily’s favourite socks. I have knit socks and it is on my list of things to do in 2020

  86. It’s a snowy day here – our first snow day! I’m finishing up a hat and wow, this book. I’m going to make the cabled sweater coz cables are next on my Learn It list. Those beautiful socks too…Happy New Year to all of you at Loop.

  87. I’ve never made socks, but I think I’m ready! I’d give those a try. After making mitts on a small circumference, I think it should be do-able!

  88. It looks like a gorgeous book. I love the Soirée sweater and would love to have a go at that – after the Persephone Mittens and the Snowshoe socks. Beautiful!

  89. I love a lot of the accessories in this book – the mittens definitely but also the Skyhill and Full moon shawls. Most of all though, I’ve wanted to knit Barn since I saw it – simple and easy, just looks so comfortable. And maybe another Soirée – truly a beautiful sweater.

  90. I’d love to knit a pair of the mitts with liners – perfect for keeping my permanently cold hands warm when I’m out walking the dog!

  91. Oh, so beautiful, all these Knits About Winter! I have my eye on knitting Barn, then Soirée, and some socks of course. The Full Moon wrap is also lovely. All this will likely take more than one winter!

  92. I have had this book on my wish list for a while. I would knit the beautiful cardigan/jacket that is fastened with duffle coat buttons.
    I have been wondering how best to make a donation to Australia – your mention of Doctors Without Borders has given me the answer.

  93. I would knit winterberry so cosy if I am not lucky enough to win I 5hink I will be buying the book anyhow making me wish for snow

  94. I live on a small farm on Vancouver Island called La Ferme des Rêves’. I would so like to make the double mittens shown in this blog.

  95. I am relatively new to knitting and would love to try the Skyhill mitts and hat. I would also love to read more about Emily’s journey to having her own dye studio and the inspiration for her colour ways and designs. I hope that in time my skills would be up to trying some of the more adventurous patterns in the book.

  96. All the knits are so beautiful. I think I’d knit Winterberry as I often find that vests are perfect for winter warmth. Although I’m also sorely tempted by Persephone because nothing beats hand-knit mittens.

  97. Happy New Year!

    I would love to win the give away of the Double Mitts with clever liner and Emily’s book Knits About Winter and knit one of the beautiful shawls or Soiree sweater.
    We were lucky to visit London last October and one of my highlights was a visit to Loop London! We found our way from the tube in central London to your beautiful shop. I’m knitting with the fabulous yarns I lugged back to the USA – Weepaca, Uncommon Threads, etc. Just fabulous! Can’t wait to visit London again and your beautiful shop!

  98. Choosing which one to do first is the challenge. I was so excited when I saw the persephone and liner patterns. If there was no other reason to purchase the book, this alone would have done it. But also loved the skyhill hat and will probably do the mitts (mittens). but then too am interested in the barn sweater and one of the sock design versions. and… they say, don’t buy a book unless there are at least 2 – 3 patterns you want? Let’s try just about everything!

  99. There is a pop up shop near where I live and all the items from the book are on display. I love the persephone mittens and liners and the socks as I am an obsessive sock knitter.

  100. I think Barn is a must – although Soirée is also amazing! So many beautiful patterns – can I find the time to knit them all!

  101. I have this book which I love to lay in bed at night and look at the lovely pictures the patterns are all so lovely I would like to knit them all

  102. Thanks Loop for another great give away offer! 2020 is going to be my year of socks so I would love to knit the Snowshoe socks!!

    Have a great one!

  103. “Snowshoe socks” look brilliant and a perfect way to use my yarns of many colours. They would brighten the coming winter days to perfection. Thank you for another amazing giveaway.

    • I am allmost finished with my beautyful Soiree sweater in the most stunning yarn from viola ✨✨ i can’t wait to live in it the rest of the Winter ❄️

  104. I think one of the mitten patterns as they are something I’ve not tried before … although the whole thumb thing I find scary.

  105. What a lovely giveaway! I’d already been looking at the Persephone kit, but apart from that I really like the look of the Frost sweater, and have the perfect yarn in my stash :).

  106. I don’t think there’s anything in this book I wouldn’t love to knit, but first up ALL THE SOCKS. The double mitts are gorgeous, and the Welsh wool would be fantastic for knitting up for my husband, who was born in Wales but has lived here on the west coast of Canada since he was a small child.

  107. i have been coveting the persephone mittens, especially with our temps dipping to around -25c here for highs this coming week here in alberta.

  108. I want to make Emily’s favourite socks – I love the colour blocking. The simple elegance of the Persephone mitts makes me want to cast on tonight.

  109. Soirée! But the socks would be wonderful too. So proud of the contributions you have made to Doctors Without Borders and thanks for the update on Australia’s needs. xx

  110. Like so many others, the Soirée sweater would be my choice. I knit a lot of sweaters. That’s in addition to the favorite socks and Persephone mittens and liners that you have already mentioned. Lovely patterns all, in this book!

  111. Thank you Loop for another great giveaway. After knitting The Persephone mitts I would like to knit Emily’s favourite socks (in La Bien Aimee, tough sock, Bois de Rose) and then when my hands and feet were toasty warm have a go at Snowdrift.

  112. As you can never have enough layers in the winter, I would definitely be doing the tank top. It’s impossible to imagine how we will ever get cold again here in the Adelaide Hills, with the temp up to 45c and bushfire affecting our lives so much. However, even here is gets chilly in the winter,feeding into my love of crafting next to the woodstove.

  113. Oh lovely !! I’d love to knit the winterberry vest and the full moon scarf!! I need to try at once to knit some socks too!! The book is very tempting!! Xxx

  114. Beautiful book and patterns! I would love to knit both socks, Winterberry and Snowdrift- probably Soiree and Eastwind too! As well as the Persephone mittens and liners, such a clever idea.

  115. I really like the Persephone Mittens pattern and the idea of Mitten Liners! So cute! And then I would like to knit a nice and warm shawl, the book has lovely suggestions! What a wonderful present!

  116. This book has been on my list for a long time. Unfortunately we don’t have many yarn shops in my area. I would love to make the Double Knit mittens. I live in Northern Minnesota where the low last night was -27 Fahrenheit!

  117. So many beautiful patterns in this lovely book …quite spoilt for choice !
    I think I would start with the Snowshoe Socks .

  118. So much to love about this book and Persephone mitt pattern! I had to switch from my smartphone to a larger screen to take in the beauty of the photography. The landscape resonates with me as I, too, grew up in a “harsh, yet magical” landscape. Wonderful subtle shades of winter in photos and yarn.

  119. I bought the book last year specifically to knit this mitten set – alas I haven’t got round to it yet…
    Emily’s favourite socks are in the running too.

  120. Thanks for a lovely giveaway! I have the yarn to knit Soirée, and I’m just waiting to fit it in. I’ve loved this design, since it came out in Pom Pom Quarterly. I also love the idea of Snowdrift, but I don’t have enough stashed mohair/silk yet.

  121. Wow! What absolutely beautiful patterns! Apart from the Persephone mitts, I’d love to knit the Eastwind Jacket, the socks, Frost and and ….

  122. I would love to knit Emily’s Favourite Socks, I love hiking and have taken to knitting my own boot socks and the ones in this book look perfect. Such a beautiful book.

  123. I am currently knitting the Frost tunic, I am nearly there. I had been thinking about the socks but I would love to win the yarn for the mittens.

  124. What a lovely prize! I love all of the patterns obviously but I am particularly drawn to Emilys favourite socks just now . Toasty hands and feet are the best antidote to the chilly winter weather

  125. What beautiful yarn and inspiring patterns! I could definitely use the mittens and also love the Snowdrift pattern. Thanks for offering such a great prize.

  126. I would love to knit all of the projects in this gorgeous book, difficult to choose they all look cosy. Love the yarn of course…….

  127. Provided that if i were a more experienced knitter I would just commit myself to realizing all the patterns in the book in the course of 2020, I would anyway choose to start with Full Moon.

  128. I can’t stop thinking about Emily’s favourite socks… they caught my eye from the get-go! They would be my first project.

  129. I would definitely knit the Skyhill hat; it is reminiscent of the hat worn by Lyra in the BBC’s recent Dark Materials series.

  130. I would be very pleased to get the book and the kit.
    I do love Emily’s designs.
    She is great!

    I would knit her favourite socks too

  131. What a beautiful book and the colours are amazing. It would have to be the Snowshoe socks first for me for warm, toasty feet.
    Thank you.

  132. For me it would have to be the snowshoe socks – using up all my random balls of sock yarn means room for more and toasty toes too…win win situation!

  133. I woulf like to knit full moon to wrap aroind my shoulders, skyhill hat, and I think its time to learn how to knit socks.
    What I have sern from the book it looks wonderful.

  134. I would love to knit a wrap or shawl ready for our Australian winter. Although not as cold as yours, they do get a bit chilly out by the fire pit :-)

  135. It’s all fabulous; the book and yarns – all yummy.
    Great photography, just would love to browse this book.
    Thanks for the opportunity!

  136. So hard to pick just one pattern but the Skyhill Hat and the socks look like the perfect portable project to make on the tube – and beautiful enough to gift.

  137. What a wonderful book of patterns. I would knit Eastwind and Skyhill, both look terrific. Thanks for all the inspiration. Happy January!

  138. I’d love to make Eastwind, Snowdrift and Emily’s Favorite Sock Variations after the mitts….for starters. They are all lovely patterns!!

  139. Such a beautiful book! I’d love to make the Soirée sweater, Skyhill hat and Eastwind jacket. Thanks for a great giveaway.

  140. Definitely Emily’s favourite socks and the Soirée sweater (for starters!). I bought some really lovely yarn from your store while visiting from South Africa over the Christmas break, and these would be the perfect patterns to use my treasured Loop skeins on! :)

  141. Dear Loop friends,

    A wonderful book! I will love to knit a beautiful pair of socks for my mum.

    Best regards!

  142. I’d love to knit the Persephone mitts. While it’s summer here in Australia, I’d love to have them ready for our chilly winter.

  143. Bonjour et Bonne année 2020
    I try to speak english HAPPY NEW YEAR
    I love your store and i hope one day i can come to meet you
    Thank you for the giveaway patterns in the book knit about winter are so beautiful but i have a crush for soirée

  144. I just love the simplicity of the Barn jumper with just the right amount of du the detail that would perfectly suit my (in the works) capsule wardrobe. And -of course – I would love to make the mittens aswell! Basically most of the patterns, I would like to knit

  145. Those double mitts are great! I love the idea of putting the soft side next to your skin. I am eyeing to make Emily’s favorite socks and the soiree sweater.

  146. First out I would like to make the double mitts and then look at all those mezmarising photos in the book for future knits

  147. I’d love to try knitting the double mitts as the Moel View Yarn colours look beautiful for this pattern. I also can’t resist a pair of socks so definitely would try the snowshoe socks too!!

  148. After knitting the Double Mitts, I would like to knit the Snowdrift shawl. It looks beautifully light and snug, and I love the soft colours, and the simple geometric design.

  149. Hard choice! I liked the tank top with the moss stitch, cables and bobbles. Then I liked the shawl with the wavy pattern… THEN I saw the long pullover, longer at the back, with the side slits.. That’s the one!

  150. I would love to knit the Emily’s Favorite Socks i am new to sock knitting but i especialy love the colors of them but honestly everything looks so pretty!!

  151. Would love to make the Double Mitts – mitts are so much warmer than gloves and these look super warm. Such a great book

  152. Oh what a lovely giveaway ☺️ I’d love to make the snowshoe socks – I’ve aleatory knitted socks in single 4ply weight, but it would be great to have a pair of boot socks for the winter ❄️

  153. Amazing giveaway, this looks like a beautiful book, and Moel View Yarn is always super special. I’d love to knit the double mitts or any/all of the sweaters!

  154. I have never made mittens. So that will be in the list. And I am sure I will wip something else from the book. Have many yarn goodies from your shop

  155. What a lovely way to start the new year. I’ve really had my eye on the Persephone mitts and liners for a awhile. I love the idea of wearing them as I walk by the water. As for a second project, an afternoon sipping a hot chocolate flipping through “Knits About Winter” would be amazing. That’s how I would pick out that next project

  156. I would love to knit the Snowshoe socks as my first hand knitted socks! They would surely keep my feet very warm.

  157. I would knit the snowshoe socks to use the yarn I have left from other socks, and then work my way through the rest of this gorgeous book.

  158. I would absolutely love to knit the mittens! They yarn is so amazing! I’ve always wanted some, but my budget won’t allow it yet :(
    Thank you for the opportunity x

  159. I adore to learn how to knit the mitts. Quite possibly not the best item to learn to knit with, but I would very much love some.

  160. I would like to knit Full moon to wrap around my sholders, and also Winterberry. It seems to be a wonderful book.

  161. What a fabulous melange of world knitting this gorgeous book offers. I love the idea of Icelandic yarn that’s been born, bred, and woven in Wales. The boot socks sound like a project with my name on

  162. It’s hard to choose just one but I’d love to knit Frost. It looks so cosy and soft as if you were wearing a cloud! Such beautiful patterns.

  163. I love the sweater but reality tells me I would knit the simple socks. I love the simplicity and the colours used.
    When I visited your shop two years ago, all the way from Vancouver Canada, I ended up purchasing some Canadian Viola yarn as my souvenir because I have yet to find it in any local shop.

  164. I think I’d start with the Persephone Mitts and liners or Skyhill Hat. The whole book looks beautiful, I’d like to knit them all!

  165. ‘Knits about Winter’ is such a ‘cool’ name for such a ‘warm’ feeling book! Soirée sweater makes you welcome winter & overcome the January blues!!

  166. Soirée is definitely on the top of my list! I also love the Skyhill hat! Such a delightful book of patterns for the cold winter days!

  167. What a beautiful book ! As well as making the double mitts I would love to make a complete set and knit one of the shawls and hat.

    One of my aims for this year is to also knit a pair of socks and I would love to try Emily’s favourite socks.

    Thank you for such a lovely “giveaway”.

    • Such a dreamy book. Lovely pictures! I think the snow shoe socks would definitely be a bit, not only knitted by me, but also by my boyfriend. He loves knitting socks and is always looking for new and good patterns!

  168. I am nuts about Knits About Winter!
    Beautiful photography of 12 inspirational knits.
    I’d particularly like to knit the cosy socks and shawl – “Bendigedig”❣️

  169. It would have to be the snowdrift…. what a glorious shawl/wrap…. But just about everything in this book calls out to be knit!

  170. Such a beautiful book! The snowshoe socks because I’ve lots of 4ply to use up after n asking my mum the Tuli cowl which she fell in love with in yourshop of wonders!

  171. Ooh ..I would definitely want to knit the snowshoe socks..what a perfect way to use up loop stash on these cold nights. Definitely what midwinter evenings are for x

  172. I like all of the patterns in the book but I would first love to make the Frost jumper (and maybe one for my mum too!) – it looks so cosy yet stylish.

    Thanks for a lovely giveaway!

  173. Great giveaway! I would knit the hat for sure. This year my winter is all for Hats. Thank you and happy knitting days!

  174. I would love to knit the socks, despite the fact that there is hardly any winter in the Netherlands. But on my way to work by bike (11km) my feet doesn’t get cold.
    Since last yearn I’ve started to collect beautiful knitting books and this book completes the collection more.

  175. Skyhill would be my first project. The set would make me feel like I had had the oats for breakfast that gives you a warm glow but without the calories.

  176. I am hoping to knit the Soirée sweater. That glorious soft shape and the beauty of the detailing has my ❣as well as that name, making me think of lovely soft firelight and a close gathering of friends. Trying to knit with my stash from abandoned projects and bits and pieces of yarn at the moment so soirée will have to wait a while….

  177. First I would like to knit the Persephone mitts and then probably one of the beautiful socks. This is really such a lovely book full of interesting and good designs!

  178. I think the Soirée sweater would be top of my list from the book — good for London and heading home to Canada.
    Everything looks so beautiful, though. I’m sure there wouldn’t be a wasted pattern in there.

  179. I’d really like to knit the Skyhill Hat and Mitts. I remember the book coming out and thinking what a lovely knitting book.

  180. I’d love to knit the Snowshoe socks so that I could stomp about in the winter weather. And because knitting a pair of socks is one of my main goals in life.

  181. A pair of the cosy socks would be a must knit for me. But honestly all the patterns look amazing and I would be spoilt for choice!

  182. I love the Winterberry top, though I doubt my knitting skills would be up to it! But owning the book and knitting the mittens would probably spur me on to have a go.

  183. I’m really getting into hand-knitted socks at the moment so I’d love to try the sock patterns in the book – you can’t beat having warm feet! And warm hands so I’d try the Persephone mitts too with maybe a couple of interchangeable liners for them. I’d love a shawl as well……….

  184. So many comments, how are you ever going to choose!
    I love the look of Emily’s yarns too. Fortunately it gets quite cold in our part of Australia, so I’d knit myself a cosy pair of socks, but I’d have to knit a hat for my daughter too. She loves a beanie. I’d like to think I’d knit one of those cosy jumpers, but I’m such a slow knitter I’d be afraid of not completing it. (But I think I need to buy the book regardless!).

  185. I just love this book, I would not know which pattern to knit first.The mittens might be a good start to keep my hands warm.The colours in this book are all scrumptious.

  186. Knits about Winter book – all the designs are so essential for the warm and cosy Winter ! I am in love for a long time with the Persephone mitts, Winterberry west and Snowdrift shawl. This book can be a wonderful inspiration for gift knitting. All patterns are easy and fast knits with a lot of options.

  187. This really is a lovely collection, I hadn’t come across it yet. I do love the Persephone mitts, just what one needs in this weather….but the Full moon scarf is quite lovely as well. And I have only just started knitting socks, and love the idea of a pattern that helps use up leftovers!

  188. I would love to knit the Snowshoe socks if I have to choose one pattern. But most of all I’d like to knit everything from that book!

  189. I would love to win this beautiful book and kit to knit mittens for a dear friend who is undergoing chemo for ovarian cancer. She is in fact also my best knitting buddy, too – and I hope so much that when she recovers from this latest round of chemo and spring starts to appear again, that we can once more sit and knit together in our favourite places outdoors. Until then, these would keep her warm on our gentle walks, and the book would inspire her for our knitting adventures to come.

  190. It’s so lovely to see a pattern book that celebrates the snuggly side of winter!

    My birthday is in January (Not a hint, honest!) and it’s taken me about 40 years to realise that actually curling up with friends to knit can be just as special as a sun-drenched party!

    I’d love to knit one of the shawls and I have my eye on Qing Melted Baby Suri for a project so maybe that’s the perfect fit?

    Thank you for such a lovely giveaway! xxx

  191. I’d loved to knit Winterberry. It’s a beautiful book and I would knit loads of the designs but just love the contrasts between the different stitches on this.

  192. I would knit the sky hill hat and the soiree jumper – to be honest I would work my way through the collection as they are all beautiful.

  193. I just moved to the Alps with a minimalist wardrobe, determined to knit myself winter items. This book would be magnificent. Many thanks!

  194. I would like to knit the Skyhill hat. I have only knitted a scarf so far, and I think they would make good companions.

  195. I would also love to knit the Soirée sweater. So beautiful.
    The mittens could also be very useful as its getting colder.
    Such a great book full of lovely patterns.

  196. I love the ’Hyggeness’ (is that a proper word?) of all the patterns but particularly love Soirée. Imagine snuggling up by a warm fire surrounded by gentle candle light cocooned in soft fluffiness.

  197. I am eager to try the double mitts, but I also want to knit the socks. Just started my first pair of socks, and I want to try Emily’s patterns next.

  198. I would love to knit the Snowdrift Shawl, looks beautiful and would go so well with the Persephone Mittens (double mitts! wow – twice as warm!)

  199. What a beautiful photographed book… And the patterns look too pretty not to want to knit them all. I’m a little obsessed with those socks and mittens. Simple and elegant.

  200. I love the Snowdrift shawl. It looks so soft and cozy and would be a perfect accessory to wear in chilly days❄️❄️❄️

  201. I’d love to make the Eastwind jacket or the snowdrift shawl , they are just truly beautiful with the most spectacular colour ways imaginable they brighten up the coldest day with a touch of beauty and softness

  202. I would absolutely love to knit up all these beautiful patterns, possibly starting with the irresistable socks, then Snowdrift shawl and most definitely the Soirée sweater and work my way through them all!

  203. I would love to knit the Soirée sweater and the very stylish Persephone Mitts, in fact I’d love to knit everything in this particular book

  204. I love soirée, but I also love the snowshoe socks, eastwind and definitely the Persephone lined mitts. I need to look for this book and sit down with it!

  205. I’ve never made mitts before so would love to try that, otherwise I’d like to make the cosy snow shoe socks. Super giveaway, thank you.

  206. The Eastwind jacket would be a dream! Also the Snowdrift shawl and the Persephone mitts and the Skyhill things and then also everything else. Love these patterns so much!

  207. What a lovely giveaway – gorgeous combination of yarn and pattern. The Persephone Mitts are top of my list at the moment. Love them so much!

  208. I would like to knit the Soiree sweater, but would start with the Persephone mittens, to keep me cosy on my walks to and from work. Think I would knit them all though!

  209. I would knit the Persefone mittens for my daugther. I love the myth about Demeter and Persefone, how Demeter loves her dauther, and how she has to face being apart from her for half the year. Demeters longing for her daughter resulted in our seasons. The winter, when nature sleeps, I knit for my Persefone, to keep her warm. Love in every stitch.

  210. Wow – Everything in the book is adorable and beautiful. I would love to knit the Snowshoe socks to wear in Chamonix inside my snow boots and the Soirée sweater which is just gorgeous. The colours are all so amazing – I need them all in my life

  211. Oh so difficult to choose….I would have to say that the Skyhill hat and Full Moon wrap knit in Viola’s gorgeous Silver Birch yarn would be on the top on my list.

  212. I would love to get stuck into the mittens, but also: I really want to conquer my fear of socks! I know, it sounds slightly silly, I mean: intricate lace shawls hold no trepidation for me, I can knit hats in my sleep, BUT I just haven’t found the knack for understanding a simple sock pattern. Maybe 2020 will be the year…

  213. What a beautiful giveaway! I would love to make the snowshoe socks – I’m sure I could get them done in time for winter in the Southern Hemisphere!

  214. I would love to knit the Persephone mittens to keep me warm as a walk my baby in her pram this season. Those chilly fingers on long walks to lull her to sleep would be a thing of the past! I’m so excited about this book x

  215. There is such honest simplicity in Emily’s knits. I’d love to knit the Persephone Mitts and probably a heap of other patterns – hopefully I’ve just scraped in on the deadline. Thx

  216. The Double Mitts for my always-cold-hands, or the socks – I like the sound of thicker socks using a double strand of 4-ply (feet are always cold, too!)

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