Gorgeous Crochet Things We Totally Love
If you’ve ever been to Loop you’ll know the first thing you notice is the sheer volume of gorgeous yarns from every corner of the world, but lately we’ve been feeling major love for some of our gorgeous crochet tools, and this week we’re giving them time to shine here on the blog.
One of the really great things about crochet is the simplicity of the crocheter’s tool. With one simple hook, worlds of beauty can be made. But just because a tool is simple doesn’t mean it can’t be elegant, and that’s why we’re long-time fans of Lykke’s Driftwood collection. We’ve had Lykke Driftwood Sets for ages, but we’re excited to also now sell Single Hooks. These silvery grey birchwood hooks are just wonderful to hold and to use.
We also adore the Tulip 18-piece Hook Set. This deceivingly slender case contains 18 pieces no crocheter should ever be without: eight single pointed crochet hooks, five steel crochet hooks, three yarn needles, a ruler, and a pair of scissors. Or if you want to go even more compact (and glam), Tulip’s Etimo Rose hook set is a great gift and a perfect setup for a new crocheter. Either set is perfect for crocheting on the go!
We also have tons and tons of incredible kits for crochet. More Mrs Moon blanket kits have just arrived and they are as gorgeous as ever. The vibrant Spring Bedspread Kit, lovely Sweet Dreams Baby Blanket, classic Chevron Blanket, bright Setting Sun Blanket, and intricate (but simple to make) Tutti Frutti Baby Blanket are all fabulous choices that really demonstrate the versatility of the crochet stitch.
If you’re looking for a smaller crochet project, you can’t go wrong with one of the kits from Rico. Sweet ricorumi characters include a Bunny, a Puppy, a Tiger, a Donkey, and even a Narwhal! We also love the Crazy Cute Family collection of ricorumi, including Family Girl and Family Friend kits. Or for a real seasonal treat, the Rico 2023 DIY Advent Calendar is a huge hit with 24 boxes of DIY treats like yarns and accessories. Create a Christmas garland or do your own thing with the treasures inside. This advent calendar is great for making tree ornaments too!
Speaking of seasonal treats, this is the perfect time of year to start making a Mistletoe Garland using our free crochet pattern. This is always a holiday favourite, but don’t wait until December to start stitching! With the weeks left until the holidays you could easily deck all your halls.
The holidays are one of the best times of year for knitting. Not only is it chilly here in the northern hemisphere, but also we all know knits make great gifts. Join Sophie Heathscott on Sunday 3 December for a class on Professional Finishing for Holiday Projects. Sophie will share all the tips and tricks to make your project look like it was knit by a pro this holiday season. She’ll cover weaving in ends, invisible seaming, picking up stitches for a neckline or armhole, and the transformative power of blocking. And for those of you already thinking about goals for the new year, we have a Crochet Improvers Class scheduled for Saturday 21 January. What could be better than a day of learning how to take your crochet to the next level in a cosy wool shop on a January day?
Only seven more sleeps until we launch Two of Daisies and Six of Daisies at Loop with Lindsay Degen! We can’t wait to share these sweet, quirky knits with you. And have you seen the very special Loop project bag we’ve designed just for this launch? This pattern goes live on Friday 27 October, with oodles of kits and a meet and greet with Lindsay Degen at Loop. If you can’t make it Friday, Lindsay will be around the shop on Saturday 28 October as well. We can’t wait to welcome this project to the world and celebrate with you!
We’re so excited to welcome Judit Gummlich to the shop this Saturday 21 October for her trunk show! You can see a preview of all the gorgeous swatches she’ll be bringing from Embroidery on Knits on her Instagram page. Bring your copy of Judit’s book for her to sign, or we’ll have plenty available to buy on the day. Plus, for one day only there will be a 10% discount on all embroidery threads both online and in the shop to celebrate Judit’s visit. This is the perfect weekend for all you embroidery fans to visit as we’ve just received Sajou’s Farandole Alsacienne Box of Embroidery Threads and the super rare, extra special Sajou Scissors in Mother of Pearl and Tortiseshell. These are really a collector’s item, a true treasure
Welcome to the wild and whimsical world of Natalie Lété, where gnomes frolic with hedgehogs and mushrooms and hibiscus flowers provide a stage to tiny dancers. The work of this Parisian artist always wows, and we’re so glad to have more wonderful things in the shop in the form of a pouch, a tote, a handkerchief, and two silk scarves — one celebrating Paris and the other mushrooms. Nathalie’s work is such a rich and artful addition to any wardrobe, handbag, or project bag (how perfect would these pouches be for keeping all your haberdashery bits together?) and they’ll bring a little bit of wonder into any life they touch.
Join Shetland designer Janette Budge at the Perseverance Pub in Holborn on Thursday 26 October at 7pm for a wonderful night of stitching and learning. Janette’s talk will cover Shetland knitting from the late 1800s through to the development of stranded colourwork yokes and will include pictures from her own family albums. Plus there will be a door prize of one of Janette’s gorgeous Fair Isle patterns with some Jamieson’s yarn! Sign up to attend here. If you need even more Shetland in your life, The wait is over for Grand Shetland Adventure Knits! This fantastic new volume out today from Laine Publishing features travel stories and knitting patterns by designers Mary Jane Mucklestone and Gudrun Johnston. Hurry, these are selling fast!