The Christmas Jumper – Love it or hate it?

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Now the weather is turning cold and wet it’s making me think about warm clothes and the next big event that everyone loves; Christmas! Whether you love it or hate it, you can not deny that the Christmas jumper is one of the most talked about items of clothing every winter.

It is only in recent years that it has made a comeback and has now become a must have item for everyone’s winter wardrobe. All the top high street stores stock them and they fly out fast but what is becoming increasingly popular is hand knitted versions; just like the ones you never wanted to wear that your Granny had knitted for you!

Why not get crafty and try knitting your own this year? We stock lots of Christmas knitting patterns, including jumpers and outfits for both children and adults!

Tinsel Chunky Wool Yarn By King Cole

This beautiful wool by King Cole now has some fantastic shades; bronze, copper, black, turquoise and pink.

Priced at just £2.14 (+ shipping), this tinsel yarn is set to become a firm favourite with knitters worldwide.

Made from 75% Polyester & 25% Lurex this wool really does have a lovely sparkle to it, perfect for the patterns that you get free when purchasing the wool.

We also sell an extremely cute Tinsel Hedgehog family pattern which would be ideal to make up for Christmas.

 

 

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Freebie Friday – Owl Hat

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It’s Friday again so I have been on the hunt for my favourite free pattern of the week! Whilst browsing Pinterest I came across this incredibly cute owl pattern by Sarah over at Repeat Crafter Me.

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This fab owl hat pattern is suitable from newborn size right up to adults and can be created in whatever colours you fancy; from soft pastel shades right up to multicoloured brights! The pattern has cute button details for the eyes and is finished with tassles on the top, you could even embellish the hats further if you wanted to make them a little bit more individual.

These would be ideal for the coming winter months and very popular for children for when they go back to school. The full free pattern can be found here, where Sarah has posted very good instructions including images to help you create the hat.

For lots of other patterns and wool check out our website.

Happy Knitting x

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Baby Knitting Books

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There is nothing more precious and special to a family than a new baby, especially those that are long-awaited for or those who arrive early. Whether you’re the mum to be, new parents, grandparents, family or friends one of the most personal and thoughtful gifts you can give or receive when a new baby arrives is a hand knitted garment.

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Here at Mill Outlets we have a fantastic selection of King Cole Knitting Pattern Books for babies right through from premature size to 2 years.  Each book has a charming collection of hand-knit garments in classic yarns which are soft and gentle against young skin. The books are filled with lots of cute, comfortable and practical garments and nursery essentials to keep baby snug. These knitting pattern books are great value for money at just £7.99 each and are available on our website right now along with lots of DK wool suitable for knitting these garments.

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Baby Book 1 is a collection of 12 classic and modern designs suitable for all knitting abilities. The designs include : Blankets, coats, bonnets, boots, cardigans, dungarees, waistcoats, jackets, mittens, scarf, hats & a teddy bear suitable for both boys and girls.

Baby Book 2 is a collection of 12 colourful designs by Jenny Watson including : cardigans, sweaters, hats, jackets, blanket & cushion, socks, slip over, bolero style cardigan, mittens & booties.

We also sell Baby Book 5 which is a collection of 35 stylish knits by Sue Batley-Kyle.  A collection of beautifully soft garments in a palette of delicate pastels. This collection varies slightly from the others by having design names rather than numbers. Some of the designs include :

  • Little Vintage
  • Lace & Bobbles
  • Little Pink
  • Little Stripey
  • Little Retro
  • Little Sunshine
  • Little Frilly

This really is a  collection of gorgeous stylish knits to wrap up your little ones; cosy hats, hooded coats & snug little booties. For those special occasions there are the prettiest of cardigans and dapper little jackets which co-ordinate with the most beautiful blankets. Chunky ribbed jackets for your cheeky chap, vintage styling for every girls wardrobe and snuggly shoes for toasty toes; design favourite’s you will want to knit again.

Happy Knitting x

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Rainy Day Activity with the Kids – Finger Knitting

So with the good old British weather failing us today, here at Mill Outlets I decided to find a new activity to keep the kiddies occupied whilst it was cold and wet outside.

Whilst browsing the web I came across Finger Knitting; the perfect, relatively easy and cheap activity to do on a lazy afternoon on the sofa. Even better it can easily be taken along with you on a car journey to keep them entertained.

It’s not only a fun and creative activity for the kids,  it also teaches them about pattern recognition and how to follow instructions therefore making it a useful learning experience too!

All you need to get started is some wool , yarn or string (any colour you fancy, you can really let your imagination run wild here) and a pair or scissors (adult supervision needed with the little ones). I have found some basic instructions which I will list here but have also added an album to our pinterest full of ideas and instructions.

Happy Finger Knitting!

How to Finger Knit

  • Form a slipknot in your yarn and place it over the index finger of the hand you don’t write with – if you are right-handed, place the slipknot on your left index finger.
  • Pull firmly. You will now have two strands of yarn, the short end and the long one that is attached to your ball of wool or string. Allow both strands to hang below your finger.
  • Using your other hand, bring the long end of yarn behind and over your index finger, so now you have two strands of yarn over your finger.
  • Lift the first strand of yarn up and over the second strand and off the finger.
  • Grasp the two ends of yarn beneath your finger and tug on them gently to close the chain you have created and draw it up towards your finger.
  • Repeat until your chain is the desired length. Cut the yarn and secure tightly with a knot.