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!

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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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Our Favourite Knitting Websites

Ravelry

Ravelry is a social network purley for knitters. It focuses on connecting people based on the hobby of knitting and crochet. Imagine Facebook but just full of hobbyists sharing knitting ideas and patterns. Ravelry is a great place to meet people with the same hobby as you and you can even sell completed knits in their online marketplace to other members.

Knitting Pattern Central

This website is great for finding knitting patterns for a new project and they also have a great archive of knitting tutorials to help you learn new techniques to impress you friends at your next meet with your knitting group. You can also do the same and submit tips and tricks to the website for the rest of the community to read.

All Free Knitting

The All Free Knitting Website is totally dedicated to offering its users with a huge archive of Free knitting patterns and tutorials to help people become lovers of knitting. This website even goes to the extend to review all sorts of different types of Wool and Yarn, offering you the perfect place to find just what you need for any project you are embarking on.

UK Hand Knitting Association

This is a body that represents many things to do with knitting around the UK. Here you can find out about local craft groups, find local craft shops, find out about events and shows, and of course learn to knit. This website can be a very good starting point for a beginner to the world of knitting.

Stylecraft Wondersoft Knitting Pattern – 8531 DK

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Stylecraft Baby Knitting Pattern £2.99

This Stylecraft Wondersoft knitting pattern booklet number 8531 will show you how to knit two beautiful baby cardigans, a baby blanket and cute little knitted baby hat.

The two cardigans both feature timeless detailing with coordinating borders and are perfect for layering with baby’s sweet little outfits. Simple and stylish, once knitted up these baby cardigans will suit any occasion – you just need to decide which colour to knit them in!

The baby blanket pattern will produce a chic knitted baby blanket to measure approximately 61cm x 91cm (24″ x 36″) and the baby hat can be knitted in one size to suit the size range of the knitting pamphlet.
This Stylecraft knitting pattern is suitable for use with most double knit yarns, however tensions may vary and we recommend you knit a test swatch before knitting the whole garment.

This Stylecraft knitting pattern is available to buy from our online store today at just £2.99!

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