Top 5 Autumn Knits

With the colder weather approaching fast I have searched the internet for my top 5 free autumn knitting patterns; I hope you like them!

First up is these gorgeous scallop lace hat from Ruby Submarine. A really pretty modern design perfect for the cooler weather; this could be created in any colour although I am loving this colour!

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Next we have these cute autumn leaves from My 1929 Charmer. These could be used for all different craft projects and would probably fun to get the kids involved too.

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One of my big favourites has to be this easy knitted headband from A Stash Addict Blog. Perfect for the cold weather and look super cute on both children and adults,;love the idea of matching mother and daughter ones!

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A must have for everyone’s autumn wardrobe this Stockholm scarf from All Free Knitting. Much nicer to have a hand knitted scarf in your choice of colour than to get a boring shop bought one!

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And finally I have found these cute fable mitts from Just A Day Dream Arts. It’s always a good idea to have a nice pair of knitted gloves and even better when they are fingerless making using your phone etc still easy to use whilst keeping your fingers warm!

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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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The Innocent Big Knit – Get Involved

Need a new idea to keep the kids entertained over the school holidays? how about joining in with The Big Knit?. Every year hundreds of people knit tiny little hats to go on the top of innocent smoothie bottles to help raise money for Age UK.

For each smoothie that is sold with a hat on,  25p of that sale will be donated to the charity “Age UK”. This is a great cause to get involved in and we encourage you to buy a smoothie with a cute hat. Age UK invest a great deal of money into helping the elderly stay warm and toasty during the cold winter months and every little donation helps. Last year over £200,000 was raised to help keep thousands of older people warm and healthy in the UK.

There is plenty of time to have a go at some of innocent’s own creations ranging from beginner patterns to advanced  all available on their website, which they kindly provide the free knitting patterns for. If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous create your own designs, how about some cute little animal designs or some funky avenger style hats, the ideas are endless!

We think these cute little hats could be used for lots of things, fab for the kiddies toys, cute little bottle toppers for wine gifts or just to decorate your house. For the perfect wool to get you started try our Dolly Mix Wool from King Cole. Alternatively you can take a look at our entire wool selection on our website.

Enjoy The Big Knit!

Free Knitting Patterns

Armadillo Knitting PatternOn our travels around the internet we stumbled upon a great post made by the telegraph giving out some free knitting patterns. According to the article, designers Sally Muir and Joanna Osborne had a huge success with their “Knit Your Own Dog & Cat” books. They have gone on to release another book called Knit Your Own Zoo.Chameleon Knitting Pattern In This article they have kindly given out some of the zoo themed knitting patterns for free, so we thought we would share them with you. They would probably make a fantastic weekend project and we have the perfect wool for the job.

Our Dolly Mix DK Craft & Toy Wool comes in 20 different shades perfect for using when making knitted animals like this. You can take a look at the available shades on our online store.

National Knitting Week

This week is National Knitting Week and we thought we would take the time to let you know about the exciting things happening.

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The UK Hand Knitting Association is running a campaign called PicKnit encouraging people all over the country to invite their friends to Picnics (Indoors or Outdoors) while Knitting. To find out how to get involved and host your very own PicKnit head on over to the UKHKA website.

If you are going to be taking part in national knitting week then you will most likely need some high quality wool to satisfy any guests at your PicKnit. We can provide you with some of the best wool on the market at competitive prices.

Take a look at our entire range of wool and yarn here. While you’re there you might consider picking up a festive knitting pattern for the Christmas season too.

Enjoy National Knitting Week!