Monday, December 28, 2009

How you Made it: Torridon Cushion

The Torridon Cushion featured in the very first issue of knitonthenet in November 2006. A beautiful addition to any chair, the original was knitted in an alpaca blend using a colour palette from nature.

There have been some lovely interpretations of the pattern including the two below which were knitted by Clasca from Amsterdam as gifts.

Cosy Pillow by Reisreus on Ravelry

The red version, knitted from soft merino wool was made for her niece, while the green cushion below, she knitted for her sister in law.

Another Pillow by Reisreus on Ravelry

Be sure to click through and check out the colours she has used on the flap of the cushion - she's put some great colours together.

If anybody reading has made a Torridon cushion, please do let us know in the comments. We'd love to hear from you.

editorial assistant

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Season's Greetings!

Snowman in Okaimeden by Squirmelia on Flickr


to all of our readers,
Susan, Gavin, Ingrid
and all at knitonthenet


Friday, December 18, 2009

Don't be Shy: Show us your Projects!

Truffle by Just call me Ruby © knitonthenet

We would love to see what you have been making from knitonthenet patterns for holiday gifts this year (after the intended recipients have opened them, of course!)

Please do add your images to our Flickr group pool, post them to the Ravelry group or Facebook page or email them to me at ingrid[at]

We are planning a few blog posts to show off your marvellous work in the New Year, so get your pictures in!

Happy knitting

editorial assistant

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Last Minute Knits

With ten days or so left before the holidays are upon us, you've still time to whip up a quick knitted gift or two before Christmastime. Here are a few examples which you could make from the knitonthenet archives.

Crofter's Hat by Mairead Ramsey; photograph © knitonthenet

The Crofter's Hat by Mairead Ramsey is made with super-bulky yarn for a quick knit. It can be adapted by yarn colour for both men's and women's hats, making it a good all rounder.

Pretty Pretty Pretty Gloves © knitonthenet

These lovely wrist-warmers can again be made in a whole host of colours to suit your gift recipient and is a great way to show off a variagated yarn. Knitted from one ball, this stashbuster will make a great present for the female members of your family.

Plain and Simple Scarf by Gavin Crawford © knitonthenet

Scarves are a perennial favourite for Christmas presents and are an easy make even for the beginner. Both the Plain and Simple Scarf (above), and the Beginners Crochet Scarf are perfect for all ages to keep warm on these chilly winter months.

Beginners Crochet Scarf by Aruba Blue; photograph © knitothenet

Happy knitting

editorial assistant

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

New Arrivals and Last Minute Shopping

Perfect Christmas Jumper © Susan Crawford

We are very pleased to be able to announce some new additions to the knitonthenet shop, just in time for the holiday season.

The Perfect Christmas Jumper (pictured above) by knitonthenet editor Susan Crawford, is inspired by the classic 1940s silhouette. It has box sleeve heads and is designed to be worn fitted at the waist.

The pattern is available as a PDF file and is great value at just £3. Will it be your Christmas jumper?

This pattern is part of the Vintage Christmas Knits booklet (pictured below) which can be pre ordered now as an e-book or as a printed booklet, again from the knitonthenet shop.

Vintage Christmas Knits © Susan Crawford

There are 16 glamorous yet practical knits in the booklet, perfect for the chilly winter months. Inspired and adapted from knitting patterns of the 1900s to the 1950s, Susan has come up with some brilliant patterns for today.

Including Fair Isle gloves, Hot water bottle cover, Motoring Hood, Slippers, Cape and a Cuddly toy(!), there are lots of things to make as Christmas gifts or for yourself.

A Stitch in Time 2010 Calendar © Arbour House Publishing

There is also still time to order a copy or two of the 2010 A Stitch in Time calendar! It is A4 size and features beautifully shot images of garments from the book A Stitch in Time.

Get yours now!

editorial assistant

Sunday, December 06, 2009

How you made it: Lydia Scarf

Lydia Scarf by LazyKate Image © knitonthenet

The Lydia Scarf, from knitonthenet Issue 3 is a pretty scarf knitted in DK weight yarn. Designed by LazyKate, her original coral-coloured scarf is pictured above.

There have been some great interpretations of the scarf such as these two by Rhona from Sheffield:

Another Lydia Scarf by Cryinglion (Ravelry link)

Nancy from California used a yarn with a long colour change to make her Lydia Scarf giving it a whole new look:

Lydia Scarf by yarnadjuster (Ravelry link)

Lydia Scarf with Flowers by LazyKate (Ravelry link)

If you like the Lydia Scarf, then you may also like LazyKate's Lydia Flowers pattern (pictured above) which complements it beautifully.

There's still time to knit one for Christmas, you know...

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Tuesday, December 01, 2009

It's not just about the Patterns!

I wonder what your favourite thing is about knitonthenet?

We all must have a favourite pattern or three, but what of the featured articles? We have three years' worth to explore covering such diverse topics as the Icelandic Knitting Tradition to Felt Burial Shrouds.

Here are a few of my favourites:

1950s Handmade Buttons

Going Indie (Getting Started with Self-Publishing)

Jane Waller's Ten Reasons to use Fine Yarns

What are yours? Let us know in the comments...

editorial assistant