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The Brioche Bomber (and fingergate)

Sometimes things take longer than you expect them to, and sometimes life just tells you to STOP EVERYTHING (like… right this second… put down the knitting needles and stop playing with the yarn) and rest for a while. If you’ve been following along with The Great Finger Injury on Instagram, you’ll know that life made me stop knitting, writing, typing or climbing for almost two weeks in October, and it was hard. Very hard.During this time, I was halfway through a whole pile of projects (including a gorgeous chunky cardigan in a collaboration with Cygnet Yarns – you might remember The Mossy pattern that I made using Mythically Chunky in August), and I couldn’t do anything. I desperately needed to...

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The Mossy

As a yarn-obsessed knitophile, I’m always on the hunt for new and interesting yarns to try. I’m also trawling through Instagram, Pinterest, magazines and blogs for inspiration, and I have a whole lot of exciting things to share with you in the coming months!One of my favourite discoveries is London-based @sincerelylouise, who makes THE cutest, quirkiest faux-taxidermy knit sculptures (if you haven’t checked her out, please do!) She launched a beautiful collaboration with Cygnet Yarns last year – a range of stunning shades in a super chunky, 100% acrylic-but-you-wouldn’t-know-it yarn called Mythically Chunky. Both Seriously Chunky and Mythically Chunky come in a range of gorgeous colours, and I took the plunge and bought the yarn. As soon as I had...

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Jumbo Yarn: How To join your ends

One of the best things about Jumbo Yarn is that you don't have to weave in ends! Hooray! Sure, there is a tiny bit of sewing if you want a professional looking finish, but that's ok. If you don't, you can knot the ends together (which is especially good on pillows because you can hide the knot on the inside!) Get your ends and squish them about a bit so they are a uniform shape. Trim off any threads from the ends. Grab a sewing needle and thread in a shade matching your yarn, and tie a knot in the end. I like to use Gutermann thread, as it is strong and comes in a huge range of colours! Insert...

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HOW TO: Knit your own Jumbo Hottie

I think there is nothing better than snuggling up with a hot water bottle when the weather is chilly, or  you have achey sore muscles giving you strife. This super chunky knitted hot water bottle cover is perfect for jazzing up a boring rubber bottle. Want to whip up your own? Keep reading below! Materials: 25mm circular knitting needles 1ball of KNIT SAFARI Jumbo Yarn a standard hot water bottle - I got mine from Amazon, but you could try your local hardware store or supermarket Techniques: Figure 8 cast on circular knitting Tension: 3 stitches x 4 rows = 10cm/4" square for Knit stitch Measurements: Approximately 20cm wide and 35cm long Instructions: Cast on 12 stitches using a Figure 8 cast on, or...

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HOW TO: Knit your own Jumbo Cushion

Want touch of extreme knitting to your home? This Jumbo Yarn round cushion is super fun to knit and you can whip it up in under 30 minutes! Keep reading below to make your own. Materials: 25mm circular knitting needles 1 ball of KNIT SAFARI Jumbo Yarn a round cushion insert, approximately 30cm in diameter Techniques: circular knitting Tension: 3 stitches x 4 rows = 10cm/4" square for Knit stitch Measurements: Approximately 30cm in diameter Instructions: Cast on 6 stitches, and join in the round, taking care not to twist your cast on edge. Place stitch marker. *Knit 1, increase 1*, repeating the section in between the stars to the end of the round. (12 stitches) Repeat Step 2. (24 stitches) Knit 3...

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