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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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Crochet your own Sparkly Fishnet Socks

Last week, I posted the pattern to my knitted fishnet socks, and promised a crochet version for all the crocheters out there. The first half of this sock zoomed by, and I was super excited - it was looking fishnetty and was such bliss to crochet. Then I got to the hem and got stuck for 4 days... the lurex just was not stretch enough to get over my instep and heel, or was too loose and floppy around my ankle. I tried working a front post/back post mock rib, but that was a failure too. I rummaged through my craft supplies and found some black lingerie elastic, and finally had a good solution! (Next time I'll splurge on some matching...

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Knit your own Sparkly Fishnet Socks

One of the biggest trends of 2017 is is the once maligned, often halloweened, fishnet stocking. Layered under jeans on Instagram to show a sexy bit of skin, or paired with a mule for a modern spin on 90s chic, some stores can't keep them in stock long enough to meet demand. From Lolita to lingerie fetish, Roller Derby to Goths and Rockers, fishnets are appealing to a broad range of fashionistas. (Click through to pinterest for image credits) Fishnet stockings are commercially produced on giant "weft" knitting machines, with up to 400 needles and cranking out a pair in 2.5 to 8 minutes. I gave myself the challenge to knit my own pair (although not at the commercial production speed!),...

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Pussyhat Project: Chunky Style

The Pussyhat Project is a global movement that started as a small project among friends, and has spread across the world. On Instagram, #pussyhatproject has over 50,000 posts and this is only set to continue to grow.  Do you want to make your own Pussyhat and learn how to make it look seamless and professionally finished? Well I have the perfect pattern for you! Materials:  120g of Crazy Sexy Wool 12mm circular knitting needles (I like Pony plastic or KnitPro needles, the plastic doesn't add weight to your work and the KnitPro needles are hollow electroplated brass so it doesn't stick to the yarn) Sewing needle Techniques:  Long-tail cast on Circular knitting Kitchener stitch Tension: 6.5 stitches x 11 rows = 10cm/4" square...

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Chunky Knits and Slow Fashion

As a chunky knit fan, I'm always excited to try different brands to see how the yarn works up, how they word their patterns, and how squishy the fibres are. I've spent a lot on kits and supplies from Wool And The Gang and pure pencil roving from various yarn suppliers based in the UK. We Are Knitters are trying to “change the world, one stitch at a time” and have a variety of kits for knitters, knotters, crocheters and petit pointers in recycled packaging, from sustainable fibres, with 100% natural beechwood needles. They sent me the Nolita Sweater to try, in Dark Spotted Grey (a new shade!), and I thought that this would be the perfect way to kick-start my...

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