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Debbie Bliss’s Blissful weekend

This week’s post is by guest blogger and designer Graeme Knowles-Miller… For many knitters, colour is a huge source of inspiration. This month Debbie Bliss got together with a group of creative knitters at the aptly-named Majestic Hotel in Harrogate for a series of workshops. The plan was to explore the use of colour, from starting inspiration to […]

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Wedding weather: free Debbie Bliss bridesmaid pattern

Wedding season is nearly upon us, and if you’re looking for a sweet shrug for a bridesmaid or flower girl, Debbie Bliss has just the thing! Debbie’s daughter Nell got married to her fiancé Tim in a magical ceremony in Tuscany last autumn and all the bridesmaids kept off the October chill in stylish shrugs […]

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Spring blossoms: DY Choice Baby Cloud Aran

The spring blossom is glorious this year and every time I walk the dog I bump into new mums, out walking their babes in shiny just-bought prams. Spring is a traditional time to welcome new life into the world and it’s a great excuse to cast on a cute baby knit. DY Choice have a […]

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Top tips for toys: New patterns

There are some lovely new crochet toy designs out from Debbie Bliss, which got me thinking about all the toy patterns I’ve tech edited over the years. Toy patterns can be very long, and a little overwhelming if you’ve not made one before. But they’re usually pretty simple to make, so here are a few of […]

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Baby blanket knitalong part 2: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

I foolishly thought spring was around the corner, it’s turned Baltic again and I’m actually wearing fingerless mitts while I type this post! A blanket is the perfect project to cosy under when the weather gets chilly so that gives you another great excuse to cast on. So if you’re on the hunt for some weekend knitting then I’m […]

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Reversible cable scarf: Free pattern

I’ve got a serious case of ‘one-more-row-itis’ at the moment. I’m never very good at going to bed at a reasonable hour, but last night I was up until 1am, working on my reversible cable scarf and watching old episodes of Nashville (admission – I love a cheesy country song). The pattern is a new freebie […]

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Top tips for socks: Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock

The first pair of socks I knitted were an absolute disaster. There were holes in the gusset, I forgot to work plain rows between decreases, giving the heel a very square shape, and I even grafted the toes together perpendicular to the foot! I’ve been knitting some socks recently in Debbie Bliss Rialto Luxury Sock […]

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It’s knitalong time: Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Oooo, I love a knitalong. Knitting is a bit of a solitary sport, so it’s nice when you have an excuse to doing something more communal. Designer Yarns have a new knitalong, that’s perfect for Debbie Bliss fans, or anyone with a little one to knit for. Sandra Oakeshott’s has designed a stylish baby blanket […]

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After the rain: Louisa Harding Marmo

I have been thinking about the rain a lot this week and have been knitting it too! The sky is clear today after the departure of Storm Doris, but my needles are still speaking to me of water, thanks to the ‘raindrops’ swatch I’m knitting in Louisa Harding Marmo. This stitch pattern comes from Wendy […]

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Yarn love

When I started knitting again about 12 years ago I didn’t really know what I was in for. My prime goal in buying yarn was to ‘save money’ so I stuck to the cheap and cheerful stuff available at my nearest market stall. It was only when I ventured to a knitting group run by […]

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