Bring on the Cold Weather

Boy, do we have a bumper launch for you this month, with lots of new yarns, shades and patterns to try and enjoy.

Life Vintage Look

Launched last year, Life Vintage Look is a beautiful melange of harmonious shades that knit up to give a subtle striped effect.  We are launching six pattern leaflets featuring beautifully wearable jumpers, cardigans and accessories, showcasing our three new shades – Moorland, Prairie and Volcano.

Alpaca Tweed

We know how much you love the Alpaca Tweed family of yarns so we have news shades AND new patterns for you.

Alpaca Tweed DK welcomes two new shades – Orchid and Marine featuring in designs which have a distinctly modern feel with unusual cables twists, cropped tops and fluted sleeves. But it’s not just about the garments, we have essential accessory designs including two ponchos, featuring lace stitches, and two colourful shawls, perfect for wrapping yourself up in.

We have added two new classic shades to the Alpaca Tweed Chunky palette – Blush and Emperor.  This yarn is just right for the colder weather and our lovely patterns feature richly cabled jumpers and cardigans to keep the chill at bay, as well as cosy shawls and a wonderful geometric cushion design by crochet superstar Annelies Baes.

Weekender

What a feast of patterns we have to offer you in Weekender, a delicious super chunky yarn.  The collection includes textured sleeveless tops, cardigans, a jumper with a bold lace leaf design as well as super-cute bags and a special cushion and blanket set by Annelies Baes.  The Weekender palette has expanded to include three new colours – Greenstone, Old Rose and Silver.

Swift Knit Mega

For that catwalk-ready, over-sized look you can’t do better than Swift Knit Mega.  Not only is this a sumptuous yarn but its combinations of colours are designed to fit into any wardrobe.  The cosiest of designs include garments, an on-trend wrap, scarves, cowls, hats and gloves.  Or why not bring some texture into your home with our cushion designs.  For this season there are five new shades – Ash, Flint, Heather, Peony and Wedgewood

With so much on offer, we are curious to know which yarn you will try first. Tell us by leaving a comment on our Facebook page, by the 31st of October, and one of you will win some lovely yarn featured in this blog!

Blogstar Takeover with Get Knotted Yarn Craft

The Stylecraft Blogstars have so much knowledge and experience between them. We have decided to let them take over our blog from time to time, so that they can share some of their tips with you.  The first is Angela Armstrong from Get Knotted Yarn Craft with some fantastic ideas about colour. Over to you, Angela.

Angela

Inspiring Colour 


One of the most common complaints or issues that I see in the yarn world is colour. People begging for colour help, or swooning over other people’s work and wishing that they had such good colour sense.

I’m writing this post to tell you that it is not as hard as you think, in fact YOU HAVE AN AWESOME EYE FOR COLOUR!

That’s right, you heard me, you do! It’s much more likely that your issue is confidence in your choices and that you are unaware of your awesome potential.

It’s going to be OK, because I’m going to give you some fabulous tips and tools to help you out.  So, let’s get started.

Top five tips to easy colour inspiration. 

  1. Open your wardrobe and take a look.  If you’re anything like me, you stick to a range of safe colours.  That’s perfectly fine.  Pick your favourite one, even if it’s black. Now, go to your browser and search for “[insert your colour here] and colour geometric patterns”.

For example: green and geometric patterns.

Now switch to image results and start scrolling. They may be all monochromatic to start with, but as you keep going you will find variations and combinations that you would never dream of.

  1. Look around your house.  You have surrounded yourself with things that you like.  So, look more closely at them.

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The pattern on your grandmother’s China cup, the Lilliput Lane cottage, the print or painting on your wall, your carpet, throw/rugs, cushions and even your favourite coffee mug and fridge magnet.

You have been making bold and enlightened colour choices for years without realising it!

  1. Look in a catalogue.  Even if it’s just groceries.  Advertising agencies and marketing gurus spend millions on developing brand and colour recognition.  So take a leaf out of their book and use their researched ideas.  That cereal box that has too much sugar has a great combination.

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  1. ‘The thing I’m making is for my great uncle John who is a real curmudgeon and his house is a mish mash of colour and design’, you wail.

OK, look at what he wears.  Jackets, cardigans, socks, ties even his glasses frame. Pick the two most common colours, even if it’s black and grey, you can still work with that.

Choose a third colour to give him joy, some corner of his soul will appreciate it. It doesn’t have to be lurid pink, it can be subtle like gold or cream.

  1. If it’s a commission or mystery gift and you’re given a single colour, you’re way ahead of the game. Try and get the person to be specific.  Fire engine red, cornflower blue, or the same purple as that dress that actress wore on the red carpet.

Go to your favourite yarn brand (Stylecraft of course, lol) and look at their purple shades. If you have a specific shade you can match, awesome.  But if you’re worried about being off enough to clash, then look at contrasting colours using the tools below.

Tools

  1. Colour calculator

Once you have a basic colour, it’s time to get the other shades. There are some great sites out there that can teach you about colour theory and harmonics, but if you don’t have time or aren’t inclined,  this site is for you;

https://www.sessions.edu/color-calculator

You choose the colour on the wheel, the depth or intensity on the bar beside it, and then you can choose what kind of accompaniment you wish – opposite, harmonic, contrasting etc. It then gives you the ideas for the right shades

  1. Design Seeds

If you have no constraints and are simply looking for a palette, then you cannot go past this fabulous site. The designer takes gorgeous photos and then analyses them to show the palette contained.  Just go look, it’s well worth it.

https://www.design-seeds.com

  1. Granny Square Colours

Now, now, bear with me.  It doesn’t have to be a square. You’re looking at how rounds of colour work together. So if it’s a granny square, a detailed square, a Mandala, a doll, whatever. You can use this tool to show you how to mix it up and what different versions look like.

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(Firenze Afghan Block by Julie Yeager, images sourced from Ravelry)

http://granny-square-colors.com/

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(Sourced from Granny Square app using 7 colours)

  1. Random Stripe Generator

This is a seriously awesome tool.  I’ve used it for bedspreads, shawls, gloves and a jacket concept design.  You’re only limited by your stash.

This is another tool that you can fool around with for ages and never hit the same combination twice.  Plug in your colours and the maximum stripe width and off you go!

http://www.biscuitsandjam.com/stripe_maker.php

There you are, a swag of ideas and tools to equip you to shine with your own inner awesomeness.  Seriously, the only thing holding you back, is you!

So, go on, get knotted. I mean get knotting.