Saturday, 2 June 2012

This Week in Knitting: A Royal Celebration

I haven't been around on the internet at all since last Thursday, due to my M.E getting bad. We think I'm back on the mend now so there should be a few posts on the way over the next week or so. I thought I would kick off the jubilee weekend with a Royally Inspired edition of This Week in Knitting.
© Rowan Yarns, 2012

Get comfy in style while you watch the Jubilee celebrations this weekend by knitting 'this beautiful royal cushion, with a lovely crown motif on the knitted front and a union jack style appliqué fabric back, designed by Anna Nikipirowicz and using the ever popular British Sheep Breeds DK yarn.'

The pattern is available for free on Ravelry as apart of the Rowan Jubilee Knits - Online Collection. There are some lovely patterns in the collection, another one of which I'll be featuring in this weeks edition.

The cushion uses Purelife British Sheep Breeds DK yarn by Rowan. A wonderful silky smooth 100% British Wool, undyed, plied yarn which I would be happy to knit with any day. In the UK you can buy the yarn from Deramores for £5.95 a skein. I also managed to find it in the US at Yarn Market for $8.35 a skein.

© Rowan Yarns, 2012
If you are one of the many having a street party, then you'll need Bunting!! 'Knit this quirky Jubilee Bunting in the beautiful Pure Wool DK, with 3 different motifs for you to mix and match, this project will get your celebrations off to a great start.' The pattern is free to download if you are a member of the KnitRowan website (if you aren't, it doesn't take long to sign up!). Yarn used for this pattern is Pure Wool DK by Rowan.

You can buy the yarn in the UK from Deramores, for £4.75 a skein, and in the UK from Jimmy Beans Wool from as low as $4.25 a skein.

© 2012 Alex Bump
It may be June but the British weather is never a certainty, so having a pair of Jubilee Mitts in your handbag will help see you through the nippy weather. 'These quick lacy mitts are knit from the bottom up, with a garter stitch edging and stockinette thumb gusset. Use a bamboo or cotton blend for a cooler mitt, or a luxury wool/silk or wool/cashmere mix for an extra special pair.'

To celebrate the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, you can purchase this pattern for only £0.60 ($0.92, 0.74 EUR) until midnight BST on 5th June 2012!

Rachel has used Canopy Fingering by The Fibre Company for the show knit. It is a delicious mix of 50% alpaca, 30% merino and 20% bamboo. I managed to find the yarn in the UK at Loop for £12.50 a skein. The cheapest I could find it in the US, was at Noble Knits for $12.79 a skein.

© Rowan Yarns, 2012
Finally, you can't watch the Jubilee without a cup of tea in hand. 'Knit this cute crown tea cozy with sequin detail, designed by Sarah Pinkness in beautiful Pure Wool & Cashsoft 4ply, it is the perfect way to get your jubilee celebrations off to a little bit of sparkle.' The Crown Tea Cozy is available for free on Ravelry. There are two different yarns used for this project, Rowan Pure Wool and Rowan Cashsoft.

You can buy Rowan Pure Wool in the UK from Deramores, for £4.75 a skein, and in the UK from Jimmy Beans Wool from as low as $4.25 a skein. You can buy Rowan Cashsoft in the UK from Deramores for £5.75 a skein, and in the US from Jimmy Beans Wool from as low as $4.25 a skein.

I hope you enjoyed this Royal edition of This Week in Knitting, how will you be celebrating this weekend? 

1 thoughts:

  1. Glad to know you're feeling better. Not much jubilee action here in the states, but the weather is cold and damp so I will be enjoying some tea! On Thursday I did a little book review and linked back to you. Even if no one else wants to play I'm always reading and wanting to share my thoughts! Enjoy the rest of the weekend!


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