We’re excited to have Allison and Rachel from Yarn in the City writing some yarn-focused blog posts for us to help inspire you with your knitting and crochet projects. We’ve also got an event planned to make use of the big West Hampstead Square space right in front of the shop! Yarn in the City will be joining us for World Wide Knit in Public Day on Saturday, 10th June (click the link for more details or RSVP to join us – it’s free!).
With WWKIP Day in mind, we asked Allison and Rachel to suggest some portable projects for their first blog post that would be perfect for a day out of knitting in the sunshine. Take it away Allison and Rachel!
Yarn in the City evolved from the Great London Yarn Crawl, our first event, which began in 2013 and saw almost 100 knitters and yarn lovers traveling to yarn shops around the city on public transport. The inspiration for the event was our own experience with spending lots of time on the Tube and the bus, knitting as as way to pass the time.
As you can imagine, working on a project while you’re on the go means that space is a consideration. You might be hopping on or off public transport or be carrying something else as well, so small, travel-friendly projects that aren’t too complicated are the way to go. And even If you’ve only got a chance to steal a few stitches here and there, they can really add up when you’re stitching on the move! Here’s some of our favourite options:
Socks are probably one of the smallest projects you can carry with you. Aside from shaping the toe and the heel, most patterns are pretty straight forward and you can get into a groove with your project whether you’re using DPNs, magic loop or a crochet hook!
If you’re new to socks then a great one for getting started are the Rye socks by Tin Can Knits. They knit up quickly in worsted weight yarn while teaching you each component of sock construction. The sizing runs from baby to big so you can make them for the whole family. A great family-friendly yarn that washes like a dream is the Spud & Chloe Sweater. Plus, Tin Can Knits have great tutorials on their website to talk you through each step in case you get stuck.
The Broken Seed Stitch Socks by Hanna Leväniemi are a gorgeous option for showing off a variegated yarn and Malabrigo Sock would be perfect. We love the contrast heels and toes, which are a great way to use up scraps that may be lurking in your stash at home.
For the crocheters out there, why not whip up a pair of yoga socks now that the weather is getting warm enough for sun salutations in the garden? These Zen Yoga Socks by Melissa Medaglia would be delicious in organic Blue Sky Fibers Worsted Cotton – and would make cute pedicure socks too!
Stuff for Babies and Toddlers
If garments are more your thing then projects for the small people in your life are easy to carry with you!
This Girl’s Smocked Tunic and Leggings by Tina Barrett is a darling option for new arrivals. We love the versatility of it working as a dress first and a tunic later as baby grows. Cumbria Fingering from The Fibre Co. seems the obvious choice here as the soft merino and masham wool blended together would make this a stunning heirloom.
The Baby Sophisticate by Linden Down is the essential baby cardi that all mums will want to keep in their nappy bags just in case of a chill. With only two baby sizes available (0-6 and 6-12mo) and knit in a worsted/Aran weight yarn such as Cascade 220, this little sweater will be finished in no time.
Not exactly a baby garment but definitely cute as a button, we couldn’t not include these adorable Crochet Baby Converse by Suzanne Resaul. The attention to detail is second to none and we love the bright colours. The Rico Essentials Aran are a great budget-friendly choice here.
Okay, so depending on the shawl pattern, they can get kind of big! What we’re thinking of here are shawls that focus mainly on garter stitch, with minimal patterning to break things up and keep your interest. BIG shawls have been the trend for the last 18 months or so and show no sign of slowing down with designers putting together patterns that call for three, four or even five skeins of yarn! The colour combinations are endless and can provide a lot of inspiration for finding yarns that complement what you might already have in your stash.
Andrea Mowry’s Find Your Fade has been all the rage this spring. It’s a lot of comfortable garter stitch knitting with shaping and eyelets to keep things interesting. The pattern calls for 7 colours, but the total yardage is only 4 full skeins making it easy to adapt to your own creativity. Many projects have already been made using Madelinetosh Tosh Merino Light, which is another great suggestion for Starting Point, a mystery knit-a-long by Joji Locatelli that gets underway on May 12th.
These (and shawls in general) are bigger projects but are still good in terms of portability, especially in the earlier stages.
And we have our own knit night right here in the shop on Thursday evenings from 6:30-9:00pm to help spark your own creativity. Will we see you there? A big thanks to Allison and Rachel for this fab post!