Monday, 5 October 2015

Limited Edition Special DK Pack - Part Two

So here I am with the last blog post of what has been an amazing blog tour showcasing the lovely Limited Edition Special DK yarn pack from Stylecraft.

The blogs and projects posted over the last 10 days have been incredible and there have been some really lovely things going on to give you guys some great ideas of how to use your own yarn pack or your own selection of Special DK colours.

The blog tour kicked off with my post on the 25th September when I chatted about my 2 cushion designs and gave you a quick step by step for making a small crochet bag. You can find a link to my post here. I have yet to complete my bag, but hopefully things will calm down a little over the next few weeks and I will get a chance to sit and finish some of my WIPs.

Day 2 was the turn of Josie Kitten and she featured this lovely knitted Waves Cushion. This design was a real hit with everyone!

On day 3 Emma Varnham posted her lovely designs. Emma chose to make a lovely knitted hat from the Duck Egg Blue shade and a vibrant crochet scarf using the remaining colours:

On day 4 Crafternoon Treats wowed us with her lovely crochet bag. I just love this project as the stitches give the appearance of a knit/woven fabric.

Day 5 The Twisted Yarn treated us to a lovely post which included the Carnival Bag pattern. I loved this post and was wowed by the project. I don't get a lot of spare time to knit these days, but have this project down on my list to try out one day.

I am sure you will agree that the first 5 days of the blog tour gave us some real treats!

On Day 6 The Patchwork Heart  showed us a lovely Granny Square project using the Special Edition colours. One of the things I have loved about the tour is seeing the way different people have approached their designs and the way they have looked at the colours in the pack and it is really exciting to see the way the new shades work with existing colours

On October 1st, Angie from Le Monde De Sucrett featured another Granny Square design. Her lovely scarf features a really great edging and I am particularly fond of the image below where Angie has wrapped her squares around the balls of yarn.

On Day 8 it was the turn of Hand Knitted Things and boy did this blog give us a treat! I adore these gorgeous knitted hats, especially as I have a bit of a 'thing' for pom poms!

On Saturday Sandra from Cherry Heart showed us what she had done with her yarn pack. I love this blog post and all the lovely images of the little yarn wraps that Sandra made. 

Yesterday it was Sue Pinner's chance too show us what she had been up to. If you already follow Sue you will know that she has been incredibly prolific with her yarn pack over the last few weeks and so it was really exciting to finally see what she had been up to.

Sue featured at least 5 lovely projects and you can still see them all on her blog, but I think my favourite are the cute little socks.

So here we are 10 days after the first blog post with a wealth of crochet and knitting projects and related chat under our belts and lots of very excited people eagerly awaiting the release of these lovely yarn packs.

Stylecraft stockists will be able to order the yarn packs from the 12th October, so you make sure you ask your local stockist to get some. 

To coincide with the release of the kits, I have designed 2 cushion cover projects that you will be able to download the patterns for free from the Stylecraft web site. In my first blog tour post I showed you the crochet cover, so today I have a few more images of the knitted project for you.

I adore knitting fairisle so I knew straight away when Stylecraft asked me to design a cushion cover that I would use this technique. I find the process of knitting fair isle so rewarding and working with the colour pack was a great way of mixing up a load of colours and designs in one project.

We have a duvet cover set that has fab pillow cases (that you can just about see in the image above) that have stripes of pattern on them and I used these as my starting point for the inspiration. 

I tried to stick to easy fairisle designs that only had a few stitches between colour changes and I also included some textural stitch such as moss stitch and basket stitch to add even more interest to the design.

I kept the reverse side of the cover a little plainer, but when it came to the buttons I wanted to add a really exciting feature so I sewed on bells instead!

The shades within the yarn pack really remind me of Mexican design palettes, so the bells seemed to fit - of course you could use buttons if you think the jiggling bells will drive you crazy!

It was so exciting to see all the lovely things that popped up as part of this blog tour over the last 10 days and I am sure you will agree that the bloggers have given us some really lovely projects and ideas.

If you want to be in with the chance to win your own Special Edition Yarn Pack, now is your last chance to get one as part of the blog tour giveaway. 

You can enter the draw to win the last pack by following this link

Good Luck!

J x