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Yarn packs, pattern suggestions and a new pattern for newsletter subscribers

We have lots of news for you today so I will get straight on with it. First up we have changed the free pattern for new subscribers to the ECY mailing list to Collingham Mitts. These elbow length fingerless mitts are the perfect antidote for cold arms. They’re great for wearing with short-sleeved tops when the weather turns, and work just as well under long-sleeved tops/jackets. Wear them fully stretched or cosily squooshed around the wrists; they work just as well either way. They can also easily be made in one colour — they require approximately 60g of yarn in total. The original sample was made using several colours of Milburn 4ply but they would also be great in mini skeins, Yarnlings or a single colour. Sign up to our newsletter HERE.

We have two exciting patterns to tell you about. First up is Kismet by Rachel Illsley of Unwind Knitwear. This stunning colourwork design is the fifth design of Rachel’s Ffrench Collection and was inspired by small repeating patterns of music interpreted through the use of both pattern and colour. The sweater uses four colours, three colours in a vague fade with the final colour as a contrasting pop. The original sample uses our Oakworth 4ply in Driftwood with three yarns from other dyers. We have Oakworth 4ply yarn packs in four seasonal colour options coming very soon but if you don’t want to wait we also have lots of Milburn 4ply yarn packs to choose from. The packs have size options that correspond with the sizing in the pattern from XS to 5XL to 83 to 157cm / 33.25 to 62.75 inches, with recommended positive ease of 7.5 to 25cm / 3 to 10 inches at the chest circumference.

Speaking of Oakworth 4ply, Kismet yarn packs are part of a larger update of this yarn which is in progress and will be ready by the end of the month!

The second new pattern release is Liath-Reòthadh from Liz Corke, a simple but fun cowlette. Liath-Reòthadh means Hoar Frost in Scottish Gaelic and the pattern is available on Liz’s website. It is knit from the top down like a triangular shawl and joined in the round before the lace pattern starts, featuring leaf patterns and little arrows. This design uses one skein of Titus Fingering in Steel which is not currently available but we do have lots of Titus 4ply available on the website and Milburn 4ply would also be a great substitution.

Following on from our recent mini skein update we now have a selection of mini skein bundles available on the website. These are ideal if you need a number of colours but don’t know where to start in selecting a combination. We also now have Mini Skein Lucky Dip Bundles in five, 10, 12 and 24 minis so you can choose the number needed for your project. If you have any specific requests in the lucky dip products add them to your order notes and we will do our best to honour them from the available stock.