Warm and woolly look that will keep out the au­tumn chill in style

Wool is not only weav­ing its magic on the cat­walk, but also in rooms. Gabrielle Fa­gan sources home­ware to stylishly ‘knit out’ your home.

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IT might seem like a yarn but it’s time to get knit­ting if you want your rooms to look chic.

Chunky wool knits are dress­ing fur­ni­ture, floors and ac­ces­sories – and it’s not just a great way to stay snug this au­tumn but also the per­fect way to cel­e­brate Wool Week, which runs un­til Oc­to­ber17.

The event is part of an ini­tia­tive for Cam­paign for Wool, led by the Prince of Wales to reignite Bri­tain’s love af­fair with all things woolly, high­light­ing the fact that it’s fash­ion­able, ecofriendly and durable.

“The se­cret is to make wool look sleeker. It doesn’t al­ways have to be used in a great big Aran sweater,” points out Ni­cholas Co­leridge, vicechair­man of the cam­paign.

A flock of com­pa­nies have also given their back­ing, in­clud­ing Marks & Spencer and John Lewis. Sharp-eyed fash­ion­istas, al­ways ahead of the pack on trends, will have spot­ted Pringle and Dior em­brac­ing a knit­ted look on the cat­walk, with pieces such as over­sized wool­lies and long, wind­ing scarves.

But a grow­ing col­lec­tion of woolly home­ware will make it easy for the trend to move seam­lessly out of the wardrobe and into your rooms.

“There’s a re­newed pas­sion for craft, and knit­ting is one of the biggest stars,” says ce­ramic artist An­nette Bu­gan­sky, who’s just one of the de­sign­ers pro­duc­ing in­no­va­tive “wool-knit” home­ware.

“Ini­tially, I knit what are the equiv­a­lent of clothes for ev­ery­thing from vases and tealight hold­ers to light shades, and then cast them to pro­duce a mould.”

She finds peo­ple en­thus­ing about the tra­di­tional, dec­o­ra­tive pat­terns, like clas­sic cable knit, used in such an un­usual way, and says they “in­stantly bring a hand-made di­men­sion to rooms”. Her porce­lain home­ware, fea­tur­ing knit­ted pat­terns, starts from £20.

If you’re truly crafty you could join her, and the host of celebrity knit­ting fans like Ju­lia Roberts, Cameron Diaz, and Madonna, and pro­duce your own woolly won­ders.

But if you fear drop­ping a stitch, catch up with the new spin on wool in our guide to “knit­ting-out” a home.

SPIN­NING A YARN: Curly sheep­skin rug, £220, cush­ion, large, £120, and small, £60, Ber­wick wool-rich throw, £250, and cush­ion cover, £80, all from The White Com­pany.

COMFY: Cable-knit cush­ion, £12.99, shadow tweed wool, 50g taupe, £4.95, and 35cm knit­ting nee­dles, £1.95, from Dunelm Mill.

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