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.
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.