Nov­elty yarns

Give your knit­ting a new and ex­cit­ing el­e­ment with th­ese fun and unique fi­bres

Simply Knitting - - Yarn Reviews -

BER­NAT BLAN­KET BRIGHTS An ex­tremely soft che­nille yarn, Blan­ket Brights knits into su­per-chunky sized fab­ric with good and even stitch def­i­ni­tion.

It’s ideal for bulky blan­kets, throws and other large home dé­cor pieces, but it’s also great for plush toys and any­thing that will touch ba­bies’ skin. As it can be ma­chine washed and dried, it’s a prac­ti­cal choice too.

Find it in 16 vi­brant shades, of which eight are var­ie­gated. Pat­terns avail­able in­clude cud­dly blan­kets, both knit­ted and cro­cheted. Be­sides the 150g balls, Blan­ket Brights is also avail­able in bumper 300g/201m balls for RRP £14.99. RRP £7.99 WEIGHT su­per chunky BALL 150g/98m NEE­DLE 8mm CON­TENT 100% polyester

CARE ma­chine wash and tum­ble dry Visit www.read­i­cut.co.uk or call 01162 713759 for stock­ist de­tails.

SCHOELLER + STAHL CARIBA

Shake up your knit­ting with this ex­cit­ingly tex­tured yarn from Schoeller + Stahl. A unique strand of loop af­ter loop, Cariba knits up into a won­der­fully squish­able yarn that brings to mind clas­sic dress­ing gowns.

Avail­able in 11 bright and tonal shades, this yarn is also an ideal choice for a snug­gly blan­ket. And on 3.5-4.5mm nee­dles it will knit up quicker than you might think!

Stick to sim­ple stitches, like stock­ing and garter stitch for this loopy yarn. Give stylish gar­ments and chil­dren’s ac­ces­sories a go – or, cast on the rip­ple hand-towel pat­tern avail­able on­line (at the ad­dress be­low). RRP £3.84 WEIGHT aran BALL 50g/100m NEE­DLE 3.5-4.5mm CON­TENT 50% vis­cose, 50% acrylic

CARE ma­chine wash 30˚C Visit www.loveknit­ting.com or call 01409 404010 to buy this yarn.

KING COLE FUNNY YUMMY

Swad­dle baby up safe and warm in this in­cred­i­bly soft yarn. With its che­nille-like feel, the whirls and swirls of Funny Yummy will keep lit­tle ones’ imag­i­na­tions cap­ti­vated and be gen­tle on their del­i­cate skin.

On 12mm nee­dles, you’ll find projects in this yarn prac­ti­cally fly o the nee­dles! Why not cast on one of King Cole’s spe­cially de­signed pat­terns? They have a cute sheep, cud­dly pig and a nurs­ery set, all for baby.

Dis­cover four pretty pas­tel shades in cream, white, pink and blue. Sim­ple stitches are a must in this yarn, but don’t be afraid to go for fun stripes or blocks of colour. RRP £5.49 WEIGHT su­per chunky BALL 100g/44m NEE­DLE 12mm CON­TENT 100% polyester

CARE ma­chine wash 40°C Visit www.king­cole.com or call 01756 703670 for stock­ist de­tails.

STYLE­CRAFT COSY CHUNKY Style meets com­fort in Style­craft’s lat­est ad­di­tion to their ever-ex­pand­ing range. Cosy Chunky is just the thing if you’re look­ing for a quick knit that looks just fab­u­lous!

Choose from five soft shades, each mov­ing through a blend of colours, from blues and white, to pink and grey. Pat­tern sup­port is am­ple for this new yarn, with jumpers and cardi­gans ga­lore on­line, plus cosy cush­ions and trendy ac­ces­sories.

The metal­lic thread run­ning through this yarn is soft­ened by the al­paca fi­bres – all spun into a loose and slightly crimped yarn. RRP £4.79 WEIGHT su­per chunky BALL 100g/213m NEE­DLE 6mm CON­TENT 50% acrylic, 15% metal­lic polyester, 14% al­paca, 12% polyamide CARE ma­chine wash at 30˚C Visit www.style­craft-yarns.co.uk or call 01484 848435 for stock­ist de­tails.

SIRDAR TEMP­TA­TION

The clue’s in the name, it’s hard to re­sist this fuzzy ball of joy! In five fash­ion­able shades (light pink, ma­genta, black, cream and white), this acrylic/mo­hair blend is ideal for vin­tage-style jumpers and cardi­gans.

You’ll find plenty of pat­tern sup­port for Temp­ta­tion, from V-neck cardis to clas­sic rib jumpers – and a col­lec­tion of se­ri­ously cosy home ac­ces­sories to knit, too.

The mo­hair fi­bres in this yarn give it that oomph when knit­ted and it’s the ad­di­tion of the hard-wear­ing acrylic that means this del­i­cate yarn is made to last. And on 5.5mm nee­dles, it’s made to knit up quickly, too! RRP £4.99 WEIGHT su­per chunky BALL 50g/100m NEE­DLE 5.5mm CON­TENT 70% acrylic, 30% mo­hair CARE ma­chine wash 40˚C and dry flat Visit www.sirdar.co.uk or call 01924 231682 for stock­ist de­tails.

WENDY NOIR

Cast on so­phis­ti­cated evening wear and ac­ces­sories with Wendy’s new Noir. In a range of deep jewel tones, from mid­night blue to plum pur­ple, each shade is spun with a thread of black and a touch of gold.

You’ll cre­ate stand-out looks with this thick and thin yarn for the fes­tive sea­son. Clas­sic stitches like rib, wide ca­bles and garter stitch will take on a whole new look.

Wendy have de­vel­oped six stylish de­signs, ideal for par­ties and spe­cial oc­ca­sions. Choose from an o -the-shoul­der top, a boat-neck jumper and more. Each de­sign knits up quickly on chunky nee­dles! RRP £3.99 WEIGHT chunky BALL 100g /210m NEE­DLE 6.5mm CON­TENT 80% premium acrylic, 16.5% wool, 3.5% lurex CARE ma­chine wash 30˚C, cool tum­ble dry Visit www.john­lewis.com or call 03456 049049 to buy this yarn.

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