Create a stand-out garment
Finishing o your garment needn’t signal an end to creativity – break out the haberdashery and add a truly unique finish to all those expertly woven stitches…
1 BEAUTIFUL BUTTONS
There are millions of amazing buttons out there to choose from, so take your time and find something that really stands out from the crowd for your knitted garment. For children’s knits, a painted wooden button makes an impact on a button band or neck vent, not to mention decorating a patch pocket. We love the buttons at www. totallybuttons.com for one of the largest selections we’ve ever seen!
2 RAVISHING RIBBONS
When it comes to pretty things for little darlings, a length of ribbon can go a long way. Being careful not to add them to knits for under threes, a shimmery ribbon can look great around the hem of a jumper, or perhaps you could add a velvet ribbon alongside your button band or neckline for a touch of added luxury. Visit www.theribbonroom.co.uk for vintage ribbons and chi on bows.
3 PERKY PATCHES
Making the most of geek chic has never been so on-trend, so protect the elbows of your freshly knitted man jumpers with a carefully placed patch. Not just for grown-ups, we also love the character-filled iron-on kids’ options for pocket decorations and central motifs. Make sure you check the care details on your yarn ball band carefully before you switch on that iron, though…! Check out www.barefootleather.co.uk for some great suede options for your man.
4 MARVELLOUS METALLICS
Adding a little glitz and glamour for a special night out is so much easier than you think. While knitting cu s and collars, why not add a single strand of Bergère Metalik or Anchor Artiste Metallic thread to bring some Saturday-night-out zing to your finished garment? You can find both of these threads at www.loveknitting.com.
5 TANTALISING TRIMS
From marabou feathers to pearl and diamanté jewels, pendants to frivolous pompoms and faux fur, you’ll be surprised at how many di erent types of trims there are to titivate your knits. Decorate a simple cardi collar with luxurious faux fur, or trim a hem with marabou feathers in the prettiest pale pink – the possibilities are endless. For a wonderful collection of trims take a look at www.abakhan.co.uk.