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  1. Yarn Substitution - Moonbroch Linen Stitch Cowl

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    When we added Moonbroch to our yarn range we thought it might work well as a substitute for 4ply or fingering in some patterns. That might seem a little strange as a fluffy laceweight yarn and a smooth 4ply don’t seem to have all that much in common.


    The fluffy fuzzy halo of mohair which surrounds the silk core is the thing that makes this substitution work. That fluff helps to hold space, and that gives the fabric a gorgeous structure.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 1

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 4

    When we knew we were adding muticolours back to the range we wanted to do something to show these off, and we turned to the Double Rainbow Linen Stitch Cowl.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 2

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 5

    Using a multi-coloured yarn with dark, almost black sections and a black contrast yarn (BFL, silk and alpaca) allows the rainbow sections to really pop.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 3

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 6

    This would also be stunning with a paler contrast colour – so where you see black between the bands of rainbow you’d see the black in the Moonbroch yarn.

    moonbroch Rainbow kid mohair silk linen stitch knitted cowl 7


    You can find this pattern in Knit The Rainbow, and it's also available as a single pattern from Ravelry.

  2. Sock Choices Made Simple

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    I don’t know about you but right now my brain feels it has a lot to cope with. I’m very aware that I’m hugely lucky in that I can work from home, that I don’t suddenly have to consider trying to home school kids and that I’m not a key worker who is exposed to risk every day. So there’s lots to be very thankful for.

    If you’re staying at home and social distancing it’s likely that you’ve been doing more online browsing than usual. Maybe you’ve found the perfect pattern for what you want to make. Maybe you’ve managed to compile a Pinterest board or Ravelry queue with several hundred options.

    Maybe you've always worked from home because of health or other issues, and right now you're totally fed up of hearing everyone else talk about working from home like they invented it.

    Maybe you’d like a little less choice and a little more simplicity?

    We’ve teamed up with Kate Atherley to suggest four sock patterns which would work beautifully with any of our semi solid Britsock colours.

    If you have yarn that you’d like to use you can buy the patterns here.

    If you’d like yarn as well we’ve put together the option to get one of the patterns for £2. We’ll then send the pattern for you via Ravelry. For transparency we’re purchasing the patterns at full price, so the difference between what you pay and what the pattern costs us comes from profit on the yarn. It might seem like an odd thing to explain pricing, but this collaboration came about after a twitter thread about how all the free patterns being released are having an impact on what designers earn.

    I had the lovely job of getting to pick patterns from Kate’s extensive design library. I spent a very happy hour in there (and if you’re looking for shawl patterns it’s well worth a look as there are some beauties).

    In the end I picked four socks patterns that look manageable with a frazzled brain yet interesting enough to be nicely distracting. The Confetti socks look the most straightforward (and I’ll be casting on in one of our variegated yarns just as soon as my current sock in progress is done)

     Kate Atherley Argy Bargy Socks

    Argy Bargy Socks. Image Copyright Kate Atherley.

     Kate Atherley Walking On Sunshine Image Copyright Gill Martin

    Walking on Sunshine Socks. Image Copyright Gill Martin.

     Kate Atherley Northern Lights Socks Image Copyright Gill Martin

    Northern Lights Socks. Image Copyright Gill Martin.

     Kate Atherley Confetti Socks

    Confetti Socks. Image Copyright Kate Atherlery.

    We’ll keep this offer in place until the end of April. At the moment UK post seems to be arriving well (and yarn squishes nicely through letter boxes). Overseas post is understandably slower. We’re posting once a week and our next post collection is on Friday.

    Take care of yourself the best you can



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