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Debbie Bliss Blue Faced Leicester Aran £5.00 a ball

New to Woolly Madly Deeply is Debbie Bliss’s gorgeous yarn Blue Faced Leicester Aran, available in a range of pretty shades this is a super soft yarn, machine washable making it easy care and easy wear!    It’s usual price is £5.95 a ball, our price £5.00 per 50g ball.


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New Patterns and Kits for Christmas

A few ideas for Christmas?  It’s only weeks away, yes I’m sorry, I shouldn’t mention the C word, but I did.  So here goes a few suggestions:

Sock yarn slouchy beanies, these are a breeze to knit and the pattern will be free with the yarn purchase, otherwise pattern available separately for £3.00.  Here’s mine ‘in progress’  as the pattern is just finished the testing phase.      I’ve made mine in the less slouchy version, ladies size using the Peach/Pink shade (10).  Denise, our sample knitter is making the mens extra slouchy in the Brown (12) shades of Austermann Step, photos to follow.

Sock yarn slouchy beanie

 Kid Silk and Palila Scarf, Shawl or Wrap kit, contains yarn to make either a scarf, narrow V shawl.  Add an extra ball of kid silk if you want to make a wider V Shawl or the Wrap.     Usual kit price is £15, on offer at £12.    A quick and easy knit using one strand of each yarn, knitted on large needles and looks lovely.

Bias V Shawl

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Sock hats and Mitts, buy a ball of Austermann Step sock yarn and we’ll email you a basic hat and fingerless mitts pattern.   Nice selection of colours from brights, pastels. neutrals and classic shades.    Just put a comment on your order of ‘please send free adult hat/mitts pattern’

Textured Hat and Mittens set, a quick knit, over a few evenings.  Uses Austermann Merino Silk, a super soft yarn in a range of classic shades.   Hat and Mitts take 2 and 1.5 balls of yarn respectively.   I’m also working on a cowl pattern to match which will be available later in the week.    Pattern is £4 for hat/mitts and cowl in a variety of sizes from child to adult.      If you buy the yarn for the set, you’ll get the pattern emailed to you free.

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Vanna’s Choice 10% off

Grab it while you can, 10% off Vanna’s Choice worsted weight yarn.  Fantastic to knit but absolutely brilliant for crochet.

Woolly Hat Day 2012

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Calling all knitters to get their needles and yarn out for homeless people!

Homelessness charity St Mungo’s is asking knitters across the country to get their needles and yarn out to help create a mountain of bobble hats for its third annual Woolly Hat Day on Friday 26 October.

This year St Mungo’s is looking to auction the distinctive orange hats to raise money for its work supporting homeless people to rebuild their lives.

Working across London and the South, St Mungo’s has been opening doors for homeless people for more than 40 years. With over 100 projects supporting people with housing, health and work opportunities, St Mungo’s supports thousands of people each year to recover from being homeless and prevent the problems that can lead to homelessness.

Russell Benson, St Mungo’s community and events fundraising coordinator, said: “We’re appealing to knitters to help us 


make a big impact on this October’s Woolly Hat Day. As the nights draw in and the temperature drops, life becomes even more difficult for anyone sleeping on the streets. By getting your needles and yarn out and creating a ‘mountain’ of hats, you’ll be helping us to raise awareness and funds for our work supporting homeless and vulnerable people.”

Please visit for the official Woolly Hat Day bobble hat knitting pattern, created especially for us by CalKnits – thank you to them – and delivery information.

For special pre-made Woolly Hat Day knitting kits visit

For more information visit or follow what we’re up to at or keep in touch with news via Twitter @WoollyHatDay



Free Baby Hat & Sock Pattern

Sign up for the Woolly Newsletter and receive our Free 4ply Baby Hat and Sock Pattern.  Once you’re signed up, we’ll email you within 24 hours with your pdf pattern.

If you have a BT email account, or similar, you might want to add to your safe senders or whitelist so your pattern doesn’t get lost in the ether somewhere.

Thanks for visiting us


Rainbow Cardigan for Adults


Adult Modular Cardigan / Jacket, beta pattern release

Our latest Woolly Madly Deeply original pattern,  with a great fanfare (well me waving madly and excitedly!), is the Adult Modular Cardigan / Jacket.    Sized from 34″ to a 58″ finished chest measurement and knitted in garter stitch it’s designed to be worn with 0-4 inches of positive ease.   As the name suggests it’s modular in construction, but differs slightly to the baby version, not least in size.      I’ve added a few inches of length before you knit the mitred square on the back to ensure it’s long enough for all sizes, but if you prefer a cropped ‘Chanel’ style, then feel free to miss out knitting those extra inches and think about narrower sleeves.

The pattern is free with purchases of the Creative & Filz yarn or the Murano Lace yarn.  Yarn requirements are listed below.    Add the recommended yarn to your order and we’ll email you the pdf once your order is received and processed.    We’ll do this automatically for all purchases of one or more balls of Murano Lace and two or more of the Creative & Filz, so no need to add any codes or comments to your order.    

We’re currently test knitting, so you’ll receive the final version sometime next week.   It’s been proofed and checked but is having a final edit and run through.     After that, the pattern will be available for sale.

It’s a drop shoulder style, so easy to dress up or down and looks fantastic in the Creative & Filz 02 Rainbow colourway, its 100% wool and feels scrumptious.     We have more on order but they are selling fast.   A great alternative, using a 57% wool/43% acrylic blend, is the Murano Lace.  It’s also worsted weight (for British Knitters that is between Double Knit and Aran thickness).   It has a more subtle stripe and if you check out the yarn, there are some finished garment photos to show you how it looks knitted or crocheted in the various colours.      This one comes in 100g balls and is great value.     If you’d like to make a plain version or use an acrylic yarn for a machine washable jacket, try Vanna’s Choice, the colour range is lovely.

Garter stitch is super easy, it’s pretty much just knits all the way but it’s also really forgiving.  If you have curves, and I have more than I’d like, then garter will gently wrap around and hug them.    It stretches over lumps and bumps and never tells your secrets.    

A few hints and tips for this one:

  • Always slip the first stich and purl the last stitch of every row, it gives a nice neat edge for picking up your loops for the next part of the jacket.      
  • Check your tension, if you have too many rows and/or stitches per inch, then use a smaller needle or knit a smaller size.
  • Measure regularly.   As you knit the fronts, measure their length against the back piece so you don’t end up with one longer than the other.    
  • If you get stuck, drop me an email and ask, I’m more than happy to help you.

All the Austermann yarns have 10% with the coupon code AU10 at the checkout.  You have to go into the checkout process itself, so if you enter the code too soon, you’ll get a message to ask you to wait until the next step so you can either register or login first.  Once that’s done, you can enter your code and the discount will be applied to your order.

Yarn Requirements:

Tools and materials

Yarn used

Austermann Creative & Filz or Murano Lace


Creative & Filz 02 Rainbow 50g/109 per ball. Pure Wool, 100%  hand wash – 10, 11, 13, 16, 17, 18-19, 21 balls

Or Murano Lace 100g/427yds per ball 57% wool, 43% acrylic hand wash – 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5, 6 balls

Amount used

1070, 1180, 1390, 1725, 1825, 1950, 2254 yds approx


16 stitches and 30 rows, measured over 10cm in garter st

Needles used

Size 5.5mm straight and circular needles and optional dpns for icord edgings (I used straight needles)

Other tools required

eg. tapesry needle for finishing, small buttons, 4mm crochet hook to make buttons (optional).


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Adult Modular Cardigan

Pattern due on Wednesday 16th May.   We’re busy proof reading and tech editing to hopefully catch any errors or instructions which aren’t as clear as I’d like.       I’m really pleased with this one.   The chosen yarns are Creative & Filz in 02 Rainbow and Murano Lace (another worsted self striping but more subtle), here are the colours.

Here’s a swatch of the Creative & Filz, gorgeous isn’t it?    The cardigan will take roughly 1100yds of worsted weight yarn for the smallest size and goes up to a 54inch finished chest measurement.       The pdf pattern will be free with the yarn purchase or available for separate download.  

If you required a printed pattern there will be a charge for this as we post them in a cardboard sleeve and it involves printing 12 pages in colour which adds to both time and postage weight.  

If you download the pdf you can print it whenever you need it and make notes as you go along for any modifications.

Tension is 16sts x 30 rows over 4inches on 5.5mm needles.   

Knit Now Issue 8

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Subscribers will have received their copies of Knit Now Issue 8 in this weekends post.    Another issue received with great excitement about seeing our patterns in print.    Our Cashmere Cosy pattern is shown on pages 38/39modelled by one of the Practical Publishing team.  He loved the hat so much he even asked to keep it, what a compliment.     Photo copyright of Practical Publishing Ltd.

It’s made using 2-3 balls of the Superwash Merino Cashmere (10% off this month) so give it a try.  It’s sized for babies through to an XL adult size for the largest of noggins.

Some visitors have had problems with the discount codes, so I’ve just left the discount as a straight 10% off all colours of the yarn.    This is a super easy knit, quick, it took me a couple of evenings at most and looks great on both men and women.

A great alternative to this would be the Austermann Merino Silk, this will be available in a couple of weeks when our order arrives.   It’s a similar blend to the Lion Brand but has silk instead of nylon, it’s gorgeous!

The inspiration?    My boyfriend (who works outdoors) hates knitted hats.  He says they’re itchy, never fit properly and always look the worse for washing.   It’s a good job I love a challenge isnt’ it?     I started playing with ideas for a unisex hat in a gorgeous cashmere blend as it’s soft, warm and washable.    It’s easy to knit, but also gives knitters a chance to try a luxury yarn without breaking the bank.

We hope you like it!

Vanna’s Choice 10% off April

860SkeinArt Vanna’s Choice is a premium acrylic yarn, super soft and despite much effort I can’t get the hats I’ve made with it to even think about pilling! It’s affordable, one 100g ball will knit up a couple of hats and it goes a long, long way. Available in a wide range of colours, we’re stocking 20 of those at the moment, all the best selling shades.

It’s on offer throughout April with a 10% discount, many of you will have seen it in Let’s Knit! Magazine issue 54.

For Let’s Knit readers, I’ve disabled the product code and put on a blanket 10% discount as you really do need to have logged in to the online shop for the code to work and until I can get that to work in a different way, it’s easier to give everyone the discount.

Knit Now Issue 7

Knit Now Features Woolly Madly Deeply, our designs and yarns.   Special offer code.

There is a 10% off coupon code for the merino cashmere yarn, If you try to add the coupon before Step 1 of the checkout, it won’t recognise the discount.  I’m working on fixing that bit of code to work differently so for now I’ve discounted the blossom and wine colourways by 10% without the code so no need to enter at the moment  If you’re looking for another colour, drop me an email and I’ll sort it out for you.   

My subscriber copy of Knit Now Issue 7 arrived this morning to much excitement in our house.   See our Superwash Merino Cashmere yarn, Alpine Wool yarn and new designs from Loraine Birchall of Woolly Madly Deeply using the Alpine Wool, entitled The Eagle Hat and Scarf, see photo below, courtesy of Knit Now Magazine / Practical Publishing Ltd.

Also featured is Elfine by Anna Elliott, the Springstar Hat by Jacqui Harding and Barnyard Pals by Cilla Webb.  All created as part of the  Knit Now Designer Challenge.  Yarn was provided by Woolly Madly Deeply.  The challenge was to create a pattern using just two balls of superwash merino cashmere.   The designers have done an amazing job don’t you think?

Hope you love the new patterns, I’ll add links as soon as Knit Now add them to both and their own Blog.

We have limited stocks of the Alpine Wool, new stock is due at the end of April/Early May on this range.  We do have an alternative roving yarn by Schoeller & Stahl which is due in stock early next week.   At that point I’ll add kits for the Hat only, Scarf only and a reduced price kit for both the Hat and Scarf using that yarn.   For those who wish to pre order the Lion Brand Alpine Wool instead, we do have alternative colours available in stock (with Red as the main colour) and enough stock of the Barley to make up one hat kit.    We were caught on the hop with the early issue of this months magazine but on the plus side it means you’ve seen our yarns and patterns.  We’re delighted with that.

Loraine x 

Let’s Knit March Offer, free pattern

A few Lets Knit readers have had trouble with our coupon code for the free modular baby cardigan pattern, please order as normal and if you can, pop the offer code in the comments section on your order page.   Of if you prefer, place your order and drop me a quick email at  and I’ll make sure you get your free pattern with your yarn.    The Mauna Loa colour is sold out, new stock is expected in April.  Other suggested shades are:



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9 in stock



10 in stock 


Glacier Bay

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3 left 


Joshua Tree

6 left

Thank you.  Sorry for any inconvenience.    

Loraine x

We have five shades of the super bulky yarn Hometown USA and this is on offer for the duration of March with a reduction of 50p per ball.  It’s a super soft, hard wearing and practical acrylic.   Great for warm accessories such as scarves, hats, bags, cowls and even garments.    These would look great in San Diego Navy, Kansas Wheat, Portland Wine, Oakland Black or Honolulu Pink.   We’ve included ideas for crochet patterns below, click this link to see Knitting Patterns for Hometown USA.

Lion Brand have a great range of free patterns for both knit and crochet for Hometown USA and we’ve included a few ideas to get you started.

How about these for crochet fans


Cozy Crochet Hooded Scarf


Stadium Throw


School Colours Hat & Scarf


Breezy Scarf

New Baby Pattern Update

I’ve been experimenting with modular knitting using the Lion Brand Amazing yarn and had great fun with colours, shapes and texture.   Part of this was to create a baby cardigan pattern using mitred squares, shaped sleeves, garter stitch panels and try to make it seamless.      I almost got away with it but then decided to knit the two side/sleeve seams together in a three needle bind off.   It gives a lovely neat seam inside, involves NO sewing and means I can rip it back and reknit the yarn when baby is too small for this one.    I used the Mauna Loa colourway and added an icord border, the smallest size used 1.5 balls of yarn.

Here are a few pics, the pattern is being written up in sizes from birth to 2yrs, smallest size is shown in the photos.    It’ll be available as a download both here and on Ravelry and will be a sold as part of a kit with the Amazing yarn, buy two balls of Amazing yarn and get the pattern free.  Just remember to request the free pattern when buying two balls of Amazing or more, don’t add the pattern to your basket as you’ll be charged.   

It’s now available, so add your coupon code to the comments part of your order and I’ll print a version for you and add the pdf version to your account here on the website so you can download it.    If you are a member, do let me have your username and I’ll add the pdf to your Ravelry Account at the same time.  If you don’t want to knit with Amazing, don’t worry, the pattern will be available as a download via the website at a price of £2.50 and available in our Ravelry pattern store.   Thanks for all your positive comments.

Loraine, Woolly Madly Deeply

Amazing Baby Cardigan

Vanna’s Glamour 10% off Feb Offer

Vanna White is known for the glamous gowns she wears on US TV’s Wheel of Fortune show.   Vanna’s Glamour is an affordable way to add a bit of bling to your knitting.

We stock the core shades of Platinum, Topaz, Onyx, Diamond and Sapphire but other colours are available to order.   Pre-orders are added to our next batch (usually once a month, six weeks in exceptional circumstances).  So if there is a colour you’d like, do give us a call, drop us an email or use the pre-order to purchase.   We’ll confirm arrival dates in the UK and keep you up to date and post your parcel once it’s arrived at our office.

What can you make with Vanna’s Glamour?   Well, it’s fabulous for accessories like bracelets, necklaces and jewellery.  As a sport weight yarn with it’s metallic thread it adds a touch of class to any outfit.   

We’ve put a few ideas below, hopefully they’ll spark your creativity.  Check out the blog on Monday or Tuesday for a pattern list, yarn amounts and some suggested colour combinations.    We’ve also been making the cutest little evening bag in Platinum and Sapphire and should have some work in progress (WIP) photos by then.

Here goes:

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Vanna’s Colors 10% February offer

This month’s featured yarn is a new yarn to Lion Brand Yarn Company, called Vanna’s Colors.  Part of the amazingly successful range named after American sweetheart Vanna White.    This bulky weight, easy care yarn has a kettle dyed appearance and subtle shading which is hard to resist.

We have two colours in stock the best selling shades of Driftwood and Pine. There are some new colours just added to the range and the standard shades are all available for pre-order.   We generally order about once a month and your order would be added to the next ‘batch’.   So if you don’t see a shade you like, give us a call, drop us an email or pre-order and we’ll sort out the details for you.

What can you knit or crochet with Vanna’s Colors?    Well any pattern designed for Wool-Ease Chunky, Alpine Wool, Tweed Stripes will also work for Vanna’s Colors but we’ve added a couple of our favourites below for you to have a look at.


Hat shown in Driftwood and scarf shown in

Topaz a goldy/yellow shade 


Shown in various shades of Vanna’s Colors,

this snowball afghan is a crochet stunner


Shown in Mulberry 


Shown in Lagoon Blue and Seagrass


Cute crochet tote in seagrass and sandstorm


A lovely scarf/wrap crocheted in Violets


20% off Baby Wool in January

Baby Wool 20% off in January 2012
Special Offer on Lion Brand Baby Wool for January 2012, 20% discount.  Order now and try this fabulous superwash baby yarn today.

£2 off Fisherman’s Wool January Offer

Fisherman's Wool special offer
£2 off per ball/skein of Fisherman’s Wool, available in Natural, Oatmeal or Nature’s Brown.   These gigantic skeins weigh in at 227g each making them excellent value compared to similar undyed yarns such as Sirdar Eco 

Make these amazing items using this yarn which is simply fantastic for felting, dyeing, knitting or crochet.   I’ll be posting pictures later this week of my latest adventures in dyeing Fisherman’s Wool for a sweater I’m making.     I’m using the natural shade for the body and the dyed skein (pinks and purples) for the fair isle pattern on the yoke and cuffs.

All the patterns shown below are available free on the Lion Brand Yarn website.   Email us for yarn requirements or yan substitution advice at     Many thanks to Lion Brand for the photographs.  

The Snowflake Tote Bag, ideal for knitting projects, uses 1 ball of Natural and 1 ball of Nature’s Brown.  The little coin purse is made using Natural, Oatmeal and Nature’s Brown and can be made from scraps.   The cowl, suitable for men or women as you can see from the photo, takes 1 ball and is shown in Natural but would be gorgeous in Oatmeal.

I’d love to make the Felted Tribal Bag?    Absolutely stunning, using Nature’s Brown, Oatmeal and Natural (1 ball of each colour), it has a very clever construction and is felted for extra stength.   

From a knitters point of view, felting also hides any imperfections, so this would be a good colourwork project for someone who isn’t confident but knows the techniques.   I’d be happy knowing that the felting would hide any slips or uneven stitches.     Only you will know 🙂

Snowflake Tote Bag

Fisherman's Wool Tote Bag

Felted Purse

Felted Purse

Fisherman’s Cowl

Fisherman's Wool Cowl

Felted Tribal Bag

Felted Tribal Bag

Isn’t she glovely?

Introducing Anne Carroll Gilmour

Teampall Breacháin Gloves

I had the great pleasure to test knit a pattern several months ago for the gorgeous Anne Carroll Gilmour of Wildwest Woolies for a book “Hats, gloves & mittens from around the world” due out this Autumn. This particular pattern, together with matching hat, is representing Ireland in the book and is absolutely gorgeous!

Teampall Breachain Gloves

The pattern itself is so clearly written and very easy to follow. The designer is friendly, so helpful and very approachable. Just as importantly she’s not a yarn snob. Anne clearly hopes the knitter will love knitting the item and enjoy the finished object. She happily agreed to me using a basic double knit yarn which has washed and washed and washed.

Hats and Gloves off to Anne for continuing to publish such beautiful patterns and encouraging us to learn new skills as we go along. I very much enjoyed the cabling/knotwork and found it easy to knit the fingers magic loop although instructions for using dpns (for the saints among us who don’t resort to cursing as they hit the floor and leave the knitting ARGHHH) if that’s your preferred method.

Every time I wear them, someone comments on the pretty cables and ask where I bought them? I can smile say “I knitted them” and bask in the glow of “‘Oh you are clever”, whilst smiling broadly.

Ideal Gifts

The gloves and hat are both very quick knits, and yet looks so professional once finished. If I weren’t turning into a selfish knitter, I’d make them as Christmas presents for all my various relatives. But these are so good they’ll be reserved only for the ‘knitworthy‘ in my life. My Dad would love them and in a pretty red or tweedy pink they’d be fabulous for my Mum.

The book itself is due out soon I’m told, and includes some other gorgeous hats and gloves, so do check it out, you’ll want to add it to your Christmas list and I just know there is something to suit the beginner through to experienced knitter.


I love Anne’s pattern for Padraig Driving Cap and can see my Dad wearing those as he motors round the Lake District and to and from his local church. Mum would like the Boatman Cap, it’s proper name being Fhir a’ Bhàta, that’s available to buy on Ravelry and is part of what’s now called the Knothead series of patterns.

Inspirational Teaching

I do like Anne’s tutorials on Ravelry for things like the Channel Island Cast On which is used in her Gansey Driving Gloves and Cap, there is always a great tutorial on grafting knotwork for patterns like the Teampall gloves I made (see pic above).


One of my favourite projects from Anne’s designs is the Wondrous & Mystical Pentrapezoidal Bag. I made the version below for my Mum using Noro Kureyon in shade 52. She LOVES it and bought some gorgeous buttons from McAnarak to match the colours. This is such a quick knit, just a few evenings while watching tv and very little concentration required. The Noro Kureyon yarn has so many shades and textures it really makes the project sing.


Anne has contributed a number of patterns to various books over the years and many of you will have Sock Yarn One Skein Wonders, 101 Designer One Skein Wonders, 101 Designer One Skein Wonders. I love the Oriel scarf, but her range includes anything from kilt hose to comfort shawls, lots of gorgeous gloves, hats, socks and some really innovative garment designs.

So if you’re about to start a mountain of gift knitting and looking for inspiration, check out the marvellous and glovely Anne Carroll Gilmour and you’ll find lots to inspire you.

Loraine x



New Yarn Arrives

NEW yarn

It's Amazing, the new self striping yarn from Lion Brand