Extra Warmth Needed

Posted on February 20, 2015 by Clare Devine | O Comments
Chunky Wool + Big Needles = Perfect Winter Warmers

Some of us may be willing spring to arrive quickly, but for most of us the cold harsh truth is that winter still has a few more weeks of chilly weather in store for us. Bearing this in mind, why not whip up a lovely cosy knit to see you through the last weeks of winter in style?


Until recently I did not knit with much chunky and super chunky yarn, but this winter I have fallen head over heels in love with the thick luxurious yarn and the lightening speed my knits fly off the needles. Give it a go, I’m sure you will love the results.



The yarn in focus this week is Erika Knight’s Maxi Wool; the perfect winter warmer. It’s a 100% British wool that’s been worsted spun in Yorkshire producing a lofty yarn structure. Each skein is 100g and has 80m / 87yds. Tangled Yarn stocks 14 delicious shades including calming neutrals Canvas and Storm, delicate and feminine shades Wisteria and Pretty and bright and bold shades Marni and Artisan, as well as new shades Miss Pinkaby and Montana.



Fallen in love with the yarn but not sure what to knit? I have selected some of my favourite designs from Ravelry to inspire you.


Quick Knits


Tired of a cold head, or even worse cold ears? Whip up one of these chunky hats in an evening and enjoy a toasty head for the rest of winter.


Calzetta by Lete’s Knits (Justyna Lorowska) – a fabulous freebie using a single skein of super chunky. Quick and easy this pattern is suitable for beginners. If you want to add a stylish pompom make sure to grab an extra skein.




 images used with kind permission of Justyna Lorowska

Fancy a change of direction - why not try Elven Cloche by Romi Hill? An interesting top down construction and cute asymmetrical profile make this a great option for those looking for something a little different.



  images used with kind permission of Romi Hill

You would need slightly more than a single skein for this hat, but I have the perfect project for the leftovers.


Dragon Hands by Caitlin ffrench are a super useful pair of fingerless mitts. Another great quick and easy freebie pattern.Perfect for warm hands and more importantly keeping the chilly breeze from blowing up your sleeves.



  images used with kind permission of Caitlin ffrench


Now that we’ve got warm hands and a toasty head, let’s turn our attention to neckwear.


My little girl loves her cowl and I find it is far more practical than a scarf. If you are looking for a quick knit for the little people in your life try Anna Elliot’s the Squidge Cowl. Specifically designed for Erika Knight Maxi Wool and using just over half a skein.




  images used with kind permission of Anna Elliot

Need an adult sized cowl? Louise from Inspiration Knits has designed Rivulet; this beautifully textured cowl is perfect for the lofty Erika Knight Maxi Wool.




 images used with kind permission of Inspirational Knits

Looking for something more?


Why not try a garment in super chunky yarn? Not only will it be warm and super cosy, it will also be lightening fast to knit and all that beautiful fabric will even keep you warm as you knit.


Here are three of my favourites.


Erika Knight is perfect for cables, and if you love cables then look no further than this statement piece by the very talented Justyna Lorowska. Big Cable is a top down cardigan with long and short sleeve options and a fabulous maxi cable feature running the length of your back. Comfort knitting at it’s best with a generous dose of style thrown in for good measure. 




  images used with kind permission of Justyna Lorowska


The Long Sands Cardigan by Amy Christoffers has a slightly more fitted silhouette and beautiful textured details. This beautiful cardigan would work wonderfully in the bouncy Erika Knight, resulting in a thick and cosy garment.




  images used with kind permission of Amy Christoffers

Last but certainly not least in my pattern pick this week is the utterly fabulous Owligan by Kate Davies. Released this month Kate has taken the incredibly popular Owls jumper and created one of the greatest cardigans I have ever seen. Seven sizes, two lengths and owls, glorious, owls;I am head over heels in love with this cardigan!




  images used with kind permission of Kate Davies

Want to see what fellow knitters on Ravelry have done with their skeins of Erika Knight Maxi Wool for more inspiration?



Emily (aka ejbrewer) knitted the Rivulet Cowl using two skeins of yarn for her bright and cheery cowl.









tanja (aka tanknits) used three colours of yarn for this fantastic colourwork hat









Vanessa (aka vanessaE) whipped up The Vermonter from just over half a skein of Erika Knight in the Storm colourway.









Claire (aka knitandpurlgarden) knitted up this fantastic Rib Snood, a pattern by Erika Knight for her Maxi yarn range.






A huge thank you to all the knitters and designers whom have kindly given us permission to use their images.


About the Author 

Clare Devine is a writer and designer. Originally from South Africa she has nomadic tendencies and is currently knitting her way around the UK. She is passionate about all things fibre related (especially if it’s grey), knitting, travel and sunshine in equal measures.

She regularly blogs at www.yarnandpointysticks.com. You can find her on Ravelry as Knitsforklipskaap, Twitter as @_ClareDevine and Instagram as @Clare.Devine.


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