I'm excited this week because the much-anticipated book from Stolen Stitches has arrived! Cosy Knits is a collection of nine knitting patterns from some very talented designers. Each design triumphantly shows of Nua Worsted to its very best with plush cables, dreamy sweaters and essential winter accessories. Let's take a closer look at what Carol Feller and her collaborative team have in store for us.
A great layering piece for your winter wardrobe Inglenook is a simple vest knit in garter stitch. Framed with chunky verticle cables with a high/low hem with side slits. There's the option to knit a separate, removable cowl with the same central cable.
To knit Inglenook you'll need the following:
|To fit bust size up to||32"||35"||38"||41"||44"||47"||50"||53"||56"||59"|
|Yarn - Nua Worsted (no of skeins)||8||9||10||10||11||12||13||13||14||15|
The vest is best worn with 5-6" / 12.5 - 15cm positive ease.
For the cowl, you'll need 2 skeins of Nua Worsted.
Bristol Ivy's contribution is this stunning colourwork cowl; Rutland Cowl. It plays around with entrelac and chevrons in three colours of Nua Worsted and would make a striking accessory for keeping out the cold this winter!
To knit Ruthland Cowl you'll need four skeins of Nua Worsted in the main colour and one skein of each contrast colour.
To knit Comerford you'll need the following:
|To fit bust size up to||30.25"||34"||39"||42.75"||47.25"||51"||55.5"||58.25"||63"|
|Yarn - Nua Worsted (no of skeins)||10||10||11||12||14||15||17||18||20|
Comerford is best worn with 5-7" / 12.5 - 18cm positive ease.
When it comes to keeping warm, you'll want to cast on Lackenduff by Louise Tilbrook. A large cabled wrap, it is both warm and elegant. You can easily modify the pattern to create a blanket, or you prefer a scarf.
An oversized and warm sweater Tuckle is knit in the round from the bottom up. The design features a deep chevron border which transitions into wide fleck rib and back to chevrons, which are then topped off with heart-shaped bobbles. Snug cuffs and a high neck make Tuckle the sort of sweater you'll want to pull on and hideaway in until spring!
To knit Tuckle you'll need the following:
|To fit bust size up to||32"||36"||40"||46"|
|Yarn - Nua Worsted (no of skeins)||14||15||16||17|
Tuckle is best worn with 3-5" / 7.5 - 12.5cm positive ease.
No winter ensemble would be complete without a hat. Rachel Coopey's design has a bold geometric pattern using three colours of Nua Worsted is the ideal way to add colour to your knitting!
Instructions to knit Sawmill are given for three sizes, from small to large. To knit Rachel Coopey's design you'll need three colours of Nua Worsted in three colours.
A fun knit from Carol Feller, Ballintemple is a soft, swingy and elegant cardigan. Knit in garter stitch Carol has used German Short Rows to add shape to the yoke which is edged with a woven cable you then pick up stitches for the body of the cardigan and knit down. It features two additional woven cables on the front of the design.
To knit Ballintemple you'll need the following:
|To fit bust size up to||30.75"||34.75"||38.25"||41.5"||44.5"||48.5"||52.5"||56.5"|
|Yarn - Nua Worsted (no of skeins)||9||10||11||11||12||13||14||15|
Ballintemple is best worn with 1-3" / 2.5 - 7.5cm positive ease.
Cowls are my go-to accessory during the cold months; they are by far more versatile than scarves and a great way to accessorises an outfit while keeping warm at the same time. Móin is knit in two colours of Nua Worsted. Knit in the round is predominately garter stitch stripes with a cable motif which was inspired by classic rope cables that are often featured on traditional Aran sweaters.
The instructions for Móin are given for two sizes, small and large. To knit the small size you'll need one skein of each colour, so two in total and for the large, you'll two skeins of each colour, four altogether.
Terrain is a module knitted shawl that uses three sitch patterns; each brings a unique texture to this project which adds to its visual appeal. These textured stitches make the shawl warm and cosy, it's edged in a corrugated trim which is knit in a contrast colour of Nua Worsted creates weight and adds a little swish!
Terrain measures 192cm across and is 48cm deep. To knits this stunning shawl you'll need 8 skeins of Nua Worsted for the main colour and two additional skeins in a contrast colour for the trim.
Each design is knit in Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted. A worsted-weight yarn, offering a blend of merino wool, yak and linen. It's a tweedy and soft yarn; being a worsted-weight it's ideal for warm knits.
© Carol Feller