The Latest Baby Blanket Patterns

Posted by Sara Mulvey | Posted in Sara's Blog | Posted on 20-03-2017

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Now you know I love a blanket and it appears I’m not the only one. Sirdar have launched some great new baby blanket designs for the Spring that make me want to find a baby to knit for! My absolute favourite is the Rabbit & the Bear Blanket (4759). Knitted in the smooch Sirdar Snuggly Snowflake DK, these are so great and they would make a perfect present.

There are always lots of designs for crocheted blankets but not so many knitted, well Sirdar are doing their best to change this. They have released one pattern with four completely different knitted baby blankets on them (4749). One features cables, the next is a leaf pattern another has a subtle diamond pattern on it, Last but not least is the square striped blanket, in fresh spring colours. A great design that would be perfect for a relatively new knitter too.

If you want a super easy blanket, take a look at pattern 4758. Knitted in the classic that is Sirdar Baby Crofter Dk, it shows off this yarn beautifully. It would be great to knit in the car (as long as you are not driving). No shaping, no counting – just perfect!

If these baby blanket patterns aren’t what you are looking for, then take a look at more of our latest arrivals from Sirdar.

Ode to Autumn – Spice of Life Blanket

Posted by Amy | Posted in Spice of Life CAL, Staff Projects | Posted on 08-12-2016

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of Sandra Paul’s (aka Cherry Heart) gorgeous Spice of Life crochet along Sara has been crocheting a blanket in a new colour way – Ode to Autumn. Sara has opted for a selection of shades that are not her usual go to colours. Ode to Autumn is made up of rich, warm tones of rust, berries and gold – to name but a few. With an abundance of colour to choose from in the Stylecraft Special Dk it is quite a challenge to pick a winning combination. You will not be disappointed with this beautiful palette.

Watch Sara’s video below where she is talking all about making her Ode to Autumn blanket.

If you are thinking of making a Spice of Life blanket in the Ode to Autumn pack why not follow Sara’s shade sequence, take a look below –

Autumn Colours            Original Colours

Mustard (1823)                       Turquoise
Pomegranate (1083)            Grass
Pistachio (1822)                     Light Green
Tomato (1723)                        Petrol
Boysenberry (1828)             Red
Khaki (1027)                            Vanilla
Claret (1123)                            Cream
Cypress (1824)                       Melon
Gold (1709)                              Purple
Lobelia (1825)                        Ice Blue
Pale Rose (1080)                  Smokey Rose
Stone (1710)                            Jeans
Burgundy (1035)                   Clay

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What have you been knitting & crocheting?

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 24-03-2016

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I have gathered together quite a varied selection of projects that many of you, our talented customers, have been making. These have been collected and photographed over many weeks, so if you came in the shop a couple of months ago to share your makes with us, they may well be somewhere in amongst these treats today.

A customer called Hilary brightened up a dull winter’s day with her citrus shaded crochet blanket. Hilary has used a selection of Stylecraft Special Dk yarns to make this colourful delight.

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Cathy who attends Knit & Natter brought in Jane Crowfoot’s Nordnorge Fair Isle bag she has knitted in Rowan Pure Wool Superwash Dk adorned with Debbie Abraham’s beads. Cathy opted for a slight variation on the shades suggested in the pattern and also chose a different bead colour.

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A lady called Jane brought in a shawl knitted in Sirdar Montana Dk. The pattern is a design Jane came across on Ravlery ‘No-fuss shade loving shawl‘. The self striping effect of Montana Dk matches perfectly with the shawl design.

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Susan knitted this hat for her grandson, he wore it to go and watch the new Star Wars film at the cinema. Apparently he had said it was ‘awesome’! When giving a knitted gift you couldn’t ask for much more. The pattern is a free pattern Susan found on Ravelry – The Force Awakens Hat.

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Ann has got creative with Sirdar Smiley Stripes making a rainbow blanket, with a mixture of one colour yarns added in too. This looks fantastic the multi-coloured border is such a good idea. A border like this would make a nice finishing touch to a plain blanket, adding a splash of rainbow.

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Sue brought in a mini mermaid tail she had knitted for her 6 month old grand-daughter. She followed Yvonne’s mermaid tail pattern exactly, using double knitting yarn rather than chunky. To make it extra special with sparkle Sue used King Cole Gltz Dk. The tail measures approximately 65cm in length.

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Not only has Sue been making a mermaid tail, she has also been knitting the Rowan Shaun the Sheep blanket. Rather than using Rowan yarn Sue matched up shades in Stylecraft Special Dk.

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Jane is knitting a whole host of animals for a knitted Noah’s Ark. Her grand-children will love this, all of the animals two by two. Here are the ones she brought along with her to match up whilst shopping. Jane has used a variety of textured yarns including Sirdar Funky Fox. Some of the patterns can be found in Knitted Noah’s Ark book.

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Angela brought in a selection of baby knits – an all in one suit in James C Brett Flutterby and a teddy bear all in one suit in Sirdar Snowflake Chunky.

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Last but not least Susan wearing a cardigan crocheted with two balls of James C Brett Marble Chunky. Susan made the pattern up, based on a large granny square.

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Thank you to everyone who kindly shared their projects with us. If you have made anything recently with your purchases from Black Sheep Wools please email in a pic to social@blacksheepwools.com.

Free knitted baby blanket pattern

Posted by Amy | Posted in Free Patterns | Posted on 01-06-2015

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Carol may have had a broken leg, but it sure hasn’t stopped her knitting needles from clicking away. The good news is she is now on the mend and no longer has a plaster cast. All this enforced rest has re-ignited Carol’s thirst for knitting, and now, crochet too. Prior to breaking her leg she had done very little crochet and is now on the way to making her very first hexagon, crochet blanket.

In between making blankets Carol also knits yarn swatches for display in the Craft Barn. After being handed a ball of Hayfield Baby Sparkle Dk to knit a swatch Carol had an idea – with 2 balls I could probably make a baby blanket. Off she went with her needles and yarn in hand to give it a go……. a week or so later – et voila! One beautiful basket weave blanket, with a textured moss stitch border.

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Download the pattern for free from our free patterns page.

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The basket weave stitch is really easy to follow, just a mix of knit and purl stitches.

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There are 7 shades to choose from in the Hayfield Baby Sparkle Dk range, including the 4 shown below. Which shade will you choose?

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A mixed bag of knitting and crochet 2

Posted by Amy | Posted in Customer Projects | Posted on 05-01-2015

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Happy New Year everyone! This post has been brewing for a while now. Part one was posted all the way back in 2014 (December) and since then more projects have popped up to be added. In fact this blog post will probably feature even more customer projects than the first!  I can’t wait to share even more customer projects in 2015. Start as you mean to go on and choose January as the month to clear out your clutter and finish off any works in progress. Who knows by February you will have that many FO (Finished Object) photos to share it will take one mega blog post to share them all. Take a look at what everyone has been up to below. Where patterns and yarn are available links are including. Some patterns are from deep down in the dark depths of people’s stash, so I apologise now if you are unable to locate them.

First up is Joan wearing her beautiful coral coloured cardigan knitted in Rico Essentials Soft Merino Aran. Joan knitted the cardigan from a pattern in a magazine (more info to follow).

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Sue sent in a photo of herself wearing her latest sweater. This is Sirdar pattern 9672 and is knitted in Sirdar Big Bamboo.

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I spotted Judy crocheting the finest most delicate piece of crochet. Once this piece is complete it will be a beautiful tablecloth.

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Amanda was half way through crocheting Christmas ornaments. These little angels were ready just in time. The pattern was featured in an issue of Let’s Get Crafting magazine.

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There are two ladies called Joan in our knit and natter group. This Joan who has been crocheting a scarf for her grand-daughter is a different Joan to the one at the beginning of the blog post. Phew, that was a lot to get out in one go! Anyway, here is the start of Joan’s scarf in Rico Creative Melange Glitz Chunky.

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Jacky has crocheted a gigantic blanket in various aran yarns. A similar design can be found in Granny Squares by Search Press book.

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Kay brought in a jacket she had just finished knitting in Rowan Original Denim. The jacket pattern is from Denim The Next Generation book and is called Pembroke jacket. So much cabling and detail in this incredible work of art.

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There was some weight in this jacket. It took approximately 35 balls to knit! After Kay had finished knitting the garment she washed it in the machine to soften and shrink the denim yarn.

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Alison who attends yarn in the barn brought in this pretty green top knitted in Rowan Panama. The pattern is from Simple Shapes Panama book.

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And finally another HUGE blanket knitted in Hayfield Bonus Aran. The pattern is a combination of an old book Sandra had in her stash and some tweaking here and there.

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Sandra added the aran sweater to one of the squares, putting her own stamp on the design.

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All of the different cables and textures look really effective knitted in the one solid colour.sandra_bonus_aran_blanket4

Here is the book Sandra found the pattern in. It also looks fabulous in cream. There are so many possibilities with a square block pattern like this.

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Part Five of Staff Projects

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 17-02-2012

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I have two more gorgeous projects to show you today. Sara who is the Marketing Director here at the Black Sheep is knitting two different projects at the moment for her two little girls.

The image below is what is going to be a blanket knitted in a variety of Sublime double knit yarns including Baby Cashmere Merino Silk Dk, Extra Fine Merino Dk and Baby Silk and Bamboo Dk. At the moment it is not actually a blanket, so we decided to lay out some of the many, many squares (there are 88 in total!!) to get a feel for how it is going to look when finished. Sara has joined 8 squares together in a row which will be the width of the blanket – 8 squares by 11 squares. As you can see from the photo each piece has been carefully tacked together then hand sewn with embroidery cotton so that the joins aren’t visible. This is a long process, but will be well worth it when finished. A lot of love and care has gone into this project.

Sara wanted to make a ‘snuggle blanket’ for her daughters. If they are not feeling too well they can cosy up in the blanket and snuggle. Something that she hopes they will remember in years to come like the crocheted blanket Sara had when she was a little girl. Her mum crocheted the blanket in granny squares, although the blanket became holey and worn over the years she still has one of the squares today. This in fact was her something old when she got married.

On to the next project ……….

Sara has chosen to knit this ‘Little Savannah’ Shrug from the Sublime book 632 in Sirdar Baby Bamboo Dk shade 156. This shade is curently on offer at just £1.69 a ball. The yarn looks great knitted up in this shade and has quite a luxurious feel. A cute summer cover up.

PART FOUR………

Posted by Amy | Posted in Staff Projects | Posted on 16-02-2012

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I love seeing all of the wonderful projects that are being brought in at the moment. It’s great to see the variety including baby knits, cross stitch and crochet. Last night I started to crochet  a flower in the Rowan Fine Lace – what a beautiful yarn. At the moment I am not entirely sure what I plan to do, I am thinking something delicate and precious.

On to PART FOUR of staff projects……..

Stacey is an enthusiastic knitter and crocheter who works here picking and packing. She brought in all sorts of different bits and bobs that she has on the go at the moment.

One of Stacey’s friends has just had a baby so she is knitting this really cute all in one in Sirdar Snowdrops Chunky (shade 350). Stacey chose the white shade as she didn’t know if it was a boy or girl. Her friend lives in the North East so Stacey thought this would be a perfect cosy and warm outfit for the newborn. As you can see from the unusual shapes below it is in pieces on the stitch holders, quite interesting to see how the garment is knitted. It is such as lovely yarn with its little bobble fleck just like snowdrops.

Here is what the garment will look like finished (pattern 1993). Stacey said that it is a really nice yarn to knit with and she loves the snowdrop texture.

Stacey also brought in a piece of crochet in Sirdar Hayfield Baby Bonus Lustre Dk. This is going to be a small baby blanket. The yarn looks really nice crocheted, especially in the stitch Stacey has chosen. A kind of shell / fan crochet stitch. You can just about see the sheen in the yarn from the photograph. We are all looking forward to seeing the finished projects!