I was totally thrilled last week to go for coffee with Ali, one of the lovely girls from Wool & The Gang. I’m sure you’re already aware of this amazing London knitting brand – kind of a collective focussing on sustainably sourced wool for their amazing designs and and knit projects…
Including collaborations with Giles Deacon, jewellery designer Maria Francesca Pepe and this fashion week just past, Christopher Raeburn – shark mittens and this glorious scarf! Online you can buy just the finished product (fingers crossed the Raeburn scarf is coming soon!) or the whole kit to do-it-yourself that comes beautifully packaged. If you’re a knitter, you’ll totally appreciate the gorgeous quality Peruvian wool and all the well-thought out details, from the darning needles to pattern booklet which explains everything you need to know stitch-wise to complete your project. You can build your package, selecting what colours you want, the pattern in English or French, whether you need needles or not and join in Knit Along projects with the hashtag #knitwiththegang. With 55k WATG insta followers and comprehensive beginner to advanced video tutorials you are not alone…
I am a knitter (socks used to be my thing!) but have really let it go these past two years, so I jumped on the opportunity to get back into it with this cute #Beanie* and was delighted by the ease of the pattern. I started right and knitted my tension square which showed me I was knitting probably a little too tight; as I wanted to make sure the edge was on the looser side I cast on a couple of times until it the way I wanted.
The knitting of the pattern was nice and easy and once I had my full beanie I started the embroidered hashtag. I have vague memories of doing this duplicate stitch before but I had to take out a couple of times until it looked as neat as I wanted it to. But I totally got the hang of it in the end.
I love the finished result, it’s actually the perfect beanie – nice, big and chunky and with enough of it’s own stiffness to have its own shape rather than flopping back down. As I have loads of gorgeous black wool left over, I’ve started a black one. Such a quick, easy knit and I can’t wait to get my teeth into another project. Loving this tank top and super cute bikini! Do let me know if you’re a knitter and if you’ve got any projects on the go, I need to keep inspired!
Here I am wearing my finished #Beanie – whaddya think? – and starting a second with the yarn left over!
*Knitting kit kindly gifted for review; but all opinions my own, obvs!