Knitted Bracelet and Choker Free Pattern

As we mentioned in the last post, we have a knitted bracelet and choker free pattern to share with you!

It’s a very quick and easy pattern, but something that would make a unique gift or a lovely accessory for any outfit. We’ve use Adriafil Margarita yarn, but you can be creative with the yarns you choose – maybe something with shimmer, or a pastel colour, or a bit of fluff?

Choker and braceletSo, with your chosen yarn…

Free knitted choker pattern

Cast on 200 stitches

Knit 6 rows stocking stitch

Cast off

Take the two ends together in one hand and twist until you create a ‘rope’. Sew the ends together. Find a suitable bead or button to sew onto this end, then use thread it through the loop created at the other end to fasten.

Free knitted bracelet pattern

Cast on 100 stitches

Knit 4 rows stocking stitch

Cast off

Take the two ends together in one hand and twist until you create a ‘rope’. Sew the ends together. Find a suitable bead or button to sew onto this end, then use thread it through the loop created at the other end to fasten.

As we said, very simple, but very effective. Have fun, and don’t forget to share what you create!

Knitted bracelet and choker free pattern


August News – Yarns of the Month!

Sirdar EllaTreat yourself this summer to our August Yarns of the Month! We have chosen the great suitably seasonal yarns Adriafil’s Margarita and Slogan, and are looking ahead with Sirdar’s Ella and Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino (including the new Autumn/Winter colours!).

Adriafil MargaritaWith 20% off these yarns, in all colours, all month, in store only, it’s a perfect time to think about your autumn and winter projects, or knit something special for a new arrival.

New Yarns & Patterns

There are some great new yarns and patterns in store. The new range of Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino colours are wonderful, and there’s also a new pattern book too. New shades from Debbie Bliss Milano, and a new book, provides some great textured patterns ideal for Winter.

Art YarnsIf you fancy something very special, we have some samples of Art Yarn, imported by Artesano. These American yarns are super soft – there are kid mohair & cashmere, silk & kid mohair and silk & cashmere blends, a 100% cashmere yarn, and one decorated with subtle sequins. You really do have to touch these yarns (you may never want to stop!). We won’t carry the skeins in stock, but they can be ordered very quickly!

Happy Birthday to Us

Thank you to everyone who came in during July and was entered into our birthday raffle. The winners were drawn by keen knitter, Fay Penlington, who, at just 12, loves knitting animals. Congratulations to the very lucky….

1st Prize, £50 worth of YarnFest vouchers, Anne Emmens

2nd Prize, £25 woth of YarnFest vouchers, Pauline Newman

 Debbie Bliss Baby Cashmerino

Knitting & Crochet Courses

Workshops begin again in September – book now for beginners and advanced knitting and crochet!

Saturday 21st September AM Beginners Knitting 10.00 – 13.00 (£23.00)

Saturday 21st September PM Improvers Knitting 14.00 – 17.00 (£23.00)

(All day, both courses £42.00)

Saturday 28th September AM Beginners Crochet 10.00 – 13.00 (£23.00)

Saturday 28th September PM Improvers Crochet 14.00 – 17.00 (£23.00)

(All day, both courses £42.00)

If you want to start, need a refresher or want to extend your knitting or crochet skills, these are the courses for you! Our expert staff will guide you through casting on, types of stitches, following a pattern and other useful tips and techniques, as well as tackling an issues or particular problems you may have. Please bring your own needles/hooks and yarn, although these can be purchased in store beforehand.

More courses will be announced in our September newsletter!

A Quick Knitted Gift

Choker and braceletElaine has a lovely simple free pattern for a choker and bracelet that is quick to knit and looks fab. Ideal for gifts for any fashionable lady you know, or as a quick chunky accessory, visit us in store now to find out how to do it.

Elaine used Adriafil Margarita yarn to create these stunning accessories, which you can now get a 20% discount on this month. Stock up now!





What to knit in the summer

As the heatwave continues, is your knitting? It’s hard to know what to knit in the summer – your hands are sweaty, the yarn is warm and it’s just too tempting to do nothing instead! We’re not going to stop you if you just want to lie in your garden and soak up some rare rays of sunshine. But if you do fancy a bit of knitting and crochet, we think we have some great yarns for you!

King Cole Bamboo Cotton Yarn is proving really popular at the moment, and not just because of Elaine’s great V Neck topV Neck Top (see left), which is a great lightweight item. Ideal for summer evenings and a few rounds of golf perhaps? It’s taken from a King Cole pattern with a few adjustment around the neck line, so email us for more detials.

Bamboo Cotton is also great for baby clothes – again they are lightweight in this weather, but also a lot kinder for baby soft skin – less itchy and prone to reactions. And, of course, machine washable! We can see why this yarn is flying off the shelves.

King Cole Bamboo Cotton Yarn

Raffia Yarn is another yarn that’s great to knit and crochet with over the summer – this papery material is fab for creating bags and unique garments. Have a look at one of our last blogs about Rafia Yarn for more details.

One skein patterns are also great in this weather – not some many materials to take around with you if you’re knitting on the move (by the pool, on the beach – we can dream!) and you can get a head start on (whisper it) your Christmas gifts…. With the new Manos Alegria Superwash yarn in some fantastic colours and with lots of one ball patterns for scarfs, socks and much more, we’d recommend having a skein in your handbag this July!

Manos Superwash Alegria

So – what are you knitting or crocheting this summer? Or have you just got your hands on a nice Margarita?






Summer knitting

So, just what do you knit in the summer? Traditionally a quiet time for knitters, crocheters and other wool lovers, as the days get warmer and the layers come off – but we just can’t keep our needles and hooks down for that long! So this week we looked at summer knitting ideas.

King Cole Opium Scoop Neck TopThe King Cole Opium yarn is a great example of some simple summery knitting. One pattern that’s been really popular is the boat/scoop neck top. It’s a simple knit, goes up to larger sizes and looks great on. The pattern allows it to be layered and it’s a great cover up on a summer evening. The colours available are fab too, just right for updating your wardrobe. Have a look at the King Cole Opium patterns here.


Another interesting yarn for summer is Adriafil Raffia – we love the Adriafil yarns at the moment, but the different textures creating by the paper yarn can allow for some lovely lightweight creations. We had a look at these recently on our Adriafil Raffia yarn’s blog post.

It can get chilly in the winter evenings too – a throw or shawl might be handy to wrap up with on the sofa, or even outside on the patio if you’re having a BBQ and there’s a nip in the air! Our great Colinette throw kits are great for this – they come in a lovely array of colours and really are gorgeous yarns.

Pinterest is always great to find pinsperation! We’ve created a summer knits board on Pinterest for you to have a look at. There’s some lovely jumpers and throws, some of which are links to free patterns, with cool lace or fancy yarn that will be just right for when it gets a bit warmer. There’s also some knitted shorts on the board – we’re not quite sure if we’d be brave enough to wear them on the beach! Would you? Add to that a knitted tie, a crochet ice cream sundae and a raffia bag – that’s summer all sewn up, isn’t it?

Sirdar Cotton YarnsOf course, one reason to get excited about Summer is the new Autumn/Winter ranges on the way! We’re already looking forward to news from Rowan, Artesano and Sirdar.

So, what will you be knitting over the summer? We’d love to know!




We love yarn!

It’s always nice to see a lovely display of wool, isn’t it? We love yarn so much, we thought we’d post this photo to get you inspired! It’s our new Rowan and Adriafil yarns.

There’s 20% off these yarns online this month, so be quick and visit our website to stock up! There’s also a great range of FREE Adriafil patterns too, so be sure to visit their website.


April News – Crazy for Colinette yarn!

crazy for colinette yarnDon and Chris visited the Colinette workshop last month and came back with a great stock of goodies and lovely yarn. We now have lots of new patterns and kits in store! We’re really excited about Perugino throw kits – with this beautiful zig zag pattern made from three types of Colinette yarn, you’ll have something to treasure forever. There are five varieties available, and the kit includes the pattern, yarn and bag.  Perfect for the sofa, bedroom or a gift for a loved one. Elaine is hard at work creating a sample that will be in store soon.

There’s also a gorgeous light weight jacket kit which is ideal for spring – wear it as a wedding cover up, on a cruise, a glamorous night out… It’s perfect for all occasions and has a beautiful timeless quality with super soft mohair yarn. Again, there will be a sample in store soon.

New Products in Store

adriafil raffia yarnsAs well as new Colinette products, we’ve also got a lot more goodies for you! The new Italian Adriafil yarn range is going down really well, and we’re getting some new summer patterns in soon. We’ve also got some new Sirdar yarns, and some new patterns – garments are already made up in store for you to have a look at.

Chris is also designing a new cushion kit! Using Colinette Point five yarn, this pattern is a funky, chunky pattern that will brighten up any living room. Work is still in progress but it is guaranteed to be very popular. Keep following us on Twitter, Facebook and, of course, pop in store for updates!

If you’ve got a birthday coming up, or fancy trying something different for Spring, don’t forget the lovely needle felting kits from Gillian Gladrag this week. Make your own needle felted fish or penguin, like the super cute Gwendoline Penguin!

Exclusive New Card Range

birthday bleatingsUsing designs from talented local artist, Vicky Ainge, YarnFest is proud to present an exclusive range of yarn-themed greetings cards, in store soon. For the knitter, crocheter or crafter in your life, these beautiful cards are for birthdays, new babies, congratulations and more.



The scarf continues…

CRPamDid you add your rows to our Comic Relief scarf? If not, don’t worry, we’re going to keep knitting all year! We’ll be choosing a different charity each month for you to knit and donate to. We’re still hoping to get it long enough to wrap around HIlliers! Thank you to everyone who has knitted and donated so far, we’ve managed to raise £77.07 for Comic Relief and scarf currently stands at 2.3M long!

We also managed to get Pam to pose for a snap for the Newbury Weekly News, did you spot her?

New Workshops

bearDon’t forget our great new workshops for you in April and May, including the return of our extremely popular Broomstick Crochet course! Spaces are limited so book now.

Professional Finishing Techniques – Saturday April 20th  10.00 – 1.00, 2.00 – 5.00 (AM/PM session or All day) Find out how to finish and sew up your projects professional with our course. Bring a garment with you, or some 10” squares, and we’ll help you conquer that part of the project that most of us dislike! Maximum of 6 persons. Cost – £23.00 per session or £42 to attend all day.

Knitting Stitches / How to improve your knitting – Saturday May 4th  10.00 – 1.00, 2.00 – 5.00 (AM/PM session or All day) Suitable for beginners, this course will introduce you to some popular knitting stitches and help you improve your knitting (or even get started, if you’re a complete beginner!). Maximum of 6 persons. Cost – £23.00 per session or £42 to attend all day.

Broomstick Crochet – Saturday May 18th  10.00 – 4.30 (All day) Back by popular demand! Big knitting needles will be provided. Crochet hooks and yarn will available to purchase on the day. Cost – £45.00

Refreshments will be available in our shop and lunches can be purchased in the Coffee Shop on site.

Please bring along a selection of coloured yarns with needles and hooks to suit your course.

Knit & Natter –Tuesdays & Thursdays!

Our Knit & Natters take place on Tuesdays & Thursdays from 2.30pm. Along with help and advice on your knitting projects, we also offer a discount on yarns, a raffle, refreshments and, of course, a good old natter!

Raffia Yarns

We love raffia yarns at the moment, especially as we’ve got these great new arrivals from Adriafil.

Raffia yarn

But what can you do with them? We’ve been looking at Pinterest and Adriafil’s own site to give you some great ideas. If you have any other suggestions, we’d love to hear them!

Who knew raffia could be so glam? Have a look at this gorgeous halter neck top and skirt – maybe it’s the Italian origins, but we had no idea you could create something this chic with raffia!

Adriafil’s website also has some great free patterns, including this outfit, a bag, sarong, and some great hats. Well worth checking out!




There’s also some lovely hat tutorials, available on Ravelry, and some other inspiration we found on sites like Etsy. You may have to buy or just take inspiration from these designs, but we hope you enjoy this unique, papery yarn as much as we do. Don’t forget to have a look at our Pinterest board to find links, some great ideas and free patterns for bags and other crafts!