5 Autumn Knitting Patterns
AUGUST 2019 UPDATE
Hi, I’m Karen and thank you for checking out my 5 Autumn Knitting Patterns blog post. I’ve recently updated it with some of my latest knitting projects, so it’s now 6 patterns!
I run a small contemporary B&B in beautiful South Shropshire, England ( the view below is the one I wake up to every morning ). Shropshire isn’t on the tourist map – it’s just next to Wales – but once people visit they fall in love. Over 70% of my B&B guests are repeat visitors. Click here to find out more about Shropshire and why my guests keep coming back here.
I taught myself to knit again 4 years ago and have become a bit addicted to beautiful patterns and lovely yarns. I also love to cook, spend time with my husband and rescue dog, Saffy, take photographs, enjoy wildlife and just love the countryside.
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Whilst I don’t want to wish summer away too soon, I do look forward to autumn. It’s my very favourite time to go away. We usually head to the English countryside, spending the day taking long walks, kicking leaves and enjoying the countryside. I like to finish the day with a long soak in the bath with a good book. Then an evening curled up knitting in front of the TV.
When I start packing for my holidays these days, the thing I get most panicky about ( I have my capsule wardrobe sorted thanks to Pinterest ) is what knitting I’m going to take with me. To save you the same panic, if you’re packing for a relaxing break away in the country, I thought I’d share my very favourite top 5 autumn knitting patterns for you to enjoy. A couple of the patterns are particularly suited to travel knitting.
If you want to enjoy a few days relaxing in the Shropshire countryside this autumn, check availability, book a few nights at Hopton House and pack your knitting needles today!
1. Decorate your house with knitted pumpkins
I normally buy a few mini pumpkins to decorate the house in autumn, but last year I discovered this pumpkin knitting pattern. I’ve become a bit addicted to knitting these, which is good because everyone loves them and wants to take them away.
You can use any weight wool you have handy. Your pumpkin will be smaller or larger depending on the wool you use.
I knitted a beautiful little green pumpkin using one of my favourite yarns, Rowan felted tweed DK, I love it in avocado. You can buy it online from LoveKnitting here
2. Wrap up in a beautiful Guernsey Wrap
I’ve made 4 of these Guernsey wraps now. It’s my go to wrap for when I get a bit chilly. In fact I’m wrapped in it now as I update this blog. The wrap also works really well as a chunky scarf.
I made the first wrap with the recommended wool, but the second 2 with DROPS Nepal, which is a lovely springy alpaca / wool blend and is also very cheap!
My very favourite orange Guernsey wrap was made in this lovely West Yorkshire Yarns Spinners Croft. The leftovers also proved useful for a few pumpkins too!
3. A beautiful simple shawl in 2 colours
This is Passegiata by Woolenberry. It’s a really simple, but so effective, knit. The pattern uses a fingering wool but I use Malabrigo Rastita, which is DK, as I had some to use up from another project.
4. Get ready for winter with a knitted hot water bottle cover
This is a fabulous free pattern for a knitted hot water bottle cover. It’s quite clever as you can adapt it to any size of hot water bottle. You can make it plain or add your own coloured design or cables.
5. A Quick Shawl fit for a bride
This beautiful shawl is made out of 1 100g skein of sock type yarn. It’s rosewater by Woolenberry and took me just a week to knit. I bought the yarn in Seattle on a holiday to the West Coast to the states. It’s Madeline Tosh Merino Light. Unfortunately the colourway, Cove, is discontinued but they have lots of other beautiful colours.
6. Groovy DK Portland Shawl
I feel in love with this yarn on our West Coast trip. We were in Portland and I found a very posh yarn shop. My poor husband was stuck in the local Starbucks for a while. I’m afraid I can’t remember the name of the yarn but it’s 100% alpaca and came in 300g skein, which they kindly wound for me. The pattern is Groovy DK
It is a really simple knit with just rows of knit and purl. It’s a great travel knit and I got through quite a lot of it on the long plane journey back to Heathrow.
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