Editor's choice Decemberist by Melanie Berg

Published on January 8th, 2017 | by Merion


Making the most of your sale bargains!

Sale bargains are great for topping up your stash – but what else can you do with the yarns in our fabulous winter sale? Merion’s got a few ideas…

Who doesn’t love a yarn sale? I certainly do – and this year there are lots of gorgeous bargains to be had in our wonderful winter sale! So, especially for you, I’ve been having a look at some top picks and finding a few patterns to go with them (knitters, it’s a tough life!)

Love this Cardigan by maddycraft

Love this Cardigan by maddycraft

One of the most effective ways to keep warm is to wear layers – so I LOVE this cardigan from maddycraft – but it’s a knit that will need lots of yarn – a perfect sale yarn pattern! It knits in chunky yarn, so it’s a quick knit (even better!) and scooting round the sale I have found some rather lovely Wendy Mode Chunky that is absurdly affordable. The Teal and Chilli Pepper shades look pretty good to me! If you don’t want to stripe the bottom section, just knit it in plain. The wool and acrylic blend will keep you warm, keep the cardigan in shape and it’s washable too. Win, win, win!

Aran Garter Stitch Cardigan by Audrey Wilson

Aran garter stitch cardi by Audrey Wilson

Forgive me for finding yet another cardigan, but this is genius. If you’re a new knitter, or you hate purling, this is a great pattern for a first garment: it’s a one-size garter stitch cardigan that needs just 500g of an aran or worsted weight yarn. This had me running off to the sale and oh, goodness me, we have some lovely options! Rowan Pure Wool Worsted, which is divine, is fabulous value in the sale, in some dreamy shades – you’ll need FIVE BALLS (yes, five!) for this cardigan. Ten balls of Sublime Luxurious Aran Tweed will make one of these gorgeous cardies, and there are three great neutral shades left in stock (I love Fledgling!) Five balls of Caron United is even more reasonable if you love acrylics, and goodness me if you’d like a shot of luxury, my top pick is Lang Yarns Alberta, you’ll need ten balls of this merino wool with 10% cashmere.

Color Me Pretty by Elena Nodel

Color Me Pretty by Elena Nodel

Gorgeous for granddaughters, daughters and nieces everywhere! A knit with some colour work challenge is great fun – and when you’re taking this much time to knit an heirloom, you want to knit it in something that’s going to last and be comfortable to wear. Machine washable merino wool is a perfect choice – especially when it’s in the sale – so have a look at this fabulous Lang Yarns Thema Nuova. I love the twist particularly – to help with crisp stitch definition for that colourwork, and there are lots of super rich shades to choose from!

Decemberist by Melanie Berg

Decemberist by Melanie Berg

This fabulous shawl has been on my list for a long time. It’s not December, but we need this kind of warmth in January and February! If you’re new to lace knitting, or shawls in general, starting off with one in super chunky yarn is a great way to learn. Some Debbie Bliss Roma shades are in the sale, a beautifully light wool and alpaca blend that would be lovely for this shawl – also, Wendy Serenity Super Chunky in the Sea Holly, Amethyst and Bronze shades – all wonderful to swirl around your shoulders!

Happy sale shopping!


About the Author

Merion admits that her stash is wildly out of control, but has many projects in dream-form! She loves knitting, crochet, Shire horses, cake and garden swing-seats.

Last updated: August 3rd, 2017.

3 Responses to Making the most of your sale bargains!

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