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  1. The Diamond Lace purse is now available for free on Ravelry and on the website.

    Free knitting pattern

    This cute little clutch purse is the perfect accessory – big enough to hold your essentials and small enough for a quick knit project. You could even use it as a little project bag to hold your smaller knitting projects!

    The pattern is designed for beginner knitters looking to try some new techniques such as increases, buttonholes and a simple lace pattern. Or if you don’t fancy the lace you could knit the front flap without the lace pattern, or maybe use a contrast colour for a really striking look!
    The purse in the pattern photo was knit using a chunky yarn, although you could use any weight. The trick is to go down a few needle sizes to what you would usually use with the yarn weight so as to produce a nice sturdy fabric with tight stitches that will hold the shape and not be too flimsy.
    The purse is cast on at the flap edge and worked as one flat piece with garter stitch rows used to mark the folding lines. The edges are then sewn together at the end and a pretty button added for a final flourish!
    The I-cord wrist strap is optional. Video tutorials for the I-cord, the buttonhole and all of the stitches used are available on the website and linked in the pattern.
    The purse is easy to customise to make it longer, or make it into a shoulder bag, details are given in the pattern. 

    For more information and to download the pattern, visit the Free Patterns page
  2. Life here has settled down into a new routine, and I've definitely been taking advantage of all the extra knitting time at home recently, it's nice to have an outlet in crafting during these strange times! 

    I've also been embracing the recent warm and sunny weather here in the UK to do lots of yarn dyeing. And I'm pleased to announce that the shop has been updated with many lovely new yarns, including 4ply, sock yarns, super soft double knit yarns and lot's of sparkle yarns in 4ply and DK too!

    As well as some returning favourites there are also a number of one of a kind, never to be repeated colourways available, so please do take a look.

    And in case you weren't aware, there are a selection of kits available on the website whereby if you buy a skein of yarn you get a pattern for free! Why not check them out? You can also build on your kit by adding any extras such as a needle, stitch markers or a mini-project bag at the checkout. Click HERE to view the range of kits available.

    Coming up....

    There are lots of exciting things coming up in the next few months,

    There will be another Summer KAL coming in July. This will be for a one skein shawl and the pattern will be free for the duration of the KAL :)

    New YouTube tutorial videos are being worked on. If you have anything you would like me to cover - let me know via the Contact Form and I'll do my best to create a tutorial video for you!

    There are also some new product lines coming which I have designed with my husband, David. David has been keeping busy in his shed - aka Lathe Cave, making beautiful bowls, pens, pepper mills and many other things on his lathe. 

    You may have seen Davids hand crafted bead bowls on the website. They can be personalised with your choice of engraving too!

    In the meantime, if you enjoy hand crafted items then do take a look at David's Etsy shop - Arrowsmith Turning or check out his creations on Instagram @dave_and_his_lathe

    Thank as always for reading, and until next time, keep well and happy knitting!

    Jem x