What better way is there to show that special someone in your life that you love them than to give them a handmade gift that you have spent time making.
Now that the festive season is over for another year we turn our thoughts to Valentine’s Day, merely a matter of weeks away.
If you’re relatively new to crafts or consider yourself a beginner, why not try your hand at our gorgeous Crochet Heart Garland Project kit – an easy introductory pattern for lovers of crochet. The kit comes with a simple crochet pattern, two balls of Blacker Swan Pimpernel 4ply, and a handful of waste noils to stuff into the finished hearts. We have worked with the very talented designer, Rebecca Anaspure to create this lovely project kit which can be made into a selection of items of your choosing including 12 stuffed crochet hearts to hang as attractive bunting to brighten any indoor space, or why not create a pretty heart-shaped gift basket, a lavender scented heart to adorn any wardrobe, drawer or corner of the home, or perhaps a pin cushion or handy scissor case – useful gifts and craft accessories that we love to receive. The Crochet Heart Garland Project Kit is one of our latest products with a pattern included using UK crochet terminology. Take a look at our Blacker Yarns Youtube channel with an instruction video to help you get started.
Or download our Feel The Love Heart Bunting – This pattern has been designed using our 4ply yarns, allowing you to use your odds and ends in your stash, or you might like to buy some of our Blacker Swan 4ply, which works beautifully and comes in an array of different colours. Our lovely Feel The Love heart bunting can be hung in any interior space throughout the year, not just for Valentines, and it adds a pretty and eye-catching feature. If you already have a substantial collection of crochet hooks, why not choose a larger hook size and create an even bigger heart shape to really get your message across! You’ll need to double the quantity of yarn that you use.
Cushion covers also make a lovely unisex gift and you may just fall in love with our Belstone Cushion Crochet Pattern, another easy to follow, beginners crochet project that uses double crochet and slip stitch. Our Aran yarn range works best for this beautiful item, and you can really be as creative as you wish, adding special images or wording that means something to both of you.
Knit to your heart’s content with the Atoll Hat knitted using two balls of Blue Faced Leicester held double and then adding a third colour for the bold colourful stripe. Treat the special man or woman in your life to this cosy and stylish winter accessory – keeping them warm during those romantic walks along the beach or countryside strolls. The neutral shades along with the pop of colour work well and compliment a wardrobe of all colours and textiles.
Our Cable Panel Unisex Pullover pattern is ideal if you fancy setting yourself a bigger challenge. The unisex pullover features the Celtic-style cable and has an unshaped design creating a casual and loose garment which can be adapted to fit all sizes. To knit this you can use any of our DK yarns, the sample used Ryeland DK, but it would look as equally as stunning using Gotland, Tamar or Jacob.
If the special one in your life is a four-legged friend of the furry variety, why not create a new blanket or cushion especially for them and something cosy to snooze on – add a dog or cat design or their name for added cuteness. Take a look at our Household Interior page for some more ideas and a few free patterns, available to download.
Finally if you’re really struggling for gift inspiration for someone with a passion for knitting or crocheting, how about a Blacker Yarns gift voucher so that they can select yarn and patterns of their choice, or why not surprise them with one of our beautifully presented project kits to show them how much you love them?