Big knits have been big news for as long as we can remember, with billowing sleeves, fluffy threads and a bolder-the-better colour palette defining transeasonal wardrobes everywhere. But what better sense of lockdown achievement could there be than knitting your own? I’ve rounded up our favourite do-it-yourself knit-kits to help you create a sustainable staple that’ll see you through the seasons.
Words by Kate Haines
Not just a catchy name, Wool and the Gang’s collection of home knitting kits are some of the most fashion-forward you’ll find. Create everything from mohair cardigans to crochet throws and of the moment roll-neck vests, with fun-themed yarns including Ra-Ra Raffia and their signature, Crazy Sexy Wool.
Keep an eye out for their knit-kit collaborations; including sustainability pioneers Mother of Pearl, as well as cult handmade-knitwear favourites The Knitter and Maiami.
For the ultimate in home-knit kitsch, Laura Dalgaard’s DIY patterns are truly unique. From cute ladybird motifs to pared-back co-ords, Laura’s designs are on the right side of Scandi-cool, so much so they would fit in perfectly amongst the (virtual) crowds at Copenhagen Fashion Week.
My personal favourite? We’re already knitting the MoonChild Sweater!
From chunky layers to Ganni-inspired jumpers, Club Knit is the place to head if you’re looking to create a throw-it-on-with-everything favourite.
With instructions available in a selection of languages, there’s a great range of patterns suitable for beginners to help you avoid ending up in a tangle. I’ll be knitting the Sarah jumper in bold pink or sunshine yellow to spark joy in everyday dressing. Roll on spring!
Not quite ready to tackle a jumper? No problem! Made-to-order brand, Deima, offer kits to create the snuggest of knitwear accessories to get you started on a smaller scale.
Avoid the winter chill by knitting up one of their versatile turtleneck collars, or create your very own loungewear hero with their ribbed trouser pattern kit. That’s Saturday (and every other day…) on the sofa, sorted!
Who said your latest crafty creation had to live in your wardrobe!? Get nifty with The Fabled Thread and embroider your way to your very own sustainable artwork. With so much time at home, it’ll be sure to make you smile on a daily basis – all while supporting a small business, too!
With a wide range of patterns that would look just as great as part of a gallery wall as they would hanging solo, be prepared to make this your new at-home habit! Plus, I can’t think of a better gift to send to a loved one from afar.
What will Team HURR be turning their hand to first? The eclectic tapestry cushions are a firm favourite!
Meet Cheryl Leung, the founder and creative director behind HongKong-based dress label, SAU LEE. Inspired by her Hong Kong heritage, her design ethos is centred around creating timeless pieces that are wearable yet beautiful. Following a lean production practice with responsible stock volumes, each piece is crafted from natural raw materials, biodegradable fabrics or overstock base fabrics that would otherwise go to waste.
To welcome SAU LEE to the HURR family (as its exclusive UK partner), we caught up with Cheryl to hear more about her inspirations, hopes for the brand and what it’s like to design bridal.