I’ve always been a fan of Kim Hargreaves, but I’m currently verging on obsessed! Her new book ‘North‘ is gorgeous and it’s taken me a couple of weeks to narrow down my decision of what to knit from it first!
One of the best things about being a Coats Territory Manager was that I was given samples of all the new books to show to retailers (and then use myself)! It was also one of the most frustrating things, because there was so much temptation and not enough time to knit!
This is highlighted by the fact that most of my knitted garments are made in yarn which is now discontinued- and I’m still working on a cardie in Fine Milk Cotton (which was discontinued about 3 years ago) from Kim’s ‘Misty’ (which is now out of print)! I’m hoping to finish the cardie before I publish this blog- so there might be a pic at the bottom if you’re lucky!
I’ve knitted many Kim Hargreaves garments over the years- some of which have been disasters: A Lima dress that clings to all the wrong bits (but it’s lovely and warm), and a little cardie which I did in Cashsoft instead of cotton and then accidentally shrunk! But I’ve only got myself to blame for those and I also have a fair few Kim garments which I really love and get lots of wear out of. Here are my favourites!
Left: Patsy from Touching Elegance, knitted in Wool Cotton. I have worn this so much it’s looking a bit tired! I love the shape and how it fits me. It’s really wearable and goes with all my dresses and skirts. I’m thinking about knitting it again in Felted Tweed with a bit of fair-isle.
Middle: Arielle from Misty, knitted in Sienna 4-ply. The yarn is discontinued and the book is out of print, but this top is still going strong! It was meant to be knitted in Fine Milk Cotton, but I thought the Sienna would be more hard-wearing and it’s been great- I just put it in the machine on a cool delicate cycle. I don’t actually have many clothes that go with it, but I find the shape really flattering so it’s still one of my favourites.
Right: Teal from Winter Blooms, knitted in Kid Classic. I’ve also worn this lots, but it’s holding up to wash and wear better than the Wool Cotton and still looks brand new whenever I wash it. I used to wear this with a belt sometimes, but now I just wear it loose and it feels a lot more casual. I love knitting with Kid Classic because it’s really quick and you get a lovely light fabric which is really cosy.
After a few years with very little time for selfish knitting, I’m really excited about knitting myself a new Kim garment! So from North I have chosen ‘Captivate’ which I’m going to Knit in Fine Lace cobweb (left) and Kidsilk Haze majestic (right).
So now it’s time for the big reveal of my Fine Milk Cotton cardie from Misty! Well- I’ve not quite finished it, so here are the sleeves blocking and you’ll have to keep an eye on my Instagram and Facebook page to see the finished thing!
Which is your favourite Kim Hargreaves design?
Yarn provided by Rowan