Rowan AW20 – Jem’s picks

The new Rowan Autumn/Winter collections have launched! Here are a few of my faves…

Dumfries cardigan from Rowan Magazine 68

Dumfries by Emma Wright from Magazine 68 – knitted in Alpaca Classic.

I love the tassels and the relaxed shape of this. Alpaca Classic is light but warm so this would be a great extra layer.

Moonflower coat from Rowan Magazine 68

Moonflower by Martin Storey from Carousel – knitted in Alpaca Soft DK.

This is gorgeous! The pattern and the colour combinations are beautiful and I can see myself snuggling up in our cold house wearing this.

Wrap cardigan from Mode at Rowan The Bloggers Edit

Darcy cardigan by Samantha Hall from The Bloggers Edit – knitted in Alpaca Classic and Kidsilk Haze.

I’ve already cast this one on! I used to have a cardigan similar to this and I wore it to death so I know I love the shape. I think it’ll look good with my new summer dress – and make it more winter friendly. Of course I’m knitting mine in teal!

Have you cast on any winter garments yet?

Yarn gifted by Rowan.

Amy by Jem

I mentioned this project earlier in the year – and I’ve certainly taken my time over it… But the wait is over and you can now knit your very own Amy by Jem cushions!

A beautiful stack of Amy by Jem knitted cushions

*Please note* The links in this blog will take you through to my PayHip pattern shop. If you would prefer to buy via Ravelry or Love Knitting – you can link through from my patterns page here.

Amy Cushion – shop now

Jem Cushion – shop now

Vine Cushion – shop now

Balloon Flower Cushion – shop now

I’m a huge fan of my friend Amy Blackwell’s illustrations and have loved working on this collaboration! I love Amy’s use of colour and the Rowan Summerlite DK palette was the perfect choice.

The cushions all work beautifully together so they’re also available to buy as a collection. This works out as better value if you want to knit them all!

Amy by Jem Cushion Collection – shop now

New Pattern Shop

Just in case you missed my newsletter this week- I thought I would share it on here too…

Ravelry have made some big changes recently and the site isn’t usable for everyone. My patterns are still available to purchase via Ravelry and Love Knitting, but you now also have the option of my new pattern shop!

Hexi Pouffe by Jem Weston

I haven’t uploaded everything from my pattern archive – so just give me a shout if you’re looking for something in particular that you can’t find.

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston

The Cute Comfort Knits Ebook and individual patterns are all on there – and of course you can find Ted Bear and his wardrobe!

Happy knitting x

Strange Times

This is a very strange blog to be writing… I have so much to say about everything that is happening, but at the same time I have no idea what to say. So first of all – I hope that wherever you are, you are safe and well x

To anyone reading this who works for the NHS, in the food industry, in schools or any other essential services that are working so hard to keep us safe and well – thank-you thank-you thank-you x

Like many of you – we’re holed up at home, but we’re okay. Beardie has an underlying health condition so we’re very grateful that we’re in a position to be able to follow the guidelines of social distancing in order to protect ourselves and others.

If you’ve got a bit more time on your hands than usual and you’re looking for new projects – I have quite a few free patterns available on my Ravelry and Love Knitting pattern shops. I have added a 50% discount to ALL of my paid-for patterns on Ravelry (no code needed). Please note – this is on Ravelry only so if you prefer to pay full price you can hop over to my Love Knitting shop.

There are quite a few small projects on there which would be perfect for stash-busting, or if you have the financial means to buy new yarn – I encourage you to buy it from your local independent yarn shop. A lot of them also have online shops or are developing creative ways to get yarn to your doorstep (whilst maintaining a safe distance!).

Look after yourselves x

Shop Update

New from the Jem Weston shop…

Hexi Coaster & Placemat Yarn Packs!

Including four lovely colourful shades of Rowan Summerlite DK, this pack includes enough yarn to make a set of four coasters and four placemats from Cute Comfort Knits.

Cute Comfort Knits by Jem Weston | Hexi Coasters & Placemats

Yarn pack only: £18 –shop now

Yarn pack and book: £29.99 – shop now

Also back in stock…

Pheasant Cushion Yarn Packs!

These keep flying out of stock – so catch one while you can!

Yarn pack only: £28 –shop now

Yarn pack and book: £39.99 – shop now

Yarn Expo

I’m so excited to be exhibiting at Yarn Expo next weekend – the first yarn show in my home town of Nottingham!

I will be bringing copies of The Knitted Nursery Collection and my new book Cute Comfort Knits.

I will also have yarn packs for some of the most popular projects in The Knitted Nursery Collection

And yarn packs for some of your favourite projects in Cute Comfort Knits

Perfect for Christmas gifts or Christmas day knitting projects!

I will also have some old favourites, including kits for the Triangle Hat, Bobby Scarf & Hat, the Dice Cowl, Twinkly Beaded Collar and the Lazy Lace Cowl.

So make sure you get to me nice and early before I run out!

I’ve also done a big shop update, so if you can’t make it to Yarn Expo you can still join in with the shopping here.

While you’re in town – make sure you pop in to Knit Nottingham as well! Just a stones throw from the show.

See you there! x


Cute Comfort Knits…Sneaky Peeks!

Not long now until my new book Cute Comfort Knits launches on August 15th!

From Tuesday 1st August I will be doing some sneak previews of the projects over on Facebook and Instagram. So make sure you’re following me and don’t miss out!

Signed copies of Cute Comfort Knits will be available on my shop from Friday 11th August with the official launch following on Wednesday 15th August.

Cute Comfort Knits will also be available to buy from your local Rowan stockist. If you’re a lys stocking Cute Comfort Knits – please feel free to add your shop details to the comments below and we’ll come and find you!

Can’t wait to share the projects with you x

Cute Comfort Knits…coming soon!

This week has been very exciting…my new book went to print!

Cute Comfort Knits is my first venture into self publishing and it’s all gone beautifully smoothly thanks to the fantastic people who have helped with pattern checking, knitting, cake baking and compiling everything into an actual book.

This week I went to watch the book being printed and had a guided tour of Lion to see all the different stages. Unfortunately I didn’t get many interesting pics/videos for you…but I do love this one of the sheets coming off the press!

It’s so quick! Can you tell what it is?

Watch this space for more details and sneaky peeks coming soon x