The kids are back to school, there are leaves crunching under foot, the evenings are drawing in and we find ourselves reaching for our jackets as the temperatures drop. It can only mean one thing; autumn is well and truly here. While for some autumn is a time for energy and fresh starts, for others it’s a time for winding down. At Stitch & Story it’s the perfect time to pick up the knitting needles and add a few items to our autumn/winter wardrobes or make a start on our handmade gift list.
Autumn is a great time to start knitting. It’s the time of year for hats and scarves, and chunky knit sweaters, in a colour palette to complement the season. With natural antibacterial and wicking properties, our non-mulesed and OEKO-TEX certified, 100% merino sustainable yarns are the perfect fibre for creating soft and cosy knits. Layered or worn alone our super soft merino will keep you warm on a crisp autumn day, while being breathable enough to keep you comfortable during those occasional warmer spells.
So, if you’ve been thinking about learning to knit but aren’t sure where to start, or are looking for inspiration for your next project, we’ve chosen five of our favourite autumn knitting kits that are perfect for the season. From Beginner to Easy+, in sumptuous colours, you just need to decide which one to knit first.
There is nothing quite like the shortening of days to encourage you to reach for cosy slippers in the evening. Even better if you can knit them yourself, throw ‘em on, and relax, with a sense of accomplishment having made something from scratch. Our Lola Pom Slippers Knitting Kit is aimed at giving new knitters a stress-free knitting experience, making it the perfect autumn knitting project if you’re a beginner. The kit contains everything you need to get started and will teach you how to cast on, knit, purl, and decrease stitches. You’ll even learn how to make pompoms with a fork. The Lola Pom Slippers come in beautiful autumnal shades like Deep Sea Blue and Rich Plum or check out the Goodnight Twisted Slippers in our exclusive Chunky Twisted Wool.
There is a reason the Luca Pom Hat Knitting Kit is our most popular hat pattern to date. With its oversized, slouchy fit and unique swirl pattern it’s the perfect throw-on hat for keeping warm and looking stylish. An Easy level Stitch & Story kit, the Luca Pom Hat manages to look impressively complicated while being very easy to knit and is often picked up by beginner knitters. Nothing more difficult than a combination of knit and purl stitches to create the swirl pattern with some decrease stitches to shape the hat, which is knit flat before sewing up the seam. The contrast pompom, in either white or pink, adds a touch of fun.
Nothing quite says autumn like a chunky knit scarf or snood. The perfect outdoor accessory, you’ll keep toasty warm with the double-sided Reversible Ski Snood Knitting Kit. A simple slip stitch technique creates a chunky garter stitch pattern on one side and a vertical slip stitch pattern on the other, making the Reversible Ski Snood extra soft and cosy. A versatile chunky knit, that can be styled differently depending on your mood, it’s a great project for learning new stitches and knitting techniques. We love it in a rustic Burnt Orange or festive Emerald Green.
When the drop in temperature means colder hands but it’s not quite mittens weather yet, our Freya Fingerless Gloves Knitting Kit is the perfect autumn knitting choice. A classic knitters’ project, these chunky gloves are practical and beautiful. Knit flat, with a simple-to-follow pattern that will teach you how to make the thumb and work short rows, the Freya Fingerless Gloves kit is the ideal project for expanding your knitting knowledge. Quick to knit, they also make a great gift. They look beautiful in the jewel-toned Stone Teal or subtle Stormy Grey.
It wouldn’t be autumn without a chunky knit jumper or two in your wardrobe. The Hadley Jumper Knitting Kit is an easy project for those wanting to boost their confidence in knitting and is the perfect first jumper pattern. This kit covers all the basics as well as increase, decrease and slip stitches, and knit in merino wool is super cosy and comfortable to wear. Quick and fun to knit, the Hadley Jumper might just become your wear-with-everything jumper. Especially if you opt for neutral Ivory White or Fossil Grey.
What are your go-to autumn knitting projects? Have you tried any of the above? Hopefully we’ve inspired you to pick up the knitting needles and embrace a new craft if you don’t already knit, and if you are a knitter consider some of the possible projects you could make this season. We love to see your Stitch & Story makes so don’t forget to tag us #stitchandstory #yarnmazing and sign up to our newsletter to be the first to hear about new kits and patterns being released this autumn.