Crochet wristwarmers

Issue ten is out tomorrow, and judging by lots of lovely tweets, our cover project has really captured your hearts.

The crochet wristwarmers are designed by Monika Siwak, from Poland. To get the perfect look for Mollie Makes, Monika hand-dyed Cordonet 50 yarn to create her ideal colour combination. We’ve since discovered that ticket 50 cotton is only available in limited colours in the UK, so we’ve asked Rosee Woodland who works on The Knitter magazine to give us her tips on alternative yarns to fit the bill…

There are various options which will give you a good result. Remember, a laceweight yarn is what you are looking for. Monika recommends the Kaja yarn from a Polish shop which is only 65p per ball – you’ll need one ball of each colour. It is listed as a ticket 50 but is slightly heavier than the yarn used by Monika. You should be able to substitute any high-twist yarn with a high cotton/silk/bamboo/soy content that gives you from 600 to 1000m per 100g and get a good result.

As well as Monika’s Polish shop, Rosee has also found etsy seller Lady Shuttle Maker who dyes crochet cotton. She has gorgeous colours. She is US based but will post to the UK very cheaply (@ £1.51 per ball).

If you want to buy from a UK supplier some other yarn options include:
Fyberspates Elegance Silk and Baby Camel (£20 per 100g, Fyberspates)
Knitwitches Seriously Gorgeous (£18 per 100g, Knitwitches)
Natural Dye Studio Precious Lace (£18.95 per 100g, Dye Studio)
Knitpicks Gloss Lace, only 30% silk, but cheap, with a great colour range (£3.99 per 50g, widely available in the US, only available in the UK from Great British Yarns)

Can’t wait to see your results!