Saturday, 30 December 2017

Purl & Jane's Pattern Each Week Challenge To Continue Into 2018

For most of us a New Year's resolution is to give up alcohol for a month, join a gym or cut down on the chocolate. On 1st January 2017 Jane Ellison, designer and owner of the Purl & Jane yarn store in Skipton, Yorkshire, decided to publish a knitting pattern a week. She aimed to bring simple designs to her customers, perfect for those who are learning to knit or want to graduate from accessories to garments.

On 22nd December 2017, however, she announced that the patterns had had to take a rain check for a few weeks due to training up a new member of the Purl & Jane team. Despite this, the good news is that the new designs won't stop at the end of 2017 ...
"While I am still knitting a row or two a day, I am working on our new routine for me to write and layout the new patterns. I have the designs so 2018 will continue with a new pattern every week!"
Purl and Jane specialises in only stocking yarns from natural fibres. Its limed-edition own-brand yarns,  Skipton Swaledale Aran, and Malham Mule Superchunky, from Yorkshire sheep and spun in the county, sold out quickly. Knitters will be looking out in 2018 for the launch of the next clip to knit the latest designs with.

Ellison's patterns for 2017 are listed here.  Most are £4 whilst a few are free to download. Here's a round-up of our favourites:

Tory The Cowl


A free download that teaches blackberry stitch. The pattern uses three 50g balls of Knoll Soft Donegal.

Dorothy Jumper



This stylish yet simple-to-knit jumper requires four to six 100g DK hanks of wool depending on the size needed. To download the pattern costs £4.

I Heart Baby Jumper



New mums will love this gorgeous baby jumper. It's £4 to download and uses two to four 50g DK balls of yarn depending on size.

Gael Socks


This is a design for the more experienced knitter and has the option of choosing a short or long version of the sock. The pattern uses two or three 50g balls of Knoll Mohair Tweed.

Like Purl & Jane's patterns? Read our review from 2015 of Jane Ellison's Simple Knits.


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