Flurries are blanketing the city, radiators are rumbling on, and everyone is breaking out their puffy winter coats…that means it’s knitting season! Every winter, I bring my yarn basket down from the closet and start musing about warm projects to make. I’ve always loved to knit and crochet, and–get ready for a humblebrag–I was actually on TV as a kid, teaching viewers a crochet craft for the holidays. In retrospect, I look at the uneven, lumpy bookmark I crocheted at age six and realize that my bright-eyed cuteness probably trumped my skills in that scenario.
This time around, my knitting project stole the show, and I have We Are Knitters to thank!
We Are Knitters is an international knitting company on a mission to transform knitting from your grandma’s craft to an art form that’s fun, modern, and fashionable. They offered me a kit to review, and it was hard to limit myself to just one: they offer both knitting and crochet projects and have kits for making blankets, scarves, sweaters, hats, and even decorative items. Finally, I chose the Soho’s Snood, a project knit with WAK’s signature chunky Peruvian wool. Snoods, infinity scarves, and cowls are simple and trendy styles that you can easily make at home, so I wanted to see what the difference was when knitting with a kit.
I’m a more experienced crocheter than knitter, so I chose an easy level kit to build my knitting repertoire. Each kit comes with a pattern, wool, large wooden needles, a yarn needle, and a cute little We Are Knitters label to sew onto the end product. Upon opening the bag and letting two balls of gray wool tumble out, I was smitten: the thick wool begs to be touched. At size US 19 (15mm), the knitting needles are on the gigantic side, which mean that they’re easy to wield for new knitters and kind of a conversation piece if you like to knit on the train or while chatting with friends.
Following the We Are Knitters pattern was a fun and easy learning experience. Each time I came upon a new stitch, I would grab my phone or laptop and pull up the fantastically helpful We Are Knitters YouTube channel. They have an entire library of videos showing knit and crochet techniques. Videos are my go-to for learning everything from how to snake a drain to how to braid challah bread, so having each stitch at my fingertips helped me practice until I felt confident moving forward. One of the instructions from the pattern, “yarn over, knit two together” (yo, k2tog), isn’t on their channel yet, but I easily found other videos to use in the meantime.
It took me a few sessions to complete the snood, and I always looked forward to picking up my knitting. Once I finished the project, which is knit as a long rectangle, it wasn’t hard to sew it up and take it for a spin. Jim got his blogger-BF brownie points by accompanying me to Millennium Park for some photos, and we caught the last bright leaves of fall before it started snowing this week.
As a garment, the Soho’s Snood is perfect for a Chicago winter. It’s thick and warm, and it can be pulled up to protect your face while you traipse through a snowstorm or scrunched down. The eyelet stitches add an element of texture that several friends have already commented on. I can’t say enough about the softness of the yarn–I used a piece of scrap to tie a bow on a friend’s birthday gift, and she couldn’t stop talking about how soft it was either!
Since this is a review, I guess we’ve come to the final question: would I buy a We Are Knitters kit on my own?
The answer is absolutely–with the caveat that I couldn’t afford to make WAK my go-to for every craft project. Great yarn comes at a price, so while I’d love for every project to be a We Are Knitters project, I’ll have to wait before I purchase my next kit (hopefully the Jake Blanket pattern).
We Are Knitters gets it–and they’ve generously offered a 10% discount for Jaybird readers with the code ‘JAYBIRDWAK‘. If you have a beloved knitter on your holiday list, you can find kits, free patterns, and lovely skeins of wool, cotton, and fabric yarn over at We Are Knitters. Happy crafting!
Disclosure: I received a We Are Knitters kit to review; all opinions (and raves about super soft yarn) are my own.