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Book Review – Knitted Hats

This lovely little book has found its way home with more than one of our staff members this winter. Part of the 20 To Make series, it features a range of knitted hats for both men and women. One of our team found it an ideal way to use up a ball of chunky wool which was left over after knitting letters on some ‘Weasley’ christmas sweaters.

The result was this delightful cable edged beanie hat, we just love the gold colour and it’s very up to date. This hat was knitted with the cable band being completed first, then you pick up stitches along the edge of the band to knit the rest of the hat in double and single moss stitch. Less than a day to complete because of the chunky wool and large needles.

Other hats in the book include a ribbed pompom hat, a lacy beret and even a santa hat. With a few fair isle designs included this book is a great way to use up those odd ends of wool in your stash. The yarn weights vary from 4 ply all the way up to chunky. All the explanations and abbreviations are included along with stitch patterns for all the designs.

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Free Knitting Pattern with Yarn Purchase

We have a lovely offer for you at our Yeovil store this December – simply spend £10 on knitting yarn and pick up a free knitting pattern from our extensive range. You could choose one of the patterns for this fantastic glittery tinsel yarn to knit something fun for Christmas, or bag yourself a new project to indulge in over the Christmas break. There’s probably even (just) time to knit a sweater for Christmas (I am currently knitting a Harry Potter Weasley sweater as well as the Christmas knitalong). This will really keep the cost down for your project, and if that’s not enough we have some bargain yarn in store at the moment while stocks last – first come first served. Just remember you need to spend £10 to get your free pattern and the offer ends on 31st December. Check out our opening times over Christmas on the side of this post. We will look forward to seeing you in Yeovil!

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Sleepy Santa Christmas Knitalong (Free Pattern)

We couldn’t resist this darling santa toy snoozing away on his grassy bed so we’re jumping in on the King Cole Sleepy Santa Wreath Knit Along. Knitted in Tinsel and Glitz sparkly yarns, the Father Christmas is knitted with separate clothes so can be dressed and undressed. We have all the yarn you need at Livingstone Textiles Yeovil (can be brought down to our Bridport shop for collection) as well as toy stuffing, all you will need to add is some (optional) googly eyes and a polystyrene wreath base. All the instructions and requirements are in the free knitalong pattern you can download here and it’s now complete so there’s nothing to hold you back! You could also treat yourself to a pair of these lovely Knitpro needles, made of birchwood and so kind to the hands!

Snoozing Santa
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Yeovil Yarn – Last Week of Offer

This week is the last week of our King Cole pattern and yarn offer, at our yeovil shop.

The offer allows you to claim a FREE King Cole knitting pattern when you spend £10 or over on King Cole yarns! So if you haven’t got yours yet hurry in and have a look at our selection of wonderful yarns.

The offer ends on Saturday 29th June so not there is not long to go!

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Featured Yarn – King Cole Drifter

Livingstone Textiles in Yeovil holds a wide range of King Cole yarns, and we wanted to give you a taste of what is available in our ranges. Today we are featuring King Cole Drifter, which is a range of self-patterning yarns ranging from 4-ply to Aran weight. All these knitting yarns are sold as 100g balls. These Drifter yarns are held in stock at Livingstone Textiles Yeovil store.

Because of the patterning of the yarn, Drifter Baby is specifically for the baby patterns, as you can see on the dress above it knits up into the perfect pattern on the baby sized clothes. The other Drifter yarns are patterned for adult clothes and will not knit up right on a baby pattern.

Drifter 4-ply is a lovely yarn for the summer months leading into autumn when the nights get chillier but you don’t want a winter weight yarn. These yarns are mostly acrylic which gives softness with added wool and cotton for a superior handle. There is a range of patterns for all these yarns and any colours we do not have in stock can be ordered in so long as you are taking at least 6 balls of wool. You can browse the patterns online at the King Cole website.

For the remainder of this month (June 2019) you can even get a free pattern if you spend over £10 on yarn, so now is the perfect time to stock up on your next project.

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Free pattern offer with King Cole yarn!

In Livingstone Textiles Yeovil we are offering a free pattern of your choice when you purchase £10 or more of King Cole Yarn. This offer will be running throughout June 2019 in our Yeovil shop. Offer applies to any purchase of full price King Cole yarns over £10. With lots of great colours to choose from its a great opportunity to grab a free pattern to go along with your new yarns. Why not come in and see what we have to offer!
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Stitches Show News

Some of the Livingstone Textiles staff had an exciting day out as we headed up to Birmingham at the weekend to look at all the new products being launched this year.

There are some superb new fabrics available from our Reps and we’ve chosen some bright and exciting designs to stock in the shop in the coming months.


We also have a very exciting announcement to make…………..

Many of you already know that we sell a great range of wool and knitting patterns plus all of the accessories at our Yeovil shop and its all proved to be very popular with our customers.  We do frequently get asked for it in our Bridport shop as well and so we have listened to you and decided to stock some gorgeous knitting and crochet yarns in our Bridport shop now too!

The yarn we will be stocking comes in an array of beautiful colours and has a nice handle, being made from acrylic it will wash really well and its light twist means that is strong but still really soft and plump.

We’ve also chosen a range of excellent books with a very distinct ‘Bridport feel’ about them so here is a sneak preview.

We’ll be announcing the stock arrival on Facebook so watch this space…………………………

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Yarn sale at Livingstones in Yeovil!

Yarn Sale!

Our Yeovil store has a fantastic sale on their Drop yarn for the whole month of May!

come and enjoy 35% off all of the following yarns:

Baby Merino, Big delight, Karisma, Lima, Merino Extrafine, Nepal and Puna.

For an even better knitting bargain, you’ll find all the above patterns and many, many more available to download FREE from the Drop yarn website so get browsing for some inspiration!

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Make an easy Easter Bunny

Rabbit familyThis lovely Easter bunny is really easy to make. We made ours by simply knitting a square with super chunky yarn, available from our Yeovil store, in garter stitch. Our square was made by casting on 30 stitches but you can make yours any size you like. You will want to vary the weight of the yarn if you are making a smaller bunny. Alternatively if you are not a knitter, why not try using the same principle with fabric? How about a hessian bunny for instance? (You can see at the end of the post how this turned out.)

Checking squareSimply knit in garter stitch until your piece is square (you can check by folding into a triangle as shown) then cast off. Now you are going to create your rabbit shape. Fold down cornersFind the middle of the top of your knitting and fold over both corners as shown. this shows where your stitching needs to go.



Stitch linesLeaving a tail, sew a running stitch along the lines shown in black in the picture, using one length of wool.

Pulled up stitchesPull on both ends of the wool to form the ears and the head. Your bunny will look a bit sad at this stage, so put some toy stuffing into the head to give a good shape and sew it closed at the back.


Sew back closedNext sew the back together down to the bottom edge. Fill the body with toy stuffing, then use a running stitch around the bottom edge and pull up to gather the base closed. Fasten off and sew in any loose ends.

Embroider eyes and noseNow use some black wool to embroider eyes and a nose, then give him a ribbon around his neck. Lastly make a pompom for his tail, or use one of our large white pompoms, sew this on and your rabbit is ready for Easter.



Here’s how our hessian experiment turned out, let us know if you tried anything else!

Hessian bunny

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Beautiful Pure Wool & Free Knitting Patterns

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What a gorgeous pallette of colour.  The Karisma double knit collection of Drops yarns come in a huge choice of colours and we stock 18 different ones in our Yeovil store.  a beautiful yarn made from 100% wool that is fully machine washable




We also stock 4 ply Delight in great value balls of 100 grams for only £2.80 and with a 75% wool content.  For a really soft project you can now get our 100 % pure Baby Merino wool produced from lambs and we have 19 different colours in stock at the Yeovil shop. Drops also issue free patterns for all of their yarns and they are easy to download from their website see for a free cushion pattern and start a real bargain project this January.











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Drops Knitting Yarn Special Offer

Yarn special Drops AlpacaLivingstone Textiles Yeovil have expanded their range of knitting yarns with the wonderful Drops range, including several alpaca yarn blends.

Even better news is that the Drops yarns which include alapaca are all on special offer until the end of December 2017 with an amazing 30% off the already stunning value prices. All the balls of wool in the picture were selected for a highly patterned jumper and cost less than £25 for everything you see here. The yarns which are on offer are the Puna, Nepal and Lima ranges.

Drops supply free patterns to print yourself at home, and you can browse the selection at the Garnstudio website before you visit so you know what to look for and how much you will need. If you need any more information about the Drops yarns or what colours are in stock please telephone on 01935 422631. Don’t miss out on stocking up with these lovely yarns for your winter projects!

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Christmas crochet and knitting projects

With Christmas around the corner we have been busy at our Yeovil store making and gathering together some fun crafty project ideas for you to knit and crochet at home.

Cosy Christmas Bunting

What better way to count down to Christmas than with some wooly festive bunting, this is great fun and will keep your home looking cosy as the weather outside gets colder. This is great for beginners as the pieces are small so you can build up some of your knitting skills, or for the more experienced knitter this is a great way of using up some of the smaller pieces of wool you may have left over from other project.

Crochet Santa

Frozen cushion

Frozen cushion








Knitted tinsel caterpillar

Tinsel caterpillar

All of these makes can be seen in our Yeovil store and the patterns for each of them can also be purchased there, along with loads of other funky ideas for Chrismas decorations and toys. if you are new to knitting and crochet, or would like to work on a project with other crafty people then why not come along to our knit and natter group on a Wednesday morning? More details from Yeovil on 01935 422631.

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Yarns at Yeovil

Yarn unit 3Livingstone Textiles Yeovil Somerset sells a different range of materials to Livingstone Textiles in Bridport Dorset, making both of them worth a visit. One of the items that Yeovil has that Bridport does not stock is knitting wool or Yarn. In their shop, they have a wide range of different types in so many colours and textures and they also stock a wide range of pattern books.

King Cole Drifter


So whether you are an expert knitter, love crochet or are thinking of trying something new, Livingstone Textiles Yeovil is definitely an ideal destination and with its in-house knitting experts, you can be sure of all the help and advice you need to get started with a project.

What are the different types of Yarn or Knitting wool and what does it mean?

You may hear the term “ply” used when talking about knitting wool or yarn, and ply is the weight of the yarn or thickness. It really means strands of thinner yarn have been twisted together to produce that thicker yarn. So for example, 4 ply is where 4 strands of thinner wool have been twisted together to create a thicker or stronger piece. Another term that might be heard is double knit or DK. This is just another way to classify the weight of the wool, double knit is heavier than 4 ply, which again is heavier than 2 ply. Aran wool is another weight of knitting yarn and wool, it is sometimes known as 10 ply and is a great weight for garments like thick winter jumpers and accessories.  It’s traditional to knit elaborate cables and knots into aran garments that add extra warmth and different areas of the UK all have their own unique designs.  This important aspect of our British heritage also served a practical purpose as when a Fisherman was found drowned at sea, they could identify his home fishing village by the patterns knitted into his sweater and return him to his loved ones. Many patterns were spread down from the North by the women who would sit knitting on the quay waiting for the catch to come in.  They would migrate down the East coast with the pilchard fishing and share their regional shapes and patterns with each other before helping land and gut the catch.

What does Livingstone Textiles sell?

IMG_0284We sell a big range of King Cole knitting Yarns in different weights and colours, ranging from 4 ply knitting yarn in a big section of colours, double knitting yarn also in a big range of colours and Aran knitting yarn. We also have some more specialist wools such as cuddle chunky, which is a super soft ideal yarn for teddies and soft toys, we have King Cole Riot which is a gorgeous multi coloured wool which adds a rainbow effect to your knitting and King Cole double knit Drifter yarn which is also a multi colour knitting wool with an unbelievably soft quality..

To complement your King Cole knitting yarn we also sell King Cole knitting patterns. We have 5 whole books of patterns for you to choose from, and these patterns will tell you what type of wool needs to be used to complete the pattern and which stitches. There are also craft books with projects to knit and sew from tiny to large.IMG_0272

And for those of you that are completely new to knitting, we also have a wide range of kntting acessories such as different size needles, counters and clips. And when you need to finish your project, we also have a massive range of buttons and trims for you to choose from.

If you would like any advice on anything metioned in this post please contact us or pop in and see us at our shop and we will be happy to help.