Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy previous Mystery Blanket or Cushion Club patterns or kits?
Previous patterns for Mystery Blanket Club projects are not available after the Clubs have closed and all the memberships have sold. This means that you need to sign up when the applications are open to secure your place. This policy keeps the Clubs unique and exclusive and protects the members that have signed up.
How do I keep the edges of my knitting neat and tidy?
Try knitting the first and last stitch of every row, regardless of the stitch pattern. This will create a row of garter stitch up each edge of the work and should help keep them flat and even.
What is the best way to press my knitted panels?
Use a damp finishing process which is easy and does not require an iron. Block (pin) your knitted panel out onto a suitable flat surface. Then spray it generously with cold water. Make sure that the water is distributed evenly throughout by gently patting the knitting all over. Leave the panel to dry fully before removing the pins.
Can I machine-wash knitted fabrics that are beaded?
Yes you can, as long as you turn them inside out (if possible) and put them inside a protective wash bag that can be secured.
What is the best way to sew in ends
Use a sharp-pointed needle and sew the ends across the work (rather then down), behind the same row of colour, if possible. Take each end up through one stitch and then down through the next, repeating this about three times. Then come back on yourself by one stitch, and secure it by splitting the end you have sewn in with the needle. You can also sew some of the ends into the seams so that they are not all going across the work.
I want to knit one of the blankets in your books, but the yarn is discontinued. What can I do?
You can still knit up my blanket designs, even if the yarn specified in the pattern is discontinued. However, it is really important is that you choose a yarn that is a comparable weight to the one used in the pattern. For example, if you choose a pattern that uses a double-knitting weight yarn, then you need to make sure that the yarn that you use is also double-knitting. Then you can use the needle sizes that are stated in the pattern and the squares should knit up to the same size. If you are not sure what weight the yarn is that has been used, try looking it up on the internet and you should be able to find a reference for it.
I want to knit one of the blankets in your books, but I can’t seem to match the colours to what you have used. Can you help?
My first book, Blankets & Throws To Knit, was published over ten years ago, so some of the yarns and colours used in it are now discontinued. And even in my more recent publications, some of the colours are no longer available. So what I would suggest is that you take the pattern to a good yarn store where there is a large range of colours. And then you match the colours that I have used as closely as possible to what is available. The shop owner should be able to help you, and if you visit a John Lewis store then you will be able to get help from the resident Rowan Design Consultant who will be able to consult shade cards and give you his/her expert help.