Nice knits

Nice knits

Knitwear is a big trend this season, with everything from fine knits to satisfyingly chunky pieces in a range of fabulous colours being spotted in the fashion world. In interiors, knitted pieces can add both actual warmth and also the illusion of warmth; they can be a great addition to a range of spaces. Plain linen or tweed covered sofas in a country property with lots of rustic charm would look great accessorised with a mix of faded florals and gorgeous knitted cushions. In a contemporary sitting room, complete with sleek furniture and a modern sofa, using chunky knitted cushions would provide a pleasing contrast between the smooth and the highly textured. Even the world of ceramics is embracing the trend, with knitted textures being printed or embossed onto anything from pots and vases, to cups and plates. If you feel like getting a bit crafty yourself, then the brilliant WOOL AND THE GANG sell kits for everyone, from the novice knitter to the experienced. For everyone else, as the nights draw in and the chill in the air starts to bite, cosy up with some of these beautiful pieces that have caught our eye.

Blakeney throw, from £40, The White Company
Blakeney throw, from £40, The White Company

Inspired by a traditional knitted jumper, this machine-washable throw will look great on a sofa or placed at the end of the bed.

Ceramic knitted effect plant pot, £14.95, THELITTLEBOYSROOM at notonthehighstreet.com
Ceramic knitted effect plant pot, £14.95, THELITTLEBOYSROOM at notonthehighstreet.com

These pots would be a perfect place to house seasonal plants or potted herbs.

Chunky knit mini stool, £110, Cox & Cox
Chunky knit mini stool, £110, Cox & Cox

This stool adds a nice layer of texture in this space. As we can see here, pairing chunky knits with reindeer hides and pale painted walls gives the room a contemporary Nordic feel.

Croft Collection Knitted Waves cushions, £30 each; Croft Collection Knitted Waves throw, £79; all John Lewis
Croft Collection Knitted Waves cushions, £30 each; Croft Collection Knitted Waves throw, £79; all John Lewis

An elegant sitting room has been given added texture with this chunky knit throw and the knitted cushions. Made from cotton, they are soft and cosy, and machine-washable.

Wilby cushion cover, £28, The White Company
Wilby cushion cover, £28, The White Company

Whilst this scheme features a restricted colour palette of cool greys, this dark grey knitted cushion injects some important texture.

Porcelain mug with textile textured design, £14, Clare Gage at notonthehighstreet.com
Porcelain mug with textile textured design, £14, Clare Gage at notonthehighstreet.com

Ceramicist Clare Gage does a great line in handmade porcelain tableware which has been embossed with knitted textures. Choose from blue, pink or a heathery purple, or go for a mix of all three.

Knitted vase, £12, peastyle
Knitted vase, £12, peastyle

White blooms or silvery-green foliage would be beautifully set-off in this striking blue vase.

Jana knit slipper, £25 each, Aura Que
Jana knit slipper, £25 each, Aura Que

We might ask Father Christmas for a pair of these slipper socks from Aura Que, a brilliant online shop which sells fair trade products. Hand knitted in Nepal using sheep’s wool and finished with a black fleece lining, they would surely warm the chilliest of toes.

Come in From the Cold blanket kit, from £129, WOOL AND THE GANG
Come in From the Cold blanket kit, from £129, WOOL AND THE GANG

What’s not to love about this throw which combines a thick, chunky yarn with these generously sized pom-poms? Make it yourself or find a knitter to whip it up for you using the kit from this forward-thinking company.

Grey basket set, £35, Trouva
Grey basket set, £35, Trouva

These chunky cotton-knit baskets are so lovely that they deserve a prominent place in any sitting room or bedroom.