Knit Walthamstow

It’s arrived! Debbie Bliss has produced a slim volume of six knitting patterns called The Village. The collection is themed around … Walthamstow Village. Well, you can imagine my excitement. That restaurant featured on the front cover? That’s where I went on my first date with my boyfriend. Ah, memories! (They’re hazy. The cocktails were good.)

Imagine me leaning against this very bar. I do it on a semi-regular basis.

To celebrate the publication of a pattern book photographed exclusively in E17, I bought two copies – one for me and one to give away. The projects are all really sweet. I’m tempted by this take on a Fred Perry shirt:

Or perhaps this Bow Jacket:

Knitting from this book could be the next best thing to living in Walthamstow! See how I share the East London love?

All you have to do to enter is leave a comment below by midnight GMT Friday 10 February. I am happy to post worldwide.

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56 Responses to Knit Walthamstow

  1. SuzySewing says:

    That is a very nice restaurant indeed!! I don’t live in Walthamstow anymore but did live right in the village for 2 year a couple of years back, so would love to enter this giveaway!

  2. Kathi Giumentaro says:

    How exciting for you. Debbie Bliss is my favorite. I have made a few of her sweaters in the past and they are my all time favorites. I htink the bow jacket is my favorite.
    I wish myself luck in this giove away. 🙂
    >O< This is a ball of yarn with needles through it. Or maybe it's a piece of candy. ha ha haa.

  3. kirsty says:

    Loving the eye candy ! the fred perry style rocks ! Please count me in and thanks for a lovely giveaway xx

  4. Sara Pelizza says:

    East London rules! Although I live in Italy I love that part of the city so much that I wander through it every time I have the chance to be there!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Ashley0107 says:

    Ooh, exciting! What cute knits 🙂 I love Debbie Bliss too, though I haven’t knitted any of her patterns yet. I’d love to give it a go!
    Ashley x

  6. curiousimp says:

    Gorgeous things! Being good and finishing all WIPs so starting to look around for my next project….!

  7. OO, yes it’s very tempting Karen! What lovely patterns & great to be so personal to you. At least I can say I have walked some of E17, & look forward to a replay? On the knitting front, without becoming to cocky I feel after ripping out so much of my current project I’d love to try my needles at some Debbie Bliss gorgeousness & see if I can rip out less? Please could you enter me & thank you for being so generous!

  8. Charters says:

    Looks a lovely book, some great patterns. I love the variety of your blogs and your journey with sewing. Keep the blogs coming …

  9. Kat says:

    What lovely knits! I too like the Fred Perry-eque jumper, although the others look fantastic too. I have just started to dip my toe into knitting garments, and would love the chance to expand my pattern collection. Please enter me in for this fantastic giveaway 🙂

  10. fearnie says:

    What lovely patterns. I love the Fred Perryesk top and the top with a take on the peter pan collar. Hope you post if you make one. Please count me in!

  11. Emma says:

    Those look fantastic!

  12. Donna says:

    I love that ‘Fred Perry style’ top. I’d love to knit that one most definitely!
    What a lovely give away! Please be kind enough to enter me in the hat Karen. :o)

    Have a happy week my dear. x

  13. Shivani says:

    How exciting! And such lovely patterns – thanks for the generous giveaway x

  14. Luce808 says:

    Having become a reluctant E17 exile 2.5 years ago, this book would do wonders for my homesickness for those halcyon days. It would also complement the Walthamstow Central tube sign that we discovered in an antique shop in north Wales, and the 2007 Village calendar that still hangs beside my desk. I have even knitted in the courtyard of the Vestry House Museum to the sound of 78s on a gramophone, and my children wear Debbie Bliss-wool cardies. Is my begging sounding desperate yet? I’ll stop.

  15. Patty says:

    l.o.v.e the bow jacket!

  16. Sarah says:

    What a wonderful collection of patterns….so feminine and charming all with a modern twist. How wonderful to be offered as a giveaway.

  17. Marie says:

    Hehe, how cool! I’d love to be in with a chance of winning this please ;o)

  18. Anne says:

    Never been to Walthamstow, but sure looks pretty from the photo’s, as do the patterns! Would love the chance to win this (I’m just starting to build a few knitting patterns) and would love to share a great find in Bradford (I know a long way, but you never know who may be passing through) but Texere Mill is an amazing place for purchasing all kinds of wool at great prices…:)

  19. little betty says:

    I’m in. I’ve love to think I could make one of these knits!

  20. Roobeedoo says:

    Ooh you temptress! What a nostalgia-fest this book would be for me! 🙂

  21. Rachel says:

    ooo i definitely agree about the fred perry style one, i’m thinking in purple and cream! Saying that all the designs are lovely, thanks for pointing this out 🙂

  22. These patterns look like they would be so much fun to knit and wear. Also, getting my hands on this book would be the closest I’ll get to the Walthamstow area for the next while. Thanks for the great giveaway!

  23. Pamela says:

    I am not much of a knitter but if it’s got to do with London count me in!
    Thanks for the giveaway

  24. Threadless says:

    OOo! I could really see you in the Fred Perry style sweater, very cute, and very you. This book looks lovely.

  25. sandra says:

    Ohhh, how brilliant! Loving the Fred Perry top. Do you reckon she might do a South East London version one day?! I’d definitely buy that!

  26. leahfranqui says:

    You are too nice to us. I want to go to there! Do you think it would be doable for a beginner at knitting? I just finished my first sweater last week, so I’m still at the children’s table when it comes to yarn…

  27. happyhermit says:

    Pick me, pick me! I think my Mum would love to knit me the fred perry top!

  28. Liz says:

    I have never been to Walthamstow. I think winning this giveaway could make up for that lack in my life.

  29. ruby dawn says:

    That Fred Perry top would be knitted just in time for winter down here in Tasmania!

  30. mujerboricua says:

    These patterns may be way way above my skill level but I wouldn’t mind having the books just to look at for a while. Those sweaters are beeeautiful.

  31. Jill says:

    So pretty and effortlessly feminine! I adore the Fred Perry one 🙂
    My only experience with England was an alcohol filled, jet-lagged, whirlwind, 20 hour layover spent in Brighton a few years back. Blurry, but fun! I love reading about your home turf exploration. Hopefully we can make it back one day and see (i.e.-shop) this market I’ve read so much about!!

  32. What a great book. The patterns are adorable and seem like they’d offer endless possibilities! I’d <3 to win this puppy, kthnxbye! 🙂

  33. Thanks for setting up this giveaway-its very generous of you. The clothes look very much like Japanese pattern book styles. The knitting looks super fine-I wonder if these are doable on a knitting maching?

  34. Deb Cameron says:

    I live far from Walthamstow (hope I spelt that correctly), as I live in Australia, but I have visited, however it was awhile ago and I don’t remember that lovely Restaurant. I do love the soft colours of the Debbie Bliss knits and would love a chance to win and knit up that take on the Fred Perry shirt. Thanks!

  35. I love the look of these patterns. I would love to have a chance to knit these. How gorgeous is the Fred Perry shirt.

  36. Too cute! Thanks for sharing with us 🙂

    I think the polo tee would be first on my knitting list.

  37. Mary Ball says:

    I suppose a family member may borrow the book if she doesn’t win it with this comment!

  38. He he, you could do a knitted tour of Walthamstow using the book! Although I don’t quite live in the village I’m just round the corner – Eat 17 is yummy, even their bacon jam 🙂

  39. Lizzi says:

    What a great idea – we could have knitting books from all over – highlighting different places of interest. Like a tourist guide for knitters. Please, count me in.

  40. SeaJay says:

    I would love a copy of this book please – love the jacket you’ve shown and the Fred Perry type top. Walthamstow was a place I visited a lot a while ago and hope to get there again soon to check out your recommendations – not sure how the 5 year old will cope with me cooing over the fabric – he is getting used to pouring over magazines with me and choosing patterns. Karen you are an inspiration! I have dusted down the sewing machine, crochet hooks and knitting needles and am being productive. Hope to document it all soon.

  41. Nicole says:

    Oooooh what a neat book! I’m in the process of figuring out how to knit, and it looks like this book would be right up my alley- i <3 the take on the fred perry shirt.

  42. Karen Stewart-Jones says:

    Hi I am relatively new to knitting and think these look really cute. Looking for some inspiration and a bigger project than I have tried before. Please pick me!

  43. Suze says:

    Charming designs in the book. And I’d love to get a closer look at your where you hang out!

  44. OOHHHH! Lovey I used to live near London and I miss it 🙁 If you pick me I will send you a sepcial cuddly gift! Many Thanks Linda

  45. Paunnet says:

    These pattern are so adorable, I must have this book!
    Thank you so much for the giveaway!

  46. javede says:

    What a coincidence! Walthamstow is on my plan to visit should I ever get to england again.

  47. Felicity from Down Under says:

    how lovely to see the less trendy parts of London given such a big promotion (I used to live in that neck of the woods a long time ago). Excellent stuff. I’m sure they’re all lovely, but of those you’ve shown, the Fred Perry is a winner. Thanks for your generous giveaway, I might have to eschew my usual trick of saying don’t count me; this is one book I’d love to own!

  48. Kathy says:

    Yes please.

  49. Anna says:

    I lived in Leyton and Leytonstone so had occasion to visit E17 every once and while. I never did grow out of humming E17 songs as I wandered around (deep deep doooowwwwwnnnn) though… Looks like some sweet patterns, would love to have a closer look!

  50. raquel from florida says:

    Great pictures and everything look sooo soft! Thank you for the giveaway!

  51. Kelly says:

    Hi Karen! Having now accomplished knitting the famous snood and a two color scarf, I’m totally ready to move on to sweaters, right!?
    Kelly (in Virginia)

  52. Kirsty says:

    These knits look so elegant and simple – perfect for a beginner/ re-beginning knitter like me! The idea of a book of patterns themed around a geographical area is sweet. Your posts about Walthamstow have put it on my ‘to visit’ list when we make it to London later this year. I *am* worried about suitcase space though after visiting the fabric stalls and shops around the market….

  53. Sue Kain says:

    I love Debbi Bliss and that Fred Perry take actually looks like something I could persuade my daughter to wear. (She’s at that age that says no thanks mum, you don’t need to knit for me). By the way my nan uses to take us to Walthamstow market when I was a kid. I hope it’s still as great as I remember it 🙂

  54. Kat H says:

    That’s such a neat idea, knitting patterns based around a location! Would love to be in for the chance to win a copy, thanks. 🙂 (And I’m looking forward to seeing what you make from it first!)

  55. Annika says:

    How cool. I’d love to win the book, for the patterns and to see the photos!

  56. judith says:

    Am off to the Village this morning – from Australia! I used to live nearby long before it was thought of as a village. Will keep my eyes peeled for these neat knits!

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