Chunky knits mean one thing: serious snug. We caught up with the queen of cosy, Lauren Aston, to find out a bit more about her giant knits (we’re talking record breaking here) and the art of hunkering down this winter.

There’s nothing nicer than a chunky knit, especially when it’s chilly outside. Hibernation is almost inevitable when you’re snuggled up under a warm, woollen blanket. Add a hot chocolate and Netflix and it’s pretty much the perfect duvet day – as someone who knits for a living, I know.

When I started making my own statement knitwear, I wanted to work with the biggest yarn possible. I settled on an unbelievably soft merino wool – perfect for making the big and beautiful knits I’d imagined.

Lauren with her giant spools of merino wool

With giant stitches comes giant knitting needes

As a maker of giant knits, you can imagine my home is pretty snug. Adding a chunky, statement knit to a room is an easy way to channel cosy-chic this season. As a fan of Scandinavian interiors, my favourite looks seem to involve a lot of wool, wood and copper. Statement blankets are a great way to bring this style to life and add warmth to a room.

Although I can create knits in virtually any colour, neutrals work best for bigger pieces as they still make a statement without dominating a room. You can throw the blankets over your sofa so that they’re within reaching distance on those cold winter nights, or fold and display them on the bottom shelf of a coffee table.

Above: WoolacombeYarnscombe and Welcombe Chunky Hand Knitted Throws, Dittisham Dip Dyed Panel Cushion

I find that smaller pieces – like cushions, pouffes and lampshades – can take on bold colours much more easily, as they’re less likely to overwhelm a space. Adding texture to your room with a pop of colour from statement soft furnishings is a great way to change a space without lifting a paint brush!



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