Creating beautiful knits takes more than just knitting skill - you need to pick the right yarn too. A well-chosen yarn can bring out the details in an intricate design or make a simple pattern look spectacular. This gorgeous throw definitely falls into the latter category, because it's easy enough to be the first thing a beginner attempts after knitting a scarf yet the Mille Colori yarn gives it great impact. “The stitch is very simple as the pattern is only worked on one row, the rest being plain knitting or purling,” says designer Amanda Jones. You'll need a long pair of needles, in order to fit all the stitches on the needle. As Mille Colori isn't particularly thick you shouldn't need to use a circular needle, although you could use one if that's what you prefer. Knitting with this yarn on such chunky needles gives the stitches an open, airy quality. “Because of the size of the needles this project grew very quickly and was actually knitted in just over a week,” Amanda says. Made from 5% wool and 5% acrylic, Mille Colori is a soft, lightweight yarn. Its name means 'thousand colours', and it's an apt description. We chose a muted violet, cream and grey colourway, but other options include a vivid orange, pink and violet blend, a girly peach, pink, cream and grey mix and a calm combination of grey and blue. Because the yarn is variegated you can knit this throw for a friend even if you're not sure of the exact shade of the room they'll use it in: the perfect match will be somewhere in the mix!