Today The Knitter Magazine 76 arrived on my iPad. This issue comes with 13 patterns, featuring fitted styles and inspiring shapes. And there is a Autumn shawl booklet, too.
Be inspired by Designer Mary Henderson who is sharing her secrets for creating stunning fair-isle colour schemes in the Designer story “Colour wonder“.
Follow Susan Crawford in her journey making Shetland’s pattern archives available to todays knitters. Penny Batchelor has had a chat about this “very vintage” topic of conversation. Follow Penny Batchelor’s blog which is specialized on crafts. And follow her to Norway in her article “Nordic memories” reporting about the Norwegian Knitting Industry Museum.
In this Knitter Masterclass Faye Perriam unveils her “top tips” how to use the Continental method to speed up your knitting.
Finally “Meet Lisa Richardson” the “Top Rowan designer Lisa has an inspiring portfolio of knitting at terns that’s a credit to her creativity and imagination“. An interview.
Lets now have a look at the designs featured in this issue of The Knitter magazine.
Martin Storey – Veneto
This sweater by Martin Storey is a reminiscence of the ongoing monochrome trend. The pattern is produced using slip stitches reversing the shades on the upper part of the sweater. The seater is stitched in Rowan Yarns soft Wool Cotton 4ply (50% merino wool, 50% cotton). I do love this pattern for its simplicity stitching it and for the stunning effect at last. It is also a reminder of Rowan Studio 32, which is also featuring monochrome patterns and showing the beauty of the fashion of the 60’s.
Knitable in 5 sizes to fit bust 32″ (82cm) to 50″ (127cm).
You may also look at Dayana’s “Switcheroo” of Sandy a design from Rowan Studio 32.
Belinda Harris-Reid – Britannia
Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves! / Britons never, never, never shall be slaves...
A lovely idea of Belinda Harris Raid, knitting a map of the UK on her tunic length dress. Garter stitch forms the hems on both body and sleeves as well as the neckband. The map is knitted in 3 shades of Belinda Harris-Reid‘s Double Kiss (DK weight, 70% alpaca, 30% Bluefaced Leicester wool). Isn’t it lovely? I think it looks very relaxed.
The Knitter comments: “…this tunic dress by Belinda Harris-Reid is a fitting way to celebrate this year’s Wool Week.”
Knitable to fit one size, actual bust 57½ (134 cm)
Elsebeth Lavold – Signild
This cropped cabled cardigan features celtic cables on fronts and back. Elsebeth Lavold was inspired by Viking patterns and says “Signild is one of my absolute laborites, even though I’m not supposed to favor any one of my own designs.” I’m sure a lot of you do think the same and it will become one of your favourite garments. A great timeless pattern. The recommended yarn for this lovely cardigan is Elsebeth Lavold Silky Wool XL (Aran weight; 80% wool, 20% silk).
“Because the recommended yarn is hard to source in the UK, we’ve suggested Cascade Yarns 220 (Aran weight; 100% wool) as an alternative.” The Knitter says.
Knitable in 5 sizes from 37¾” (96 cm) to 47¼” (120cm) actual bust.
This pattern is taken form ‘Viking knits & ancient ornaments – interlace patterns from around the world in modern knitwear’ by Elsebeth Lavold published by Trafalgar Square Books.
Mary Henderson – Eilidh
A challenge to knit and yet so beautiful. Knit this tank top in 5 shades of Jamieson’s of Shetland Spindrift (4ply weight; 100% wool) in the traditional way. This means, knit it in the round, with armholes and neck steeks, which are cut open. The stitches for the neckband and the hems on the armholes are picked up and worked in corrugated rib. Knitters, pick up the gauntlet!
Knitable in 7 sizes to fit bust from 30″ (76cm) to 50″ (127cm).
Louisa Harding – Eleonora
Featuring her new yarn Susurro (Aran weight; 100% baby alpaca) Louisa Harding has designed this feminine sweater. Wear it with a reversible collar stitched in Louisa Harding’s Luzia (Chunky weight; 80% viscose, 20% nylon), which is producing a faux-fur effect. This garment is knitted flat to the armholes, starting with a picot cast-on. Front, back and sleeves are then joined in the round to knit the raglan shape. The flattering shape is produced using different needle sizes.
Knitable in 3 sizes to fit bust 28″ (71cm) to 36″ (91cm).
This design is taken from Susurro, a new collection of 14 feminine patterns by Louisa Harding.
Joanna Allport – Herringbone Yoke Cardigan
This cardigan is knitted using Laguna (Aran weight; 60% alpaca, 40% wool,) a self-striping yarn from Araucania, available in 10 different shades (see shade card below). This cardigan is worked flat in one piece to the armholes. The sleeves are knitted in the round and joined to the body building the yoke, which is worked in one piece showing a herringbone stitch. The front-bands are picked up and knit in a rib pattern before blocking.
Knitable in 8 sizes to fit bus from 32″ (81cm) to 46″ (117cm).
Sarah Hatton – Warwick
Ladies think about Christmas! Don’t you need a gift for a beloved man? Warwick by Sarah Hatton is a great opportunity to show how much you care for your man, isn’t it? I do love, love, love this pattern and I will knit it for sure! It is worked flat using fair-isle technique, but if you look closer you see, the reversed stockinette adding depth and excitement to this sweater with its ever famous shawl collar. “A stripe in a contrast colour emphasizes the line hems and of the shawl collar, which is knitted on to the neckline using ribbing and short-row shaping.” (The Knitter) At your needles, one, two, three! And it will sure be ready for Christmas, because it is knitted in Rowan Yarns Felted Tweed Aran (Aran weight; 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 25% viscose).
Knitable in 7 sizes to fit chest from 38″ (97cm) to 50″ (127cm).
Marie Wallin – Una
This cropped tank top, designed by Marie Wallin is using the new Rowan Yarns Faced Tweed (Chunky weight; 72% wool, 22% alpaca, 6% polyamide). It comes in 10 lovely shades. You may read the review of this yarn of PurlOne on her blog. I love this little tank top, it is a quick knit and a design you will wear every day.
This design is originally published in Faced Tweed a new collection of 16 designs for women designed by Marie Wallin.
Knitable in 5 sizes to fit bust from 32″ (81cm) to 50″ (127cm).
Lisa Richardson – Pixelated
Using 4 shades of the soft Rowan Yarns Alpaca Colour (DK weight; 100% alpaca) this vibrant sweater is designed by Lisa Richardson. The small blocks on front and back of this garment are worked using intarsia technique. The sleeves are knitted in one colour of this yarn showing its subtle tonal colour changes.
Knitable in 10 sizes to fit bust from 32″ (81 cm) to 50″ (127cm).
Elizabeth Lovick – Helvellyn
This cropped sweater by Elizabeth Lovick is one of my favourite designs in this magazine. You will later see why! It is showing a textured pattern formed by knit and purl stitches inspired by ganseys, the traditional fishermen’s sweaters. It is shown here in Blacker Yarns Classic Aran (Aran weight; 100% wool).
Knitable in 7 sizes to fit bust from 31″ (79 cm) to 49″ (125cm).
Do you see why I love this design? Elizabeth Lovick added fingerless mitts to the sleeves! They can be folded back for not so cold days and disappear!
Sarah Hatton – Meltham
This pattern is originally published in Rowan’s Simple Shapes Fine Art Aran, a brochure showing 8 designs by Sarah Hatton using Rowan Yarns Fine Art Aran ( Aran weight; 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 20% mohair, 5% silk). This “big brother” of the Fine Art is available in 6 hand-painted shades. Read more about the Fine Art Story here. Or you may join LifeLackaDaisiCal on her blog. You may also be inspired by Dayana, doing intended pooling with this yarn.
The body of this cardigan is knitted in the round, starting at the centre. The shawl-collar developes by itself. Stitches are cast off to form the armholes to which the sleeves, which are worked in the round are joined later.
Knitable in 5 sizes to fit bust from 32″ (81cm) to 50″ (127cm).
Debbie Bliss – Mulberry Shoulder Cape
Keep calm and be a princess. Isn’t this cute? Knit this Shoulder Cape for your little princess using Debbie Bliss’ Cashmerino Aran (Aran weight; 55% extra fine merino wool, 33% acrylic, 12% cashmere) yarn. The cape is showing different cables decided by garter stitch panels.
Knitable in 3 sizes to fit a princesses from age 2 – 7.
This design is originally published in ‘Cashmerino Aran‘ by Debbie Bliss, a new book featuring 11 children’s designs.
Maple Leaf Shawl by Maria Magnusson
The mini collection of this issue is featuring the Maple Leaf Shawl of Maria Magnusson. A one-skein project shown here in Madelintosh Prairie (Laceweight; 100% merino wool). This shawl is started with 2 stitches and worked outwards to form the maple leaf shaped edge. Isn’t it stunning?
Finished Measurements 120cm x 60cm (42″ x 21″)
The next issue of The Knitter will be on sale October 14. It will feature exclusive designs from Sasha Kagan, Lisa Richardson, Marina Orry, Martin Storey, Arne & Carlos … and more. And it will include a free socks booklet, too.