This issue of Knitting magazine comes with 30 knits for this winter season and it is looking like it is going to be Christmas soon. There are also 10 Christmas gifts to knit.
Jeanette Sloan is talking about the newest winter yarns
- Rico Baby Merino DK (100% virgin wool)
- King Cole Bamboozle (48% bamboo, 44% wool, 8% acrylic)
- Rico Superba Circus Superwash (78% virgin wool, 25% polyamide)
- Bergère de France Merinos Alpaga (60% French Merino wool, 40% alpaca)
- Stylecraft Alpaca Chunky (80% acrylic, 20% alpaca)
- La Pelote Parisienne Isadora (50% polamide, 37% acrylic, 8% wool, 5% viscose)
- Louisa Harding Susurro (100% baby alpaca)
- King Cole Luxe Fur (100% nylon)
Knitting Fashion Gallery
Jo Allport designed her cable and fairisle jumper using two shades of Lousia Hardings Esquel (60% wool, 20% llama, 20% silk) yarn. It is featuring a garter chevron edging, a fairisle pattern, drop shoulders and sleeves knitted in fishermans rib. A separately knitted stripe with a cable pattern is forming the neckband. Well there are a lot of design elements put together, but I do not really love the result.
Knitable in 8 sizes: 81cm (32′) to 117cm (46′)
Actual measurement: 110cm (43′) to 158cm (62′)
This lovely lace jumper by Sian Brown is knitted using Debbie Bliss Party Angel (72% mohair, 24% silk, 4% metallic polyester) in shade Grey/Silver 03.
Knitable in 4 sizes: 81-86cm (32-34′) to 112-117cm (44-46′)
Actual measurement: 93cm (37¾’) to 123cm (49¾’)
“You don’t need to watch Dynasty”! Looking at this sweater by Natalie Smart the ’80s are leaping to the eye. Everything, the sleeves, the lace pattern, the big turtle neck and the colour are a true retrospective! Some of us will feel young again. Some of us will cry out “OMG”! This sweater is knitted using Bergère de France Cachemire (90% cashmere, 10% wool)
Knitable in 6 sizes: 81cm (32′) to 107cm (42′)
Actual measurement: 92cm (36′) to 128cm (50½’)
Maisie Smith has designed this feminine peplum top. About 500 beads (on smallest size) are threaded on Debbie Bliss Luxury Silk (100% silk) yarn. This design is featuring raglan sleeves and shaped side seams. A lovely beaded lace pattern is looking great on the peplum of this top. Beads are also on the neckband and the cuffs.
Knitable in 5 sizes: 81-86cm (32-34’) to 122-127cm (48-50’)
Actual measurement: 94cm (37’) to 137cm (54′)
Knitted in Sublimes Baby Cashmere Merino Silk 4 ply (75% extra fine Merino, 20% sik, 5% cashmere) yarn, this design by Amanda Jones is showing 3 different lace pattern on front and back. Beaded loops are forming welts on hems and cuffs.
Knitable in 3 sizes: S – XL
Actual measurement 103,5cm (40¾’) to 121cm (47½’)
Pat Menchini used Stylecraft Eskimo Kisses (100% polyester), a yarn with a chenille core and a fluffy overlay, for her cardigan. It is featuring short sleeves and side seam shaping.
Knitable in 7 sizes: 81cm (32’) to 112cm (44’)
Actual measurement: 86cm (34’) to 120cm (47¼’)
This design by Emma Wright is knitted holding strands of each Louisa Hardings Akiko (70% Merino wool, 30% baby alpaca) yarn and Louisa Hardings Luzia (80% viscose, 20% nylon) together. This is producing an on trend look – Faux Fur. Well, I’m not a fan of this look at all and I guess you all know, why!
Knitable in 3 sizes: 81cm (32′) to 97cm (38′)
Actual measurement: 86,5cm (34′) to 101,5cm (41′)
Karolin by Lisa Richardson is originally published in Rowan Knitting & Crochet Magazine 56. It is knitted in a great slip stitch pattern using Rowan Mohair Haze (30% wool, 70% mohair). It is featuring shaped side seams and a saddle shoulder. I have already written about this design, because it is part of my TOP 10 for this seasons pattern.
Knitable in 5 sizes: 81-86cm (32-34′) to 122-127cm (48-50′)
Actual measurement: 96cm (38′) to 146cm (57′)
A lovely Christmas sweater by Lesly Fidler. It is knitted using Todds Hand Knits Baruffa Pura Lana Aran (100% virgin wool) yarn. It is showing different squares of fair-isle pattern and a corrugated rib. Bobbles in a third shade are adding interest.
Knitable in 6 sizes: 76-81cm (30-32′) to 97-107cm (38-42′)
Actual measurement: 91cm (35¾’) to 127cm (50′)
This sweater by Pat Menchini is showing diamonds formed by cables in the center and supporting braided bands on the sides. The diamond pattern is also on the raglan sleeves. A en vogue turtle neck is completing this design. Shown here in Sirdar Wool Rich Aran (60% wool, 40% acrylic) in shade Westbury 314.
Knitable in 6 sizes: 81-86cm (32-34′) to 132-137cm (52-54′)
Actual measurement: 91cm (36′) to 142cm (56′)
Knitting Accessories Gallery
Bobbles, pompoms and cables are knitted on this wrap by Linda Parkhouse. Shown here in Rico Gigantic Mohair (40% acrylic, 30% mohair, 30% polyamide)! I like this wrap, unfortunately it is heavy, about 1400 g.
Size 60cm width x 212cm length (23¾’ x 83½’)
Aren’t they cute. This fair-isle mittens by Sarah Hazell are knitted in 5 shades of Rowan Mohair Haze (70% mohair, 30% wool)
This Bedroom Throw by Sarah Hazell is knitted in King Cole Marsham Misty DK (100% British breed wool) and is showing am all-over cable and lace patter.
Size 68cm x 220cm (26¾’ x 86½’)
This cushion by Sarah Hazell is knitted in stockinette stitch throughout. On the front sequins, which are threaded on the yarn are placed in designated rows for this lovely result. It is knitted in Rowan Panama (55% viscose, 33% cotton, 12% linen)
Size: 30 x 30 cm (12 x 12′).
You want to knit a Christmas Stocking (for next year?). This one by Caroline Birket is knitted in a lovely textured pattern with a knitted faux fur edging on top, produced by wrapping the yarn around your thumb. Shown here in Bergère de France Merinos Alpaca (60% Merino wool, 40% alpaca).
Size 42cm height x 30 cm heel to toe x 19cm across leg (16½’ x 11¾’ x 7½’)
Knitting Children’s Gallery
This hooded jumper by Lang is knitted in Lang Yarns Mille Colori Big (50% wool 50% acrylic) and is showing a fair-isle motif, knitted in Lang Yarns Mille Big (50% wool, 50% acrylic).
To fit age 4/5yrs : 6/7 yrs : 8yrs
Actual measurement 62 : 70 : 76cm (24½ : 27½ : 30′)
Both garments jumper and hat are knitted in Patons Fairytale Dreamtime DK (100% wool)
To fit age 0 – 18mths (6 sizes are given for jumper, 3 sizes are given for hat)
This colourful cardingan by Stylecraft is knitted in their Carnival Chunky (100% acrylic) yarn. The front is showing a four button closure on asymmetric knitted fronts.
Knitable in 5 sizes: 61-66cm (24-26′) to 102-107cm (40-42′)
Actual measurement: 70cm (27½’) to 113cm (44½’)
A lovely jumper by Dorling Kindersley, isn’t it. It is showing different fair-isle patterns in white and turquoise. Shown here in King Cole Merino Blend DK (100% superwash wool).
To fit age: 2-3 to 6-8yrs (3 sizes given)
Actual size 62cm – 78cm (24½ – 30¾’)
This Penguin Toy by Patons is shown here in their Fab DK (100% acrylic) yarn.
Approx 30cm (11¾’) height
This lovely Snowflake Bear appears first in ‘Knit-a bear’ by Val Pierce, published by GMC Publications. It is shown here in Jarol Heritage DK (55% wool, 25% acrylic, 20% nylon).
Approx: 26 cm (10′) tall when sitting.
Circumference of tummy when stuffed is about 34,5cm (13½’)
Christmas Gifts To Knit (well for next year to be prepared!)
The next issue of Knitting magazine will be available on December 18 with 21 knits for a cool calm winter.
All pictures of the patterns above are screenshots from my iPad and my purchased copy of Knitting magazine December 2014.