I know everyone is eagerly waiting for the new Rowan Magazine 58, which will be on the bookshelves tomorrow. But today, if you look outside, you will see the sun shining on an incredible blue sky. And if you go a step further and go outside, a warm wind will caress your skin. In two words: it’s summertime!
So put the Rowan Magazine 58 on the back burner for today (the time will come for sure) and have a closer look to Rowan loves…
This brochure contains 9 designs by Sarah Hatton for these transeasonal yarns.
Although there are “only” 9 designs, the possibilities are manifoldly, because both yarns are knitting to the same gauge, the yarns are interchangeable.
Rowan Handknit Cotton (100% cotton) is a machine washable traditional spun yarn, whereas Rowan Softknit Cotton (92% cotton, 8% polyamide) is a chain-constructed yarn.
The incredibly soft Rowan Handknit Cotton produces a more casual look, whereas Rowan Softknit Cotton is producing a more drapey garment. Both yarns have a great stitch definition and especially Rowan Softknit Cotton is great for knitting cables.
Although both yarns are knitting to the same gauge (20sts/10cm/4inch) they have different meterages/yardages. Rowan Handknit Cotton: 85m/93yd, Rowan Softknit Cotton: 105m/105yd. This means: the same garment knitted with Rowan Handknit Cotton will be slightly heavier than knitted with Rowan Softknit Cotton. You should bear this in mind, when picking the yarn for your next project.
Let us now have a look a Sarah Hatton’s designs:
Here you see a v-neck cardigan knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton with long sleeves. The cardigan is knitted in stockinette stitch, the hems, cuffs and the button-bands are knitted in a rib pattern.
Here is the same design, knitted in Rowan Softknit Cotton, with three-quarter-length sleeves and a colour detail on the hems, cuffs and button-bands.
This pull on hat is knitted in moss stitch and a ribbed edge. It is shown here in Rowan Softknit Cotton.
Here you see Emma, a round neck sweater with long raglan sleeves. It is knitted in a rib pattern using Rowan Softknit Cotton.
And here you have the same design, using Rowan Handknit Cotton, showing stripes and short raglan sleeves.
This long wrap scarf is knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton with different patterns, produced only by knit and purl stitches.
Here you see a cropped cardigan with three-quarter sleeves, a v-neck and a contrasting moss stitch detail, knitted in Rowan Softknit Cotton.
And here is the same design, featuring short sleeves and knitted in Rowan Handknit Cotton.
This drapey cardigan is shown here in Rowan Handknit Cotton. It has a v-neck, long sleeves and moss stitch edgings.
And here you see the same design with a straight neck opening, also in Rowan Softknit Cotton.
This roll neck sweater with cable details on the body and a rib pattern on the three-quarter length sleeves is shown here in Rowan Handknit Cotton.
This vest is shown here in Rowan Softknit Cotton and is featuring a pretty textured pattern on the yoke and straps. The main body is knitted in a rib pattern.
This design is featuring three-quarter length sleeves and a split detail in the welt and is shown here in Rowan Handknit Cotton. Garter stitch is used for the edgings, the body and sleeves are knitted in a rib pattern. Sarah Hatton is providing the design with long sleeves too.
This lovely collections does not only show, how you are using different yarns for the same design, but is also encouraging you to play with different shapes and colour options. This is an additional advantage of this 2nd issue of Rowan loves …
Have a lot of fun playing with your yarn and needles.