This week The Knitter Magazine 70 arrived on my iPad. This issue comes with 15 beautiful patterns, featuring a platinum collection.
Be inspired by Alana Dakos Botanical Knits 2, which is available as a PDF download or a printed version on www.botanicalknits.com.
Take a trip to Shetland with your travel guide Sarah Laurenson, who is talking about all the must-see destinations for yarn fans on the isles and learn to adapt sock heel flaps for the perfect fit with Clare Devine.
And finally meet Rachel Coopey. Beloved for her vibrant and entertaining sock patterns, she is now treating her fans to accessory designs.
This soft, draping poncho has a pattern of rippling colour and lace
Maisie by Anniken Allis
“This on trend poncho is perfect for layering on chilly spring days”, says designer Anniken Allis. It’s constructed from two knitted rectangles, joined along the shoulders and tool of arms, with buttons at the lower edge. By knitting it sideways, the self-striping yarn from Noro will create vertical stripes, which emphasize the rippling lace pattern. Noro‘s Shiro yarn (Aran weight, 40% wool, 30% cashmere, 30% silk)is a wonderfully tactile blend of wool, cashmere and silk, and comes in both subtle and bold colourways.
This long-sleeved jumper is such a versatile design
The Cruise by Sublime
The light, airy pattern is ideal for spring and cooler summer days, while the pretty lace will look as good paired with jeans as it will with a skirt. It’s knitted in Sublime‘s Egyptian Cotton DK (DK weight, 100% cotton), a glossy yarn that knits up into a lustrous fabric, with a crisp handle and outstanding stitch definition. It comes in 21 rich, jewel-like shades and gentle pastels.
Go for relaxed style with this men’s merino cardigan – its easygoing fit will be coveted by women, too!
Prestbury by Rita Taylor
Rita Taylor is known for her knitwear designs with a vintage feel, and this men’s cardigan was inspired by an old photograph of men sitting in a French café. “They all looked so stylish!” Rita says, For her muted, zigzag colourwork she has used John Arbon‘s Knit By Numbers yarn (DK weight, 100% merino), a worsted-spun merino from Devon that comes in an amazing 85 shades.
Sisibi by Lisa Richardson
This lightweight skinny scarf by Lisa Richardson features an unusual textured stripe pattern in coffee-and-cream shades, and will add an elegant touch to your outfit. It’s been designed using Rowan‘s Fine Art yarn (45% wool, 20% mohair, 10% silk, 25% polyamide), which is a 4ply blend of merino, kid mohair, mulberry silk and nylon. It comes in a range of 14 colours, both semi-solid and self-striping, and knits up into a fabric with a luxurious feel and a gentle halo.
Modern peplum jacket with a delicate shawl collar is decorated with tiny beaded motifs
Ore by Sarah Hatton
Sarah Hatton’s jacket is our ideal blend of modern and vintages aesthetics. Its neat shape, peplum and little moss stitch collar are on-trend for this season yet have a timeless feel. Sarah has adorned her jacket with a band of simple beading, which adds texture and weight to the supple, draping fabric provided by Rowan‘s Baby Merino Silk DK yarn (DK weight, 66% wool, 34% silk).
Shimmering yarn in shades of bronze and titanium brings a luxurious quality to this airy, drop-stitch cowl
Precious Metal by Emma Vining
Inspired by the ripple patterns formed by the wind on drifting snow, this cowl blends a light and airy stitch pattern with a chunky, shimmering yarn. The dropped stitch rib pattern is reversible and uses short-row shaping to form the ripples and drifts. The cowl can be worn in a big loop or wrapped around your neck twice for a cosy feel. Emma Vining used Sirdar’s Softspun Chunky yarn (Chunky weight, 53% nylon, 24% wool, 23% acrylic) for her design.
With its intriguing silhouette and beautiful textures, this cardigan makes a big impression
Rhodium by Deborah Helmke
This draping cardigan by Deborah Helmke is packed with details that make it elegant to wear and a joy to knit. It features a shawl collar, batwing sleeves and front sections which are longer than the back, while a rich lace band highlighted with beads adds texture and interest. The Louisa Harding Orielle yarn ( DK weight, 97% baby alpaca, 3% metallic polyamide) lends the garment a sublet touch of sparkle, too.
Elegantly simple chain-link necklace uses beads an a sparkling yarn for a subtle shimmer
Argentite by Juliet Bernard
This chain-link necklace by Juliet Bernard is so quick to knit and elegant to wear. The yarn is used doubled throughout, using either one each of Rowan‘s Kidsilk Haze Eclipse (Laceweight, 66% mohair, 27% silk, 4% polyester, 3% nylon) and Fine Lace (80% alpaca, 20% wool) ( for the links) or two ends of the Lace together. Your will have some yarn left over at the end of the project, so why not experiment by mixing the yarns and creating your own unique jewelry?
A sophisticated shape and graceful lace pattern bring a refined beauty to this silky cardigan
Pewter by Fiona Morris
Barbara Walker’s classic stitch pattern treasuries inspired the design of this beautiful cardigan. “I chose her Hourglass Lace pattern because it offers both knit and purl variations, and a double yarnover to create a large picot eyelet within the pattern,” says Fiona Morris. “The purl variation works well in the welts and cuffs, as it provides a flat fabric compared with the stocking stitch version.” Worked in Fyberspates‘ luxurious Scrumptious High Twist DK (DK weight, 50% superwash merino, 50% silk), this will become a wardrobe favourite.
Knitted in a palette of charcoal and white,
Atlantic Waves by Tóra Joensen
this graphic patterned jumper has a modern feel yet harks back t traditional Scandinavian designs. It’s knitted in the round to the armpits, then the front and back are completed separately following the colourwork charts for the Fair Isle sections. The design has been created for Faroese yarn company Navia by Tóra Joenson, and uses the brand’s Duo sportweight wool (Sport/Baby weight, 100% wool), which ist light and soft.
Knit this cabled and ribbed sweater from the Fine Art Aran Mini Collection, a design by Kim Hargreaves
Dali by Kim Hargreaves
This classic pattern from the Rowan archives, created by Kim Hargreaves, has been reworked to showcase Rowan‘s new yarn, Fine Art Aran (Aran weight, 50% wool, 25% alpaca, 20% mohair, 5% silk). T his luxurious blond of merino, kid mohair, alpaca and mulberry silk is hand painted to achieve stunning colour effects. Kim’s design is a loose-fitting, wide-necked jumper with a cable and ribbed pattern that should knit up relatively quickly. This design is originally published in Mini Collection Fine Art Aran by Rowan. This mini collection featuring the luxurious yarn Fine Art Aran showcases 8 easy to wear designs taken from the Rowan archive and originally designed by Kim Hargreaves and Martin Storey. There’s definitely something for everyone in this collection ranging from a simple slouchy hat to oversized collared jacket.
Girls will feel stylish and comfortable in this basket weave pattern jacket
Petite Étoile by Bergère de France
This long jacket for girls aged two to eight years looks smart yet will be cosy and comfortable to wear. The stitch pattern produces a basketweave-effect fabric; touches of whimsy are provided by the fabric star patch on the back neck, and bright buttons. It’s knitted in Bergère de France‘s Barisienne, a robust, easy-care DK yarn (DK weight, 100% acrylic) which comes in 35 appealing shades, from neutrals and pastels to bright colours.
The Knitter Mini Collection
Shelby by Rachel Coopey
Rachel Coopey is much loved for her playful, creative socks, and her latest design blends tiny, twisting patterns to produce a beautifully textured fabric. Columns of right-crossing and left-crossing stitches combined with yarnovers flow straight down from the cuff, and are mirrored on each foot. Rachel has used a slipped-stitch heel flap – for advice on adapting heel flaps for a better fit, see the Masterclass in this issue. Shelby is shown here in Bergère de France‘s Perfection (4ply weight, 65% wool, 35% polyamide).
Ten-Stitch Socks by Elizabeth Lovick
This basic sock is designed to be made using any stitch pattern with a 10-stitch-repeat.
Heliotrope by Faye Perriam
This toe-up design by Faye Perriam is like a breath of fresh air for your feet, with its vivid colour and exquisite textures. The pattern of leaves, cables and open knot stitches neatly extends up into the cuff. Using Judy’s Magic Cast-On method this design is shown here in Artesano‘s Definition Sock (4ply weight, 75% machine washable merino wool, 25% polyamide).
The next issue of The Knitter will be on Sale April 29. It will feature free cable patterns by Martin Storey and designs from Anniken Allis, Eline Oftedal, Sarah Hatton, Marie Wallin, Judy Furlong … and more.
All pictures shown above are screenshots from my digital magazine.