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14 Sorrel by Marleen van der Vorst
elegant lace pattern adorns this longer-length cardigan
24 Mission Bay by Mel Clark
casual, lacy shrug makes a lovely summer cover-up
33 Scribble by Kyoko Nakayoshi
Men’s tank top with its Fair isle doodle design is fun yet wearable
41 Agnes by Kim Hargreaves
chic fitted jacket embroidered with French knots has a vintage feel
48 Raspberry Sundae by Karen Wessel comfy socks designed for relaxing
51 Mongolia Shawl by Christel Seyfarth
try the ‘magic ball’ method to create this stunning colourwork shawl
58 Leonora by Sarah Hatton
smock-style top with lace panels
63 Clevedon by Nick Atkinson
striking cotton top features macramé-inspired stitch clusters
68 Matilda by Vibe Ulrik Sondergaard cable jumper for little girls The Knitter 04 Issue 44
75 Igneous by Michaela Moores
delicate beaded evening wrap uses two skeins of laceweight yarn
79 Bobbles & Waves by Siân Brown
blanket and cushion set with classic cables uses british sheep breed wool
83 Crystallography by Jacqui Harding adorn a window with this subtle, pretty crocheted curtain
87 Mia by Marie Wallin
textured, short-sleeved cotton top has a contemporary feel
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RIGHT exploring the British library’s knitting treasures
BELOW From sheep to skein: one woman’s dream comes true
38 08 The Knitter Loves…
the latest trends and treats in the knitting, craft and fashion world
step-by-step guide to mattress stitch and the three-needle cast-off
38 Yarn Choice
our favourite yarns for your warm-weather knitwear projects
47 Great books
Fresh ideas for yarn, colour, spinning and dyeing make our reading list
28 55 Living the dream
Meet three women whose knitting ideas have led to a new career
70 Interview: Vibe Sondergaard 72 Inside the British Library
take a peek inside the library’s amazing knitting archives
86 Quick Guide: Washing
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Regulars 28 In the Loop
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91 Information page
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92 The Knitter Boutique
our favourite yarn stockists
97 Next Month preview 98 Goody bag
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RED, WHITE & BLUE FOR YOU
2012 is looking like a great year to be british, with our Queen’s diamond Jubilee in June and of course the london 2012 olympic Games. to celebrate, blacker yarns in cornwall has expanded its colour range with a patriotic red, white and blue selection. the colours are available in blacker’s 5ply natural Guernsey yarn, which is a firm favourite of ours. it’s 100% wool, provides excellent stitch definition and is perfect for keeping out the cold. it costs £7 per 50g ball – go on, treat yourself this spring and create a Jubilee project to be proud of. www.blackeryarns.co.uk, 01566 777635
New shades for the 5ply Natural Guernsey
Design an accessory inspired by one country
Let the Games begin!
to celebrate the forthcoming olympic Games, yorkshire yarn company rowan has launched an exciting design competition. entrants will be asked to come up with an accessory design inspired by one of the nations taking part in the 2012 Games. the winning entrant, chosen by rowan’s creative team, will win yarn up to the value of £150 to knit a garment of choice from the company’s new spring-summer 2012 collections. What’s more, the pattern will also be published as a rowan design on Knitrowan.com, while the winner and a friend will receive a subscription to rowan’s Knitting & Crochet Magazine. this is a great opportunity for any budding designer to get published, so get your thinking caps on and get knitting for Gold! photographs of your finished entry should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by the closing date of May 31, 2012. call 01484 681881 for more details
Teddy with a heart
Fly the flag for Britain this spring with this adorable Great British Bear kit. This simple yet gorgeous bear is suitable for beginners (so would make a perfect present), and wears his Union heart and flag with pride. Designed to celebrate the Olympics and Jubilee, he’ll be the perfect companion to watch the Games with! Kits contain
Knit a London landmark!
yarn, needles, instructions, stuffing and a flag, and cost £16 including free UK p&p from www.gifthorsekits.co.uk, 01874 665647
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emma King’s new book celebrates the best of london, from black cabs and Routemaster buses to Big Ben and the london eye. Our favourite is the iconic telephone box, although for sheer knitting ingenuity, Tower Bridge, with its intarsia windows and i-cord railings, certainly gets our vote! Knit London costs £7.99 and is published by Collins & Brown
The Knitter loves... ON OUR NEEDLES
deputy editor rosee Woodland has been indulging her love of colour: 1 “i love winter knitting, sitting with a cosy pile of wool on my lap, and as a result i have a lot of thick jumpers! so i tried to be sensible with my latest, lighter, project - ysolda teague’s ‘chickadee’ from Little Red in the City. i’m knitting it in sublime pure Merino dK, my last yarn
purchase of 2011 before embarking on my yearlong ban. since this picture was taken i’ve been racing along, and now just have the edging on one sleeve and the buttons to go!” www.ysolda.com 2 “ysolda’s new Saturday Treat book also caught my eye, and i knitted up the ‘almond comfit’ hat in the shade pictured in her version. it ended up
slightly too small for me (sadly i have a large head!) so i’m gifting it to a friend.” www.ysolda.com 3 “My next project is the very summery ‘Framboise’ by sarah Hatton from issue 35, which i’ll make in some bamboo sock yarn that i have hand-dyed a lovely burnt-orange colour.” the individual pattern is now available to buy at www.themakingspot.com
2 3 Coronation chic
Celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in retro style with the new collection from Susan Crawford. Coronation Knits has 12 patterns based on fashions worn at the time of Queen elizabeth’s coronation in 1953, including both brand-new designs and updated period material. There are projects for all the family and the home, using lace, cable and Fair Isle. Coronation Knits goes on sale in May, priced £12.99. For details, visit www.susancrawfordvintage. com or call 0845 458 9911 for stockists
Share your thoughts with other knitters
Knitting & sharing design duo ruth Morris and belinda Harris-reid are currently working to create a stunning knitted exhibition, celebrating the lives, skills and memories of knitters worldwide. Knitters are asked to knit a small bias square in cream yarn, then send it in with a tag explaining what they were thinking of as they knit. squares and tags will be combined together to create a wall of knitting and knitters’ thoughts, and will eventually become a touring art piece. launched in March, this project is run in collaboration with the uK Hand Knitting association and will last a year. called ‘For the record; conversations over Knitting’, it’s hoped the project will allow knitters to find their voice and share the thoughts behind their knitting. For details, visit www.ruthand belinda.co.uk/interactive/ fortherecord.html
Herdy is known for its bright range of sheep-themed products, sold to support the conservation of Herdwick sheep in the lake District. This new range of Herdy stitch markers is ideal for keeping track of your knitting. The markers fit needles up to 7mm in size, and would make a great gift for a fellow knitter. £7.50 for pack of six; www. herdy.co.uk, 01539 739202
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The Knitter loves... LOOK EAST FOR FINE FIBRE
Fibre-east in 2011 was a huge success, and this year’s event in July looks like it’s going to be even better. to be held near bedford, this show will be packed with a huge range of yarns and fibre for sale. it’s not just about shopping though – workshops will cover everything from spinning to felting to weaving, if you fancy brushing up on your skills. because the event is held on a working farm, there’s the chance to ‘Meet the breeds’ and learn which types of wool are best for what knitted project, as well as watch a selection of shearing demonstrations. We’re also looking forward to the ‘fleece to jumper’ project, which will see wool sheared, spun and knitted up into a child’s jumper in an afternoon! the show is on 14-15 July. to book tickets or workshop places, visit www.fibre-east.co.uk or call 07751 813681
Club members will receive six lovely designs
Go yarn shopping at Fibre-East in July
do you love embellishing your knitting with delicate beadwork? or would you like to try, but you’re not sure where to begin? Whatever your experience, you’re sure to enjoy debbie abrahams’ exclusive bead club, which offers a combination of quality beads with beautiful beaded patterns from top rowan designers. every two months for the rest of 2012, members receive an exclusive design, plus several full packets of beads to help you complete it (yarn not supplied). designers include Jane crowfoot, carol Meldrum and debbie abrahams, and there are six designs in total. the club has already started, but it’s not too late to join up. We’re delighted to be able to offer one reader the chance to win a free membership to the club. For a chance to win, simply send a text to 87474 with the code TKNbead along with your name and address. you can also enter online at www.futurecomps. co.uk/TKNbead. closing date is midnight on 15 May 2012. club membership costs £75. visit www.debbieabrahamsbeads.co.uk for details
Time to go shopping!
It’s always great to find a new supplier of our favourite yarns. Online shop The Village Haberdashery is packed with crafty goodness, with yarns from the likes of Malabrigo, Artesano and Knit Collage. There’s also a big range of needles and accessories, so you can get everything you need for your next project. www.thevillagehaberdashery. co.uk
Say farewell to pilling
Isn’t it upsetting when a favourite knit starts to pill and bobble? Help is at hand from ‘The Gleener’. The gadget has three interchangeable heads, so you can start with the big pills and work down to the finer ones. At the other end is a clothes brush to remove all the loose fibres. At the moment you can only order it from Canada for $19.99 plus shipping, but there are plans to sell it in the UK. www.gleener.com
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The Knitter loves... SHOW AND TELL
We were delighted to meet so many readers at this year’s stitch & craft show, held recently at london’s olympia. From supreme sock knitters to toy experts and colourwork queens, and from knitters with one year’s experience to 80, you all came to share your love of knitting with us on our stand. We were also treated to knit-and-learn sessions with the likes of Fiona Morris, Kyoko nakayoshi and amanda Jones, and many visitors were lucky enough to meet some of their design heroes, including Martin storey and Jennie atkinson. the next big london event is the Knitting & stitching show on 11-14 october. For details, call 020 8692 2299 or visit www.twistedthread.com
The collection features an array of rich textures and wearable shapes
From sea to shining sea
Top: editor Juliet and Simply Knitting’s Deb Bradley
designers alana dakos and Hannah Fettig live on opposite coasts of america, but the two friends decided to collaborate on a book of knitwear designs. Coastal Knits is a collection of 10 patterns inspired by the coastal regions of the us, and featuring a mixture of Hannah’s modern classic style and alana’s romantic detailing. each design includes a full background on the inspiration behind it. our favourites include the cabled ‘rocky coast’ and ‘Gnarled oak’ cardigans. stunning accessories include the ‘branching out’ mitts and ‘sand and sea’ shawlette. We have three copies of this book to give away, courtesy of uK stockist tangled yarn. if you’d like to be in with a chance of winning, simply send a text to 87474 with the code TKNcoast along with your name and address. you can also enter online at www.futurecomps.co.uk/TKNcoast. closing date is midnight on 15 May 2012. visit www.coastalknits.com for details. the book can be purchased in the uK for £16.99 from shops such as tangled yarn (www.tangled-yarn.co.uk, 0161 494 2053)
Bags of style
namaste is much loved for its stylish, practical knitting bags, and its latest offering is the Boardwalk. It’s a high-quality backpack made from leather-look PVC, with a drawstring closure so you won’t snag your yarn. Available in four colours, it will make a stylish treat. £71.95 from www.purlescence.co.uk, 01865 589944
A Blooming Great Tea Party
The charity Marie Curie Cancer Care is calling on knitters across the UK to help raise money for this very worthy cause. You can get all your knitting friends together for a very woolly tea party, but use it as a chance to show off your best projects! It’s also a great chance to raffle or sell simple tea-themed pieces such as tea cosies, or knitted cupcakes. Sign up at www.mariecurie.
org.uk/teaparty or call 0870 0340 040 for more information
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Blacker Yarns Exclusive
Smart cushion and blanket set with elegant cables is knitted in a pure British wool The Knitter
Cushion: To fit a 40cm x 40cm (16in x 16in) cushion pad Blanket: 100cm x 150cm (39in x 59in)
Blacker Yarns Classic British Aran (Aran weight, 100% British wool, 70m/76yds per 50g ball) Cushion: Fawn; 6 x 50g balls Blanket: Fawn; 19 x 50g balls
NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES
Bobbles & Waves this blanket and cushion set is both traditional and sophisticated, with its elegant cables and neat bobbles. it was created by designer siân brown for cornish company blacker yarns, using its classic british aran. this yarn is a blend of 70% lleyn wool and 30% blue Faced leicester, and it’s a good-value yarn that suits this design perfectly. the cushion cover is worked in one piece and then seamed along the sides and closed with a row of buttons, while the blanket is knitted in two panels which are then sewn together.
Worked over 13 sts. row 1 (rs): K. row 2: p. rep these two rows once more. row 5: c6F, K1, c6b. row 6: as row 2. row 7: as row 1. rep these last two rows twice more. row 12: as row 2. row 13: c6b, K1, c6F. row 14: as row 2. row 15: as row 1. row 16: as row 2. rep these 16 rows.
CABLE 2 Worked over 26 sts. row 1 (rs): p2, t3b, p5, c6b, p5, t3F, p2. row 2: K2, p2, K6, p6, K6, p2, K2.
1 pair 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) knitting needles Cable needle (cn) 5 x 22mm buttons for cushion cover
18 sts and 24 rows over 10cm in stocking stitch using 4.5mm needles
row 3: p1, t3b, p4, t5b, t5F, p4, t3F, p1. row 4: K1, p2, K5, p3, K4, p3, K5, p2, K1. row 5: t3b, p3, t5b, p4, t5F, p3, t3F. row 6: p2, K1, Mb, K2, p3, K8, p3, K2, Mb, K1, p2. row 7: t3F, p3, K3, p8, K3, p3, t3b. row 8: K1, p2, K3, p3, K8, p3, K3, p2, K1. row 9: p1, t3F, p2, t5F, p4, t5b, p2, t3b, p1. row 10: K2, p2, (K4, p3) twice, K4, p2, K2. row 11: p2, t3F, p3, t5F, t5b, p3, t3b, p2. row 12: K1, Mb, K1, p2, K5, p6, K5, p2, K1, Mb, K1. rep these 12 rows.
Worked in one piece, starting at back. With 4.5mm needles, cast on 69 sts. row 1: (K1, p1) to last st, K1. rep this row 7 times more, forming moss st. starting with a K row, work in st st until back measures 36cm from cast-on edge, finishing with rs facing. next row (rs): p (to form a ridge), placing a coloured thread at each end of row. inc row (Ws): K8 (p1, inc p-wise in next st) 4 times, p1, K9, p1, inc in next st, K5, inc p-wise in next 3 sts, K5, inc p-wise in next st, p1, K9, (p1, inc p-wise in next st) 4 times, p1, K8. 82 sts begin cabled pattern row 1 (rs): K1, p7, work 13 sts cable 1 row 1, p7, work 26 sts cable 2, p7, work 13 sts cable The Knitter 80 Issue 44
Yrn 2: Yarn round needle twice. T3B: Twist 3 back. Slip next st onto cn and hold at back of work, K next 2 sts from left hand needle, then P st from cn. T3F: Twist 3 front. Slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, P next st from left-hand needle, then K sts from cn. C6B: Cable 6 back. Slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, K next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then K sts from cn. T5B: Twist 5 back. Slip next 2 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, K next 3 sts from left-hand needle, then P sts from cn. T5F: Twist 5 front. Slip next 3 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, P next 2 sts from left-hand needle, then K sts from cn. MB: Make bobble. K into front, back and front of next st, (turn and K these 3 sts) 3 times, turn and Sl 1, K2tog, psso.
1, p7, K1. row 2 (Ws): K8, work 13 sts cable 1 row 2, K7, work 26 sts cable 2, K7, work 13 sts cable 1, K8. these two rows set the pattern. continue to follow instructions for both cables until work measures 40cm from coloured markers, ending with rs facing for next row. Dec row (rs): K1, p7, (K1, K2tog) 4 times, K1, p9, K1, K2tog, p5, (K2tog) 3 times, p5, K2tog, K1, p9, K1 (K2tog, K1) 4 times, p7, K1. 69sts next row (Ws): K (to form a ridge), placing a coloured thread at each end of row. starting with a K row, work 4cm st st, ending with a Ws row. Work 4 rows moss st. buttonhole row (rs): Moss 4 sts, (K2tog, yrn 2, skpo, moss 10) 4 times, K2tog, yrn 2, skpo, moss 5 sts. next row (Ws): Moss st, knitting into front and back of each yrn 2. Work 3 rows moss st. cast off.
MAKING Up press edges according to yarn care instructions on the ball band. sew side seams. sew buttons to correspond with buttonholes and using coloured thread for
Bobbles & Waves Inc p-wise in next st: Purl into the front and back of the same st Inc in next st: Knit into the front and back of the same st Skpo: Sl 1, K1, psso.
For stockists and abbreviations, see p91
guidance when lining up seams.
*cast on 87 sts with 4.5mm needles. Work 15 rows moss st.* inc row (Ws): Moss 6 sts, K8, p1 (inc p-wise in next st, p1) 4 times, K10, p1, inc p-wise in next st, K5, (inc p-wise in next st) 3 times, K5, p1, inc p-wise in next st, K10 (p1, inc p-wise in next st) 4 times, p1, K8, moss 10 sts. 100 sts. row 1 (rs): Moss 10 sts, p8, work 13 sts row 1 of cable 1, p8, work 26 sts of row 1 of cable 2, p8, work 13 sts of row 1 of cable 1, p8, moss 6 sts. row 2 (Ws): Moss 6 sts, K8, work 13 sts row 2 of cable 1, K8, work 26 sts row 2 of cable 2, K8, work 13 sts of row 2 of cable 1, K8, moss 10 sts. **these 2 rows set the pattern. continue to work each of the cables as set until work measures 145cm, ending with a Ws row.** Dec row (rs): Moss 10, p8, (K1, K2tog) 4 times, K1, p10, K2tog, K1, p5, (K2tog) 3 times, p5, K2tog, K1, p10, (K1, K2 tog) 4 times, K1, p8, moss 6. 87 sts. Work 15 rows moss st, ending with a Ws row. cast off.
LEFT-HAND pANEL Work as for right-hand panel from * to *.
The British pure wool shows off the elegant cables perfectly
inc row (Ws): Moss 10, K8, p1, (inc p-wise in next st, p1) 4 times, K10, p1, inc p-wise in next st, K5, (inc p-wise in next st) 3 times, K5, p1, inc p-wise in next st, K10, (p1, inc p-wise in next st) 4 times, p1, K8, moss 6. 100 sts. row 1 (rs): Moss 6, p8, work 13 sts row 1 cable 1, p8, work 26 sts row 1 cable 2, p8, work 13 sts row 1 cable 1, p8, moss 10. row 2 (Ws): Moss 10, K8, work 13 sts row 2 cable 1, K8, work 26 sts row 2 cable 2, K8, work 13 sts row 2 cable 1, K8, moss 6. The Knitter 81 Issue 44
cont as for right-hand panel from ** to **. Dec row (rs): Moss 6, p8, (K1, K2tog) 4 times, K1, p10, K2tog, K1, p5, (K2tog) 3 times, p5, K2tog, K1, p10, (K1, K2tog) 4 times, K1, p8, moss 10. 87 sts Work 15 rows moss st, ending with a Ws row. cast off.
MAKING Up press pieces according to yarn care instructions on the ball band. sew panels together at centre.