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Editor’s Letter Welcome to your fabulously frosty new issue of Knit Now! We’re firmly in to Christmas knitting season now so I’ve tried to cram this issue full of patterns you’ll love to make for your family and friends. Some are decidedly festive – like the adorable Little Pudding jumper from Woolyknit (page 35) and Sachiyo’s tiny little Christmas Ponies (page 68) – but there are also lots of quick makes and interesting knits to suit all tastes.

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If you want some quick one-ball knits, take a look at the Designer Challenge (page 61) for three easy makes using Cygnet Boho Spirit. For those of you who like a challenge with your knitting, turn to page 70 to find Debbie’s guide to Estonian knitting and then a beautiful shawl by Zsuzsa Kiss that would make a stunning heirloom gift for a bride-to-be. Finally, I just have to talk about our Northern Lights collection (pages 13-29). Every issue, we give our designers a theme to inspire a small collection of patterns. This time our inspiration is based around the knitting traditions of the North Sea and I think this is one of my all-time favourite collections. I absolutely adore our cover jumper, Karie Westermann’s Lausavisa (page 13) and I’m itching to cast one on for myself. You can read all about the inspiration behind this collection on page 30. Turn to page 42 for an interview with Ella Gordon, a wonderful designer from Shetland, and on the page after, you’ll find an exclusive pattern from her that would make a perfect quick gift!

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Meet the team We asked our designers about their favourite yarn for winter.

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Inspiration 7

Knitting News

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What’s new in the world of wool 19

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Stitched Together

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Knitter of the Year 98

Dear Diary

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The Challenge

I am always cold and I swear by the colourwork cardigans I’ve knitted. The floats trap heat! So, any yarn that lends itself to colourwork will do me this winter.

Jessie McKitrick

Essential knitting know-how

The Wishlist

Cygnet Boho Spirit 70

The Review

Find your local shop

Knit & Natter

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Local News

Cosy Winter Yarns with Knit Wise

The Hot List

Through the Woods 50

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I love Whitfell Chunky made from100% Alpaca. It comes in a beautiful range of Eden Cottage’s trademark colours. Squishy and super soft, it is the ultimate winter treat to both knit and wear.

Karie Westermann

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With Ella Gordon 49

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Quick & Cosy yarns 42

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The Bookshelf This month we’re looking for quick little projects and new techniques People Knitting: A Century of Photographs By Barbara Levine £9.99 Princeton Architectural Press The history of knitting is long and rich, and this collection of historic photographs gives readers a glimpse into that. Filled with evocative images taken between 1860 and the 1960s, from nurses and soldiers to children and people of all ages, we simply love flicking through this book and imaging what everyone is working on! A perfect stocking filler for knitters. Beautiful Knits for Beautiful Sticks By Sarah Alderson £12.99 Aldersign Designs The inspiration behind this collection of seven charming knitting patterns from Sarah Alderson lies in the magical world of Beauxbatons Academy, as featured in the Harry Potter series. Delicate details such as lace knitting, cables, and impressive Fair Isle patterning feature throughout the collection, certain to invoke the imagination of anyone who wears the finished knits! You can buy the pattern collection from www.aldersign.com

Hats for Charity We were blown away by fabulous knitter Armelle’s generous contributions to breast cancer survivors, donating 132 hats during last year’s Pink October, and a total of over 300 since 2014! Never able to knit a pattern twice, each hat is completely unique and so is special for each recipient. If you’re feeling inspired and would like to knit hats for your local charity, why not visit Aremelle’s Ravelry page for free patterns inspired by this project? www.ravelry.com/designers/louti-2012

Monster Hats By Vanessa Mooncie £14.99 GMC Publications We love the fun and quirky hat designs in this new book from Vanessa Mooncie! The book includes 15 hat designs, in both children and adult sizes, with bright pictures and illustrations to help inspire your designs! A guide to basics, linings, and special stitches are also included so you can tackle any one of the projects from the red demon to the pop-eye alien! Knitted Cable Sourcebook By Norah Gaughan £19.99 Abrams A treasure trove for any knitter, this collection of 150 new cable stitch patterns and 14 garment patterns is sure to fire the imagination! Clear, conversational language takes you through from the basic to more complex designs, with helpful guides on how to design your own. This is a very visual look at the world of cable knitting, one you are sure to refer to time and time again.

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Foxy Knitting We love these charming Foxy Knits from Buttonbag that are perfect for beginners and more advanced knitters alike! Available as a scarf or mittens kit, these would be a great gift as a kit or knitted up. Kits are available to buy from www.buttonbag.co.uk Make sure to turn to page 75 for your chance to win a scarf kit!

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Grey Matters We simply adore the new essential accessories collection from Katya Frankel Designs, utilising a natural palette to showcase scintillating variegated yarn. Grey is a great colour to knit with, being easy on the eye and incredibly versatile, and we’ve definitely seen a surge in its popularity this year. The complete collection is now available on Ravelry at www. ravelry.com/patterns/sources/grey-matters

More from Triskelion After growing from strength to strength over the years, Triskelion Yarn and Fibre is proud to announce that three of its yarns will now be exclusively available through retail partners, giving fans of its hand-dyed, blended fibre more shopping choice. Idris (British superwash BFL), Gofannon (Peruvian baby alpaca) and Emrys (British BFL) are all now available through Triskelion stockists. To find out where you can buy yours and to view its other yarns, visit www.triskelion-yarn.com

Reader Wendy Byng told us that she is very proud of her recently finished Rizzo Jacket from issue 60. It looks great on Wendy and is sure to keep her warm in the coming months! You can find issue 60 and more back issues for purchase at www.moremags.com If you have a Knit Now project to show us, send it over via Facebook, Ravelry, Twitter, or by email to kate.heppell@practicalpublishing.co.uk for your chance to feature here and win!

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Organise Your Knitting! If, like us, you track your knitting through a combination of crumpled print outs and scribbled notes, it can be easy to lose your place in a pattern. The new LoveKnitting App has been designed to be the perfect knitting companion; make notes directly on your PDF patterns, zoom in, and with a row counter and place marker you’ll never lose your way again! With free patterns released to app users each month as well, this is a perfect combination! Download the app for iPads on iTunes or visit www.loveknitting.com/apps

The Perfect Knitting Set! Smooth, light, and easy to knit with, bamboo needles are a favourite among a lot of knitters, and the high-quality, interchangeable circular needle set from Tulip is sure to be a firm favourite in any knitter’s collection! Presented in an elegant, compact case for easy storage and transport, the collection of 11 pairs of needles, three cables, tapestry needles, needle gauge and more is the ultimate gift for any knitter this Christmas. Available to buy from www.sew2go.co.uk, along with more from the Tulip range.

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Christmas Stocking Appeal Spread some festive cheer by knitting mini-stockings for Christmas bunting, which will be donated to care homes and lunch clubs across the country. It can often be lonely at this time of year so UK Hand Knitting is asking knitters to donate as many stockings as possible before 9th December, and it has provided two free knitting patterns, which you can find at www.ukhandknitting.com

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The Collection

Northern Lights

This issue, we’re taking a trip to the lands of the Northern Lights and exploring the knitting traditions of the North Sea, starting with the Icelandic-inspired Lausavisa Jumper

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14 sts

7001,100g Chunky

21 rows

10cm

10cm

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XS-3X

Designed by Karie Westermann

Yarn used Álafoss Lopi 4 (4, 5, 6, 7, 7, 8) balls in Navy 0118 (MC) 1 ball each in Light Indigo 9958 (CC1), Light Beige Heather 0086 (CC2) and Golden Heather 9964 (CC3)

About the yarn Chunky; 100m per 100g ball; 100% new Icelandic wool

Tension 14 sts x 21 rows = 10cm measured over St st on larger needles

Needles used 5mm circular, 60cm 5mm DPNs 6mm circular, 60cm 6mm DPNs

Other supplies 4 stitch markers waste yarn

Sizing XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) Shown in size XL on Lyndsey who is a UK size 14/16

A classic Icelandic yoke jumper, Lausavisa comes with an ontrend 1970s vibe and is perfect for keeping you warm as the Northern Lights dance in the sky above you. The jumper is knitted in the round bottom up and uses a near-seamless construction, ensuring minimal finishing!

Start knitting… BODY With MC and smaller circular needles, cast on 98 (112, 126, 140, 154, 168, 182) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Set-up Rnd: K49 (56, 63, 70, 77, 84, 91) sts, pm, k to end of rnd. Work corrugated rib as follows: Rnd 1: *K1 in MC, k1 in CC1; rep from * to end. Rnds 2-3: *K1 in MC, p1 in CC1; rep from * to end. Rnds 4-6: *K1 in MC, p1 in CC2; rep from * to end. Rnds 7-8: *K1 in MC, p1 in CC3; rep from * to end. Rnd 9: *K1 in MC, k1 in CC3; rep from * to end. Change to larger needles. Work in MC in St st until work meas 40 (40, 39, 39, 38, 37, 37) cm from cast-on edge.

Divide for armholes

Next Rnd: Rm, *k43 (50, 57, 64, 69, 76, 83), rm, cast off 6 (6, 6, 6, 8, 8, 8) sts; rep from

* once more. 86 (100, 114, 128, 138, 152, 166) sts Place body aside and work sleeves.

Place rem sts on waste yarn or spare needle. Work second sleeve the same.

SLEEVES

YOKE

With MC and smaller DPNs, cast on 26 (26, 28, 28, 30, 30, 32) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Set-up Rnd: Pm to mark beg of rnd, k to end.

Now join sts to work yoke as given below, in the foll sequence: back of jumper, sleeve, front of jumper, and sleeve. Rejoin MC ready to work, pm to mark beg of rnd, k43 (50, 57, 64, 69, 76, 83), pm, k40 (42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52), pm; rep from * once more, omitting final marker. 166 (184, 202, 220, 234, 252, 270) sts Next Rnd: Knit.

Work corrugated rib: Rnd 1: *K1 in MC, k1 in CC1; rep from * to end. Rnd 2: *K1 in MC, p1 in CC1; rep from * to end. Rnds 3 & 4: *K1 in MC, p1 in CC2; rep from * to end. Rnd 5: *K1 in MC, p1 in CC3; rep from * to end. Rnd 6: *K1 in MC, k1 in CC3; rep from * to end. Change to larger needles. With MC, knit 1 rnd. Rnd 2 (inc): K1, m1, k to 1 st from end, m1, k1. 2 sts inc’d Cont in St st, work increase rnd every 0 (6th, 6th, 4th, 4th, 6th, 4th) rnd 0 (3, 3, 3, 5, 13, 6) times, then every 8th (8th, 8th, 8th, 8th, 8th, 8th) rnd 10 (8, 8, 9, 8, 1, 8) times. 46 (48, 50, 52, 56, 58, 60) sts Work another 2 rnds without increasing. Next Rnd: Rm, cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts, k to last 3 (3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4) sts, cast off rem sts. 40 (42, 44, 46, 48, 50, 52) sts

SIZES XS & 3X: Next Rnd: K to marker, sm, k to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, k to end. 168 (-, -, -, -, -, 272) sts. SIZES M & XL: Next Rnd: K2tog, k to 2 sts before marker, k2tog, k to end. - (-, 200, -, 232, -, -) sts SIZES L & 2X: Next Rnd: M1, k to marker,

Chart

Schematic

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Key

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“Being of Viking heritage, I have long wanted to design my own Icelandicstyled jumper. I took inspiration from photos of the pale sunlight over the North Atlantic sea; beautiful shades of blue and a hint of yellow” m1, sm, k to marker, sm, m1, k to marker, m1, k to end. - (-, -, 224, -, 256, -) sts ALL SIZES: Work 0 (2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 18) rnds in St st. Work yoke chart 21 (23, 25, 28, 29, 32, 34) times across the rnd. When chart has been worked 63 (69, 75, 84, 87, 96, 102) sts rem.

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SIZES XS, S, M & XL: Next Rnd: Cont in MC, knit to 1 st before end, m1, k1. 64 (70, 76, -, 88, -, -) sts SIZE L: Next Rnd: Cont in MC, k to end. SIZE 2X: Next Rnd: Cont in MC, *k - (-, -, -, -, 10, -), k2tog; rep from * to end. - (-, -, -, -, 88, -) sts Next Rnd: K to end. SIZE 3X: Next Rnd: Cont in MC, *k - (-, -, -, -, -, 6), k2tog, k - (-, -, -, -, -, 7) k2tog; rep from * 5 more times. - (-, -, -, -, -, 90) sts Next Rnd: K to end.

Álafoss Lopi £4.95 www.meadowyarn.co.uk

Stranded colourwork

Step 1: Hold MC over index finger and CC over middle finger. Knit to colour change.

Step 2: Bring MC over CC behind the work and work next stitch in MC. Hold CC out of the way.

Step 3: Complete the stitch as normal. Check that the MC float behind your work is not too tight.

Step 4: Work in MC to next colour change. Bring CC under MC to work next stitch in CC.

Step 5: Complete stitch as normal again, checking that the float is not too tight.

Step 6: Repeat these steps for each colour change (following chart) without twisting the yarn.

Neckband With smaller needles and MC, work 1x1 rib for 5 rnds. Cast off loosely.

Finishing Weave in ends and sew up underarm gap. Block to dimensions given in schematic.

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40 rnds 34 sts

250g 4-ply

over patt

S-L

Designed by Jessie McKitrick

Yarn used Artesano 4-ply 100% Superfine Alpaca 1 ball in Blackberry C823 (MC) 1 ball each in Sapphire 4921 (CC1), Kingfisher 6701 (CC2), Blue Skies 4967 (CC3) & cream SFN10 (CC4)

About the yarn 4-ply; 184m per 50g ball; 100% superfine alpaca

Tension 34 sts x 40 rnds = 10cm in stranded colourwork pattern

Needles used 2.25mm DPNs, 15cm 2.5mm DPNs, 15cm

Other supplies waste yarn 2 stitch holders

Sizing S (M, L) Adult

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

JESSIE SAYS

“I’ve seen the Northern Lights several times in several places, and they never cease to delight. I wanted the colours on these gloves to shift from dark to light and back again, like the mysterious lights dancing in the sky”

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Magnetospheric Gloves Inspired by sightings of the Northern Lights in the designer’s native Canada, these cosy alpaca gloves will keep you warm whatever the latitude These gloves are worked cuffup in the round, and feature a band of stranded colourwork that glows against the darker background. The thumb is set aside using a technique often referred to as a ‘peasant’ or ‘afterthought’ thumb, where the stitches for the thumb are worked in waste yarn, then worked again in pattern. The waste yarn is later picked out leaving live stitches above and below the gap with which to work the thumb. The recommended yarn has been discontinued, so we recommend Knit Picks Alpaca Cloud Fingering (£6.11 from www.knitpicks.com) as a substitute. The best colour match is Catherine (MC), Frances (CC1), Isobel (CC2), Margaret (CC3) & Sophia (CC4).

Start knitting… With MC and smaller needles, cast on 44 (52, 60) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Work in 2x2 rib for 6cm. Change to larger needles. Next Rnd: Knit. Next Rnd (inc): *K5 (6, 7), m1, k6 (7, 8), m1; rep from * to end. 52 (60, 68) sts Knit 8 (9, 11) rnds. Work first 16 (17, 18) rnds of Magnetospheric chart.

Thumb Placement

LEFT GLOVE: Work in patt for 16 (18, 20) sts. RIGHT GLOVE: Work in patt for 27 (31, 35) sts. BOTH GLOVES: With waste yarn k9 (10, 11), slip these sts back onto LH needle, work in patt to end.

Cont in patt until all 25 rnds of chart have been completed. Break all contrast yarns and continue in MC only. Knit 8 (9, 11) rnds, or until piece reaches base of little finger.

Schematic

Set aside little finger

LEFT GLOVE: K6 (7, 8), place these sts on hold for little finger, k39 (45, 51), place next 7 (8, 9) sts on hold for little finger. RIGHT GLOVE: K7 (8, 9), place these sts on hold for little finger, k39 (45, 51), place next 6 (7, 8) sts on hold for little finger. BOTH GLOVES: Cast on 3 sts and join to work in the rnd. 42 (48, 54) sts Knit 2 (3, 4) rnds.

Chart

Ring Finger

Next Rnd: K9 (10, 11), place next 27 (31, 35) sts on hold, cast on 3 sts, k to end. 18 (20, 22) sts Work even until Ring Finger measures 5 (6, 7) cm or 1cm less than desired length.

Shape finger tip

Rnd 1: Knit, decreasing 0 (2, 1) sts evenly around. 18 (18, 21) sts Rnd 2: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. 12 (12, 14) sts Rnd 3: Knit. Rnd 4: *K2tog; rep from * to end. 6 (6, 7) sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.

Middle Finger Pu and k3 sts from base of Ring Finger, k6 (7, 8) from next sts on hold, cast on 3 sts, k6 (7, 8) from last sts on hold.

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Jessie’s tip “If gaps appear at the stress points near to where the extra stitches are picked up, you can tighten these up as you weave in the ends”

Join to work in the rnd. 18 (20, 22) sts Work even until Middle Finger measures 6 (7, 8) cm or 1cm less than desired length. Shape Finger Tip as for Ring Finger.

Little Finger

Thumb

Transfer held sts to needles, pu 3 sts from base of Ring Finger, join in the rnd. 16 (18, 20) sts Work even until Little Finger measures 4 (5, 6) cm or 1cm less than desired length.

Index Finger

Shape finger tip

Carefully unpick waste yarn, placing held 9 (10, 11) bottom sts on one needle, and upper 8 (9, 10) sts on another. As you work the foll rnd, arrange sts on DPNs as comfort dictates. Beg at upper side edge, with CC3, pu and k3 sts, knit bottom held sts, pu and k3 sts, knit upper held sts. 23 (25, 27) sts Join to work in the rnd. Next Rnd: Knit. Break CC3 and join MC. Continue in MC only. Next Rnd: Knit. Next Rnd: Knit, decreasing 4 sts evenly around. 19 (21, 23) sts

Pu and k3 sts from base of Middle Finger, k15 (17, 19) from sts on hold. Join to work in the rnd. 18 (20, 22) sts Work even until Index Finger measures 5 (6, 7) cm or 1cm less than desired length. Shape Finger Tip as for Ring Finger.

Rnd 1: Knit, decreasing 1 (0, 2) sts evenly around. 15 (18, 18) sts Rnd 2: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. 10 (12, 12) sts Rnd 3: Knit. Rnd 4: *K2tog; rep from * to end. 5 (6, 6) sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.

Work even until Thumb measures 5 (6, 7) cm or 1cm less than desired length.

Shape thumb tip

Rnd 1: Knit, decreasing 1 (0, 2) sts evenly around. 18 (21, 21) sts Rnd 2: *K1, k2tog; rep from * to end. 12 (14, 14) sts Rnd 3: Knit. Rnd 4: *K2tog; rep from * to end. 6 (7, 7) sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.

Finishing Weave in ends and block to measurements in schematic.

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The Look

Add an extra dimension to your knits with this embroidered jumper £49 uk.monsoon.co.uk

Cosy up in this chic and chunky cardigan £59 www.laredoute.co.uk

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Knits from the North

Bag yourself a bargain with this bold neon number £19.99 www.bonprix.co.uk

Designs inspired by Northern knitting traditions are ever-popular on the high street – here’s our picks of the year’s top winter woollies

Top off your look with a classic pompom beanie £14 www.riverisland.com

Add a splash of colour with this bright & beautiful gloves £34 www.echodesign.com

Keep it co-ordinated with this matching hat & mitts set £30 (hat) £24 (mitts) www.peopletree.co.uk

Editor’s pick Go mad for monochrome in this cosy scarf £18 www.lipsy.co.uk

If you want to truly immerse yourself in some wonderful Shetland inspiration, treat yourself to a copy of Shetland Textiles: 800BC to the Present by Sarah Laurenson, £35

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36 sts

300g 4-ply

34 rows

10cm

10cm

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one size

Designed by Murray Stewart

Yarn used Rennie Handknits Unique Shetland 4-ply 2 balls each in Winter White 200 (A) & Storm 288 (B) 1 ball each in Lunar 287 (C) & Solero 2084 (D)

Shining Light Set Inspired by the lighthouses which guide the fishing boats in the North Sea, this pattern is a stunning example of modern Fair Isle design Finishing Weave in ends and block to measurements shown in schematic. Using pompom maker or 10cm template, make pompom with all four yarn shades and sew to crown.

About the yarn 4ply; 215m per 50g ball; 100% pure new wool

Tension 36 sts x 34 rows = 10cm measured over colourwork

MITTS

With B and smaller DPNs, cable cast on 48 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Work 15 rnds of 2x2 rib. Rnd 16: *K2, m1, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. 63 sts Change to larger DPNs. Rnds 17 & 18: Knit. Work 37 rnds of Shining Light chart, working thumb on Row 20 of chart as follows:

Needles used 2.5mm circular, 40cm 2.5mm DPNs, 15cm 3mm circular, 60cm 3mm circular, 100cm 3mm DPNs, 15cm

Other supplies stitch marker waste yarn tapestry needle pompom maker/template

Sizing one size to fit average adult

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Murray says “This set is inspired by the many lighthouses found throughout the north of Scotland, and incorporates traditional Fair Isle motifs”

All pieces are knitted in the round. The hat can be knitted on circular needles, but should be transferred to DPNs to knit the crown.

Start knitting… HAT

With B and smaller circular needles, cable cast on 136 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Work 12 rnds of 2x2 rib. Rnd 13 (inc): *K3, m1, k1; rep from * to last 8 sts, k8. 168 sts Change to larger, shorter circular needles. Rnds 14 & 15: With B, knit. Work 37 rnds of Shining Light chart.

Shape crown Change to DPNs when necessary. Next Rnd: With A, knit. Next Rnd: With A, *k5, k2tog; rep from * to end. 144 sts Next Rnd: *K1 A, k1 B, k2 A; rep from * to end.

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Next Rnd: With A, *k4, k2tog; rep from * to end. 120 sts Next Rnd: With A, knit. Next Rnd: *K2 A, k1 B, k1 A; rep from * to end. Next 2 rnds: With A, knit. Next Rnd: *K1 B, k2 A, k1 B, k2 A, k1 B, k1 A, k2tog A; rep from * to end. 108 sts Next Rnd: With A, knit. Next Rnd: With A, *k7, k2tog; rep from * to end. 96 sts Next Rnd: *K1 A, k1 B, k2 A, k1 B, k2tog A, k1 A; rep from * to end. 84 sts Break B and cont with A only. Next Rnd: [K5, k2tog] around. 72 sts Next Rnd: [K4, k2tog] around. 60 sts Next Rnd: [K3, k2tog] around. 48 sts Next Rnd: [K2, k2tog] around. 36 sts Next Rnd: [K1, k2tog] around. 24 sts Next Rnd: [K2tog] around. 12 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.

Right Mitt: K48, with waste yarn k9, sl these 9 sts back onto LH needle, cont with patt as set. Left Mitt: K8, with waste yarn k9, sl these 9 sts back onto LH needle, cont with patt as set. Next Rnd: With A, knit. Next Rnd: *K2, k2tog; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. 48 sts

Special instructions All pieces should be blocked in the following way after the ends have been woven in. Place piece in a basin of lukewarm water. Do not agitate or add any detergent. Remove when the water cools and pat dry with towel. Do not wring

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The Collection

Murray’s tip

“When setting up the thumbhole of the gloves, it helps to use a contrasting colour of waste yarn. This will make finding the stitches to unpick later much easier”

Where to buy

Rennie Handknits Unique Shetland 4-ply, £5.25 www.knitrennie.com

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Change to smaller DPNs. Break A and join B. Work 5 rnds of 2x2 rib. Cast off.

Thumb Unpick waste yarn, arranging 9 sts from below and 9 sts from above onto three smaller DPNs. Rnd 1: With B, k9, pu and k1 from gap at edge of thumbhole, k9, pu and k1 from gap at edge of thumbhole. 20 sts Rnds 2-12: Knit. Cast off.

Finishing Weave in ends and block to measurements shown in schematic.

COWL

With B and larger, longer circular needles, cable cast on 260 sts.

Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Rnd 1: [K1, p1] to end. Rnd 2: [P1, k1] to end. Rnd 3: *K19, m1, k1; rep from * to end. 273 sts Rnd 4: With A, knit. Work 37 rnds of Shining Light chart. Break B, C and D. Cont with A only. Rnd 43: Knit. Rnd 44: [K19, k2tog] to end. 260 sts Rnd 45: [K1, p1] to end. Rnd 46: [P1, k1] to end. Cast off.

Finishing Weave in ends and block to measurements shown in schematic.

Shining Light

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12 sts

150200g DK

16 rows

10cm

10cm

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Designed by Lana Jois

Yarn used Yarn Stories Fine Merino & Baby Alpaca DK 3 (3, 4) balls in Cobalt 2503

About the yarn DK; 120m per 50g ball; 70% wool, 30% alpaca

Tension 12 sts x 16 rows = 10cm measured over patt

Needles used 5mm circular, 60cm

Other supplies stitch marker

Sizing S (M, L) Sample shown in size M on Lyndsey who is a UK size 14/16

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Old Shale Capelet Use a simple traditional lace stitch popular in Shetland to create a pretty cover-up which is perfect for parties This capelet is knitted from the bottom up in the round, in a wavy lace pattern that can be worked from charts or written instructions.

Start knitting… Cast on 144 (160, 176) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Rnds 1-2: Purl. Work rnds 1-10 of Pattern A from chart or written instructions as follows 3 times. Work rnds 1-30 of Pattern B from chart or written instructions once. 72 (80, 88) sts Pattern A Rnd 1: *[K1, yo] 4 times, k3, cdd, k3, [yo, k1] 3 times, yo; rep from * to end. 198 (220, 242) sts Rnd 2: *K10, cdd, k9; rep from

* to end. 180 (200, 220) sts Rnd 3: *K9, cdd, k8; rep from * to end. 162 (180, 198) sts Rnd 4: *K8, cdd, k7; rep from * to end. 144 (160, 176) sts Rnds 5-8: As rnds 1-4. Rnds 9-10: Purl. Pattern B Rnd 1: *[K1, yo] 3 times, k4, cdd, k4, [yo, k1] twice, yo; rep from * to end. 180 (200, 220) sts Rnd 2: *K9, cdd, k8; rep from * to end. 162 (180, 198) sts Rnd 3: *K8, cdd, k7; rep from * to end. 144 (160, 176) sts Rnd 4: *K7, cdd, k6; rep from * to end. 126 (140, 154) sts Rnd 5: *[K1, yo] 3 times, k3, cdd, k3, [yo, k1] twice, yo; rep from * to end. 162 (180, 198) sts Rnd 6: As Rnd 3. Rnd 7: As Rnd 4. Rnds 8-9: Purl. Rnd 10: As Rnd 5.

Chart A

Rnd 11: As Rnd 3. Rnd 12: As Rnd 4. Rnds 13-15: As rnds 10-12. Rnds 16-17: Purl. Rnd 18: *[K1, yo] twice, k4, cdd, k4, yo, k1, yo; rep from * to end. 144 (160, 176) sts Rnd 19: As Rnd 4. Rnd 20: *K6, cdd, k5; rep from * to end. 108 (120, 132) sts Rnd 21: *[K1, yo] twice, k3, cdd, k3, yo, k1, yo; rep from * to end. 126 (140, 154) sts Rnd 22: As Rnd 20. Rnds 23-24: Purl. Rnd 25: As Rnd 21. Rnd 26: As Rnd 20. Rnd 27: *K5, cdd, k4; rep from * to end. 90 (100, 110) sts Rnd 28: *K4, cdd, k3; rep from * to end. 72 (80, 88) sts Rnds 29-30: Purl.

Finishing Cast off. Weave in ends and block to dimensions given in schematic.

Chart B

LANA SAYS

“Capes are perfect for a windy day. The wavy lace appears to fall in cascades around your shoulders in this easy pattern for a seamless cape”

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The Collection

Where to buy

Yarn Stories Fine Merino & Baby Alpaca DK, £5.25 www.yarnstories.com

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18 sts

600900g Aran

24 rows

10cm

10cm

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Designed by Rosee Woodland

Yarn used West Yorkshire Spinners Bluefaced Leicester Aran 12 (13, 14, 15, 15, 17, 18) balls in Honey 708g

Freeman Gansey Inspired by jumpers worn by English and Scottish fishermen, this updated gansey is stylish and cosy

About the yarn

NOTE: In sizes M, 2X and 3X in the body pattern and sizes L to 3X in the sleeves, the wave section is worked in the round across a multiple of 4 + 2 sts. In these sizes work the following exceptions: Rnds/rows 9/13/17/21: *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Rnds/rows 1/15/19/23: *P2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2.

Aran; 83m per 50g ball; 100% British Bluefaced Leicester wool

Tension 18 sts x 24 rows/rnds = 10cm over St st 18 sts x 33 rows/rnds = 10cm over Freeman pattern

Needles used 4.5mm, circular, 80cm 4.5 mm DPNs 5mm, circular, 80cm 5mm DPNs

Other supplies stitch markers tapestry needle stitch holders or spare yarn extra 5mm needle for threeneedle cast-off at shoulders matching polyester thread and sewing needle

Sizing XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) Designed to fit with generous ease (10-15cm) Shown in size L on Lyndsey who is a UK size 14/16

Abbreviations

pfb: Purl into the front, and back of the stitch. 1 st inc’d ssp: Slip one stitch as if to knit. Slip a second stitch purlwise (this is neater). Return both stitches to LH needle and purl them together through the back loops.1 st dec’d See page 96 for all other abbreviations

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This classic gansey sweater is inspired by the traditional designs for fisherman’s outerwear. The shorter sleeves in the larger sizes allow for the greater amount of ‘shoulder drop’ in these sizes - as the front and back shoulders get wider, the amount of yoke fabric dropping over the edge of the shoulder increases quite significantly. When checking your tension, please note that the pattern tension is averaged out over the whole Freeman pattern. The sleeves are designed to be 51cm long from the top of the shoulder, taking into account the shoulder drop. However, if you have wide or narrow shoulders you may benefit from adjusting the sleeve length. To check this, measure from your side neck to where you would

like your cuff to fall and compare this to the length given for your size on the schematic. Work your sleeves slightly longer or shorter before the purl row for the hem accordingly. For longer sleeves work the difference straight before beginning your sleeve decreases but work the gusset decreases first as instructed in the pattern. For shorter sleeves reduce the number of rnds between decreases. Working longer sleeves will require extra yarn.

Start knitting… BODY (worked in the round to armholes)

beg of rnd. Rnd 1: Knit 76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130), pm, p2, pm, k76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130), pm, p2, sm. You will now have a marker for each side ‘seam’, and a marker showing the main front and back sections. Slip markers throughout. The pattern will tell you when to start making your increases for the underarm gussets. Rep Rnd 1 until piece measures 2.5cm. Next Rnd: Purl. Change to larger circular needles.

With smaller circular needles, cast on 156 (172, 192, 212, 228, 248, 264) sts.

Next Rnd: Knit 76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130), sm, p2, sm, k76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130), sm, p2, sm.

Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark

SIZES XS & S: Now work straight in St st until

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The Collection ROSEE SAYS

“Gansey patterns can seem complicated when you read them, but they are very intuitive to make. If you find their history interesting (as I do!), read Beth Brown-Reinsel’s classic book Knitting Ganseys (White River Press, 2010)” piece measures 29 (30, -. -. -. -. -) cm from cast-on edge. Begin Freeman pattern, working from chart or written instructions and AT THE SAME TIME when piece measures 32 (31 -. -. -. -. -) cm from cast-on edge, beg gusset shaping as given below for your size. SIZE M: Now work straight in St st until piece measures - (-, 31, -, -, -, -) cm from cast-on edge. Begin Freeman pattern working from chart or written instructions and AT THE SAME TIME, beg gusset shaping as given below for your size. SIZES L, 1X, 2X & 3X: Now work straight in St st until piece measures - (-, -, 30, 29, 27, 27) cm from cast-on edge. Begin gusset shaping as given below for your size and AT THE SAME TIME, when piece measures - (-, -, 32, 32, 33, 34) cm from caston edge begin Freeman pattern, working from chart or written instructions. ALL SIZES:

Gusset shaping Inc 4 sts per rnd at gussets (2 per gusset) as instructed below on the following 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1) rnds, 0 (3, 2, 3, 2, 4, 4) alt rnds and 5 (3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3) 3rd rnds. 176 (196, 216, 240, 256, 280, 296) sts, 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18) sts per gusset between seam markers, 76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130) per front/back First gusset inc rnd: *Work to seam marker, sm, pfb, kfb, sm; rep from * once more (to end of rnd). 4 sts inc’d

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Second gusset inc rnd: *Work to first seam marker, sm, pfb, k1, kfb, p1, sm; rep from * once more (to end of rnd). 4 sts inc’d All following gusset inc rnds: *Work to first seam marker, sm, pfb, k to last 2 sts before marker, kfb, p1, sm; rep from * once more (to end of rnd). 4 sts inc’d On plain gusset rnds work sts as set, always working the outline single ‘seam’ st in rev St st and inner ‘gusset’ sts in St st. When all gusset shaping is complete, place gusset stitches on spare yarn or stitch holders. You will now work flat, completing the front and back pieces separately.

BACK Work straight on 76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130) back sts, cont in Freeman pattern until back measures 57 (58, 59, 60, 60, 61, 62) cm, ending with a RS row. Freeman section should measure 30.5cm and you should have completed the entire Freeman pattern, minus 1 row.

Chart over multiple of 4 +2

Next Row (WS): Knit 24 (26, 30, 33, 36, 40, 42) sts, cast off centre 28 (32, 34, 38, 40, 42, 46) sts, knit to end. Place remaining sts for each shoulder on separate holders to work later.

FRONT Work straight on 76 (84, 94, 104, 112, 122, 130) front sts, cont in Freeman pattern until front meas 11 (13, 13, 15, 17, 17, 19) rows fewer than back to top of shoulder, ending after a WS row. Next Row (RS): Work 28 (31, 36, 38, 41, 45, 48) sts in Freeman pattern, cast off centre 20 (22, 22, 28, 30, 32, 34) sts, work to end of row. Turn and cont on this side only, shaping the right neck edge first. Read to **** before continuing.

Shape right neck When working decs at right neck edge, work them in Freeman pattern as follows: Dec Row (RS): Work 1 st in patt, ssk or p2tog (choosing your dec to keep pattern correct), patt to end.

Chart over multiple of 4

Chart flat over multiple of 4 +2

Dec Row (WS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, k2tog or ssp (keeping pattern correct), patt 1 st.

Shape left neck When working decs at left neck edge, work them in Freeman pattern as follows: Dec Row (RS): Work in patt to last 3 sts, k2tog or ssp (keeping pattern correct), patt 1 st. Dec Row (WS): Work 1 st in patt, ssk or p2tog (keeping pattern correct), work in patt to end. *Dec 1 st at right neck edge as instructed above on next 2 (2, 4, 2, 2, 2, 2) rows, foll 2 (3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3) alt rows and foll 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1) rows. 24 (26, 30, 33, 36, 40, 42) sts Work straight in Freeman pattern for a further 4 (4, 4, 4, 6, 6, 6) rows, place rem stitches on a holder and break yarn, leaving a long tail.** Rejoin yarn to left side with WS facing and rep from * to ** for left neck edge. ****

Neck Edging With RS facing and smaller needles, pu and k64 (72, 74, 88, 94, 98, 108) sts around neck edge and cont working in the rnd. Next Rnd: Purl. Next Rnd: Knit. Rep last two rnds three times more. Cast off p-wise with RS facing and weave in ends.

SLEEVES (MAKE 2) Over the next section there is one rep of the Freeman pattern on sleeves before you change to St st – work rnds 1-24, then 1-7 again Using larger DPNs, and with RS facing, slip 12 (14, 14, 16, 16, 18, 18) gusset stitches onto needle, pm, pu and k72 (76, 80, 82, 90, 94, 98) sts around armhole, pm and cont to work

RS: knit Key WS: purl RS: knit WS: purl

RS: knit WS: purl

RS: knit WS: purl

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Using a spare larger needle, and with RS facing together work a three needle cast-off across each shoulder.

RS: knit WS: purl

Chart flat over multiple of 4

RS: knit WS: purl

RS: knit RS: knit WS: purl WS: purl

RS: knit WS: purl

RS: knit WS: purl

RS: knit RS: knit WS: purl WS: purl

RS: knit WS: purl

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Repeat

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Join shoulders

RS: knit WS: purl Repeat

Schematic

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The Collection in the rnd. 84 (90, 94, 98, 106, 112, 116) sts Rnd 1: Work to first marker in Freeman pattern, sm, p1, k to 1 st before marker, p1, sm. You will now work decreases across the gusset and AT THE SAME TIME work Freeman pattern for the first 31 rnds of the sleeves as follows:

Gusset decreases

All but the final dec rnd: Work Freeman patt to marker, sm, p1, k2tog, k to 3 sts before second marker, ssk, p1, sm. 2 sts dec’d Final dec rnd: Work in patt to marker, sm, [p2tog] twice, sm. 2 purl sts remain for seam. On plain gusset rnds work sts as set. Work gusset decreases as given above on foll 5 (3, 4, 3, 4, 3, 3) 3rd rnds, foll 0 (3, 2, 3, 2, 4, 4) alt rnds and foll 0 (0, 0, 1, 1, 1, 1) rnds. 74 (78, 82, 84, 92, 96, 100) sts When you have worked 15 (15, 16, 16, 17, 18, 18) rnds you should have completed all gusset decreases. Continue straight in Freeman pattern for another 3 (3, 2, 2, 1, 0, 0) rnds.

Shape sleeves Work final 13 rnds of Freeman pattern and AT THE SAME TIME shape sleeves as given below. When you have finished working in Freeman pattern cont in St st with a 2 st purl seam and continue shape sleeves as given below. Sleeve Decrease Rnd: Ssk, or p2tog (keeping pattern correct), patt to 2 sts before seam marker, k2tog or ssp (keeping pattern correct), sm, p2, sm. 2 sts dec’d Dec 2 sts as given above on foll 6 (6, 6, 6, 6, 2, 0) 8th rnds, 6 (3, 2, 0, 0, 4, 4) 6th rnds, 2 (5, 3, 5, 0, 0, 3) 4th rnds and 0 (2, 7, 7, 16, 18, 19) alt rnds. 46 (46, 46, 48, 48, 48, 48) sts Sleeve should measure approximately 46 (45, 43, 42, 41, 39, 38) cm long. Total sleeve length from top of shoulder when worn should be

approximately 51cm for all sizes. Purl 1 rnd. Change to smaller DPNs. Work sleeve straight in St st for 2cm. Cast off and weave in ends. Making up: Fold over sleeve and lower edge ‘hems’ to the wrong side and slip stitch in place using matching polyester sewing thread. Polyester thread is recommended for sewing up as, like wool, it is stretchy. Cotton sewing thread is more prone to breaking.

STITCH PATTERNS

Freeman Stitch Pattern: Across the body, work rnds/ rows 1-24 a total of 3 times, followed by rnds 1-7 again. Across the sleeves, you work rnds 1-24 once, followed by rnds 1-7 again. IN THE ROUND Rnd 1: Purl Rnds 2 & 3: Knit Rnd 4: Purl Rnd 5 & 6: Knit Rnd 7: Purl Rnd 8: Knit. Rnd 9: K2, p2 to end. Rnd 10: Knit. Rnd 11: P2, k2 to end. Repeat rnds 8 to 11 a further 3 times. Rnd 24: Knit. WORKED FLAT Row 1 (RS): Purl. Row 2 (WS): Purl. Row 3: Knit. Row 4: Knit. Row 5: Knit. Row 6: Purl. Row 7: Purl. Row 8: Purl. Row 9: K2, p2 to end. Row 10: Purl. Row 11: P2, k2 to end. Repeat rows 8 to 11 a further 3 times Row 24: Purl

Where to buy

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The Northern Lights Designer Karie Westermann delves further into the stories behind this issue’s collection, which explores the shared knitting heritage of the North Sea nations In many ways, this collection retells old stories in new ways. We know that knitting is something special. When we make things, it makes us feel good as well as warm. Knitting has a way of connecting us with others: nowadays we can make friends with knitters across the world and we enjoy armchair travelling through our knitting as we try out different techniques and yarn.

North Sea Yarns Midwinter Yarns, www. midwinteryarns. com Stocking a range of yarn from Scandinavia, Midwinter Yarns is a haven for lovers of woolly wool. If you visited Yarndale, you might have spotted its Scattered Showers blanket shawl kit. For £65, the kit includes the pattern to knit this shawl as well as seven hanks of Ullcentrum sport-weight yarn, a rustic 100% Swedish wool yarn.

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Knit Now asked a handful of designers to reinterpret knitting styles and motifs found across the North Atlantic region. It is a geographical area that captures our knitting imagination so easily. Imagine our knitting lives without patterned yoked jumpers from Iceland or inspiring colourwork from Shetland or knit/purl textures on fishermen’s ganseys. I like to think of all these knitting techniques and traditions as a response to lives lived by the sea underneath dark skies and long nights. Lives where nature plays a big part. From the cold east coast of Canada via the windswept rocks of the Faroe Islands to life in northernmost Norway, knitting is a way of life. Also known as aurora borealis, the Northern Lights run along these coasts. They skirt Siberia, Scandinavia, and Iceland; they dance along the Shetland islands and the southern tip of Greenland; and light up the northern reaches of Canada and Alaska. Humans have made up stories about the weather phenomenon since prehistoric times – I particularly love how the Northern Lights

Island Wool, www.islandwool. co.uk The Island Wool Company provides the purest wool yarn from producers it knows. Knitting in the Faroe Islands goes back centuries, reflected in the Sirri yarn. A 100% pure organic wool with a rich texture and comforting feel and smell, Sirri comes in five natural colours, coloured yarn based on plant dyes and multicoloured Art yarn.

Jamieson’s of Shetland, www.jamiesons ofshetland.co.uk Five generations of Jamieson’s have specialised in wool from Shetland sheep, spinning pure Shetland wool. 2-ply Spindrift has over 220 colours developed over 25 years. The Hibiscus Cardigan uses Spindrift with pinks and subtle greens marrying the images of the Northern Lights with Fair Isle.

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Levwick, Shetland

are known as mirrie dancers in Shetland! The actual science is far more prosaic: electrically charged particles are expelled by the Sun and carried by solar winds to Earth, where they collide with Earth’s magnetic fields and produce stunning, dancing curtainlike coloured light. This is why you will only see the aurora borealis near the magnetic North pole and its sister aurora australis near the magnetic South pole. The Northern Lights may be spread out across a vast geographical area, but it would be wrong to assume the landscape beneath the dancing lights is remote and isolated. The rocky islands and craggy coasts look far apart when we look at a map with roads, cities and borders. Our modernday eyes are trained by hours spent in cars or trains; days walking paved roads and welllit streets. We only see emptiness when we should be thinking of how the sea connects everything. Prior to the 19th century, water was the fastest way to travel. The English travel writer Robert Macfarlane notes in his 2013 book, The Old Ways: a Journey on Foot, that “[we] think of paths as existing only on land, but the sea has its paths too, though water refuses to take and hold marks.”

Alafoss, www.alafoss.is There’s a great selection of the traditional Icelandic wool lopapeysa at Alafoss, bringing quality knitwear and yarn to Iceland since 1896. Afmæli is a unisex Icelandic wool sweater, knited in Lettlopi 100% wool. This Aran-weight yarn creates warm, lightweight winter garments that remain warm even when wet, perfect for the North Sea.

Maybe we should see knitting as markmaking on these sea-lanes. Motifs and knitting styles travelled by sea as much as languages and stories ever did. Sea-faring nations tend to have a strong knitting tradition. Knitting knots its own way across nations and bodies of water. The much-loved Shetland XO motif recently appeared on the famous Faroese jumper in the Nordic noir, The Killing.. Knitting designer Liz Lovick from Orkney has long been documenting recurrent use of lace motifs in such geographically distinct places as Iceland and Estonia (connected to the region via the Baltic Sea). Tree and anchor motifs are interpreted in texture, lace, and colourwork depending upon which regional knitting style you examine. From a gorgeous lace caplet using the iconic Old Shale stitch from Shetland to a warm yoked jumper worked in Icelandic yarn; from a modern interpretation of the traditional gansey to colourwork projects inspired by landscapes, this collection reflect and resemble upon the warp and weft of the sky and sea.

Frangipani, www. guernseywool. co.uk Spun and dyed in Yorkshire mills that have been supplying the best British yarn for generations, Guernsey 5-ply has supplied knitters with beautiful wool for over 20 years. Guernsey wool has long been used to knit traditional ganesys. Because Frangipani specialises in this 5-ply, it has developed 28 colours perfect for colourwork designs.

A cosy Icelandic

jumper

Jamieson & Smith, www.shetland woolbrokers. co.uk Jamieson & Smith aims to enhance the profile of Shetland wool and is staffed by Shetlanders. A standalone company, all profits go back into the local economy. The rich Shetland culture, as well as its soft and warm wool, is brought together in Jamieson & Smith’s first pattern book, Knit Real Shetland.

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My Little Pudding This hat and jumper set embroidered with a Christmas pudding will have your little one ready for the festive season

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26 sts

100200g 4-ply

34 rows

10cm

10cm

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newborn5 years

FRONT

Designed by Woolyknit

Yarn used

Jumper: Woolyknit 4-ply Classics, 2 (2, 3, 3, 4) balls in Rugby Tan (MC) Oddments of Chocolate (CC1), Natural (CC2), Cherry (CC3) & Forest (CC4) Hat: Woolyknit 4-ply Classics, 1 (1, 1, 1, 1) ball in Rugby Tan (MC) Oddments of Chocolate (CC1), Natural (CC2), Cherry (CC3) & Forest (CC4)

About the yarn 4-ply; 180m per 50g ball; 100% Supersoft Merino

Tension 26 sts x 34 rows = 10cm measured over St st on 3.25mm needles

Needles used 2.75mm straight 3.25mm straight

Other supplies stitch holders 1cm button (for jumper) 2 4cm cardboard circles for pompoms or pompom maker

Sizing 0-6 months (6-12 months, 1-2 years, 2-3 years, 4-5 years)

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Where to buy

Woolyknit 4-ply, ÂŁ5.16 www.woolyknit.com

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The jumper and hat are both knitted flat on straight needles and seamed. The Christmas pudding chart is worked using the intarsia method on both the hat and jumper.

Start knitting‌ JUMPER BACK With smaller needles, thumb method and MC, cast on 66 (74, 82, 90, 98) sts. Row 1 (RS): *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end. These 2 rows form 2x2 rib. Work 9 rows more in rib. Row 12: P2 (4, 5, 4, 6), p2tog, [p8 (6, 5, 6, 5), p2tog] 6 (8, 10, 10, 12) times, p2 (4, 5, 4, 6). 59 (65, 71, 79, 85) sts ** Change to larger needles and starting with a K row, work 38 (48, 58, 68, 78) rows in St st.

Shape armholes Work 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) rows, dec 1 st at each end of every row. 51 (57, 61, 69, 73) sts Cont without shaping until armholes measure 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) cm, ending after a WS row.

Shape shoulders Cast off 7 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 37 (41, 45, 49, 53) sts Cast off 8 (9, 9, 11, 11) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 21 (23, 27, 27, 31) sts Leave rem 21 (23, 27, 27, 31) sts on a stitch holder.

Work as given for Back to **. Change to larger needles and starting with a K row, work 10 (18, 24, 28, 36) rows in St st. Next Row (RS): K18 (21, 24, 28, 31) MC, work Row 1 of chart, k18 (21, 24, 28, 31) MC. Next Row: P18 (21, 24, 28, 31) MC, work Row 2 of chart, p18 (21, 24, 28, 31) MC. Maintaining St st and 23 sts of chart, work in this way from Rows 3-28 (30, 34, 36, 36) of chart has been completed. SIZES 2-3Y & 4-5Y ONLY: With MC only, work - (-, -, 4, 6) more rows in St st.

Shape armholes

SIZES 0-6M, 6-12M, & 1-2Y ONLY: Next Row: K2tog, k16 (19, 22, -, -) MC, work Row 29 (31, 35, -, -) of chart, k16 (19, 22) MC, k2tog. 57 (63, 69, -, -) sts Next Row: P2tog, p15 (18, 21, -, -) MC, work Row 30 (32, 36, -, -) of chart, p15 (18, 21, -, -) MC, p2tog. 55 (61, 67, -, -) sts SIZES 0-6M & 6-12M ONLY: Next Row: K2tog, k14 (17, -, -, -) in MC, work Row 31 (33, -, -, -) of chart, k14 (17, -, -, -) MC, k2tog. 53 (59, -, -, -) sts Next Row: P2tog, p13 (16, -, -, -) MC, work Row 32 (34, -, -, -) of chart, p13 (16, -, -, -) MC , p2tog. 51 (57, -, -, -) sts Next Row: K14 (17, -, -, -) MC, work Row 33 (35, -, -, -) of chart, k14 (17, -, -, -) MC. Next Row: P14 (17, -, -, -) MC, work Row 34 (36, -, -,-) of chart, p14 (17, -, -, -) MC. SIZE 0-6M ONLY: Next Row: K14 (-, -, -, -) MC, work Row 35 of chart, k14 (-, -, -, -) MC. Next Row: P14 (-, -, -, -) MC, work Row 36 of chart, p14 (-, -, -, -) MC. SIZES 1-2Y, 2-3Y & 4-5Y ONLY: Work - ( -, 3, 5, 6) rows in St st, dec 1 st at each end of every row. - ( -, 61, 69, 73) sts ALL SIZES: With MC only, work 10 (16, 19, 19, 22) rows in St st.

Shape neck

Next Row: K21 (23, 24, 29, 30), turn, leave rem 30 (34, 37, 40, 43) sts on a stitch holder. Working on these 21 (23, 24, 29, 30) sts only proceed as follows: Next Row: Purl. Work 2 (2, 4, 4, 6) rows, dec 1 st at neck edge on every row. 19 (21, 20, 25, 24) sts Work 7 (7, 5, 7, 5) rows, dec 1 st at neck edge on next and every foll alt row. 15 (17, 17, 21, 21) sts Cont without shaping until armhole measures 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) cm, ending after a WS row.

Shape shoulder

Next Row: Cast off 7 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts, knit to end. 8 (9, 9, 11, 11) sts Next Row: Purl. Cast off rem 8 (9, 9, 11, 11) sts. With RS facing, working on rem 30 (34, 37, 40, 43) sts, slip first 9 (11, 13, 11, 13) sts onto a stitch holder, rejoin yarn to rem 21 (23, 24, 29, 30) sts and knit to end. Next Row: Purl. Work 2 (2, 4, 4, 6) rows, dec 1 st at neck edge in every row. 19 (21, 20, 25, 24) sts Work 7 (7, 5, 7, 5) rows, dec 1 st at neck edge in next and every foll alt row. 15 (17, 17, 21, 21) sts Cont without shaping until armhole measures 10 (11, 12, 13, 14) cm, ending after a RS row.

Shape shoulder

Next Row: Cast off 7 (8, 8, 10, 10) sts, purl to end. 8 (9, 9, 11, 11) sts Next Row: Knit. Cast off rem 8 (9, 9, 11, 11) sts.

Sleeves (both alike) With smaller needles, thumb method and MC, cast on 42 (42, 46, 46, 50) sts. Work 11 rows in 2x2 rib. Row 12 (WS): P2 (2, 4, 4, 2), p2tog, [p7 (7, 4, 4, 9) p2tog] 4 (4, 6, 6, 4) times, p2 (2, 4, 4, 2). 37 (37, 39, 39, 45) sts Change to larger needles and working in St st (throughout) inc 1 st at each end of 7th and every foll 6th (4th, 4th, 6th, 8th) row until there are 45 (51, 49, 51, 57) sts. Inc 1 st at each end of every foll 8th (6th, 6th, 8th, 10th) row until there are 47 (53, 57, 57, 63) sts.

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Baby Set Cont without shaping until sleeve measures 15 (17, 20, 24, 29) cm, or length required, ending after a WS row.

Shape sleeve top Work 4 (4, 5, 5, 6) rows, dec 1 st at each end of every row. 39 (45, 47, 47, 51) sts Work 0 (0, 1, 1, 0) rows more without shaping. Cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 2) sts at beg of next 8 (4, 2, 10, 2) rows. 15 (33, 41, 17, 47) sts Cast off 4 (4, 4, 4, 3) sts at beg of next 2 (6, 8, 2, 12) rows. 7 (9, 9, 9, 11) sts Cast off rem 7 (9, 9, 9, 11) sts.

These 2 rows will now be referred to as 2x2 rib. Work 7 rows more in 2x2 rib. Row 10 (WS): P8 (6, 7, 4, 6), p2tog, [p5 (4, 5, 6, 5), p2tog] 12 (16, 14, 14, 16) times, p8 (6, 7, 4, 6). 89 (93, 99, 107, 109) sts Change to larger needles and starting with a K row, work 2 (4, 6, 6, 8) rows in St st.

Next Row (RS): K33 (35, 38, 42, 43) MC, work Row 1 of chart, k33 (35, 38, 42, 43) MC. Row 2: P33 (35, 38, 42, 43) MC, work Row 2 of chart, p33 (35, 38, 42, 43) MC. Maintaining St st and 23 sts of chart, work in this way until Row 36 of chart has been completed. With MC only, work 2 (4, 6, 6, 8) more rows in St st.

Schematic 15 (17, 20, 24, 29) cm

Cast off. Making up: Join back seam. Placing back seam to centre, sew crown seam. Make two pompoms and attach to top corners of hat. Cover with a damp cloth and leave until dry. See ball band for washing and further care instructions.

Backwards-loop cast on

Making up: Join left shoulder seam. Fold sleeves in half lengthways then placing folds to shoulder seams, sew sleeves in position. Join side and sleeve seams. Sew on button. Pin out garment to the measurements given. Cover with damp cloths and leave until dry. See ball band for washing and further care instructions.

HAT

With smaller needles, thumb method and MC, cast on 102 (110, 114, 122, 126) sts. Row 1 (RS): * K2, p2, rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 2: P2, * k2, p2, rep from * to end.

45 (50, 55, 61, 65) cm

13 (14, 15, 15, 16) cm

Join right shoulder seam. With smaller needles and MC, cast on 8 sts, with RS facing pu and k17 (18, 19, 22, 22) sts evenly along left side of neck, work across 9 (11, 13, 11, 13) sts left on a stitch holder at front of neck as follows: k3 (1, 2, 1, 3), m1, [k2 (3, 3, 3, 2), m1] 2 (3, 3, 3, 4) times, k2 (1, 2, 1, 2), pu and k17 (18, 19, 22, 22) sts evenly along right side of neck and work across 21 (23, 27, 27, 31) sts left on a stitch holder at back of neck as follows: k2 (1, 3, 3, 4), m1, [k3, m1] 6 (7, 7, 7, 8) times, k1 (1, 3, 3, 3). 82 (90, 98, 102, 110) sts Starting with 2nd row of 2x2 rib work 3 rows. Next Row: Work 3 sts in rib, cast off 2 sts, work in rib to end. Next Row: Work in rib to last 3 sts, cast on 2 sts, work 3 sts in rib. Work 2 rows more in rib. Cast off in rib.

24 (28, 32, 36, 40) cm

Neckband

34 (36, 38, 41, 42) cm

Step 1: Make a slipknot and place it on the needle. Holding the needle in the RH and the working yarn (the end attached to the ball) in LH, take the left thumb behind, under the yarn and forward, looping the yarn over the left thumb.

Little Pudding Chart

Step 2: Where the yarn loops over the thumb, insert the RH needle from front to back under the front of the loop and over the top of the back of the loop.

Step 3: Carefully remove your thumb from the loop and gently draw the loop tight. Repeat steps 1-3 until desired number of stitches has been made.

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10cm 10cm

48 rnds 32 sts

100g 4-ply

over patt

S-L

Designed by Rich Ensor

Yarn used KnitPicks Stroll Tweed 2 balls in Firecracker Heather

About the yarn 4-ply; 211m per 50g ball; 65% superwash Merino wool, 25% nylon; 10% Donegal tweed

Tension 32 sts x 48 rnds = 10cm measured over patt

Needles used 2.5mm DPNs

Other supplies cable needle tapestry needle

Sizing S (M, L), designed to fit with 1cm negative ease See schematic for finished measurements

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

RICH SAYS

“The cables on this unisex sock are reminiscent of Hellenistic jewellery which often features gold medallions of varying diameters set on wires”

Hellenistic Socks This month we’re delighted to introduce a very talented new sock designer These socks are knitted from the cuff down and feature a cable pattern reminiscent of Hellenistic jewellery from Ancient Greece. The cable pattern can be worked from charts or written instructions, whichever you prefer.

Start knitting… CUFF Loosely cast on 56 (64, 72) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Cuff Rnd: *Work Pattern A from chart or written instructions, repeating highlighted columns of chart 0 (1, 2) times; rep from * to end. Work Cuff Rnd for a total of 16 rounds.

LEG

Leg Rnd: *Work Pattern B, (if working from chart, rep the highlighted columns 0 (1, 2) times); rep from * to end. Work Leg Rnd until desired length of leg is reached.

Heel Flap The heel flap is knit back and forth on a total of 28 (32, 36) sts. Turn work so that wrong side is facing. Row 1 (WS): Sl1wyif, p27 (31, 35), turn. Row 2: [Sl1wyib, k1] 14 (16, 18) times, turn. Rep the last 2 rows 13 (15, 17) more times for a total of 28 (32, 36) rows in the heel flap.

Turn heel

Row 1 (WS): Sl1wyif, p16 (18, 20), p2tog, p1, turn. Row 2: Sl1wyib, k7, ssk, k1, turn. Row 3: Sl1wyif, p until 1 stitch before the gap left by last turn, p2tog, p1, turn. Row 4: Sl1wyib, k until 1 stitch

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before the gap left by last turn, ssk, k1, turn. Rep rows 3-4 until all sts have been worked. 18 (20, 22) sts remain on the heel flap once all sts are worked.

Gusset

Gusset Set-Up Rnd: With right side facing, pu and k14 (16, 18) sts along the first side of the heel flap. Work the next 28 (32, 36) sts in pattern as set. Pu and k14 (16, 18) along the second side of the heel flap, k across heel sts and first set of gusset sts. This is the new start of round. 74 (84, 94) sts Gusset Rnd 1: Work the next 28 (32, 36) sts in pattern as set; k1, ssk, k to 3 sts before end of round, k2tog, k1. 2 sts dec’d Gusset Rnd 2: Work the next 28 (32, 36) sts in pattern as set; k until end of round. Rep Gusset rnds 1-2 until 28 (32, 36) sts remain on the bottom of the foot. 56 (64, 72) sts

FOOT Continue working the pattern as set on the instep and knitting the sole sts until the foot length is approximately 3.5 (4, 4.5) cm shorter than desired length.

TOE

Toe Rnd 1: K1, ssk, k until 3 sts before end of instep, k2tog, k2, ssk, k until 3 sts before end of round, k2tog, k1. 4 sts dec’d Toe Rnd 2: K to end. Rep Toe rnds 1-2 until 28 (32, 36) total sts remain. Rep Toe Rnd 1 until 16 (20, 24) total sts remain. Cut the yarn leaving a 25cm tail and graft remaining sts together using Kitchener stitch. Weave in ends.

STITCH PATTERNS Worked over 28 (32, 36) sts. Pattern A Rnd 1: P1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, [p1, k1] twice, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, [k1, p1] twice, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 2: P1, T2L, p1, k1tbl, [p1, k1] twice, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, [k1, p1] twice, k1tbl, p1, T2R, p1. Rnd 3: P1, k1tbl, TP2L, k1tbl, [p1, k1] twice, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, [k1, p1] twice, k1tbl, TP2R, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 4: P1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, [p1, k1] twice, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, [k1, p1] twice, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1. Pattern B Rnd 1: P1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 2: P1, T2L, p1, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, p2, T2L, p2, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p1, T2R, p1. Rnd 3: P1, k1tbl, TP2L, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, p1, T2R, T2L, p1, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, TP2R, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 4: P1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, T2R, k2, T2L, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 5: P1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times,

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Accessory

Rich’s tip “If additional length is desired on the foot after working the final repeat of Chart B, work a few rows of St st before starting the toe”

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p1, T2R, k4, T2L, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 6: P1, T2L, p1, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, k6, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p1, T2R, p1. Rnd 7: P1, k1tbl, TP2L, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, k6, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, TP2R, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 8: P1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, k6, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 9: P1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, T2L, k4, T2R, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 10: P1, T2L, p1, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, TP2L, k2, TP2R, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p1, T2R, p1. Rnd 11: P1, k1tbl, TP2L, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, TP2R, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 12: P1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, p2, T2L, p2, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1.

Rnd 13: P1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, p1, k1tbl, p1, TP2R, TP2L, p1, k1tbl, p1, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p2, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 14: P1, T2L, p1, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, p1, T2R, p1. Rnd 15: P1, k1tbl, TP2L, k1tbl, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, k1tbl, TP2R, k1tbl, p1. Rnd 16: P1, k1tbl, p1, TP2L, p1, k3, [p1, k1tbl] 0 (1, 2) times, [p1, k1tbl] twice, p2, [k1tbl, p1] twice, [k1tbl, p1] 0 (1, 2) times, k3, p1, TP2R, p1, k1tbl, p1.

Schematic

Chart A

Chart B

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Abbreviations TP2L – Twist purl 2 left: Place one stitch from left needle on a cable needle and hold to front of work. Purl the next stitch from the left needle. Knit the stitch on the cable needle through the back loop T2L – Twist 2 left: Place one stitch from left needle on a cable needle and hold to front of work. Knit the next stitch from the left needle through the back loop. Knit the stitch on the cable needle through the back loop

TP2R – Twist purl 2 right: Place one stitch from left needle on a cable needle and hold to back of work. Knit the next stitch from the left needle through the back loop. Purl the stitch on the cable needle T2R – Twist 2 right: Place one stitch from the left needle on a cable needle and hold to back of work. Knit the next stitch from the left needle through the back loop. Knit the stitch on the cable needle through the back loop

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Ella Gordon This issue we caught up with Ella Gordon, the talented knitwear designer whose designs are steeped in the culture and history of Shetland. Ella was also this year’s Shetland Wool Week patron and we were keen to find out more What was the first thing that you ever knitted, and what inspired you to start designing your own garments and accessories? The first thing I ever knitted was a garter stitch flat dog in primary school. I didn’t knit again after school until a few years ago, and I was inspired to start designing after knitting a number of patterns and making modifications. Being the Shetland Wool Week patron this year has also given me a lot of confidence in my designing skills and I’m really enjoying it!

“I’m inspired by Shetland’s history and culture but bring a fresh eye to it”

How did you come to be involved with Shetland Wool Week, and what does being patron of the week entail? I actually got my job at Jamieson & Smith by helping out at the second Shetland Wool Week and began working Saturdays while still at college before going full time after that. Being patron is really being the face of the year’s event, especially now we design a hat pattern each year and my Crofthoose Hat was the third official Wool Week Hat pattern. That was probably the scariest part of being patron. I was quite overwhelmed at the idea of designing a pattern which I knew so many attendees would make to wear to Shetland but I was proud and pleased to see so many of them around!

Fair Isle designs

What did you get up to during the week? I taught a couple of classes on being inspired by vintage knitwear, which is one of my other passions. I also gave a talk about being a knitter in Shetland in 2016, all about our inspiration and culture. I was really nervous for that but was so happy with how it went. These were my main ‘patron’ duties and apart from that I was just working everyday at J&S which was so busy! What was your favourite thing about the week? I think my favourite thing was meeting and making friends with all the people who came to Wool Week. I’m lucky that I know a lot of the people who come as many of them come every year, but it’s always nice to meet new visitors too! I also loved seeing all the Crofthoose Hats, at the opening ceremony everyone there held up their hat, that was wild to see!

You can find Ella and her designs online! www.ellagordon.wordpress.com www.ravelry.com/designers/ ella-gordon

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Your designs are heavily inspired by your surroundings and the culture of Shetland. How do you bring your personal touch and personality to your designs? I like to think I am inspired by Shetland’s

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Flora mitts

Quickfire Q&A What’s on your needles at the moment? After Wool Week I’m doing a bit of selfish knitting on projects I have neglected this year, so only about two jumpers, a couple of shawls and a pair of socks! What would be your desert island yarn? Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight for sure! It’s my go-to yarn, and not just because I work there so can’t help bringing it home! I see my life in shades of jumper weight and find it very easy to put colours together as I know it so well. What notions can you not manage without? I’m so bad at losing my place when I’m knitting so stitch markers are a must for me!

history and culture but bring a fresh eye to it. I don’t feel tied to colour choices so I love to choose unexpected colours and motifs in traditional Shetland shapes. Knitting is fun to me and I like my finished designs to feel like fun too! I also have so many knitting books and patterns that I like to look through, so I’m always inspired by all different kinds of traditional knitwear. I also love to look through Pinterest for colour combination inspiration. Do you like to knit any other people’s patterns? Can you recommend any favourite designers? Yes I do! I have a crazy amount of patterns which I love to use, focusing on different techniques and skills. It’s also helpful to see how other designers lay out their patterns. Some of my favourite designers are Kate Davies, Jared Flood, Gudrun Johnston, Mary Jane Mucklestone, Carrie Bostick Hoge, Ysolda Teague and Stephen West. I also love the work of Shetland designers like Hazel Tindall, Linda Shearer, Outi Kater and Donna Smith.

garment I knitted for myself after coming back to knitting was steeked. If it all goes wrong, try and find a way to fix it and if you can’t, at least you learnt what not to do! Finally, what’s next for Ella Gordon Designs? I’m looking forward to knitting some other people’s patterns to relax after Shetland Wool Week but I already have some ideas for new designs so keep an eye out!

What’s your favourite knitting technique? I still find steeking to be such an ingenious way of avoiding knitting flat, I will do anything to avoid purling! Many people are scared of cutting their knitting but if you use sticky 100% wool it will always work out! What’s your greatest knitting pet peeve? I wish I had more patience with my knitting, I’m always thinking of the next project! How do you combat knitter’s block? I try and take a bit of a break and look through my inspirations, it’s better not to force it! It always comes back again soon!

Crofthoose hat

Tools of the trade

Which comes first, the yarn or the design? It varies, sometimes I just love colours together that I want to try them together in a pattern but other times there is a vague idea of a design and the colours come later. I’m getting better at swatching which is especially important to when doing Fair Isle! If you had to give any piece of knitting advice to our readers, what would it be? Don’t be scared to give things a go; I never realised steeking (cutting your knitting) seemed scary to people because the first

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Designed by Ella Gordon

Yarn used Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight 2 balls in shade 81 (MC) 1 ball in shade 203 (CC)

About the yarn 4ply, 115m per 25g ball, 100% Shetland wool

Tension 19 sts x 24 rnds = 10cm measured over patt on larger needles with yarn held double

Needles used 3.5mm circular, 40cm 5mm circular, 40cm

Other supplies tapestry needle 1 stitch marker 7 contrasting stitch markers (optional)

Sizing Finished size: 47cm circumference, 11cm deep To fit small to average head 50-60cm around

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations ELLA SAYS

“This quick and fun knit uses two strands of Shetland wool held together to make a warm and cosy headband, perfect for wearing with your hair up or just to cover your ears. The tree motif is a classic Fair Isle one (although there are not many trees in Shetland!) and vidr means forest in Old Norse”

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Jamieson & Smith 2-ply Jumper Weight, £2.85 www.shetlandwoolbrokers.co.uk

Vidr Headband

This stylish headband is knitted in gorgeous Shetland wool This pattern is knitted in the round and uses the Fair Isle colourwork technique. It uses the yarn held double to create a thicker fabric.

Start knitting… With 2 strands of MC (one from outside and one from inside of ball) and smaller needles, cast on 90 sts. Join to work in the round, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of round. Work in 1x1 rib for five rnds. Rnd 6: K8, m1, *k15, m1; rep from * to * last 7 sts, k7. 96 sts Change to larger needles. Next Rnd: Beginning on Rnd 1 of chart, rep chart 8 times across rnd, placing a marker after each rep if desired. Work rnds 2-17 of chart, removing rep markers on last rnd.

This pattern has a few rounds with long floats. Make sure to keep your floats nice and loose but if you feel it’s too many stitches just twist the two colours together to lock the contrast colour Change to smaller needles. Next Rnd: K7, k2tog, *k14, k2tog; rep from * to last 7 sts, k7. 90 sts Work in 1x1 rib for five rnds. Cast off using a stretchy method.

to remove excess water and leave flat to dry.

STITCH PATTERN

1x1 rib Rnd 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Rep Rnd 1 for pattern.

Tree Chart 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Finishing Weave in ends, soak in warm but not hot soapy water for at least half an hour, roll in a towel

Schematic 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

12 11 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 17 16 15 14 13 12 11 10 9 8 7 6 12 11510

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Key

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21 sts

450750g DK

28 rows

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10cm

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S-3X

Designed by DROPS Design Team

Yarn used DROPS Cotton Merino 9 (10, 11, 12, 13, 15) balls in Forest Green 11

About the yarn DK; 110m per 50g ball; 50% cotton, 50% Merino wool

Tension 21 sts x 28 rows = 10cm measured over St st

Needles used 4mm circular, 80cm 4mm DPNs

Other supplies 7 buttons, 1cm 2 stitch markers

Sizing S (M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) A: 40 (43, 49, 52, 58, 64) cm B: 37 (40, 45, 48, 54, 60) cm C: 46 (50, 57, 61, 69, 76) cm D: 56 (58, 60, 62, 64, 66) cm E: 21 (22, 23, 24, 25, 26) cm F: 15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20) cm G: 41 (42, 43, 44, 45, 46) cm H: 51 (50, 50, 49, 49, 48) cm

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Green Forest Cardi Add a little lace flourish to your outfit with this comfortable, lightweight cardigan This cardigan is knitted almost seamlessly and features an integrated buttonhole band.

Start knitting… BUTTONHOLES Work buttonholes at evenly spaced intervals as follows; SIZE S: 11, 17, 23, 30, 37, 44 and 51cm SIZE M: 11, 18, 25, 32, 39, 46 and 53cm SIZE L: 11, 18, 25, 32, 39, 47 and 55cm SIZE XL: 11, 18, 26, 34, 42, 50 and 57cm SIZE 2X: 11, 19, 27, 35, 43, 51 and 59cm SIZE 3X: 11, 20, 29, 37, 45, 53 and 61cm At the given measurements, on the next RS row, work [k2, yo, k2tog, k1] over the first 5 sts to create a buttonhole.

BODY Cast on 203 (219, 251, 267, 299, 331) sts. Do not join to work in the rnd – the body is worked flat. Knit 2 rows. Next Row (RS): K5, work Lace Pattern A from chart or written instructions to last 6 sts, k6. Next Row: K5, p1, work Lace Pattern A to last 5 sts, k5. These 2 rows set the position of Lace Pattern A with 5st garter borders and 1st St st at Left Front. Cont in patt until rows 1-14 of Lace Pattern A have been worked once. 179 (193, 221, 235, 263, 291) sts

Schematic

Lace Pattern A

Next Row: K46 (50, 58, 62, 70, 77), pm, k87 (93, 105, 111, 123, 137), pm, k to end. Next Row: K5, p to last 5 sts, k5. These last 2 rows set the position of St st with G st button/ buttonhole bands. Cont in patt as set until work measures 8cm from cast-on edge, finishing after a WS row.

Next Row (armhole cast-off, RS): [K to 4 sts before marker, cast off 8 sts (removing marker when you come to it)] twice, k to end. 77 (83, 95, 101, 113, 127) sts for back, 41 (45, 53, 57, 65, 72) sts for each front Put piece aside and work the sleeves.

When measuring the length of your work, remember to compensate for any changes in your tension during washing/blocking

Work both the same With DPNs, cast on 45 (47, 49, 51, 53, 55) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Rnds 1 & 3: Knit. Rnds 2 & 4: Purl. Rnd 5: K15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20), work Lace Pattern B from chart or written instructions, k15 (16, 17, 18, 19, 20). This rnd sets the position of the lace pattern and St st sections. You may find it useful to place a stitch marker at the beginning and end of the lace section to help you keep track. Cont in patt until work measures 8cm from cast-on edge. ****Next Rnd (inc rnd): K1, m1, work in patt to last st, m1, k1. 2 sts inc’d Cont working straight for 3.5 (3, 3, 2.5, 2, 2) cm. Rep from **** 10 (11, 12, 13, 15, 16) more times, then rep inc rnd once more. 69 (73, 77, 81, 87, 91) sts Cont working straight until piece measures 51 (50, 50, 49, 49, 48) cm from cast-on edge. Next Rnd: Cast off 4 sts, work in patt to last 4 sts, cast off 4 sts. 61 (65, 69, 73, 79, 83) sts Make a note of which row of Lace Pattern B you last worked, as you will need to continue working in patt when you reach the yoke. Finish on the same pattern row for both sleeves.

**Next Row (RS, dec): [Work in patt to 2 sts before marker, ssk, sm, k2tog] twice, work in patt to end. 4 sts dec’d Cont working straight for 3cm, finishing after a WS row and working buttonholes as necessary for your size. Rep from ** 3 more times, then rep dec row once. 159 (173, 201, 215, 243, 271) sts Cont working straight until piece measures 26cm from cast-on edge, finishing after a WS row. ***Next Row (RS, inc): [Work in patt to 1 st before marker, m1, k1, sm, k1, m1] twice, work in patt to end. 4 sts inc’d Cont working straight for 4 (4.5, 4.5, 5, 5, 5.5) cm. Rep from *** twice more, then rep inc row once. 175 (189, 217, 321, 259, 287) sts Cont working straight until piece measures 41 (42, 43, 44, 45, 46) cm from cast-on edge, finishing after a WS row.

Lace Pattern B

SLEEVES

Key

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Row 1 (RS): K all sts from Right Front of Body, pm, work sts from Right Sleeve in patt, pm, k all Back sts from Body, pm, work sts from Left Sleeve in patt, pm, work sts from Left Front in patt. 281 (303, 339, 361, 401, 437) sts Row 2: K5, p to last 5 sts, k5. Row 3 (dec rnd): [Work in patt to 3 sts before marker, k2tog, k1, sm, k1, ssk] 4 times, k to end. 8 sts dec’d Rep these last 2 rows 20 (22, 23, 23, 23, 24) more times. 113 (119, 147, 169, 209, 237) sts

Editor’s tip “Don’t forget to work your buttonholes!”

SIZES L, XL, 2X & 3X ONLY: Next Row (WS, dec): Work in patt to 3 sts before marker, p2tog-tbl, p1, sm, p1, p2tog] 4 times, work in patt to end. 8 sts dec Cont working dec on every row for – (-, 0, 2, 5, 6) more rows. - (-, 139, 145, 161, 181) sts ALL SIZES: Next Row: Knit whilst evenly dec 12 (14, 30, 31, 43, 59) sts. 101 (105, 109, 114, 118, 122) sts Knit 3 rows. Cast off.

FINISHING Block to dimensions given in schematic. Sew the openings under the sleeves. Weave in ends. Sew the buttons on to left front piece.

STITCH PATTERNS

Lace Pattern A (Worked Flat) Row 1 (RS): K1, yo, ssk, k11, k2tog, yo. Row 2 & all WS rows to Row 14: Purl. Row 3: K2, yo, ssk, k9, k2tog, yo, k1. Row 5: K3, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k2. Row 7: K4, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k3. Row 9: K5, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k4. Row 11: K6, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k5. Row 13: K7, cdd, k6. 2 sts dec’d per pattern rep. Lace Pattern B (Worked in the rnd) Rnd 1: P1, yo, ssk, k3, yo, cdd, yo, k3, k2tog, yo, p1. Rnd 2 & all even rnds to Rnd 10: P1, k13, p1. Round 3: P1, k1, yo, ssk, k7, k2tog, yo, k1, p1. Round 5: P1, k2, yo, ssk, k5, k2tog, yo, k2, p1. Round 7: P1, k3, yo, ssk, k3, k2tog, yo, k3, p1. Round 9: P1, k4, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k4, p1.

Where to buy

DROPS Cotton Merino, £2.35 www.woolwarehouse.co.uk

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Knitter of the Year

2016 Entries Are Now Open! “The Knitter of the Year competition is all about celebrating the very best of the knitting world, whether it’s creative designers, generous charity knitters, web wonders or local leaders”

The grand prize

Five shortlisted winners in each category will win the chance to visit the Sirdar headquarters for the day. Winners will get to go behind the scenes in the ‘cathedral of yarn’, meet the talented designers who create Sirdar’s worldrenowned patterns and get a special preview of the new season’s yarn and designs. It’s a prize money just can’t buy! We’ll be announcing other prizes over the coming months, so keep your eye on Knit Now for more details!

The categories

Spread the word We know knitters are creative, kind, innovative, generous and multitalented – but sometimes we don’t want to toot our own horns. If you have a friend who you think should enter the competition, show them these pages and encourage them to put themselves forward!

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Charity Hero

We were blown away by the amazing achievements of our prize-winning charity knitters last year so we had to keep this category. But we know they were just the tip of the iceberg and we continue to hear amazing stories about good work done by knitters all over the country. If you, or someone you know, has done some brilliant woolly charity work, we want to hear about it!

Designer

The designer category was the most popular in last year’s competition, so we’ve expanded it to two categories this year! This first category is open to anyone who creates their own patterns. If you’re an experienced designer, this is your opportunity to get really creative! Full details on how to enter this category are on the website. For this category, you will need to put yourself forward – you can’t nominate a friend.

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Guest Judge: Justyna Lorkowska This year we’ve got incredible guest judges who to help us to pick the shortlist of winners. We’ve already announced that Kate Atherley will be judging the New Designer category and Lauren O’Farrell will be judging the Online Innovator category. This month it’s time to meet your judge for the Designer of the Year category – the wonderful Justyna Lorkowska!

Justyna describes herself as a mother, former teacher and a knitwear fanatic. She learned her first stitches as a teenager from her mum but didn’t stick with it at first. It was when she had her first baby that she returned to needles and yarn and soon after, she started designing knitwear for adults and children. She lives with her husband, two kids and two cats in Poland.

We love Justyna’s designs for their considered, delicate, interesting nature. She seems to always keep in mind that knitting should be enjoyable; creating patterns which are not only beautiful to wear but also enjoyable to knit. You can find out more about her work at www.letesknits.com

Bonus prize! Justyna has kindly donated a bundle of her patterns as a bonus prize for each of the winners in the Designer of the Year category

How to enter We’ve made entering as easy as possible. All you need to do is head online and fill in a quick form! www.knitnowmag.co.uk/koty2016 The closing date for entries will be midnight GMT on 31st December 2016

New Designer

If you’re an aspiring or beginner designer, or ever improvise your own knits, this is for you. This category is for designers who, at the time they enter, have had fewer than five designs published. Create a pattern that uses no more than 100g of Sirdar Sublime or Hayfield yarn. See the website for more details. Again, you can’t nominate someone else for this, you have to put yourself forward.

Local Superstar

We’ve introduced this category as part of the Stitched Together campaign celebrating local knitting shops and their communities. We want to find people doing brilliant things in their knitting community – whether that’s shop owners, teachers or event organisers. The people most deserving of recognition are often too busy to put themselves forward, so nominate someone you think deserves this!

Online Innovator

This category is open to bloggers, vloggers, podcasters and anyone else who spreads their love of knitting over the World Wide Web. We’d love to hear about (or hear from) online knitters who are telling brilliant stories and really engaging with their audience. If an online knitting enthusiast keeps you coming back for more, put them forward for this award!

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22 sts

250600g DK

28 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

XS-3X

Designed by Michele Thornley

Winter Sparkle Skirt Add a little glitz to your outfit with this pretty beaded skirt design

Yarn used Sublime Extra Fine Merino Wool DK 4 (5, 5, 6, 7, 8, 11) balls in Mocha 020 (MC) Sublime Sophia 1 ball in Leila 518 (CC)

About the yarn

Sirdar Extra fine Merino wool DK: DK; 116m per 50g ball; 100% Merino wool Sirdar Sophia: DK; 110m per 50g ball; 39% bamboo viscose, 31% Merino wool, 30% silk

Tension 22 sts x 28 rows = 10cm measured over St st on larger needles

Needles used 3.5mm circular, 60cm 4mm circular, 60cm

Other supplies 5 stitch markers 160 (172, 184, 200, 220, 224, 276) size 6 beads in clear 18mm elastic 24 (26, 30, 34, 38, 42, 45) cm sewing needle & thread tapestry needle

This skirt is knitted in the round and has an elasticated waist. It has a simple Fair Isle-inspired pattern with beads. Pre-threading the beads onto the yarn makes them easy to place.

Start knitting… With MC and smaller needles, cast on 160 (172,184, 200, 220, 244, 276) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end. Rep last rnd 9 more times. Change to larger needles. Rnds 11-16: Knit.

BEADED SECTION

Rnd 17: *K1 MC, k1 CC; rep from * to end. Rnd 18: *K1 CC, k1 MC; rep from * to end. Rnds 19-20: K in CC.

Fair Isle Chart

Rep rnds 17-23 once more.

MAIN BODY Continue working in St st and MC only until skirt meas 33 (35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40) cm from cast-on edge.

Waist Shaping

Rnd 1: K22, pm, k36 (42, 48, 56, 66, 78, 94) pm, k44, pm, k36 (42, 48, 56, 66, 78, 94) pm, k to end of rnd. You should have 5 markers in total, including marker for start of rnd.

Rnd 2: *K to 1 st before marker, remove m, ssk, replace m, k to 1 st before marker, remove m, k2tog, replace m; rep from * once more, k to end. 4 sts dec’d Rnds 3-10: Knit. Rep rnds 2-10 two more times. 148 (160, 172, 188, 208, 232, 264) sts

Waistband

Rnd 1: Purl. Rnds 2-12: Knit. Cast off.

Finishing Fold over waistband and lightly press. Sew in place, leaving a space to insert elastic. Thread elastic through band. Sew elastic together adjusting your waist size. Sew hole closed. Weave in ends and block to dimensions given in schematic.

Adding beads

Key

Sizing XS (S, M, L, XL, 2X, 3X) designed to fit with 2cm negative ease at hips

Break CC and thread on half the beads. Rnd 21: *K1 CC, pb; rep from * to end. Rnd 22: *K1 MC, k1 CC; rep from * to end. Rnd 23: *K1 CC, k1 MC; rep from * to end. Rnds 24-26: K in MC.

Step 1: Thread sewing needle and tie ends together to create a loop. Drape the yarn through the loop. Thread beads onto the needle and push down onto the yarn.

Step 2: When the pattern tells you to place a bead, slide it up along yarn, bring the working yarn forward (as if to purl), then slip the next stitch purlwise.

Step 3: Hold the bead at the front of the work, snuggling it close to the fabric and the RH needle. Take the yarn to the back of the work and knit as normal.

Step 4: The bead is now fixed in place and should be sitting vertically on a ‘floating’ thread over the slipped stitch.

Schematic

Abbreviations

Pb: Place bead (see illustrated guide) See page 96 for all other abbreviations

Where to buy

Sublime Extrafine Merino, £5.49

Sublime Sophia, £7.49 www.deramores.com

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Michele’s tip “Change the length of this skirt by knitting more or fewer rows in the main body section”

MICHELE SAYS

“I wanted to create a versatile knitted skirt with a little twist, perfect for winter. It is a simple knit with an on-trend subtle sparkle of matching beads”

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Baby Set

Baby James Set This hat and cardigan are comfy, cosy and ohso-sweet! We’ve used a beautiful super-soft yarn which is perfect for babies

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18 sts

150200g SK

27 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

3 months 2 years

Designed by Jennifer Batt

Yarn used Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK 3 (3, 3, 4, 4) balls in Smidge 459

About the yarn DK; 116m per 50g ball; 75% extra fine Merino wool, 20% silk, 5% cashmere

Tension 18 sts x 27 rows = 10cm measured over St st on larger needles after blocking

Needles used 4.5mm straight 4.5mm DPNs 4mm DPNs or circular, 40cm

Other supplies 5 buttons 1 removable stitch marker 2 lengths of waste yarn (each 30cm or longer) darning needle

Sizing 3 (6, 12, 18, 24) months with 5cm ease

Abbreviations

Pfb: Purl through the front and back of the same st. 1 st inc’d See page 96 for all other abbreviations

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The cardigan is knitted in one piece from the top down with a circular yoke and folded top and bottom edges. The hat is knitted in the round from the bottom cuff to the top of the crown.

Start knitting… CARDIGAN Neck Edge With larger straight needles, cast on 50 (50, 54, 54, 62) sts, leaving a tail of at least 30cm. Row 1 (RS): *K2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 2: *P2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, p2. Work these two rows 7 more times AND AT THE SAME TIME, on rows 5 and 13, work a buttonhole according to the method given in the Special Instructions section. Row 17 (RS) (make hem): Using the smaller DPNs or circular needle, pu 50 (50, 54, 54, 62) sts along the cast on edge. Fold your work so that your needles are parallel and the RS is facing outward (the first and last sts of the RS rows are k sts). K1 st from your working needle tog with one st from the picked up sts. Rep this process for each st in the row. 50 (50, 54, 54, 62) sts

Yoke For the yoke and body, you may choose to p the last st in each row and sl the first st in each row

Schematic

in order to make clean edges on the sweater. This is optional, and the written instructions do not include it. Set-Up Row (WS): K6, *p1, pfb; rep from * to last 6 sts, k6. 69 (69, 75, 75, 87) sts Add a removable st marker on the next row (the first patt row) to identify the first row of the body. Further buttonhole locations will be counted from this row. While working the yoke and body of the sweater, place buttonholes on rows 7 (9, 9, 11, 13), 17 (21, 21, 25, 29), and 27 (33, 33, 39, 45), according to the method given in the Special Instructions section. Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2: K6, p to last 6 sts, k6. Row 3: Knit, inc 13 sts evenly across the row. Row 4: Knit. Rep the last 4 rows 4 (5, 5, 6, 6) more times. 134 (147, 153, 166, 178) sts Separate the arms (RS): K23 (25, 26, 27, 29) sts, place next 25 (27, 29, 31, 34) sts on waste yarn, k38 (43, 43, 50, 52) sts, place next 25 (27, 29, 31, 34) sts on waste yarn, k23 (25, 26, 27, 29) sts. Keep yarn snug across the gaps. 84 (93, 95, 104, 110) sts

Body Continuing to place buttonholes as given, work as follows: Set-Up Row (WS): K6, p to last 6 sts, k6.

Knit 2 rows. Row 1 (RS): Knit. Row 2: K6, p to last 6 sts, k6. Rows 3 & 4: Knit. Rep the last 4 rows 2 (3, 4, 4, 6) more times, then rep rows 1-2 once more. Body should measure approximately 6 (8, 9, 9, 12) cm down from armhole and 17 (20, 21, 23, 26) cm down from top of neck.

Bottom Edge Work in 2x2 ribbing for 16 rows, inc 2 (1, 3, 2, 0) st(s) evenly across first row and AT THE SAME TIME working buttonholes on rows 5 and 13 as before. 86 (94, 98, 106, 110) sts

Hem With smaller DPNs or circular needles pu 86 (94, 98, 106, 110) sts along the last row of the body. Fold your work so that your needles are parallel and the RS is facing outward; the seam should be on the inside of the sweater. Cast-off Row: K1 st from your working needle tog with one st from the picked up sts, *k1 st from your working needle tog with one st from the picked up sts, pass the second st on your RH needle over the one you just knit; rep from * to end. All sts have been cast off, with one st rem on the RH needle. Pull yarn through the rem st and cut yarn, leaving a tail of at least 30cm.

Special Instructions Buttonholes For a boy’s garment, work a buttonhole over the LH button band (6 st) of any RS row as follows: K2, bring yarn to front of work, sl 1 st p-wise, bring yarn to back of work, [sl 1 st p-wise, pass first slipped st over] three times, sl this last slipped st back to the LH needle. Turn work. On the LH needle, use a knit-on or cable cast on method to cast on 4 sts. Turn work. Sl the next st p-wise, then pass the last cast on st over. Continue row as usual.

For a girl’s garment, work a buttonhole over the RH button band (6 st) of any RS row as follows: Work until 6 sts rem in the row, bring yarn to front of work, sl 1 st p-wise, bring yarn to back of work, [sl 1 st p-wise, pass first slipped st over] three times, sl this last slipped st back to the LH needle. Turn work. Starting with the first st on the LH needle, cast on 4 sts. Turn work. Sl the next st p-wise, then pass the last cast on st over, k2.

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Baby Set JENNIFER SAYS

“My cousin came to visit me for 10 days and surprised me with the news that she would soon be a grandmother. Of course, I had to make something adorable, functional, and quick – 10 days isn’t a long time! The result was Sweet Baby James, named after my newest cousin. Since then, I have used the design for both boys and girls, with short-sleeved and long-sleeved sweaters. It is a simple project with classic style”

Where to buy

Sublime Baby Cashmere Merino Silk DK, £5.29 www.blacksheepwools.com

Sleeves Transfer the sts for one arm from the waste yarn to larger DPNs and distribute sts evenly. The sleeves are worked in the rnd. 25 (27, 29, 31, 34) sts Set-Up Rnd: Pu 2 (2, 2, 1, 1) st(s) from corner of body, k to end, pu 1 st from corner of body. 28 (30, 32, 34, 36) sts Work following four rnds 2 (2, 3, 3, 3) times, beg on Rnd 2 for first rep. Rnds 1-2: Knit. Rnd 3: K1, ssk, k to last three sts, k2tog, k1. 2 sts dec’d Rnd 4: Purl. 24 (26, 26, 28, 30) sts Work the next four rnds 6 (7, 8, 9, 10) times, then rep rnds 1-2 one more time. Rnds 1-3: Knit. Rnd 4: Purl.

Sleeve Cuff

Rnds 1-16: *K2, p2; rep from * to end. With smaller DPNs, pu 24 (26, 26, 28, 30) sts along the last patt row of the sleeve. Fold your work so that your two working needles are parallel and the RS is facing outward; the seam should be on the inside of the sleeve. You may find it easier to do this step with the sleeve turned partly inside out. Cast-off Rnd: K1 st from your

working needle tog with one st from the picked up sts, *K1 st from your working needle tog with one st from the picked up sts, pass the second st on your RH needle over the one you just knit; rep from * to end. All sts have been cast off, with one st rem on the RH needle. Pull yarn through the rem st and cut yarn. Rep for the second sleeve.

Finishing Sew shut the four open ends that resulted from folding the ribbing at the neck and waist of the sweater. For the two buttonholes that were worked in the ribbing, sew the back and front layers of each buttonhole tog as though there was only one layer of fabric. The long tails from the cast on and cast off can be used for this purpose. Weave in all ends, making sure to close any gaps where the sleeves meet the body. Block lightly.

HAT

With larger DPNs cast on 72 (76, 84, 88, 88) sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. Work in 2x2 ribbing for 16 rnds. Next Rnd: With smaller DPNs, pu 72 (76, 84, 88, 88) sts along the cast-on edge. Fold your work

so that your needles are parallel and the RS is facing outward. K1 st from your working needle tog with one st from the picked up sts. Rep this process for each st in the rnd. 72 (76, 84, 88, 88) sts Rnds 1-3: Knit. Rnd 4: Purl. Work these four rnds 3 (4, 4, 5, 6) more times. Rnds 5-6: Knit. Rnd 7: *K7 (17, 19, 9, 9), k2tog; rep from * to end. 64 (72, 80, 80, 80) sts Rnd 8: Purl. Rnd 9: *K6 (7, 8, 8, 8), k2tog; rep from * to end. 56 (64, 72, 72, 72) sts Rnd 10: Knit. Rnd 11: *K5 (6, 7, 7, 7), k2tog; rep from * to end. 48 (56, 64, 64, 64) sts Rnd 12: Purl. Rnd 13: *K4 (5, 6, 6, 6), k2tog; rep from * to end. 40 (48, 56, 56, 56) sts Rnd 14: Knit. Rnd 15: *K3 (4, 5, 5, 5), k2tog; rep from * to end. 32 (40, 48, 48, 48) sts Rnd 16: Purl. Rnd 17: *K2 (3, 4, 4, 4), k2tog; rep from * to end. 24 (32, 40, 40, 40) sts Rnd 18: Knit. Rnd 19: *K1 (2, 3, 3, 3), k2tog;

rep from * to end. 16 (24, 32, 32, 32) sts Rnd 20: Purl. Rnd 21: *K0 (1, 2, 2, 2), k2tog; rep from * to end. 8 (16, 24, 24, 24) sts SIZES 6, 12, 18 & 24 MONTHS ONLY: Rnd 22: Knit. Rnd 23: *K- (0, 1, 1, 1), k2tog; rep from * to end. - (8, 16, 16, 16) sts SIZES 12, 18 & 24 MONTHS ONLY: Rnd 24: Purl. Rnd 25: K2tog to end. - (-, 8, 8, 8) sts ALL SIZES: Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten. Weave in ends and block lightly.

STITCH PATTERNS

2x2 ribbing worked flat Row 1 (RS): K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end of row. Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end of row. 2x2 ribbing worked in the round Rnd 1: *K2, p2; rep from * to end of rnd.

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24 sts

200g 4-ply

32 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

one size

Designed by Cheryl Murray

Yarn used Noro Silk Garden Sock 4-ply 1 ball each in brown, purple, white or green (A) & cream, tan or grey (B)

Graphic Triangles Cowl This cowl uses a pretty triangle colourwork pattern over a plain background

About the yarn

Editor’s tip

4-ply; 300m per 100g ball; 40% wool, 25% silk, 25% polyamide, 10% mohair

“Don’t pull your floats too tight!”

Tension 24 sts x 32 rows = 10cm measured over St st on 3.75mm needles

Bold contrasting hues march across a background of beiges, then line up in crisp triangles on this closely knit cowl. When working the colour pattern, follow chart, stranding colour not in use loosely across back of work, then twist yarns together at the colour change to avoid holes in work.

Needles used 3.5mm circular, 60cm 3.75mm circular, 60cm

Other supplies stitch marker

Sizing One size, see schematic for finished measurements

Start knitting… Cowl

Abbreviations

With larger needles and A, cast on 144 sts. Join to work in the rnd, being careful not to twist. Pm to mark beg of rnd. **Rnd 1: With A, knit. Rnd 2: With A, purl. Rnds 3 & 4: As Rnds 1 & 2. Rnd 5: With B, knit. Rnd 6: With B, purl. Rnds 7-10: As Rnds 1-4. **

See page 96 for all abbreviations

About the book NORO SILKGARDEN

Create with a Classic

THE 20TH ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION

NORO SILKGARDEN

wonder Noro’s Silk Garden has been ed by knitters for 20 years. Its blend of mohair, and lambswool brings the ideal nce of softness and structure, and its of weights and glorious colors make it iful choice for any project. To celebrate iversary, top designers have created 30 ng patterns for sweaters, accessories, home décor in Silk Garden Sock, Lite, misolid Solo, and the worsted-weight ginal. Fall in love with Silk Garden, or the first time or all over again.

Commence Triangles pattern

NORO SILK GARDEN

Triangles Chart

Key Schematic

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Work chart in full 6 times, repeating sts 18 times around. Rep rnds 1-4 of chart once more. Change to smaller needles. Rep from ** to ** once more for top edge. Cast off knitwise with A.

Finishing Weave in ends and block piece to measurements.

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Accessory

Where to buy

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The Challenge: Cygnet Boho Spirit

Every month we challenge our designers to create something new using just 100g of yarn. These are the results! About the designers

Pat Strong

Jacinta Bowie

Anthea Wills

I like knitting to be uncomplicated – and for knitting to speak for itself. These mitts hug the hand and look classy yet are straightforward to make. They can be worn with jeans or a posh frock. I’d been knitting a while before I appreciated there was more to decreasing than k2tog, and the left and right decreases here give a lovely twist and texture.

This is a great style for new mothers who want to make something for their baby themselves. It’s knitted quickly and the garter stitch raglan shaping makes it easier to sew up. It will probably fit a favourite teddy bear when your baby has grown out of it!

This pretty lace pattern perfectly showcases the beautiful colour changes in the Boho Spirit yarn. The Skinny Lace scarf can be worn a number of ways and it’s long enough to wrap around several times to keep you snug on colder days.

Posh Mitts

Boho Baby Jumper

Skinny Lace Scarf

About the yarn The exceptionally popular Boho Spirit was introduced at the end of 2015. Originally intended as a limited edition, this range initially sold out in a matter of days, so the lovely folk at Cygnet made the decision to make it a permanent fixture. Boho Spirit is a fabulously soft, variegated roving yarn. Available in six incredible shades, this falls somewhere between double knitting and aran weight. Due to the loftiness of the yarn, it is incredibly soft and versatile and works well knitted or crocheted and results in a soft garment with a beautiful subtle sheen.

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24 sts

100g Aran

28 rows

10cm

10cm

over patt

The Challenge one size

Designed by Pat Strong

Yarn used Cygnet Boho Spirit 1 ball in 6385

About the yarn Aran; 240m per 100g ball; 100% Premium Acrylic

Tension 24 sts x 28 rows = 10cm over Lace Rib unstretched

Needles used 4.5mm straight

Other supplies tapestry needle

Sizing one size

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Posh Mitts

Schematic

Chart

These cosy armwarmers are a super-speedy knit for cool weather

These gauntlet-length mitts are worked using two rib stitch patterns. They are elastic and fit to the hand. A knit stitch at the beginning and end of every row makes a firm edge for the seam and a neat finish for the thumbhole.

Start knitting… Work two mitts alike. Cast on 44 sts, loosely. Next Row (RS): K1, *k2, p1; rep from * to last st, k1. Next Row: K1, *k1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1. Rep last 2 rows 8 times more.

Lace Rib Rep rows 1-4 of Lace Rib patt from chart or written instructions below until mitt measures 29cm, ending after a 4th row. Row 1 (RS): K1, *k2, p1, yo, ssk, p1; rep from * to last st, k1. Rows 2 & 4: K1, *k1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 3: K1, *k2, p1, k2tog, yo, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

I started the second mitt further into the ball so the colours would correspond on each mitt. If you do this don’t discard the ‘spare’ yarn – just in case you need it! Next Row (RS): K1, *k2, p1; rep from * to last st, k1.

Next Row: K1, *k1, p2; rep from * to last st, k1. Repeat last 2 rows twice more. Cast off loosely in pattern.

Finishing Weave in ends. Using mattress stitch, sew side seams leaving gaps for thumbs. Do not block. It is recommended that an iron is not used on this yarn and the fabric will have a lovely texture you won’t want to flatten. When sewing the side seams, use the end knit stitches as a seam allowance, the right side of the work will match up and the pattern will be continuous around the mitt.

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22 sts

100g Aran

30 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

newborn6 months

Designed by Jacinta Bowie

Yarn used Cygnet Boho Spirit DK 1 ball in Festival 6923

Boho Baby Jumper When your family is blessed with a new arrival, knit this quick and easy one-ball jumper!

About the yarn

Neckband

DK; 240m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

With RS of work facing and smaller needles, knit across 8 sts for first sleeve, knit across 18 (22) sts for front, knit across 8 sts for second sleeve, knit across 18 (22) sts for back. 52 (60) sts Work 5 rows 1x1 rib as for Row 1 of Back. Work 6 rows in St st, starting with a knit row. Cast off k-wise.

Tension 22 sts x 30 rows = 10cm measured over St st on larger needles

Needles used 3.25mm straight 4mm straight

Finishing

Other supplies 4 stitch holders tapestry needle 3 x 1.5cm buttons

Sizing Prem/newborn (3-6 months) Chest measurement: 42 (50) cm Length: 21 (25) cm

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

This pattern is knitted flat and seamed. It features raglan sleeves and a button-through yoke.

Start knitting… BACK & FRONT

Work both the same With smaller needles, cast on 46 (56) sts. Work 6 rows in St st, starting with a knit row. Row 1: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Rep Row 1 five more times. Change to larger needles work in St st starting with a knit row.*** Cont in St st until work measures 10 (13) cm from beg, ending with a purl row. Cast off 2 (4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 42 (48) sts

Shape raglan

Next Row (RS): K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2. 2 sts dec’d Next Row: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2.

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Rep last 2 rows 11 (12) more times. 18 (22) sts Transfer rem sts to holder.

SLEEVES With smaller needles, cast on 36 (38) sts. Work as given for Back to ***. SIZE 3-6 MTHS: Inc 1 st at each end of next row. 40 sts BOTH SIZES: Cont in St st until work measures 12 (15) cm from beg, ending with a purl row. Cast off 2 (3) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 32 (34) sts

Using mattress stich, sew three raglan seams that are connected together by neck band. With RS of work facing and with smaller needles, pu and k26 (28) sts along raglan seam and neck band rib of rem sleeve raglan. Work 2 rows in 1x1 rib as for Row 1 of Back. Buttonhole Row: Work in rib patt for 2 sts, [k2tog, yo, work in rib patt for 6 sts] 3 times, work in rib patt to end. Work 2 rows in rib patt. Cast off in rib patt. Sew buttons to body corresponding with buttonholes. Join side and sleeve seams with mattress stitch, catching edge of button band into seam. Tack St st rolls in position, using image as a guide. Weave in ends and block to measurements given in schematic.

Schematic

Shape raglan

Next Row (RS): K2, k2tog, knit to last 4 sts, ssk, k2. 2 sts dec’d Next Row: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2. Rep last 2 rows 11 (12) more times. 8 sts Transfer rem sts to holder.

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The Challenge

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18 sts

100g Aran

24 rows

10cm

10cm

over patt

The Challenge one size

Designed by Anthea Willis

Yarn used Cygnet Boho Spirit 1 ball in Foho 6989

About the yarn Aran; 240m per 100g ball; 100% premium acrylic

Tension 18 sts x 24 rows = 10cm measured over lace patt

Needles used 5mm straight

Other supplies 4 stitch holders tapestry needle 3 x 1.5cm buttons

Sizing Finished size 14x160cm

Abbreviations

sk2p: Slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over See page 96 for all other abbreviations

Skinny Lace Scarf Finish off your outfit with a simple lace pattern which is perfect for beginners

Start knitting‌ Cast on 25 sts. Knit 2 rows. Work from chart or written instructions, completing 47 repeats of the 8-row stitch pattern from chart or written instructions. Knit 2 rows. Cast off loosely.

Schematic

Lace

Row 1 (RS): K2, *k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. Rows 2, 4, 6 & 8: K2, p to last 2 sts, k2. Row 3: K2, *k2, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. Row 5: K2 *k3, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo k2; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. Row 7: K2 *k4, yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3.



This scarf features a simple, easy to memorise lace pattern that works up quickly. The finished fabric folds over on itself to create a beautifully light, yet warm skinny scarf.



Lace Chart

Knit 2 rows. Cast off loosely.

Finishing Weave in ends.

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28 sts

20g DK

34 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

one size

Designed by Sachiyo Ishii

Yarn used 10g King Cole Merino Blend DK in Mustard 855 (MC) Small amount of King Cole Merino Blend DK in Chocolate 023 (B) Small amounts of King Cole Merino Blend 4-ply in Caramel 790 (C), white 001(D) & Scarlet 009 (E) or Fern 854(F)

About the yarn King Cole Merino Blend DK DK; 112m per 50g; 100% wool, King Cole Merino Blend 4-ply 4-ply 180m per 50g; 100% wool

Tension 28 sts x 34 rows = 10cm measured over St st on larger needles

Needles used 3mm straight, for body 2.75mm straight, for blanket

Other supplies chenille or tapestry needle with fairly sharp point and a large eye stuffing wool or toy filling 1cm gold bell small amount of red DK yarn 2x5cm card red or green waste yarn

Sizing 9cm tall

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

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Christmas Ponies Whether you knit them as stocking stuffers or tree decorations, these adorable ponies are full of festive fun These ponies are knitted flat and seamed. The blankets feature a colourwork pattern which is knitted using the stranded knitting method. The knitted bodies of the horses need to be tight so that the stuffing will not be visible through stitches. If you find it difficult to knit DK yarn on fine needles, use slightly larger needles. Use a sewing needle with a fairly sharp end.

Start knitting… PONY BODY With MC and larger needles cast on 10 sts. Row 1 & all WS rows unless otherwise stated: Purl. Row 2: [Kfb] to end. 20 sts Row 4: [K1, kfb] to end. 30 sts Row 6: [K2, kfb] to end. 40 sts. Mark with red waste yarn at the beg and end of the row. Rows 7-13: Work in St st, starting with a p row. Row 14: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 38 sts Mark with red waste yarn at the beg and end of the row. Row 16: K2tog, k to last 2 sts,

k2tog. 36 sts Rows 17-21: Work in St st, starting with a p row. Row 22: Kfb, k to last st, kfb. 38 sts Mark with green waste yarn at the beg and end of the row. Row 24: Kfb, k17, kfb twice, k17, kfb. 42 sts Row 26: K20, kfb twice, k to end. 44 sts Row 28: K2tog, k19, [kfb] twice, k19, k2tog.

Row 30: K2tog, k19, [kfb] twice, k19, k2tog. Row 31: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. 42 sts Row 32: Cast off 5 sts, k14, [kfb] twice, k to end. 39 sts. Mark with green waste yarn at the beg and end of the row. Row 33: Cast off 5 sts, p to end. 34 sts Row 34: Cast off 8 sts, k to end. 26 sts

Chart SACHIYO SAYS

“Horses are very popular animals and loved by everyone. I dressed them for the occasion but you can improvise their decoration to suit any time of the year. They are lovely as toys or tree ornaments and perfect for a gift for a special someone. To see more of my creations, please visit www.knitsbysachi.com”

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Tiny Toy

Sachiyo’s tip “Leave long ends at cast-on and fasten-off ends for sewing up”

Where to buy

King Cole Merino Blend, £2.95 www.wool4less.co.uk

Row 35: Cast off 8 sts, p to end. 18 sts Row 36: K2tog, k to last 2 sts, k2tog. 16 sts Row 37: P2tog, p to last 2 sts, p2tog. 14 sts Row 38 (shape head): Cast on 3 sts, k to end. 17 sts Row 39 (shape head): Cast on 3 sts, p to end. 20 sts Rows 40-42: Work in St st, starting with a k row. Row 43: P2tog, cast off the st on the right needle, cast off all sts until last 2 sts, p2tog, cast off the last st.

Ears (make 2) With MC and larger needles, cast on 3 sts. Row 1: Purl. Row 2: K2tog, k1. 2 sts Row 3: P2tog and fasten off.

Mane Wind a length of Yarn C 60-70 times around the card from one short edge to the other. Using backstitch or with a straight sewing machine stitch, sew across the centre with strong cotton thread through the card. Sew the line twice. Cut edges of the yarn and release the card.

Tail

Cut a 30cm length of Yarn C and tie the ends together. Fold into three so you have six strands lying parallel. Hold both ends and twist the yarn tightly until it folds up on itself, insert one end slightly through the other to secure (in the same manner you would twist and secure a skein of yarn) and tie the end with another length of yarn. Cut the loop of the tied end and trim.

BLANKET

With smaller needles and yarn D, cast on 17 sts. Work in St st for 2 rows, starting with a knit row. Work chart rows 1-13, using the Fair Isle method to strand colour not in use across row. You can use Yarn E or F as your contrast yarn. Work in St st for 3 rows, starting with a purl row. Work chart again. Work in St st for 2 rows, starting with a p row. Cast off kwise on WS.

FINISHING

Fold the foot corner and sew between the matching green or red markers with matching colour. Repeat for all legs. Sew together the front of the body, chin and head and stuff the body. With the cast-on yarn end,

work a gathering thread along the cast-on edge and draw tightly. Sew under tummy and close the opening. Attach ears and blanket. To make blanket fringes, cut yarn to 8cm, fold in the centre and thread both ends into a needle eye. Sew through edge of blanket, from front to back, leaving loop at front and yarn ends at the back. Pull cut ends through loop. Repeat four more times and trim. Repeat fringe for second side of blanket. Attach mane and tail. Thread a gold bell with Yarn E and attach it by hiding the yarn end at the back of the neck under the mane. With Yarn B, French-knot eyes.

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Your Guide To…

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Estonian Lace

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Estonian lace shares many of the characteristics of other lace knitting patterns and at first glance one might wonder what was unusual about this knitting tradition. On closer inspection however, delicate patterns created by the addition of small bobble-like clusters can be spotted. These little clusters are called ‘nupps’, which translates as ‘buds’ or ‘buttons’. They are used to form

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dainty flower designs like lily of the valley and pasque flower. A similar technique is also used to produce groups of stitches that fan out like outspread leaves, wings or stars. Whilst these stitches look complex – and in all fairness they are a little fiddly – the effects are well worth the trouble!

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Famed for its pretty, feminine patterns and textural stitches, Estonianstyle knitting is a wonderful tradition to explore

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Step 1: Work to location of nupp as indicated by chart or instructions. Knit next stitch (stitch A) but after drawing yarn to front do not complete stitch, leaving one loop on RH and one on LH needle.

Step 2: Bring yarn to front of work between needles and take over RH needle, holding to back of work (as for a normal yo).

Step 3: Knit into stitch A on LH needle for a second time. Again, do not complete stitch. You should now have three loops on RH needle and one loop still on LH needle.

Step 4: Yarn over and knit again into stitch A. 5 loops on RH needle, 1 loop on LH needle

Step 5: Complete stitch by allowing loop to drop off LH needle. For a larger nupp, repeat yo and knit into A, then allow LH loop to drop, making 7 loops on RH needle for a sevenstitch nupp.

Step 6: On following row, purl all loops together as one. One nupp completed.

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Estonian (double thread) cast-on To give a neat but elastic edge, Estonian designs often use the double thread (or double) cast-on. This is a variant on the longtail cast-on and is worked on one needle. Stitches will bunch together in pairs but are usually knitted individually on the first row. At no point are the doubled threads split.

Fun fact!

Estonian knitters were traditionally paid by the weight of the piece. As nupps add weight without extra knitting, knitters earned better wages!

Step 1: Measure length of yarn required for cast-on. Pinch yarn at that point and fold it back on itself so tail yarn is right length but double thickness. Place a slipknot where doubled tail end meets working yarn. Place slipknot on needle.

Step 2: With needle in RH, hold working yarn over index finger and doubled tail over thumb such that loose end of tail is at front of thumb.

Step 3: Insert needle from front to back below both strands of doubled thread on front of thumb (not strands at back of thumb).

Step 4: Take needle over top of working yarn on index finger, bring toward you, going under working yarn and through the loop formed where the doubled thread wraps round the thumb. Working yarn sits on RH needle with doubled thread still wrapped around thumb.

Step 5: Release yarn from thumb and draw up so new stitch is snug but not too tight. Now wrap tail round thumb, this time tail end goes around back of thumb. Doubled thread at front of thumb is joined to RH needle. In other words, stitch two reverses the direction in which the tail travels around the thumb.

Step 6: Insert needle from front to back under doubled tail at back of thumb. Bring needle up towards you ready for next step.

Step 7: Take needle from front to back over working yarn, continue under working yarn, bringing working yarn up between the loop of doubled threads on thumb.

Step 8: Release yarn from thumb and repeat steps 2-7, alternating wrapping of thumb with each stitch (so for next stitch, tail wraps anti-clockwise around thumb with loose end at front).

Top tips Working several times into the same stitch can make for tight knitting so after working each stage, gently wiggle the loop as you transfer it to the RH needle, thus loosening the tension a little for the purl together on the following row

An alternative to purling the stitches together is to use a small crochet hook to pull the working yarn through the nupp loops on the purl row

Choose smooth but sharp pointed needles for working nupps. Needles with metal tips tend to be better than bamboo or wood which can round off with use making it more difficult to insert needle cleanly into the stitches

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27 sts

100150g lace

43 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

S-L

Designed by Zsuzsa Kiss

Yarn used Debbie Bliss Rialto Lace 2 (2, 3) balls in white 44021 For stockists see www.designeryarns.uk.com

About the yarn Lace; 390m per 50g ball; 100% Merino wool

Tension 27 sts x 43 rows = 10cm measured over St st

Needles used 3.5mm circular, 80cm 5mm circular, 80cm

Other supplies stitch holder

Sizing S (M, L)

Abbreviations

p3tog: Purl 3 sts together p7tog: Purl 7 sts together nupp: {[K1, yo] 3 times, k1} into next stitch. (On the next row purl all 7 sts together.) See page 96 for all other abbreviations ZSUZSA SAYS

“Knitting an Estonian style shawl is a bit like fulfilling a childhood fantasy: the beautiful, intricate lace pattern, the wonderful drape and the lightest possible colour makes these shawls the ultimate accessory for a special occasion, even a wedding. Even though I am a modern, working mum I found myself inspired by the romance of lace and decided to create my own version” 72

Beautiful Bride Shawl Put your newfound Estonian knitting techniques to the test with this stunning shawl This shawl starts as traditionally Estonian lace shawls do: casting on stitches with double thread and working the edge in Garter stitch. Decreasing in every RS row gives the triangle shaping. Finishing the shawl is not done in the traditional way (knitting the edge and sewing to the shawl) but by picking up stitches along the edge and working the lace edge in Garter stitch. All rows start with a yo and a matching decrease, so picking up the stitches will be easy.

Start knitting… With larger needles and yarn held double, cast on 261 (285, 309) sts. Change to smaller needles and single yarn. Next Row (WS): Knit. Work rows 1-10 of Pattern A from chart or written instructions. 251 (275, 299) sts Work rows 1-6 of Pattern B from chart or written instructions. 243 (267, 291) sts Work rows 1-8 of Pattern C, from chart or written instructions, 27 (30, 33) times. 27 sts Work rows 1-24 of Pattern D, from chart or written instructions. 1 st Place st on holder and break yarn. With RS facing, rejoin yarn to top left corner of piece. Pu and knit all end-of-row yarnovers, including 1 st at point of triangle from holder. 255 (279, 303) sts Next Row (WS): K7 (0, 0), [k1, kfb] 60 (41, 47) times, [k1, kfb, k1] 0 (19, 19) times, k1, [k1, kfb, k1] 0 (19, 19) times, [k1, kfb] 60 (41, 47) times, k7 (0, 0). 375 (399, 435) sts Work rows 1-11 of Pattern E, from chart or written instructions. Cast off loosely.

STITCH PATTERNS

Pattern A Row 1 (RS): Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k4, *sk2p, k4, yo, k1, yo, k4; rep from * to last 12 sts, sk2p, k4, yo, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Rows 2 & 4: Yo, ssk, knit to end. Row 3: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k3, *sk2p, [k3, yo] twice, k3; rep from * to last 11 sts, sk2p, k3, yo, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 5: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k2, *sk2p, k2, yo, k2, nupp, k2, yo, k2; rep from * to last 10 sts, sk2p, k2, yo, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 6: Yo, ssk, k6, *k5, p7tog, k6; rep from * to last 7 sts, k7. Row 7: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, k1, *sk2p, k1, yo, k2, nupp, k1, nupp, k2, yo, k1; rep from * to last 9 sts, sk2p, k1, yo, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 8: Yo, ssk, k5, *k4, p7tog, k1, p7tog, k5; rep from * to last 6 sts, k6. Row 9: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, yo, *sk2p, yo, k4, nupp, k4, yo; rep from * to last 8 sts, sk2p, yo, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 10: Yo, ssk, k4, *k5, p7tog, k6; rep from * to last 5 sts, k5. Pattern B Row 1 (RS): Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, knit to last 5 sts, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 2, 4 & 6: Yo, ssk, k1, purl to last 3 sts, k3. Row 3: Yo, k2tog, k1, [ssk] twice, *k2tog, yo; rep from * to last 6 sts, [k2tog] twice, k2. 4 sts dec’d Row 5: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, knit to last 10 sts, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Pattern C Row 1 (RS): Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k3, *k2,

k2tog, yo, k1, yo, ssk, k1; rep from * to last 14 sts, k4, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Rows 2, 6 & 8: Yo, ssk, k1, purl to last 3 sts, k3. Row 3: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k2, *k1, k2tog, yo, k1, nupp, k1, yo, ssk; rep from * to last 13 sts, k3, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 4: Yo, ssk, k1, p9, *p3, p7tog, p4; rep from * to last 11 sts, p8, k3. Row 5: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, *k2, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1; rep from * to last 12 sts, k2, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Row 7: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, *k3, yo, sk2p, yo, k2; rep from * to last 11 sts, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 2 sts dec’d Pattern D Row 1 (RS): Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k7, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 25 sts Rows 2 & every WS row to Row 21: Yo, ssk, k1, purl to last 3 sts, k3. Row 3: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k5, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 23 sts Row 5: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k3, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 21 sts Row 7: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, [yo, ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog, yo] twice, k1, k2tog, k3. 19 sts Row 9: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, yo, sk2p, yo, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, k3. 17 sts Row 11: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo, ssk, k1, k2tog, yo, k1, k2tog, k3. 15 sts Row 13: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, yo, sk2p, yo, k1, k2tog, k3. 13 sts Row 15: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k3, k2tog, k3. 11 sts

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Lace Shawl

Zsuzsa’s tip

“If you struggle with p7tog, try using a crochet hook instead to work the stitches together”

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Row 17: Yo, k2tog, k1, ssk, k1, k2tog, k3. 9 sts Row 19: Yo, k2tog, k1, sk2p, k3. 7 sts Row 21: Yo, k2tog, sk2p, k2. 5 sts Row 22: Yo, ssk, k3. 5 sts Row 23: K1, sk2p, k1. 3 sts Row 24: P3tog. 1 st Pattern E Row 1 (RS): K1, k2tog, k4, yo, k1, *yo, k4, sk2p, k4, yo, k1; rep from * to last 7 sts, yo, k4, ssk, k1. Rows 2 & 4: Knit. Row 3: K1, k2tog, k3, yo, k2, *k1, yo, k3, sk2p, k3, yo, k2; rep from * to last 7 sts, k1, yo, k3, ssk, k1. Row 5: K1, k2tog, k2, yo, k2, nupp, *k2, yo, k2, sk2p, k2, yo, k2, nupp; rep from * to last 7 sts, k2, yo, k2, ssk, k1. Row 6: K7, *p7tog, k11; rep from * to last 14 sts, p7tog, k7. Row 7: K1, k2tog, k1, yo, k2, nupp, k1, *nupp, k2, yo, k1, sk2p, k1, yo, k2, nupp, k1; rep from * to last 7 sts, nupp, k2, yo, k1, ssk, k1.

Row 8: K6, p7tog, *k1, p7tog, k9, p7tog; rep from * to last 14 sts, k1, p7tog, k6. Row 9: K1, k2tog, yo, k4, nupp, *k4, yo, sk2p, yo, k4, nupp; rep from * to last 7 sts, k4, yo, ssk, k1. Row 10: As Row 6. Row 11: Knit.

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10cm

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Designed by Caron Design Team

Colour Weave Scarf This colourful scarf will keep you warm and stylish as the weather turns colder

Yarn used Caron Simply Soft Stripes Aran 3 balls in Madison Ave

About the yarn Aran; 177m per 113g ball; 100% acrylic

Tension 20 sts x 26 rows = 10cm measured over St st

Needles used 4.5mm straight

Other supplies crochet hook

Sizing Approximately 18x162.5cm

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Schematic

Knit in an interesting rib and with a self-striping yarn, this scarf is simple while keeping you interested.

Start knitting‌

Cast on 46 sts. Row 1: K2, *p2, k2; rep from * to end of row. Row 2: P2, *k2, p2; rep from * to end of row. Rep lthese two rows once more, dec 1 st at centre of last row. 45 sts Proceed in patt as follows: Row 1 (RS): K2, p2, *p9, k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 2: K4, *p2, k11; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 3: Rep Row 1. Row 4: K2, purl to last 2 sts, k2. Row 5: K2, p2, *k2, [p1, k1] 3 times, p1, k2, p2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 6: K4, *p3, [k1, p1] 3 times, p2, k2; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Rows 7-14: Rep rows 5 & 6 four more times. Row 15: K2, p2, *k2, p11; rep from * to last 2 sts, k2. Row 16: K2, *k11, p2; rep from * to last 4 sts, k4. Row 17: Rep Row 15. Row 18: Rep Row 4. Rep last 18 rows in patt until work measures approximately 162.5cm from cast-on edge, ending on Row 17 of patt and inc 1 st at centre of last row. 46 sts Work 4 rows in 2x2 rib. Cast off in rib.

Fringe Cut sixty 50cm lengths of yarn and fold them in half. Use a crochet hook to pull the middle of three strands through a st at the cast-on edge. Pull ends of fringe through and tighten. Attach fringe in this way in ten places along each of the entire cast-on and cast-off edges of the scarf, taking care to have all the knots facing in the same direction.

Finishing Weave in ends and block to finished measurements.

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10cm 9 sts

8001100g super chunky

15.5 rows

10cm

over patt

S-2X

Designed by Martin Storey for Rowan

Yarn used Rowan Big Wool 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) balls in Linen

About the yarn Super chunky; 80m per 100g ball; 100% wool

Tension 9 sts x 15.5 rows = 10cm measured over patt

Needles used 10mm straight 10mm circular, 110cm

Other supplies 3 x 2.75cm-diameter buttons

Sizing S (M, L, XL, 2X) See schematic for finished measurements

Abbreviations See page 96 for all abbreviations

Brew Cardigan Knit up this cosy cardigan in super chunky yarn to keep you warm this winter This cardigan is knitted flat, apart from the front band, which is knitted on circular needles. The finished pieces are seamed using mattress stitch or back stitch, whichever you prefer.

Start knitting‌ BACK With straight needles, cast on 47 (53, 57, 63, 69) sts. Row 1 (RS): K1 (0, 0, 1, 0), *p1, k1; rep from* to last 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) st, p0 (1, 1, 0, 1). Row 2: P1 (0, 0, 1, 0), *k1, p1; rep from * to last 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) st, k0 (1, 1, 0, 1). These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib for a further 6 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Work in patt as follows: Row 1 (RS): P1 (0, 0, 1, 0), [k1, p1] 4 (6, 7, 8, 10) times, k29, [p1, k1] 4 (6, 7, 8, 10) times, p1 (0, 0, 1, 0). Rows 2-8: Rep Row 1. Row 9: Knit. Row 10: Purl. Rows 11-14: Rep rows 9 & 10 twice. Row 15: K14 (17, 19, 22, 25), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k14 (17, 19, 22, 25). Rows 16-22: Rep Row 15. Rows 23-28: Rep rows 9 & 10 three times. These 28 rows form patt. Cont in patt until back measures 40 (41, 42, 43, 44) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape armholes Keeping patt correct, cast off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 43 (47, 51, 55, 61) sts Dec 1 st at each end of next 3 (3, 5, 5, 5) rows, then on foll 3 (4, 3, 4, 5) alt rows. 31 (33, 35, 37, 41) sts Cont straight until armholes measure 21 (22, 23, 24, 25) cm, ending with RS facing for next row.

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Shape shoulders & back neck Next Row (RS): Cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) sts, patt until 8 (9, 9, 10, 11) sts rem on right needle and turn, leaving rem sts on a holder. Work each side of neck separately. Dec 1 st at neck edge of next 3 rows, ending with RS facing for next row, and AT SAME TIME cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) sts at beg of 2nd row. Cast off rem 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts. With RS facing, slip centre 9 (9, 11, 11, 11) sts onto a holder, rejoin yarn and patt to end. Complete to match first side, reversing shapings.

LEFT FRONT Straight needles, cast on 24 (27, 29, 32, 35) sts. Row 1 (RS): K1 (0, 0, 1, 0), *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1. Row 2: *K1, P1, rep from * to last 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) st, k0 (1, 1, 0, 1). These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib for a further 6 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Work in patt as follows: Row 1 (RS): P1 (0, 0, 1, 0), [k1, p1] 4 (6, 7, 8, 10) times, k15. Row 2: K15, [p1, k1] 4 (6, 7, 8, 10) times, p1 (0, 0, 1, 0). Rows 3-8: Rep rows 1 & 2 three times. Row 9: Knit. Row 10: Purl. Rows 11-14: Rep rows 9 & 10 twice. Row 15: K14 (17, 19, 22, 25), [p1, k1] 5 times. Row 16: [K1, p1] 5 times, k14 (17, 19, 22, 25). Rows 17-22: Rep rows 15 & 16 three times. Rows 23-28: Rep rows 9 & 10 three times. These 28 rows form patt.

Cont in patt until 10 rows fewer have been worked than on back to beg of armhole shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape front slope Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at end of next and 2 foll 4th rows. 21 (24, 26, 29, 32) sts Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape armhole Keeping patt correct, cast off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next row. 19 (21, 23, 25, 28) sts Work 1 row. Dec 1 st at armhole edge of next 3 (3, 5, 5, 5) rows, then on foll 3 (4, 3, 4, 5) alt rows and at same time dec 1 st at front slope edge of next (3rd, next, next, next) and 0 (0, 1, 0, 0) foll 4th row, then on 1 (1, 1, 2, 2) foll 6th rows. 11 (12, 12, 13, 15) sts Dec 1 st at front slope edge only on 4th (4th, 6th, 6th, 4th) and 2 foll 6th rows. 8 (9, 9, 10, 12) sts Cont straight until left front matches back to beg of shoulder shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

Shape shoulder Cast off 3 (3, 3, 3, 4) sts at beg of next and foll alt row. Work 1 row. Cast off rem 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts.

RIGHT FRONT Using straight needles cast on 24 (27, 29, 32, 35) sts. Row 1 (RS): K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last 0 (1, 1, 0, 1) st, p0 (1, 1, 0, 1). Row 2: P1 (0, 0, 1, 0), *k1, p1; rep from * to last st, k1. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib for a further 6 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Now work in patt as follows: Row 1 (RS): K15, [p1, k1] 4 (6, 7, 8, 10) times, p1 (0, 0, 1, 0).

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Schematic

Shape top

Making up: Press as described on the information page. Join both shoulder seams using back stitch, or mattress stitch if preferred.

Front Band With RS facing and circular needle, beg and ending at front cast-on edges, pu and k33 (34, 35, 35, 36) sts up right front opening edge to beg of front slope shaping, 30 (31, 32, 33, 104 (118, 127, 140, 153) cm 33) sts up right front slope to

45 (46, 47, 47, 47) cm

21 (22, 23, 24, 25) cm

10 (10, 12, 12,12) cm

40 (41, 42, 43, 44) cm

Keeping patt correct, cast off 2 (3, 3, 4, 4) sts at beg of next 2 rows. 27 (27, 29, 29, 31) sts Dec 1 st at each end of next and foll alt row, then on 3 foll 4th rows. 17 (17, 19, 19, 21) sts Work 1 row, ending with RS facing for next row. Dec 1 st at each end of next and every foll alt row until 13 sts rem, then on foll10 3 (10, rows, 12,ending 12,12) cm with RS facing for next row. Cast off rem 7 sts.

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26 (26, 28, 28, 28) cm 104 (118, 127, 140, 153) cm

Distress boyfriend jeans £16 www.direct.asda.com 45 (46, 47, 47, 47) cm

Using straight needles cast on 23 (23, 25, 25, 25) sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, *p1, k1, rep from * to end. Row 2: P1, *k1, p1, rep from * to end. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib for a further 8 (8, 8, 6, 6) rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Beg with a k row, work in St st for 6 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Now work in patt as follows: Work in G st for 8 rows, inc 1 st at each end of 3rd (first, first, first, first) of these rows. 25 (25, 27, 27, 27) sts Beg with a k row, work in St st for 6 rows, inc 0 (1, 1, 1, 1) st at each end of – (3rd, 3rd, first, first) of these rows. 25 (27, 29, 29, 29) sts Row 15 (RS): Kfb 1 (0, 0, 0, 0) times, k2 (4, 5, 5, 5), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k2 (4, 5, 5, 5), kfb 1 (0, 0, 0, 0) times. 27 (27, 29, 29, 29) sts Row 16: K4 (4, 5, 5, 5), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (4, 5, 5, 5). Row 17: Kfb 0 (0, 0, 0, 1) times, k4 (4, 5, 5, 4), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (4, 5, 5, 4), kfb 0 (0, 0, 0, 1) times. 27 (27, 29, 29, 31) sts

21 (22, 23, 24, 25) cm

SLEEVES

40 (41, 42, 43, 44) cm

Keeping patt correct, dec 1 st at beg of next and 2 foll 4th rows. 21 (24, 26, 29, 32) sts Complete to match left front, reversing shapings.

shoulder, and 3 sts down right side of back neck, k across 9 (9, 11, 11, 11) sts on back holder, then pick up and knit 3 sts up left side of back neck, 30 (31, 32, 33, 33) sts down left front slope to beg of front slope shaping, and 33 (34, 35, 35, 36) sts down left front opening edge. 141 (145, 151, 153, 155) sts Row 1 (WS): K1, *p1, k1; rep from * to end. Row 2: K2, *p1, k1; rep from * to last st, k1. These 2 rows form rib. Work in rib for 1 row more, ending with RS facing for next row. Row 4 (RS): Work 4 (5, 4, 4, 5) sts in rib, *work 2 tog, yo to make a buttonhole, rib 11 (11, 12, 12, 12) sts in rib, rep from * once more, work 2 tog, yo to make 3rd buttonhole, rib to end. Work in rib for a further 3 rows, ending with RS facing for next row. Cast off in rib. Set in sleeves using the set-in method.

61 (63, 65, 67, 69) cm

Shape front slope

Row 18: K4 (4, 5, 5, 6), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (4, 5, 5, 6). Row 19: Kfb 0 (0, 0, 1, 0) times, k4 (4, 5, 4, 6), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (4, 5, 4, 6), kfb 0 (0, 0, 1, 0) times. 27 (27, 29, 31, 31) sts Row 20: K4 (4, 5, 6, 6), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (4, 5, 6, 6). Row 21: Kfb 0 (1, 0, 0, 0) times, k4 (3, 5, 6, 6), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (3, 5, 6, 6), kfb 0 (1, 0, 0, 0) times. 27 (29, 29, 31, 31) sts Row 22: K4 (5, 5, 6, 6), p1, [k1, p1] 9 times, k4 (5, 5, 6, 6). Beg with a k row, work in St st for 6 rows, inc 0 (0, 1, 0, 1) st at each end of – (-, first, -, 3rd) of these rows. 27 (29, 31, 31, 33) sts Last 28 rows form patt and beg sleeve shaping. Keeping patt correct as now set, inc 1 st at each end of next (5th, 7th, next, 5th) and every foll 14th (12th, 12th, 10th, 8th) row until there are 31 (33, 35, 37, 39) sts, taking inc sts into patt. Cont straight until sleeve measures approximately 45 (46, 47, 47, 47) cm, ending after same patt row as on back to beg of armhole shaping and with RS facing for next row.

61 (63, 65, 67, 69) cm

Row 2: P1 (0, 0, 1, 0), [k1, p1] 4 (6, 7, 8, 10) times, k15. Rows 3-8: Rep rows 1 & 2 three times. Row 9: Knit. Row 10: Purl. Rows 11-14: Rep rows 9 & 10 twice. Row 15: [K1, p1] 5 times, k14 (17, 19, 22, 25). Row 16: K14 (17, 19, 22, 25), [p1, k1] 5 times. Rows 17-22: Rep rows 15 & 16 three times. Rows 23-28: Rep rows 9 & 10 three times. These 28 rows form patt. Cont in patt until 10 rows fewer have been worked than on back to beg of armhole shaping, ending with RS facing for next row.

26 (26, 28, 28, 28) cm

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Sonja Bargielowska This issue we spoke with Sonja to discuss the latest yarn and news from Blacker Yarns, what goes into developing new lines, and what her favourite things about fibre are! Hand-dyed St Kilda laceweight

Hi Sonja, how are you today and what have you got on your needles at the moment? I’m very well, thanks. Very much enjoying the arrival of autumn and the colder weather, it’s so nice retrieving all those hand knits from the back of the cupboard. I’m working on two projects at the moment: a slouchy two-colour brioche beanie, using Rachael Atkinson’s Daughter of a Shepherd yarn together with an amazing coral pink hand dyed by Orkney Angora (St. Mangus DK); and my first ever full colourwork sweater! The pattern is First Fair Isle Sweater by Yu Co, it is such a gorgeous design and so much fun to knit! I’m making it using a rainbow of Blacker Cornish Tin II shades.

There are over 60 sheep breeds in the UK and it has been such a journey of discovery trying so many of them. We really fell in love with Blacker’s latest yarns, Tin II and St. Kilda. What was the inspiration and story behind them? These yarns were born from a desire to pay homage to the UK’s textile heritage. The majority of yarn comes from a small number of breeds, but we always work to expand that number – a major advantages to having our very own mill, The Natural Fibre Company! We’ve got a great relationship with small producers and are able to buy fibre from UK farms. Cornish Tin II is limited-edition to celebrate our 11th birthday. Sue Blacker chose the blend using fibre from some of our favourite British breeds. As a Cornish company, we wanted to tie this yarn in with our local history, so we named all the colourways after local tin mines. Our St. Kilda Laceweight yarn has roots in the past. It is a blend of Soay, Boreray and Shetland fibre. Despite sourcing this fibre from all over the UK, there are very limited quantities. We can only make a small amount each year. So when The Knitting Goddess approached me about handdyeing our St. Kilda yarn, I jumped at the idea.

“I always try to create something I haven’t seen before”

How did you come to be part of the Blacker Yarns team? I’ve been at Blacker for just over two years, before that I worked at Loop Knitting in London. Life in London can be quite hectic so after graduating university, I found myself eager to move back to the West Country. On the off chance, I sent my CV to Blacker Yarns and by a stroke of luck it turned out they were hiring! Managing my own yarn brand has been a steep learning curve, but oh so rewarding. Before I started working for Blacker I thought there were only three sheep breeds: Merino, Blue-Faced Leicester and Shetland. I’ve certainly had my eyes opened since then!

Beautiful linen blend Lyonesse DK

When developing new yarn, what are the most important things to take into account? I’m an avid knitter so I’ve worked with a lot of yarn – I try to create something I haven’t seen before. For example, when developing Lyonesse, I was looking to create a British summer yarn. It rarely gets warm enough for pure linen, so a 50/50 blend seemed the perfect solution. Corriedale wool gives the yarn bounce and linen brings wonderful drape, blocking memory and pill resistance. After originality, durability is my second biggest consideration when developing yarn.

A gorgeous rainbow of yarn

What’s your favourite yarn or fibre to knit with? It depends on what I’m making! I’m always trying new things. I also love combining different textures. My favourite yarn tends to have a bit of presence, which means it holds its shape beautifully in any stitch pattern from cables to lace or just simple garter stitch. All yarn softens with wear and I love going on that journey of discovery and seeing how a blend weathers down and changes over time. What advice would you give to our readers? Go for it! Whether you’re hesitating over knitting your first jumper, pair of socks, or designing your first pattern, my advice would be just dive in and give it a go. There are so many tutorials out there and the worst that could happen is you have to rip it back and start again – it’s not the end of the world! Is there anything exciting coming up that you’d like to tell our readers about? We’re excited to announce we’ll be expanding the colour palette of our Gotland and Mohair Blend yarns. We’ve just started work on our next big yarn launch. It is all rather secretive at the moment, but I can reveal it’s going to be a silk blend!

Find out more about the processes and history behind the wool from Blacker Yarns, and shop the collections at www.blackeryarns.co.uk

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Local News

The latest events, announcements and inspiration from your local and independent yarn shops Photography Credit ©Paul Nicholls

Try something new! Ever wanted to try your hand at crochet, or perhaps you know the basics but want to learn more about Tunisian crochet? The Fibre Works in Chipping Norton is putting on crochet classes in store, with an introduction to Tunisian crochet on 26th November, followed by a beginner’s crochet class on 17th December. Visit www.thefibreworks.co.uk or call 01608 645 970 to book and to find out more.

Poppy Appeal knitting Knitted poppies are available to buy at Cotswold Sewing and Knitting Machines Shop, Lansdown, after Stroud’s Knit & Natter group rallied together to create these beautiful knitted pieces! Last year, the group raised around £150 for the Royal British Legion, and this year they hope to raise even more! Pop in store and buy one to show your support, or get down to Tesco in Stratford Road, Stroud, where poppies are also available. www.cotswoldsewingmachines.co.uk

Yarn bomb in Cambridge In a culmination of five months of work from hundreds of people from all over the UK, well over 1,000 knitted and crocheted flowers were put on display in an impressive and beautiful yarnbomb by the River Cam in Cambridge. The project, led by Cambridge wool shop The Sheep Shop, was an attempt to raise awareness to the hidden fact that one in five UK women have experienced sexual violence. Now dismantled, the flowers will be sold as brooches by Rape Crisis to raise funds. Learn more about the charity and how you can support by visiting www.cambridgerapecrisis.org.uk

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Workshops in Devon There’s so much going on at Spin a Yarn that you will be spoilt for choice when looking for something to do this month! On 18th November, Learn to refashion a loved, knitted garment that doesn’t quite fit anymore with Claire Crompton, author of The Knitter’s Bible, or try frame weaving on the 8th December, and learn the basic patterns involved. There’s so much more to choose from, so be sure to visit www.spinayarndevon.co.uk to find out more. Alternatively, call 01626 836203 to book or to find out more.

The perfect gift! Ammonite Yarns is now offering knitting subscription boxes, the perfect gift for the impossible-to-buy for knitter! Simply pay a monthly subscription to receive one of two themed boxes, with delivery starting in mid-January 2017. The Baby Box is a six-box subscription, each including a full project to knit, a new technique, pattern, and yarn to work on a surprise blanket that will grow with every box! The Surprise Box is for adventurous knitters who like to try different yarns; just think luxurious natural fibre, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise! If you buy the subscription as a gift, Ammonite Yarns will even provide a gift card to be opened on Christmas Day! For full details and to start your subscription, visit www.ammoniteyarns.co.uk or telephone 01443 520200

No more cold feet! Wool Zone in Oakham is getting in the Christmas spirit with an exclusive kit for a pair of Snowman socks, designed by Jules Jackson. Knit the socks yourself or give the kit to a knitter so that they can have the pleasure of making them! The kit costs £12.50 and includes yarn, needles, decorative buttons and the pattern. Find out more at www.woolzone.co.uk

Cosy knits

Chunky knits are perfect, quick knits to work up for loved ones if you are struggling this Christmas, and the new pattern leaflets from Wendy are sure to give you some great inspiration. These woodland toys are perfect to snuggle up with on cold evenings and will certainly make any child smile on Christmas Day! Or how about a stylish and cosy jumper that you’ll love to knit so much that you won’t want to give it away? Be sure to pop into your local yarn shop this month to find your inspiration for Christmas.

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Cosy Winter Yarns with Knit Wise

Knit Wise 01695 580590 www.knit-wise.co.uk 42 Church Street, Ormskirk, Lancashire L39 3AW

Each month, we get together a group of real knitters to test out yarn and ask for their honest opinions. These are the results! King Cole Shine

Rico Baby So Soft

Sirdar Ophelia

Content: 97% acrylic, 3% polyester

Content: 57% acrylic, 40% nylon, 3% polyester

Content: 100% acrylic

Yardage: 282m per 100g ball

Yardage: 95m per 50g ball

Yardage: 250m per 100g ball

Weight: DK

Weight: Chunky

Weight: DK

Price: £4.70 at Knit Wise

Price: £2.90 at Knit Wise

Price: £3.70 at Knit Wise

In one word: sparkly, festive

In one word: fluffy

In one word: lush, beautiful

Use for: hats, novelty gifts

Use for: child’s bolero, shawlettes

Use for: baby garments

How enjoyable was it to knit with? ......3.6

How enjoyable was it to knit with? ......4.5

How enjoyable was it to knit with? .........5

How happy are you with your swatch? .4.2

How happy are you with your swatch? ....5

How happy are you with your swatch? ....5

How would you rate the colour? .............4

How would you rate the colour? .............5

How would you rate the colour? ..........3.1

How hardwearing does it feel? ............... 4

How hardwearing does it feel? ............3.8

How hardwearing does it feel? ...............4

How soft is it against your skin? .........3.8

How soft is it against your skin? .........4.7

How soft is it against your skin? .............5

Would buy: ........................................ 70%

Would buy: ...................................... 100%

Would buy: ...................................... 100%

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The Review There is very little that can beat a snug evening indoors, knitting with beautiful rich yarn while the weather outside turns colder. In fact, it can only be beaten when you get to do just that as a group with some beautiful wool! The Knit and Natter group at Knit Wise in Ormskirk are our expert reviewers this month, testing out some cosy winter yarn. A mix of festive, vibrant, and cosy colours were reviewed, across a range of scrumptious textures; from the consistently popular and soft

Stylecraft Special, to the exciting and feathery texture of Sirdar Ophelia. The team at Knit Wise warmly welcomes everyone with a passion for all things woolly, and aims to provide yarn to suit all budgets! Be sure to get in touch with Knit Wise to see what’s going on, and to get your hands on some of its favourite winter yarn! The Knit and Natter groups meet every Tuesday and Wednesday.

n Stitch patter FLUTED TRIANGLES

Worked over a multiple of 8 sts Row 1: *K4, p4; rep from * to end. Row 2: P1, *k3, p5; rep from * to last 7 sts, k3, p4. Row 3: K4, *p2, k6; rep from * to last 4 sts, p2, k2.

Row 4: P3, *k1, p7; rep from * to last 5 sts, k1, p4. Row 5: *P4, k4; rep from * to end. Row 6: *P5, k3; rep from * to end. Row 7: *P2, k6; rep from * to end. Row 8: *P7, k1; rep from * to end. Rep rows 1-8 for pattern.

Noro Kureopatora

Stylecraft Special

Baa Ram Ewe Dovestone

Content: 100% wool

Content: 100% acrylic

Content: 100% wool

Yardage: 270m per 100g ball

Yardage: 295m per 100g ball

Yardage: 230m per 100g ball

Weight: Worsted

Weight: DK

Weight: DK

Price: £10 at Knit Wise

Price: £2.10 at Knit Wise

Price: £14 at Knit Wise

In one word: striking

In one word: versatile, vibrant

In one word: luxurious

Use for: poncho, jumper

Use for: toys, cushions

Use for: special knits

How enjoyable was it to knit with? ......3.9

How enjoyable was it to knit with? ......4.7

How enjoyable was it to knit with? .........5

How happy are you with your swatch? .4.7

How happy are you with your swatch? .4.8

How happy are you with your swatch? ....5

How would you rate the colour? ..........3.8

How would you rate the colour? ..........4.7

How would you rate the colour? ..........4.8

How hardwearing does it feel? ................4

How hardwearing does it feel? ...............4

How hardwearing does it feel? ...............5

How soft is it against your skin? .........2.9

How soft is it against your skin? ............5

How soft is it against your skin? .........3.7

Would buy: ........................................ 45%

Would buy: ...................................... 100%

Would buy: ...................................... 100%

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22 sts

1300g DK

31 rows

10cm

10cm

over St st

one size

Designed by Wendy Design Team

Yarn used Wendy Pixile DK Throw: 6 balls in Mulberry 3376 & 2 balls in Coppice 3372 Large Cushion: 3 balls in Coppice 3372 Small Cushion: 2 balls in Coppice 3372

About the yarn DK; 225m per 100g ball; 100% acrylic

Tension

Throw: 24 sts x 28 rows = 10cm measured over patt on 4.5mm needles Cushions: 22 sts x 31 rows= 10cm measured over St st on 4mm needles

Needles used

Throw: 4.5mm straight Cushions: 4mm straight, 4.5mm straight

Other supplies cable needle 6 buttons for 2 cushions stitch holder tapestry needle Large cushion: 45cm square cushion pad Small cushion: 30x40cm cushion pad

Throw & Cushions This gorgeous cabled set will add style to any room while keeping you warm Start knitting‌ THROW

With MC and larger needles, cast on 159 sts loosely. Purl 1 row. Row 1: K6, * yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * to last 3 sts, k3. Row 2: K3, p to last 3 sts, k3. Rep the last 2 rows until piece measures 157cm. Purl 1 row. Cast off

Cable Embellishment With CC and larger needles, cast on 33 sts. Set-up Row (WS): K1, p4, k1, p9, k9, p3, k1, p4, k1. Row 1: P1, k4, p1, C6L, p6, C6LP, k3, p1, k4, p1. Row 2: K1, p4, k1, p6, k9, p6, k1, p4, k1. Row 3: P1, C4R, p1, k3, C6L, p6, C6LP, p1, C4L, p1. Row 4: K1, p4, k1, p3, k9, p9, k1, p4, k1. Row 5: P1, k4, p1, k6, C6L, p6, k3, p1, k4, p1.

Row 6: K1, p4, k1, p3, k6, p12, k1, p4, k1. Row 7: P1, C4R, p1, k9, C6LP, p3, k3, p1, C4L, p1. Row 8: K1, p4, k1, [p3, k3] two times, p9, k1, p4, k1. Row 9: P1, k4, p1, k3, C6R, p3, k3, C6R, p1, k4, p1. Row 10: K1, p4, k1, p9, k3, p9, k1, p4, k1. Row 11: P1, C4R, p1, C6RP, k3, p3, C6R, k3, p1, C4L, p1. Row 12: K1, p4, k1, p9, [k3, p3] two times, k1, p4, k1. Row 13: P1, k4, p1, k3, p3, C6LP, k9, p1, k4, p1. Row 14: K1, p4, k1, p12, k6, p3, k1, p4, k1. Row 15: P1, C4R, p1, k3, p6, C6LP, k6, p1, C4L, p1. Row 16: K1, p4, k1, p9, k9, p3, k1, p4, k1. Rep rows 1-16 thirty times, or until piece measures 157cm. Leave sts on stitch holder. Making up: Sew cable embellishment to centre of throw using the photograph as a guide. Adjust the length of the

cable if required by making more rows so that it fits your throw perfectly. Cast off and weave in ends before sewing on the final part.

SMALL CUSHION

With CC and larger needles, cast on 87 sts. Row 1: K3, *yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * to end. Row 2: Purl. Rep these 2 rows 13 times. Change to smaller needles. Cont in St st, starting with a knit row, until work measures 71cm. End with a purl row. Cont in 1x1 rib for 2.5cm. Cast off in rib. Making up: Fold lace edge to front at 15cm, place marker. Measure 30.5cm for back and place 2nd marker. Fold remaining 28cm to front and underneath lace flap. Sew side seams by top sewing. Sew on buttons.

Chart

Sizing one size, see schematic for finished measurements

Abbreviations

C4R: Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, k2, k2 from cn C4L: Sl 2 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, k2, k2 from cn C6R: Sl 3 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, k3, k3 from cn C6L: Sl 3 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, k3, k3 from cn C6RP: Sl 3 sts onto cn and hold at back of work, k3, p3 from cn C6LP: Sl 3 sts onto cn and hold at front of work, p3, k3 from cn 86

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Home Knit

LARGE CUSHION

Using larger needles and CC, cast on 99 sts. Row 1 (RS): K3 *yo, sk2p, yo, k3; rep from * to end. Row 2: Purl. These 2 rows form patt. Cont in patt until flap measures 15cm, ending with Row 2. Place markers at each end of this row. Change to smaller needles. Cont in St st, starting with a knit

row, until work measures 78.5cm from markers. End with a purl row. Cont in k1, p1 rib for 2.5cm. Cast off in rib.

Schematic

Making up: Fold lace edge to front for 20.5cm, place marker. Measure 45.5cm for back and place 2nd marker. Fold remaining 30.5cm, to front and underneath lace flap. Sew side seams by top sewing. Sew on buttons.

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Find your local shop and get involved in your woolly community At Knit Now, we're passionate about supporting the incredible diversity of local yarn shops up and down the country, all year round. Not just because we love to touch and feel some yarn from time to time (and take it home and knit it!), but also because of the unique and valuable communities which grow up around our shops. Just like our local pubs, butchers and post offices though, it's a ‘use it or lose it’ deal – if we stop calling in to our local knitting shops to pick up a new set of needles or book on to a class, we will lose them, and the community that goes along with them. The good news is that, as knitters, there's something very simple that we can do to keep these vital community hubs open. Just keep visiting your local shop! As an extra incentive, when you buy Knit Now, you'll be able to get special discounts at participating stores up and down the country. This month, why not take the time to find your local shop and pay them a visit? At Knit Now, we're working with AIYSO (the Association of Independent Yarn Shop Owners) to promote local shops in every single issue, as well as online at www.knitnowmag.co.uk/stitchedtogether Kate Heppell, Editor

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ENGLAND: SOUTH Avicraft Wool We are an independent yarn shop and are proud of our customer service, knowledge and range of yarn. We run lessons and various Knit and Natter groups. 15 Chatterton Road, Bromley BR2 9QW 0208 290 1238 sharonthesheep@gmail.com www.avicraftwool.com Beaker Button We sell exclusive Dorset button kits, books and patterns, luxury yarn, handdyed thread, tools and materials for the discerning crafter. We run button and fibre craft workshops from beginner to advanced. Studio 11 Fairground Craft Centre Weyhill, Hampshire SP11 0QN www.beakerbutton.co.uk Cotswold Sewing & Knitting Machines We stock a range of yarn: Sirdar, King Cole, Bergia, Patons, DY and Wooly Knit, and sell a host of knitting accessories. We also do clothing alterations and sewing machine repairs. 7a Lansdown Stroud Gloucestershire GL5 1BB 01453 763660 www.cotswoldsewing machines.co.uk HULU Hulu is a family-run business that prides itself on friendly service. We have a large selection of yarn, patterns and accessories to help our customers find their next project. Sentinel House, Poundwell Modbury, Devon PL21 0XX 01548 831911 sales@hulucrafts.co.uk www.hulucrafts.co.uk

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Jenny Wren’s Yarns From DY Choice and Rico to Rowan and Fyberspates, you’ll be sure to find something to inspire you at Jenny Wren’s. Learn new skills at our classes or get social at our knit groups. 14 St Peters Street Ipswich IP1 1XB 01473 805208 hello@jennywrensyarns.co.uk www.jennywrensyarns.co.uk Knitcraft We are a family-run business since 1989 and stock Stylecraft, King Cole, JC Brett, Sirdar, plus much more. We offer friendly, helpful advice and nearby free parking. 25 Fore Street Carn Brea Pool Redruth Cornwall TR15 3DZ 01209 216661 Facebook: Knitcraft Woolshop Norfolk Yarn Based in the heart of the Norwich Lanes we specialise in natural fibre for knitting, crochet, felt making, spinning and patchwork. We run regular workshops to teach from beginner upwards. 11 Pottergate Norwich NR2 1DS 01603 927034 www.norfolkyarn.co.uk Spin a Yarn We are a yarn shop on the edge of Dartmoor specialising in beautiful yarn from around the world – from local Alpaca to Arctic Qiviut. We also run a programme of workshops. 26 Fore Street Bovey Tracey, Devon TQ13 9AD 01626 836203 info@spinayarndevon.co.uk www.spinayarndevon.co.uk

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10% off DK yarn*

The Fibreworks We are a knit, crochet, and sewing haven in the heart of Chipping Norton. We sell yarn from around the world, fabric and haberdashery. In our studio we run workshops in all kinds of textiles-related crafts. 01608 645970 info@thefibreworks.co.uk www.thefibreworks.co.uk The Sheep Shop You’ll find a warm welcome and fabulous touchy-feely yarn, both British and from around the world, and tops for felting and spinning. We host many classes and friendly groups too. 72 Beche Road, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB5 8HU 01223 311268 sarah@sheepshopcambridge.co.uk www.sheepshopcambridge.co.uk

at your local wool shop Wool-n-Things We stock a wide range of yarn from 100% acrylic to hand-dyed Fair Trade, ranging from 3-ply up to super chunky. Workshops are available – please see the website for more information. 3-5 Hitchin Street, Baldock, Herts SG7 6AL 01462 612889 wool-n-things@hotmail.co.uk www.wool-n-things.co.uk

ENGLAND: MIDLANDS

Crafts by Design We are a family-owned and run business, specialising in quality yarn by West The Spotted Sheep Yorkshire Spinners, Colinette, Patons and Funky. Traditional. Beautiful. Fun. Wool. Rowan. We also stock KnitPro, Clover and Scrumptious. Jacobís. Local. Fur. Vintage. Pony needles and hooks. Eco. Maxi. Beginner. Lace. Alpaca. Bio. 21 Leicester Street Donegal. Cotton. Cashmere. Unspun. Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire Linen. Rainbow. Worsted. Seasons. LE13 0PP Yorkshire. Washi. Bliss. Cumulus. 01664 668140 Moonshine. Leighton. Buzzard. craftsbydesignmelton@gmail.com www.thespottedsheep.co.uk www.craftsbydesign.co.uk The Wool Bar Co. Beautiful yarn and fabric sourced from within the UK and around the world; haberdashery, gifts and vintage finds. A place for inspiration and learning and always a warm welcome. 2 The Broadway, Brighton Road Worthing, West Sussex BN11 3EG 01903 235445 thewoolbar14@gmail.com www.thewoolbar.com

Crafts United If you’re in Sandiacre, Nottinghamshire, stop at Crafts United to be inspired by a world of creativity, you can pick up lovely yarns and goodies from popular brands like King Cole, Stylecraft, Sirdar, and James C Brett, as well as buy handmade gifts from local crafters 0115 939 9552 www.crafts_united.co.uk

Crafty Corner A friendly, family run business stocking Whitknits of Whitstable Sirdar, Stylecraft, King Cole, J C Brett, A carefully edited range of beautiful Woolcraft, Adriafil yarn along with knitting and crochet yarn, from Bergere haberdashery, cross stitch, long stitch De France, Debbie Bliss, Sirdar, Sublime, kits and material. Knit and natter groups Adriafil and West Yorkshire Spinners. We and workshops are available. also have a selection of haberdashery, 69 Long Street knitting accessories and craft books. Atherstone, Warwickshire 5 Oxford Street, CV9 1AZ Whitstable CT5 1DB. 01827 715816 www.whitknits.co.uk wendy@crafty-corner.net info@whitknits.co.uk www.shopatcraftycorner.co.uk

Elizabeth’s Wool Shop A traditional old-fashioned shop that warmly welcomes customers both new and old – giving help, advice and even the occasional cup of tea. We stock WoolCraft, Jarol, StyleCraft and many more. 10 High Street Clay Cross Chesterfield Derbyshire S45 9DY 07528 888839 www.facebook.com/ elizabethswoolshop Emms Haberdashery One of Worcestershire’s largest knitting and fabric stores! 6-8 high street Droitwich WR9 8EW 01905 778381 Ewe Wool Shop For all your knitting needs, help and advice is on hand. We stock Rowan, Debbie Bliss, Sublime, King Cole, Stylecraft and more. We have a loyalty scheme and hold workshops. 4 Stamford walk Stamford PE9 2JE 01780 763838 i_love_ewe@ymail.com www.i-love-ewe.com Get Knitting Get Knitting offers a friendly, relaxed environment where you can take time to browse and discuss your next knitting or crochet project. We have a variety of yarn including Sirdar, Debbie Bliss, Wendy, James Brett etc and also have basic haberdashery. 70 Kingsley Park Terrace Northampton NN2 7HH 01604 716768 www.yarnshopnorthampton.co.uk www.facebook.com/getknitting

Knit One An award-winning shop, we stock Sirdar, Sublime, Debbie Bliss, Rico, Katia, Noro, Lang, Schoppel Wolle and more plus needles, hooks, pattern leaflets and books. Knitting and crochet courses are available. 60c Queens Road Clarendon Park, Leicester LE2 1TU 0116 270 0337 www.knitone.uk.com Remember When Weíre stockists of King Cole, James C. Brett, Stylecraft, Sirdar, Rico, Wendy, Hayfield, Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Lantern Moon, WYS, Woolyknit, Adriafil, EllaRae and much more. We also provide a postal service. 80 High Street Coleshill, West Midlands B46 3AH 01675 466418 info@rememberwhen shop.co.uk www.rememberwhen shop.co.uk Stitch Solihull We hold creative workshops and stock textile craft supplies, Bergere de France, West Yorkshire Spinners, Fyberspates, Malabrigo, KnitPro, Hiya Hiya, and much more. Cedar Cottage Notcutts Garden Centre Stratford Road, Shorley, Solihull B90 4EN 0121 314 6888 sales@stitchsolihull.com www.stitchsolihull.com

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*When you show this magazine in any of the shops listed on these pages, you will receive 10% off DK yarn, with a minimum purchase value of £10 before the discount. Some exceptions apply, please see individual listings. Applies to in-store purchases only. Not valid in conjunction with any other offer. Expires 11th December 2016.

StitchUpp Quality yarn, knitting accessories, hand-stitching supplies and haberdashery located in a fantastic Rutland market town, offering a wide range of natural fibre, including British wool. 12 High Street East Uppingham LE15 9PZ 01572 850032 jane@stitchupp.co.uk www.stitchupp.co.uk Withit Witch We’re a small family-run business stocking a large range of yarn and accessories. We’re always happy to help with knitting and crochet queries. Knit and natter is held every Monday morning. The Halesowen Knitting Centre 75 High Street, Halesowen B63 1EQ 0121 550 0201 enquiry@withitwitch.co.uk www.withitwitch.co.uk Wool Zone We have gorgeous yarn from DROPS, Stylecraft and other major brands plus sock yarn, needles, accessories, books and kits for all abilities. Visit for inspiration, advice and friendly service. 10b Northgate, Oakham LE15 6QS 01572 868480 julie@woolzone.co.uk www.woolzone.co.uk Wye Wools We stock King Cole, Sirdar, Stylecraft, Adriafil and Bergere plus patterns and accessories. We also do clothing alterations. New yarn now in stock. Our range includes books and starter kits. 11 Water Street Bakewell, Derbyshire DE45 1EW 07913 307752

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ENGLAND: EAST Horncastle Hobby House & Cake Art We are friendly ladies with a shop stocking knitting yarn from Katia, King Cole, Woolcraft and Wendy. We also stock needles, buttons, ribbons, kids crafts, decopatch and cake decorating requirements. Advice and help freely given. 25 North Street, Horncastle Lincs LN9 5DX 01507 522659 horncastlehobbyhouse@ tiscali.co.uk The Woolly Workshop Visit our cosy cottage in the heart of Durham City. Brands include, Debbie Bliss, Fyberspates, WYS, KnitPro. We also sell natural fleece, tops and handspun yarn. we hold year-round workshops and knitting groups. Cottage 1 Fowlers Yard Back Silver St Durham City DH1 3RA 07473 186277 thewoollyworkshop@gmail.com www.thewoollyworkshop.co.uk

ENGLAND: NORTH A Good Yarn Knitting or crochet – whatever your skill level, we have brands and projects to suit every pocket. We also hold weekly knit and natter groups and workshops, as well as offering expert tuition. Cambridge Street Cleethorpes DN35 8HD 01472 508707 www.agoodyarn.co.uk

Alibaabaas The Wool Shop Scarborough’s only dedicated yarn shop assures you a friendly welcome, for your favourite brand of yarn and accessories including Sirdar, Sublime, Hayfield, King Cole, West Yorkshire Spinners, Debbie Bliss, Designer Yarns, Patons, Regia and KnitPro. 87 Dean Rd Scarborough YO12 7QS 01723 376947 alibaabaas87@outlook.com www.alibaabaas.co.uk

Little Lamb Wool Originally specialising in baby and children’s knitting we now have a comprehensive range of everything! We stock Sirdar, Sublime, King Cole, Debbie Bliss, Peter Pan, Wendy and West Yorkshire Spinners. 3a The Fold Wath Court Hovingham YO62 4NN 01653 628896 enquiries@littlelambwool.co.uk www.littlelambwool.co.uk

Beckside Yarns & Needlecrafts One of the UK’s largest yarn shops stocking a gallery full of fabulous yarn including Noro, Debbie Bliss, Rowan, Araucania, Mirasol and Louisa Harding. We stock KnitPro needles and accessories. Beckside Gallery Church Avenue Clapham North Yorkshire LA2 8EA 01524 251 122 info@becksideyarns.co.uk www.becksideyarns.co.uk

Rainbow Yarns We stock a wide range of yarn, accessories and patterns including WYS, Debbie Bliss, Noro, Louisa Harding, Sirdar, DY & Regia. We pride ourselves on our customer service and welcome all visitors (including pets!) Bridge Street Rothbury Northumberland NE657SE 01669 622959 www.facebook.com/ rainbowyarnsrothbury/

Chorlton Crafts & Gifts We stock James Brett, Cygnet, Stylecraft and Robin plus a large selection of patterns, accessories and haberdashery. We welcome customers old and new and are always on hand for advice and help. The Square, Chorlton Place Chorlton-cum-Hardy Manchester M21 9AQ 07908 371301 jeanne.saull@hotmail.co.uk

Sew-In Marple, Buxton & Cheadle We have three specialist shops stocking the top brands including Sirdar, Sublime, WYS, Rowan and Fyberspates, supported by hundreds of patterns and books. We sell tools and accessories from KnitPro, Brittany and Prym. Marple: 0161 427 2529 Buxton: 01298 26636 Cheadle: 0161 376 8643 enquiries@myknittingyarn andwool.co.uk www.myknittingyarn andwool.co.uk

Cottontail Crafts Fantastic range of knitting yarn, fabric, needlecraft and other crafts at great prices. Buy with confidence from a ‘real’ shop with 60 years of crafting expertise and a passion for customer service. 16 Duke Street Settle BD24 9DN 01729 822946 sue@cottontailcrafts.co.uk www.cottontailcrafts.co.uk Craft Hive A treasure trove of fabric, wool, embroidery & papercrafts. We offer workshops and weekly groups in quilting, knitting and crochet 16c Front Street West Bedlington NE22 5UB 01670 821758 info@crafthive.co.uk www.crafthive.co.uk

Stitch N Knit Established for 40 years. We are a centre point for needlework and craft enthusiasts. We stock a huge range of products and for knitters we have wools, cottons, needles, patterns, accessories, etc 8 Blackpool Old Rd Poulton Le Fylde Lancs FY6 7DH, 01253 883685 victorianshop@talktalk.net www.stitchnknit.co.uk

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Twist & Purl We’re premium Stockists of Bergere de France yarn and also stock Rico, Sirdar, Stylecraft, J Brett, KnitPro. Knitting and crochet workshops are run throughout the year. 1 Bradford Road Cleckheaton West Yorks BD19 5AG 01274 873 279 knit@twistandpurl.co.uk www.twistandpurl.co.uk

The Wool Shop As the only dedicated wool shop in Midlothian, we’re stockists of Sirdar, King Cole, Stylecraft and Designer Yarns. We’re open Monday-Saturday, 9.30am-4.30pm. Keep up to date with us on Facebook! 30 Woodburn Avenue Dalkeith, Midlothian Scotland EH22 2BP 0131 663 2141 www.thewoolshop.co.uk

The Wool Baa We stock a wide range of yarn, single patterns and booklets, needles, bags, haberdashery and notions. We’re happy to help with yarn-related problems and queries as we like happy customers! 83 Junction Road Hunters Bar Sheffield S11 8XA 0114 266 6262 www.thewoolbaa.co.uk www.facebook.com/woolbaa

Threads We’re stockists of Stylecraft, King Cole, James C Brett, DMC and much more! We have haberdashery and sewing supplies as well as a loyalty card scheme and crochet lessons. Please phone for details. Friendly helpful service is assured. Threads Wool Shop 143 Glasgow Road Dumbarton G82 1RQ 01389 761385 fankledthreads@gmail.com www.threadswoolshop.co.uk

SCOTLAND The Knitting Bee We are a one stop shop for all your knitting, crochet and haberdashery supplies. The Knitting Bee was established in 2011 and we are proud be a shop run for knitters by knitters!! 52 Main Street Barrhead G78 1RE 0141 881 1969 info@theknittingbee.co.uk www.theknittingbee.co.uk Ginger Twist Studio Ginger Twist Studio is an indie vintage inspired yarn shop. Squish Ginger’s hand-dyed or sign up for a workshop! We also stock West Yorkshire Spinners, Brigantia, Cascade, Navia, John Arbon, Woolyknit and more! 11 London Road Edinburgh EH7 5AP 07599 479445 gingertwiststudio@gmail.com www.gingertwiststudios.com Kingfishersblue Kingfishersblue is Edinburgh’s largest stockist of Stylecraft Special DK. We have recently introduced Ella Rae and Louisa Harding yarn and will soon stock Opal sock yarn! 76 Leith Walk Edinburgh EH6 5HB sales@kingfishersblue.co.uk www.kingfishersblue.co.uk

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Techniques In this issue

This month, a couple of our patterns are knitted in the round. Here’s our quick guide to using double-pointed needles

Knitting on DPNs Pattern update

Step 1: Cast on all the sts you need onto a normal knitting needle using your preferred cast on (long tail, two needle etc). Holding the full needle in your LH, take an empty DPN (a) and slip one quarter of the cast-on stitches from the cast-on needle onto your DPN. 9 sts

Step 2: Support the DPN (a) in the crook of your RH thumb and first finger, being careful not to let the stitches slip off. Take a second empty DPN (b) and slip the next 9 stitches from the cast-on needle onto this new DPN. 9 sts each on DPNs (a) and (b)

Step 3: Repeat for the third DPN (c), supporting the first two sets of stitches with (a), the crook of your LH thumb, (b) and the crook of your RH thumb. If you are working on five needles, as illustrated, slip the next 9 stitches onto a fourth DPN (d). You should have an empty needle and 9 stitches each on DPNs (a) to (d).

We do everything we can to make sure our patterns are as perfect as possible, but we are only human and occasionally, a mistake slips through. The pattern card which came with our last issue for the Rowan Nimbus pattern was missing its charts. Please find them below. Pattern updates are also published on our website, www.knitnowmag.co.uk

Body Chart

Step 4: Lay your stitches flat and, with the working yarn to the right, check that there are no twisted stitches. The row of bumps at the base of each stitch should be smooth and at the intersections between needles, the strand that joins the stitches shouldn’t be twisted.

Step 5: Make a slipknot in a piece of contrasting waste yarn. Place it on the end of needle (a). Holding (a) with the working yarn in your RH and (d) in your LH, bring (a) and (d) together to form a circle. Resting (a) loosely in the crook of your RH finger and thumb, use the empty DPN (e) to knit the first stitch on the LH needle (d).

Step 6: The stitch you have just knitted is now on needle (e), behind needle (d). Pull up the working yarn quite tightly to make a neat join. The piece of waste yarn is your marker. This will help you to see where the join is and where your rounds begin and end.

Sleeve Chart

Step 7: Knit with (e) until all stitches on (d) have been knitted. Needle (d) will be empty and becomes your ‘working’ needle. Rearrange the needles, bringing needle (c) forward and letting the needle you have just filled (e) drop back. Note that the marker has rotated around too. Use a new working needle (d) to knit stitches off the needle (c).

Step 8: Repeat this process, rotating the work as you fill each needle until you reach the marker. When the marker is reached, one round has been knitted. If you’re using a chart you will now continue to work as above, following the next line in your chart.

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Knit (k)

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Step 1: Insert RH needle from left to right into front of next st.

Step 2: Wrap yarn clockwise around RH needle.

Step 3: Holding working yarn firmly, pull loop through.

Step 4: Drop old st off LH needle. 1 knit st has been made.

Purl (p)

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Step 1: Insert RH needle from right to left into front of next st.

Step 2: Wrap yarn anticlockwise around RH needle.

Step 3: Holding working yarn firmly, pull loop through.

Grafting

DN p-wise into next st on front needle and pull the yarn through. Insert DN p-wise into 1st st on back needle and slip this st off the needle. Insert DN k-wise into next st on back needle and pull yarn through.* Rep from * to * until all sts have been worked.

Mattress st

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Divide sts equally between two needles. Cut yarn, leaving a long tail, and thread onto a darning needle (DN). Insert DN p-wise into 1st st on front needle and pull yarn through. Insert DN k-wise into 1st st on back needle and pull yarn through. *Insert DN k-wise into 1st st on front needle and slip the st off needle. Insert

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SKP or ssk? There are lots of different ways to work a left-leaning decrease and many knitters will debate which method is best. We like the ‘improved’ ssk method illustrated on the next page, but this, SKP or sl1, k1, psso will all produce similar results – use the technique you prefer!

End to end: Lay pieces RS up and together. Thread yarn onto darning needle (DN). Secure two corners at RH edge. Working from right to left, *insert DN under the ‘V’ of the next st in top piece, pull gently, insert DN under the ‘V’ of the opposite st in bottom piece, pull gently; rep from * until seam is complete.

Step 4: Drop old st off LH needle. 1 purl st has been made.

Side to side: Lay pieces RS up and together. Thread yarn onto darning needle (DN). Secure two corners at RH edge. Pull apart slightly so you can see the ‘ladder’ of horizontal strands between columns of sts. Working from right to left, *with DN, catch first ‘rung’ of ladder on RH piece. Catch the opposite ‘rung’ on LH piece and pull gently until the two edges meet; rep from * until seam is complete.

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Between knit sts: Start with yarn at back. Bring yarn forward from back to front between the needles and back over the RH needle.

Between purl sts: With the yarn at the front of the work, take it from front to back over the top of the RH needle, continue round, under RH needle, and hold to front ready to purl next st.

Between a knit and a purl st: Start with yarn at back. Bring yarn forward between the needles, take from front to back over the top of the RH needle, round RH needle and hold to front to purl next st.

Slip, slip, knit (ssk)

Step 1: Insert the RH needle into the next st k-wise, then slip it onto the RH needle without knitting it.

Between a purl and a knit st: You will start with the yarn at the front of the work (facing you). Take the yarn back over the top of the RH needle so it is now at the back of the work, ready to work a knit stitch.

Make one (m1)

Step 2: Insert the RH needle into the next st p-wise, then slip onto the RH needle. You have 2 slipped sts on the RH needle, 1 slipped k-wise, 1 slipped p-wise.

Step 3: Insert the tip of the LH needle from left to right up into the front of the two slipped sts (the RH needle is behind the LH needle). Knit these two sts tog.

Step 1: Insert LH needle from back to front below the strand between the two needles, lifting the strand onto the LH needle.

Central double decrease (cdd)

Step 1: Insert RH needle from front to back into next 2 sts on LH needle. Slip these two sts k-wise tog onto RH needle without knitting them.

Step 2: Knit the next st on LH needle. Note that the two slipped sts are sitting unworked behind the st you have just knitted.

Step 3: Insert the tip of the LH needle from left to right into the front of the two slipped sts and lift the two slipped sts over the knitted st.

Step 2: Holding working yarn tensioned with LH fingers, hook left thumb under working yarn from back to front. Insert the tip of the needle into front of loop on left thumb. Tail yarn is still held tensioned in RH at this point.

Step 3: Use RH to bring tail yarn up under needle, from right to left. Take it between thumb and needle, over the top of the needle, and hold tensioned to right. You should wrap the yarn clockwise around the needle as if to knit.

Step 2: Insert the tip of the RH needle from front to back into the front of the new loop on the LH needle. Knit this st.

Long-tail cast-on

Step 1: Make a slipknot, leaving a long tail of yarn approximately three times the length of the cast-on edge. Place slipknot on needle and draw up. Hold needle in RH.

Step 4: Lift loop on left thumb over tip of needle, remove thumb and draw up working yarn. Two sts on RH needle (slipknot counts as one st). Repeat steps 2-4 until number of sts required has been cast on. www.knitnowmag.co.uk

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Reading a pattern 1. Charts

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Charts are a visual representation of the finished knitted piece. They show it from the right side, so when you read them, you read in the same direction as you knit. Always start at the bottom. Working flat, read RS rows from right to left and WS rows from left to right. Working in the round, read all rows from right to left. One square represents each stitch.

2. Schematic The schematic is there to show you the finished measurements of the item, and how it all fits together. Compare these measurements to the measurements of a garment which you know fits you well. In the schematic and throughout the pattern, the smallest size is shown first, with the larger sizes in brackets.

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4. Tension

This is the information about the yarn we used for this pattern. If you can’t get hold of this yarn, take a look at these details and compare them to other yarns that are available to you so that you can make a substitution.

To check your tension, knit a swatch (at least 15cm square), wash it and block it as you would the finished garment. Count the number of stitches and rows in 10cm. If you have too many stitches, go up a needle size. If you have too few, go down a size. Keep repeating this process as many times as needed.

5. Finishing For most items, the best way to block is to soak the item in lukewarm water and wool wash for about an hour to relax the stitches. Then roll it in a towel to remove most of the water. Finally, shape the item and leave it to dry. For garments, you can simply lay them flat. For lace shawls, you will need to stretch and pin them out. For hats, try blocking over a balloon or plate to stretch it into shape.

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k1, p1 ribbing k2, p2 ribbing Alternate Beginning Contrast colour Centred double decrease – slip 2 stitches knitwise together, knit 1, pass slipped stitches over Centimetres Cable needle Cable 2 backwards – sl st onto CN, hold in back, k1 from LH needle, k1 from CN Cable 2 forwards – sl st onto CN, hold in front, k1 from LH needle, k1 from CN Continue Decrease Double-pointed needle Following Grammes Garter stitch. Knitting flat: Knit every row. Knitting in the round: Knit and purl alternate rounds K all sts on DPN. Without turning, slide sts to other end of needle. Rep until cord reaches desired length Inches Increase

incl k k-wise kfb k2tog LH m1

mb MC p p-wise p2tog patt pm prev psso pu rem rep Rev St st RH rm rnd Row RS sk Sk2p

Including Knit Knitwise Knit one through the front then through the back (same stitch) Knit two together Left hand Make one by lifting the bar between stitches onto LH needle and knitting into it Make bobble Main colour Purl Purlwise Purl two together Pattern Place marker Previous Pass slipped stitch over Pick up Remaining Repeat Reverse stocking stitch. As stocking stitch, but knit side is the ‘wrong’ side Right hand Remove marker Round Row Right side Skip Slip 1, knit 2 together, pass slipped stitch over

SKP sl sm ssk ssp st St st

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WS wyib wyif yo [] ()

Slip 1, knit 1, pass slipped stitch over Slip stitch – slip p-wise unless specified Slip marker Slip one knitwise, slip one purlwise, knit two slipped stitches together Slip one, slip one, purl two slipped stitches together Stitch Stocking stitch. Knitting flat: Alternate knit and purl rows. Knitting in the round: Knit all rounds Through back loop Together Wrap and turn. Slip next stitch onto RH needle, take yarn to opposite side of work between needles, slip same stitch back onto LH needle. Turn work ready to begin working in opposite direction Wrong side With yarn in back With yarn in front Yarn over Repeat instructions Alternative sizes

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Dear Diary

This month I’ve been dabbling in a little bit of crochet I’ve lost track of the number of times I’ve moved house since I started this column – you’re probably bored reading about my endless new houses! Unfortunately that’s the downside of being a renter, you’re always on the move. The plus side is that I’m always getting new spaces to decorate. We’ve just moved to a lovely new house for my girlfriend Elena’s job, and we’re allowed to paint and put up shelves which was a no-no at our last house. We’ve got a lovely big living room which we’ve painted a nice soft shade of green, and Elena has put up bookshelves, so I thought it was only fair for me to make something too. The nights are getting cooler so a big snuggly sofa blanket was an obvious choice. I’ve not done any crochet for a while and my skills are getting pretty rusty, so this seemed like a nice opportunity to dig out some hooks and try out a pattern from our lovely sister magazine, Crochet Now. The magazine is full of beautiful blankets every issue, but one project in particular had really caught my eye – the Sunshine and Showers crochet-along designed by Jane Crowfoot. It’s published in instalments over the course of a year, with each instalment adding a new and different mag sister Our

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Knit a hat in the round, Dunchurch

strip of stitches. Jane’s a brilliantly talented designer – I was lucky enough to go to a talk she gave at Black Sheep Wools in Warrington earlier this year and hearing about her design process was really inspiring. If you can manage to get to one of Jane’s talks or workshops, I really recommend it.

Learn how to knit the perfect beanie hat in the round at the TOFT Studio in Warwickshire. TOFT Aran yarn in a colour of your choice is included in the price, plus a complimentary hot drink and cake! www.toftuk.com

The yarn choice was a little bit of a risk for me. Regular readers will know that I love my wool and I tend not to work with acrylic yarn if I can avoid it. Jane’s blanket has been designed using Stylecraft Special DK, which is a 100% acrylic yarn. I’d worked with it a little bit before but I’d never used it for a really big project so I was initially a bit nervous – I’ve just never really enjoyed knitting in acrylic and I was worried that my crochet tension would be uneven in an unfamiliar fibre. I did try to find a wool yarn which had the same colour range but I couldn’t find anything in my budget – especially since I needed it to be machine-washable. It turns out

The Knitting & Stitching Show, Harrogate

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Fair Isle heart knitting

Join Rowan tutor Jem Weston at Black Sheep Wools to learn how to knit using the Fair Isle technique. Beautiful Rowan yarn is included, as is a finger buffet lunch and a slice of cake! www.blacksheepwools.com

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Late night shopping with Whitknits

Come and see what Christmas treats Whitknits has in store for every knitter, and join for mince pies, drinks, and a prize draw! There are gift vouchers available, or sign up to the programme of New Year Knitting Know-how skills sessions. www.whitknits.co.uk

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First steps in crochet, Mostyn

Sunshine and showers blanket I had nothing to worry about. So far I’m really enjoying it – my tension was a bit uneven to start with but that’s probably as much to do with my mood as anything else! The great thing about the pattern is that it’s constantly changing, so there’s never so much of one thing that you get bored of it. I can’t wait to see next month’s! Sunshine and Showers by Jane Crowfoot is published in instalments in Crochet Now magazine, beginning with issue 1. If you want to catch up, you can buy digital back issues from www.pocketmags.com or physical copies from www.moremags.com. A yarn pack containing all the yarn you need to knit the blanket is available from www.janiecrow.co.uk priced £29.50.

A perfect class for beginners and refreshers! Join Maivena Bingham at Abakhan, Mostyn, to get to grips with the basics of crochet, covering how to hold your hook and yarn and basic stitches, working towards a classic granny square project. www.abakhan.co.uk

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Christmas bauble knitting, Devon

Learn a variety of techniques with Anniken Allis to knit decorative Christmas baubles, or why not look ahead and knit some for Easter! Choose from Fair Isle patterns, beaded patterns, and stripes. www.spinayarndevon.co.uk

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22 sts

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Designed by Barbara Prime

Holly Doll

This little elf is the perfect Christmas companion –you can even knit her a lovely festive outfit!

Barbara’s tip

Yarn used MillaMia Naturally Soft Aran 2 balls in Latte (MC), 1 ball in Ochre (CC)

“Use long-tail or similar cast-on and leave 15-25cm yarn for a good length for seaming. Use mattress stitch for seams, and whip-stitch to assemble”

About the yarn Aran; 80m per 50g ball; 100% Merino

Tension 22 sts x 28 rows = 10cm measured over St st

and sew together open edge. See Toy Finishing instructions below for attaching ears.

Needles used 3.75mm straight

Body

Other supplies 2 stitch holders toy stuffing pair of 10.5mm safety eyes or buttons yarn to embroider face tapestry needle small crochet hook

Sizing 37cm tall

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“I’ve wanted to design a doll for many years now, but it wasn’t until this year that I finally made the time to design a toy that I thought reflected my own style, and was appealing to children of a wide age range. I also wanted it to be the perfect size for cuddling, dressing, and playing. This version of my doll is dressed in a festive Christmas elf outfit, with several clothing items to make it even more fun for a child to play with on Christmas morning”

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Start knitting… Back of Head With CC, cast on 11 sts. Row 1 & all WS rows unless instructed otherwise: Purl. Row 2 (RS): K2, [m1, k1] eight times, k1. 19 sts Row 4: [K2, m1] twice, k11, [m1, k2] twice. 23 sts Row 6: K2, m1, k19, m1, k2. 25 sts Work 15 rows in St st. Row 22: K2, ssk, k17, k2tog, k2. 23 sts Row 24: K2, ssk, k15, k2tog, k2. 21 sts Row 26: [K2, ssk] twice, k5, [k2tog, k2] twice. 17 sts Row 28: K1, [k1, ssk] twice, k3, [k2tog, k1] twice, k1. 13 sts Row 29: [P2tog] 3 times, p1, [p2tog tbl] three times. 7 sts Place rem sts on stitch holder.

Front of Head With MC, cast on 11 sts. Rows 1-7: Work same as Back of Head. 25 sts Row 8: K2, m1, k21, m1, k2. 27 sts Work 3 rows in St st. Row 12: K13, [k1, p1, k1]

into next st, turn, p3, turn, s2kp, k13. Row 14: K7, ssk, k9, k2tog, k7. 25 sts Work 7 rows in St st. Rows 22-29: Work same as Back of Head. 7 sts Attach safety eyes above decreases made on Row 14. Place Back of Head onto second needle, then graft two pieces together. Next, sew down both side seams, leaving cast-on edge open. Stuff head, making sure to add a little extra stuffing to the cheeks. See Toy Finishing instructions below for attaching head, making face and hair.

Ears With MC, cast on 3 sts. Row 1 & all WS rows unless instructed otherwise: Purl. Row 2 (RS): K1, m1, k1, m1, k1. 5 sts Row 4: K2, m1, k1, m1, k2. 7 sts Row 6: K3, m1, k1, m1, k3. 9 sts Row 8: Knit. Row 10: [Ssk] twice, k1, [k2tog] twice. 5 sts Row 11: P2tog, p1, p2tog. 3 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Fold in half lengthwise,

With MC, cast on 18 sts. Beg with WS row, work 5 rows in St st. Row 6: K2, [m1, k2] eight times. 26 sts Row 8: Knit. Row 10: K9, m1, k8, m1, k9. 28 sts Row 11: P5, k4, p10, k4, p5. Row 12: [K4, m1, k6, m1, k4] twice. 32 sts Row 14: [K4, m1, k8, m1, k4] twice. 36 sts Row 16: [K4, m1, k10, m1, k4] twice. 40 sts Work 13 rows in St st. Row 30: K18, ssk, k2tog, k18. 38 sts Row 32: Knit. Row 34: K4, m1, k2, m1, k26, m1, k2, m1, k4. 42 sts Work 11 rows in St st. Row 46: [K2, k2tog] 3 times, k18, [ssk, k2] 3 times. 36 sts Row 47: Cast off 3 sts, p until there are 13 sts on RH needle. Cast off 4 sts, p until there is a second set of 13 sts on RH needle, cast off to end. Break yarn. Place both sets of sts onto stitch holders for Legs.

Leg (same for both) Place one set of 13 sts onto needle so RS is ready to knit. Join MC. Row 1 (RS): Kfb, k11, kfb. 15 sts Work 29 rows in St st. Continue below for Left Foot and Right Foot.

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Left Foot (Refers to left of toy – increases on Row 37 will be on side closest to other leg) Row 31: K6, ssk, k7. 14 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 37: K2, [m1, k1] 4 times, k8. 18 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 43: [Ssk] 9 times. 9 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten.

Right Foot (Refers to right of toy - increases on Row 37 will be on side closest to other leg) Row 31: K7, k2tog, k6. 14 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 37: K8, [k1, m1] 4 times, k2. 18 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 43: [K2tog] 9 times. 9 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to fasten. Sew

10cm 24 sts

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32 rows

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up inner leg seams, stuffing as you sew. Stuff legs loosely, so they can bend, and do not add stuffing at top of leg where it attaches to body, or toy will not be able to sit.

Body Finishing Join together lower edge of back body seam, then sew seam between legs, making sure to close all holes. Knot or weave in extra yarn tails now. Sew halfway up back seam, then stuff body. Continue sewing back seam towards neck, adding extra stuffing if necessary. Leave cast-on edge open for attaching the head.

Arms With MC, cast on 7 sts. Row 2 (RS): K1, [m1, k1] six times. 13 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 8: K6, [k1, p1, k1] into next

st, turn, p3, turn, k3, turn, p3, turn, s2kp, k6. Row 9: P6, s1 wyif, p6. Row 10: K5, s2kp, k5. 11 sts Work 27 rows in St st. Row 38: K4, k2tog, k5. 10 sts Cast off. Gather cast-on sts, then sew seam towards shoulder, stuffing very lightly as you sew. Sew cast-off edge of arms to body at shoulder position (marked by purled sts on sides of body). Use a whip stitch, going under a couple strands on body, then through both layers of arm, and repeat along top of arm until it is secure.

Toy Finishing Sew head to body, making sure to centre the face. Sew ears to sides of head, with seam towards face and cast-on edge up. Make sure ears are lined up with eyes and nose. To make fringe, cut about twenty-

Holly’s Wardrobe Break yarn. Place rem sts on stitch holder.

Designed by

Right Yoke

Lana Jois

marker at each end of Row 35. Row 36 (divide for Left & Right Yoke): K18, place next 18 sts on stitch holder. Continue with 18 sts on needle for Left Yoke.

Place sts onto needle so RS is ready to knit. Row 36: Knit. Row 37: P16, k2. Rows 38-43: Rep rows 36-37 three times. Row 44: Cast off 6 sts, k to end. 12 sts Row 45: P10, p2tog. 11 sts Row 46: Knit. Row 47: P9, p2tog. 10 sts Row 48: Knit. Row 49: Purl. Row 50: K1, m1, k9. 11 sts Break yarn. Graft Front to Back of Tunic along shoulder seams.

Left Yoke

Collar

Row 37: K2, p16. Row 38: Knit. Rows 39-44: Rep rows 37-38 three times. Row 45: Cast off 6 sts, p to end. 12 sts Row 46: K10, k2tog. 11 sts Rows 47 & 49: Purl. Row 48: K9, k2tog. 10 sts Row 50: K9, m1, k1. 11 sts

With CC1, larger needles, and RS facing, pick up 34 sts around neck of Tunic. Row 1: Purl. Rows 2-3: Knit in G st. Row 4: K10, [m1, k2] twice, k6, [k2, m1] twice, k10. 38 sts Row 5: Knit. Row 6: K1, ssk, k32, k2tog, k1. 36 sts Cast off loosely.

Yarn used MillaMia Naturally Soft Merino 1 ball each in Grass (MC), Snow (CC1) & Scarlet (CC2)

About the yarn sport; 125m per 50g ball; 100% Merino

Tension 24 sts x 32 rows = 10cm measured over St st on larger needles

Needles used 3.25mm straight 3.75mm straight

Other supplies 4 row markers, 3 stitch holders, tapestry needle, 4cm diameter pompom

Sizing To fit Holly the Elf

Elf pattern card.indd 3

five 10cm lengths of CC. Fold each length in half. Using crochet hook, pull loop of fold under a stitch along top of forehead, pull yarn ends through loop, and tighten against head. Start at centre and work evenly to each side. Trim fringe. To make plait, cut twelve 45cm lengths of CC. Insert each length of yarn under a couple stitches at lower-back of head, and pull through until ends are even. Place all strands in a small, neat circle. Divide strands into 3 groups, then braid together. Secure ends with a length of yarn wound tightly around braid and knotted, or with a small hair elastic. (Note: if you’re concerned about hair strands pulling out, sew them to head with hand-sewing thread in a matching colour) Embroider a mouth, eyebrows, and eyelashes on face.

Start knitting… Tunic Back With MC and larger needles, cast on 32 sts. Knit 7 rows in G st. Beg with a k row, work 28 rows in St st. Pm at each end of Row 35. Work 12 rows in St st. Row 48: K11, cast off 10 sts, k to end. 22 sts Break yarn. Place rem sts on stitch holder.

Tunic Front With MC and larger needles, cast on 36 sts. Work same as Tunic Back from rows 1-35. Place a

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Sleeves With MC, larger needles, and RS facing, pick up 22 sts along edge of tunic, between markers on front and back. Work 17 rows in St st. Break off MC. Change to smaller needles and CC1 on next row. Knit 6 rows in G st. Cast off. Sew seams from cuff to underarm. Then sew tunic side seams from hem to underarm. Lace Tunic yoke opening with a length of CC1 yarn (knot ends to prevent fraying).

Row 1 (RS): Kfb, k16, kfb. 20 sts Row 2: Purl. Join CC2 to begin next row (don’t break CC1). Rows 3-26: Work in St st, making stripes of 2 rows CC2, 2 rows CC1. Cast off. Sew leg seams from cuff to inseam. Join lower edge of back seam, then sew seam between legs, making sure to close all holes. Sew back seam from waist to inseam.

Leggings

Hat

With CC1 and smaller needles, cast on 50 sts. Rows 1-5: *K1, p1; rep from * to end. Change to larger needles on next row. Row 6: K4, m1, k1, m1, k40, m1, k1, m1, k4. 54 sts Work 15 rows in St st. Row 22: [K4, k2tog] twice, k30, [ssk, k4] twice. 50 sts Row 23: Cast off 4 sts, purl until there are 18 sts on RH needle, cast off 6 sts, purl until there is a second set of 18 sts on RH needle, cast off to end. 36 sts Break yarn. Place both sets of sts onto stitch holders for Legs.

With CC1 and smaller needles, cast on 66 sts. Knit 7 rows in G stitch. Break CC1. Switch to larger needles and CC2 on next row. Beg with a knit row, work 10 rows in St st. Row 18: K1, [k6, k2tog] 8 times, k1. 58 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 24: K1, [k5, k2tog] 8 times, k1. 50 sts Work 5 rows in St st. Row 30: K1, [k4, k2tog] 8 times, k1. 42 sts Work 7 rows in St st. Row 38: K1, [k3, k2tog] 8 times, k1. 34 sts Work 7 rows in St st. Row 46: K1, [k2, k2tog] 8 times, k1. 26 sts Work 7 rows in St st. Row 54: K1, [k1, k2tog] 8 times, k1. 18 sts

Legs Place one set of 18 sts onto a larger needle so RS is ready to knit. Join CC1.

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Work 9 rows in St st. Row 64: [K2tog] 9 times. 9 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to gather. Sew seam to hat brim. Make a 4cm pompom and sew to hat tip.

Boots With MC and larger needles, cast on 26 sts. Knit 11 rows in G st. Row 12: [K4, k2tog] four times, k2. 22 sts Row 13: Knit. Row 14: K10, m1, k2, m1, k10. 24 sts Row 15: Knit. Row 16: K11, m1, k2, m1, k11. 26 sts Row 17: Knit.

Row 18: K12, m1, k2, m1, k12. 28 sts Row 19: Knit. Row 20: Ssk, k11, m1, k2, m1, k11, k2tog. Rows 21-22: As rows 19-20. Row 23: Knit. Row 24: K10, cast off 8 sts, k to end. 20 sts Row 25: Knit. Row 26: [K2tog] 10 times. 10 sts Break yarn and thread through rem sts. Pull tight to gather. Sew back seam from cuff to heel. Sew boot toe together.

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