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Australian Knitting

Australian Knitting

Voluume 12 Issue 2

Australia’s number one selling knitting magazine with over 30 seasonal patterns every issue. Plus, you'll find tips, techniques, news and craft events in every issue. You'll also get your fill of knitting culture thanks to our articles packed with advice from top designers, as well as inspirational profiles of knitters and crocheters, shop reviews and the hottest craft fads.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Sunray Publications Pty Ltd
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in this issue

5 min.
muse in my yarn

Do you dream of new yarns, items to knit or to design? Often a colour or style will pop into our heads when we least expect it to! Surely this may be what happens to the creative designers in the knitting world? So what kind of sweaters and cardigans will fashion designers put on the catwalks to be the trend this season? The long cardigan is still with us, which is great as it suits most sizes and shapes: also it enables us to layer with other clothing and of course our accessories. Matching it with a shirt and large belt will work a treat and don’t forget the oversized v-neck sweater which is also very much the ‘trend’. Sweater dresses with big necklines and of course the cowl necked sweater is…

1 min.
fact file

• Tunic sweaters are long sweaters that go below the hips – usually loose fitting and worn with leggings or jeans. • Sorting Hat from Harry Potter, JK Rowling - The Sorting Hat is a sapient artefact used at Hogwarts, which magically determines to which of the four schoolhouses — Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin — each new student is to be assigned. During the opening banquet at the beginning of the school year, the hat is placed on every First-Year student’s head. The hat will announce its choice aloud, and the student joins the selected house. Judging from Harry’s own account of his Sorting, and a brief comment made by Hermione in the 5th book (where she says that the hat almost sent her to Ravenclaw), the hat speaks to…

3 min.
kids vest

YARN • 2 (3, 3, 4) balls ARAN TWEED in shade #83 (A), • 1 ball ARAN TWEED in shade #80 (B) • 1 ball ARAN TWEED in shade #81 (C) NEEDLES AND TOOLS • 4mm knitting needles • 4.5mm knitting needles • wool sewing needle • stitch holder and markers MEASUREMENTS To fit: 2 (4, 6, 8) years Finished Chest: 61 (67, 71, 77)cm Garment Length: 32 (35, 39, 44)cm TENSION 20 sts Stocking st to 10cm on 4.5mm needles WORKING PATTERN BACK **With 4mm needles and B, cast on 61 (67, 71, 77) sts. K1, P1 rib for 3 rows. Next Row: WS – Change to A and p all sts. K1, P1 rib for further 6 (8, 8, 10) rows. Change to 4.5mm needles. Stocking st until piece measures 18 (20, 23, 27)cm from beg, end with a WS row. Shape Armholes Cast off 3 (4, 4, 5) sts beg…

5 min.
petal and lilly

YARN Jacket - 2(2,2,3,3) balls 50gm The house of alpaca double knit 8ply Hat – 1 ball 50gm The house of alpaca double knit 8ply 2 button NEEDLES AND TOOLS 4mm knitting needles 3.5mm circular needle or double pt stitch markers wool sewing needle MEASUREMENTS 0-3, 3-6, 6-12, 18months 2 years head circum: 40 (42.5, 46.25, 48.75, 50)cm SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS Ssk: slip slip knit – slip the next 2 sts as if to knit, then slip both to the left needle and knit together as one st. W&T: wrap and turn – bring yarn between needle tips to the front of the work slip the next st from the left needle to the right needle, take yarn back, slip st back L needle, turn work and continue with the next row. TENSION 20sts by 36 rows to 10cm over…

3 min.
kids sweater

YARN • 4 (5, 5, 6) balls Aran Tweed in shade #92 (MC) • 1 ball of Aran Tweed in shade #89 (A) NEEDLES AND TOOLS • 4mm knitting needles • 4.5mm knitting needles • stitch holder and markers • wool sewing needles MEASUREMENTS To fit age approx: 2 (4, 6, 8) years Finished Chest: 64 (69, 74, 79)cm Garment Length: 33 (36, 40, 45)cm Sleeve Length to underarm: 24 (27, 31, 35)cm TENSION 20 sts by 26 rows over Stst to 10cm on 4.5mm needles WORKING PATTERN BACK With 4mm needles and A, cast on 62 (66, 74, 78) sts. Change to MC. Row 1: RS – K2; *p2, k2; rep from * to end. Row 2: P2; *k2, p2; rep from * to end. Rep these 2 rows 3 (3, 4, 4) times more. Change to 4.5mm needles. K 1 row and inc 2 (3, 0, 1) sts evenly…

4 min.
keep calm and carry yarn

Knitting, crochet and other needle work are traditional crafts that have been in existence for thousands of years. Although factories produce almost anything we could need, many people have returned to the enjoyment of crafting and handiwork. Could this simply be a desire for the fine quality of original handmade items or are crafts providing us with more intangible benefits? Many knitters know already that a period of time spent happily with knitting needles and favourite yarn brings on a quiet peaceful feeling. But medical researchers are beginning to understand that knitting has other potential health benefits. Not least among these benefits is that many health professionals believe that knitting and crocheting can help lower stress levels and lead to a greater sense of calm and even happiness and in some cases knitting…