The Knitter

The Knitter Issue 117

The Knitter caters for skilled knitters with more than 10 challenging patterns in each issue. The Knitter has beautiful, original patterns and inspiration from world-class designers. Our patterns aren’t just fabulous to look at, they’re enjoyable to make, with a few unusual techniques and intriguing ways with yarns for you to try.

United Kingdom
Immediate Media Company London Limited
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1 min.
best of british

We’re passionate about home-grown yarns, and this month our designers have used gorgeous British fibres to create timeless knits to make for yourself or gift to others. From glorious Fair Isle and intarsia colourwork to intricate cables and delicate lace, there is a range of techniques for you to enjoy. Our projects include relaxed sweaters, a tailored jacket, indulgent shawls and wraps, and stylish accessories - so why not cast on something special for winter? HAPPY KNITTING! from The Knitter team Our featured designers Anniken Allis Norwegian designer and knitting teacher Anniken has lived in England since 1990, and hosts popular online lace and beading clubs. Anniken’s skills with lace is legendary, and she shares her design secrets in a masterclass in our supplement, along with a pattern for a pretty shawl. Juliet Bernard The former editor of…

2 min.
jardin majorelle

JULIET BERNARD’S scarf is covered with geometric patterns inspired by the colours of Morocco. The stranded colourwork is knitted using two self-striping colourways of DY Choice Apollo; it’s worked in the round with a steek, then cut open. The scarf is long and wide, and will bring colour and warmth to the chilliest of days. SIZE 160cm (63in) long x 30cm (12in) wide YARN DY Choice Apollo (DK weight; 85% acrylic, 15% wool; 870m/951yds per 300g ball) A Pluto (01); 1 x 300g ball B Aurora (04); 1 x 300g ball NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 4mm (UK 8/US 6) circular needles, 120cm long Stitch markers TENSION 22 sts and 28 rows to 10cm over patt on 4mm needles YARN STOCKISTS DY Choice c/o Designer Yarns 01535 664222 www.designeryarns.uk.com For general abbreviations, see p81 SCARF Using 4mm circular needles and yarn A, cast on 408 sts. Pm and join to…

6 min.

LISA RICHARDSON’S little jacket has an all-over moss stitch fabric, which has a traditional look thanks to the use of Rowan’s Valley Tweed yarn. This is a lofty, pure wool that is spun and dyed in Huddersfield, and here two colours of the yarn are worked together. The jacket is sized to fit busts from 32in to 50in, and features set-in sleeves and a tailored shape, along with a small collar. PATTERN NOTE The garment is worked entirely using one strand each of yarns A and B held together. BACK Using 4.5mm needles and one strand each of yarns A and B held together, cast on 81 (91:99:109:117) sts. Row 1 (RS): K1, *P1, K1; rep from * to end. Row 2: As row 1. These 2 rows form moss st. Working in moss st throughout, cont as…

7 min.
the knitter loves...

STASH STORIES A knitter’s yarn collection, or ‘stash’, is a special thing: gathered over the years, it can hold the secrets to our knitting dreams and ambitions, our successes and failures, and memories of special times and people. The new book from yarn expert Clara Parkes explores the stories behind our yarn stashes. She invited designers, authors, yarn producers and shop owners to contribute essays to A Stash of One’s Own. The results range from comical and lighthearted to deeply personal and philosophical. We hear from some of the biggest names in the knitting world, including Meg Swansen, Stephanie Pearl-McPhee, Gudrun Johnston, Franklin Habit, and Rachel Atkinson (pictured below right, with Clara Parkes). The book is wonderfully entertaining, and will make an ideal Christmas gift for any dedicated knitter. Abrams Press, £16.99. To buy…

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Q I’ve tried intarsia, but my fabric always looks messy. Any tips? A Intarsia knitting looks fantastic when done well, as our ‘Teign’ shawl on page 43 shows. There are a few simple tricks to achieving a neat fabric. First, it’s helpful to wind bobbins of the different colours you’ll be working with before you start to knit. 1-2 When changing colours, always pick up the new yarn from underneath the previous one and gently pull up to tighten its last stitch. Try to keep an even tension as you knit - keep checking by smoothing out the knitting to make sure it will lie flat. 3 Before blocking, neaten the stitches. On the wrong side, pull up the loose strands, then check the right side and straighten the stitches. Work on both sides…

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diary dates

11 November London How to Knit Cables with Martin Storey http://bit.ly/libertyms 020 7734 1234 11-12 November Nottingham Nottingham Yarn Expo www.nottinghamyarnexpo.com 14 November Henley on Thames Intarsia Colour with Brandon Mably www.ladysewandsew.co.uk 01491 572528 16 November Oxford Introduction to Brioche Knitting www.oxfordyarnstore.co.uk 01865 604112 17 November Salisbury Entrelac www.borntoknit.co.uk 07557 985935 17 November Bovey Tracey Scandinavian Fair Isle Sweater with Anniken Allis www.spinayarndevon.co.uk 01626 836203 18 November Warrington Fair Isle and Steeking with Juliet Bernard www.blacksheepwools.com 01925 764231 18 November Lichfield Christmas Knitting Project 01543 415837 18 November Oxford Double Knitting Socks www.oxfordyarnstore.co.uk 01865 604112 19 November Edinburgh Steeking and Finishing your Fair Isle Knitting with Confidence www.beinspiredfibres.wordpress.com 0131 629 2059 19 November London Shaping: The Future Of Double-Knitting with the Sockmatician www.wildandwoollyshop.co.uk 020 8985 5231 23 November Liss, Hampshire Top-Down Jumper www.lisswools.co.uk 01730 893941 23-26 November Harrogate The Knitting & Stitching Show www.theknittingandstitchingshow.com 020 7688 6830 Tell us about your event! theknitter@immediate.co.uk Subscribe now at TheYarnLoop.com…