The Knitter

The Knitter Issue 107

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.

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1 min.
the knitter welcome

Playing with colour Though the days may be grey and cold at this time of year, we are lucky that our craft enables us to inject colour, warmth and fun into our lives! Our designers have looked to tapestries and woven fabrics from around the world for their bright and cheerful patterns this month. These include a sweater by VITHARD VILLUMSEN, inspired by antique kilim rugs, plus a stylish bag, a chic hat and slip stitch cowl, and a colourwork top by MARY HENDERSON. Gansey patterns appear on SARAH HATTON’s modern cardigan; lace and cables combine on ROMI HILL’s clever saddle-shoulder sweater for women; and soft cables make an impact on our luxurious cushion. Historian Penelope Hemingway explains how to recreate historical knits from OLD PHOTOGRAPHS, while our masterclass this issue explores the…

1 min.
the knitter contributors

VITHARD VILLUMSEN Known by his fans as the ‘Prince of Knitting’, Danish designer Vithard loves to work with traditional Scandinavian patterns, and to play with colour and geometric shapes. His first design for The Knitter is a stunning tunic with a bold colourwork fabric that’s sure to turn heads. Turn to page 34 to see his pattern. SARAH HATTON Sarah honed her skills as part of Rowan’s in-house design team, and since becoming an independent designer her work has appeared in top knitting magazines and in her own range of pattern books. For this issue, Sarah has created a feminine, modern cardigan with a textured fabric inspired by ganseys. Find her design on page MARY HENDERSON Mary has a passion for traditional Fair Isle knitting, and vintage stitch patterns and garment designs. Her latest pattern…

7 min.
sarah hatton otter cove

Sarah Hatton Otter Cove SIZE YARN YARN STOCKISTS Rowan 01484 950630 www.knitrowan.com NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 1 set 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) circular needles, 20cm long, or a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) 1 set 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) circular needles, 80cm long 1 set 4mm (UK 8/US 6) circular needles, 20cm long, or a set of double-pointed needles (DPNs) 1 set 4mm (UK 8/US 6) circular needles, 80cm long Stitch holders Stitch markers, including two blue and two red markers (or two contrasting colours) 7 buttons TENSION 22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over st st in the round on 4mm needles TAKING A classic shape and traditional stitch patterns, Sarah Hatton has created a modern, wearable cardigan that will look wonderful with skirts, dresses or your favourite jeans. Her yoked design features knit-and-purl textures inspired by gansey…

8 min.
the knitter loves

AMANO AMOUR Yarns from the Peruvian brand Amano are now available to buy in the UK, thanks to distributor Designer Yarns. Amano specialises in alpaca yarns farmed in the Andes, and the range has some gorgeous offerings. Eco Puna is a pure baby alpaca DK in a choice of natural fleece shades, while Apu is an incredibly soft sport-weight yarn available in raw white and spun from the finest Imperial alpaca fibre. Gorgeous alpaca blends include Mayu, which contains 20% cashmere and 20% silk, and Warmi, which has 30% merino wool and comes in a range of melange shades. Colca mixes 56% baby llama with 44% silk and offers a choice of intense colours. The Amano Pattern Book volumes 1 and 2 contain a range of modern women’s designs. For stockists, contact 01535 664222…

15 min.
jenny watson naida

Jenny Watson Naida SIZE YARN NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 1 pair 4mm (UK 8/US 6) knitting needles 1 pair 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) knitting needles Stitch holders Cable needle (cn) TENSION 22 sts and 30 rows to 10cm over pattern on 4mm needles. Raglans are worked at 32 rows to 10cm. YARN STOCKISTS Mirasol c/o Intercontinental Yarns 01535 664222 www.intercontinentalyarns.co.uk SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS C6B: Slip next 3 sts to cn and hold at back of work, K3, K3 from cn. For general abbreviations, see p95 This is one of a range of pattern leaflets from Mirasol using Umina yarn. To find your nearest stockist, call 01535 664222 or visit www.intercontinentalyarns.co.uk BLOCKING DIAGRAM THIS RAGLAN jumper by Jenny Watson for Mirasol combines a cable and eyelet pattern on the front, a garter stitch back with purl bands, and sleeves worked in double moss stitch and textured panels in a contrasting colour.…

6 min.
bringing the past to life

“Lovick’s Law of Knitting Research states that ‘The clarity of a photo is inversely proportional to the interest of the stitch pattern’.” Elizabeth Lovick, from the ‘Guernseys, Ganseys & Knit-frocks’ group on www.ravelry.com ‘REVERSE ENGINEERING’ could be defined as figuring out how a piece of knitting was made; using a photograph, written account or actual artefact. I was interested in the history of clothing long before I was a knitter; making clothing for living history events, I always wanted to know how garments were constructed. What follows is an insight into the process of reverse engineering. Last year, I worked on ‘Lansallos’ for The Knitter - an 1870s’ Cornish gansey I was able to reconstruct from a single photograph. To reverse engineer something like Lansallos, you need a fairly high-resolution image. When working…