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The Knitter 145

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
13 Issues

in this issue

1 min
winter warmth

For our midwinter issue, our designers have used cables, colourwork and slip stitch patterns to produce garments that are cosy yet feminine. Sophisticated styles include a cabled jumper by Sarah Hatton, and an elegant, modern jacket by Debbie Bliss. We also have fascinating interviews with leading Fair Isle designers, explore the story of Uradale’s Shetland wool, and discover what it’s really like to run a yarn store. HAPPY KNITTING! from The Knitter team…

1 min
our featured designers

Bronagh Miskelly Designer, writer and technical editor Bronagh has had her patterns published in a range of magazines, and is closely involved with the UK Hand Knitting Association. Her latest design for us is a semi-circular shawl in a vine lace pattern, worked in a self-striping yarn, which you can find on page 37. Jo Allport As well as designing for yarn brands such as Noro, Lotus, West Yorkshire Spinners and Araucania, and many of the UK’s knitting magazines, Jo sells her own patterns. This month, she has played with texture and shape to create an elegant yoked jumper. Turn to page 26 for Jo’s pattern. Penelope Hemingway Historian Penelope delves into parish records, crime reports and asylum archives to uncover stories of knitters from earlier eras. She’ll be taking a closer look at knitting…

6 min

ARAN-INSPIRED SWEATERS never go out of style, and this new design from Sarah Hatton is soft, comfortable and beautifully patterned. It features two different cable stitch patterns, with bobbles for added texture. Sarah’s drop-shoulder design has a high ribbed neck to keep out the winter breezes. It is knitted in Debbie Bliss’s Cashmerino Aran yarn, a merino-acrylic blend with a touch of cashmere for extra softness and warmth. It is machine-washable at low temperatures. SIZE YARN NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 1 pair 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) knitting needles 1 pair 5mm (UK 6/US 8) knitting needles Cable needle (cn) Stitch holders Removable stitch markers TENSION 18 sts and 24 rows to 10cm over st st on 5mm needles. 1 repeat of Chart A measures 4cm wide. 1 repeat of Chart B measures 9.5cm wide. YARN STOCKISTS Debbie Bliss c/o Love Crafts 01409 404010 www.lovecrafts.com BLOCKING DIAGRAM SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS MB: Make a…

4 min
the knitter loves…

WINTER STARS Designer Erika Knight has cleverly created super-chunky knits that manage to feel cosy yet look sophisticated! Her new pattern range uses her Maxi Wool, which is a super-bulky pure wool that comes in 12 classic colours. Erika’s new designs include ‘Beachcomber’, a wrap-over ribbed cardigan whose intriguing back shaping enhances its draping look. The ‘Mudlark’ jumper, with its stand-up collar, uses brioche stitch for a bouncy fabric. ‘Passerby’ is a cropped sweater with a mock turtleneck and a modern look. For the ultimate in cosiness, there’s a long coat which is knitted edge-to-edge, with neatly shaped shoulders and patch pockets. Find the patterns at www.ravelry.com/designers/erika-knight. For yarn stockists, visit www.thehomeofcraft.co.uk Cosy colours John Arbon’s Harvest Hues yarn range now has a worsted-weight version that’s ideal for winter sweaters www.jarbon.com 01598 75490 COVETABLE KITS The…

1 min
one ocean collection

New Zealander Libby Johnson, and Marie Greene, who lives in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, form the design team Pacifico Knits. Their new e-book celebrates the beauty of the Pacific Ocean, with 12 sweaters and shawls. The collection includes relaxed cardigans with lace and twisted stitch details, such as ‘Toetoe’, which has frond-like textures. The ‘Baybridge’ cardigan is typical of the designs in this e-book, with its modern top-down shape and subtle textures. ‘Serpentine’ is an unusually constructed jumper with cabled panels running down the shoulders and sleeves, while the ‘Wavecrest’ yoked sweater features delicate colourwork. Wardrobe essentials include a short-sleeved raglan top, a neat jumper with a cable panel, and the ‘Travelest’ top, whose rectangular shape gives a loose, wide silhouette. There are also four elegant shawls in the collection. $27.99…

1 min
new books

COLORWORK SHAWLS by Melanie Berg Influential shawl designer Melanie Berg has published her second stunning book of shawl projects. Melanie has played with slip stitch patterns, mosaic knitting, stripes and lace, to create 12 shawls combining creative colour and elegance. The book also includes tips on colour combining and working with gradient yarns. £22 from Tangled Yarns; 0161 217 0858, www.tangled-yarn.co.uk WESTKNITS BESTKNITS VOL. 3: SHAWL EVOLUTION by Stephen West Known for his wizardry with construction and colour, Stephen West’s work fascinates knitters around the world. In this latest book, he brings together seven of his most iconic shawls plus six brand-new designs. Inspirational patterns using brioche, dramatic lace, marling, short-row wedges and more will delight anyone who loves to knit and wear shawls that turn heads! £28 from Loop; 020 7288 1160, www.loopknittingshop.com THE SECOND…