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The Knitter 148

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
dreaming of spring

Here in Britain, spring is just around the corner, so our designers have created both cosy sweaters and lighter knits for you. Projects include cabled jumpers by Emma Vining and Pat Menchini, lacy tops from Mary Henderson and Lisa Richardson, and bright colourwork by Dario Tubiana. We also meet the Scottish crofter behind Caithness Yarns, chat with designer Di Gilpin, and explore the story of Welsh wool. HAPPY KNITTING! from The Knitter team…

1 min
our featured designers

Di Gilpin Di loves to explore the potential of knitting, pushing the boundaries of stitches and construction to create stunning handknit patterns. She has also developed her own range of yarns. Our special supplement includes the pattern for Di’s beautiful ‘Moray Star’ jumper. Sasha Kagan Sasha has been creating knitwear patterns from her home in rural Wales for more than 40 years, and is much admired for her elegant intarsia. This month, she has written a personal account of the Welsh wool industry, and also designed a beautiful leaf cushion. Turn to page 71. Pat Menchini Pat is a prolific designer whose work regularly appears in the UK’s top knitting magazines. Her designs often feature decorative stitch patterns and neat shaping. We have two projects from Pat this month: a men’s gansey on page 51,…

11 min

“THIS DESIGN was inspired by a section of carved stone I saw at Ghent train station in Belgium, and my initial design development was the subject of my third ‘Notes from my Sketchbook’ article in Issue 146,” says Emma Vining. “For this sweater, I have extended my original swatch into a combined cable and ridged feather and fan repeat. The feather and fan stitch pattern creates a bend in the otherwise straight ridges, and also joins the cables horizontally. The drop sleeves have a section of curved cables placed centrally.” SIZE YARN West Yorkshire Spinners ColourLab (DK weight; 100% British wool; 225m/246yds per 100g ball) NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 1 pair 3.25mm (UK 10/US 3) knitting needles 1 pair 4mm (UK 8/US 6) knitting needles Stitch holders Stitch markers Cable needle (cn) TENSION 20 sts and 33 rows to 10cm over Ridge…

1 min
the knitter loves…

PURE SOFTNESS Ideal for special baby knits and heirloom pieces, Bo Peep Pure is the brand-new member of the West Yorkshire Spinners family. It’s spun from pure Falkland Islands wool, and is a DK-weight yarn which has been dyed in eight vintage-inspired shades, including a soft green and blue, smoky grey, a dandelion yellow and a chalky pink. To showcase the new yarn, Jenny Watson has designed a collection of timeless knits for babies. Bo Peep Pure Collection One includes a bobbled dress with bloomers, moss stitch and lacy jackets, a sweet cabled two-piece, and a cosy playsuit in a basketweave pattern. The yarn costs £6.50 per 50g/112m skein, and the pattern book costs £12.95. www.wyspinners.com 01535664500 Happy hues With colours inspired by funk & punk music, Yarnadelic is a new Corriedale yarn from John…

1 min
cape bay

Coastal-inspired colours and nautical influences fill the pages of Cape Bay, the new Rowan pattern book created by the iconic designer Martin Storey. It offers patterns for adults and children, plus a range of home accessories, using Rowan’s Softyak DK yarn. Complex cable patterns take centre stage, and Martin’s innovative, intricate designs include sweaters and a shawl-collar cardigan for men, and cabled jumpers for women and children. ‘Parkham’ is a long, hooded jacket for women, and ‘Bourne’ is a spectacularly cabled funnel-neck jumper for 5-12-year-olds. There’s colourwork in the collection, too: ‘Combe’ has geometric patterns in soft hues that resemble faded textiles, while ‘Starburst’ is a child’s striped sweater with a large star motif. Classic pieces include a unisex ‘Emblem’ raglan sweater for adults, and striped cardigans and hoodies for kids. £12; for…

1 min
new books

ELEMENTAL KNITS by Courtney Spainhower Filled with timeless and versatile knitting patterns designed to enhance your existing wardrobe, this book by Courtney Spainhower offers 20 women’s projects for all-year-round wear. She has used flattering shapes along with elegant lace, cable and colourwork details to create chic sweaters and cardigans, summer tops and shawls. Interweave Press, £20.99 JIMIKNITS VOLUME ONE by Jimenez Joseph Cast on colourful modern knits featuring beautiful stitch details with this lovely collection from Jimenez Joseph! Projects include a stylish boatneck top with dolman sleeves, an airy sideways-knit T-shirt, a shawl with dramatic wedges of colour formed using short rows, a fab knitted skirt, and appealing socks, hats, a lace shawl and a blanket. www.jimiknits.com, £20 GET GARTER by Woolly Wormhead Learn the fundamentals of sideways hat knitting - and gain the confidence to create your own designs…