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The Knitter 150

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
mindful knitting

We hope all our readers are keeping well during these difficult times. Personally, we’re finding that our knitting is bringing us some comfort, and creating something beautiful or useful is an ideal way to stay calm and positive. Welcome to our 150th issue – still filled with lots of inspiration for your knitting, but with a rather different look than usual! Restrictions due to the Covid-19 outbreak have meant that we haven’t been able to photograph all of our projects on models, but we hope you still enjoy the mannequin photography for our ‘Shoreline’ collection. We may all be working at home, but our team is still on hand if you have any questions. The best way to contact us is to email theknitter@immediate.co.uk and we will get back to you as…

15 min

EMMA VINING Barberry “INSPIRED BY little clusters of berries and leaves, my cardigan combines cables and bobbles for an embossed look,” explains Emma Vining. “The decorative panels are bordered by twisted stitch ropes, extending up from the cast-on borders. The lower borders have an extended twisted stitch rope pattern; the fronts have two pockets embedded within this border.” SIZE YARN Stolen Stitches Nua Worsted (Worsted weight; 60% merino wool, 20% yak, 20% linen; 100m/109yds per 50g skein) NEEDLES & ACCESSORIES 1 pair 4mm (UK 8/US 6) knitting needles 1 pair 4.5mm (UK 7/US 7) knitting needles Cable needle (cn) 3 buttons Stitch holders TENSION 19 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over st st on 4.5mm needles. 22 sts and 25 rows to 10cm over Berries Pattern on 4.5mm needles. YARN STOCKISTS Stolen Stitches www.stolenstitches.com For retailer information contact Fyberspates 07546 948 378 www.fyberspates.com/retailers SPECIAL ABBREVIATIONS MB: Make bobble. (K1, P1)…

2 min
the knitter loves…

STRANGE STORIES Writer, historian and‘knitting genealogist’ Penelope Hemingway is well known to our regular readers for her explorations into the lives of ordinary knitters from centuries past. Her new book, Their Darkest Materials, takes a more Gothic turn as she reveals grim stories from the darker side of knitting’s history. She delves into tales of murder with knitters as the victims, or knitting as evidence; the exploitation of children and elderly knitters, and knitters working in charity schools and poor-houses; stories of runaway slaves and prisoners; the place of knitting and spinning in British folklore; and even the tale of a woman held in the West Riding Lunatic Asylum, who proposed ideas for new dye shades by watching thunderstorms. Penelope’s fascinating and meticulously researched book will delight anyone interested in British knitting history,…

1 min
island blend fine

Rowan’s newest yarn for spring-summer is Island Blend Fine, a luxurious, shimmering mix of Falkland Islands fine merino wool with baby alpaca and silk, which comes in 11 rich shades. Accompanying the new yarn is a collection of 20 garment and accessory patterns for women in sizes 32in-50in, designed by Lisa Richardson, Martin Storey and Georgia Farrell. Lacy stitches decorate a pretty cardigan, a scarf and a draping poncho; the ‘Wellesley’ jumper by Martin Storey has an exquisite panel of lace and bobbles. There are longline cardigans with subtle textured patterns, a moss stitch sweater with a chic buttoned collar, and a crew-neck cabled jumper. Showcasing the lovely shades of Island Blend Fine is a raglan jacket with colourwork panels, a two-colour slip stitch wrap, and the mosaic stitch ‘Marchena’ turtleneck. £14.95 per…

1 min
new books

SCANDINAVIAN KNITWEAR by Rita Taylor Rita Taylor’s new book explores the colours, textures and techniques of traditional knitting in Norway, Sweden, Denmark and the Faroe Islands. Along with a colourful stitch dictionary and technical advice, Rita provides knitting patterns for a range of garments and accessories for men and women, using stranded colourwork, twined knitting, knit-and-purl textures, cables, and Bohus-style colourwork. The Crowood Press, £25 EQUINOX by Knit Picks Just in time for the warmer weather, yarn brand Knit Picks has issued a book of 13 women’s patterns using a variety of cool cotton and linen blends. Garments include a cardigan with lace details by Helen Metcalfe, a lace pullover, and a dolman-sleeved jumper with lace stripes. There is a lovely choice of lightweight tanks and T-shirts, plus floaty wraps and stoles. E-book $14.99, www.knitpicks.com R:E:D: RESCUE ENDANGERED…

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magical woodland knits

Wonderfully lifelike animals and birds fill the pages of Claire Garland’s forthcoming pattern book, Magical Woodland Knits. Her incredibly lifelike creations are like knitted works of art, and will delight anyone who loves wildlife. Claire’s book contains 12 designs, including patterns for an owl, a roe deer fawn, a badger, a field mouse, a mallard duck, a blue tit, a wolf, and a characterful pheasant. Each projects is accompanied by Claire’s nature sketches and evocative photography. There are very detailed, step-by-step instructions for each project, illustrated with how to photographs to help you assemble each creature. Projects involve combining different coloured and textured yarns for a more realistic effect, and because each creature is relatively small, you could use up odd balls of yarn from your stash. These creatures will make wonderful…