The Knitter magazine Issue 140

As readers of these pages will know, I regularly have designs appearing in The Knitter magazine. Well, for this August’s issue I have three!

I hadn’t realised that this was going to happen, but the designs are in a pull-out feature which includes a brief interview with me. I’m particularly pleased with how these designs look in the magazine, where they are beautifully styled and photographed.

Once again the magazine has chosen the names given for each garment, and these are:

Rosalind, a short-sleeved, V-necked cardigan with a deep rib and optional tie-belt. I’m particularly pleased with the construction of this garment, as I wanted to knit it in more or less one piece, so that the natural stripes of colour in the yarn matched around the body. To achieve this, the ribs of the sleeves were knitted first, then the body of the cardi was knitted on a circular needle, back and forth in one piece to the armholes, where the stitches of the sleeves were incorporated and then the raglan shaping worked to the neck. I think it has worked really well! It also means that even if a plain yarn is used, there is little sewing of seams – which I know many people hate (myself included!)

Constance is a simple T-shirt shape, knitted in DK cotton, but with a panel of sequins knitted up the front. Again, the garment is knitted in one piece, with the short sleeves knitted first and incorporated into the body – knitted in the round – at the armholes. I had never knitted with sequins before, but these ones have large holes and are added as each stitch is worked – amazingly easy!

Lastly is Colette, a cute halter-neck top, knitted in garter stitch in a 4-ply wool, with 3-D flower motif at the front. Again this is knitted in the round, with minimal sewing up at the end.

I really hope knitters enjoy making the garments as much as I did!