I’ve had a bit of a busy week in the shop, all our new yarns for Autumn/Winter have been arriving and it’s been fabulous! I know it’s still a little while away but it takes time to craft the perfect winter wardrobe and it’s never too soon to get started. One of the most exciting and eagerly awaited arrivals for me is Rowan Magazine 62 and the associated yarns.
Rowan produces these magazines twice a year and they contain a selection of patterns, articles and general inspiration. At £12.50, they might sound expensive but Magazine 62 contains 41 designs for women in both knitting and crochet fron a range of incredibly talented designers. Rather than tell you about all of them and leave you with an essay to read, I thought I’d share five of my favourites. In no particular order;
- Dusky Scarf by Martin Storey
This deliciously squooshy oversized scarf is knitted in a combination of Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed. I love the contrast between the simple garter stitch body and delicate lace edging. I’d be tempted to knit mine in some bolder colours but keeping the contrast between them.
- Oxton by Sarah Hatton
I love a good textural knit and this oversized sweater with a cable and double moss stitch front and back certainly fits the bill. It is knitted in Kid Classic, a snuggly blend of wool, mohair and polyamide and would be great for keeping toasty on a cold day.
- Eclipse by Martin Storey
A cowl knitted in one strand of Kidsilk Haze and one strand of Fine Lace held together. The lace border is knit sideways and embellished with beads. Stitches are then picked up and the body of the cowl is worked in the round which minimises sewing up (always a bonus in my book!). I think the beads add a real touch of luxury while the relatively simple patterning stops it being too fancy for every day wear.
- Afterglow by Martin Storey
Taking the beads and lace theme a bit further, Afterglow is a raglan sleeved pullover with simple back and embellished front. It is also knitted in Kidsilk Haze and Fine Lace held together. I think using two different colours would give an interesting marled colour and also look fabulous. I think I’d be tempted to add the beads with a crochet hook rather than threading them on first but that’s just me.
- Hutton by Lisa Richardson
This crochet shawl just speaks to me. The colour combination is eye catching and irresistible and the finished design is super wearable. It is worked in stripes with four shades each of Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed. The main body is only a two row repeat so it should be accessible to a beginner as well as being a great TV project for those with a bit more experience.
Plus there’s another 36 patterns to choose from too! You can see the full range of patterns included on Ravelry. Which designs would be in your top five?