KNITmuch | Issue 01


Here it is! The much anticipated FREE Premiere issue of KNITmuch Magazine! We’re extremely excited to launch this first issue featuring a full 52 pages of knitting projects, tips, techniques, and products. In this issue, you’ll find a review of the NEW Downton Abbey Yarn Collection and the irresistible Top This! yarn kit. See the Crawley Vest and Budding Romance Shawl patterns for great project ideas using the new Downton Abbey yarns. We also review a variety of project ideas to make with Red Heart’s Cutie Pie and Sashay yarns. We go back to knitting basics to inspire new knitters to expand their knowledge of knitting and get to the bottom of key technical knitting terms and skills. Enjoy exploring our very first issue. Save it in your favorites, share it with your knitting friends!


Glenna Harris

a vest for Matthew with Downton Abbey Yarn

The Matthew yarn, which is a worsted

weight blend including 20% wool, has

a nice tweedy look. Just right for a

character like Matthew who spends a lot

of time outside on the Crawley estate, or

cycling to his work office.

The Matthew yarn has several great free

patterns designed by Premier Yarns to go

with it, including the Crawley Vest. The vest

is one of the few garment patterns included

in the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection, and

it would be a nice selection if you're new to

making garments. Making the jump from

smaller accessories to larger garments can

often involve a different selection of skills

and techniques. However, since vests cover

the body but don’t include sleeves, as

pullovers and cardigans do, a vest can be a

good “starter” garment. And, in a worsted

weight yarn like this one, it will knit up a bit

faster than a lighter DK or sport weight yarn.

This is a classic V-neck vest with a simple

textured stitch pattern. We introduced some

slipped stitch patterns in our September

KNITmuch blog posts, so you might enjoy

looking at those posts if this is new to you!

When knitting up this vest, these are the

skills you can expect to use:

• Casting on and binding off

• Working knit, purl, and slip stitches

• Working ribbing (for hem, and armhole

and neckband edgings)

• Following a written stitch pattern (the

pattern does not include charts)

• Sewing seams

• Picking up stitches (for armhole and

neckband edgings)

This vest is worked in pieces (as opposed

to “in the round” in one piece) and from the

“bottom up” starting at the hem (as opposed

to “top down” starting from the neck). The

back and the front are worked the same,

with the exception of the front V-neck

shaping. So, this means that once you've

made the back piece you'll have done

most of the same steps required for the

front piece. Finally, these two pieces will be

seamed together at the sides and shoulders,

before picking up stitches for the ribbed

neckband and armhole edgings.

In the photos here, you can see the

swatches I’ve done up in the slip-stitch

“furrows” pattern used in the Crawley Vest.

Sometimes it can make all the difference to

see different color selections! The sample

shown in the free pattern uses a dusty green

color, and here we have two other options.

The creamy off-white shown in the photo

on the next page is a very classic look. The

darker purple is another almost-neutral

color that’s a little more modern. There are

eight different colors to choose from in

the Matthew yarn so just keep in mind the

kind of colors you like to wear most in your

wardrobe and let that be your guide when

selecting yarn colors as well!

I’m excited to be dreaming

up fall and winter knitting

projects with these new

Downton Abbey Yarns

arriving fresh on the

crafting scene!

10 KNITmuch | issue 1

Photos by Glenna Harris

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