KNITmuch | Issue 01

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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!

Knit

Glenna Harris

a shawl for Lady Mary with Downton Abbey Yarn

Knitters, do you have holiday knitting on

your mind, yet? I’m not just talking about

gift knitting, but knitting for yourself! Let's

take a closer look at the Lady Mary yarn

from the Downton Abbey Yarn Collection,

and this is something you might want to

keep for yourself if you're interested in a

bit of a sparkly treat just for you. Indulgent

knitting can lift your spirits!

The Budding Romance Shawl is a free

pattern designed with the Lady Mary yarn in

mind, and is a very pretty rectangular shawl

that would be just right for the holidays.

It would make a generous gift or a great

personal knit for yourself – I can just picture

wearing this with a little black dress to a party.

The shawl pattern uses a repeating lace

pattern which is shown below in a couple of

swatches in different colors. The Lady Mary

yarn comes in a number of different colors,

both brights and neutrals. It's amazing how

different the pattern can look when we

change only the color but everything else

stays the same!

If you've never tried a lace stitch before, this

will be a fun challenge for you. The main

trick with working a lace pattern is that you'll

be doing a combination of decreases as well

as yarnovers. To make a “yarnover” means

to bring your yarn forward to the front of

the needle, then work the next knitted stitch

or knitted decrease as indicated. It creates

the little eyelets that form the lace patterns,

along with those decreases. You can see

in the swatches just above and just below,

the decreases and yarnovers do sit in a

purposeful order, making a repeating pattern.

When knitting up this shawl, these are the

skills you can expect to use:

• Cast on and bind off

• Work knit, purl, decreases, and yarnovers

• Follow a lace stitch pattern (written

instructions, not a chart)

• Work flat, back and forth (as opposed to

'in the round')

The nice thing about this kind of pattern is

that, once you have established the stitch

pattern after the first couple of repeats,

you get to continue working along in a

straight rectangular piece. Unlike a garment

or some other accessories, you can simply

knit to the indicated length of the pattern

without having to worry about stopping to

work decreases or increases for shaping the

item. This makes it easier to concentrate on

getting the stitch pattern right, rather than

the shape of the garment itself.

Can you see the sparkle coming from these

little swatches? The Lady Mary yarn has that

silvery touch from some metallic thread

that’s woven into the yarn, which is the

unique feature of this yarn line. As a result I

think it will be a great selection for holiday

projects or a number of simple accessories

that would make it easy to show off the

sparkle. You probably don’t want to try

cables or color-work with this kind of

yarn as the shiny quality would get a

little lost in the pattern.

There are so many project

possibilities, especially for

beautiful gift projects or gifts

to yourself! Indulgent knitting

can lift your spirits!

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