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.
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hooked on books Knit the Sky By Lea Redmond In Knit the Sky, designer/artist Lea Redmond invites knitters of all levels to join her adventurous knitting journey with projects that will make you think outside the craft box. More than a knitting book, Knit the Sky is a unique collection of 30 creativity starters that has you knitting using practical things found in the weather, your neighbourhood, your travels and more! It’s filled with illustrations to fall in love with, and you’ll cherish the book from page 1 to 168 as you create knitted memories! 168 pages, Hardcover, ISBN 978-1-61212-333-2 The Taunton Press www.thomasallen.ca Knit Christmas Stockings Edited by Gwen W. Steege Make this holiday one your family will remember forever! With these 19 fun, simple patterns, even first-time knitters can create beautiful knitted Christmas stockings, as well as delightful knit and felt ornaments for the Christmas tree. 136 pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-252-6 www.storey.com One-Skein Wonders for Babies 101 Knitting Projects for Infants & Toddlers by Judith Durant This irresistible collection offers 101 original knitting projects for babies and toddlers – each using just a single skein of yarn! From mittens and hats to tees, sweaters, hoodies, pants, dresses, socks, and bootees, you’ll find the perfect wearable for every child and every occasion. You’ll also discover beautiful bibs, blankets, and sleep sacks, plus adorable stuffed toys, blanket buddies, and more. These beautiful projects were contributed by designers and crafters around the world, and each comes with complete step-by-step instructions and a photograph of the finished piece. 288 pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-480-3 Storey Publishing www.thomasallen.ca Knitting Fabric Rugs Karen Tiede This is a book with invaluable information on not only how to make rugs, but also includes a lesson in color combinations, the A to Z on how to recycle materials to make the rugs, and the process of making rugs. Add color to your floors and living space with these 28 colorful designs for crafters of every level. Take your knitting to an exciting new adventure and enjoy the softness of these rugs underfoot or displayed on the wall for extra color boost! 178 pages, ISBN 978-1-61212-448-3 www.storey.com Beanies & Bobble Hats by Fiona Goble What more to say about this very hip and cool book including 36 colour designs for beanies, berets, bobble hats and more for the young and young at heart? This is an indispensable collection of knitted accessories if you’re contemplating making knitted gifts for Christmas. Look around your neighbourhood, many wear beanies and hats all year round as a fashion accessory! Hats are quick to make even for novice knitters. Cables, special stitches, as well as simple and mindless knitting stitches are explored in the variety of styles. My favourite…? The knitted golden crown! 130 pages, ISBN 978-78249-196-5 Cico Books www.thomasallen.ca Arm and Finger Knitting by Laura Strutt If you like large-scale knits or you appreciate the bigger stitches and open texture you can achieve by knitting with your arms or fingers, then you will find plenty of inspiration in Arm and Finger Knitting. Breaking free from the constraints of normal needle sizes, Laura Strutt demonstrates how to do all the usual stitches and techniques using just your arms and hands, from plain garter stitch to moss stitch, increasing and decreasing, and knitting with two or more strands of yarn at a time. To make the best use of the unique texture and scale of no-needle knitting, she has designed 35 stylish projects for you to make, for the home and to wear. 112 pages, ISBN 978-1-78249-208-5 Cico Books www.thomasallen.ca 16 KNITmuch | issue 1
If you’re thinking about gift knitting already – or perhaps need a little nudge towards thinking about gift knitting – we have a few things in mind. We’ve already shown you a couple of patterns made just for the NEW Downton Abbey Yarn Collection, here some selections from the vast knitting internet to give you more ideas! Let’s take a look again at the Lady Mary yarn this awesome collection, which can be both elegant and fun because of that extra bit of metallic thread. It’s never too early to start gift knitting and adding some sparkle to your holiday knitting! The Lady Mary yarn is listed as a light yarn weight in category 3, in other words as a DK weight or “light worsted.” This makes it versatile for projects needing 5-6 stitches per inch in gauge. Knitted more firmly it would make an extremely stiff fabric, for knitting threedimensional ornaments and baubles, and knitted more loosely it would be enjoyable for lacy projects, as in the Budding Romance shawl pattern. One lovely and quick gift idea is this Mini Mitten pattern. It uses doublepointed needles and can be done easily within an evening – make a pair for a unique present-topper or ornament! Or perhaps a bookmark? Or, how about this little stocking pattern, for a similar festive ornament project? Another great gift idea that I like are these knitted coffee cozies. If you know people who enjoy their daily dose of caffeine, save them the trouble of always throwing out those cardboard cup cozies they provide at cafes, and give them a re-usable one instead! Knitted in a sparkly color like this yarn, they will be less likely to forget it! Or, try a simple hat pattern – hats make very quick gift projects. With the metallic component we don’t need to look at cables or color-work patterns since the pattern and sparkle would compete too much. Adding some sparkle to your holiday knitting Glenna Harris The Lady Mary yarn from the new Downton Abbey yarns includes metallic thread for extra sparkle. These are just a few fun ideas – there are so many to choose from! When trying a new yarn it’s always a good idea to buy one or two skeins to play with before committing to a big project, if you’re thinking about something larger. So, these are all one-skein-or-less projects to get you started. And remember, it’s never too early to think about gift knitting while adding some sparkle to your holiday knitting! KNITmuch | issue 1 17