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!

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!

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