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Hello and welcome to the Spring issue of our quarterly

newsletter!

Here at Rowan we have been excitedly anticipating the

launch of our new Spring/Summer 2018 collection! As we say

goodbye to the cold January blues and look forward to the more

favourable, temperate months ahead, we introduce you to the

latest Rowan Magazine number 63, a fantastic new yarn called

Cotton Cashmere and a number of new design brochures. We

are also very excited to present two new Rowan Selects yarns

– Denim Lace and Mako Cotton.

Also in this issue, we take a sneaky peek behind the scenes of

our Rowan Magazine 63 photoshoots, Rosee Woodland takes

an interesting look back at the origins of crochet and we also

look into the recycling process of our new Denim Lace.

We also take time out to catch up with some of our Rowan

Workshop Tutors and we review the recent Vogue Knitting Live

show in New York. In our regular retailer spotlight we hear

from ‘Ewe’, based in Stamford UK and ‘Grace Robinson’ in

Maine USA.

Finally, we introduce a new column which charts the journey

of a Rowan knit, starting in this issue with where it all begins.

As always, we hope you enjoy your latest newsletter! We would

love to hear your feedback on the new collections so please visit

our pages on Facebook and Twitter to leave your comments.

You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to see

what we are up to during the season ahead!

The Rowan team

Cover: Janan

by Martin Storey

Knitted in Felted Tweed

& Cotton Glacé

Knitting & Crochet Magazine 63

Rowan Yarns

17F Brooke’s Mill, Armitage Bridge,

Huddersfield,

West Yorkshire, HD4 7NR

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Contact your local stockist to view a fringed

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CONTRIBUTORS

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Katie Calvert’s background is

in fashion and textiles, with

previous experience in trend

forecasting, public relations and

events before joining the closeknit

Rowan team as a freelancer

in September 2015. Although

her knitting skills leave much to

be desired, she loves fashion and

writing for Rowan means that

she is able to pass that passion

onto you!

Katherine Lymer is a knitting

tutor, designer and writer based

in the inspirational countryside

of the Scottish Borders. She

enjoys travelling throughout the

UK, giving workshops on all

aspects of knitting and teaching

people of all ages and skill levels.

Rosee Woodland is a knit and

crochet designer and technical

editor, who is fascinated by

Britain’s textile heritage. She’s

currently writing her first book

and previously edited The Knitter

and Knit Today magazines.

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Contents

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February Member’s Pattern

- Aara 6

March & Aprils Members Patterns Preview 7

New Season

- Spring Summer 2018 8

Behind The Scenes

- Knitting & Crochet Magazine 63 20

Feature

- The Rise Rise of Crochet 24

Retailer Focus

- Ewe 30

Rowan Workshops

- Meet The Tutors 34

Retailer Focus

- Grace Robinson & Company 40

A Yarns Tale

- Where Yarn Begins 42

Recyling

- Denim Lace 46

Events

- Vogue Knitting Live 48

How To

- How to Knit Lace 50

Workshop & Event Schedule 56

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JANUARY’S

MEMBERS PATTERN

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Aara

By Martin Storey

Using Kidsilk Haze &

Fine Lace

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Upcoming in

March &

April

MARCH’S

MEMBERS PATTERN

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Franz

By Martin Storey

Using Original Denim

APRIL’S

MEMBERS PATTERN

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Jalela

By Vibe Ulrik

Using Creative Linen

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NEW

SEASON

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Spring Summer ‘18

Rowan Magazine 63

Modern Nomad

Modern Nomad is a collection of 21 designs featuring

classic, wearable shapes using interesting stitch textures

and colour combinations. The story is inspired by

woven Nomadic textiles and features designers such

as Lisa Richardson, Marie Wallin, Martin Storey, Sarah

Hatton and Vibe Ulrik. Rowan summer favourites such

as Creative Linen, Softyak DK, Summerlite DK & 4ply,

Kidsilk Haze, Fine Lace, Felted Tweed and Cotton Glace

all help to bring this stunning collection to life.

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Nabeela

by Martin Storey

using Softyak DK, Felted Tweed,

Kidsilk Haze & Fine Lace

Knitting & Crochet Magaizne 63

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Rowan Magazine 63

Willow

Willow is a striking collection of 18 designs

worked in relaxed simple shapes and using

texture, nautical stripes, fair isle and bold intarsia

pattern. Drawing upon the traditional blue and

white Delftware and Ikats fabrics for inspiration,

designers including Lisa Richardson, Marie

Wallin, Martin Storey, Sarah Hatton, Kaffe Fassett,

Brandon Mably, Georgia Farrell and Faina

Goberstein have used two classic Rowan yarns,

Handknit Cotton and Original Denim, to produce

this eye-catching design story.

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Waterford

by Marie Wallin

using Original Denim

Knitting & Crochet Magaizne 63

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Little ROWAN Dudes

Little ROWAN Dudes by

Martin Storey uses strong, bright

colours in Handknit Cotton,

Softyak DK and Original

Denim, with techniques

including colour placements,

graphic stripes, edgings and

intarsia. Choose from a sporty

cabled sweater, jacket and hoodie

styles, through to fun sweater

designs featuring dinosaur, lizard

and emoji motifs!

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Top

Newt

using Softyak DK

Bottom left

Emoji - Plain

using Softyak DK

Bottom right

Wham

using Original Denim

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Baby Knits

An adorable collection of 11

simple baby knits from Quail

Studio. Garments and accessories

worked in Rowan’s Baby

Merino Silk DK are perfect for

any new addition to the family.

Using a contemporary, neutral

colour palette that gives a unisex

appeal to the designs, projects

include simple garments with

hints of fun, baby blankets, hats,

joggers, sweaters, cardigans and

even a cosy sleeping bag!

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Moss Stitch Jumper

using Baby Merino Silk DK

Bottom left

V Neck Cardigan

using Baby Merino Silk DK

Bottom right

Striped Blanket

using Baby Merino Silk DK

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Cotton Crochet

Cotton Crochet is a pretty ensemble of

garments and accessory designs by Lisa

Richardson & Jane Crowfoot. Using a

beautifully soft palette of cream, grey and

pastels, the designs range from wraps and

scarves to summer tops, long kaftans, neat

sweaters and summer jackets.

Various crochet stitches are used and

some projects are suitable for the

beginner crocheter and others are

aimed at the more experienced, with

advanced stitches and shaping. The

designs are worked in Cotton

Glacé, Summerlite 4ply & DK.

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Hahana

by Lisa Richardson

using Summerlite 4ply

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Cotton Cashmere

Cotton Cashmere is a collection of

garments and accessories by Sarah Hatton

and uses our new Spring Summer yarn

‘Cotton Cashmere’. Using a soft tonal

palette from white to subtle blues and

summer pinks and oranges, modern classic

shapes have been combined with lace

and textured stitch detail. Relaxed styling

with focus on the drape, this yarn creates

a lovely fabric and is ideal for this transseasonal

collection.

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Madras

by Sarah Hatton

using Cotton Cashmere

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ROWAN Selects

Denim Lace & Mako Cotton

Spring Summer 2018 sees the launch of two

new limited edition Rowan yarns - Denim

Lace and Mako Cotton.

Denim Lace – available 1st Feb

This is a lace weight yarn, ideal for texture

and delicate lace stitches. It can be knitted

with other Rowan lace weight yarns and can

also be used double.

Originally soured from recycled denim, it

is available in six shades from denim blue

through to neutral. The accompanying design

collection includes a stunning lace shawl,

textured sweater and striped scarf.

To learn more about the recycling process,

see our feature on page 44.

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Hermia

by Martin Storey

using Denim Lace

Bottom

Mustardseed

by Martin Storey

using Denim Lace

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AVAILABLE

1 st MARCH

Mako Cotton – available 1st March

Mako Cotton is a very fine cotton,

spun from extra-long staple Egyptian

fibre. This premium cotton fibre is then

blended with Lyocell - a natural plant

fibre source - creating a modern yarn,

ideal for Athleisure. Rowan’s Mako

Cotton has natural elasticity in its tube

like structure which allows the knitting

to move with the wearer. Available in

a palette of soft subtle pink and grey

shades with a bold pop of green and red.

The design collection is brought to you

by Quail Studio and includes sweaters,

cardigans and sports style tops to take

you from gym to coffee shop and

beyond!

V Back Sweater

by Quail Studio

using Mako Cotton

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New Shades in Existing Yarns

We have introduced new shades into three of

our Spring/Summer ranges – Handknit Cotton,

Summerlite 4ply and DK.

Handknit Cotton has two new shades – a strong

bold teal and a delicate pink – and new additions

to the Summerlite family include soft blues,

teal and coral in the DK range and in the 4ply

weight a lovely tangy orange and gentle peachy

shades through to a soft green and neutrals.

North Sea

371

Ballet Pink

372

Seashell

437

Sand Dune

438

Touch of

Gold

439

Langoustine

440

Rooibos

441

Coral Blush

442

Vintage

Claret

443

Blossom

444

Green Bay

445

Anchor Grey

446

Seashell

466

Coral Blush

467

Silvery Blue

468

Favourite

Denim

469

Sailor Blue

470

Garden

471

Pink Powder

472

HANDKNIT

COTTON

SUMMERLITE

4ply

SUMMERLITE

DK

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One to add to your collection…

Kids Essential Knits

Ten hand knit childrens designs by Quail

Studio, using Big Wool, Handknit Cotton,

Summerlite 4ply, Summerlite DK

& Cotton Glacé.

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BEHIND THE

SCENES

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Knitting & Crochet

Magazine 63

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Willow

The ‘Willow’ story in Rowan Magazine 63 was

shot on location at Boughton Monchelsea Place,

a stunning 16th century manor house situated in

the beautiful Kent countryside. With a courtyard

boasting a grand Georgian clock tower and two

pretty walled gardens, the exterior is just as amazing

as the interior of this superb house which varies in

character from Tudor through to Georgian gothic

and Victorian.

The kitchen at this location was the most perfect

backdrop for the Willow shoot with the beautiful

collection of porcelain reflecting the Delftware

inspiration of this story. During the two days of

shooting we were lucky enough to be able to

use the beautiful gardens and huge grounds of

this location. The gardens were still in bloom and

looked absolutely beautiful in the sunny weather.

Opposite

Photographer Moy Williams & model

Letitia Herod

Above

Boughton Monchelsea Place

Willow design mood boards

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Nomad

An off-the-beaten-track wooden cabin and its wild

surrounding landscape yielded the perfect setting

for the Modern Nomad photoshoot. The cabin is

situated near to Happisburgh in Norfolk which is

most well-known for its red and white lighthouse

(the oldest working lighthouse in East Anglia!) and

its lovely sandy, secluded beach.

One of the reasons for choosing Norfolk for the

location was the abundance of wheat fields, we

wanted to see the model adventuring through

the British countryside. However when we drove

into Happisburgh we were alarmed to notice that

many farms had already harvested and our nomad

might have to traverse through very sparse looking

landscape! Luckily we had access to a field that

hadn’t been harvested and the farmer kindly agreed

to hold off until we had our shots!

Although we faced a couple of showers we ended

up really lucky with the weather and tried to get as

many shots outside as possible.

Above

(left to right): Julie Stewart (Photographers Assistant),

Danielle Greyling (model), Lisa Richardson (Art Direction),

Sally Kvalheim (Hair & Makeup) & Richard Burns

(Photographer)

Opposite

Richard photographing Janan by Martin Storey

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Behind the scenes photograhy by Charlotte Briggs & Annika Wolke

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FEATURE

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The Rise & Rise

of Crochet

by Rosee Woodland

Pania Long

by Lisa Richardson

using Summerlite 4ply

Cotton Crochet

Crochet has seen a sharp

increase in popularity in

recent years. Rosee Woodland

charts its history and looks

at its place in the modern

crafter’s canon.

The origins of crochet are

somewhat mysterious, and

relatively recent. While knitting

probably dates back at least 1,000

years, crochet seems to be a much

newer craft.

Some experts believe the first

recorded mention of crochet

is found in The Memoirs of a

Highland Lady, by Elizabeth

Grant. In a journal entry dated

1812 Grant references ‘shepherd’s

knitting’, a type of slip stitch

crochet used by Scottish farmers

to create garments that were then

felted for extra warmth.

But other textile historians

believe that France is actually

the birthplace of the art. Here,

a form of embroidery called

tambour was practised. Skilled

artisans would work a chain

stitch with a hook through a

fine mesh to create complex

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and beautiful embellishments.

Eventually, the theory goes, the

mesh was abandoned to create

what became known in France

as ‘crochet in the air’ and the

patterns were allowed to stand

alone.

Backing up this theory, the name

crochet is thought to come from

the French for the word hook -

croche, or crochet - little hook.

Other crafters believe that

crochet developed from earlier

traditional textile arts in Iran,

South America or China, but

firm evidence has been hard to

establish thanks to the delicate

nature of the work produced,

which rarely survived the ravages

of time.

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Crochet is thought to

come from the French for

the word hook - croche or

crochet - little hook.

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Whatever the truth of it, there is

no doubt that the hooking bug

has well and truly bitten modern

makers today.

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Crochet was first popularised in

mid 19th-century Ireland, when

workers were encouraged to take

up crochet lace work to help

feed their families during the

potato famine.

Initially the lace they created was

seen as inferior, but thanks to

patronage from Queen Victoria,

herself an avid crocheter, it soon

became the height of fashion and

Irish crochet lace was shipped to

Europe and America, where the

craft also took off.

In the 1920s and 30s knitting and

crochet patterns became widely

available and crochet cloche hats

were all the rage, while the make

do and mend years of the 1940s

saw crochet used to embellish

and update garments that could

not be replaced, due to rationing.

After WWII, crochet continued

to grow in popularity, peaking

in the 1960s and 70s, with mesh

mini dresses and granny square

homewares. But as interest

waned in handmade in the 1980s,

crochet slowly fell out of favour.

And while knitting patterns

remained widely available, it

was usually harder to find their

crochet equivalent.

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Crochet contiuned to

grow in popularity,

peaking in the 1960s and

70s.

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Thankfully, there was a new

craft boom on the way. The

‘stitch and bitch’ knitting group

phenomenon that began in New

York in the early 2000s made

knitting fashionable again, and

interest quickly spread globally.

Some years after this resurgence,

knitters looking for a fresh

challenge turned to crochet and

demand for patterns and crochetfriendly

yarns began to increase.

It didn’t take long for high

end fashion houses to cotton

on to the new trend too.

British designers Christopher

Kane and Henry Holland

both used the granny square

motif in their Autumn/Winter

2011 catwalk shows and soon

crocheted designs were all over

the high street, cementing the

craft’s popularity.

And, just as knitters had moved

beyond the scarf and hat to

socks, shawls and sweaters, lace,

cables and complex colourwork,

so the new crocheters began to

experiment.

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Soon modular designs, freeform

crochet, amigurumi, and

complex crochet garments were

all gaining a following among

yarn lovers.

Designer Jane Crowfoot, author

of the Ultimate Crochet Bible

(Pavilion, 2010), was bitten by

the crochet bug after decades as

a knitwear designer, and finds

she now devotes more time to

crochet than knitting.

“The last few years have seen

a huge surge in the number

of people wanting to learn to

crochet or enhance their existing

skills,” says Jane. “Many are

looking away from the humble

granny square in a bid to make

things that are more wearable

and fashionable.”

Jane recently created some

beautiful designs for Rowan

Cotton Crochet, a new pattern

book published this spring.

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The last few years have

seen a huge surge in

people wanting to learn

to crochet.

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“I am a big fan of shawls, scarves

and wraps and I think the craft

of crochet lends itself beautifully

to the production of these,” she

adds, “especially as accessories

are quick and relatively easy to

make.”

The Rowan Cotton Crochet book

showcases just how versatile

crochet really can be, with designs

for dresses, skirts, tops, shawls and

wraps. Jane’s Wiremu shawl in

Summerlite 4ply features a mesh

main section with an ornate

Opposite page

Marika

by Lisa Richardson

using Summerlite DK

Cotton Crochet

Above left

Wiremu

by Jane Crowfoot

using Summerlite 4ply

Cotton Crochet

Above right

Vanaja

by Lisa Richardson

using Creative Linen & Summerlite 4ply

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Gayana

by Lisa Richardson

using Creative Linen & Softyak DK

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border, while Lisa Richardson’s

Pania dress, in the same yarn,

has an all-over graphic pattern.

It creates a totally modern look,

while giving a gentle nod to

those mesh styles of the 60s

and 70s. Lisa’s Marika wrap uses

the modular technique to join

pinwheel motifs into a beautiful

statement piece.

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It creates a totally

modern look, while

giving a gentle nod to

those mesh styles of the

60s and 70s

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“We wanted a subtle look for

this collection,” says Lisa, “which

came across in the colour palette

as well as the design shapes and

the stitches chosen. I really love

the Summerlite range to work

with when designing crochet as

it retains a beautiful soft drape.”

Crochet continues to evolve

as yarn-lovers expand their

repertoire of skills and Lisa

looked to the current vogue for

weaving for her designs in the

new Rowan Knitting and Crochet

Magazine 63.

“The theme for the magazine

story was Modern Nomad and I

wanted to interpret a very crafty

hand-woven look,” she explains.

“Using filet crochet as the base,

and then weaving through this,

gave a really interesting texture

and also was a different medium

to work in. Weaving is becoming

so popular, so it was nice to be

able to incorporate this into the

design.”

This woven look features both

in the Eshana wrap by Lisa -

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a colourwork design in filet

crochet using Creative Linen

and Softyak DK, and Gayana, a

sister pattern for a wrap skirt in a

different colourway.

Lisa also added touches of weaving

to the Vanaja bag in Magazine 63,

using Creative Linen to create

simple stitches in a neutral shade,

laced through with pops of

colour in Summerlite 4ply for a

fun effect that’s surprisingly easy

to achieve.

With the potential to develop

in new and exciting ways in the

future, it will be fascinating to see

where crochet takes us next.

You can find all these crochet

designs and more in Rowan

Knitting and Crochet Magazine 63,

and Rowan Cotton Crochet, both

out now.


Summer Crochet

A FREE downloadable collection of six

modern and easy to wear garments in

crochet by Marie Wallin, using Rowan’s

top selling Cotton Glacé..

DOWNLOAD

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RETAILER

FOCUS

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Ewe

U.K

If you have never visited the Market Town of

Stamford in Lincolnshire then you are in for a

real treat, it is beautiful with a real bustling feel to

the place and some stunning buildings and fabulous

shops to boot.

Nestled down a small alley way is Ewe Wool Shop, 4

Stamford Walk. The shop reflects the town well as it

too is bustling and busy with friendly staff offering

advice to knitters and crocheters alike. Ewe has

recently become a Flagship store for Rowan yarns

and we take a look at the journey so far…

Ewe was set up by Rachel in 2011 and a year later

the shop moved to Stamford. Being a big Rowan

fan from a young age, Rachel’s mother knitted her

a cable skirt from the first Rowan Magazine and

she has been a loyal fan ever since! She found that

Rowan had always been the ‘go to’ yarn for classic

staples and fashionable unusual yarns and so once

the shop was established and Ewe moved to a larger

shop, Rachel decided to stock the entire range to

satisfy the many loyal customers as well as the many

visitors that visit every year.

It’s such a friendly shop that customers chat to each

other and have become friends after meeting in

Ewe. Rachel, Marcia and Barbara (the Ewe team!)

are extremely helpful and knowledgeable about

the yarns, and when buying from Ewe you can rest

assured that if you need help with your project then

help is at hand. In addition to hands on help, the

team run regular workshops and are also holding a

Spring/Summer launch event in April where you

will be able to try on the garments and sample the

yarns – watch this space!

Ewe launched as a Rowan flagship store with a

special event on 2 nd December. Designer and author

Jem Weston and Rowan workshop tutor Sara

Thornett joined in the fun and it was a great success

with goodie bags and a raffle prize of Rowan yarn

and books. The most popular yarn on the day was

Sultano one of our favourites and Felted Tweed,

another favourite.

Rachel also designs and Ewe has its own range of

kits in Rowan yarn, the latest being in Sultano and

Kidsilk haze. The pattern for which is available here,

or the kit is available to buy from Ewe.

I-LOVE-EWE.COM

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FREE PATTERN

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Sultano Cowl

By Ewe

YARN

Sultano and Kidsilk Haze

A Sultano Whisper 001 1

x 50gm

B Kidsilk Haze* Shadow 653 1

x 25gm

(*held double throughout)

NEEDLES

10mm (no 000) (US 15) circular needle, no longer

than 40cm.

TENSION

10 sts and 12 rows to 10 cm measured over garter

stitch using 10mm (US 15) needles.

COWL

Using 10mm (US 15) circular needle and yarn A

cast on 80 sts. Place a marker between first and last

cast-on sts to denote beg and end of rounds.

Rnd 1: Using yarn A knit.

Rnd 2: Using yarn B purl.

Rnd 3: Using yarn B knit.

Rnd 4: As round 2.

Rnd 5: As round 3

Rnd 6: As round 2.

These six rounds form patt. Rep patt a further 5

times.

Next rnd: Using yarn A knit.

Cast off loosely.

FINISHED SIZE

Completed cowl meas approx. 23 cm in width and

80 cm in circumference.

ewe

wool shop

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ROWAN

WORKSHOPS

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Meet the Tutors

Part 1

Here at Rowan we are passionate about passing on hand knitting and crochet skills. This is reflected in our

very successful workshop programme which has been running for many years. The programme provides

great opportunities to learn a new skill, brush up on an existing skill or simply enjoy spending the day

with like-minded people!

Expert advice and guidance is provided by our team of Rowan workshop tutors who offer a wide range

of both knitting and crochet workshops, from the very basics of ‘Learn to’ through to ‘Professional Finishing’

and ‘Design’.

Our tutors have a wealth of knowledge to share and genuinely enjoy the opportunity to pass on their skills.

A Rowan workshop is an experience that time and again many people choose to repeat knowing that they

can develop their skills in a friendly, relaxed atmosphere. We caught up with some of the tutors to find out

what they enjoy most about being part of the Rowan workshop programme, what their Rowan favourites

are, and of course the question that we all want to know the answer to…what they have on their needles

at the moment!

Sara Thornett

Sara teaches a full range of both knitting and

crochet workshops, from beginner levels through

to intermediate and advanced courses. As well as all

the expected subjects, for example Colour knitting,

Lace knitting, Bead knitting and Knitting with

Cables, Sara also offers Brioche knitting, Mosaic

knitting and Short-row Shaping workshops.

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?

It’s too hard to just pick one yarn as there are a few I really

love – Cotton Glace, Handknit Cotton, Kid Classic and

Pure Wool Superwash Worsted to name just a few!

What is your favourite design from the Rowan

SS18 collections?

I think it has to be Calico with its fabulous use of cables

and texture.

What is your favourite Rowan design ever?

I’m not sure I have one overall favourite design as I love

looking back through old magazines and falling in love

with the designs all over again. There are so many Rowan

designs that are timeless and their appeal never seems to

diminish.

What are you knitting at the moment?

I am currently finishing a DK cardigan so that I can start

something from the Spring/Summer collection – there’s

just the sleeves and bands to do, so really shouldn’t be

too long!

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Calico

by Martin Storey

using Handknit Cotton

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Far left

Sara Thornett

Opposite

Lyn Scoulding

Which subject/technique do you enjoy

teaching the most and why?

Professional Finishing Techniques is definitely the most

enjoyable and rewarding to teach, as there is always the

guarantee that those on the course will go away having

learnt something from the day. Also, the techniques taught

on the day are used by every knitter, whether they make

toys, garments or accessories.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching

workshops?

Teaching workshops means I can take my skills and

pass them onto others, as well as the teaching I also try

to inspire the group to try new techniques or give them

different ideas to explore. For me, spending the day in

the company of fellow knitters rarely feels like work and

so it’s very enjoyable.

Are you planning any new workshop subjects

for 2018?

I’ve started teaching a Brioche and Mosaic knitting course,

both of which are being seen in recent collections and I am

planning on expanding both courses for further teaching

in 2018.

Lyn Scoulding

Lyn is an experienced tutor, who enjoys passing on

her love of knitting and crochet to others through

her workshops. Lyn’s workshops are inspirational

and fun, a day to learn new skills gain confidence

and enjoy a new craft.

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?

It has to be Felted Tweed.

What is your favourite design from the

Rowan SS18 collections?

Eshana from Rowan Magazine 63. It’s a crochet design

by Lisa Richardson and is worked in Creative Linen and

Softyak DK.

What is your favourite Rowan design ever?

Can’t choose - it keeps changing....every season!

What are you knitting at the moment?

I have just finished knitting Havana from Rowan

Magazine 60. It is a lovely textured design by Sarah

Hatton in Rowan Cocoon.

Which subject/technique do you enjoy

teaching the most and why?

I love teaching all my sewing subjects, especially

patchwork and Learn to Crochet.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching

workshops?

I enjoy passing on my passion for a craft and to see

people leave at the end of a workshop enthusiastic

and eager to continue with their new skill.

Are you planning any new workshop subjects

for 2018?

I have some new sewing workshops in the planning for

2018…watch this space!

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Felted Tweed

Available in 31 shades

FELTED

TWEED

Eshana

by Lisa Richardson

using Creative Linen & Softyak DK

Knitting & Crochet Magazine 63

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Katherine Lymer

Katherine is an experienced tutor who loves to knit

and loves teaching knitting techniques to people

of all ages and skill levels. Her workshops range

from “Learn to Knit”, and “Taking the Next Steps”

(including knitting with colour, lace and texture),

through to more advanced techniques such as sock

knitting, brioche, magic loop and two-handed Fair

Isle.

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?

To pick only one! So hard…for spring-summer, it’s

probably Handknit Cotton, especially with the new

“blue” shades, and for autumn-winter it is, without a

doubt, Felted Tweed. I also love Kidsilk Haze – its

colours, texture and how it can work across all seasons.

What is your favourite design from the

Rowan SS18 collections?

For me? “Minton”, from the Willow Collection in

Rowan Magazine 63, as it combines cables and colourwork

in such an eye-catching design. However, my

husband thinks I should knit “Stafford” in gorgeously

squishy brioche – and given our home just north of the

border, he may have a point! But have you seen Martin

Storey’s “Little Rowan Dudes”? My boys have been

eyeing up “Cracker” and “Wham” – both with more

striking cables. It’s like we’re from the same knitting

family!

What is your favourite Rowan design ever?

Marie Wallin’s “Fyne” from Mag 42. It was my first

ever Fair Isle garment, which I knitted in tones of purples,

pinks and blues. I loved wearing it so much that I’m

considering knitting another!

What are you knitting at the moment?

“After Glow” from Mag 62 in Kidsilk Haze “Trance”

and Fine Lace “Chalk”. Given my love of all things

blue, it seems strange that suddenly my wardrobe is

lacking in such rich, vibrant tones so I’m looking forward

to giving it (and me) a lift.

Which subject/technique do you enjoy

teaching the most and why?

Oh, tricky….. I enjoy teaching “Learn to Knit” with

complete beginners and those returning to the craft. It’s

such a delight to see them progress through the basics and

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Opposite Top

Minton

by Fabina Goberstein

using Handknit Cotton

Knitting & Crochet Magazine 63

Opposite Bottom

Afterglow

by Martin Storey

using Kidsilk Haze & Fine Lace

Knitting & Crochet Magazine 62

This page

Katherine Lymer

then plan their next projects - helping them shop for yarn

and patterns (needles and bags!). It’s such a privilege to

accompany knitters at the start of their crafting journey.

I also love teaching “Professional Finishing Techniques”

and witnessing those light-bulb moments so often seen

when knitters conquer mattress stitch, and shaping and

grafting their shoulder in a more pleasing manner.

What do you enjoy the most about teaching

workshops?

Meeting other knitters and sharing knitting knowledge

– anything from the formal subject of the workshop to

favoured yarns and patterns. It’s important that those

attending the workshop leave with skills newly learnt or

consolidated and in order to do this properly, I believe that

a relaxed, open and friendly atmosphere is essential. It

allows questions to be more freely asked, stories shared

and new friendships formed. I prefer to keep my class

sizes small to facilitate this – and to ensure that I can

give help when it’s needed. Time, and knitting time is

precious, thus I always feel honoured when people make

time to attend one of my workshops. I believe it’s my job

to ensure that they leave feeling its time well spent – and

it’s a job that I love!

Are you planning any new workshop subjects

for 2018?

I already have a two-colour brioche workshop, which may

be helpful for those who wish to knit “Stafford” from Mag

63, but it would be useful to offer a second one exploring

shaping techniques. As you may have gathered, cable

knitting is a favourite of mine and so I’m going to extend

my repertoire to include knitting cables in a contrasting

colour – it’s a great way of making our work pop!

Our team of tutors are based all around the UK.

To find out if they are teaching at a store near you,

please see our latest listing on page 54, or visit our

website by clicking below.

KNITROWAN

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RETAILER

FOCUS

………………………

Grace Robinson

& Company

USA

Located just over a mile from Maine’s Casco Bay,

on historic Route One, Grace Robinson and

Company has served the knitters of Southern and

Mid-Coast Maine since 1996. Now in its 22 nd year,

owner Grace Robinson and her staff, continue

to fulfill her long-time ambition of owning a

wonderful yarn and needlepoint store.

Stocking Rowan Yarns was key to Grace’s longterm

merchandise plan, having personally been

inspired by their luxurious yarns and quality designs.

Over the years, the store has stocked every Rowan

yarn offered, with the objective that customers can

purchase their multi-colour or multi-yarn project

and cast on the same day, without needing to special

order yarns or colours. The store also remains a

trove for knitters trying to find the “one last ball” to

finish a project.

Nestled within the 2200 square foot display space,

the store features Rowan, by yarn quality and

shade, in a special Rowan shelving display that

positions magazines and brochures adjacent to the

yarn. Models hang throughout the store – Grace’s

favorite is LaScala by Martin Storey, from Magazine

54, knit in a combination of Rowan Kidsilk Haze

and Fine Lace. She feels that it is important to the

customer to touch and feel the garment to make

sure it is a good choice for their knitting time.

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With a large selling floor, Grace is proud that

she’s been able to host workshops over the years

– especially memorable ones with authors and

designers Jean Moss, Brandon Mably and Sharon

Brant. The store was proud to have hosted Rowan’s

30 th Anniversary display with over forty models,

beginning with Rowan Magazine One, which

travelled to ten locations in 2008.

With what is surely the largest amount of Rowan

yarns in Northern New England, Grace Robinson

and Company offers individualized instruction to

their customers, feeling that personal service is one

aspect of the purchase experience where online

shops cannot compete.

Being close to a tourist area, (besides being near

the Maine seacoast, Freeport, Maine is the home of

outdoor clothier L. L. Bean and an original outlet

shopping area) Grace finds herself busy from the

end of June into March, with only a few months

where local knitters garden before turning back to

their needles. Already customers are beginning to

inquire about Rowan’s Spring 2018 collection, a

positive sign that knitting remains strong in New

England and at Grace Robinson and Company.

MORE INFO


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A YARNS TALE

………………………

Where Yarn Begins

By Katie Calvert

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The first of a series of articles during which we will

discover the whole process of a Rowan knit, from start

to finished knitted piece.

In part one, Katie Calvert takes a closer look at where it all

begins.

Luxurious Cashmere

An early, privileged peek at

Rowan’s 2018 spring summer

shadecard pointed to one very

distinctive trend, cashmere.

Autumn Winter 2017/18 has

already introduced you to

Cashmere Tweed, a mixture of

20% cashmere and 80% wool, a

great combination for creating

luxurious, soft garments. Now

spring summer has been similarly

inspired by cashmere, with

the introduction of Cotton

Cashmere, blending 15%

cashmere and 85% cotton. But

before these yarns can be knitted

or colours chosen, they have

been created and manufactured

elsewhere. Rowan may have a

discerning eye for turning the

yarn into something to admire,

but it all has to begin somewhere.

Cashmere yarn is obtained

from goats, and a combination

of dietary and geographical

conditions of the Central and

East Asian steppe, mountain

plateaus and deserts have allowed

the goats there to become

the most productive cashmere

producers. At first, cashmere is

only harvested from the neck

and belly, in order to keep the

goats body protected, but as the

weather warms, more cashmere

is collected. The cashmere is

carefully inspected and any

fibres that appear coarse or

contaminated are discarded.

About 10% of the raw cashmere

is lost during this stage. The

quality cashmere is then washed,

to further discard grease or

dirt. Then, dehairing takes

place, which separates the long

guard hairs from the shorter,

more luxurious fibres that are

greatly valued for your knitted

piece. Carding then prepares

the cashmere for spinning by

straightening out the fibres and

it is during the spinning process

that you really begin to see the

finished product emerge, taking

the cashmere and twisting

it into yarn. From there, the

dyeing process can commence.

Interestingly, dyeing will not

lighten the cashmere, thus

naturally white cashmere is very

valuable for producing white

and pastel shades. In all, it takes

approximately two kilograms of

raw cashmere to create one kilo

of soft, desirable yarn.

Winter Woollies

However, let’s not forget

the other properties of these

luxurious yarns, wool and cotton.

Although the general description

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a

c

of wool refers to hair shorn

from various animals, for this

yarn, the wool is from sheep.

Sheep shearing springs to most

minds when the terms wool and

yarn are mentioned. Sheep are

sheared in the spring, with each

fleece weighing between six and

18 pounds. The fleece is then

graded by breaking it up, based

on overall quality, and cleaned,

producing the by-product

lanolin. Also called ‘wool grease’,

lanolin acts as a waterproof

raincoat to protect the animal

from the climate and is used in

a variety of household products.

The final procedure, spinning,

creates the recognisable yarn we

know as wool. Within Rowan’s

autumn winter shadecard, a large

number of yarns include wool,

with some as high as 100% wool.

Valley Tweed, made not far from

the Rowan design office, and

new for 2017, includes a subtle

colour effect created by using an

additional thread of lambswool.

Further 100% wool yarns include

Pure Wool Superwash Worsted

and Big Wool, both popular for

many years. In addition, alpaca

and mohair are also popular

choices within Rowan yarns.

Alpaca Soft DK is new to 2017,

whilst mohair is a component

of both Kidsilk Haze and Kid

Classic, two extremely popular

yarns, famous for their versatility

and colour palettes. The process

of shearing and spinning the

alpaca and mohair is similar to

that of wool, the one difference

being that, due to the absence of

lanolin, alpaca is not greasy. All

these yarns contribute range and

excitement to the Rowan brand.

Transeasonal touch

Transeasonal yarns are becoming

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increasingly important to

Rowan. Wool crosses over into

spring summer yarns with

three of the five trans-seasonal

yarns featuring traditional wool.

Unsurprisingly, the most popular

yarn for the warmer months is

cotton, with two thirds of Rowan

yarns comprising of 50% or more

cotton. Since the cotton fibre

surrounds the seeds of the cotton

plant, the process begins in a

slightly different way to that of

wool, before carding and spinning

occur. Once the cotton has been

harvested, the fibres are separated

from any dirt, debris or seeds,

by a process known as ginning.

The carding process straightens

the cotton out, before spinning

it makes the yarn stronger and

ready to knit. Alongside the new

Cotton Cashmere yarn, 100%

cotton yarns Summerlite DK,

Summerlite 4ply and Handknit


d

e

a - Cotton Field

b - The cotton must be dry to harvest, here the farmer test

how dry the cotton bud is.

c - Sheep shearing

d - Silkworms feeding on the mulberry leaves

d - silkworm cocoon waiting to be unwound into cotton

stands

Cotton are all breathable and

available in an array of stunning

shades.

When it comes to the Rowan

autumn winter shadecard there

is only one yarn, a trans-seasonal

yarn, that features cotton. Softyak

DK, made up of 76% cotton, 15%

yak and 9% nylon, is produced

from the coat hair of yaks, and

the method is, again, similar to

wool. However, the exciting

difference is that all of the shades

used by Rowan feature a slight

melange effect, due to the yak

fibres remaining undyed.

the leaves of mulberry trees. In

order to protect itself so that it

can transform into a chrysalis and

emerge as a moth, the silkworm

spins a protective cocoon around

itself. The silk is then unbound

from the cocoon and delicately

unwound to create a single

strand. It requires plenty of work

for a small amount of luxurious

yarn. However, the soft to the

touch yarn of Baby Merino

Silk DK, specially developed for

babies, makes it worthwhile.

To be continued...

Sumptuous Silk

Baby Merino Silk DK is

another popular trans-seasonal

yarn. Alongside Kidsilk Haze,

it features silk as a component.

Beginning life as a silkworm,

the caterpillar of the silk moth

Bombyx Mori feeds solely on

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RECYCLING

………………………

Denim Lace

Recycling is becoming more

and more important and

increasingly essential. In our

everyday lives we have learnt to

recycle our waste - often glass,

paper, cardboard and plastic –

and for many of us it has become

routine and a way to help our

communities in preserving the

planet.

Our new Rowan Selects yarn

‘Denim Lace’ is originally soured

from recycled denim. It is 95%

cotton and 5% other fibre*.

The cotton has been spun from

vintage denim which has been

through a recycling process and

transformed into yarn. (* other

fibre simply means that when you

recycle a fabric there is always a

very small amount of fibre that

remains below the identifiable

level, this is a normal result of the

recycling process.)

We take a look at the process…

Prato, situated in the heart of

Tuscany in central Italy is home

to the famous Prato textile

industry, well known for its wool

textile manufacture. Centuriesold

craft skills combined with

modern industrial growth

saw Prato develop into one

of Europe’s most important

textile centres. Recycling plays

an important role in Prato and

‘carding’, a specific production

technique for fibres which allows

new textiles to be created from

used ones, has been used in

Prato for many, many years. This

creation of new yarns through

the re-use of recycled textiles is

more popular than ever, on trend

even, reflecting our desire to

recycle and preserve.

The garments which are to be

recycled come from various

sources – unsold goods, used

garments and even weaving and

spinning production waste from

mills. The way the garments are

sorted remains the same as in

years gone by – skilled workers

sort the huge piles of clothes into

garment types and then they sort

them by fibre, and then colour.

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Images

various stages of the process

Any linings are removed, along

with fastenings such as buttons

and zips, seams are cut and any

embellishments are also taken

off. The most important fibre

qualities to be separated are

knitwear, flannel, gabardine, twill,

velour and in our case, denim.

Multi-coloured garments are put

into their own pile and classified

as ‘millefiori’ meaning the fusing

together of lots of different

colours. This typically creates one

main colour, a shade of brown

with red and white specks which

is often then used for over-dying

with dark colours such as black

and navy.

The next stage of the process is

carbonization to eliminate any

impurities and then the garment

pieces are washed, cut into

smaller pieces and then finally

introduced to a rag grinder

which reduces them to loose

fibres. The loose fibres are then

ready to be sent to the carding set.

During the carding process the

loose fibers are mixed and then

introduced to a special machine

for creating a ‘carding web’. The

‘web’ is cut into small strips ready

to be spun. Once spun, the yarn

is then ready to be dyed, balled or

coned, ready to be knitted into a

new creation. In our case, Rowan

Selects Denim Lace.

It can definitely be said that the

historic Prato textile tradition of

recycling fibres to produce yarns

is now indeed playing a major

role in trying to preserve the

planet’s resources and we are very

pleased to play our part with our

new yarn.

DENIM LACE

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EVENTS

………………………

Vogue Knitting Live

Now in its 9th year, Vogue Knitting Live has

proven that New York City is a key hub

of knitting in North America. With 7000 plus

attendees braving cold weather (and sometimes

snow!) to travel into the city via bus, train and

airplane to converge on Times Square to see the

newest and best from key yarn companies and

designers. Rowan, the premier show sponsor in

2017, was pleased to be back in the Big Apple this

year, working with flagship store Amazing Threads,

from Minneapolis, Minnesota.

In addition to a focus on Rowan yarn in the booth,

Rowan presented a fashion show, featuring the best

of Autumn/Winter 2017 and a preview of Spring/

Summer 2018, as well as the now famous Rowan

ball drop and the second ‘Runway on the Runway’

event.

After years of glimpsing Rowan garments worn

by knitters at consumer events, Rowan introduced

Rowan on the Runway’ at Vogue Knitting Live

last Autumn in Seattle. The concept gives Rowan

knitters an opportunity to wear their own creations

on the catwalk. The stars were truly aligned, as

‘Vogue Knitting Live’ has a catwalk, and the Vogue

team were happy to help Rowan to make this

idea a reality! The Seattle audience was treated to

several garments from Rowan designers including

Kaffe Fassett, Marie Wallin, Martin Storey, Lisa

Richardson and Sarah Hatton, as well as garments

by Annabel Fox featured in Rowan Magazine One.

The Rowan runway in New York showcased

sixteen designs, ranging from the late 1980’s to

more recent magazines and from designers such

as Marie Wallin, Kim Hargreaves, Martin Storey,

Sarah Hatton and also included a rare design from

Marion Foale, a Kaffe Fassett design from ‘Family

Album’ and Brandon Mably’s ‘Colour Class Poppy’

swatch turned into a stunning shoulder bag.

As with the first show, the audience was full and the

participants excited to share their part of Rowan’s

history.

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HOW TO

………………………

Knit Lace

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Lace knitting: It can be beautiful,

elegant, modern or traditional

– and the knitting doesn’t

necessarily have to be as complex

as the finished result would

suggest. As with all projects, your

choice of yarn will influence

the appearance of your final

fabric: A solid yarn, such as

Cotton Cashmere, will produce

a well-defined fabric giving clear

definition of the pattern, as seen

in “Tiking” from the “Cotton

Cashmere” collection. A hairier,

brushed yarn will blur the pattern

giving a softer appearance, as

with Kidsilk Haze in “Afterglow”

from Magazine 62. Baring a few

practical considerations (e.g.

choosing a non-stretchy yarn

for lace edgings), this is entirely

down to your personal choice.

There are two elements to lace

knitting: The ‘yarn over’ (yo),

where we increase the stitch

count, and the decrease. In the

simplest of lace patterns, these

are worked side by side, which

helps keep track of the pattern

and ensures that the overall

stitch count remains the same.

The decreases give structure and

shape to our fabric and so it is

crucial that these are correctly

placed so that, for example, the

points of a diamond meet or the

stem of a leaf lines up. The yo is

responsible for making the holes

to give openness to the fabric

and it is important that the strand

of yarn producing the hole lies in

the same direction as the other

stitches in the row: A twisted loop

will result in a smaller hole and

not allow the lace fabric to fully

open in the manner in which the

designer – and you – intended!

The exact method that we use

Opposite Page

Tiking

by Sarah Hatton

using Cotton Cashmere

Cotton Cashmere

Above

Afterglow

by Martin Storey

using Kidsilk Haze & Fine Lace

Knitting & Crochet Magazine 62

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to create the hole depends upon

its position in the row, hence

we have “yarn forward” (yfwd),

“yarn over the needle” (yon),

“yarn round the needle” (yrn)

and “yarn forward round the

needle” (yfrn). The different

names arise due to the different

starting positions of the yarn

before we bring the yarn over

the needle (i.e. the stitch worked

before) as well as the stitch

worked immediately afterwards:

Yfwd occurs after a knit stitch

and before another knit (e.g. k1,

yfwd, k1): Bring the yarn from

the back of the needles to the

front and then knit, bringing the

yarn over the right hand needle

(i.e. unlike rib/moss stitch, do

not move the yarn between the

needles before changing stitch).

Yon occurs after a purl stitch

and before a knit (e.g. p1, yon,

k1): After the purling, leave the

working yarn at the front of the

work. Create the YO as you knit

the next stitch by bringing the

yarn from front to back over the

right hand needle – as above.

Yrn occurs after a purl stitch

and before another purl (e.g. p1,

yrn, p1): Bring yarn from front

to back over the needle and then

wrap under the right needle to

be at the front again.

Yfrn occurs after a knit stitch and

before a purl (e.g. k1, yfrn, p1):

Bring the yarn to the front of the

work and between the needles

and then continue to wrap the

yarn completely around the

needle so it’s at the front again.

For designs that flow

immediately into a lace pattern,

such as lace shawls/scarves, it can

be advantageous to use a lace

cast on, which is open enough

to allow the fabric to be shaped

by the stitch work. It’s similar to

the “Cable Cast On” with one

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Lace Cast On

(a) Make a slip knot and place on left hand

needle.

(b) Insert right hand needle into the loop

and wrap the working yarn around

needle.

(c) Pull the working yarn through the loop

to make a new stitch.

(d) Slip the new stitch from the right hand

needle onto the left hand needle.

(e) Two stitches have been cast on.


a

b

Yfwd

(a) Start with the working yarn from the

back of the work.

(b) Bring the yarn through the needles to

the front of the work.

(c) Knit the next stitch.

(d) Yfwd has increased the stitch count

by one.

c

d

essential difference: The new

stitches are created by going into

the last stitch, as if to knit, and

not in-between:

Make a slip knot and place this

onto your left hand needle (a).

This counts as your first stitch.

Holding both needles in your

hands as to knit, insert the right

hand needle into the stitch

on the left hand needle and,

bringing the working yarn under

and around the right hand needle

(b), catch the yarn on the right

hand needle to make a new stitch

(as if you would when knitting

normally) (c). Slip the new stitch

from the right hand needle onto

the left (d) as your second stitch

of your cast on (e). Then place

the tip of the right hand needle

back into the loop of the second

stitch to make the third stitch in

the same way. Repeat steps (b) to

(d) until the correct number of

stitches have been cast on.

Lace patterns can be written

“long hand” or in a pictorial

form i.e. a chart. For complex

lace patterns, charts provide

an excellent overview of the

complete design (or its repeated

section) – but these aren’t always

necessary for short pattern

repeats. The same approach is

taken to reading lace charts as

for any other knitting chart: A

key is provided to explain the

symbols on the chart; each square

represents a stitch; for knitting

back and forth, the chart is read

from right to left on the RS and

left to right on the WS.

When fixing mistakes, it can be

difficult maintaining the holes

and decreases. One approach to

make this easier (more accurate

and less frustrating!) is to use a

“life line”. A knitter’s life line

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Yon

(a) Keeping the yarn at the front of your

work, insert the right hand needle into

the next stitch to knit.

(b) Knit the next stitch.

(c) Yon has increased the stitch count by

one.

a

b

c

a

b

Yrn

(a) Start with the working yarn at the

front to the work.

(b) Wrap the yarn around the needle so

that it’s at the front again.

(c) Purl the next stitch.

(d) Yrn has increased the stitch count by

one.

c

d

(a) Life Line inserted into “Tiking” after

row 14 of lace pattern has been worked.

(b) Blocking “Tiking” swatch.

a

b

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a

b

Yfrn

(a) Take the working yarn from the back

of the work to the front between the

needles.

(b) Wrap the yarn completely around the

needle so it’s at the front again.

(c) Purl the next stitch.

(d) Yfrn has increased the stitch count by

one.

c

is a length of contrasting thread

that is inserted into our knitting

at a point we’re sure the knitting

is correct, e.g. after a purl row.

Once this row is complete, use

a tapestry needle to thread the

strand through the stitches on the

needle along the entire row. Break

and secure the thread. It can be

removed and re-inserted into

the fabric once another pattern

repeat has been completed. If

you do have to undo your work,

then take it back to the life line.

Using a smaller needle size than

that specified in the pattern, pick

up the stitches from the life line

while keeping the life line in

place. After checking the stitch

count / pattern, resume knitting

using a needle of the correct size.

Blocking is essential to allow our

lace fabric to unfurl to reach is

full promise of beauty and size.

d

Before blocking, carefully weave

in the ends so they cannot be seen.

Such methods include pinning

out the dry fabric, using blocking

pins and wires, onto damp tea

towels covering blocking mats

/ thick bath towels to create a

robust but level surface. Similarly,

the work can be pinned out onto

dry blocking mats / towels and

lightly sprayed with water until

slightly damp. Alternatively,

some fabrics can be allowed

to soak in cold water before

pinning out. Always refer to the

blocking diagram in your pattern

to ensure that you maintain the

correct shape and size of your

fabric. Leave your work to dry

before carefully unpinning.

After washing, lace garments

may benefit from repeated

blocking: Wash according to the

instructions on the yarn’s ball

band then carefully block onto

towels/boards using pins/wires

and leave to dry. Enjoy!

For consolidation of these

techniques, consult the Rowan

calendar for a workshop

convenient to you.

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ROWAN

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Workshop & Event

Schedule

FEBRUARY

Saturday 3 rd February

Professional Finishing

with Bev Hodgkinson

– Black Sheep Wools,

Warrington 01925 764231

Saturday 3 rd February

Rowan Spring/Summer

2018 Launch Event

- Black Sheep Wools,

Warrington

01925 764231

Sunday 4th February

Professional Finishing

with Avril Best – Swansea

Bay Yarns

01792 469171

Monday 5 th February

Learn to Knit with

Melanie Boocock – The

Knitter’s Yarn, Harrogate

01423 816618

Thursday 8 th February

Professional Finishing

with Avril Best – Lady

Sew and Sew, Henley

01491 572528

Saturday 10 th February

Learn to Crochet with

Lyn Scoulding – House

of Haby, Worcester

07771 243976

Friday 16 th February

Knit and Crochet

Fingerless Gloves with

Carol Meldrum - Black

Sheep Wools, Warrington

01925 764231

Saturday 17 th February

Next Step Crochet with

Lyn Scoulding – House

of Haby, Worcester 07771

243976

Friday 23rd February

Learn to Crochet with

Sophia Reed – Black

Sheep Wools, Warrington

01925 764231

Saturday 24th February

Rowan Spring/Summer

2018 Launch Event -

Shoreham Knitting and

Needlecraft 01273 461029

Saturday 24 th February

Learn to Knit with Lyn

Scoulding – House of

Haby, Worcester

07771 243976

Wednesday 28 th February

Knitting Socks with

Avril Best – Lady Sew and

Sew, Henley

01491 572528

MARCH

Friday 2 nd March

Rowan Spring/Summer

2018 Launch Event

with special guest Dee

Hardwicke – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

Saturday 3 rd March Design

A Purse with Dee

Hardwicke - Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

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Monday 5 th March Learn

to Crochet with Melanie

Boocock – The Knitter’s

Yarn, Harrogate 01423

816618

Thursday 8 th March

Professional Finishing

with Bev Hodgkinson

– Black Sheep Wools,

Warrington 01925 764231

Thursday 8 th March

Rowan Spring/Summer

2018 Launch Event –

Lady Sew and Sew, Henley

01491 572528

Saturday 10th March Learn

to Crochet with Sophia

Reed – Black Sheep Wools,

Warrington

01925 764231

Saturday 10 th March Learn

to Knit with Georgia

Farrell - Liberty, London

0207 7341234

Wednesday 14 th March

Fair Isle Knitting with

Avril Best – Lady Sew and

Sew, Henley

01491 572528

Thursday 15th March

Crochet Mandala/Wall

Decoration with Gina

Couch – Black Sheep

Wools, Warrington

01925 764231

Saturday 17 th March Learn

to Patchwork with Lyn

Scoulding – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

Monday 19th March

Rowan Spring/

Summer 2018 Launch

Event - McAree Brothers,

Edinburgh

0131 558 1747

Saturday 24 th March

Professional Finishing

with Avril Best – Oxford

Yarn Store

01865 6041120

Saturday 31 st March

Mosaic Knitting with

Sara Thornett – The

Knitting Corner, Lichfield

01543 415837

APRIL

Saturday 7 th April

Learn to Crochet with

Donna Grossman -

Liberty, London

0207 7341234

Week Commencing 9 th

April (please check store

website for confirmed date)

Rowan Spring/Summer

2018 Launch Event –

Ewe Wool Shop, Stamford

www.i-love-ewe.com

Saturday 14 th April

Introduction to Brioche

Knitting with Suzanne

Strachan - Liberty, London

0207 7341234


Saturday 14 th April

Professional Finishing

Techniques – House of

Haby, Worcester

07771 243976

Sunday 15 th April

Professional Finishing

with Avril Best – Swansea

Bay Yarns

01792 469171

Thursday 19 th April

Professional Finishing

with Avril Best – Oxford

Yarn Store

01865 6041120

Saturday 21 st April Cabled

Mittens with Bev

Hodgkinson – Black

Sheep Wools, Warrington

01925 764231

Saturday 21 st April

Stitch a Japanese Knot

Bag with Lyn Scoulding

– Liberty, London

0207 7341234

Sunday 22 nd April

Tunisian Crochet with

Avril Best – Oxford Yarn

Store

01865 6041120

Saturday 28 th April

Brioche with Sara

Thornett – House of

Haby, Worcester

07771 243976

Monday 30 th April

Make A Purse Fair

Isle and Intarsia with

Melanie Boocock – The

Knitter’s Yarn, Harrogate

01423 816618

MAY

Friday 4th May

Crochet Lace Edgings

with Sophia Reed

– Black Sheep Wools,

Warrington

01925 764231

Saturday 5 th May

Patchwork Floating

Triangles with Janet

Goddard – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

Saturday 12 th May

Introduction to Fair Isle

Knitting with Suzanne

Strachan – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

Saturday 26 th May

Professional Finishing

Techniques with Sara

Thornett – House of

Haby, Worcester

07771 243976

JULY

Saturday 7 th July

Working in the Round/

Fake Cables with Sara

Thornett – The Knitting

Corner, Lichfield

01543 415837

SEPTEMBER

Saturday 8 th September

Free Form Patchwork

with Lyn Scoulding –

Liberty, London

0207 7341234

Saturday 22 nd September

Knitting in the Round

with Georgia Farrell –

Liberty, London

0207 7341234

Saturday 29 th September

Crochet Motifs

(Intermediate Level)

with Donna Grossman –

Liberty, London

0207 7341234

To view a full list of

workshop dates visit

www.knitrowan.com

by clicking the button

below.

WORKSHOPS

Thursday 26 th April

Brioche Knitting with

Avril Best – Lady Sew and

Sew, Henley

01491 572528

Saturday 12 th May Knitting

with Colour with Sara

Thornett – House of

Haby, Worcester 07771

243976

Saturday 6 th October

Create and Design with

Georgia Farrell – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

Friday 27 th April Homage

to the Granny Square

with Sue Maton* –

Norfolk Yarn 01603 927034

*This course will run over

6 sessions on Friday 27th

April, 25th May, 29th June,

27th July, 28th September

and 26th October.

Saturday 28 th April

Next Steps in Knitting

with Georgia Farrell –

Liberty, London

0207 7341234

Monday 21 st May

Professional Finishing

with Melanie Boocock

– The Knitter’s Yarn,

Harrogate

01423 816618

Saturday 26 th May

Quilt As You Go with

Lyn Scoulding – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

OCTOBER

Saturday 13 th October

Quilt As You Go with

Lyn Scoulding – Liberty,

London

0207 7341234

Saturday 27 th October

Professional Finishing

Techniques for Knitters

with Suzanne Strachan –

Liberty, London

0207 7341234

SPRING 2018

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