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Autumn Winter<br />



Cover Image | Skibo<br />

EST 1978<br />

by Martin Storey from Magazine 68<br />

Image | Smitten<br />

by Lisa Richardson from Pure Cashmere<br />

Dear Rowan Knitter,<br />


Over the last few months, here at Rowan we have been thinking about the entire knitting<br />

community and the impact that the global pandemic has had on everyone’s lives. Our thoughts<br />

have been and continue to be with friends, family, colleagues, working partners as well as the<br />

wider knitting community. The Rowan team continue to work following all relevant Covid-19<br />

guidelines. We wish everyone well and hope for good health, safety and wellbeing for all.<br />

The global lockdowns had an impact on the launch date of our Autumn Winter season<br />

and so we welcomed Rowan Magazine 68 and the new collections a little later than usual<br />

- MODE at Rowan Collection Three and new brochures from Martin Storey, Georgia Farrell,<br />

ARNE & CARLOS and Quail Studio. This season we also introduce you to three new yarns,<br />

including a very special Pure Cashmere, plus new shades from Dee Hardwicke and Kaffe Fassett.<br />

Read all about the new Autumn Winter collections over the coming pages.<br />

In this newsletter, we hear from local yarn stores ‘Born to Knit’ based here is the UK, and new<br />

Rowan Flagship stores ‘Ribbon Yarns’ in New Zealand and Seibu Shibuya in Tokyo. We also<br />

catch up with stores both in North America and here in the UK to hear how they have adapted<br />

to the changing retail landscape, whilst continuing to serve and inspire their customers during<br />

this challenging time.<br />

We also take a look back at the hugely successful Elder Throw Knit Along, which for so many was<br />

the perfect project to immerse oneself in whilst staying at home. We hear from the inspirational<br />

founder of Little Box of Crochet, Amanda Bloom, and Katherine Lymer reminds us of the<br />

importance of tension in our regular ‘How To’ column. Trisha Malcolm in conversation with<br />

Georgia Farrell is a great read and Trisha also took time out to catch up with Kerry Kimber<br />

about her new ‘Kids Knit’ book.<br />

Happy reading, happy knitting and stay safe.<br />

With best wishes from<br />

The Rowan team<br />

© Copyright 2020<br />

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EST 1978<br />


Autumn Winter 2020<br />

92<br />

Autumn Winter Review<br />

18 | Rowan Magazine 68<br />

34 | Todd & Duncan Pure Cashmere<br />

46 | MODE at Rowan - New Yarns<br />

50 | NEW Designer Shades<br />

64 | Rowan Selects<br />

72 | Designer Brochures<br />

80 | NEW from Quail Studio<br />

84 | MODE at Rowan<br />

90 | NEW from Kim Hargreaves<br />

18<br />

34<br />

Features<br />

8 | Yarn Tales from Lockdown<br />

16 | Elder Throw KAL<br />

26 | Meet the Team - Rowan at OSPREY HOME<br />

38 | Retailer Focus<br />

60 | Interview with Kerry Kimber<br />

68 | Little Box of Crochet<br />

76 | In Conversation with Georgia Farrell<br />

88 | #knitrowanbyme<br />

92 | Debbie Abrahams Mystery Blanket 2021<br />

96 | How to<br />

38<br />

68<br />

Free Pattern<br />

100 | Lucca by Lisa Richardson<br />

16 60 46 76<br />

4 November 2020 | Autumn Winter November 2020 | Autumn Winter 5


EST 1978<br />

Trisha Malcolm<br />

Trisha is the Executive Brand Strategist at Rowan, and has<br />

spent many years in the hand knitting industry, most notably<br />

as the Editorial Director at Vogue Knitting Magazine.<br />

She’s been a lifelong knitter, and dedicated to inspiring<br />

knitters all over the world to get their hands on Rowan yarn!<br />

Arabella Harris<br />

Arabella is a design consultant and writer with an innate<br />

knowledge of all aspects of the hand knitting industry.<br />

She proudly learnt her colours from the Rowan shade<br />

card as a child, and has experience of running a brand and<br />

collaborating with designers.<br />

Linda Pratt<br />

Handknitting industry veteran Linda Pratt has done it all<br />

- be it shopowner, designer, sales and/or marketing manager<br />

for three yarn companies in the United States.<br />

Currently Linda spends her days working for Rowan,<br />

and helps with marketing strategies and maintaining<br />

Rowan's presence on Ravelry.<br />

Chloe Thurlow<br />

Chloe Thurlow has a background in machine and hand<br />

knitting. She has been published by MODE at Rowan,<br />

as well as working day to day in the Rowan Design Office.<br />

Katherine Lymer<br />

Katherine Lymer is a knitting tutor, designer and writer based<br />

in the inspirational countryside of the Scottish Borders. She<br />

enjoys travelling throughout the UK, giving workshops on all<br />

aspects of knitting and teaching people of all ages and skill levels.<br />

6 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 7


EST 1978<br />



The challenges of 2020 have affected us all in<br />

many different ways and everyone has their own<br />

personal experiences and stories to tell.<br />

We have been utterly inspired by the wonderful<br />

and positive stories we have heard about how the<br />

crafting and knitting community have worked<br />

together to keep people crafting, creating,<br />

inspired and in touch with one another.<br />

Here are just a few of those stories.....<br />

Sealed With A Kiss (Flagship)<br />

Guthrie, Oklahoma<br />

Keely Northup, who started Sealed With A Kiss in historic<br />

Guthrie, Oklahoma in 1997, saw the onset of COVID-19<br />

as a new challenge to conquer. When the shop closed to<br />

in-store traffic in late March, Keely supplemented her social<br />

media – daily posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter –<br />

to include a daily You Tube Channel called House Party.<br />

Posting a new House Party video every day until the shop<br />

re-opened in June, Keely was able to engage with her<br />

customers locally and nationally with programs about new<br />

yarns, products and techniques, as well as some humorous<br />

episodes involving favorite songs, finding useable hand<br />

sanitizer, and the Top 10 positives about staying home,<br />

featuring Keely, her staff and her teenage son.<br />

Keely feels fortunate that she invested in a new website<br />

in 2019, complete with the full line of Rowan products<br />

available to order online. Because of the updated site, she<br />

could move her business rapidly to fully online and not<br />

lose business.<br />

For local customers, Keely established a hands-free pick up<br />

station in the rear of the store building. Located in an historic<br />

downtown setting, the store’s back door faces a picturesque<br />

re-done alleyway and is marked by a large rooster sculpture<br />

- so that her customers could continue shopping, knitting<br />

and crocheting while waiting for the store to re-open.<br />

Once the store re-opened on the first of July, House<br />

Party transitioned to SWAK TV, continuing the daily<br />

video platform, with fresh episodes every day. Keely was<br />

impressed by the number of people who contacted her<br />

after episodes and appreciated the efforts that the store<br />

made to help stay in touch.<br />

Website<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

8 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 9

Purl A Row<br />

Lincolnshire, UK<br />

At the beginning of the year we decided to move from<br />

Cornwall to Lincolnshire to enable our son to get the<br />

medical and educational help he needed…fast forward<br />

through lock down and various other road bumps and I<br />

have now found a new shop in a lovely market town called<br />

Horncastle. It’s not as big as I would have liked, but has<br />

potential and is accessible - with my ethos and personal<br />

wants, the shop has to be accessible and welcoming for all.<br />

I really can’t wait to get into it as I am missing my shop<br />

so much.<br />

How have I kept the business going during this time?<br />

Simple grit and determination is about it really. I have<br />

some amazing friends who have allowed me to throw out<br />

ideas and fine tune them to make them work. First off was<br />

Christmas in July. This was a surprise box full of Christmas<br />

delights including a knitting kit, chocolate, a Christmas<br />

DVD and lots more little goodies. Then came the 80 day<br />

sweater along. Make a sweater either crochet or knit in 80<br />

days and enjoy some fun in the chat group whilst we did it.<br />

Another Yarn (Flagship)<br />

Burlington, Massachusetts<br />

Finally I seemed to have found something that people<br />

wanted and I let the ‘Knit Lit’ boxes out. These are a<br />

different box every month with the theme of a knitting<br />

book and a kit to knit with a drink and sometimes other<br />

little trinkets. The idea was to have 6 months and all but 1<br />

month sold out in the first week of release. The boxes vary<br />

in genre but they are all about knitting in some way or<br />

another. They post out the first week of the month and are<br />

bringing a little bit of joy to people when they arrive and<br />

then they get the pleasure of reading and knitting.<br />

Now these boxes have not only brought in a little bit of<br />

money to help keep the business open but they helped<br />

keep me a little bit sane and distracted from what’s going<br />

on. They are a joy to put together and I can’t remember<br />

the last time I lost myself in a book before I did these.<br />

For the end of the year we have the Leyland shawl and the<br />

Bee things knit along. These are kits and lessons to learn<br />

new skills. I look forward to welcoming you to the new<br />

shop in Horncastle.<br />

Website<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

As Teresa McGonagle penned the weekly newsletter for<br />

her store, Another Yarn, on Sunday March 15 th , the early<br />

spread of COVID-19 in the greater Boston area was her<br />

primary topic. The store had already reduced their hours,<br />

reinforced their online sales presence, curtailed all but a<br />

few classes and was disinfecting the premises regularly.<br />

Within the week that followed, a lot changed. While the<br />

store stayed open, customers were no longer allowed in the<br />

store. Teresa quickly organized virtual and phone shopping<br />

appointments and a hands-free pick-up program from<br />

the store’s parking lot. Knitting and crochet groups were<br />

organized daily via the ZOOM platform.<br />

That same week, Teresa took on another challenge.<br />

Her niece, Sarah, worked for Tufts Medical Center’s<br />

Community Care program. While facemasks and other<br />

PPE were given to front-line medical workers, Sarah’s<br />

team of health care and administration workers were in<br />

need of protective supplies.<br />

Teresa knew that many of her customers were sewists as<br />

well as knitters. Starting with her own fabric stash and<br />

then with donations and the purchase of 1600 yards from a<br />

local fabric distributor, she started making kits to give out<br />

to her customers to sew. Teresa worked into the wee hours<br />

of the night making these kits, so that all her customers<br />

had to do was to pick them up as they drove by the shop.<br />

Two virtual tutorials were held, with 135 customers logged<br />

into the first class, then 199 logged onto the second –<br />

all in one week!<br />

As of 8 April, 2000 masks had been completed and donated.<br />

Teresa increased the program to cover local hospices, senior<br />

centers, homeless and homeless care administrators. With<br />

the advent of the ear-saver patterns in knit and crochet,<br />

her non-sewing customers could participate with donated<br />

yarn and buttons. By the first of July, close to 6000 masks<br />

had been donated.<br />

At the same time, Another Yarn kept up with online<br />

groups and classes – including the store’s successful<br />

seasonal Sweater Club, virtual trunk shows and, of course,<br />

the weekly newsletter that continued engagement. Now<br />

re-opened, Teresa and her staff have her customer base<br />

ready for another new knitting adventure each week!<br />

Website<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

10 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 11

Needle & Skein (Flagship)<br />

Minneapolis, Minnesota<br />

When COVID-19 caused Needle & Skein, located in the St.<br />

Louis Park area of Minneapolis to close, owner and local opera<br />

singer, Gilah Mashaal, jumped into action. She immediately<br />

enlisted the help of her daughter, Gabrielle Mashaal-Timm,<br />

to be her social media maven, and with the help of her shop<br />

staff began a regular schedule of Facebook, Instagram and<br />

weekly newsletters to stay in touch with her customers.<br />

Gilah and her staff created “Grab and Go” project kits, that<br />

were introduced every other day on social media. These kits,<br />

with many simple projects and free patterns were easy for<br />

customers to use their stash or pick up from the outside of<br />

the shop. Considered a life-saver by many of her knitters,<br />

Gilah’s kits covered Mother’s Day and graduation gifts, as well<br />

as something special for knitters during an uncertain time.<br />

Website<br />

Norfolk Yarns (Flagship)<br />

Norfolk, UK<br />

During the summer of 2020 the whole of the UK and<br />

further afield was affected by the COVID-19 virus, causing<br />

many of us to be contained within our own homes and<br />

separated from family and friends. Having hobbies to keep<br />

both hands and minds busy has been a major factor for many<br />

people who haven’t been able to get out and about, and we<br />

have been trying our best to help our lovely customers to<br />

keep going with their knitting and crocheting.<br />

As a business we had to close our doors, but due to the<br />

wonders of the internet we were able to carry on taking<br />

orders via our website and we really enjoyed getting out<br />

and about delivering the parcels. All local parcels were<br />

delivered by Boo and Simon on their bikes during their<br />

afternoon exercise hour with Rebecca delivering further<br />

afield in Norfolk by the bright red Norfolk Yarn delivery<br />

vehicle, discovering on the way the joys of rural Norfolk<br />

Sat Nav!<br />

It has cheered us immensely to hear from customers who<br />

have been happily working away with the yarns we’ve<br />

delivered, and we are looking forward to keeping going<br />

with postal deliveries as well as being back in the shop with<br />

the new season yarns to keep us busy through the winter.<br />

Being in close proximity to community events of unrest in<br />

late May, Gilah networked with others in her area to help<br />

those trying to get groceries through to the shut-down<br />

areas of the city, where grocery stores had been closed or<br />

were inaccessible. Partnering with local food banks and<br />

community organizations, Gilah reached out to the fiber<br />

community and her local customers with a list of groceries,<br />

baby items, and personal care items that were in short supply.<br />

The subject was not knitting, but a community-focused<br />

post detailing how her audience could contribute to their<br />

fellow citizens.<br />

Overnight, Gilah turned her store into a holding area and<br />

collected donations for four days. There were no yarn sales<br />

during that time, as customers dropped off bags and boxes<br />

of goods, covering the store’s sales floor, so that it was<br />

difficult to maneuver within the shop. Each day donated<br />

supplies would be distributed throughout the city to those<br />

in need.<br />

Gilah is proud to have found a way for the fiber community<br />

of Minneapolis to be involved and help during this crisis,<br />

yet feel safe. This reinforces her belief that Minnesotans<br />

are loyal, supportive people who are always ready to<br />

help others.<br />

Website<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

12 November 2020 | Autumn Winter November 2020 | Autumn Winter 13


EST 1978<br />

A few other things which have been<br />

going on in the virtual knitting world...<br />

Rowan Flagship Ewe<br />

Rowan Flagship, Ewe, kept in touch with their<br />

customers during lockdown via email and text,<br />

delivering orders within 24 hours. Hungarian Vizsla<br />

Wilma kept a close eye on things and lent a helping<br />

paw to the creation and launch of their online shop.<br />

Ippikin (Flagship)<br />

Much Wenlock, Shropshire, UK<br />

Lockdown for me at Ippikin was never a case of trying to<br />

beat the boredom, as all knitters and crocheters probably<br />

felt - there was plenty to be getting on with! It all started<br />

with a crochet-along, trying to get people to learn how to<br />

crochet without having to leave the house. I had a lot of<br />

family and friends getting in touch and asking about how<br />

they could take up knitting and crochet during lockdown,<br />

and it got me thinking...how can I help teach them to<br />

crochet, without them having to come into the shop? So I<br />

decided to do a complete beginners crochet-along. I chose<br />

crochet as it is much easier to correct if you go wrong -<br />

especially not being able to show people face-to-face how<br />

to undo those pesky dropped stitches!<br />

I decided on a jumper and a range of yarns to suit everyone;<br />

knowing brushed fleece and chunky yarns would be perfect<br />

for a quick growing and super soft jumper. Thinking only<br />

a few friends would take part, I ended up with around 80<br />

people joining in and socialising over the Facebook group.<br />

It was great to see people taking up a new hobby, sharing<br />

help and tips during what could have been for some, a very<br />

difficult time. Definitely a bit of joy, positivity and some<br />

great jumpers to come out of lockdown!<br />

Website<br />

Addy and Katherine’s Skylark KAL!<br />

Our very own Addy Osborne and Katherine Lymer<br />

kept themselves busy with a weekly KAL! Skylark<br />

cardigan in Moordale by Martin Storey was the project<br />

and it looks like much fun was had!<br />

Rowan at OSPREY HOME<br />

The doors may have been closed, but our Global<br />

Rowan Flagship in St Albans kept the knitting<br />

community going with twice-weekly zoom knit clubs,<br />

some with special guests. The faces of Lisa Richardson,<br />

Georgia Farrell and Dee Hardwicke have all joined<br />

the knit clubs to talk about their ongoing projects and<br />

inspire knitters to pick up their needles.<br />

Website<br />

Website<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

14 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 15

Jude Williams<br />

Janice Schaller Focosi<br />

Emma Savage<br />

Hazel Joy Morris<br />



KNIT ALONG 2020<br />

In April this year, Lisa launched the Elder Throw<br />

Knit Along. Using Felted Tweed, the pattern was<br />

released in eight sections over the course of three<br />

months. Knitters all over the world picked up their<br />

needles and embarked on the journey, supported<br />

by Lisa in a dedicated Facebook group.<br />

Here are just a few of the amazing results.<br />

#elderthrow | #lisarichardsonkal | #rowanyarnskal2020 | #feltedtweedkal<br />

Website<br />

Kathy Davenport McClurg<br />

Anne the Chihauhua<br />

Majorie Burke<br />

Margarida Costa<br />

16 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 17


REVIEW<br />


EST 1978<br />

MAGAZINE 68<br />

by Rowan<br />

Seamless, Homewear & City Tweed<br />

The Rowan Magazine is the cornerstone of every season and<br />

magazine number 68 doesn’t disappoint! This latest issue is packed<br />

full of design and inspiration from well-known Rowan designers,<br />

plus some new names too! Read more about the three design stories<br />

over the following pages.<br />


Collection<br />


18 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 19

NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

MAGAZINE 68<br />


by Rowan<br />

Felted Tweed, Felted Tweed Aran & Alpaca Classic<br />

Interesting construction and unusual shapes are the key<br />

elements of the Seamless story. Elegant designs using texture<br />

and colourwork, incorporating techniques such as ‘top down’<br />

and ‘in the round’ with designs shaped in such a way that seams<br />

are not necessarily needed.<br />

Felted Tweed, Felted Tweed Aran and Alpaca Classic have all<br />

been used and designers include Martin Storey, Lisa Richardson,<br />

Georgia Farrell, ARNE & CARLOS, Emma Wright, Kristen<br />

TenDyke, Amy Gunderson, Galina Carroll, Cathy Carron and<br />

Vibe Ulrik.<br />


20 November 2020 | Autumn Winter November 2020 | Autumn Winter 21

NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

MAGAZINE 68<br />


by Erika Knight<br />

Felted Tweed, Felted Tweed Aran, Alpaca Classic,<br />

Big Wool, Brushed Fleece and Creative Linen<br />

A comfortable collection of hand knits by Erika Knight,<br />

inspired by the 'hygge’ feeling of coming home. Soft, brushed<br />

and lofty wools, combined with plant based linens and cottons<br />

for drape and durability, are knitted in textures of ribs, stripes<br />

and woven style stitches. These designs celebrate the tactility<br />

of hand knitting to create modern pieces in which to cocoon,<br />

wrap and feel present. Knitted in neutral tones of warm beige<br />

and stone with shades of teal, highlights of chartreuse and a<br />

pop of orange.<br />


22 November 2020 | Autumn Winter November 2020 | Autumn Winter 23

NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

MAGAZINE 68<br />


by Martin Storey<br />

Felted Tweed<br />

Immensely popular Felted Tweed has been taken out<br />

on the town! Martin Storey has designed a wonderful collection<br />

of classic wardrobe essentials for everyday wear. Simplistic<br />

single-colour garments that will quickly become your new<br />

wardrobe staple.<br />


24 November 2020 | Autumn Winter November 2020 | Autumn Winter 25


EST 1978<br />


The Saddlery | Woodcock Hill<br />

Coopers Green Lane | St Albans | AL4 9HJ<br />

W: www.rowanatospreyhome.co.uk<br />

T: +44 (0) 7970880258<br />

E: rowanatosprey@icloud.com<br />

ROWAN AT<br />


- MEET THE TEAM -<br />

Our global Flagship Rowan at OSPREY HOME has recently<br />

reached a significant milestone, its first anniversary! We can’t<br />

believe that a year has passed since British lifestyle & accessories<br />

brand OSPREY LONDON invited us to create a new home for<br />

Rowan at their amazing brand location called OSPREY HOME,<br />

just outside St Albans. After much planning and a busy week<br />

spent moving in and creating a showcase of the Rowan yarns and<br />

collections, we opened our doors on the 1 st September 2019.<br />

The team quickly settled in and we have been thrilled with the<br />

response to our Flagship’s new home. Regular knit and crochet<br />

groups and classes were swiftly established, and a wonderful<br />

sense of community has been created. 2020 has of course had its<br />

challenges and our thoughts have been very much with Rowan<br />

stockists and knitters around the world as we deal with the impact<br />

of the pandemic. As shops closed, including Rowan at OSPREY<br />

HOME, it has been great to see the support that Rowan knitters<br />

have continued to give to their local yarn stores and how the sense<br />

of community has been kept alive online through virtual events<br />

and knit groups. The Rowan at OSPREY HOME knit and<br />

crochet group wasted no time in moving their regular catch ups<br />

to Zoom and they haven’t looked back! They have even had a few<br />

well-known designers dropping in to say hi too!<br />

We are thrilled that the store is now back open and with all social<br />

distancing and Covid-19 guidelines in place, we are delighted to<br />

be welcoming knitters back through the doors. Here, we take time<br />

out to find out more about the team behind this Global Flagship…<br />

Website<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape, please<br />

check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

26 November 2020 | Autumn Winter 27

Donna<br />

Georgie<br />

How long have you worked for Rowan and Rowan<br />

at OSPREY HOME?<br />

I have been working for Rowan for 18 years, both as an<br />

advisor in store and as a tutor. I was part of the team at<br />

our concession in Liberty and have now been leading the<br />

team at Rowan at OSPREY HOME for the last year.<br />

Have you always knitted/crocheted? Who taught you?<br />

I have knitted from the age of 7 and crocheted from the<br />

age of 16 and continued ever since. My mother taught<br />

me both crafts.<br />

What do you enjoy most about your role?<br />

I really enjoy helping customers choose their new projects<br />

and talking about the various yarn ranges that Rowan<br />

sell. I also really enjoy tutoring various workshops; it is<br />

always wonderful to see a customer’s progression and their<br />

completed projects.<br />

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?<br />

That is a difficult question to answer as I have so many<br />

favourites! If I had to choose one range it would have to<br />

be Kid Classic.<br />

Do you have a favourite design that you’re planning<br />

to knit from the Autumn Winter 20 collections?<br />

Yes I do but I plan to knit more than one design. The first<br />

design I am going to knit will be Plume Poncho in Martin<br />

Storey’s publication Carousel using Rowan Alpaca Soft.<br />

Do you have a favourite Rowan design ever?<br />

My favourite design ever would have to be Perinone from<br />

Magazine 64. A stunning full length coat designed by<br />

Zandra Rhodes in Kidsilk Haze.<br />

What do you have on your needles right now?<br />

Currently I am knitting the Plush Poncho from the All<br />

Year Round publication by Martin Storey and have just<br />

finished knitting Nambu cardigan in beautiful Softyak DK.<br />

Do you have a favourite stitch or technique that<br />

you like to do?<br />

I really enjoy colourwork projects including fairisle<br />

and intarsia techniques and enjoy playing with lots of<br />

different colourways. I am also passionate about crochet<br />

and am always working on a crochet project as well as a<br />

knitting project.<br />

Is there a technique that you haven’t yet tackled<br />

but would like to?<br />

Yes and that is Brioche knitting. I am currently practising<br />

this technique and look forward to perfecting it in time!<br />

Aside from knitting, what have you been up to lately?<br />

I am currently learning to quilt and patchwork and have<br />

recently completed a course. I would also like to improve<br />

my dressmaking skills as there are such beautiful fabrics<br />

available.<br />

If you could choose one favourite moment from<br />

the first year of Rowan at OSPREY HOME, what<br />

would it be?<br />

I wouldn’t be able to choose just one favourite moment as<br />

there have been so many! It would have to be meeting all<br />

the lovely knitters and crocheters that have visited us<br />

as well as all the events that we have held with various<br />

knitwear designers. I did particularly enjoy meeting<br />

ARNE & CARLOS at a book signing event earlier on in<br />

the year at the store.<br />

How long have you worked for Rowan and Rowan<br />

at OSPREY HOME?<br />

I have worked with Rowan for 10 years and Rowan at<br />

OSPREY HOME since opening last September.<br />

Have you always knitted/crocheted? Who taught you?<br />

I have always knitted since the age of 7/8 years old when I<br />

fell in love with Debbie Abrahams beading and stripes. My<br />

bedroom use to be full of beaded & striped cushions and<br />

blankets I had knitted. I didn’t start garments until I was<br />

about 18 as I always wanted quick accessories, I can’t tell<br />

you how many Big Wool hats I made. Studying Fashion at<br />

College and University my knitting grew into garments and<br />

making things for my friends. I used to host evenings with<br />

my friends at uni to knit beanies. During this time I started<br />

to work with Rowan and my knowledge and love just grew.<br />

What do you enjoy most about your role?<br />

Meeting customers and helping them choose their next<br />

project. I also LOVE helping customers choose colours<br />

for their projects.<br />

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?<br />

Oooooh this is a tricky question; for quick knits Big<br />

Wool & Brushed Fleece. But I also love the end result of<br />

Kid Classic & Alpaca Classic. I feel Kid Classic is a very<br />

underrated yarn, its soooo beautiful to knit with!<br />

Do you have a favourite design that you’re planning<br />

to knit from the Autumn Winter 20 collections?<br />

This season is full of so many gorgeous designs. I am currently<br />

knitting the ‘Puff Sleeve Sweater’ from 4 Projects Haze.<br />

What is your favourite Rowan design ever?<br />

I have a Rowan black mohair cardigan with beaded hearts<br />

– I can’t remember the design name but I have lived in this<br />

for years! It’s such a classic but I don’t wear this in store as<br />

I know someone will want to knit it!<br />

What do you have on your needles right now?<br />

I have three projects on the go – Mako baby blanket, a<br />

Brushed Fleece sweater & new for the season the puff<br />

sleeve sweater in Kid Classic and Kidsilk Haze (which<br />

is an amazing mix by the way!) I like having a mix of<br />

projects on the go as it depends on my mood as to what<br />

I like to knit, and I always need an easy project for the<br />

evenings to sit and watch Netflix!<br />

Do you have a favourite stitch or technique that<br />

you like to do?<br />

I love doing different rib techniques and simple texture<br />

stitches.<br />

Is there a technique that you haven’t yet tackled<br />

but would like to?<br />

I have never tried fairisle, this is something I’d love to<br />

tackle to say I have done it.<br />

Aside from knitting, what have you been up to lately?<br />

I am busy running around after my 18 month old and<br />

photoshooting next season's collections!<br />

If you could choose one favourite moment from<br />

the first year of Rowan at OSPREY HOME, what<br />

would it be?<br />

Our last season spring summer event, putting together the<br />

event for our customers to enjoy. Seeing our customer's<br />

reactions to all the hard work we put into a season is lovely.<br />

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Alison<br />

Frances<br />

How long have you worked for Rowan and Rowan<br />

at OSPREY HOME?<br />

I joined last October after retiring from West End theatre.<br />

Have you always knitted/crocheted? Who taught you?<br />

I begged my Grandma to teach me when I was about<br />

three. We made a cotton dishcloth which I still have<br />

somewhere. Crochet is still a mystery to me.<br />

What do you enjoy most about your role?<br />

Introducing customers to new techniques or yarn/colour<br />

combinations they’ve not come across before. That ‘Aha’<br />

moment when it clicks for them is something I completely<br />

relate to.<br />

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?<br />

Kidsilk Haze. It’s so versatile.<br />

Do you have a favourite design that you’re planning<br />

to knit from the Autumn Winter 20 collections?<br />

I adore Caerlaverock, in Alpaca Classic but it’s<br />

MAMMOTH! First up from <strong>AW20</strong> will be Galbraith<br />

Sweater and Taymouth skirt in Treacle Felted Tweed.<br />

What is your favourite Rowan design ever?<br />

I couldn’t possibly choose ONE! But I know Edmund<br />

Easter Bunny pattern off by heart. Every newborn for<br />

family/friends gets one.<br />

What do you have on your needles right now?<br />

A couple of Kim Hargreaves garments (Hanker and<br />

Feeling) that I’m desperate to wear! I’m also sampling<br />

some cable techniques I’ve not done before.<br />

Do you have a favourite stitch or technique that<br />

you like to do?<br />

I love cables. I am in constant awe of Martin Storey’s<br />

designs.<br />

Is there a technique that you haven’t yet tackled<br />

but would like to?<br />

I would also like to improve my skills in FairIsle knitting.<br />

There are some really nice smaller projects this season I’m<br />

looking forward to trying out.<br />

Aside from knitting, what have you been up to lately?<br />

Making several tonnes of jam from the allotment. I’m<br />

about to harvest my grapevines. If the pigeons have left<br />

me any at all I’ll attempt some wine.<br />

If you could choose one favourite moment from<br />

the first year of Rowan at OSPREY HOME, what<br />

would it be?<br />

Getting a call instore from a customer who’d be shielding<br />

for a long time and received her mail order that I’d helped<br />

her choose over the phone. She was so happy it made my<br />

day. Lockdown has been tough for everyone and I’m glad<br />

I could help her.<br />

How long have you worked for Rowan and Rowan<br />

at OSPREY HOME?<br />

I have just completed my first year, joining shortly after<br />

the store opened.<br />

Have you always knitted/crocheted? Who taught you?<br />

I have knitted since I was very young, taught by my Granny.<br />

My friend Ali, taught me to crochet only 5 years ago.<br />

What do you enjoy most about your role?<br />

Inspiring others to knit wonderful things!<br />

What is your favourite Rowan yarn?<br />

Rowan Felted Tweed, knits up so well, responds beautifully<br />

to blocking and even felting!<br />

Do you have a favourite design that you’re planning<br />

to knit from the Autumn Winter 20 collections?<br />

So hard to choose, but I especially love Cawdor by Martin<br />

Storey, a wonderful poncho in Felted Tweed Aran<br />

What is your favourite Rowan design ever?<br />

Lidiya by Kaffe Fassett. A stunning fairisle design in<br />

Rowan Felted Tweed originally in Magazine 48.<br />

What do you have on your needles right now?<br />

Kinross by Georgia Farrell – the shawl on the front cover<br />

of <strong>AW20</strong> magazine, knitted in Alpaca Classic.<br />

Do you have a favourite stitch or technique that<br />

you like to do?<br />

I find cabling very satisfying.<br />

Is there a technique that you haven’t yet tackled<br />

but would like to?<br />

It has to be Brioche knitting.<br />

Aside from knitting, what have you been up to lately?<br />

If I’m not knitting you will find me in my garden or on<br />

long walks.<br />

If you could choose one favourite moment from<br />

the first year of Rowan at OSPREY HOME, what<br />

would it be?<br />

The day ARNE & CARLOS visited for coffee and a chat<br />

with our customers- it was a lovely relaxing morning in<br />

great company!<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

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NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />


by Lisa Richardson<br />

Pure Cashmere<br />

Introducing our new, very special, Pure Cashmere. We are<br />

delighted to have collaborated with world-renowned Scottish<br />

cashmere producers Todd & Duncan, a heritage mill nestled<br />

on the banks of Loch Leven, to craft a luxuriously soft yarn.<br />

Read all about this exciting collaboration over the page.<br />


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EST 1978<br />

TODD &<br />

DUNCAN<br />

Collaboration in cashmere<br />

The journey beyond the Scottish borders travelling east<br />

towards Perth to the heritage mill of Todd & Duncan is a<br />

pilgrimage for fibre lovers. We were fortunate to visit on a<br />

Spring day when the clear shallow waters of Loch Leven<br />

were still and the heady scent of Holy-grass hung in the<br />

air. The incomparable landscape of rural Scotland makes a<br />

lasting impression and plays no small role in the production<br />

of its most luxurious fibre.<br />

Pure Scottish water<br />

Natural cashmere<br />

Introducing…<br />

Pure Cashmere, with Todd & Duncan<br />

Words by Arabella Harris<br />

We are delighted to have collaborated with world-renowned<br />

Scottish cashmere producers Todd & Duncan, a heritage mill<br />

nestled on the banks of Loch Leven, to craft a luxuriously soft<br />

yarn. Made with the purest cashmere fibres, washed in the<br />

fresh water of the ancient loch and gently dyed and blended<br />

by dedicated craftspeople whose knowledge has been inherited<br />

from generations of Scottish cashmere experts; this precious<br />

yarn is pure luxury.<br />

Loch Leven is famous in Scotland’s social history, as the<br />

location of the castle which imprisoned the ill-fated Mary<br />

Queen of Scots, but equally in its rich and world-renowned<br />

textile history, having housed the site of Scottish cashmere<br />

spinners and innovators Todd & Duncan since 1897. Today<br />

the pure waters of the loch, declared a National Nature<br />

Reserve in 1964, still play a vital role in the unique<br />

production of the purest cashmere. The water’s natural<br />

purity and softness helps to open up the cashmere fibres, a<br />

process that is essential to achieving the consistent colour<br />

and soft handle for which Todd & Duncan is synonymous<br />

throughout the fashion and textile trade.<br />

Circular process<br />

The delicate fibres are dyed before spinning, a gentle<br />

process that gives a superior colour result and finished<br />

hand-feel. The dyes used are environmentally friendly, so<br />

that all of the water employed in the activity can be cleaned<br />

and returned to the loch in a circular process, ensuring that<br />

the wildlife including brown trout, pink-footed geese and<br />

some 35,000 wintering birds for which Loch Leven has<br />

become internationally known, can continue to thrive.<br />

Responsible sourcing<br />

This synergy with nature and respect for natural resources<br />

is carried through to the sourcing of the cashmere fibre<br />

in partnership with nomadic farming communities<br />

from Inner Mongolia. Todd & Duncan work with local<br />

de-hairers, encourage sustainable herding and grazing<br />

practices and promote high animal welfare standards,<br />

and in doing so help to preserve a traditional, nomadic<br />

way of life.<br />

The white, downy undercoat of the cashmere goat has been<br />

used to make yarn and textiles for hundreds of years, and has<br />

been associated with Sultans and Kings since at least the 15 th<br />

century. Cashmere fibre is finer, stronger and lighter than<br />

sheep’s wool and more insulating too. But even today the<br />

world production of the raw fibre is small and the gathering<br />

and processing are expensive. On average one goat will<br />

yield approximately 500g of raw, greasy fibre, which once<br />

scoured and de-haired will result in approximately 150g of<br />

pure fibre, that’s just about enough to knit a scarf. Working<br />

with this precious, pure fibre therefore is a privilege, and<br />

we wanted to honor this fibre by collaborating with true<br />

artisans in their field who have the skills, experience and<br />

knowledge to produce the best quality yarn for the hand<br />

knitter. This is why we are proud to share the Todd &<br />

Duncan brand name on the label of each hank of yarn: a<br />

true marker of authentic quality.<br />

Caring for your cashmere<br />

When you have invested the time to knit something by hand<br />

it is important to care for it to ensure its lifespan. Try not<br />

to wash your knits too often, but when you need to always<br />

use cool water, and a mild detergent designed for delicate<br />

wool. Soak for 10-15 minutes then gently squeeze out the<br />

excess water, reshape whilst damp and leave to dry flat on<br />

an absorbent towel or drying rack (and away from direct<br />

heat such as a radiator). Once your knit is dry, remember<br />

to store it flat or folded, never hanging. Due to the delicate<br />

nature of the fibres some pilling or bobbling may naturally<br />

occur, this is to be expected with the softest yarns and is<br />

caused by the friction of fibres rubbing together. You can<br />

use a pilling comb or stone to gently remove excess bobbles<br />

and you will find that this will lessen over time.<br />

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Pure luxury<br />

Cashmere is silky-soft against the skin, moisture absorbent<br />

and extremely warm yet lightweight with an elegant drape.<br />

We have designed Pure Cashmere with the hand crafter in<br />

mind to knit beautiful, soft, refined garments and accessories<br />

that will become treasured items to last a lifetime. Take time<br />

to enjoy knitting with Pure Cashmere and sharing in the<br />

heritage of this uniquely Scottish yarn.<br />

An unmistakably soft hand-feel, excellent stitch definition<br />

and the purest 100% natural cashmere fibres, spun to create<br />

a DK weight yarn warmer than wool, light to touch and<br />

gentle against the skin.<br />

In a palette of classic colours, enriched with bold shades<br />

inspired by the seasonal hues of the Scottish landscape, and<br />

delicate marls for which Todd & Duncan are celebrated.<br />

A considered collection of classic garment shapes knitted<br />

in simple stitches and modern accessories, to be worn all<br />

year round. Lisa Richardson presents timeless designs with<br />

a relaxed style, refined by pure luxury.<br />

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Salisbury, UK<br />

Website<br />

Email<br />

Despite the news so far this year being dominated by the<br />

coronavirus, Born to Knit in Salisbury has had an eventful start<br />

to 2020 in other ways. After running the shop from an upstairs<br />

studio in a converted Victorian grain mill for the past eight<br />

years, the end of February saw it re-opening in a brand new<br />

larger location in the archway at the Mill on Fisherton Street,<br />

just two weeks before lockdown started!<br />

The shop is owned and run by Heather Addison, who started<br />

her working life in wool as a Rowan Design Consultant in a<br />

branch of John Lewis a decade ago. “I’ve always been a Rowan<br />

knitter and loved both the yarns and what the brand stood for.<br />

My experience on the other side of the counter gave me both<br />

the knowledge and confidence to branch out on my own.”<br />

Born to Knit stocks high quality yarn made from natural fibres,<br />

and also offers a wide range of knitting and crochet workshops,<br />

and one-to-one tuition.<br />

The newly-refurbished shop started life as the Manager’s office<br />

back in the 1880’s and features an impressive built-in dresser,<br />

which was where all the accounts and ledgers for the original<br />

grain mill were kept. It’s now home to a range of pattern<br />

books, a variety of vintage knitting accessories, and knitted and<br />

crocheted wildlife.<br />

Heather says that it will be a while before the memory of six<br />

months of man/woman/bear hours stripping 130 years of<br />

white paint off the dresser fades completely, but the end result<br />

really was worth it!<br />

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The bear in question is Willoughby Brown, who was knitted<br />

by Heather (from Rowan wool, obviously) back in 2012.<br />

Willoughby has since won an award at the Knitting & Stitching<br />

Show in 2014, and been promoted to Customer Relations<br />

Manager at Born to Knit. He enjoys a unique relationship with<br />

Rowan’s wonderful Kid Classic yarn as he lives inside it - his fur<br />

is knitted in a shade aptly called bear!<br />


Salisbury, UK<br />

Website<br />

Email<br />

Once restrictions lifted in June, the new shop opened its doors<br />

again and Heather has been delighted with the way it looks and<br />

how the space works… despite a few minor glitches to begin<br />

with remembering where things were stored! The wool wall<br />

has been extended to make space for even more yarn, and the<br />

new shop also has the advantage of a street level location with<br />

access for wheelchair users.<br />

As well as running the shop, Heather also designs her own<br />

knitting patterns; her most ambitious design to date was the<br />

wedding dress made for her own big day two years ago, and<br />

which she managed to finish without her fiancé guessing what<br />

she was up to!<br />

The day after the new shop opened, Heather was invited to model<br />

her dress on the catwalk on the final day of The Stitch Festival<br />

2020 at the Business Design Centre in Islington, along with the<br />

other short-listed finalists. The annual festival is one of the largest<br />

knitting and stitching shows in the country, attracting thousands<br />

of amateur enthusiasts as well as professional designers over the<br />

course of the four day event. Heather’s dress was chosen as overall<br />

winner in the knitwear category by a panel of industry experts.<br />

“I was absolutely thrilled to win the award,” Heather says,<br />

“although I must admit I found the catwalk a little daunting.<br />

As my wedding dress, it has particular sentimental value, and<br />

winning the competition was the icing on the cake!”<br />

Now that the cloud that was Covid has begun to recede, Heather<br />

is enjoying being back at Born to Knit, running workshops<br />

again and keeping the Rowan flag flying well into the future.<br />

We look forward to welcoming you if ever you are in Salisbury.<br />

W: borntoknit.co.uk E: info@borntoknit.co.uk T: 07557 985935<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

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Auckland, New Zealand<br />

Website<br />

The Ribbon Rose is an amazing one stop craft shop located<br />

in Auckland, New Zealand. Often referred to by customers as<br />

the best craft shop in New Zealand, making the owners very<br />

proud. It boasts a wide range of knitting yarns and accessories,<br />

embroidery supplies, patchwork fabrics, sewing machines and<br />

notions, and papercraft supplies. This crafters haven has been<br />

lovingly curated by the Forlong family over the past fourteen<br />

years and is still very much a family run business today.<br />

Stephen and Heather Forlong purchased the business originally<br />

in 2006 when it was a quaint craft and gift shop located in<br />

an historical building in Ellerslie. The family, including two of<br />

their sons, lived in the upstairs rooms with the shop space below.<br />

Over time the couple found their feet in the craft industry and<br />

transformed the business into one of Auckland’s best craft shops!<br />

They utilized every aspect available in the small shop space,<br />

having many rooms to wander filled with ranges of threads,<br />

fabrics, embroideries, buttons and ribbons - a true treasure trove!<br />

Fast forward a few years and the decision was made to relocate<br />

to their current Mount Wellington location (a fantastic 5000<br />

square foot of retail space). With this decision came the long<br />

desired opportunity to add knitting yarns and accessories<br />

to their craft collection! The family and customers were<br />

delighted - more shopping space, more product variety,<br />

easy access car parking and most of all KNITTING YARN!<br />

Soon after this move Stephen and Heather’s son, Jonathan<br />

took over the day to day running of the family business.<br />

It was not long into the knitting journey that Jonathan began<br />

looking for a premier knitting brand to become a cornerstone<br />

range for the shop. After much research and deliberation,<br />

including customer demand, they decided that adding the<br />

ROWAN brand was definitely the way to go. The decision<br />

has been a resounding success, and the support from both<br />

Rowan and their New Zealand distributor has been fantastic.<br />

The Ribbon Rose team are very proud to be recently selected<br />

as Rowan’s newest and first New Zealand flagship store. They<br />

now stock a significant range of Rowan products: patterns and<br />

books, knitting needles and 14 complete collections of the<br />

yarns available. Big Wool, Kidsilk Haze and Felted Tweed being<br />

the most popular for their kiwi customers so far this winter.<br />

Jonathan sat down with a local designer and created the<br />

dedicated Rowan shopping space at the front of the store.<br />

Many hours went into creating the perfect look that would give<br />

customers that special feel when they entered ‘Rowan Lane’<br />

as it is now referred to. Warm, dark timber shelves that make<br />

colour palettes pop, rows upon rows to house the extensive<br />

yarn options, space to display the elegant knitted samples<br />

and fantastic knitting patterns and books. It really is a special<br />

shopping experience and one that customers comment on daily.<br />

The business also has a user friendly website<br />

(www.ribbonrose.co.nz) making this extensive Rowan range<br />

available to its customers nationwide.<br />

The future looks incredibly bright for The Ribbon Rose<br />

and Rowan.<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

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EST 1978<br />



TOKYO<br />

We are extremely excited that our first<br />

Rowan flagship opened in Japan on Wednesday<br />

2nd September as part of the new DMC<br />

department in SEIBU Shibuya Department store.<br />

The store is located just 30 seconds from the<br />

world-famous Shibuya Crossing in Tokyo.<br />

Website<br />

The Rowan Flagship Store at Seibu Shibuya is displaying many<br />

samples both from the current season and our archive, and is<br />

selling many of our bestselling yarns from the Rowan range<br />

including Felted Tweed, Big Wool, Kidsilk Haze, Alpaca Classic,<br />

Alpaca Soft to name a few.<br />

Yoko Ouchi, Marketing Manager of Japan said:<br />

“Rowan’s heritage and it’s high quality yarns are much desired<br />

in Japan. Japanese knitters dream of being able to buy Rowan<br />

and until now there have been very few stores offering Rowan<br />

Yarns available for customers to purchase. Mature Japanese<br />

knitters love traditional fair isle designs and the younger knitters<br />

seem to prefer the more contemporary simpler designs which<br />

are quicker to knit. Felted Tweed, Kid Classic and Kidsilk Haze<br />

are very popular here at the moment and we are excited to<br />

have been able to create a new Rowan Flagship here”.<br />

Store details:<br />

7 th Floor of Building A, 21-1, Udagawacho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo.<br />

Opening Hours 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.<br />

https://www.sogo-seibu.jp.e.ld.hp.transer.com/shibuya/<br />

Due to the current global situation and the ever-changing retail landscape,<br />

please check with the store for current trading arrangements and services.<br />

The store is focusing on the newly launched Magazine 68 for<br />

Autumn Winter 2020 and some of its supporting brochures<br />

which include new collections from Kaffe Fassett, Martin<br />

Storey, ARNE & CARLOS, Georgia Farrell as well as the<br />

third collection from MODE at Rowan.<br />

New yarns available for Autumn Winter 20 are Rowan Pure<br />

Cashmere created by Todd & Duncan, a luxurious yarn perfect<br />

for those timeless classic knits, as well as a stunning Select Yarn<br />

Chunky Cashmere, perfect for accessories and gifts.<br />


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NEW FOR<br />


at<br />



Introducing… Two NEW yarns<br />

Merino Aria and Soft Boucle<br />

Merino Aria is a chunky yarn with an amazingly lightweight<br />

feeling. Merino fibres are chained into a delicate tube that’s<br />

blown with air to create a wonderfully ethereal yarn that knits<br />

up into almost weightless garments. “Aria” is Italian for “air,”<br />

which perfectly describes this innovative yarn that is as light<br />

as air to hold.<br />

Soft Boucle, another lightweight chunky yarn made from a<br />

brushed blend of merino and superfine alpaca, adds instant<br />

texture to your knitting. Incredibly soft and cosy, it is perfect<br />

for snug winter jumpers, teddy coats and accessories to warm<br />

on the coldest of winter days.<br />

The MODE at Rowan team bring you a gorgeous collection<br />

showcasing these two fabulous new yarns. Turn over the page<br />

to see a selection of the designs...<br />

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NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />




by Kaffe Fassett and Lisa Richardson<br />

Kaffe Fassett's Felted Tweed<br />

Twelve brand new shades of Felted Tweed from Kaffe Fassett,<br />

brought to life by both Kaffe and Lisa Richardson in a<br />

collection of stunning garments and accessories. Turn the<br />

page to read more about Kaffe's fantastic new additions to this<br />

well-loved yarn range.<br />


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EST 1978<br />

Introducing the fantastic new colours from Kaffe…<br />

NEW<br />

NEW<br />

NEW<br />

NEW<br />

Heliotrope 219<br />

Ciel 215<br />

Lime 213<br />

Sulfur 220<br />

NEW<br />

Peach 212<br />

NEW<br />

Astor 217<br />

NEW<br />

Fjord 218<br />

NEW French<br />

Mustard 216<br />

NEW<br />

Scarlet 222<br />

NEW Candy<br />

Floss 221<br />

NEW<br />

Ultramarine 214<br />

NEW<br />

Black 211<br />

Felted Tweed is one of Rowan’s best-loved yarns and so<br />

when colour guru Kaffe Fassett added new shades to<br />

the range previously you can imagine the excitement!<br />

This season Kaffe has gone even further and added another<br />

twelve brand new colours. Scarlet, Ultramarine, French<br />

Mustard and Lime are just a few of the delights that colourwork<br />

enthusiasts and Kaffe fans will love!<br />

A blend of merino wool, alpaca and viscose, this yarn has<br />

a beautiful tweed effect and is perfect for fair isles, striping,<br />

other colour-work and simple one-colour pieces too. The<br />

extensive colour palette consists of subtle neutrals through<br />

to vibrant brights, which combined with the stunning tweed<br />

effect makes it very easy to create endless and successful colour<br />

combinations. It is a yarn which is a pleasure to knit with –<br />

it glides along the needles effortlessly – and a pleasure to wear<br />

being lightweight, yet warm.<br />

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EST 1978<br />

DEE<br />


Following the success of Dee Hardwicke’s<br />

first Rowan Seasonal Palette collection in 2019,<br />

this Autumn Winter sees the launch of three more<br />

beautiful palettes – Moordale, Cotton Cashmere and<br />

Kid Classic. All three celebrate Dee’s travels through<br />

the British landscape and her love of nature.<br />

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NEW FOR<br />


NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

EST 1978<br />



by Dee Hardwicke<br />

by Dee Hardwicke<br />

British Wool & Alpaca<br />

Cotton Cashmere<br />

This wonderfully soft combination of British wool and alpaca<br />

was the perfect choice for a beautiful collection which includes<br />

a gorgeous wrap, cardigan, long scarf and gloves. Ideal pieces<br />

to bundle up in on a chilly day in the depths of autumn, Dee<br />

Hardwicke’s Moordale Seasonal Palette is inspired by the pinks<br />

and mauves speckling the hedgerows in the country lanes<br />

surrounding Dee’s home in the Welsh countryside. The palette<br />

features warm, earthy tones and flattering shades such as new<br />

Berry Pink, Turmeric and Pewter, set against the autumn-skyblue<br />

of Blue Moor.<br />

An all-seasons yarn, Cotton Cashmere is also equally suited<br />

to country and city dressing. Layering is key and designs in<br />

this collection include an elegant coat, turtle-neck sweater and<br />

wrap. The palette was inspired by Dee’s love of visiting city<br />

parks and garden squares when not at home in the countryside.<br />

The colours in early autumn tend to be less muted than<br />

those found in the natural landscape and this palette reflects<br />

that, featuring more saturated colours such as Indigo, Golden<br />

Dunes and new Myrtle. The shades are completely harmonious,<br />

working wonderfully however you choose to combine them.<br />


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NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />


by Dee Hardwicke<br />

Kid Classic<br />

Super-soft, Kid Classic grows really quickly and is a joy to knit<br />

with. Taking inspiration from autumn days and crisp winter<br />

nights, this palette is all about contrast. Bold Cherry Red<br />

and new Blue Hydrangea add punches of colour to shades<br />

including Pumice. The collection includes a throw, three<br />

geometric cushion cover designs and two beautiful knitted<br />

bags as well as a sweater, cardigan and wrap. Mix and match the<br />

shades to create a host of versatile designs.<br />


YARN<br />


© Dee Hardwicke<br />

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EST 1978<br />



We sat down with Knitting For All founder,<br />

Kerry Kimber, to talk about her new book,<br />

Kids Knit, publishing this Autumn.<br />

An ex high-school teacher, Kerry created<br />

Kids Knit in 2010, a teaching programme with<br />

age-appropriate projects and patterns that<br />

are simple, quick and fun.<br />

Knitting For All<br />

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How excited are you to see your book in print?<br />

It’s a dream come true! I’m really over the moon at finally<br />

seeing the book in print. It’s amazing to see it in real<br />

life and actually hold it in my hands. I’ve always wanted<br />

to publish a book to reach children who can’t come to<br />

classes, and especially for kids who don’t have someone<br />

to sit with them as they learn. This is, I hope, the next<br />

best thing.<br />

Let’s go back to when you learned to knit. Who<br />

taught you?<br />

My Granny and Mum both taught me. I don’t remember<br />

it very clearly, I think I was about 7 or 8. When I was<br />

a teenager, my mother went to a workshop with Kaffe<br />

Fassett, which had a real impact on her. Her enthusiasm<br />

for colour and creativity was infectious! She shared her<br />

copy of Kaffe’s Glorious Knits book with me, along with<br />

her huge collection of wool in every colour imaginable.<br />

She said, “We can make anything with this!” It really was<br />

so inspiring.<br />

This led to me making my first cardigan. I striped it in<br />

many different colors against a grey base and I used lots<br />

of different thicknesses of yarn, plying them together so<br />

they ended up coming out to the same weight. I wore the<br />

cardigan all through art college and loved it so much. I<br />

wore it out once when I was about 25 years old and then<br />

I put it away. I’m not sentimental at all, but I still have it,<br />

and while I don’t wear it anymore, I will always keep it.<br />

How did having your own children impact you<br />

wanting to specialize in teaching kids to knit?<br />

My oldest two (boys) learned at 8 and 10 years old.<br />

I wanted them to have a creative outlet and to learn<br />

something they could do with their hands. I also wanted<br />

them to see themselves as creatively capable, to be able<br />

to make things, and to develop their spatial recognition<br />

(understanding of how shapes work together). Knitting<br />

fosters maths learning in a fun and relevant way too.<br />

As an Art and Design teacher I thought the process<br />

through very carefully before I began teaching them. I<br />

questioned what would motivate them and what would<br />

be the best approach and the right materials to guarantee<br />

success. I wanted them to have the opportunity to try<br />

out knitting in the best way possible—I wanted it to be<br />

attractive to them. Seeing the enjoyment knitting gave<br />

them, and the way they shared it with their friends, made<br />

me realize that there was an opportunity to start a business<br />

teaching kids to knit, and I realized I could recruit others<br />

to teach the methods I’d developed.<br />

My second son, has continued with knitting, and at 15<br />

years old did a knitted colorwork self-portrait for his Art<br />

and Design National 5 Qualification. Knitting is a way he<br />

relaxes (if there is no computer around!)<br />

Did your two daughters learn to knit as well?<br />

Yes, and they are both models in my book. One is a very<br />

keen knitter; she’s 13, and she adores Big Wool and Soft<br />

Bouclé. She makes lots of cowls and loves knitting moss<br />

stitch.<br />

You were a school teacher. How did that inform<br />

your knitting teaching methods?<br />

Understanding the natural progression of child and<br />

adolescent development gave me a solid background.<br />

Having a rough idea of the trajectory of growth helped<br />

me to determine the right age to begin to teach them,<br />

and when to build on this with new skills. Teaching also<br />

helped me develop motivators for the programme—things<br />

like stickers, folders, certificates, worksheets, and the fun<br />

of adding beads, buttons and basic embroidery. Classroom<br />

management skills really help too. It’s important to manage<br />

the learning environment so a class works well and fosters<br />

creativity.<br />

All this led to you creating Knitting for All.<br />

How many kids have been taught through your<br />

programme so far?<br />

About 2500 children have been taught through Kids<br />

Knit so far, and about 4000 signed up for the basic video<br />

tutorials I created at the beginning of lockdown.<br />

What are the three key pieces of advice you have<br />

for teaching kids to knit?<br />

Don’t correct them too much. Just keep them going and<br />

be encouraging. Help them to finish something quickly<br />

so they gain confidence. Start with a rectangle and get<br />

them to make it into something straight away, like a stuffed<br />

toy, hand puppet or little bag. Don’t begin with a scarf or<br />

hat—they take too long. Let them work up to that.<br />

Use good quality materials. Short wooden needles grip<br />

the wool well and are nice to hold. Smooth, chunky<br />

merino wool is satisfying to knit with because it grows<br />

quickly. Nice, bright colours make it more fun too. Wool<br />

is more environmentally friendly than using acrylics and<br />

this is another lesson for them.<br />

What are the features that make this book unique?<br />

The book is based on clearly presenting straight-forward,<br />

basic skills designed to build confidence. As the child<br />

moves through the book, it builds on the previously<br />

learned skills to develop more expertise. The how-tos<br />

are all photographed—we chose a larger photo format<br />

for clarity. I wanted to have children’s hands (we used my<br />

daughter’s) to show the steps to make it more relatable to<br />

kids. Every project has lots of step-by-steps and really clear<br />

instructions for sewing up.<br />

This is not just a how-to book. I have included lots of<br />

ideas for children to get creative and use their imagination.<br />

They already have ideas and with a little guidance and<br />

inspiration, they can create incredible things! All of the 20<br />

projects in the book have been tested by children in our<br />

Kids Knit classes.<br />

Which yarns do you use in the book and why?<br />

I’m a big fan of Rowan’s Big Wool for getting beginners<br />

started. It’s smooth, chunky, grows quickly, and most<br />

importantly, it’s easy to use for small hands. For the next<br />

level up, we used Rowan Pure Wool Worsted. It’s smooth<br />

and a little chunkier than DK, which makes it easier for<br />

children to use. Both yarns come in amazing colors that<br />

kids love. We used a variety of different yarns for the more<br />

advanced projects to introduce children to different fibres<br />

and textures.<br />

What is your favourite project in the book?<br />

I love them all – and they’re all much loved by the children<br />

in our Kids Knit classes. If I had to choose, I would say<br />

the Teddy because it was one of the very first patterns I<br />

wrote for our Kids Knit programme and has been knitted<br />

hundreds of times by children all over the country. It always<br />

makes me smile to see another little Teddy character being<br />

brought to life by one of our Kids Knitters!<br />

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NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />



by Martin Storey<br />

Rowan Selects Patina<br />

Using new Rowan Selects, Patina, Martin Storey takes you<br />

from day to evening with his wonderfully versatile collection<br />

of designs which allow you to sparkle all day, every day.<br />

Patina is a limited edition yarn which is super-soft with an<br />

oh-so-subtle shine.<br />


YARN<br />


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NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />



by Georgia Farrell<br />

Rowan Selects Chunky Cashmere<br />

This limited edition Chunky Cashmere makes the perfect<br />

choice for that special accessory. Oozing luxury and in a palette<br />

of five delectable shades, with Georgia Farrell‘s sophisticated<br />

designs, you‘ll be spolit for choice.<br />


YARN<br />


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EST 1978<br />



Here at Rowan we have fallen in love with<br />

the wonderful Little Box of Crochet.<br />

What could be better than having a little box<br />

of loveliness delivered direct to your door?<br />

Owner Amanda Bloom tells us all about it.<br />

The idea for Little Box of Crochet came when I was on a<br />

lovely holiday in Barbados with my darling daughter Jenny.<br />

She’d been diagnosed with a grade 4 brain tumour 18 months<br />

earlier. She was doing well but I knew her time was limited and<br />

I wanted to spoil her as much as I was able. I was a single Mum<br />

and funds were running low, so we were trying to think of<br />

something I could do to earn a bit of money whilst still being at<br />

home to look after her. We’d run a few ideas past each other but<br />

nothing felt right. Then...I was scrolling about on the internet<br />

(like you do) and I came across an ad for a beauty subscription<br />

box. I signed up for Jenny and thought,’ How lovely to have<br />

a little treat each month’. I looked everywhere for a crochet<br />

subscription box but none existed anywhere! And that was it!<br />

I suddenly realised that this was something I could do and still<br />

be at home to care for Jenny. And so, Little Box of Crochet was<br />

born. Sadly Jenny died two years later. It’s so hard to carry on<br />

without her but having this business as her legacy is wonderful<br />

and the community we’ve built up around it is a beautiful thing.<br />

I think she’d be very proud if she could see how far we’ve come<br />

from that little idea on our sun loungers by the pool!<br />

We try to make the subscription process as simple as possible so<br />

you can sign up very easily on our website. We do a payment<br />

plan option so that you can spread the cost of the crochet<br />

boxes, which now go out every other month. Our knitting<br />

boxes go out every quarter. You’ll receive your box through the<br />

post all wrapped up safely in a stout cardboard wrapper. And if<br />

at any time you need to cancel or pause you can do that easily<br />

on our website. You aren’t tied in at all.<br />

The starting point for each of our boxes is the box itself. Each<br />

one is a different colour and design and they are all made in<br />

the UK. They are strong and beautiful. I don’t think anyone<br />

has ever thrown one out, which makes me very happy. They<br />

are great for storing all your crafty bits and bobs in. The boxes<br />

contain everything you need to make your project... the yarn,<br />

a hook or needles, a bodkin for weaving in your ends and stitch<br />

markers to help you keep up with the pattern. We include a<br />

pattern booklet, which also contains a U.K. terms/US terms<br />

conversion chart for our crochet. We tell you a bit about our<br />

designers and contributors. We’ve also started including a<br />

recipe just for fun. Each box also comes with a detailed video<br />

to help you follow the pattern. One of the aspects of my job<br />

that I love is sourcing all the little treats that we add to the<br />

box. Each box has at least one lovely little something as well<br />

as all the core items, often made by British independent small<br />

businesses. We always use really high quality yarns, including<br />

my beloved Rowan. Just over a year ago we made the change<br />

from small monthly boxes to bigger boxes, every other month<br />

and this has given me the budget to make bigger items using<br />

great quality yarn.<br />

Another aspect of my job that I love is finding and working<br />

with top class designers from all around the world. We use<br />

a different designer for each box, although we have some<br />

designers who are so popular that they design for us regularly.<br />

I look for people who write detailed accurate patterns and<br />

projects that are interesting, a bit quirky and beautiful. I’m so<br />

proud of the projects that have been featured in our boxes and<br />

the lovely family of designers we’ve built around us.<br />

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Last September we launched our first Little Box of Knitting<br />

which has been a huge success. Most of the knitting boxes<br />

have featured Rowan yarns including Moordale, Felted Tweed,<br />

Alpaca Classic and Kidsilk Haze. And we have more in the<br />

pipeline. I’m so proud to feature these yarns in our boxes.<br />

One of our recent knitting boxes featured a delicious pattern<br />

by Claire Garland who is famous for her knitted creatures.<br />

She designed a Cinnamon Dutch Rabbit for us, using a mix of<br />

Alpaca Classic and Kidsilk Haze. This proved to be a best seller<br />

for us and I’m not surprised.<br />

I’ve used Rowan yarns since the first time I came across<br />

them over 10 years ago. I remember making a skirt using a<br />

combination of knitting and crochet....a pattern by Sarah<br />

Hatton I think. It had a knitted underskirt in Kidsilk Haze<br />

and a crocheted over skirt in Kid Classic. That was actually the<br />

first time I crocheted. I loved the pattern so much that I had to<br />

teach myself to crochet, in order to make it. Thankfully I had<br />

a very helpful local yarn store who held my hand throughout.<br />

I wish I could say that I still wear it but sadly there’s a lot more<br />

of me these days so I just wear the overskirt as a shawl now.<br />

Knitting and crochet have been constant comforts to me,<br />

particularly when Jenny was ill and since she died. I can lose<br />

myself in a pattern and turn the grief off for a few hours here<br />

and there. It’s been a life saver. And the community I’ve found<br />

here in the world of yarn has been incredibly supportive to me<br />

and to Jenny in her last months. There are some very big hearts<br />

around here aren’t there?<br />

At the moment we are very busy preparing for Christmas!<br />

We’re doing our annual Advent Box and I know I say it<br />

every year but it honestly just gets better and better each<br />

year. We also have a Christmas Crochet subscription box to<br />

prepare....I’ll let you in on a little secret it’s contains Rowan<br />

Alpaca Classic! But that’s all I’m telling you. Our Christmas<br />

Knitting subscription box is also jam packed with Rowan<br />

yarn. This time it’s Kid Classic.<br />

We’re all really excited about these boxes! I’m also working<br />

on a new venture which is Little Box of Embroidery!<br />

I’m hoping that we’ll be able to launch this in December<br />

this year as well. It’s following the same aesthetic and quality<br />

as our other Little Boxes and we have a wonderful designer<br />

working with us on the first one so watch this space!!!<br />

Website<br />

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NEW FOR<br />


NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

EST 1978<br />


UNISEX<br />




by ARNE & CARLOS<br />

by ARNE & CARLOS<br />

Softyak DK<br />

Felted Tweed, Kidsilk Haze and Alpaca Classic<br />

'New Nordic Unisex Collection' is the latest title from ARNE<br />

& CARLOS in their New Nordic series. It follows on from the<br />

success of New Nordic and New Nordic Mens and this time all<br />

of the designs have been created for both him and her.<br />

Using Felted Tweed, Kidsilk Haze and Alpaca Classic, ARNE &<br />

CARLOS have taken inspiration from traditional Norwegian<br />

Acanthus ornamentation used in Norwegian folk art. Such<br />

folk art can be seen in wood carving, rosemaling (rose painting)<br />

and as decorations in ARNE & CARLOS’ 1000 year old stave<br />

church home, the grounds of which also provided the backdrop<br />

for this wonderful photoshoot.<br />

A celebration of ARNE & CARLOS’ wonderful cushion<br />

designs, here we bring together both of their collections into<br />

one beautiful book.<br />

The designs have been influenced by ARNE & CARLOS’ rich<br />

textile heritage and reimagined using classic and contemporary<br />

colourways in Softyak DK. Floral and geometric patterns can be<br />

paired front and back to spectacular effect or paired with a plain<br />

back to create a contrast. The decorative blooms married with<br />

the more graphic geometrics make for a truly distinctive pairing.<br />




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NEW FOR<br />


NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

EST 1978<br />



by Martin Storey<br />

by Georgia Farrell<br />

Alpaca Soft DK<br />

Alpaca Soft DK and Alpaca Classic<br />

Carousel is a glorious celebration of stranded colourwork,<br />

worked mainly in the round. Martin Storey has created a<br />

collection of beautiful accessories, plus the show-stopping<br />

Moonflower coat. All inspired by traditional Nordic and<br />

Folkloric patterning and brought to life with Alpaca Soft DK.<br />

Inspired by the architecture of London and using a bold and<br />

dynamic colour palette, My London is an accessories collection<br />

of geometric textured knits by Georgia Farrell. A mix of<br />

timeless, wearable pieces and bold statements, contrasting<br />

textures, angular shapes, abstract travelling cables and slip stitch<br />

details, all in Georgia’s signature style.<br />


YARN<br />



YARN<br />


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EST 1978<br />




Words by Arabella Harris<br />

The enormity of towering buildings, the rigidity<br />

of bricks and mortar: architecture is a seemingly<br />

abstract place to seek inspiration for the ultimately<br />

soft and fluid craft of hand knitting, but as Georgia<br />

Farrell reveals in conversation with Trisha Malcolm,<br />

the physical fabric of the city is all about pattern and<br />

texture for those who stop to look.<br />

Whilst studying for her degree in textile design at The School<br />

of Art, Architecture and Design (part of London Metropolitan<br />

University) in London’s East End it wasn’t the individuality<br />

of fellow student’s fashion nor the DIY style on the streets<br />

that the area has become synonymous for, but the physical<br />

landscape of her daily commute from the suburbs of Essex to<br />

the cosmopolitan hub of the city, that inspired Georgia. Rather<br />

than sleep walking, cocooned by headphones and looking down<br />

at the pavement with the crowds of city commuters arriving<br />

into London Liverpool Street, Georgia’s gaze was firmly<br />

skyward: wide eyed and amazed by the glass skyscrapers and<br />

tessellating patterns of the buildings that she viewed in motion<br />

through the train window. Georgia speaks passionately about<br />

the forms of architecture that inspire her, and her response to<br />

these monoliths is visceral and instinctive rather than dryly<br />

academic. The act of experiencing the buildings in person is an<br />

important factor for Georgia, “there’s nothing like seeing them<br />

in real life, the enormity and the way they layer up and interact<br />

with each other the shapes and the different angles”. It is this<br />

creative interaction with the buildings that she admires, that<br />

informs her design output. Translating the perceived mass and<br />

volume of architecture onto a soft and wearable garment takes<br />

vision, skill and time; and indeed, Georgia’s process has several<br />

parts. Looking and seeing is number one: walking around a<br />

building or viewing it from a moving window the shapes and<br />

angles are inevitably flattened and repeated on the mind’s eye.<br />

Sketching is another valuable exercise because, “you have to<br />

simplify when you make a quick drawing on site and actually<br />

that’s really helpful for then translating it into a knitting pattern,<br />

because you can’t knit every little detail of the building”.<br />

Photography too, then manipulating the photos with image<br />

software “cutting sections of the building out, repeating them”,<br />

isolating and abstracting shapes and playing with scale and<br />

perspective. The process is very fluid and experimental, but<br />

Georgia’s signature style is already cemented in her designs.<br />

Georgia describes herself as a textile designer rather than a<br />

knitwear designer, making an important distinction in reference<br />

to her interest in texture and pattern first and foremost. This is<br />

a personal preference but also perhaps a product of her training<br />

with its focus on machine knitting, which was more about<br />

preparing graduates for jobs in industry with big design houses<br />

or the high street. Georgia muses regretfully that this might be<br />

part of the reason that there are so few young designers in the<br />

hand knit industry, “they didn’t teach you any hand knitting<br />

at all on my course sadly, which funnels young textile design<br />

graduates away from the [hand knit] industry”.<br />

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But this was something that Georgia actively<br />

circumnavigated, using her existing hobbyist skill of hand<br />

knitting for play and experimentation; using swatching<br />

as a method to explore ideas with more immediate and<br />

controlled results. So, stitch detail and surface texture<br />

became a product in and of itself, and Georgia admits<br />

that thinking about the garment that a knitted fabric<br />

will become is secondary in her design process. However,<br />

as her numerous published designs prove, Georgia has a<br />

deep understanding of form that enables her to adapt a<br />

fabric into a worn garment. This knowledge was learned<br />

through the practice of machine knitting larger pieces<br />

and constructing them in a modular way to create items<br />

that she describes as “sculptural”, taking geometric shapes<br />

such as hexagons and triangles and either folding them or<br />

connecting them to make functional garments, informed<br />

by studying the mathematical nets of the shapes.<br />

Today, however, Georgia’s knitting machines are left to<br />

gather dust at the back of a cupboard in her studio, as<br />

she prefers the tactile control of knitting by hand, which<br />

is at the heart of her design practice, a love affair realised<br />

during her four years working part time for Rowan at<br />

Liberty London, whilst building a portfolio of freelance<br />

work in both the fashion and hand knitting industries.<br />

This time spent in retail, which Georgia admits she<br />

came to as a “super fresh” graduate, was a chance to<br />

deepen her knowledge of different fibres and the ways<br />

that they behave, as she tried out all the yarns on the<br />

shelves, honing an “inside out” knowledge of Rowan<br />

yarns. Learning from the “fabulous ladies” she worked<br />

alongside and helping other knitters to unravel obscure<br />

pattern queries or choose a colourway for a new project<br />

was also an invaluable opportunity to connect with the<br />

wider knit community. Indeed, it is this sharing of skills<br />

and imparting of passion that Georgia hopes to do more<br />

of through teaching, having already discovered the “power<br />

of knitting” as an aid to wellbeing when leading knitting<br />

sessions for young people at a local mental health centre.<br />

So, what’s next on the horizon for Georgia? A concise<br />

capsule collection of accessory designs taking the knitter<br />

on a journey through the shapes and patterns of her<br />

favourite city, ‘My London’ provides an insight into<br />

Georgia’s creative thinking and encourages everyone to<br />

find inspiration in their own surroundings.<br />

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EST 1978<br />



by Quail Studio<br />

Valley Tweed and Kidsilk Haze<br />

Featuring seven beautiful wardrobe essentials, this timeless<br />

collection of elegant designs epitomises the easy sophistication<br />

of the classic tweed look. The chic simplicity of tailored shapes<br />

is combined with subtle cables and charming colourwork.<br />

Valley Tweed is a traditional yarn, spun and dyed in Yorkshire.<br />

Its subtle, rustic luxury, occasionally combined with the<br />

softness of Kidsilk Haze, brings comfort to couture and is both<br />

fashionable and practical for day-to-day style.<br />


YARN<br />


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NEW FOR<br />


NEW FOR<br />


EST 1978<br />

EST 1978<br />

4 PROJECTS<br />

BIG WOOL<br />

4 PROJECTS<br />


by Quail Studio for Rowan<br />

by Quail Studio for Rowan<br />

Big Wool<br />

Island Blend<br />

One of our best-loved yarns, Big Wool, is perfect for this<br />

collection of chunky oversized sweater, cardigan and accessories.<br />

We have introduced five bright new shades which have been<br />

combined with textured stitches, cables and pom-poms to bring<br />

these fabulous designs dazzling to life!<br />

A collection of relaxed, simple shaped sweaters and<br />

co-ordinated beanies, cowls and socks in a neutral colour<br />

palette. The essential sweater can be knitted with a choice of<br />

different necklines – crew neck or v neck – and the accessories<br />

have beautifully finished details including pom-poms.<br />




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NEW FOR<br />


at<br />



by Rowan<br />

Brushed Fleece, Big Wool,<br />

Alpaca Soft DK and Alpaca Classic<br />

The third MODE Collection celebrates classic wardrobe<br />

staples for the autumn season ahead. Garments and accessories<br />

that can be styled into a whole outfit or pulled out and worn<br />

separately, all coming together to complete a stylish look.<br />

Designers Lisa Richardson, Quail Studio, Annika Andrea<br />

Wolke, Georgia Farrell and Martin Storey have worked with a<br />

MODE at Rowan palette of Brushed Fleece, Big Wool, Alpaca<br />

Soft DK and Alpaca Classic.<br />


YARN<br />


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NEW FOR<br />


NEW FOR<br />


at<br />

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by Rowan<br />


THE<br />


Kid Classic, Cashmere Haze, Kidsilk Haze<br />

by Quail Studio and Quail Bloggers<br />

Quail Studio have created this quartet of designs using Kid<br />

Classic, Kidsilk Haze and Cashmere Haze. In the case of the<br />

Kid Classic and Kidsilk Haze used for the Puff Sleeves Sweater<br />

and Lace Cardigan, the two yarns have been held together to<br />

form a beautifully soft and luxurious fabric.<br />

Kid Classic, Big Wool, Alpaca Classic,<br />

Kidsilk Haze and Brushed Fleece<br />

MODE at Rowan has joined forces with four Bloggers<br />

– Tiam Safari, Katharina Von Blumenthal, Samantha Hall<br />

and Lily Kate France. They have designed and styled twelve<br />

wonderfully stylish pieces using Kid Classic, Big Wool,<br />

Alpaca Classic, Kidsilk Haze and Brushed Fleece.<br />



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EST 1978<br />

H O P E<br />

by Kim Hargreaves<br />

Kidsilk Haze, Alpaca Classic, Merino Aria<br />

Brushed Fleece, Big Wool & Pure Cashmere<br />

The eleventh publication in her KIM series, Kim Hargreaves<br />

brings us a beautiful new collection for Autumn. Featuring<br />

texture, delicate lace and classic shapes worked rich browns,<br />

rusts, olives and joyous pops of cobalt blue.<br />


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EST 1978<br />

DEBBIE<br />



2021<br />

In 2021 Debbie will begin her fourteenth Mystery Blanket<br />

Club knitting adventure, which invites knitters from all over<br />

the world to join her in a ten-month KAL. The concept<br />

of the Mystery Blanket Club has remained the same from<br />

when it first began in 2008 and is simple. Members receive<br />

the knitting kit in two instalments which include all the yarn<br />

and embellishments needed for the whole project. They then<br />

receive the patterns in ten monthly instalments, beginning<br />

in February and finishing in November. The theme of the<br />

project is kept a secret, only to be discovered as the squares<br />

are completed and the blanket takes shape. Debbie writes a<br />

monthly blog on her website which keeps the members up to<br />

date with all the latest news, advice and knitting tips for the<br />

project. Each year the design for the Mystery Blanket is sold<br />

with a limited membership with the patterns made available<br />

only to the members that join, making it a unique experience<br />

for those that take part.<br />

Website<br />

Email<br />

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For Debbie’s 2021 Mystery Blanket she is using several<br />

of her favourite yarns from the Rowan Autumn/Winter<br />

collection including Felted Tweed, Kid Classic, Softyak<br />

and Alpaca Soft. Debbie opted for a soft, muted colour<br />

palette for her previous two Mystery Blankets, Winter<br />

Wonderland and her current Mystery Blanket (which she<br />

has yet to reveal the name of!). However, for next year she<br />

is returning to a vibrant colour palette using some of the<br />

brightest shades in the Rowan collection for her design:<br />

“Without giving the game away, the inspiration for next<br />

year’s blanket is a feast of colour with bright shots of<br />

fizzy orange, magenta, brilliant green and saffron yellow<br />

contrasted with deep shades of purple and midnight blue.<br />

These are my favourite colours to work with, I love rich<br />

vibrant shades, so the design has been an absolute joy to<br />

work on and thoroughly addictive to design. There are<br />

plenty of glass beads in the blanket as well to add that all<br />

important sparkle, plus I have also used shisha mirrors to<br />

embellish some of the squares. All in all it’s going to be a<br />

very colourful, sparkly journey next year with plenty to<br />

keep my members inspired and motivated!”<br />

Images are all of previous mystery blankets<br />

There are forty-nine squares in a Mystery Blanket, so it’s<br />

a great way to learn new knitting techniques and improve<br />

confidence with existing skills. Next year’s design combines<br />

together lace stitches, cables, textured stitches, stripes and<br />

beading with some intarsia and fairisle colourwork. But<br />

if preferred members can opt out of the colourwork and<br />

knit something a bit easier by choosing the Option Two<br />

patterns that are offered as an alternative. This means that<br />

knitters of all skill levels can take on the Mystery Blanket<br />

and never feel that they are out of their depth:<br />

“I think that it is really important for each member to<br />

feel that they are achieving great things as they knit each<br />

square. There is nothing better for me than hearing how<br />

much someone has learnt from knitting a Mystery Blanket,<br />

and how much their confidence has grown as a result. A<br />

project that grows square by square is the perfect way to<br />

try out new techniques without feeling the pressure of<br />

a bigger project like a garment. And that means that the<br />

project is portable too, so it’s perfect to take on trips away,<br />

or even to knit on the way to work – while using public<br />

transport, of course!”<br />

The process of creating the design for each of Debbie’s<br />

Mystery Blankets is a lengthy one, usually taking from<br />

six to eight months to complete each one of her blanket<br />

designs. Her starting point is a source of inspiration, from<br />

which she takes all of her ideas for colour, texture and<br />

pattern. After creating a colour palette she then works on a<br />

colour layout to determine roughly where the colours are<br />

going to be used in the forty-nine squares of the blanket.<br />

Then a rough sketch is drafted up of the whole design so<br />

that she has a plan to work to for the placement of pattern<br />

and texture. When all of this prep work has been done,<br />

it is only then that Debbie picks up the knitting needles<br />

and starts to knit samples of each square in the blanket.<br />

And this can be a lengthy process in itself, with many of<br />

the squares being revised and reknitted several times over<br />

before she is happy with the results:<br />

“Designing a blanket is all about balance and harmony,<br />

and my challenge is to create something that is not only<br />

visually pleasing to the eye, but also has enough exciting<br />

stitch patterns in it to keep the knitter motivated for ten<br />

months. I love playing with colour and texture, and the<br />

Mystery Blanket gives me the opportunity to do just that,<br />

so it’s the perfect vehicle for my work. I take care of the<br />

design side of the blanket, but I have a team of other people<br />

that work alongside me, without whom there would be<br />

no Mystery Blanket Club. I have two test knitters who<br />

each knit a complete blanket, three postal teams who deal<br />

with the posting of the parcels, a local printer who looks<br />

after all the printed patterns, two graphic designers, a web<br />

and technical support team and a personal assistant. So<br />

there’s a lot that goes on behind the scenes to make it all<br />

happen for the hundreds of knitters worldwide who take<br />

on my challenge each year.”<br />

With many people all over the world facing an increased<br />

amount of time at home, Debbie feels that her Mystery<br />

Blanket projects are more important now than they<br />

have ever been to keep people busy and motivated. All<br />

crafts have seen a massive boost during the pandemic<br />

and knitting has offered a much-needed distraction, with<br />

WIPs coming out on the cupboard and new challenges<br />

being taken on:<br />

“The Mystery Blanket kit is delivered to your door so<br />

if you are unable to leave the house you can still feed<br />

your knitting obsession and continue to craft. My Mystery<br />

Clubs have been a life saver for many people, and with<br />

more time being spent at home in the current climate it<br />

so important to have something exciting and new to look<br />

forward to. And with the Mystery Blanket Club spread<br />

across ten months, there is plenty to keep everyone going<br />

in 2021!”<br />

If you are interested in joining Debbie’s 2021 Mystery<br />

Blanket Club then you can sign up straight away by visiting<br />

the online shop on her website: www.debbieabrahams.<br />

com. Memberships can be purchased for UK, Europe<br />

and the World. There is a deadline of 31 st December or<br />

when the Club sells out – whichever comes first. There<br />

is a limited number of 600 memberships available for the<br />

2021 Mystery Blanket Club.<br />

Debbie’s contact details are:<br />

Address: 26 Church Drive, Carrington, Nottingham<br />

NG5 2BA, UK<br />

Email: debbie@debbieabrahams.com<br />

Debbie Abrahams website: www.debbieabrahams.com<br />

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HOW TO<br />

EST 1978<br />

HOW TO<br />



by Katherine Lymer<br />

Understanding – and achieving – the stated knitting tension,<br />

or gauge, is an essential first step of your knitting project.<br />

Every pattern will provide information on the tension of the knitted fabric<br />

by specifying the number of stitches in a row and number of rows (or rounds)<br />

worked in a specific stitch pattern, using the specified needle size, to create a<br />

10x10cm square. Any differences between your knitting tension and that stated<br />

in the pattern can give rise to dramatic discrepancies between the expected<br />

and achieved size of the finished garment. This is why we always advise first<br />

working a tension square to ensure that you are knitting to the same gauge as<br />

that specified in the pattern – and the yardage specified in your Rowan pattern<br />

will accommodate the knitting of this test piece.<br />

At the beginning of every pattern, the tension will be stated in the form of: -<br />


22 sts and 30 rows to 10 cm measured over st st using 4mm (US 6) needles.<br />

However, when knitting a tension square, don’t just knit a 10x10cm<br />

square as this can be very hard to measure accurately. Instead,<br />

Image 1<br />

Image 2<br />

(1) Using the same yarn as you will be for the main project and the same<br />

needle size as given in the tension information, cast on* at least four<br />

more stitches than the number given. (In this case, we would cast on<br />

22 + 4 = 26 sts.)<br />

(2) Using the same stitch pattern as specified in the tension information,<br />

work at least four more rows than the number given. (In this case,<br />

we would knit 30 + 4 = 34 rows of stocking stitch.)<br />

(3) Cast off*.<br />

* using the same method as you intend to for the main project<br />

Once the square is completed, measure your tension as follows:<br />

(1) Using a solid (e.g. metal or wood) ruler (or similar, but not a fabric tape<br />

measure as this may stretch over time), place two pins exactly 10cm<br />

apart, horizontally, across the width of the fabric. Since the stitches at<br />

the row ends may be looser / tighter than those in the centre, measure<br />

across the middle of the fabric. See image 1.<br />

Count and record the number of stitches between the pins.<br />

(2) Using the same solid ruler, place two pins exactly 10cm apart, vertically,<br />

across the height/length of the fabric. Again, since the cast-on and<br />

cast-off edges may have a different tension to the rows forming the<br />

main body of the fabric, measure across the middle of the fabric<br />

without touching the edges. See image 2.<br />

Count and record the number of rows between the pins.<br />

(3) Compare your results to the stated tension.<br />

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Once the square is complete, with the<br />

measured tension matching that stated<br />

in the pattern, we can cast-on our new<br />

garment with confidence.<br />

If your tension doesn’t match that specified, never try to alter<br />

your own natural knitting tension. You may be able to maintain<br />

the new tension by knitting tighter or looser for a short time,<br />

but soon your natural rhythm will take over and you’ll end up<br />

with unevenly knitted fabric. (If you’re a new knitter, it is likely<br />

that your knitting will change as your experience increases – so<br />

choosing a project where maintaining the same tension isn’t<br />

essential (such as a scarf) can be a good idea.) So instead, change<br />

the knitting needles: If you have one or two stitches more / less<br />

than the stated tension, consider changing your needles and use<br />

a pair one or two (US) size(s) smaller / bigger to knit a new<br />

tension square and re-measure the gauge. Once your tension<br />

matches that of the pattern, you can feel confident in castingon<br />

the main project.<br />

Knitting tension is also affected by the type of needle you<br />

use (wooden, metal or plastic; straight vs circular), so if the<br />

measured gauge is only slightly out (for example, by ½ st),<br />

it may be worth re-knitting the tension square using a different<br />

needle of the same size (e.g. switching from metal to wood).<br />

Sometimes, the change in needles can subtly alter the way we<br />

knit – and therefore impact on our knitting tension – and can<br />

provide the necessary remedy to small mismatches in gauge.<br />

For these same reasons, try to avoid changing needles part-way<br />

through your project.<br />

Although the main purpose of a tension square is to ensure<br />

that your tension matches that stated in the pattern, thereby<br />

providing the confidence that we will finish with a garment<br />

of the desired dimensions, there is always the question of what<br />

to do with the knitted square once we’ve finished with it.<br />

Sometimes, it can be useful to wash the tension square to check<br />

how the it behaves in water (is there any bleeding from the dye?<br />

Do the measurements change after blocking?). Other times, we<br />

may want to rip back the square and use the yarn for the main<br />

(or a different) project. Keeping the tension squares can be a<br />

pleasing curation of our knitting history in itself or they can be<br />

transformed into other projects, such as patchwork cushions or<br />

a fabric insert into greetings cards. Of course, the importance<br />

lies in actually knitting and measuring the tension square – but<br />

being able to make the knitted square into an individual piece of<br />

its own can provide an extra incentive to knit one!<br />

Starting a new project by knitting a tension square not<br />

only ensures that we have the correct gauge for the<br />

pattern but, when knitting colour work, also allows<br />

your chosen colour combinations to be tested before<br />

committing to the full garment.<br />

Keeping your old tension squares can<br />

provide a tactile record of the garments<br />

you have knitted.<br />

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EST 1978<br />

LUCCA<br />

By Lisa Richardson<br />

YARN<br />

Creative Linen<br />

A Mustard 647 1 x 100gm<br />

B Oasis 652 1 x 100gm<br />

C Natural 621 1 x 100gm<br />

D Teal 625 1 x 100gm<br />

E Straw 622 1 x 100gm<br />


4mm (no 8) (US G6) crochet hook<br />

BUTTON – 1 x BN1368 (used showing reverse of button)<br />

from Bedecked. Please see information page for contact details.<br />


14.5 sts and 13.5 rows to 10 cm measured over patt using 4mm<br />

(US G6) crochet hook<br />


Completed bag is 25 cm (9 3/4 in) wide x 8 cm (3 1/4 in) deep<br />

x 26 cm (10 1/4 in) high, excluding handles<br />


The base of the bag is worked in rows. The sides are worked in<br />

rounds from the base up.<br />

For each new row or round, change colour on the last yarn over<br />

and pull through on the last st in the previous row or round.<br />


ch = chain; dc = double crochet; BLO = back loop<br />

only; FLO = front loop only; htr = half treble crochet;<br />

htr2tog = half treble 2 together in same st; ss = slip stitch<br />

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BASE<br />

Using 4mm (US G6) crochet hook and yarn A make 37 ch.<br />

Row 1 (RS): Using yarn A, 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook,<br />

1 dc into each of the next 3 ch, *htr2tog into each of the<br />

next 4 ch, 1 dc into each of the next 4 ch, rep from * to<br />

end, turn. 36 sts.<br />

Row 2: Using yarn B, 2 ch, 1 htr into the same st as<br />

2 ch (counts as htr2tog), htr2tog into each of the next 3 sts,<br />

*1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, htr2tog into each of the<br />

next 4 sts, rep from * to end, turn.<br />

Row 3: Using yarn C, 1 ch (does NOT count as st),<br />

1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, *htr2tog into each of<br />

the next 4 sts, 1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, rep from *<br />

to end, turn.<br />

Repeat rows 2 and 3 for a further 8 rows, in the colour<br />

sequence (D, E, A, B, C), ending with row 3 worked in A.<br />

Fasten off.<br />

SIDES<br />

With RS of base facing, using 4mm (US G6) crochet<br />

hook, join yarn B in the first dc of last row of the base.<br />

Round 1: 2 ch, 1 htr into the same st as 2 ch (counts as<br />

htr2tog), htr2tog into each of the next 3 sts, **(1 dc into<br />

each of the next 4 sts, htr2tog into each of the next 4 sts)<br />

4 times, now working in the row ends of the short side of<br />

the base, 1 dc into side of each of the next 4 rows, htr2tog<br />

into side of each of the next 4 rows, 1 dc into side of each<br />

of the next 3 rows, 1 dc into corner**, now working in<br />

the sts of the next long side of the base, htr2tog into each<br />

of the next 4 sts, rep from ** to **, ss to first htr to join.<br />

96 sts.<br />

Round 2: Using yarn C, 1 ch (does NOT count as st),<br />

*1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, htr2tog into each of the<br />

next 4 sts, rep from * to end, ss to first dc to join.<br />

Round 3: Using yarn D, 2 ch, 1 htr into the same st as<br />

2 ch (counts as htr2tog), htr2tog into each of the next<br />

3 sts, 1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, *htr2tog into each of<br />

the next 4 sts, 1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, rep from *<br />

to end, ss to first htr to join.<br />

Repeat rounds 2 and 3 for a further 32 rounds, in the<br />

colour sequence (E, A, B, C, D), ending with round 3<br />

worked in A.<br />

Fasten off.<br />

HANDLE<br />

With RS of bag facing, using 4mm (US G6) crochet hook,<br />

join yarn B in the first dc of one short side.<br />

Row 1 (RS): 2 ch, 1 htr into the same st as 2 ch (counts as<br />

htr2tog), htr2tog into each of the next 3 sts, 1 dc into each<br />

of the next 4 sts, htr2tog into each of the next 4 sts, turn.<br />

Row 2: Using yarn C, 1 ch (does NOT count as st),<br />

1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, htr2tog into each of the<br />

next 4 sts, 1 dc into each of the next 4 sts, turn.<br />

Repeat rows 1 and 2, in the colour sequence (D, E, A, B, C),<br />

until the handle measures approx. 110cm (or required<br />

length), ending with a row 1 in any yarn except A, do not<br />

fasten off.<br />

Next row: With WS facing, ss through the BLO of the<br />

first st on the handle and the FLO of the edge st of the<br />

short side of the bag to join, *ss through BLO of next st<br />

on handle and FLO of next st of bag, rep from * to end.<br />

Fasten off.<br />


Press as described on the information page if required.<br />

Button loop<br />

With RS facing, using 4mm (US G6) crochet hook, join<br />

yarn A to the 18 th st from the right (first st to the right<br />

of the centre point) on one long edge of the bag, make a<br />

length of ch measuring 7cm.<br />

Row 1: 1 dc into 2nd ch from hook, 1 dc into each ch<br />

to end.<br />

Fasten off.<br />

Join end of button loop to next st on the bag.<br />

See information page for finishing instructions.<br />

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WINTER<br />

Collection No.12 by Kim Hargreaves<br />

Available November 2020<br />

978-1-906487-42-3<br />

Sweater | knitted in Merino Aria<br />


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