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Friday, May 06, 2016

The Knitter & Knit Today

This week, I've got two new designs to share with you. Last week two magazines popped in to my letter box. First up is The Knitter issue 97 which is full of pretty lace designs and I love the fair isle sweater on the cover.

My contribution to this issue is a lace weight sweater, Fugue, with a lacy hem and lace at the neck. It's simple, elegant and classic. A lot of knitters are put off knitting with lace weight yarn, thinking it'll take too long but for this design you will be using 3.25mm and 3.5mm needles which aren't too thin. You also get a lot of yarn in each skein which means that the smallest size (XS) only requires two 100g skeins. Size S and M needs 3 skeins and sizes L and XL needs 4 skeins. Finer yarns are much better value for money than thicker yarns.

Fugue is worked in the round to the under arm where front and back are split and worked flat to the shoulders. The shoulders are joined by working a three needle cast off and stitches are picked up around the armhole for the sleeves which are worked in the round from the top down with short row shaping for the sleeve caps. Once you've finished the knitting, you just have to weave in the ends and block it! No more finishing! 

I've also got a design in Knit Today 125 and sadly, this is the final issue of Knit Today. Which is such a shame because the magazine has improved so much under the current editor, Rosee Woodland. 

My contribution is a simple lacy scarf, Fade Out, which is worked in one skein of Knitpicks Chroma Fingering. This scarf is perfect for knitters new to lace knitting or more experienced knitters looking for a quick one skein pattern. The pattern has both chart and written instructions.

Both magazines are in the shops in the UK now!

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